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Whats Popular Today Wed 31 Jan

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31

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Hobart hope expectation weighs heavy on Perth

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Jan
31

Bolstered by his experience of Perth Stadium’s first official cricket fixture between Australia and England on Sunday, Tim Paine is hoping that Perth Scorchers will be burdened by the expectations of a sell-out crowd of more than 50,000 spectators when the Big Bash League’s most vaunted team takes on Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final.

Paine was the last man out for Australia as the hosts were overwhelmed by Tom Curran’s late burst of reverse swing, and said the Hurricanes were more than happy to enter the knockout match with few expectations of success beyond their own dressing room, having scraped into the finals and then lost D’Arcy Short to Australian Twenty20 duty. They also dropped the out-of-sorts Tymal Mills from their squad for the semi-final, replacing him with the youthful paceman Riley Meredith.

The Scorchers, meanwhile, have been strengthened by the returns of Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, the latter another participant in Sunday’s ODI, and are heavily favoured to brush Hobart aside and advance to a home tournament final for the fifth time in seven editions of the competition – they also qualified for a home final in 2015 but it was held in neutral Canberra due to the looming 50-over World Cup. Paine said that the Hurricanes’ coach Adam Griffith, formerly Justin Langer’s assistant for the Scorchers and Western Australia, was looking to build a similarly tight unit across state and BBL competitions in a one-team town.

“We totally expect it, we’ve been the underdogs in many games this year and come out on top, so it’s nice to come over here and fly under the radar a bit,” Paine said. “Perth are an exceptional side, you’ve got to respect what they’ve done in the last five or six years, but we certainly come here with no fear. Hopefully the expectation, new stadium and bigger crowd weighs on the Scorchers. Throughout the whole tournament you see if any team plays well they can beat anyone, so I know the two teams had a really close game at the WACA not too long ago so I think they’re both pretty even.

“I know that with Adam Griffith coming from Perth and Western Australia it’s something the Hurricanes are certainly looking to emulate, what the Perth Scorchers have got. There’s no doubt that they’ve had some huge success, you’d be foolish not to look at what they’re doing and trying to use that as an advantage. We’ve got the opportunity to have something fairly similar so I’m sure we’ll be looking at every possibility over the next couple of years.

“Clearly he’s got some insights into the way they play as a team and the strengths and weaknesses of individual players, so having him on board this year that hopefully can be really telling in the next 24 hours.”

Paine said the stadium’s pitch and fast outfield offered the possibility for plenty of runs to be scored, particularly with its football-oriented dimensions offering short straight boundaries to power hitters. “I didn’t think it was too dissimilar to what we’ve seen at the WACA the last couple of years,” Paine said, adding that he was likely to open in Short’s stead.

“They’ve done a fantastic job to get it up and keep the characteristics of the WACA, with a bit of pace and bounce, it was nice. If you look at the squads I think both sides might go with a fair bit of pace, which is normally the case in Perth, small straight boundaries as well so it’s a difficult place to bowl spin in T20 cricket when you don’t get a lot of turn. So not sure what both sides will go with but there’s a fair chance you’ll see a fair bit of pace.”

Mitchell Marsh, meanwhile, said while the Scorchers had turned over more than 20 players this season, they benefited greatly from keeping a consistent squad core together over much of the past seven years, principally a generation that has also included Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft and Hilton Cartwright. “I think that’s something we pride ourselves on, wanting to play for the Perth Scorchers and sticking around,” Marsh said. “We’ve had a core group of us, mainly the likes of Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Cam Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, become senior players in this outfit and we’ve all been here since the start of the Big Bash.

“I think that’s been a really pleasing thing for us and it’ll be really nice to show that progression with hopefully a win tomorrow and another win on Sunday. We’ve started to create our own history here as the Perth Scorchers, and right now our record is unrivalled in the Big Bash, and hopefully it can stay that way for a long time.”

Low-cost, long-haul flights from India to boost leisure travel

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Jan
31

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The launch of low-cost, long-haul flights by Indian airlines will boost outbound leisure travel and open a multi-billion dollar opportunity for carriers, a report released on Wednesday showed.

The analysis by aviation consultant CAPA India and online travel agent Expedia Inc comes as large budget airlines IndiGo and SpiceJet Ltd draw up plans to fly as far as Europe and the United States.

The carriers have so far focused on shorter-range destinations such as Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Only 0.3 percent of Indians currently travel abroad for a holiday every year, a fraction of the estimated 100 million who could potentially afford to do so, CAPA’s analysis of household income shows. Most Indians travel for education, business or to visit friends and relatives.

Tourism spending by Indians could rise to as much as $40 billion by 2027 from about $16.4 billion in 2016, CAPA said, ranking it sixth in the world ahead of Canada, South Korea and Australia.

“If there is any market where low-cost, long-haul can work it is India,” CAPA India CEO Kapil Kaul said at an aviation conference in Mumbai on Tuesday, citing its geographic location and a large order pipeline for new long-range narrowbody jets. 

SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh said on Tuesday low-cost long haul flights will be introduced as early as this winter.

IndiGo is exploring long-haul operations and seeking rights to routes, parent InterGlobe Aviation Ltd told analysts last week.

The low-cost flights would compete against full-service Indian carriers Air India and Jet Airways as well as global rivals such as Emirates and Lufthansa.

BUDGET GROWTH

Low-cost carriers, launched in the early 2000s, already dominate domestic air travel with a two-thirds market share.

The share of budget airlines in the international market rose to about 23 percent in the fiscal year 2016/17 from 14.5 percent five years earlier, CAPA estimates.

That is expected to rise as Indian airlines have placed orders for nearly 800 re-engined aircraft, such as Airbus A320neos and Boeing Co 737 MAX narrowbodies.

The jets, with longer ranges than predecessors, will enable low-cost carriers to launch non-stop routes to Asian destinations such as Phuket, Manila, Hong Kong, and Hanoi that are otherwise unviable today.

By 2025, Indian budget carriers will operate close to 40 wide-bodied aircraft, which could deliver an additional 2 million annual outbound leisure travellers to places such as New York and Sydney, CAPA said.

Low-cost carriers AirAsia India and Vistara, a full-service joint venture between Singapore Airlines and India’s Tata Group, are expected to launch their first international flights later this year.

Reporting by Aditi Shah, Editing by Jamie Freed and Biju Dwarakanath

Behind the scenes of ‘Padmaavat’

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Jan
31

Deepika Padukone is soaring high in her career and it seems sky is the limit for the actress. After facing many obstacles, her film ‘Padmaavat’ finally saw the light of the day and audience is all praise for the actress.

With all the applause for the film, it was time for a toast for the leggy lass. Deepika, on Sunday, indulged in a delectable spread of Rajasthani cuisine to celebrate the success of the ‘Padmaavat’. Donning an ethnic green outfit and big earrings to go with it, she spelled elegance of all sorts.

Essaying the role of the Queen of Chittor, Rani Padmini, Deepika has won hearts all over the world. Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film also starred Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh.

Download G0blin to Jailbreak iOS 10.3.x – Supports 64-bit A7-A9 iPhone Devices

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31

You can jailbreak iOS 10.3.x using a new tool called G0blin. This tool supports all 64-bit devices. A7-A9 devices.

G0blin iOS 10.3.x Jailbreak is Now Available in Beta. Supports 64-bit Devices.

Needless to say that the iOS jailbreak scene has kicked into action ever since Ian Beer released the first ever iOS 11.x jailbreak exploits into the wild. We saw a couple of jailbreak tools released since then and now a new one has made it onto the scene called G0blin.

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While not an iOS 11.x jailbreak, it focuses on iOS 10.3.x users instead. If you have a device that is capable of running iOS 10 and is at least an iPhone 5s (with Apple’s A7 chip) then you can get in on the action immediately.

But there are a few things that you should know right off the bat. First and foremost: this is a beta jailbreak. Which means that there are chances of things going wrong during the process, therefore I will highly recommend that you wait for a few more betas to arrive before jumping onto it. The current beta has issues with Touch ID in the App Store. If you rely on it for buying apps, then you might want to kiss it goodbye for a while.

Secondly, this is a semi-untethered jailbreak. This means that you have to side-load an IPA file to your iPhone using Cydia Impactor. Once done, simply ‘Trust’ the install from the Settings app, and you will be jailbroken after following a few on-screen steps.

And since this is a semi-untethered jailbreak, therefore your device will lose the jailbreak status after a week as the signed certificate will expire. This means that you have to put it into the jailbroken state again manually. Furthermore, if your device loses power or restarts, you have to go through the process again. Not really an inconvenience if you’re extremely careful with your device, but keep in mind before going ahead.

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Whats Popular Today Tue 30 Jan

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‘Humiliating’ IPL auction criticised by NZCPA

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Jan
30

The IPL has signalled that it might move away from the auction system after criticism of the system as “undignified and cruel” and “humiliating” to players.

New Zealand has become the first country where administrators have dared to voice disapproval of the auction. Heath Mills, chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, told the New Zealand Herald: “I think the whole system is archaic and deeply humiliating for the players, who are paraded like cattle for all the world to see.”

Mills was endorsing a tweet from Peter Clinton, a former chief executive of Wellington Cricket, who said: “The IPL Auction is such an undignified, cruel and unnecessary employment practice. Ridiculous that it exists today, belongs in the medieval ages.”

The IPL is firmly established as the most lucrative career option for Twenty20 cricketers of note – the place where virtually every player wants to be – but Mills suggested that the acquiescence of the players should not be interpreted as contentment about the system.

“There’s a lot of good things about the Indian Premier League and it’s been great for cricket but I’d like to see it mirror the rest of professional sport in the way they engage athletes,” Mills said.

“Some players do exceptionally well out of if but the vast majority would like to see the system changed. They would like to negotiate with coaches and owners behind closed doors.”

