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Apple iOS 11.1.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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20


Apple
has released iOS 11.1.2, the seventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.1.2 comes just one week after iOS 11.1.1, an update addressed a strange autocorrect bug (
mostly). Now iOS 11.1.2 is here to fix another bizarre problem, hopefully without causing bigger ones. But has Apple succeeded where other rapid releases repeatedly failed (1,2,3,4) and should you upgrade? Not really… 

Here’s everything you need to know…


Apple

Apple iOS 11.1.2

Who Is iOS 11.1.2 For?

Like all previous iOS 11 releases, iOS 11.1.2 is compatible with iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later.

iOS 11.1.2 will notify all compatible devices automatically to download and install the update (and you will be nagged if you don’t), but if you haven’t received a notification you can trigger it manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Tip: if your iOS device is registered to Apple’s beta program (where iOS 11.2 is in testing – more later), you must unroll your device for iOS 11.1.2 to appear.

iOS updates always vary in size depending on the device, but like most ‘minor point’ updates iOS 11.1.2 is relatively small coming in at circa 60MB for most users. If you are updating directly from iOS 10, however, then you will see a large iOS 11 upgrade and your device will be on iOS 11.1.2 when finished (yes, it’s odd).

The Deal Breakers

iOS 11.1.2 will jailbreak your device which isn’t surprising, but it is worth noting hackers are having more success in jailbreaking iOS 11 releases than they did with iOS 10. That said, until an official iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak is publicly released (many previous iOS 11 jailbreaks were not) then stay where you are.

Looking closely at overall stability, the initial picture after 48 hours is mixed.

The battery life problems introduced for many in iOS 11 were alleviated for some in iOS 11.1, but those who still suffer have found no magic cure in iOS 11.1.2 and are again voicing their frustrations vociferously to @AppleSupport on Twitter. I’ve seen some isolated app problems and touchscreen issues reported too but nothing to match the overwhelming frustration with the ongoing battery life debacle.

As always, should any of these problems escalate or new ones appear I will update this article.


Wandera

Apple iOS 11 was found to slash battery life almost 60% in a test of 50,000 devices upgraded from iOS 10.3.3

So What Do You Get?

As with most minor point releases, iOS 11.1.2 has been released to address a few very specific problems:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X
  • Fixes an issue that could cause your device to restart after receiving a long notification in Arabic

Yes finding the iPhone X was susceptible to catching a cold is not the ideal way to follow up a bug which stopped iDevices typing the letter ‘i’. But it is good Apple has ‘warmed’ to this one quickly. Reports on whether it works are hard to find since the scenario isn’t particularly common. If anyone wants to update then put their iPhone X in a freezer and let me know, that’d be handy.

Meanwhile Apple’s security page reveals iOS 11.1.2 contains no new security features. Again this is because Apple usually brings out new security patches only every 4-6 weeks but with seven versions of iOS released since mid September, many of them are coming out too fast to add anything new.

Apple iOS 11.1.2 Verdict: Install If You Have An iPhone X (Everyone Else Pass)

Apple clearly did not plan to push out so many iOS 11 updates so soon, but it’s a vicious circle because rapid fixes tend to cause more bugs which lead to more rapid releases. But this also means many of the minor point iOS releases can be skipped by most users and iOS 11.1.2 falls into this category.

If you own an iPhone X and your device is liable to experience “a rapid temperature drop” then by all means upgrade. But the reality is iOS 11.1.2 offers nothing of value for the vast majority of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. Given there are no security updates either, there really is no reason to upgrade if your device is working perfectly. You are missing nothing and a bigger fish is swimming closer…

The Road Ahead

The big fish is Apple iOS 11.2 which has now entered its fourth beta and should mean it arrives in early December (5-7 betas for bigger releases are normal). iOS 11.2 will restore Apple Pay Cash which was pulled from iOS 11 at the last minute and the latest beta adds faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

In practice 7.5W charging isn’t much faster than 5W (certainly not as much as it sounds) and it remains a long way off the 15W fast wireless charging spec Qi offers but Apple currently doesn’t support. Still it’s a step in the right direction and you’ll also find security updates in this release, which will make it a far more important update.

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Tim Paine keen to put ‘what could have been’ behind

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20

Tim Paine can’t take a hint. In fact, he can’t take repeated hints over the course of several years.

Three summers ago, when Paine was 29, Tasmania looked to the future by choosing the Western Australian import Tom Triffitt as wicketkeeper instead of Paine. Last season, it was the teenage Jake Doran – another import – who took the gloves. And this year, Matthew Wade returned from a decade with Victoria and settled in behind the stumps himself.

So where does that leave Paine? In a plot-twist worthy of The Usual Suspects, it leaves him about to keep wicket for Australia in an Ashes series, seven years after he last wore the baggy green. As head-scratching selections go, this is one of the scratchiest, for Paine has been gloveman in just three Shield games in the past two years and has not scored a first-class hundred since 2006. But there are mitigating circumstances.

