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10 Facts about APJ Abdul Kalam

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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam who is popularly known as APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most influential personalities of India a great scientist. This former president of India ie., 11th president of India is a lot more than just a political figure. He is a scientist, thinker, Inspiration and a youth icon. Undoubtedly he is in true sense “the missile man” of India. Though his life is an open book, there are few unknown facts about him which most of us don’t know. Let us have a look to them..

1. Reason behind Kalam not getting Married

When asked why he wasn’t married he replied that marriage and children will lead selfishness towards life and he don’t wanted to be selfish at any cost in life as he dedicated his life for serving the nation.

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He is the first scientist and first unmarried person to become the President of India.

2. Once Abdul Kalam assistant scientist asked to leave early for home to take his wife and children for exhibition. Abdul Kalam granted the permission. But the assistant scientist was so busy in his work he forgot to leave early to home. Then while he went to his home he just found his wife, his children were not there. When he asked his wife where were the children she replied “Your manager has taken our children to exhibition”. The manager was APJ Abdul Kalam.

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3. We all know that he used to be a paper boy but what he did before circulating the paper is thought provoking..

He used to circulate paper while he was a child for living. But he used to circulate paper only after he has read the whole paper. His dedication towards gaining knowledge is impeccable.

4. Missile Man of India

Missile Man of India

Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.

5. Once, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the suggestion to put broken glass on the wall of a building that needed protection. Why? Because broken glass would be harmful for birds!

This happened when Dr. Kalam was with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and his team was discussing options to secure the perimeter of a building that needed protection. Dr. Kalam reportedly said: “If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall.”

6. Soon after it was declared that Dr. Kalam would be the next President, he visited a modest school to deliver a speech. His security detail was minimal, and he didn’t mind taking control of the situation when the power went off.

Speaking to around 400 students, Dr. Kalam ensured the power cut didn’t cause any interruption. He walked right in the middle of the crowd and asked the students to surround him. He then spoke to 400 students with his bare voice and delivered, like always, an inspiring keynote.

7. APJ Abdul Kalam is a pure Vegetarian

8. Kalam Was Brought Up In A Multi-Religious, Tolerant Society, he himself said many times that he is an Atheist.

Kalam was brought up in a multi-religious, tolerant society; one with a progressive outlook.

9. He is the only person with maximum number of quotes after Swami Vivekananda.

10. And the most important story – of his contribution to India’s space and defence programs:

Dr. Kalam was one of the few scientists who started working with ISRO during the agency’s early years. A Church became the place of work for the handful of India’s rocket scientists – including Dr. Kalam; and a nearby beach became the place where the rocket launchpad was set up.

Cycles and bullock-carts were used back in the 1970s & 1980s to transport rocket parts and entire satellites, and Dr. Kalam was one of the rare few scientists who made significant contributions to India’s early space program. In fact, Dr. Kalam was the Director of the project that indigenously developed the SLV-III (Space Launch Vehicle) and also the PSLV – which is operational even today and was used in the Moon and the Mars missions. In 1980, SLV-III successfully injected the Rohini satellite into a near-Earth orbit and made India an exclusive member of the Space Club.

After working with ISRO, Dr. Kalam took up responsibilities for developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at the DRDO which led to the development of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles. He also led the Pokhran-II nuclear tests that made India a nuclear weapon state.

It is said that during Indira Gandhi’s regime, Dr. Kalam was the man who convinced the Prime Minister for an advanced missile program for the country – and despite the disapproval of the Union Cabinet, PM Gandhi had secretly funded Kalam’s aerospace and defence projects. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Ram Gopal Varma is trying to get maximum attention to his Lakshmi’s NTR movie, and there is quite a good buzz on the project even before it was launched. RGV is planning to make it big in the best way possible and trying to create a special interest towards the film in the public.

RGV Not Meeting NTR Family
RGV Not Meeting NTR Family

“I got this idea from the friends to make a film on the life of SR NTR. My film deals with the incidents that took place in his life from the time Lakshmi Parvathi entered his life till his death. The subject is ready and I am not going to meet the family members of NTR because all of them would narrate the incidents that are in favorable for them. I met NTR’s driver and cook recently and got some details.” said RGV about his research.

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Sada is a heroine in Telugu who was seen in homely roles in her career beginning. The actress who was shot with popularity also explored offers in Kollywood. She was a judge for the reality show being telecasted in ETV. The actress is always in her limits when it comes to giving her judgment, or behaviour in the show or presenting herself in a beautiful manner. She never crossed the limits in being glamorous.

Sada Turns Prostitute
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Find your unprotected Amazon S3 buckets with this free tool

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Services like Amazon’s S3 have made it easier and cheaper than ever to store large quantities of data in the cloud. Used properly, S3 buckets are a useful tool that can save time and money.

Used properly, I said. The problem is that plenty of companies fail to implement basic security. This, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, has resulted in an astonishing spate of (frankly) catastrophic data breaches. In October, researchers discovered an open S3 bucket containing the personal information of 1,113 NFL players and their agents. And in July, the details of three million WWE fans were chokeslammed onto the internet, after a third party contracted by the popular wrestling franchise set their buckets to ‘public,’ allowing anyone with an Internet connection to access and download content from it.

Sometimes, the leaked data is of a profoundly intimate nature. One leak, which emerged just last week, contained the blood test records of over 150,000 people.

Kromtech Security, a Cologne-based infosec firm, today released an open source script that should hopefully solve this problem for good. The tool, called S3 Inspector, is essentially a short Python program that uses your credentials to enumerate your S3 buckets. It will then identify which ones are secured properly, and which ones urgently require your attention.

Speaking over email, Bob Diamchenko, Head of Communications for Kromtech, explained the motivation behind S3 Inspector.

Amazon S3 is a popular storage service that is used by many enterprises, governments, and individuals across the globe. The service is fast, scalable and easy to use, but far too often we have seen cases where administrators fail to configure it properly or simply forget about configuration changes. This usually results in confidential user data or internal data is leaked online to anyone with an internet connection.

We began to see an increase in the number of instances of S3 misconfigurations. Recently we published a detailed guide, which explains how to protect your S3 buckets in detail. However, despite numerous warnings and a never ending cycle of data leaks, it seemed like those who store sensitive data online were not getting the message or unaware of the dangers.

When talking to the affected companies about the reasons for them to leave their repositories unprotected, we learned that oftentimes businesses have so many AWS S3 instances within their environment that it becomes hard for them to continuously check for their public availability.

We decided to make a simple tool that can help Amazon S3 users quickly check their S3 buckets for public access. We hope that by raising public awareness and giving people the tools to quickly check if they are protected from leaks. As responsible members or the cybersecurity community we hope that our hard work and dedication will reduce the occurrences of data leaks and financial, reputational damage, and cyber crimes.

S3 Inspector is available from today. You can download it from Github here.

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