Wipro likely to extend CEO Kuriens term by at least one year

first_imgIndia’s third largest IT firm Wipro could extend the tenure of its chief executive officer TK Kurien by at least one year. Kurien’s current five-year term will expire in January next year.The move may curtail speculation about impending appointment of the new head to Wipro. Recently, the reports about Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its chief operating officer earlier this year.The expert said the extension of Kurien’s term will provide the company’s chairman, Azim Premji, and the board more time to scout for a new CEO.”Will (Kurien) stay in February 2016 or December 2016 or January 2017? The answer is yes… (Kurien) is not going any time soon,” an executive familiar with the matter told Livemint.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.However, Wipro board’s three-member nominations committee hasn’t finalised the extension of Kurien’s tenure. But the nominations panel headed by Ashok S Ganguly and independent directors Narayanan Vaghul and William Arthur Owens will meet in January, and is expected to extend Kurien’ term by “at least a year”.”This is the general understanding for now (of Kurien staying for at least another year). (But) it finally is the call of the nominations committee, and they should make it public early next year,” said another source close to the developments.”Any such decision will be taken by the board of directors of Wipro Ltd based on the recommendation of the nominations committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges,” said a spokesman for Wipro.Some experts said that the extension of Kurien’s current tenure highlights the “confidence” kept by the board in him. The extension will make Kurien the longest serving Wipro CEO since 1981.”Kurien has done a good job in not only espousing Wipro’s values, but also guiding the company through the market place digital transformation,” said Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc. — a technology research and advisory firm.last_img read more

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Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention

first_img Normally when an app is downloaded from a reliable source, it comes with something called the Android Application Package File (APK). The purpose of the file is to allow the app to prove that it’s not been modified since being installed—a sign that it’s been hacked and changed. A check is made every time the app is run. To make it more difficult for hackers to modify existing apps, the APK is given a cryptographic signature. Now Bluebox is reporting that they’ve found a way to modify existing apps on a smartphone, without disturbing the cryptographic signature. Worse, they say, the vulnerability goes all the way back to Android 1.6, which was released nearly four years ago. That they say, means that 900 million devices are currently at risk.Modification of an app allows a hacker to cause the app to do things the user is not aware of, such as access data. One of the most serious scenarios, Bluebox says, is if an app made by the manufacturer of a phone is changed. Such apps, they note, generally have access to phone functionality in addition to services such as text messages. That means a modified app could be made to control the phone’s camera, for example, or to place calls.Bluebox isn’t revealing exactly how a hacker might take advantage of the vulnerability—that would be inviting trouble, of course. They do say that they notified Google of what they’d found back in February, and that presumably the tech giant is working on a solution. In the meantime, they suggest phone users abstain from downloading apps from risky third party sites. They also strongly encourage enterprise managers to encourage all users of a given system to update their devices as soon as a fix becomes available. The company is also promising to reveal more about the nature of the vulnerability at this year’s Black Hat USA 2013 conference. Explore further Screenshot of HTC Phone After Exploit (Phys.org) —Mobile security startup Bluebox Security has revealed via a post on its website a vulnerability in smartphones running the Android operating system. The vulnerability, they say could allow hackers to modify code in apps running on a phone without breaking the app’s cryptographic signature. Feature stops apps from stealing phone users’ passwordscenter_img Citation: Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention (2013, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-bluebox-reveals-android-vulnerability-blackhat.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Honey the skin saviour

first_imgHoney is seen as an ideal natural ingredient to do away with skin dryness and there is more to this sweet kitchen ingredient. Make honey part of your beauty regime to get natural glow, reports huffingtonpost.com.Usage of honey in multiple ways:  Facial scrub: Women with sensitive skin can prepare a face mask made of honey, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It’s less abrasive, yet removes dead skin cells to reveal a smoother and more vibrant complexion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hair removal: Mix honey and lemon juice and pour into a sugaring wax that’s safe to use on your body. This will remove hair and also make your skin soft.Scars: To make the scars leave your side, apply raw honey on the affected areas before bed and cover with a bandage. In the morning, remove the cover-up and cleanse the skin.Bath treatment: Take bath with milk and honey. The alpha hydroxy acids in milk breaks down dry and flaky skin, while the enzymes in honey softens skin.Sunburn: Honey helps to soothe sunburns. You just need to dab on a little honey on skin.Chapped lips: Mix honey, brown sugar and olive oil, and apply on your lips. This mixture will moisturise chappy lips.last_img read more