“It was widely recognised last year in Tasmania that I was the best wicketkeeper in Tasmania,” Paine said in Brisbane on Monday, “it was just that at the time Tasmania had a fair share of battles in Shield cricket and decided to go in a new direction that was clearly a younger direction, so that was just how it panned out.”

And the lack of big runs? One contributing factor was the smashed finger that he suffered while batting against Dirk Nannes in an exhibition match in 2010. Rod Marsh was Iron Gloves, but surely no Australian wicketkeeper has had as much metal to contend with as Tim Paine, who now has a plate and seven or eight pins as permanent features of his right hand, repairing the index finger that caused him such trouble after the Nannes blow.

“Behind the stumps I was pretty good straight away, it didn’t worry me too much. It hurt a little bit but it didn’t take too much away from me,” Paine said. “But with batting, it really did affect me and you only have to look at my numbers in those few years when I came back. I was battling mentally, I was out there thinking I was going to get hit and if I did get hit I’d never play again. It certainly rattled me a lot.”

It was not until he opened up with Tasmania’s sports psychologist, Emma Harris, that Paine was able to move past his batting troubles. And now, a couple of years down the track, he has also found an ally in the new Tasmania batting coach Jeff Vaughan, who has helped Paine rework his batting grip to better suit his pins and plate.

“The opportunity has come at a really good time for me,” Paine said. “The past five or six months I’ve really started to bat well again and I’ll go into this Test with some confidence. I played pretty well last week [against England in a tour game], I’ve played Test cricket before so I know what to expect. And I’ve had some success in the few Tests I have played, so I’ll take some confidence from that.”

Australia have played 78 Tests since Paine last wore the baggy green, meaning that on Thursday he will equal the Australian record for the most Tests missed between appearances: Brad Hogg also sat out of 78 Tests from his 1996 debut until he returned to the side in 2003.

And while Paine admits he was surprised by his recall, he is keen to grab his chance. He turns 33 next month, and if he performs strongly during this Ashes campaign, he could feasibly have several years ahead of him as a Test keeper. Finally, it is a chance for Paine to live up to the high expectations that were placed on him seven years ago.

“I’m not here for five minutes, I’m here to make the most of this opportunity,” he said. “To be honest, I’m sick of talking about being the person who hurt his finger and what could have been six or seven years ago. That’s the way I’m looking at this opportunity.

“Hopefully I can be sitting in a room like this in two years or three years and we’re talking about the back end of my Test career, not ‘Geez, he could have been a good player back in 2009’. That’s something that’s really exciting for me, is to be able to re-write my story a bit and it’s something I’m really keen to do.”

Mugabe agrees to stand down as Zimbabwe president

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HARARE (Reuters) – Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe’s president hours after the ruling ZANU-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

The source said the Zimbabwe military was working on a resignation statement by Mugabe, without giving details.

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ZBC said Mugabe would address the nation shortly. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices.

Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered the mid-week intervention by the army.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement drew cheers from the 200 delegates packed into ZANU-PF’s Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabe was given until noon (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign or face impeachment, an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics who was once feted across the continent as an anti-colonial liberation hero.

Even in the West, he was renowned in his early years as the “Thinking Man’s Guerrilla”, an ironic nickname for a man who would later proudly declare he held a “degree in violence”.

As the economy crumbled and political opposition to his rule grew in the late 1990s, Mugabe seized thousands of white-owned farms, detained opponents and unleashed security forces to crush dissent.

When the vote was announced, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded an 18-month campaign to remove a man he openly described as a “dictator”, embraced colleagues and shouted: “The President is gone. Long live the new President.”

Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harboured ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from ZANU-PF, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her “G40” political faction.

Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said.

If Mugabe refused to go, “we will bring back the crowds and they will do their business,” Mutsvangwa told reporters.

Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is expected to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

The next presidential election is due in 2018.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to step down.

“READY TO DIE”

On Saturday, men, women and children ran alongside the armoured cars and troops who stepped in to target what the army called “criminals” in Mugabe’s inner circle.

Meanwhile, the man himself remained under house arrest in his lavish “Blue Roof” compound, watching the support from his party, security services and people evaporate.

Speaking from a secret location in South Africa, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters Mugabe and his wife were “ready to die for what is correct” rather than step down in order to legitimise what he described as a coup.

Zhuwao, who was also sanctioned by ZANU-PF, did not answer his phone on Sunday. However, Mugabe’s son Chatunga railed against those who had pushed out his father.

“You can’t fire a Revolutionary leader!” he wrote on this Facebook page. “ZANU-PF is nothing without President Mugabe.”

“SECOND LIBERATION”

On Harare’s streets, few seemed to care about the legal niceties as they heralded a “second liberation” and spoke of their dreams for political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.

More than 3 million Zimbabweans – around 20 percent of the population – have emigrated to neighbouring South Africa in search of a better life.

The huge crowds in Harare have given a quasi-democratic veneer to the army’s intervention, backing its assertion that it is merely effecting a constitutional transfer of power, rather than a plain coup, which would risk a diplomatic backlash.

Despite the euphoria, some Mugabe opponents are uneasy about the prominent role played by the military, and fear Zimbabwe might be swapping one army-backed autocrat for another, rather than allowing the people to choose their next leader.

