Modi to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace

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Apr
23

BEIJING (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after a group picture during BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Benaulim, in Goa, India, October 16, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo

The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said the two would meet on Friday and Saturday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

“Our common interests far outweigh our differences. The two countries have no choice other than pursuing everlasting friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development,” Wang told reporters after meeting Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in Beijing.

“The summit will go a long way towards deepening the mutual trust between the two great neighbours,” he added. “We will make sure that the informal summit will be a complete success and a new milestone in the history of China-India relations.”

Modi has sought to re-set ties after disputes over issues including their disputed border with Tibet and other issues.

The discussion with Wang was to prepare for the informal summit, Swaraj said.

“It will be an important occasion for them (Modi and Xi) to exchange views on bilateral and international matters, from an overarching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication,” Swaraj said.

The Asian giants were locked in a 73-day military stand-off in a remote, high-altitude stretch of that boundary last year. At one point, soldiers from the two sides threw stones and punches.

The confrontation between the nuclear-armed powers in the Himalayas underscored Indian alarm at China’s expanding security and economic links in South Asia.

China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative of transport and energy links bypasses India, apart from a corner of the disputed Kashmir region, also claimed by Pakistan, but involves India’s neighbours Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives.Modi’s previously unannounced Wuhan trip is even more unusual in that he will visit China again in June for a summit in Qingdao of the China and Russia-led security grouping, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which India joined last year.

It is almost unheard of for foreign leaders to visit China twice in such close succession. Xi is also extending Modi the rare honour of a meeting outside of Beijing, which almost never happens unless there is a multilateral summit taking place.

Modi’s nationalist government has reversed course on its relationship with Beijing apparently after realising its hard line on China was not working.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who lives in India and who China considers a dangerous separatist, is also facing the cold shoulder.

In March, India issued an unprecedented ban on Tibetans holding a rally with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of the failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Other areas of disagreement remain however between Beijing and New Delhi.

China has blocked India’s membership of a nuclear cartel and it has also been blocking U.N. sanctions against a Pakistan-based militant leader blamed for attacks on India.

A Buddhist monk attends a protest held to mark the 10th anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, in New Delhi, India, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Additional reporting by Elias Glenn and Gao Liangping; Mayank Bhardwaj in NEW DELHI; Editing by William Maclean and Dale Hudson

Sonam and Anand to tie the knot in Mumbai?

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Apr
22

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s wedding speculations have been unendingly doing the rounds, despite the actress refraining from commenting on the same. Let alone the wedding, but Sonam has not even spoken about her alleged beau Anand Ahuja publicly as the ‘Neerja’ actress has always kept her personal life under wraps.

While there were rumours of them having an exotic destination wedding, as per latest reports, the couple will apparently tie the knot in Aamchi Mumbai. The rumoured wedding’s dates were also not confirmed, but a source close to the development recently revealed that Sonam and Anand will tie the knot on May 6, 2018 and May 7, 2018 in Mumbai.

The source further added that after the big fat Indian wedding, the families of the bride and the groom will head to Delhi for a grand reception. Since Anand Ahuja hails from the Capital, both the families are keen on having a celebration in Delhi as well. Sonam will supposedly resume work three days after her wedding.

Speaking about scrapping the idea of having a destination wedding, the source told a media portal that it was becoming too cumbersome to manage the travel and living arrangements for approximately 150 members of the extended family and close friends of the Kapoors as well as Anand’s. It would have been difficult for the senior members of the extended family, who are expected to attend all the ceremonies, to fly to Switzerland.

The source also revealed how the Kapoor family is working overtime to finalise the details at the last minute after several changes in the dates. Since South Bombay would be too far for the families as well as the guests from Delhi, Sonam and her mother, Sunita, want to finalise a suburban hotel, preferably in Bandra or Juhu (where the Kapoors also reside) for ease in reaching the venue.

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This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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Apr
22

iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

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Dinesh Karthik questions KKR’s revised target

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Apr
22

Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, was “surprised” by the revised target thrown up for Kings XI Punjab in the rain-hit match at Eden Gardens on Saturday. Chasing 192, Kings XI were 96 for 0 in 8.2 overs when the rain arrived; roughly 90 minutes later, they needed just 29 more off 28 balls (that is, 125 in 13 overs) to seal victory and go top of the IPL table. The new target was calculated via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method, an upgrade on the Duckworth-Lewis system.