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Add lamps greenery to your home for positive vibes

first_imgDecorate your home with ample lights be it in the form of lamps or chandeliers, introduce few planters with fresh flowers to the sad and empty corners of your home to bring in that positive vibes and tranquility, suggest experts. * Fetch greenery inside: Adding planters with loads of fresh flowers and green plants creates the serene milieu.* Light the area right: Lights plays a key role in setting the ambiance right. Adding up few chandeliers and lamps will create a beautiful serene in the room. Also, incorporating few scented candles in your rooms is yet another great idea that not only spread aroma around but also generate the loving atmosphere around.* When we talk about bringing spring botanicals in your abode then instead of changing whole upholstery best way to bring them is in cushions or nature inspired curtains can also work well. You can contrast them with neon colours and dwelling is ready with a makeover.Adding floral design, nature upholstery pieces with contrasting rugs can also work well. Also watercolour-style flower-print fabric can also be incorporated that can be used on key items, such as a footstool or cushions.* Small decorative pieces, fruit bowls, decorative ornaments and magazine baskets also enhance the look of the living room, hence plays a vital role in bringing any themed décor in the house.You can add photoframes, bamboo décor products also smaller objects such as coasters, decorative trays and room diffuser, art pieces works well.* Many a times we see that only one single colour wall is the focal point in any room. This trend is passé. Instead use printed wallpapers to brighten any space in your house whether it is bedroom, living area, dining room or balcony as well. * Infuse the light scented candles that not only create an aromatic room but also create a nice ambience. Furthermore, you can set a relaxing mood by arranging a variety of oil lamps and candles on decorative trays and let them work their magic on your senses.* Adorn your interiors with brighter shades of yellow, orange, red, blue and green. Opt for the colours that complement each other and provide an exuberant aura to your home.Use floral prints as décor in your home to keep your home lively, cheerful and fresh.last_img read more

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Indonesia says survivors unlikely from Lion Air plane crash

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Indonesia says survivors unlikely from Lion Air plane crash Share By: The Associated Press KARAWANG — A Lion Air plane crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Monday, likely killing all 189 people onboard. The accident was a blow to the country’s aviation safety record after the lifting of bans on its airlines by the European Union and U.S.The search and rescue effort has recovered human remains, and based on their condition, one of its top officials said they’re not expecting to find any survivors. More than 300 people including soldiers, police and fishermen are involved in the grim search, retrieving aircraft debris and personal items such as a crumpled cellphone, ID cards, bags and photos from the seas northeast of Jakarta.The accident involving a new plane has stunned Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo ordered the transport safety commission to investigate. He urged Indonesians to “keep on praying” as rescuers search for victims.An air transport official, Novie Riyanto, said the flight was cleared to return to Jakarta after the pilot made a “return to base” request two to three minutes after taking off. It plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later. Weather conditions were normal but the aircraft had experienced a technical issue on its previous flight.Lion Air said the jet, on a 1 hour and 10 minute flight to Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra, was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamIt said there were two foreigners onboard the plane: its pilot, originally from New Delhi, and an Italian citizen.The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 metres (100 to 115 feet) deep.The agency’s chief, Muhammad Syaugi, told a news conference that divers are trying to locate the wreckage.Weather conditions for the flight were safe, according to the Indonesian meteorology agency. It said clouds associated with turbulence were not present and winds were weak.The Boeing 737 Max 8 was delivered to Lion Air in mid-August and put in use within days, according to aviation website Flightradar24. It was leased from China Minsheng Investment Group Leasing Holdings Ltd., according to the official China News Service.Malindo Air, a Malaysian subsidiary of Jakarta-based Lion Air, was the first airline to begin using the 737 Max 8 last year. The Max 8 replaced the similar 800 in the Chicago-based plane maker’s product line.Lion Air president-director Edward Sirait said the plane had a “technical problem” on its previous flight from Bali to Jakarta but it had been fully remedied. He didn’t know specifics of the problem when asked in a TV interview. The pilot of Flight 610 had more than 6,000 flying hours while the co-pilot had more than 5,000 hours, according to the airline.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong“Indeed there were reports about a technical problem, and the technical problem has been resolved in accordance with the procedures released by the plane manufacturer,” he said. “I did not know exactly but let it be investigated by the authorities.”Boeing Co. said it was “deeply saddened” by the crash and was prepared to provide technical assistance to Indonesia’s crash probe.The Transport Ministry said the plane took off from Jakarta at about 6:20 a.m. and crashed just 13 minutes later. Data from FlightAware showed it had reached an altitude of only 5,200 feet (1,580 metres).The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 onboard.Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June this year. The U.S. lifted a decade-long ban in 2016.Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people onboard. Tags: Indonesia, Lion Air Monday, October 29, 2018 last_img read more

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