“The real danger of the current situation is that having got their new preferred candidate into State House, the military will want to keep him or her there, no matter what the electorate wills,” former education minister David Coltart said.

The United States, a longtime Mugabe critic, said it was looking forward to a new era in Zimbabwe, while President Ian Khama of neighbouring Botswana said Mugabe had no diplomatic support in the region and should resign at once.

Besides changing its leadership, ZANU-PF said it wanted to change the constitution to reduce the power of the president, a possible sign of its desire to move towards a more pluralistic and inclusive political system.

However, Mnangagwa’s history as state security chief during the so-called Gukurahundi crackdown, when an estimated 20,000 people were killed by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade in Matabeleland in the early 1980s, suggested that quick, sweeping change was unlikely.

“The deep state that engineered this change of leadership will remain, thwarting any real democratic reform,” said Miles Tendi, a Zimbabwean academic at Oxford University.

Additional reporting and writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Mark Heinrich

Manushi Chhillar brings Miss World 2017 crown to India after 17 years

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Seventeen years ago, Priyanka Chopra was crowned the Miss World and the beautiful woman has made a name for herself in Bollywood and Hollywood. A medical student from Haryana, Manushi Chhillar, is the new Miss World 2017. Elbowing aside beauties from over 108 nations, Manushi was crowned the new Miss World in the Sanya City Arena in China. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on the coveted crown to the new titleholder, Manushi Chhillar from India.

Past beauty queens have gone on to succeed in B-town. Here’s a list of names that won international pageants and proceeded to carve a place for themselves in Bollywood: Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe 1994), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Miss World 1994), Diana Hayden (Miss World 1997), Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000), Priyanka Chopra (Miss World 2000), and Dia Mirza (Miss Asia Pacific 2000).


Miss World 2017: B-town celebs congratulate Manushi Chhillar on winning the crown

Femina Miss India official twitter handle shared picture of Miss World 2017
Manushi Chhillar
with her parents and captioned it, “Definitely the most awaited pic! @ManushiChhillar with her parents. #MissWorld2017”.

Manushi Chhillar also took a moment to thank everyone for all the love and support. She tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support at prayers! @feminamissindia @MissWorldLtd #MissWorld2017 This one’s for #India”

The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana Manushi Chhillar had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May this year.

The announcment was made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle.

“The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said.

Manushi Chhillar had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.



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The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.

The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud.

In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the Miss World title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994.

Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World crown in the 1966.


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Apple iOS 11.1.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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19


Apple
has released iOS 11.1.2, the seventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.1.2 comes just one week after iOS 11.1.1, an update addressed a strange autocorrect bug (
mostly). Now iOS 11.1.2 is here to fix another bizarre problem, hopefully without causing bigger ones. But has Apple succeeded where other rapid releases repeated failed (1,2,3,4) and should you upgrade? Not really… 

Here’s everything you need to know…


Apple

Apple iOS 11.1.2

Who Is iOS 11.1.2 For?

Like all previous iOS 11 releases, iOS 11.1.2 is compatible with iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later.

iOS 11.1.2 will notify all compatible devices automatically to download and install the update (and you will be nagged if you don’t), but if you haven’t received a notification you can trigger it manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Tip: if your iOS device is registered to Apple’s beta program (where iOS 11.2 is in testing – more later), you must unroll your device for iOS 11.1.2 to appear.

iOS updates always vary in size depending on the device, but like most ‘minor point’ updates iOS 11.1.2 is relatively small coming in at circa 60MB for most users. If you are updating directly from iOS 10, however, then you will see a large iOS 11 upgrade and your device will be on iOS 11.1.2 when finished (yes, it’s odd).

The Deal Breakers

iOS 11.1.2 will jailbreak your device which isn’t surprising, but it is worth noting hackers are having more success in jailbreaking iOS 11 releases than they did with iOS 10. That said, until an official iOS 11.1.2 jailbreak is publicly released (many previous iOS 11 jailbreaks were not) then stay where you are.

Looking closely at overall stability, the initial picture after 48 hours is mixed.

The battery life problems introduced for many in iOS 11 were alleviated for some in iOS 11.1, but those who still suffer have found no magic cure in iOS 11.1.2 and are again voicing their frustrations vociferously to @AppleSupport on Twitter. I’ve seen some isolated app problems and touchscreen issues reported too but nothing to match the overwhelming frustration with the ongoing battery life debacle.

As always, should any of these problems escalate or new ones appear I will update this article.


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Apple iOS 11 was found to slash battery life almost 60% in a test of 50,000 devices upgraded from iOS 10.3.3

So What Do You Get?

As with most minor point releases, iOS 11.1.2 has been released to address a few very specific problems:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X
  • Fixes an issue that could cause your device to restart after receiving a long notification in Arabic

Yes finding the iPhone X was susceptible to catching a cold is not the ideal way to follow up a bug which stopped iDevices typing the letter ‘i’. But it is good Apple has ‘warmed’ to this one quickly. Reports on whether it works are hard to find since the scenario isn’t particularly common. If anyone wants to update then put their iPhone X in a freezer and let me know, that’d be handy.

