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China’s Fujian province offers Reward for recovering damaged pieces of ancient Chinese wooden arch bridges

The wooden arch bridges, found mostly in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, were built using structures fitted together without using a single metal nail or rivet

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Xijin_bridge in yongkang, China. (Representational Image). Wikimedia

Beijing, Sep 23, 2016: China’s Fujian province is offering a reward for finding missing parts of four ancient wooden arch bridges, which were washed away in torrential floods brought by typhoon Meranti, the media reported on Friday.

The wooden arch bridges, found mostly in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, were built using structures fitted together without using a single metal nail or rivet.

The Chinese building practice was put on Unesco’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009.

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Typhoon Meranti. Wikimedia
Typhoon Meranti. Wikimedia

The four bridges — Longjin, Sanxi, Guanshan and Xianwuting — are all cultural sites under protection, with the oldest dating back to 1631.

Qiu Changrong, deputy director of the cultural bureau in Minhou county, said that after the typhoon passed, most structural wooden planks of the Guanshan and Xianwuting bridges were retrieved due to the narrow waterway underneath.

“After the typhoon, we called on villagers to join the government’s efforts in looking for the missing parts downstream. Anyone who finds them can get a reward from hundreds to thousands of yuan depending on how much they find,” Qiu said.

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A week since the typhoon passed, around one-third of the missing pieces of the bridges have been recovered, as people trekked downstream to a reservoir in a neighbouring county with the help of local farmers.

Typhoon Meranti, the strongest typhoon to hit China this year, left 28 people dead and 15 others missing in Fujian and Zhejiang, after making landfall on September 15. (IANS)

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Indian Techie Discovers a Bug in Uber, Bags Rs 4.6 Lakh Reward

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber that recently fixed a hacking bug found by Bengaluru-based cybersecurity researcher Anand Prakash which allowed hackers to log into anyone’s Uber account, and paid him $6,500 (nearly Rs 4.6 lakh) as reward.

The bug was an account-takeover-vulnerability on Uber that allowed attackers to take over any other user’s Uber account, including those of partners and Uber Eats users, inc42 reported.

As per media report, the bug was present in the API request function of the Uber app.

According to Uber, the bug was immediately fixed through the company’s bug bounty programme. It also said that over $2 million was paid to more than 600 researchers around the world, including Indian researchers.

Prakash had earlier removed a bug in Uber, by taking advantage of which anyone could travel for free for a lifetime in an Uber cab.

He started his career as a security engineer in Flipkart in 2014.

Uber app.

In 2016, he founded AppSecure, a cyber security startup.

Prakash has been featured in the Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” list.

In 2015, Facebook awarded him $15,000 as bounty for logging in without an account.

A graduate in computer science from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, he also received $5,000 from Uber for booking a free ride and $4,700 from Tinder.

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Prakash has worked with the Bengaluru-based foodtech startup Freshmenu to make their platform secure.

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past. (IANS)