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Language is my friend, fiction my first love: Arundhati Roy

She writes poetic prose, employs redolent metaphors and evokes utmost admiration for her novelistic virtues. Arundhati Roy is anything but a boring author. The 1997 Booker Prize-winner, who is equally at ease writing scathing essays, says she is a “disciplined writer” whose heart lies in fiction as it is a “connective tissue” between many things which are sometimes looked at or studied in isolation. Source: HT

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India’s largest bank leaves the data of millions of users exposed: The State Bank of India’s (SBI) server was left without any password protection exposing the contact details, balances and partial account number details of its users. The server has since been secured, but while left vulnerable, it had archived messages going back to December. While no sensitive data was disclosed, the data breach leaves customers susceptible to social engineering hacks and extortion. The ‘SBI Quick’ server — a service that allows the bank’s customers to text the bank for information on their accounts — has reportedly been secured since the report. But while it was open, it had archives of messages dating back to December according to TechCrunch’s investigation. That’s millions and millions of messages about balance information, loan inquiries, financial transactions and other data — although there were no passwords disclosed. Business Insider has reached out to SBI but they are yet to issue a response on the data breach. The data breach was spotted by a security researcher (unnamed) and verified by Karan Saini, the researcher who previously found a leak in India’s Aadhaar database, the largest biometric authentication system in the world.

Govt struck at root of corruption: President Ram Nath Kovind

In his address to the joint session of Parliament, the last before the Lok Sabha elections, President Ram Nath Kovind spoke at length about the steps government had taken to ‘strike at the root of corruption’. “Not only did the government fight corruption and hoarding of black money, it also brought a SIT to track such crimes,” Kovind said on Day One of the Budget session. Source: HT

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SC dismisses petition against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment to aviation body

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition against the appointment of former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana as director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). The petition was dismissed by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Source: HT

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