Three persons missing in lethal mudslides in California

In recent developments in the deadly California mudslides, three people were reported as missing. Searchers looked through the rubble and debris in Montecito. 20 people have been reported to be killed by the onslaught of these mudslides.
Among these people were John Cantin, 17 and Faviola Benitez, 28. A child of two years of age, Lydia Sutthithepa was also missing. The young girl’s  father Pinit Sutthithepa was killed on Saturday. The sheriff narrowed down the people from a list of about 100 missing people.
This is the worst number of deaths that a mudslide has caused in California in the past 13 years. The fallen trees, power lines and debris made it harder for searchers to dig through. Montecito, the affected area is a rich neighbourhood 137 kilometres away from Los Angeles.
Post intimation, the White House released a conciliatory statement on behalf of President Trump and the First Lady.
The destruction affected close to 78 square kilometres and razed 65 homes to the ground while damaging 450 others. The residents from this side, the southeastern corner have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Sources – Reuters, CNN

Actress Carrie Fisher dies due to cardiac arrest

Actress Carrie Fisher(60) took her last breath on Tuesday morning due to a massive cardiac arrest. She The U.S. actress gained immense popularity for her iconic role of Princess Leia in the Sci-fi trilogy Star Wars. Her death was confirmed by Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter’s Publicist.

Fisher suffered a massive heart attack en route Los Angeles from London on Friday and was immediately rushed to the UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California where she breathed her last. She leaves behind a 24-year-old actress daughter, Billie Lourd.

Social media was flooded with heartfelt condolence tweets and messages. Actress and Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds wrote on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”

Harrison Ford, her co-star from Star Wars described the actress a “one-of-a-kind” woman who bravely lived her life. Throughout her life, she donned many hats of directors, writers, etc. She penned down several books like Wishful drinking, Princess Diarist and Postcards from the edge.

Apart from Star Wars, she was also known for her fantastic work in Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and her sisters. She also made a cameo in the famous TV series Sex and the City and 30 Rock. Her death left behind a rich legacy of beauty, talent and class.


Sources: BBC, CNN

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Indian-origin student charged with cyber attacks in US

In a multinational operation to crackdown on young hackers, an Indian-origin computer science student has been recently charged for carrying out cyber-attacks on a chat site.

According to the officials, Sean Krishanmakoto Sharma was produced before federal Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar in Los Angeles on December 12 and was released on a $100,000 bail bond, reports the Indian Express.

Brian Stretch, the federal prosecutor for Northern California, said that the convict has used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) tool to disrupt the computers of a San Francisco company that provides chat services to other companies between November 2014 and January 2015. DDoS is a form of cyber-attack that floods computers with bogus requests that overwhelms and paralyses it.

A court document has identified the company as Chantango, states NDTV.It is being said that Sharma used a botnet called Xtreme Fire to carry out the attacks.On December 9, when Sharma was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he was identified as a 26-year-old graduate student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In the operation that was conducted by the US, Australia and 11 European countries, 34 people have been arrested since December 5, most of which are under the age of 20.

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV

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Game of Thrones shines at the Emmy

Second year in a row, the Game of Thrones sensation took over the Emmy. The fantasy thriller made history by beating Frasier, the show that won most Emmy awards for a scripted TV series. It now holds the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series.The series took home 12 Emmy in total this year, nine awards in the technical category and three others including best direction, best writing and best dramatic series. The 68th edition of the Emmy, often referred to as television’s equivalent of the Oscars, took place in downtown Los Angeles early this week.


Not only does the show now have a total of 38 Emmy including that of 2015 Emmy, the show beat newcomers like Mr. Robot and The Americans. In the best writing category, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took home the award for the episode, ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ The award for the best direction in a drama series was bagged by  Miguel Sapochnik for the episode, ‘The door.’ The other awards that the show won included, the award for production design for a narrative contemporary or fantasy program, casting for a drama series, costumes for a period/fantasy series, makeup for single-camera series, sound mixing for a comedy or drama series, prosthetic makeup for a series, the award for special visual effects, single-camera picture editing for a drama series and stunt coordination for a drama series.


In addition to the list of winning categories, the show got nominations in numerous other categories, most importantly the categories for best supporting actor and actress in a drama series. In the supporting actor category, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington were both nominated but lost to Ben Mendelsohn, of the show Bloodline. In supporting actress category, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams were nominated but lost to Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey. The show was nominated to other categories such as guest actor in drama series, cinematography for a single-camera series, hairstyling for a single-camera series, interactive program and sound editing for a series.