Meanwhile Apple’s security page reveals iOS 11.1.2 contains no new security features. Again this is because Apple usually brings out new security patches only every 4-6 weeks but with seven versions of iOS released since mid September, many of them are coming out too fast to add anything new.

Apple iOS 11.1.2 Verdict: Install If You Have An iPhone X (Everyone Else Pass)

Apple clearly did not plan to push out so many iOS 11 updates so soon, but it’s a vicious circle because rapid fixes tend to cause more bugs which lead to more rapid releases. But this also means many of the minor point iOS releases can be skipped by most users and iOS 11.1.2 falls into this category.

If you own an iPhone X and your device is liable to experience “a rapid temperature drop” then by all means upgrade. But the reality is iOS 11.1.2 offers nothing of value for the vast majority of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. Given there are no security updates either, there really is no reason to upgrade if your device is working perfectly. You are missing nothing and a bigger fish is swimming closer…

The Road Ahead

The big fish is Apple iOS 11.2 which has now entered its fourth beta and should mean it arrives in early December (5-7 betas for bigger releases are normal). iOS 11.2 will restore Apple Pay Cash which was pulled from iOS 11 at the last minute and the latest beta adds faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

In practice 7.5W charging isn’t much faster than 5W (certainly not as much as it sounds) and it remains a long way off the 15W fast wireless charging spec Qi offers but Apple currently doesn’t support. Still it’s a step in the right direction and you’ll also find security updates in this release, which will make it a far more important update.

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Herath’s cameo stretches handy Sri Lanka lead

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Lunch: Sri Lanka 263 for 8 (Herath 43*, Lakmal 10*) lead India 172 by 91 runs
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammed Shami, on his home ground, rattled through Sri Lanka’s middle order to restrict Sri Lanka’s lead to 91 at lunch on the fourth day of the Kolkata Test. After overcoming a bout of cramps he suffered on the second day, he cranked up the pace and generated appreciable seam movement on a grassy pitch to take three wickets. Rangana Herath, though, stalled India’s momentum with a lively, unbeaten 43 off just 67 balls, moving the game towards a point where there can be only one winner in the Test.

Niroshan Dickwella and Dinesh Chandimal began the fourth morning under sunny skies by counterattacking India’s seamers. But like Sadeera Samarawickrama found out on the third day, hitting through the line can be fraught with risk against the moving ball because it threatens both edges. Their approach worked for the first half hour, taking Sri Lanka to 200, a handy lead of 28.

Just when it seemed like Sri Lanka wrested control, India hit back. Sri Lanka’s middle order tried to make contact with the ball, as opposed to allowing themselves to be beaten by playing the line. It was a ploy to move the Test along,and on a seaming surface like this, it wasn’t a bad one.

Dickwella had punched, cut and pulled merrily, but was also beaten repeatedly. Shami got one to seam in from his around-the-wicket angle, then bounce and jag away – enough to find the outside edge, but not exaggerated movement to beat the edge.

Bhuvneshwar, in the next over, set up Dasun Shanaka with an outswinger well outside off. He started the next ball on a similar line, but it hooped back prodigiously to hit Shanaka, offering no shot with an intent to leave as many as he could, on the back pad. Only James Anderson is more adept at using this tactic with the swinging ball in Tests currently.

Five balls later, Chandimal was caught fishing outside his off stump against Shami. Again, the ball did just enough to find the outside edge. Suddenly, Sri Lanka had slipped to 201 for 7.

It got worse for Sri Lanka when Dilruwan Perera was given out lbw off a sharp inducker from Shami that beat his inside edge. Dilruwan, it appeared, accepted the decision and turned around to walk towards the dressing room, but asked for a review moments later. Replays showed the ball hit Dilruwan outside the line of off stump.

While Dilruwan showcased tight defensive technique thereafter, Herath was particularly effective with cross-batted strokes on either side of the wicket. He would frequently perch on the back foot, and depending on the line, either cut through point or pull past midwicket. Considering deliveries on a good or short length were routinely beating him with a straight bat, it was a rewarding strategy.

Moody’s gives Modi a boost by raising India’s sovereign rating

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19

MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reforms would boost the country’s growth potential.

The agency said it was lifting India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable from positive as risks to India’s credit profile were broadly balanced.

The upgrade, Moody’s first of India since January 2004, moves the rating to the second-lowest investment grade, one notch higher than Standard Poor’s and Fitch, which have kept India just above “junk” status for a decade and more.

The decision by Moody’s is a plaudit for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the reforms it has pushed through, and comes just weeks after the World Bank moved India up 30 places in its annual ease of doing business rankings.

Indian stocks, bonds and the rupee rallied.

“It seems like Santa Claus has already opened his bag of goodies,” said Lakshmi Iyer, head of fixed income at Kotak Mutual Fund.

“The (ratings) move is overall positive for bonds which were caught in a negative spiral. This is a structural positive which would lead to easing in yields across tenors.”