Mills’ criticism centred upon the players’ lack of control over their own destiny. Under the auction system, they are commodities, available to the highest bidder, and have no input as to where they play.

“The players enter the auction not knowing where they are going, who their team-mates are going be, who’s managing them, who the owners are — no other sports league in the world engages players on that basis,” he said.

“We’ve seen some players play for five or six teams over the 10 years the league has been going. Coaches cannot build an affinity with players, they can’t build a long-term culture. Players’ associations around the world would like to see it change.”

Supporters seeking to identify with a club have also traditionally valued a mix of continuity and new signings, although the IPL’s heavy turnover does not seem to have hampered its popularity as it has become an irresistible part of the world cricketing calendar.

Nevertheless, the IPL is aware of the scepticism form the rest of the cricketing world towards its “mega auctions”. Hemang Amin, the IPL’s chief operating officer, said that auctions might give way to a draft system, which is well established across a wide range of sports.

“Going forward, the thinking is that we will reduce, maybe not have mega auctions, but consider having a draft system for new players to come in, which acts as feeder system to teams,” Amin said at the end of the two-day IPL auction last weekend. “Hence, IPL Governing Council is thinking on the lines of how to cut down on the big auction and have the continuity with teams.”

This year the IPL made it mandatory that teams had to spend a minimum 75% of their purse before and during the auction. That would include both retentions and buying new players. The total purse available for all eight franchises was US $100 million, out of which Amin said $96.875 million was spent by the end of the auction.

Amin said the IPL had decided to reduce the number of players that remained unsold compared to the previous big auction, in 2014, so reducing the number of players actively rejected during the auction process.

“If you look at the 2014 auction, we had presented around 320 players then before going into the accelerated bidding process. This time, we have taken learnings from previous years. We presented 170 players of which around 120 were sold. So if you compare to 2014 when 200 players went unsold, this time it was 50 or 60 who went unsold. Also on day one, 70 out of 110 were sold. So we’re trying to reduce the number of unsold players.”

In all, however, 581 players were named in the final auction list. New Zealand managed to find seven sales from 24 names; England a similar outcome.

Mills was not confident about change. He told the Herald, “It’s almost got to the point where there’s more interest in the auction than the games and I think they’ll keep doing it even though the general player view it is that there’s better ways to do it.”

Exclusive

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Jan
30

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government is pushing the Supreme Court to apply a rarely used doctrine that would strip the $11 billion tobacco industry’s legal right to trade, an effort aimed at deterring tobacco companies from challenging tough new regulations.

New Delhi has for the first time asked the top court to classify tobacco as “res extra commercium”, a Latin phrase meaning “outside commerce,” according to a Reuters review of previously unreported court filing by the Health Ministry on Jan. 8.

If applied, the doctrine – which harkens back to Roman law – would have far reaching implications: in denying an industry’s legal standing to trade, it gives authorities more leeway to impose restrictions.

For example, the Supreme Court’s application of the doctrine to alcohol in the 1970s paved the way for at least two Indian states to ban it completely and allowed courts to take a stricter stance while regulating liquor – something constitutional law experts say could happen with tobacco if a similar ruling was made.

“The effects of tobacco are much more than even alcohol … It will be a fillip to this drive against tobacco,” said government lawyer R. Balasubramanian, who is acting on behalf of the Ministry of Health in pursuing the designation.

Balasubramanian, however, said the government is not discussing banning tobacco and the goal of invoking the Roman law doctrine was only to curtail the industry’s legal rights.

CURBS AND RESTRICTIONS

With an aim to curb tobacco consumption – which kills more than 900,000 people each year in India – the government has in recent years raised tobacco taxes, started smoking cessation campaigns and introduced laws requiring covering most of the package in health warnings.

But a court in southern Karnataka state last month quashed those labelling rules after the tobacco industry successfully argued the measure was “unreasonable” and violated its right to trade.

The government this month appealed the ruling in the Supreme Court which put on hold the Karnataka court order. The top court will next hear the case on March 12.

In its filing, the government included “res extra commercium” because it wants to stop the industry from pursuing such arguments again, said Balasubramanian.

Seeking to apply the doctrine to tobacco, the government argued it should have the power “to regulate business and to mitigate evils” to safeguard public health, the court filing showed.

Sajan Poovayya, a senior lawyer representing top Indian cigarette maker ITC Ltd and Philip Morris International Inc’s Indian partner, Godfrey Phillips, said the industry’s legal rights would be severely limited if the court applies the doctrine to tobacco.

Poovayya said he would fight the government’s argument “tooth and nail” and make a case that taking away the industry’s right to trade would imperil millions of Indian farmers who depend on tobacco for their living. The industry estimates 45.7 million people in India depend on tobacco for their living.

“India is a tobacco growing country and there’s a need to look at the interest of those people who are already in the sector,” Poovayya said.

“Tobacco is not destructive to health. If tobacco is, sugar is as well.”

