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Day: December 14, 2015

Security flaws of contactless cards: How a time saving masterstroke can be exploited by criminals
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Security flaws of contactless cards: How a time saving masterstroke can be exploited by criminals

    Contactless cards offer a quick and easy way to pay in shops and restaurants, but could also offer easy pickings to fraudsters if not properly protected. A reader discovered this to his cost when his card seemed to go on a shopping spree without him - and, no, it wasn’t his wife. Desmond, from Wolverhampton, wrote to me after a cash machine displayed an “insufficient funds” message when he tried to withdraw some money. He knew this couldn’t be right as he had been paid just a few days before. So he contacted his bank which confirmed that there had been 13 transactions over the past three days totalling £2,125. Each transaction was an online purchase with his debit card, but Desmond had not made any of them himself. Desmond was not the only victim, by coincidence he discove...
HC questions legality of gas, power price hike
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

HC questions legality of gas, power price hike

    The High Court today questioned the legality of the government’s latest decision to hike gas and electricity prices. In response to a writ petition, the HC issued a rule upon the Energy Regulatory Commission to explain why the decision to hike the prices of gas and electricity would not be declared illegal. In the rule, the court also asked the commission to explain why it should not be directed to reconsider the price hike decision. The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam came up with the rule after hearing the writ petition filed by Consumers Association of Bangladesh. BANGLADESH RAISES POWER AND GAS PRICES FROM SEPTEMBER The organisation submitted the petition in September challenging the legality of the decision taken by Energy Regulatory C...
Boris Johnson: Denmark offers answer to Cameron’s EU crisis
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Boris Johnson: Denmark offers answer to Cameron’s EU crisis

    David Cameron must be granted a Danish-style opt out from free movement rules in order to get his ban on migrant benefits, Boris Johnson says, ahead of a summit this week which will determine Britain's future in the European Union. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the London Mayor said an exemption from EU rules that allows Denmark to ban non-residents from buying homes could be emulated by the UK to impose waiting times on benefits. The compromise plan - which could see welfare restrictions apply to returning British expatriates as well as EU migrants - is being examined by Brussels diplomats as a potential way of saving Mr Cameron's flagship EU reform, it is understood. Downing Street said the idea had not been "formally tabled", but admitted it could be raised during Thu...
President, PM pays tribute to martyred intellectuals
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

President, PM pays tribute to martyred intellectuals

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid their tribute to the martyred intellectu-als on Monday morning. To commemorate the Martyred Intellectuals Day, they each placed a wreath at the Martyred Intellectu-als Memorial at Mirpur in Dhaka. On the night of December 14 in 1971, over 200 Bengali intellectuals including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers, and writers were picked up in the capital by the Pakistani occupation forces, abetted by their local collaborators. The intellectuals were taken blindfolded to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Ra-jarbagh and other locations in different parts of the capital and later executed en masse at different kill-ing grounds, most notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur. Since then, the day is ...
French teacher stabbed by man claiming to be from Islamic State
ENGLISH, Europe

French teacher stabbed by man claiming to be from Islamic State

    French police and firefighters are seen in front of the nursery school where a hooded man claiming to be acting for Islamic State attacked a teacher with a knife in Aubervilliers, near Paris, France, December 14, 2015. A kindergarten teacher has been injured in a stabbing at a French school, with prosecutors investigating claims the attacker said he was acting on behalf of Islamic State. The attack took place at about 7.15am on Monday in Aubervilliers, a north-eastern suburb of Paris. French media reported that the teacher was assaulted by a hooded man, wearing a mask and gloves, who then fled the scene on foot. The attacker, who was armed with scissors and a knife, claimed to be from Isis and said “this is a warning”, the local prosecutor in Bobigny told reporters, citing...