“We needed two wickets at that stage,” Karthik said, after Kings XI romped to a nine-wicket win with 11 balls remaining. “It was important to get [Chris] Gayle and KL [Rahul] early and that was something I was wishing to happen, but they played some really good shots and got away.

“It’s hard for me to predict what would’ve happened. It’s interesting that at that stage, when play was stopped, they needed about eight runs an over. But after the [DLS] method, they suddenly needed only six, a run a ball, and that was surprising.

“If it would have been a 20-over game, they’d be needing eight an over. If we’d gotten two quick wickets, the [required] run rate would have kept going up if we’d bowled well. We came back after the rain and they said they needed just a run a ball, I didn’t understand that part. I’m sure [DLS] has been something people are still trying to figure out.”

Karthik suggested an alternative to the DLS be considered for the IPL: the VJD method, put forward by V Jayadevan. The VJD method of revising scores is used in Indian domestic cricket. “I always thought since VJD is an Indian method and this is an Indian domestic tournament, why not think about it in the future,” Karthik said. “I’ve been told that is also a good method. We’ve used it in domestic cricket and only for the IPL we seem to use Duckworth-Lewis, so why not think about VJD even here?”

ESPNcricinfo understands KKR’s target even under the VJD method would have stood at 125.

Karthik is not the first player to voice displeasure after a shortened game in this tournament. Gautam Gambhir, Delhi Daredevils’ captain, had said a target of 71 in six overs was “tough” on his team following their rain-marred game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 11. Then, Royals batted first and their innings was stopped after 17.5 overs by the weather; they had got to 153 for 5. After a prolonged rain break, Daredevils were presented with their target of 71 in six.

“We were very much in the game,” Gambhir had said. “It was a beautiful wicket to bat on, then 150-odd for 5 in 18 overs, we thought we could contain them to 170 and it was chaseable, especially with dew coming in later on.

“We were very much happy with the first innings. But then in six overs 71 was tough. We had to go from ball one. Obviously with these sort of games, things could go either way. [But] just two overs of Powerplay, it’s very difficult. If it was a 20-over game, it would’ve been much easier to chase.” Daredevils eventually lost that game by 10 runs.

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

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Apr
22

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.

People participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, in Mumbai, India, April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

The executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, will come into effect once it is signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but India’s rape epidemic has shown no sign of dying down.

There were 40,000 rapes reported in 2016. The victims were children in 40 percent of those cases. Every day, newspapers carry fresh stories of sexual violence against women.

The latest outpouring of national revulsion came after details emerged of the gang rape of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in a Hindu-dominated area of Jammu and Kashmir state. Local leaders of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had appeared to offer support to the men accused, adding to the public disgust.

Protests around the country were also prompted by the arrest of a lawmaker from the BJP last week in connection with the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh, a state that is governed by the party.

More recently, a sexual attack on an 11-year-old girl was reported in Modi’s home state of Gujarat. The post-mortem revealed the girl had been tortured, raped, strangled and smothered.

Students shout slogans during a protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, in Srinagar, April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

NEGATIVE PERCEPTION

Modi’s failure to speak out soon enough during the latest bout of public anger fuelled criticism that his government was not doing enough to protect women.

With a general election due next year, Modi moved swiftly to remedy that negative perception by holding the emergency cabinet meeting as soon as he returned on Saturday morning from an official visit to Europe.

The cabinet also prescribed measures for stronger punishment and faster trials in rape cases, a government document seen by Reuters showed.

In cases of the rape of a girl below the age of 16, the cabinet increased the minimum punishment to 20 years from 10 years. The penalty for the rape of women was raised to 10 years from seven years.

The document made no mention of the rape of boys or men.

India’s judicial system has been unable to keep up with the growing number of rape cases. The cabinet also recommended mandatory completion of rape investigations within two months and advised that trials should also be completed in two months.

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“Government has taken serious note of incidents of rape in various parts of the country,” the document said. “While expressing deep anguish over such incidents, it has been decided to devise a comprehensive response to deal with the situation.”

The cabinet also approved the establishment of more fast-track courts to deal with rape cases, the appointment of more public prosecutors, and ordered police stations to be equipped with special forensic kits, among other steps.

Reporting by C. K. Nayak in NEW DELHI and Abhirup Roy in MUMBAI; Writing Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Andrew Bolton

Court cancels bailable warrant against Salman

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Apr
21

After getting bail from the Jodhpur court in the 20-year-old blackbuck case, Salman has something else to cheer about. The Mumbai Sessions Court cancelled bailable warrant against the actor issued in the 2002 Hit and Run case.