ITC and Godfrey Phillips, as well as India’s health ministry, did not respond to requests for comment.

SET A PRECEDENT

India’s tobacco labelling rules, which mandate 85 percent of a cigarette pack’s surface be covered in health warnings, have been a sticking point between the government and the tobacco industry since they were enforced in 2016.

That year, the industry briefly shut factories across the country in protest and filed dozens of legal cases challenging the rules.

The federal health ministry says stringent health warnings on packages help reduce consumption of tobacco by making people aware of its ill-effects. A government survey last year found 62 percent of cigarette smokers thought of quitting because of warning labels on the packets.

Mary Assunta, a long-time tobacco control advocate and a senior policy advisor at the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, said she had never heard of a country applying the “res extra commercium” doctrine to tobacco, but hoped India would set a precedent.

“Such a classification will help protect tobacco control measures from being challenged, particularly for developing countries where the bulk of the smokers are,” Assunta said.

The doctrine would open the door to an outright ban on tobacco sales if a state so wished, said Pratibha Jain, a partner at law firm Nishith Desai Associates and a specialist in Indian constitutional law.

“It gives the state autonomy to completely ban trade in tobacco,” Jain said. “It gives governments the constitutional cover that will protect future litigation. The industry will lose significant ground as your protection of right to trade is gone.”

Editing by Tom Lasseter and Lincoln Feast

Farah to choreograph ‘Zingaat’ song for Dhadak

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Jan
30

Karan Johar’s ‘Dhadak’ which is reportedly a remake of Marathi super hit film ‘Sairat’, has been hitting the headlines ever since its announcement, mainly because of the fresh new names attached to the film, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter.

Right from the time the first looks of the film were released, people have been going gung-ho about the super sizzling chemistry of the young debutantes. Karan, today, once again took to his Twitter handle to share a new poster of the film featuring Ishaan and Janhvi. The poster has a candid picture of the Khatter boy who has his arms wrapped around Janhvi while she looks elsewhere. The poster also has the film’s release date mentioned on it.

Captioning his post, Karan wrote, “#6monthstoDHADAK #dhadak releasing 20th JULY 2018! Directed by @ShashankKhaitan and PRESENTING #janhvi and #Ishaan @DharmaMovies @ZeeStudios_ @apoorvamehta18.”

Download G0blin to Jailbreak iOS 10.3.x – Supports 64-bit A7-A9 iPhone Devices

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You can jailbreak iOS 10.3.x using a new tool called G0blin. This tool supports all 64-bit devices. A7-A9 devices.

G0blin iOS 10.3.x Jailbreak is Now Available in Beta. Supports 64-bit Devices.

Needless to say that the iOS jailbreak scene has kicked into action ever since Ian Beer released the first ever iOS 11.x jailbreak exploits into the wild. We saw a couple of jailbreak tools released since then and now a new one has made it onto the scene called G0blin.

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While not an iOS 11.x jailbreak, it focuses on iOS 10.3.x users instead. If you have a device that is capable of running iOS 10 and is at least an iPhone 5s (with Apple’s A7 chip) then you can get in on the action immediately.

But there are a few things that you should know right off the bat. First and foremost: this is a beta jailbreak. Which means that there are chances of things going wrong during the process, therefore I will highly recommend that you wait for a few more betas to arrive before jumping onto it. The current beta has issues with Touch ID in the App Store. If you rely on it for buying apps, then you might want to kiss it goodbye for a while.

Secondly, this is a semi-untethered jailbreak. This means that you have to side-load an IPA file to your iPhone using Cydia Impactor. Once done, simply ‘Trust’ the install from the Settings app, and you will be jailbroken after following a few on-screen steps.

And since this is a semi-untethered jailbreak, therefore your device will lose the jailbreak status after a week as the signed certificate will expire. This means that you have to put it into the jailbroken state again manually. Furthermore, if your device loses power or restarts, you have to go through the process again. Not really an inconvenience if you’re extremely careful with your device, but keep in mind before going ahead.

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You can download G0blin from this link.

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Whats Popular Today Mon 29 Jan

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29

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Australia, England, New Zealand tri-series in television split

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Jan
29

7:00 AM ET

Australian cricket’s wide open broadcast rights future will be underlined when the Twenty20 triangular series is split across free-to-air and pay television broadcasters because its conception took place after the soon-to-expire current deals were inked in 2013.

While Channel Nine will air the first three matches of the tournament between Australia, England and New Zealand in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne, Fox Sports will be the only network airing the remaining matches on the other side of the Tasman, including the tournament final at Eden Park in Auckland on February 21.

Viewers in Britain will also face a somewhat disjointed broadcast arrangement, with BT Sport to air the matches in Australia and Sky Sports to take over for the New Zealand leg. This reflects the deal struck by BT last year to air all televised cricket played in Australia, whereas Sky retain the rights to matches played in New Zealand.

