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Mamata Banerjee’s TMC leads Bengal civic body polls, hackers warn of more cyber attacks: Top news stories of the day to watch out for

From Mamata Banerjee’s TMC leading civic body polls, hackers warning more cyber attacks, Pakistan continuing ceasefire violations to SC hearing on Triple Talaq case, here are the stories to look out for.

india Updated: May 17, 2017 11:31 IST
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee talks to the media after meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. TMC MP Derek O'Brien is also seen.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee talks to the media after meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. TMC MP Derek O'Brien is also seen. (PTI Photo)

Here are the top stories of the day you need to look out for:

Group that leaked NSA cyber weapon leading to WannaCry promises more malware codes

Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked parts of US national security agency’s (NSA) cyber weapons stockpile which formed the basis of the recent WannaCry ransomware, said it would release hacking tools every month to those willing to pay for it. The threat came as the cyber extortion campaign launched by as yet unidentified hackers waned. More than 300,000 computers were infected by the WannaCry malware since Friday, locking down computers and robbing businesses and individuals of potentially important files.

Read the story here.

West Bengal civic polls results 2017 LIVE: Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress storms to 4 wins, loses Darjeeling to BJP-GJM

Counting of votes for civic elections in West Bengal is underway. Seven civic bodies – four in the hills and three in the plains – voted on Sunday but the election was marred by unprecedented violence that left several people injured and pit the state’s opposition parties against the Bengal election chief.

Follow live updates here.

Trump asked former FBI chief to end probe into aide Flynn’s Russia links: Reports

President Donald Trump had asked FBI director James Comey to end the investigation into his first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Russian connections, according to notes Comey kept of the conversation that he had shown to some associates, multiple US news media outlets reported on Wednesday. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo. The conversation took place in the Oval Office on February 14, the day after Flynn was fired for lying to vice-president Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.

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SC to continue hearing on Triple Talaq case

The Supreme Court will today continue its hearing on the Triple Talaq case. Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi would argue the matter before the court. The Centre told the apex court that it opposes the triple talaq practice and wants to fight for women equality and gender justice. However, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) counsel Kapil Sibal told the apex court that triple talaq is a matter that comes under the Muslim board and therefore, in his opinion, the top court should not interfere in it.

Hackers generate digital currency in global ‘ransomware’ attack

A computer virus that exploits the same vulnerability as the global “ransomware” attack has latched on to more than 200,000 computers and begun manufacturing digital currency, experts said Tuesday. Researchers at security firm Proofpoint said the related attack, which installs a currency “miner” that generates digital cash, began infecting machines in late April or early May but had not been previously discovered because it allows computers to operate while creating the digital cash in the background.

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Pakistan continues ceasefire violations, fires on forward posts along LoC

Pakistan opened fire on forward villages and posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Wednesday with the neighbouring country continuing to violate the ceasefire agreement. The Pakistani army also opened heavy fire on Indian posts in Balakote sector of adjoining Poonch district on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The firing and shelling along the LoC has affected around 10,000 people.

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IAS officer found dead on the roadside in Lucknow

Anurag Tewari, a 2007 batch Karnataka cadre Indian Administration Services (IAS) officer, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Lucknow’s Hazratganj area on Wednesday morning. Tiwari, who was a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich, was staying at the Meera Bai Guest House for the last two days.

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Donald Trump putting US intelligence ties at risk, say experts

With his shoot-from-the-hip tweets targeting US spies and alleged Oval Office leak of secrets to the Russians, President Donald Trump has damaged White House relations with American and allied intelligence agencies and put national security at risk, current and former officials said Tuesday. Ex-CIA director Leon Panetta warned that Trump’s behaviour risks polluting relations between the intelligence agencies of the United States and its allies.

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Harish Salve, the piano-playing lawyer who is fighting Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at ICJ

Harish Salve, who is arguing India’s case at the International Court of Justice, is one of India’s most expensive lawyers who charges anything between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh for a court appearance. The chartered accountant-turned-lawyer specialises in tax law but is equally comfortable in criminal and constitutional matters. Perhaps that explains his list of clients that includes business tycoons Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata and Sunil Mittal. Veteran politicians Mulayam Singh Yadav and Parkash Singh Badal, too, have used Salve’s services, so have actor Salman Khan and IPL founder Lalit Modi.

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Lets talk about racism | Our ads preach we will have better jobs, marriages if we are fairer, says Abhay Deol

My first exposure to racism came from my own country. I grew up believing fairer is better. The voices of ‘fairer is lovelier’ were all around me. People would pinch my cheeks and say, “kina gora heh” (he’s so fair), and proceed to say, “soni kudi milegi” (he’ll get a beautiful girl)… It was only when I left to study abroad at the age of 18 that I began to question the notion of beauty being linked to colour of skin. I had friends of all colours and skin tone came into our conversations only when we discussed the rights of different communities.

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