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Indian techie killed in Brussels terror attack
Bengaluru/New Delhi : India-born techie Raghavendran Ganeshan, who went missing after the March 22 terror strikes in Brussels, died in the attack on a metro station, the external affairs ministry and software major Infosys said on Monday. The ministry said the body would be flown to India Monday night or Tuesday morning.
 
External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said late on Monday night: "The Belgian authorities have identified Raghavendran as one of the victims of the barbaric terror attacks of March 22."
 
"If they are able to make it, the body accompanied by family would be on a flight from Amsterdam to Chennai via the Gulf tonight (Monday night) or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning with Jet (Airways) to India," he added.
 
In a statement issued in Bengaluru, the IT major said: "It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of our colleague Raghavendran Ganeshan in the terrible attack in Brussels."
 
The 28-year-old techie was said to be in a metro train on March 22 when the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital was rocked by an explosion, in which at least 20 people died and many were injured.
 
Offering her "heartfelt condolences" to the bereaved family, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that his mortal remains were being handed over to the family in Brussels.
 
"I am deeply pained to inform that Brussels authorities hv identified Raghavendran as one of the victims of terror blasts in Brussels. Unfortunately, he was travelling in the same coach of the metro in which the suicide bomber blew himself up," she posted.
 
Sushma Swaraj had tweeted on March 23 that Ganeshan's last phone call was traced to the metro in which he was travelling when terror struck the main metro station in that city.
 
The Infosys statement noted: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ganeshan's family and those who were injured or lost a loved one in the terror attacks."
 
"We will continue to provide all possible support to Ganeshan's family in this hour of grief and request the privacy of his family during this difficult time," it added.
 
The company learnt from a tweet Sushma Swaraj posted on March 22 that she spoke to Ganeshan's mother Annapoorni and assured her of all help in tracing her son then.
 
It is also learnt that Ganeshan spoke to his mother in India an hour before blasts ripped the Brussels airport and the metro rail station.
 
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FBI hacks into iPhone, US drops legal battle against Apple
Washington : After successfully hacking into the encrypted Apple iPhone of one of the terrorists in San Bernardino, California shooting, the US Department of Justice has withdrawn legal action against the tech giant.
 
According to the media reports, a third party helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to crack the security function without erasing contents of the iPhone used by Syed Farook.
 
Farook, along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, planned and executed the December 2, 2015 shooting that left 14 people killed.
 
"This case should never have been brought. We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated," Apple said in a statement on Monday.
 
"This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy," the statement said.
 
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook, referring to the ongoing battle with the US government over encryption to unlock an iPhone, reiterated the company's commitment to protect its users' data and privacy.
 
Addressing a packed auditorium at its Cupertino, California-based headquarters, Cook said: "We have a responsibility to help you protect your data and your privacy. We will not shrink from this responsibility."
 
"We built the iPhone for you, our customers, and for many of us it is a deeply personal device," he told the gathering during a special launch event this month.
 
On Monday, the federal government department, on behalf of the FBI, made the move at a US court in Central California, Xinhua reported.
 
The two-page court filing said that the FBI had accessed data stored on the iPhone 5c.
 
A week ago, a day before the DOJ and the Silicon Valley technology company were scheduled to appear at a hearing at the court, the government said it was trying a new way to unlock the phone used by Farook.
 
The smartphone has a feature that erases data after 10 unsuccessful unlocking attempts.
 
Successfully bypassing Apple in its efforts to look into the phone for information probably helpful in the terror attack investigation, the DOJ did not make public on Monday any details about who did help and how did it make through.
 
Apple had been resisting the order by Judge Pym since February 16, when she ordered the manufacturer to provide the FBI with specialised software to disable the security feature.
 
In an earlier TV interview, citing privacy protection for customers as a reason, Cook suggested that he would fight the case all the way up the US Supreme Court.
 
The argument was heated, as the government side fought on the ground that it was a work phone owned by the San Bernardino county, and the software would be in the possession of Apple rather than in the hands of FBI agents.
 
Both sides seemed to have failed to win full public support.
 
However, the DOJ's decision not to go after Apple's assistance effectively put the dispute to an end, at least for now.
 
And it is now Apple's turn to figure out, and for iPhone users to wonder, how secure is the phone and data on the device.
 
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Indian defence exports surged in 2015
New Delhi : As India focuses on enhancing domestic production of military hardware, a surge in its export was recorded in nine months to end-2015, with the net value touching almost $210 million (Rs.1,400 crore).
 
According to the annual report of the defence ministry, the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and the private sector companies exported products worth Rs.1,397 crore from April to December 2015. The final figures for the fiscal ending March 31 are yet to be tabulated.
 
Exports in the financial year 2014-15 were valued at Rs.994 crore.
 
"The trend in export shows phenomenal growth by the industry," the defence ministry report said.
 
It also lauded the role of private companies in the defence sector, stating that the exports by the sector had shown "accelerated growth" by 12-14 companies.
 
The major destinations for defence exports from India include Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Ecuador, Indonesia, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Sudan, Vietnam and the UK.
 
Among the major items being exported are Offshore patrol vessels, spares for radars, Cheetal helicopters, turbo chargers and batteries, electronic systems, light engineering mechanical parts and personal protective items, which comprise articles like helmets, bulletproof jackets and other types of clothing.
 
The report also observed that the online system for NoCs (No Objection Certificates) which was started in November 2014 is working satisfactorily.
 
In August 2015, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for issuing NOCs for export of military stores by public or private defence industry were also revised.
 
Under this, the requirement of an End User Certificate to be countersigned or stamped by the government authorities has been done away with for the export of items like parts, components or sub-systems.
 
As the government promotes participation of private sector in defence manufacturing, the report also said that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has issued 319 Industrial Licences to 190 companies till January 2016.
 
Of these, 50 companies with 79 licences have started production.
 
The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) envisages providing a boost to the 'Make in India' initiative, enhanced role for private sector, and promoting medium and small scale industries.
 
It also has a new category of Buy Indian -- Indigenous Design Development and Manufacturing under which indigenously designed equipment with 40 percent content will be procured.
 
According to Sweden-based think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), between 2011 and 2015 India was the largest importer of arms, accounting for 14 percent of the global trade.
 
It, however, does not appear prominently in the list of defence exporters, with the top slot being taken by the US, which accounts for 33 percent of global arms export, according to SIPRI.
 
According to the Institute's analysis, adding together the data that states have made available on the financial value of their arms exports, the estimated total value of the global arms trade in 2013 was at least $76 billion. It adds that the true figure is likely to be higher.
 
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