Fox Sports’ broadcast of the pointy end of the series beginning in Australia may be part of a pre-existing deal, but it is a harbinger of the future, as the subscription television carrier is likely to be a key player in the next round of broadcast deals as both Nine and Ten look to retain cricket’s popular place on their networks while also trying to find ways to balance the growing cost of the rights. Official meetings with interested parties are set to begin this week after plenty of less formal discussions in the corporate hospitality areas of Ashes and Big Bash League venues over the past two months.

Five years ago Cricket Australia, led by their general manager for media rights Stephanie Beltrame, was able to generate genuine competition for the rights to the game for the first time since Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket breakaway. Ten, then desperate for high rating content after a string of failed shows, put in a A$500 million bid for the rights, forcing Nine to match that figure including a commitment to fund CA’s nascent digital arm to the tune of A$40 million.

Ten then took the rights to the then unknown quantity of the Big Bash League for A$20 million a season over five years, a figure that is now seen as a huge win for the network, which was recently refinanced by the American broadcasting giant CBS. Conservative estimates for the BBL and WBBL have the tournament doubling in season-by-season value, with the prospect of more games being added to the calendar and more made of the finals series.

However, both networks are thought to be looking for ways to balance the value of the rights with their mounting cost, with Fox Sports looming as a likely option to add financial heft to the deals. At the same time the pay TV operator is eager for cricket, having lost a significant part of its summer programming when CA awarded the BBL to Ten without giving Fox Sports the opportunity to bid – so important did the governing body deem the goal of free-to-air audiences for the tournament.

Though some analysts have suggested that Fox Sports would require a significant exclusive component of cricket to sign on, the network would also find the ability to sell any simulcast matches on an “ads free” basis, as it does for events such as Australia’s home rugby union internationals and major AFL fixtures. At the same time CA would be hesitant to place too much of the game behind a paywall, mindful of how cricket’s English audience has shrunk over the past 13 seasons, irrespective of the rich bounty paid for the UK domestic cricket rights by Sky.

James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, has said that any future deal with Fox Sports would have to suit the wider interests of the game. “They’ve always been heavily involved in cricket, but they’ve invested in overseas cricket more so than domestic cricket,” Sutherland had said earlier this month. “They started the BBL the first two years, they’ve supported our domestic one day competition and did a very good job when they were partners there.

“The question mark now is how much do they want, what do they want and what are they interested in. While we understand they may be interested, it is then a matter of how that fits with everything else. Clearly the observation I’d make right now is that cricket’s blessed to have all of our valuable content on free-to-air television and two partners in Nine and Ten who do it in their own special way and both attract huge audiences and are extremely professional and care a lot about their production of cricket.

“We’re in a really good position, hopefully the product is still sought after by them and others as well.”

With elections coming up, India’s government will aim to woo rural voters in budget

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Jan
29

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s government will be trying to woo back rural voters and small businesses when it announces the 2018/19 budget on Thursday and pick up economic momentum as it heads into a season of elections, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, extolling India as a model of economic growth and political openness, told the World Economic Forum in Davos last week the country would be a $5 trillion economy by 2025, more than double its current size.

But at home, Modi is facing voter discontent over falling farm incomes and the lack of jobs for hundreds of thousands of youth entering the labor force each month.

This month, the government lowered its gross domestic growth forecast for the year ending March, 2018 to 6.5 percent, the weakest pace in four years. Growth slowed down because of a chaotic rollout of a nationwide goods and service tax (GST) last year and a shock move to ban high value currency notes in late 2016.

Modi’s ruling alliance barely scraped through an election in his home state of Gujarat last month and is now faced with elections in eight states spread over 2018 and a general election that must be held by May next year.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will likely step up funding of existing rural programs such as a jobs guarantee scheme, rural housing and a crop insurance plan in what will be his final full year budget before the general election.

Budget proposals are a closely guarded secret, but a finance ministry official with direct knowledge of the discussions said: “The government’s top priority is to create jobs and boost growth.”

The official added: “The budget is likely to offer incentives to the farm sector and small businesses.”

Small businesses form the core support base of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and they are hurting over the implementation of the GST, with its cumbersome compliance procedures, and the demonetization policy that sucked cash out of the system.

Jaitley is also expected to stay the course on a massive plan to build highways, modernize the railways and end infrastructure bottlenecks that have long hobbled Asia’s third largest economy.

As early as November, as he began laying out his priorities, Jaitley said at a conference of government and industry leaders that “two areas to concentrate on in the upcoming budget are rural India and development of infrastructure.”

India’s growth should pick up to 7.4 percent in 2018 as against China’s 6.6 percent, the IMF said this month, as the twin effects from the tax reform and demonetization wear off.

FISCAL PRESSURES

But the space for fiscal expansion remains limited at a time when the budget deficit is expected to breach the target of 3.2 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year for the first time in five years.

“Within the context of weak economic growth, we believe Jaitley faces a difficult balance in supporting growth without compromising significantly fiscal prudence (which could feed into higher inflation and potentially higher interest rates),” Goldman Sachs said in a pre-budget note.