India had lobbied Moody’s hard for an upgrade last year, but failed. The agency cited doubts about the country’s debt levels and fragile banks, and declined to budge despite government criticism of its rating methodology.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters the upgrade was a “belated recognition” of the steps the government has taken to fix India’s $2 trillion economy.

Modi’s top colleagues portrayed it as a further victory for the prime minister after U.S.-based research agency Pew released a survey this week that showed nearly nine out of 10 Indians held a favourable opinion of him.

OTHER UPGRADES DOUBTED

But some economists said the other big rating agencies were unlikely to follow suit soon.

Radhika Rao, an economist at DBS, said implementation of reforms, a subdued rural sector and weak investment had slowed growth while rising oil prices have raised risks to the economy.

“We don’t think the other two global rating agencies, Fitch and SP, will follow up in a hurry, based on their cautious rhetoric,” she said, noting their concerns on “weak” state and central government finances.

Jaitley said the government will stick to the path of fiscal consolidation. It is targeting a fiscal deficit of 3.2 percent of gross domestic product for the year ending in March 2018, falling to 3 percent in 2018/19.

“We will maintain the fiscal discipline,” he said, expressing confidence that existing policies will let India “glide” to a stronger financial position.

Moody’s separately raised the ratings of top Indian lender State Bank of India and HDFC Bank as well as state-run energy firms NTPC, NHPC and GAIL India Limited and the National Highways Authority of India, potentially lowering their borrowing costs.

MARKETS SURGE

India’s benchmark 10-year bond yield fell to as low as 6.94 percent before ending at 7.05 percent while the rupee ended at 65.02 per dollar, stronger from 65.3250 at Thursday’s close. The main Mumbai stock index closed 0.67 percent higher.

But debt traders said heavy bond supply and a hawkish inflation outlook meant the rally was unlikely to last beyond a few days.

“Who has the guts to continue buying in this market?” said a bond trader at a private bank.

Moody’s said the recently introduced goods and services tax (GST), a landmark reform that turned India’s 29 states into a single customs union for the first time, would boost productivity by removing barriers to inter-state trade.

“The upgrade takes into account the potential impact of the recent good and services tax reform to support growth over time,” Marie Diron, associate managing director, sovereign risk group at Moody’s Investors Service, told Reuters.

She said Moody’s had also accounted for a higher general government deficit, adding: “We think there is a commitment to fiscal consolidation even if there are some slippages in the short-term.”

But some market participants questioned the timing of the upgrade, with one foreign bank dealing describing it as “a little dicey given … concerns about the government’s fiscal discipline.”

Moody’s said it expects India’s real GDP growth to moderate to 6.7 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2018 from 7.1 percent a year earlier.

The agency also raised India’s local currency senior unsecured debt rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.

Moody’s said that while a number of key reforms remain at an early stage, it believes those already implemented will advance the government’s objective of improving the business climate, enhancing productivity and stimulating investment.

“Longer term, India’s growth potential is significantly higher than most other Baa-rated sovereigns,” said Moody‘s.

Additional reporting by Akshay Lodaya in BENGALURU, Abhirup Roy, Swati Bhat and Euan Rocha in MUMBAI and Manoj Kumar, Aditya Kalra and Neha Dasgupta in NEW DELHI; Writing by Euan Rocha and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Catherine Evans

Manushi Chhillar brings Miss World 2017 crown to India after 17 years

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Nov
19

Seventeen years ago, Priyanka Chopra was crowned the Miss World and the beautiful woman has made a name for herself in Bollywood and Hollywood. A medical student from Haryana, Manushi Chhillar, is the new Miss World 2017. Elbowing aside beauties from over 108 nations, Manushi was crowned the new Miss World in the Sanya City Arena in China. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on the coveted crown to the new titleholder, Manushi Chhillar from India.

Past beauty queens have gone on to succeed in B-town. Here’s a list of names that won international pageants and proceeded to carve a place for themselves in Bollywood: Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe 1994), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Miss World 1994), Diana Hayden (Miss World 1997), Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000), Priyanka Chopra (Miss World 2000), and Dia Mirza (Miss Asia Pacific 2000).

Femina Miss India official twitter handle shared picture of Miss World 2017
Manushi Chhillar
with her parents and captioned it, “Definitely the most awaited pic! @ManushiChhillar with her parents. #MissWorld2017”.

Manushi Chhillar also took a moment to thank everyone for all the love and support. She tweeted, “Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support at prayers! @feminamissindia @MissWorldLtd #MissWorld2017 This one’s for #India”

The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana Manushi Chhillar had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May this year.

The announcment was made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle.

“The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said.

Manushi Chhillar had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.

The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.

The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud.

In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the Miss World title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994.

Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World crown in the 1966.

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iPhone X jailbreak demoed on iOS 11.1.1, but release uncertain [Video]

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18

For many people, using the stock iPhone with regular old iOS 11 is like living in a cage. For those who prefer the iOS platform, but despise the restrictions placed on you, there is a new hope. Our first demo of a jailbreak on a current iOS build has revealed itself.


