Author archives: Rockyrocks

At least eight killed in local polls

At least eight people were killed March 30 in clashes between groups backing rival candidates in Turkey’s municipal elections. Security officials said six people were killed in a gun fight between two families in the village of Yuvacık in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Hilvan district, which borders Syria. In the Siverek district of the same province, another brawl happened after one family insisted on violating the rule of anonymous […]

Hungary charges Nazi war crimes suspect

A 98-year-old top Nazi war crimes suspect, accused of overseeing thousands of Jewish deportations during World War II, has been charged with war crimes in Hungary, prosecutors said. Laszlo Csatary, who has been under house arrest since last year, is listed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as its most-wanted alleged Nazi war criminal. The Nazi-hunting organisation says that Csatary was a senior Hungarian police officer in charge of the Kosice […]


U.S. Kicks Drug-War Habit, Makes Peace With Afghan Poppies

ZARI, Afghanistan — Because of the poppies, the raw material for most of the world’s heroin, the list of things 1st Lt. Christopher Gackstatter and his 2nd Platoon can’t do in Sartok is far longer than the list of things they can. Marching into the mud-walled village in t­­his sun-baked district of southern Afghanistan on an April 24 intelligence-gathering mission, the boyish 25-year-old lieutenant and his roughly dozen riflemen and […]

How hackers allegedly stole “unlimited” amounts of cash from banks in just hours

Federal authorities have accused eight men of participating in 21st-Century Bank heists that netted a whopping $45 million by hacking into payment systems and eliminating withdrawal limits placed on prepaid debit cards. The eight men formed the New York-based cell of an international crime ring that organized and executed the hacks and then used fraudulent payment cards in dozens of countries to withdraw the loot from automated teller machines, federal […]

U.S. Troops Replaced by an Outsourced Army in Afghanistan

The United States is preparing to withdraw the majority of its troops from Afghanistan next year, ending more than a decade of war that has cost this country hundreds of billion of dollars and 2,126 lives to date. But the military withdrawal does not mean the United States is out of the country entirely. The country is leaving tens of thousands of contractors behind. According to the latest contractor census […]

Hackers attack Russian media outlets

Several media outlets in Russia’s St. Petersburg city, and a popular online news broadcaster, Dozhd (Rain), came under hacker attack Thursday. “There has been a DDoS attack going since (Thursday) morning. Our IT service is doing everything possible to get the site back up and running. This is a very serious attack,” said the editor-in-chief of the St. Petersburg-based online newspaper Fontaka.ru. Other sites affected include Novaya Gazeta and Ekho […]

Today is 13th April on Same day 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre happened : Rabindranath Tagore Letter

There is also an anguished, but elegantly written letter, from Rabindranath Tagore to Lord Chelmsford, returning his knighthood, that all Indians must read: Your Excellency, The enormity of the measures taken by the Government in the Punjab for quelling some local disturbances has, with a rude shock, revealed to our minds the helplessness of our position as British subjects in India. The disproportionate severity of the punishments inflicted upon the […]

Social media users in urban India to reach 66 mn by June 2013

Social media users in urban India are estimated to reach 66 million by June 2013 on the back of availability of affordable smartphones and consequent mobile Internet use, a report said on Tuesday.   “The number of social media users in urban India reached 62 million by December 2012 and it is estimated to reach 66 million by June 2013,” a report on social media in India by the Internet and […]

The Wheels Are Coming Off

In Pic :earning curve Akhilesh Yadav still has a long way to go before stepping out of his father Mulayam’s shadow Hope sprang eternal when Akhilesh Yadav took over as UP’s youngest CM. Virendra Nath Bhatt and Brijesh Pandey chronicle how things have gone awry 10 months on. AFTER GETTING a glowing report card of 100 out of 100 from his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the […]

Poetic is nice, but software needs to be efficient too

The lyrical article on open software, in The Hindu, by Rahul Dé, professor at IIM, Bangalore, (editorial page, “Like poetry for software,” February 2, 2013) is of interest for several reasons. He compares the work of the great poet, Ghalib, with the computer code written by modern open-source programmers. Open source programmers have been in the forefront of the evolution of new, and often original, software suites for years and […]