The massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures could cost the company about $100 million, security experts said.Experts who have studied previous hacks told Reuters that though the cost would be less than the $171 million Sony estimated when its Playsation Network was hacked in 2011; it would still be a huge tab for the company.Sony would have to pay for tighter security, further investigation and protection of employee profiles and company passwords this time. The attack, which has been deemed the most damaging cyber hack in the US, has also hurt Sony’s reputation for its failure to ensure protection of company files.The attack crippled employee activity and production for almost a week, which would also cost the company another million dollars.People familiar with the matter told the agency that Sony has insurance cover for such kind of hacks but the insurance only compensates for a portion of the cost.Sony is still grappling with data breaches. Just after the hacker group that calls itself “Guardians of Peace” released employee passwords, salaries and some unpublished pilot scripts, the group has now released a cache of documents that reveals secret aliases of Hollywood actors who use the alternative identities to check in to hotels and use other services anonymously.According to the latest data reveal, Tom Hanks uses “Harry Lauder” as an alias while Sarah Michelle Gellar goes by “Neely O’ Hara.” Natalie Portman and Toby Maguire use “Laura Brown” and “Neil Deep”, respectively.Sony suspects the hacker group belongs to North Korea, which has vehemently denied any involvement. However, the country has called the group “righteous.”Adding to the suspicion is a recent open letter that the hacker group issued to the studio asking it to stop the release of “The Interview.” The movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogan, portraying two journalists who land a rare interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.The group anonymously posted the letter on GitHub, a programming tool, and threatened to expose more data if their demands were not met.”We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY,” the group’s message read.The message could not be independently verified, according to The Verge.
Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone flaunt their look at MET Gala 2019.InstagramIndian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone caused a splash at MET Gala 2019, held on Monday, May 6 at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. While Deepika Padukone wore a Zac Posen all-pink gown with 3D prints of sea creatures on it, Priyanka Chopra wore a silver mesh gown with a cape that had splashes of yellow and pink.Deepika Padukone confessed that her look was inspired by the iconic toy Barbie Doll and did look pretty, but MET Gala pretty. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior Haute Couture outfit was good but her hair and makeup, with a silver bindi, were not appreciated by people but we think it was perfect for the MET Gala.International Business Times, India had carried out a 24-hour poll to see whose look did fans like more. And not surprisingly, most people (57.93%) voted for Deepika Padukone. Priyanka Chopra has got only 14.63% votes, while 16.46% of people have voted that they have liked none of the looks. There are 10.98% of fans who liked the look of both Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. The voters we gather are largely Indian, and so that explains it all. Indians did not get the theme of MET Gala 2019 – Camp: Notes on Fashion.Take a look at our poll story here and the Poll Result here: Poll Result: Priyanka Chopra vs Deepika Padukone at MET Gala 2019.IBTIMESAlthough we at IBTIMES love Deepika Padukone’s look, we must say she, or rather her designer did not really keep up with the theme of the MET Gala 2019. The xXx: Return of Xander Cage actress got comments like ‘Gorgeous’ and beautiful for her outfit at the MET Gala 2019, which we think is not what the gala was meant for.Priyanka Chopra, on the other hand, has countless memes on her MET Gala 2019 look and how people found her fashion at the event. Like her husband Nick Jonas said at the Gala, it was meant to be “outrageous”. In that sense, Priyanka Chopra wins hands down. Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone: Who rocked the Met Gala 2019 look?TwitterBut our poll results show something else. And that has also to do with the fact that maybe, Priyanka Chopra was not able to carry her look off confidently. It was evident that she was uncomfortable, unlike Deepika Padukone who was confident.Who do you think wore it better for the MET Gala 2019 theme? Our poll is over but you can still comment on the story and tell us!The actresses though had a different look at the after-party where they were seen together. Take a look.