Today, Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated the first working on iOS version 11.1.1 running on an iPhone X. This live demo happened at the POC 2017 security and hacking conference in South Korea.

We don’t know when the jailbreak will be available to the public, but there is hope that because the hack was running on a version of iOS released yesterday, it will be soon. Hopefully this same reasoning means that it will be more stable on both current and future iterations of iOS.

Do you jailbreak your phone or are you a stock iOS purist? Let us know in the comments!

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Lakmal takes four, but lower order drags India to 172

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Nov
18

Lunch India 172 (Pujara 52, Saha 29, Lakmal 4-26) v Sri Lanka
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With the sun out on the third morning in Kolkata, swing ceased. But on a grassy pitch, Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal used the prevailing seaming conditions to bowl India out for 172 by lunch. Dilruwan Perera chipped in with a double-wicket over to remove Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha, India’s only set batsmen on the third day.

Resuming on 47, Cheteshwar Pujara swept a wayward delivery from Rangana Herath, bowling the second over of the day to help Gamage swap ends, to move to one of his toughest Test fifties at home. The sun came out soon after, and India’s overall outlook seemed brighter.

That was when Pujara erred for the first time this Test, mentally more than in technique. Overhead conditions had improved drastically, but underfoot it remained treacherous. Pujara poked at a full delivery from Gamage, with bat away from pad as opposed to his bat-close-to-body approach over the first two days, possibly aware that swing had ceased. It created a big bat-pad gap. The ball jagged back prodigiously after pitching and uprooted off stump.

Saha, at the other end, displayed terrific awareness of which deliveries to play. He routinely let full, wide balls go, but went after fuller, wider deliveries, hitting six fours in his 29. Along with Jadeja, who also picked only either full or wide deliveries to attack, carried India past 100, their first landmark of the day in a 48-run stand, the highest of the innings.

Dilruwan, introduced in the 44th over, began with non-turning offbreaks on a grassy pitch. He quickly adjusted, under-cutting his offbreaks to generate drift, not spin, to open up the outside edge. Jadeja lofted him for a straight six over long-on, forcing him to drag his length back, allowing enough room to slide balls on.

He was successful almost immediately. Saha yorked himself to a flighted delivery, as the ball drifted on and beat the outside edge. A wicketkeeper’s balance while getting up from his crouching stance is thrown off when a batsman is yorked, making the stumping significantly harder. With the ball pitching just outside off, expected to turn in, Niroshan Dickwella would not even have anticipated the ball to come to him. What seemed a straightforward stumping was understandably fumbled.

That modus operandi continued to work for Dilruwan. He had Jadeja lbw to a ball that slid on to strike his pad before bat. Umpire Joel Wilson’s not-out verdict was overturned on review. Three balls later, Saha top-edged an attempted sweep onto his forearm, which lobbed to slip.

India’s tail swung freely, carrying them from 128 for 8 to 172. Mohammed Shami was last man out, holing out to deep midwicket for a 22-ball 24, which included edges for four on either side behind the wicket.

Moody’s gives Modi a boost by raising India’s sovereign rating

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Nov
18

MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reforms would boost the country’s growth potential.

The agency said it was lifting India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable from positive as risks to India’s credit profile were broadly balanced.

The upgrade, Moody’s first of India since January 2004, moves the rating to the second-lowest investment grade, one notch higher than Standard Poor’s and Fitch, which have kept India just above “junk” status for a decade and more.

The decision by Moody’s is a plaudit for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the reforms it has pushed through, and comes just weeks after the World Bank moved India up 30 places in its annual ease of doing business rankings.

Indian stocks, bonds and the rupee rallied.

“It seems like Santa Claus has already opened his bag of goodies,” said Lakshmi Iyer, head of fixed income at Kotak Mutual Fund.

“The (ratings) move is overall positive for bonds which were caught in a negative spiral. This is a structural positive which would lead to easing in yields across tenors.”

India had lobbied Moody’s hard for an upgrade last year, but failed. The agency cited doubts about the country’s debt levels and fragile banks, and declined to budge despite government criticism of its rating methodology.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters the upgrade was a “belated recognition” of the steps the government has taken to fix India’s $2 trillion economy.

Modi’s top colleagues portrayed it as a further victory for the prime minister after U.S.-based research agency Pew released a survey this week that showed nearly nine out of 10 Indians held a favourable opinion of him.

OTHER UPGRADES DOUBTED

But some economists said the other big rating agencies were unlikely to follow suit soon.

Radhika Rao, an economist at DBS, said implementation of reforms, a subdued rural sector and weak investment had slowed growth while rising oil prices have raised risks to the economy.

“We don’t think the other two global rating agencies, Fitch and SP, will follow up in a hurry, based on their cautious rhetoric,” she said, noting their concerns on “weak” state and central government finances.

Jaitley said the government will stick to the path of fiscal consolidation. It is targeting a fiscal deficit of 3.2 percent of gross domestic product for the year ending in March 2018, falling to 3 percent in 2018/19.

“We will maintain the fiscal discipline,” he said, expressing confidence that existing policies will let India “glide” to a stronger financial position.