The court had issued a bailable warrant against him after the actor did not complete the procedure of providing surety (a guarantor for good behaviour) on the past two dates, special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat reportedly said.

Khan’s lawyer had also filed an application before the sessions judge M G Deshpande last week, who stayed the bailable warrant after the lawyer said that the actor would complete the procedure.

On the work front, Salman has a line up of films ahead of him which includes, ‘Race 3’, ‘Kick 2’, ‘Dabangg 3’ and ‘Bharat’.

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This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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Apr
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iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

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Watson, the quiet marauder

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Apr
21

On Thursday Chris Gayle, in the same breath, both demanded and commanded respect after becoming the first centurion in IPL 2018. A day later, Shane Watson, another middle-aged cricketer, reminded us that experience remains a vital asset in a format made for the young, becoming the first player in the tournament’s history to score a ton for and against a team he represents.

Otherwise Gayle and Watson are chalk and cheese. Gayle calculates his assault, runs only when pushed to. Watson is a contrast: a busybody, he will muscle a few big hits, but otherwise uses his powerful wrists and precise placements to gain momentum.

With Gayle bowlers always have this nagging fear of being bludgeoned. Watson meanwhile stays in his pen without barking too much. And yet he can bite. A big man, Watson, like Gayle, hits the ball hard. Unlike Gayle, who likes to stay quiet as far as possible in the first half of the innings, Watson likes to clear the infield and stay deep in the crease to cut and glide the ball to the ropes.

In their previous three matches, Super Kings had chased. They had taken the chase to the virtually the last ball in all those three games. Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings and MS Dhoni had put Super Kings in a winning position. The top order most often provided decent starts, but nothing like today.

He was given a reprieve in the very first over by Rahul Tripathi, who dropped a simple catch at first slip. Watson never looked back. Unlike the previous matches, there was a conscious change of plan in the way Watson attacked today – he did not slog, but took advantage of the ample loose balls dished out by Royals’ bowlers in the first half of the innings. Barring the death overs, where he was largely kept off strike by Dwayne Bravo, Watson did not slow down at any stage during the innings.

Another significant difference between Watson and Gayle was the dot balls. Today Watson played only 13 dots out of the 57 deliveries he face as opposed to Gayle’s 21 out of 63 on Thursday. Obviously, there are few batsmen who come close to Gayle in taking rapid strides to make up for the initial lull. But if Gayle is brute force, Watson carves out strokes with both power and subtlety.

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Rajasthan Royals bowler Ben Laughlin on what went wrong for his side against Chennai Super Kings in Pune, and Shane Watson’s innings

Overall, in terms of Smart Runs – part of ESPNcricinfo’s new metric to make sense of numbers in the shortest format – Watson’s runs today were worth 31 more than his actual score. While Watson’s 106 came off 57 deliveries at a strike rate of 185.96, the other Super Kings’ batsmen scored at strike rate of 143.

Watson’s desire to excel has always been there. Fitness issues, perhaps, did not allow him to become someone like a Jacques Kallis. But his commitment to the task has always been unwavering. He was modest enough to admit he was lucky to play in the IPL again and bat at his “favourite” position – as opener. He said he had been “dreaming of days” like Friday over the last couple of years.

He also acknowledged the role of good form coming into this IPL; Watson was the fifth-highest run-getter in the Pakistan Super League [PSL] season that finished late last month. “This is as good as I have batted over the last three or four months, from the Big Bash [League in Australia], the PSL and now here,” Watson said after the game. “The previous couple of years, I certainly wasn’t batting well for a few different reasons I was working on. But I just was not at my absolute best at Royal Challenger Bangalore. The pleasing thing is to be able to score runs. Of course a hundred is a real bonus.”

On Friday, the Pune ground was awash with No. 7 yellow jerseys, homage to Super Kings’ captain MS Dhoni. Two days ago Mohali was full of Gayle fans. Watson, despite playing an innings like Friday’s on several occasions, has never been known for the miracles and spectacle that the likes of Dhoni and Gayle have built their legends on. Still, Watson is strong enough to match them on field, with less show, in his own style.

Walmart could buy controlling stake in Flipkart as early as next week

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Apr
21

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Walmart Inc could seal a deal to buy a more than 51 percent stake in Indian online marketplace Flipkart as early as next week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The logo of India’s e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the company’s office in Bengaluru, India April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

The U.S. retail giant has been in talks with Flipkart for months to acquire a controlling stake in the firm as it looks to take on rival Amazon.com Inc head-on in India, a market where e-commerce is tipped to grow to $200 billion in a decade.