Already, rising inflation, tightening cash conditions, and worries about a less fiscally prudent government have sparked a sharp sell-off in India’s bond markets.

A budget that significantly expands the deficit in the next fiscal year could spark a further sell-off, leading to a continued rise in bond yields that could raise borrowing costs at a time when the government is seeking to stimulate growth.

The government’s scope to increase revenues is limited because the power to levy indirect taxes, which make up about half of total tax collections, has been transferred to the Goods and Services Tax Council that is administering India’s biggest tax reform in 70 years.

Jaitley retains control over direct taxes that cover personal and corporate taxes, and in both there could be slight concessions for smaller businesses and the smaller taxpayers, a second finance ministry official said.

Firms with an annual turnover of 500 million rupees ($7.87 million) or less are charged 25 percent corporate tax instead of the standard 30 percent but there is a proposal to move businesses with greater turnover into the lower tax band, the official said.

Jaitley had promised in 2015 to lower corporate taxes in four years to bring them more in line with Asia’s average corporate tax of 21.91 percent at the time. But there is little expectation of a sharp move in that direction, economists said.

The government is likely to look for additional revenues from stake sales and could set a 2018/19 target of 1 trillion rupees, according to a banker involved in the asset divestment program.

New Delhi looks set to bring asset sales of about 925 billion rupees in this financial year, well above the 725 billion rupee target, officials said. [L4N1PK4IH]

National flag carrier Air India is expected to be sold in the first half of 2018, spurred by a government decision to allow foreign airlines to take a 49 percent share. Foreign players could earlier invest in India’s private airlines, but not the state airline.

Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said that at this stage, India would grow faster if the government were to execute the programs it has committed itself to, rather than opt for a large dose of fiscal expansion.

“We have to focus, if you want enhanced growth, not in terms of fiscal stimulus, but in terms of implementation of all the projects that have been announced, the schemes that have been announced,” he told an Indian television channel on the margins of the Davos conference.

“We need to take a look at all that stuff and make sure it’s working. I would like to see a budget focused more on implementation.”

($1 = 63.5100 Indian rupees)

Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Raju Gopalakrishnan

Pic: Anushka Sharma ups her style game

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Jan
29

Kareena Kapoor Khan has been slaying it on the social circuit with her fashionable appearances. The Bollywood diva oozes confidence and attitude in whatever she dons.

The Begum of Pataudi has upped her glam game post welcoming her first child Taimur Ali Khan, and has been getting herself into top shape as she shoots for her upcoming next, ‘Veere Di Wedding’. When not on the film sets, the Enchantress has been keeping busy with various photo shoots and casting a spell on fans with every glamorous appearance.

A set of pictures from Bebo’s latest photo shoot has been doing the rounds online. Kareena is seen clad in a bright yellow one-shoulder dress with bold makeup that makes her look scintillating.

In another picture, the diva is seen clad in a tube orange gown making her look drop dead gorgeous as always. Bet you can’t wait for more pictures from the shoot, can’t you?

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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Jan
29

Well this is odd.
Apple
has finally released the mysteriously named iOS 11.2.5, giving no reason as to why it broke sequential numbering for the first time in iOS history (
iOS 11.2.2 was the previous release). Moreover there’s not a lot to get excited about and a surprisingly wide range of problems currently being reported. So should you upgrade?

Here’s everything you need to know…

Apple iOS 11.2.5

Who Is iOS 11.2.5 For?

Despite its odd numbering, iOS 11.2.5 is just like any standard iOS 11 release in that it is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.

Apple will automatically prompt you to install iOS 11.2.5, but should this not happen you can trigger the update manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Apple iOS beta testers, remember you may have to unroll your device for the update to appear – especially if you are running the major new iOS 11.3 beta (more on that later).  

iOS updates vary in size (different features/fixes apply to different devices) but iOS 11.2.5 is larger than your usual ‘minor point’ upgrade (circa 50-100MB) weighing in at up to 178MB. Note: if you’re still running iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), then iOS 11.2.5 will roll up the large iOS 11 update into a single major upgrade causing it to weigh in at several gigabytes.

The Deal Breakers

Yes loyal jailbreakers you will need to avoid this one. Despite Google releasing iOS 11.2.2 exploit details, iOS 11.2.5 is a different animal and there’s no jailbreak currently available for it.

As for the initial iOS 11.2.5 stability reports, I have good and bad news. The good news is iOS 11.2.5 doesn’t currently have one overwhelming problem affecting millions of users. The bad news is upgraders are reporting it has an unusually wide range of more isolated ones.

These include lockscreen issues, ringtone bugs, outright bricking of devices (1,2,3,4,5), performance drops (1,2,3), Apple Watch pairing problems, degraded WiFi  and CarPlay issues with Ford and Skoda. Inevitably the big battery life drops reported ever since iOS 11 first launched in September are showing little sign of abating either (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7 etc).