Moody’s separately raised the ratings of top Indian lender State Bank of India and HDFC Bank as well as state-run energy firms NTPC, NHPC and GAIL India Limited and the National Highways Authority of India, potentially lowering their borrowing costs.

MARKETS SURGE

India’s benchmark 10-year bond yield fell to as low as 6.94 percent before ending at 7.05 percent while the rupee ended at 65.02 per dollar, stronger from 65.3250 at Thursday’s close. The main Mumbai stock index closed 0.67 percent higher.

But debt traders said heavy bond supply and a hawkish inflation outlook meant the rally was unlikely to last beyond a few days.

“Who has the guts to continue buying in this market?” said a bond trader at a private bank.

Moody’s said the recently introduced goods and services tax (GST), a landmark reform that turned India’s 29 states into a single customs union for the first time, would boost productivity by removing barriers to inter-state trade.

“The upgrade takes into account the potential impact of the recent good and services tax reform to support growth over time,” Marie Diron, associate managing director, sovereign risk group at Moody’s Investors Service, told Reuters.

She said Moody’s had also accounted for a higher general government deficit, adding: “We think there is a commitment to fiscal consolidation even if there are some slippages in the short-term.”

But some market participants questioned the timing of the upgrade, with one foreign bank dealing describing it as “a little dicey given … concerns about the government’s fiscal discipline.”

Moody’s said it expects India’s real GDP growth to moderate to 6.7 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2018 from 7.1 percent a year earlier.

The agency also raised India’s local currency senior unsecured debt rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.

Moody’s said that while a number of key reforms remain at an early stage, it believes those already implemented will advance the government’s objective of improving the business climate, enhancing productivity and stimulating investment.

“Longer term, India’s growth potential is significantly higher than most other Baa-rated sovereigns,” said Moody‘s.

Additional reporting by Akshay Lodaya in BENGALURU, Abhirup Roy, Swati Bhat and Euan Rocha in MUMBAI and Manoj Kumar, Aditya Kalra and Neha Dasgupta in NEW DELHI; Writing by Euan Rocha and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Catherine Evans

Sunny Leone and Arbaaz Khan talk about sexual harassment

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Nov
18

Many a times Bollywood celebrities open up on the dark side of showbiz. The celebrities who manage to make it to the top, sometimes open up on certain situations they faced as newcomers in the industry. In recent state of affairs, quintessential actress Swara Bhaskar opened up on being stalked and harassed by a director while shooting for a film in her budding days.

According to reports doing the rounds, the ‘Veere Di Wedding’ actress brought to light the horrors she faced on the sets with directors and “men who were in a position to cast me.” In an interview to a leading tabloid, the actress even admitted to losing out on roles because she would not “give in” and “would not take things lying down.”

In a series of shocking revelations, Swara even said that she had been subjected to “catcalls during shoots and eve-teasing” while on the sets. Calling to mind an incident from her early days in the industry, she said that she had been “groped by a mob during promotions and during a 56-day outdoor at a remote location.”

Without revealing any names, the actress also called out a director who was harassing her with texts and dinner invites. She was quoted saying, “He stalked me during the day and called me through the night. I was asked to go to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing the scene and would find him drinking.”

“During the first week itself, he started talking about love and sex and one night, arrived in my room, drunk, and asked to be hugged. It was scary!” she recalled.

She also shared a piece of her mind on how newcomers should handle these sticky situations. “Lose the part but don’t get on the couch,” Swara asserted while saying it was not a feminist choice or liberating one but that one should not succumb to a wrong.

Sunny Leone and Arbaaz Khan talk about sexual harassment

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Nov
18

Many a times Bollywood celebrities open up on the dark side of showbiz. The celebrities who manage to make it to the top, sometimes open up on certain situations they faced as newcomers in the industry. In recent state of affairs, quintessential actress Swara Bhaskar opened up on being stalked and harassed by a director while shooting for a film in her budding days.

According to reports doing the rounds, the ‘Veere Di Wedding’ actress brought to light the horrors she faced on the sets with directors and “men who were in a position to cast me.” In an interview to a leading tabloid, the actress even admitted to losing out on roles because she would not “give in” and “would not take things lying down.”

In a series of shocking revelations, Swara even said that she had been subjected to “catcalls during shoots and eve-teasing” while on the sets. Calling to mind an incident from her early days in the industry, she said that she had been “groped by a mob during promotions and during a 56-day outdoor at a remote location.”

Without revealing any names, the actress also called out a director who was harassing her with texts and dinner invites. She was quoted saying, “He stalked me during the day and called me through the night. I was asked to go to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing the scene and would find him drinking.”

“During the first week itself, he started talking about love and sex and one night, arrived in my room, drunk, and asked to be hugged. It was scary!” she recalled.

She also shared a piece of her mind on how newcomers should handle these sticky situations. “Lose the part but don’t get on the couch,” Swara asserted while saying it was not a feminist choice or liberating one but that one should not succumb to a wrong.