Were celebs on drugs at Karan Johar’s party?Video screengrabFilmmaker Karan Johar has finally broken his silence over allegations of hosting a drug party for a few A-list Bollywood stars at his residence last month.In a recent interview, Karan is furious with the brouhaha around the alleged ‘drug party’, and says all such charges are “baseless and ridiculous”.It was an “easy night out”, the filmmaker says, adding that his mother was also appalled reading about it.”I toyed with the idea of giving out a statement. I toyed with giving out a thought on the social media about something… There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time. I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid,” he said in an interview with Rajeev Masand.Last month, Karan had posted a video on Instagram of a party he hosted at home. Soon afterwards, Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa shared the video, alleging that top stars who were present at the party — such as Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and Vicky Kaushal — were flaunting a “drugged look” in the video. He tagged the video with #UdtaBollywood, taking off on the film “Udta Punjab”, which was about the drug menace in the state of Punjab and which, incidentally, starred Shahid.Karan has now opened up on how the reflection of a light near Vicky was misconstrued as proof.”Apparently you are not allowed to scratch your nose. Apparently, you are not allowed to put your phone in your back pocket. Apparently, a shadow of light is perceived to be some kind of powder,” he said, further revealing that Vicky was recovering from dengue and was drinking hot water with lemon.”Some of us were chatting and some of us were having wine, but that was it. It was a baseless accusation, and it really annoyed me because you are taking away the culture and tradition that I have been raised in. My mother was appalled when she read those things because she was there. Which powder? We are all very committed professionals,” he said.The filmmaker called it a night out where friends were letting their hair down.”My mother, five minutes before this video, was sitting with us. It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering, where friends were sitting and having a good time and we were listening to some music, having some good food and having good conversational energy there. There was nothing else going on,” he said.”The reason I didn’t put it out was because ‘why do I need to justify a house party which was a casual get together with good friends?’ How dare you grab it away from us? How dare somebody constantly make us soft target? It is ridiculous that someone can start spotting these things,” Karan said.He also said that his friends, who were present in the video, also found the accusations ridiculous.”I thought if I justify it will start looking that I am speaking too much in defense.”While he didn’t react to these accusations, he has decided that he will take a legal action next time.”I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route. You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something. You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it’s ridiculous.”The incident, he claimed, has left an impact on his mind.”I am, now, afraid to call up people to my home thinking that they might be afraid to show up,” he said.
Siddiqur Rahman. FIle photoGovernment Titumir College student M Siddiqur Rahman, who suffered serious eye injuries during a police action at Shahbagh, has been flown to Chennai in India on Thursday for better treatment.The health and family affairs ministry is bearing all the expenses of Siddiqur’s treatment at Shankar Netralaya in Chennai.Siddiqur’s classmate Sheikh Farid said they started for the airport from the hospital around 10:00am along with Siddiqur’s elder brother Nayeb Ali and Zahidul Islam, an assistant professor of National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital.Titumir College student Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when the police charged tear shells on agitating students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, at Shahbagh in the city.Siddiqur was undergoing treatment in the capital’s National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital where surgeries on both of his eyes were done on last Saturday.
.The ongoing budget session in parliament was adjourned today (Tuesday) till 3:00pm on 18 June next due to Eid-ul Fitr, reports UNB.Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah who was in the chair announced the adjournment decision in the afternoon.Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on 16 June or 17 June depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.The government holiday for Eid will begin on Friday.The 5th budget session of the 10th parliament began on 5 June last and it will continue till 12 July next.Finance minister AMA Muhith on 7 June last placed a national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year in the House, which is scheduled to be passed on 28 June next. The Finance Bill will be passed on 27 June.