As always I will update this article if any of the problems mentioned above escalate.

So What Do You Get?

While iOS 11.2.5 contains little to make you rush out and upgrade (it isn’t essential like iOS 11.2.2), it breaks the mould for minor point releases by having more than just bug fixes. Apple’s release notes state:

“iOS 11.2.5 includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only). This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.”

Both these features are fairly self explanatory. HomePod pre-orders begin January 26th with release on February 9th so support was needed and Siri’s new reading is triggered if you ask about news of the day via a handsfree method like saying “Hey Siri”. This uses Podcast news and you can choose from the likes of NPR, Fox News (please don’t), CNN and The Washington Post and can be fine tuned if you ask about sports, business or music news.

Not mentioned in the release notes, but worth pointing out is iOS 11.2.5 brings a new UI for audio controls in the music widget. This lists all playback sources individually rather than amalgamating them and, in my opinion, makes it easier to toggle between sources. There’s additional VoiceOver accessibility support as well with travel destinations and AirPod battery levels now able to be read out.

As for security, Apple’s official page lists fixes for vulnerabilities in Bluetooth, audio playback and WebKit (the core of Safari) and there are bug fixes for the Phone app (incomplete call lists), Mail (Exchange accounts missing on the lock screen), Messages (jumbled conversations) and CarPlay (freezing when jumping multiple tracks).

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Verdict: Wait, For Now

Despite a few incremental improvements, there’s nothing essential in this release like the Spectre and Meltdown mitigations in iOS 11.2.2. As such, given the wide array of problems currently being reported, I’d wait and see if any of them escalate as more and more users blindly upgrade.

The only exception to this rule is if you plan on buying a HomePod as you will need the support iOS 11.2.5. Even then HomePod isn’t released until February 9th, so you can still wait.

The Road Ahead

For those who choose to hold fire, you shouldn’t have to wait long for the next upgrade. That will be iOS 11.3 and it is the big one. iOS 11.3 brings the detailed battery diagnostics and clarity users have deserved ever since the shutdown debacle began well over a year ago, and which I was first to report.

While long overdue, iOS 11.3 will also give users control over how their iPhones and iPads operate as their batteries degrade and upfront warnings when the battery should be replaced. This should have been the strategy from the start, but it is good to see Apple finally bend to public and (a lot of) legal pressure.

___

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Whats Popular Today Sun 28 Jan

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Jan
28

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Mashrafe fined 20%, Gunathilaka receives official reprimand

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Jan
28

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been fined 20% of his match fee while Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka has been officially reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the tri-series final in Mirpur on Saturday.

Both players breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

As a result, one demerit point has been added to each player’s disciplinary records. Both players admitted their offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee David Boon.

More to follow…

Afghan capital in shock after deadly ambulance bomb attack

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Jan
28

KABUL (Reuters) – Kabul reacted in despair and fear on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomb in the centre of the city killed and wounded more than 250 people in the worst attack seen in the Afghan capital in months.

With security officials warning that more attacks were possible after an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded city street on Saturday, there was a mix of helpless anger at the seemingly endless wave of attacks.

“How are we to live? Where should we go?” asked shopkeeper Mohammad Hanif, who was in his shop near the site of the explosion when it went off.

“We have no security, we don’t have no proper government, what should we do?” he said.

At least 95 people were killed and 158 wounded in the blast, which was claimed by the Taliban, a week after they claimed a deadly attack on the city’s Intercontinental Hotel.

It was the worst attack seen in the Afghan capital since a truck bomb near the German embassy killed 150 people in May.

“People were running everywhere to escape, there were wounded people lying on the ground, people with wounds to their arms, legs, heads,” Hanif said.

After a deadly week in which an office of the aid group Save the Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad was also attacked, President Ashraf Ghani’s Western-backed government has faced growing pressure to improve security.

Despite a major tightening in checks following the May 31 attack, the ambulance was able to get through the checkpoints, apparently without difficulty.

“People don’t have work, there’s no life for people in Afghanistan, people have to look for a life somewhere else, there’s nowhere,” said shopkeeper Sameem.

The attack, described as “an atrocity” by the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, drew universal condemnation from allies and neighbouring countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who last year sent more American troops to Afghanistan and ordered an increase in air strikes and other assistance to Afghan forces, said the attack “renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners”.

U.S. officials have said that the new strategy is putting pressure on the Taliban.

Following a recent visit to Kabul, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the strategy was working and pushing the insurgents closer to peace talks.

However, the Taliban have dismissed any suggestion that they have been weakened by the U.S. approach and say they will only agree to talks when international forces leave Afghanistan.

The attack, in one of the most heavily protected parts of the city, close to foreign embassies and government buildings, demonstrated that their ability to mount deadly high profile attacks that undermine confidence in the government remains undiminished.

Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Robert Birsel

Karni Sena to make a film on SLB’s mother?

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Jan
28

Members of Akhil Bhartiya Braj Mandal Chatriya Rajput Mahasabha staged a protest in Mathura against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmaavat’ which is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2018.