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iPhone X jailbreak demoed on iOS 11.1.1, but release uncertain [Video]

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Nov
17

For many people, using the stock iPhone with regular old iOS 11 is like living in a cage. For those who prefer the iOS platform, but despise the restrictions placed on you, there is a new hope. Our first demo of a jailbreak on a current iOS build has revealed itself.


Today, Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab demonstrated the first working on iOS version 11.1.1 running on an iPhone X. This live demo happened at the POC 2017 security and hacking conference in South Korea.

We don’t know when the jailbreak will be available to the public, but there is hope that because the hack was running on a version of iOS released yesterday, it will be soon. Hopefully this same reasoning means that it will be more stable on both current and future iterations of iOS.

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Pujara steadies India after Shanaka’s double-strike

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Nov
17

Lunch India 74 for 5 (Pujara 47*, Saha 6*, Lakmal 3-5, Shanaka 2-23) v Sri Lanka
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details


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Sri Lanka’s seamers capitalised on another bowling-friendly period in Kolkata, as Dasun Shanaka picked up two wickets with his gentle medium pace on a gloomy morning offering sufficient lateral movement. Cheteshwar Pujara displayed impeccable defensive technique again, picking only the errant deliveries to score during his unbeaten 47, carrying India to 74 for 5 before a drizzle forced an early lunch on the second day.

Dinesh Chandimal, anticipating a long haul for his seamers, operated with a specialist fast bowler from one end and Shanaka from the other for the majority of the morning. Seam, like spin, is more effective at a quicker pace, disallowing batsmen time to be decisive with their feet and shot selection. Therefore, India’s batsmen would have preferred Shanaka to two specialist fast bowlers.

However, these are atypical conditions for a Test match in India. With so much rain over the last few days, it seemed like a pitch on which the grass grew itself under the covers. That gave Shanaka, despite his 125 kmph range, a fair chance under overcast skies.

Pujara, attuned to such conditions through his recent stint with Nottinghamshire, came forward to drive away from his body only when Shanaka erred too full, hitting him for four boundaries through mid-off. However, Ajinkya Rahane, and then R Ashwin, misread Shanaka’s perfect full deliveries for run-scoring opportunities, driving loosely with their hands too far away.

A scrambled-seam delivery, which neither swung nor seamed, found Rahane’s outside edge, as he played for the inward angle. Ashwin had played 28 balls for four runs, his only scoring shot a sweetly-timed cover drive off a full toss from Shanaka, when he sliced a drive to backward point.

In between, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage, both of whom generated appreciable swing and bounce – arguably too much on this surface – to beat the bat regularly. Ashwin was even rapped on the right hand by an inducking dart that kept climbing steeply to beat an awkward jab.

Pujara was rewarded for his diligence as Chandimal was forced to turn to Dimuth Karunaratne’s even-gentler medium pace, hitting him for 12 runs off six wayward deliveries.

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

India tells NTPC to mix crop residue with coal to reduce New Delhi smog

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Nov
17

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India directed its largest utility NTPC Ltd to blend crop residue with coal at its power plants, in a bid to reduce stubble burning on agricultural lands which is clouding New Delhi with smog.

Rich farmers in the northern Indian states of Haryana and Punjab use mechanized harvesters – which leave more residue than crops plucked by hand – to save money amid rising labour costs.

Subsequent burning of the residue is a major source of smog at this time of year across northern India, including New Delhi, as farmers burn the stubble of the previous crop to prepare for new plantings in November.

Since October, more than 40,000 fires have been recorded in Punjab, as farmers disposed of nearly 20 million tonnes of rice waste, environmental groups said.

Under the government plan, state-run NTPC will buy waste from farmers and use it to make biomass pellets, and fuel at its power plants will be 10 percent biomass and 90 percent coal.

“This step would give the farmers a monetary return of 5500 rupees ($84.27) per tonne of crop residue and hence create a market for it,” Power Minister R K Singh said on Thursday.

The government is in talks with all state governments to make this step mandatory for all the thermal power plants in their jurisdiction, Singh said.

The move could limit mass burning over a short period of time, and save Delhi from toxic air during winter.

“Coal plants will have some sort of pollution control as compared to nothing at the farm level,” said Chandra Bhushan. deputy director general of the Centre for Science and Environment, a non-government organisation.

“In general, use of 10 percent biomass has shown reduction in sulphur oxide emissions,” Bhushan said.

NTPC had already issued a tender to procure biomass pellets for a power plant in the state of Uttar Pradesh in August.

Stubble burning is just one of the many causes of toxic air pollution in and around New Delhi, where respiratory diseases kill 10 people per day according to government data.

On Monday, a thick cloud of toxic smog 10 times the recommended limit enveloped New Delhi, as government officials struggled to tackle a public health crisis that is well into its second week.

Thermal power companies alone account for 80 percent of all industrial emissions of particulate matter, sulphur and nitrous oxides in India, and their slowness in complying with new standards to curb pollution shows the difficulties India faces in cleaning up its polluted air.

A combination of industrial pollution, vehicle exhaust and dust envelop the region every year as winter approaches and wind speeds drop, leading to schools getting shut down and employees calling in sick.

($1 = 65.2650 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Susan Fenton

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