SoftBank Group, which owns about a fifth of Flipkart through its Vision Fund, was unwilling to sell a part of its stake as Walmart was offering to buy existing shares at a valuation of $12 billion, a price the Japanese tech investor considered low, Reuters had previously reported.

But that stalemate between SoftBank and Walmart has ended, one of the sources told Reuters on Friday. It was not immediately clear though, whether SoftBank had agreed to sell some of its shares in Flipkart.

Walmart’s purchase of new equity is likely to value Flipkart at at least $18 billion.

Reuters reported this month that Walmart completed its due diligence on Flipkart and had made a proposal to buy 51 percent or more of the Indian company for between $10 billion to $12 billion.

A Common myna sits next to the logo of India’s e-commerce firm Flipkart installed on the company’s office in Bengaluru, India April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

A third source said a deal was close, but things could still drag into the first week of May.

Some of Flipkart’s main investors – U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management, South African tech investor Naspers and venture capital firm Accel – are likely to take a full exit as Walmart purchases their shares, sources have previously told Reuters.

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, former Amazon employees who founded Flipkart in 2007 in India’s tech hub of Bengaluru, are also likely to part sell their stake as part of the deal, one of the sources said.

All sources declined to be named as the talks are not public.

A customer pushes a shopping cart at a Walmart store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/Files

Flipkart, SoftBank did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while a representative for Walmart in India declined comment.

SoftBank and Tiger Global own little more than 20 percent each of Flipkart, Naspers holds nearly 13 percent stake, Accel 6.4 percent, while the Bansals own just over 5 percent each of the company, according to data from business intelligence platform paper.vc.

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Angus MacSwan

Ashutosh Gowariker to recreate Shaniwar Wada

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Apr
20

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar is currently gearing up for his next period drama ‘Panipat’. The film recently went on floors and the filmmaker revealed that the team will be recreating the Shaniwar Wada for the movie.

Ashutosh shared a picture on his Twitter and wrote, “Construction BEGAN yesterday on the auspicious day of #AKSHAYTRITIYA! Recreation of the ‘Shaniwar Wada’ to original scale! @nitindesai666 @agpplofficial @duttsanjay @arjunk26 @kritisanon @rohitshelatkar @visionworldfilm #sunitagowariker #Panipat”

The film will be based on the third battle of Panipat. Peshwa’s historical Shaniwar Wada is of great importance to the story. The Wada will be built in the actual scale and grandeur of the real Shaniwar Wada. Art director Nitin Desai will work with Gowariker for the film and the set will be created at ND Studios. The duo had earlier recreated the Agra Fort in Gowariker’s ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.

Desai in a statement said he is very excited to work with Ashutosh Gowariker again after ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. The battle of Panipat is one of the most important chapters of our history and he is very glad to be part of the project. He further added that Shaniwar Wada was a stunning place and he is very excited to recreate the magnificent structure.

Arjun Kapoor will be playing the role of Maratha leader Sadashivrao Bhau in the film while Sanjay Dutt will play the role of Ahmad Shah Durrani. The film is slated to hit the screens on December 6, 2019.

Ashutosh Gowariker to recreate Shaniwar Wada

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Apr
20

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar is currently gearing up for his next period drama ‘Panipat’. The film recently went on floors and the filmmaker revealed that the team will be recreating the Shaniwar Wada for the movie.

Ashutosh shared a picture on his Twitter and wrote, “Construction BEGAN yesterday on the auspicious day of #AKSHAYTRITIYA! Recreation of the ‘Shaniwar Wada’ to original scale! @nitindesai666 @agpplofficial @duttsanjay @arjunk26 @kritisanon @rohitshelatkar @visionworldfilm #sunitagowariker #Panipat”

The film will be based on the third battle of Panipat. Peshwa’s historical Shaniwar Wada is of great importance to the story. The Wada will be built in the actual scale and grandeur of the real Shaniwar Wada. Art director Nitin Desai will work with Gowariker for the film and the set will be created at ND Studios. The duo had earlier recreated the Agra Fort in Gowariker’s ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.

Desai in a statement said he is very excited to work with Ashutosh Gowariker again after ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. The battle of Panipat is one of the most important chapters of our history and he is very glad to be part of the project. He further added that Shaniwar Wada was a stunning place and he is very excited to recreate the magnificent structure.

Arjun Kapoor will be playing the role of Maratha leader Sadashivrao Bhau in the film while Sanjay Dutt will play the role of Ahmad Shah Durrani. The film is slated to hit the screens on December 6, 2019.