The fringe group opposing the movie alleging that historical facts were distorted and claimed that they will not allow its screening in cinema halls. To avoid any untoward incident, heavy police force was deputed at Krishna plaza in Mathur. The protestors submitted a memorandum to the local before dispersing.

Talking to media, district president of Akhil Bhartiya Braj Mandal Chatriya Rajput Mahasabha, Thakur Mukesh Singh Sikarwar said, “We are demanding a ban on the release of the movie in the state, otherwise there will be serious consequences.”

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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Jan
27

Well this is odd.
Apple
has finally released the mysteriously named iOS 11.2.5, giving no reason as to why it broke sequential numbering for the first time in iOS history (
iOS 11.2.2 was the previous release). Moreover there’s not a lot to get excited about and a surprisingly wide range of problems currently being reported. So should you upgrade?

Here’s everything you need to know…

Apple iOS 11.2.5

Who Is iOS 11.2.5 For?

Despite its odd numbering, iOS 11.2.5 is just like any standard iOS 11 release in that it is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.

Apple will automatically prompt you to install iOS 11.2.5, but should this not happen you can trigger the update manually by going to Settings General Software Update. Apple iOS beta testers, remember you may have to unroll your device for the update to appear – especially if you are running the major new iOS 11.3 beta (more on that later).  

iOS updates vary in size (different features/fixes apply to different devices) but iOS 11.2.5 is larger than your usual ‘minor point’ upgrade (circa 50-100MB) weighing in at up to 178MB. Note: if you’re still running iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), then iOS 11.2.5 will roll up the large iOS 11 update into a single major upgrade causing it to weigh in at several gigabytes.

The Deal Breakers

Yes loyal jailbreakers you will need to avoid this one. Despite Google releasing iOS 11.2.2 exploit details, iOS 11.2.5 is a different animal and there’s no jailbreak currently available for it.

As for the initial iOS 11.2.5 stability reports, I have good and bad news. The good news is iOS 11.2.5 doesn’t currently have one overwhelming problem affecting millions of users. The bad news is upgraders are reporting it has an unusually wide range of more isolated ones.

These include lockscreen issues, ringtone bugs, outright bricking of devices (1,2,3,4,5), performance drops (1,2,3), Apple Watch pairing problems, degraded WiFi  and CarPlay issues with Ford and Skoda. Inevitably the big battery life drops reported ever since iOS 11 first launched in September are showing little sign of abating either (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7 etc).

As always I will update this article if any of the problems mentioned above escalate.

So What Do You Get?

While iOS 11.2.5 contains little to make you rush out and upgrade (it isn’t essential like iOS 11.2.2), it breaks the mould for minor point releases by having more than just bug fixes. Apple’s release notes state:

“iOS 11.2.5 includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only). This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.”

Both these features are fairly self explanatory. HomePod pre-orders begin January 26th with release on February 9th so support was needed and Siri’s new reading is triggered if you ask about news of the day via a handsfree method like saying “Hey Siri”. This uses Podcast news and you can choose from the likes of NPR, Fox News (please don’t), CNN and The Washington Post and can be fine tuned if you ask about sports, business or music news.

Not mentioned in the release notes, but worth pointing out is iOS 11.2.5 brings a new UI for audio controls in the music widget. This lists all playback sources individually rather than amalgamating them and, in my opinion, makes it easier to toggle between sources. There’s additional VoiceOver accessibility support as well with travel destinations and AirPod battery levels now able to be read out.

As for security, Apple’s official page lists fixes for vulnerabilities in Bluetooth, audio playback and WebKit (the core of Safari) and there are bug fixes for the Phone app (incomplete call lists), Mail (Exchange accounts missing on the lock screen), Messages (jumbled conversations) and CarPlay (freezing when jumping multiple tracks).

Apple iOS 11.2.5 Verdict: Wait, For Now

Despite a few incremental improvements, there’s nothing essential in this release like the Spectre and Meltdown mitigations in iOS 11.2.2. As such, given the wide array of problems currently being reported, I’d wait and see if any of them escalate as more and more users blindly upgrade.

The only exception to this rule is if you plan on buying a HomePod as you will need the support iOS 11.2.5. Even then HomePod isn’t released until February 9th, so you can still wait.

The Road Ahead

For those who choose to hold fire, you shouldn’t have to wait long for the next upgrade. That will be iOS 11.3 and it is the big one. iOS 11.3 brings the detailed battery diagnostics and clarity users have deserved ever since the shutdown debacle began well over a year ago, and which I was first to report.

While long overdue, iOS 11.3 will also give users control over how their iPhones and iPads operate as their batteries degrade and upfront warnings when the battery should be replaced. This should have been the strategy from the start, but it is good to see Apple finally bend to public and (a lot of) legal pressure.

___

Follow Gordon on Twitter, Facebook and Google+

More On Forbes

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Apple iOS 11.3 Release: It’s The Big One

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