A man whose name was left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, looks at the form he had earlier filled as he stands to receive forms to file an appeal in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, 10 August 2018. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Nativist anger churns through Assam, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. Photo : APThe rice farmer doesn’t know how it happened. Abdul Mannan just knows a mistake was made somewhere. But what can you say when the authorities suddenly insist one of your five children isn’t an Indian? What do you do when your wife and daughter-in-law are suddenly viewed as illegal immigrants?”We are genuine Indians. We are not foreigners,” said Mannan, 50, adding his family has lived in India’s northeastern Assam state since the 1930s. “I can’t understand where the mistake is.”Neither can nearly 4 million other people who insist they are Indian but who now must prove their nationality as the politics of citizenship – overlaid with questions of religion, ethnicity and illegal immigration – swirls in a state where such questions have a long and bloody past.Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.”India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians,” said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. “Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis.””We need a permanent solution,” he added.On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam’s draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo.Mannan, his two daughters and two of his sons were all listed on the citizenship list released in July. But his wife, a 17-year-old son and his daughter-in-law were nowhere to be seen. No explanation was given.”We are worried that the names are not there,” said Mannan, who lives with his family in a bamboo-walled hut, supporting them on about $150 a month in farming income. “How will we live? What will we do? How will we stay in Assam?”For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state’s majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims.In the 1980s that erupted into violence, with hundreds of people killed in Assam amid waves of anti-migrant attacks. New Delhi eventually ruled that anyone who could prove their family had lived in India before Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, which drove millions of Bangladeshis to flee across the border, would be considered an Indian citizen.But proving that can be deeply complicated in a region where basic paperwork – birth certificates, marriage certificates, leases – has only recently become commonplace in many rural villages.State officials insist they have done everything possible to make the procedure fair.”It’s been an extremely exhaustive process,” said Prateek Hajela, the coordinator of the citizenship project that involves 52,000 officials, visits to 6.8 million families and countless hearings to examine the details of family trees.But the politics of religion and ethnicity have been on the rise in India since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was swept to power in national elections. The party quickly pushed to update the citizenship registry in Assam, where politicians have eagerly grabbed hold of the issue.”First our target is to segregate the foreigners. What steps we will take against them will come next,” Assam’s top elected official, Sarbananda Sonowal, told the Times of India in an interview early this year. “They will have only one right – human rights as guaranteed by the UN that include food, shelter and clothing.””For almost 40 years our people have been living in a state of confusion and uncertainty,” he told the newspaper.Today, hundreds of Bengali-speaking Muslims with suspect nationality are already living in a half-dozen detention camps in Assam.Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims.”The concern over illegal migration is indeed genuine,” said Akhil Ranjan Dutta, a political analyst and professor at Gauhati University in Assam. “But unfortunately, political parties have always tried to score brownie points on the issue purely to gain votes.”Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state’s demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 per cent in 1991 to 29 per cent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.While Muslims appear to dominate the 3.9 million people left off the citizenship rolls, they aren’t the only people now facing a bureaucratic gauntlet.”I don’t know about politics. I am a poor man. I work all day, eat, and sleep at night. I don’t go anywhere else,” said Khitish Namo Das, 50, a rail-thin Hindu farmer who insists he was born in India and whose family of eight – except for one daughter-in-law – are now considered illegal.”When the names did not appear on the list it made me worry,” he said, then reassured himself: “I have the documents so I don’t think I need to worry too much.”It’s not clear what will happen to people who, once their appeals are used up, are still not listed as citizens. Detention is a strong possibility for some, but impoverished Bangladesh insists it will not accept mass expulsions back into its territory. Activists worry many could be left in limbo for years, perhaps decades, stateless wanderers like Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.Even some of those who support the citizenship survey say the migrants are a significant part of the economy.”Those immigrants play a very important role in supplying your labor economy. So if those people are given work permits, minus political rights, they could be very valuable in Assam,” said Nani Gopal Mahanta, an Assam-based political analyst.But he defends the survey: “It’s a question of sovereignty, it’s a question of the security of this country.”Officials insist that the process will be open and trustworthy.”It’s going to be a fair procedure,” Hajela, the project coordinator, said last week. “We will ensure that no genuine citizen gets left out, and at the point in time, ensuring that the ineligibles don’t find their names there.”
A 10-km tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla on Friday, causing immense sufferings to passengers, reports UNB.The tailback was created stretching from Meghna-Gumti Bridge in Daudkandi point to Munshiganj point from Thursday night as two trucks went out of order over Meghna Bridge, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police camp.The OC said, police removed the two trucks from the bridge and the traffic started returning to normalcy slowly.