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This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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Apr
20

iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

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Arafat, Shoriful strangle East Zone twice to seal innings victory

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Apr
20

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North Zone bowled out East Zone twice on the third day as they romped to an innings-and-28-run win at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Rookie pace bowlers Yeasin Arafat and Shoriful Islam shared 14 of those wickets as they extracted ample assistance from an unusually green Mirpur pitch.

East Zone began the third day at 110 for no loss, in reply to North Zone’s first-innings total of 415. However, after Shafiul Islam broke the Tasamul Haque-Liton Das opening stand at 122 in the 33rd over – the morning session’s sixth – the East Zone first innings disintegrated to 217 all out just after lunch. From 161 for 2, they lost their remaining eight wickets for only 56 runs.

Arafat and Shoriful took four wickets each while Shafiul and Taijul Islam had one each. Arafat and Shoriful repeated their combined offensive when East Zone followed on, taking three wickets each this time while Shafiul also bagged a three-for. East Zone slipped to 91 for 7 before Sohag Gazi’s 38-ball 50 took them past 150, adding a semblance of respectability to the total. They were eventually bowled out for 170.

Arafat was adjudged Player of the Match even though the North Zone captain Jahurul Islam and Ariful Haque had struck centuries, adding 184 runs for the sixth wicket after their team had slipped to 166 for 5. Jahurul made 113 off 238 balls with the help of 12 fours while Ariful struck seven fours and a six in his 101 off 236 balls. Ariful also took a brilliant diving catch at third slip during East Zone’s second innings to dismiss opposition captain Mominul Haque.

Supreme Court rejects calls for probe into Judge Loya’s death

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Apr
20

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top political aide Amit Shah.

A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/File Photo

Shah, president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been accused of ordering extra judicial killings in 2005 while serving as home minister in Gujarat.

Shah was discharged by the judge who took over the case after the death of Judge B. Loya, having decided there was no case against the BJP president.

Judge Loya died from a heart attack, but family members questioned the circumstances, alleging that he had come under political pressure in the case. Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe after judges in a lower court had dismissed the need for a probe.

The Supreme Court decision to dismiss the petitions was taken by a three-judge bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

The judgement said there was “no reason to doubt the statements of sitting judges” and the intent of the petitioners had been to “malign the judiciary”.

Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore, Darren Schuettler and Michael Perry

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Ranveer Singh is playing a rapper in his next film ‘Gully Boy’. Now as if on cue, the actor shared an epic throwback moment on his social media account with a famous international rapper.

Taking to Instagram, the actor shared a picture of himself with the American rapper Snoop Dogg. In the picture, both can be seen baring their teeth for the camera as they make funny faces and it looks like the two had a great time. Ranveer also quoted one of the most famous songs of the rapper, which he sang with Dr Dre and he captioned the click as, “Ain’t nuthin but a G thang #throwbackthursday tha #doggfather @snoopdogg.”

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This POKÉMON Hack Is a Great Reason to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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iPhone “jailbreaking” is a fad that lets Apple users break their device free from the company’s software restrictions, which limit interfaces and prevent access to non-iOS apps and expansions. Clever users have used these jailbreaks to create custom capabilities, like this upcoming incoming call tweak Pokémon fans will get a kick out of.

Via The Verge, reddit user FrozenPenguinToaster developed PokéCall, which transforms the iPhone’s incoming call screen to a battle from the classic Pokémon Game Boy game. Callers show up as “trainers” and you have the option to fight, meaning answer, or run, meaning ignore. The music from the game plays in lieu of a ringtone.

The hack isn’t currently available, but FrozenPenguinToaster shared its progress on the iPhone jailbreak subreddit. In the comments, the developer said they will allow trainer customization depending on the contact, and said they might implement a fellow user’s suggestion to display “wild” Pokémon when the call comes from an unknown number.

PokéCall will join a legacy of iPhone jailbreaking hacks, a phenomenon that started back in 2007. Apple has since cracked down on jailbreaking efforts, partly by increasing the flexibility of iOS updates. Alternative app store Cydia also lost two of its major depositories (ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti), which limited the number of files available to jailbreakers. The practice waned in relevance, but users like FrozenPenguinToaster are keeping it alive for nostalgic and recreational purposes. Transforming your iPhone into a classic Game Boy interface is one fun reason to consider trying it out.

Have you ever “cracked” your iPhone to run an alternative app? Will you try out PokéCall? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Reddit/FrozenPenguinToaster

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