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Devs Working On iOS 11.3 Jailbreak, But We May Have To Wait

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Mar
31
iOS 11.3 jailbreak
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While iOS 11.3 has now rolled out to select Apple devices, the release is less exciting for those who are looking to fully unlock their phones. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty involved in jailbreaking because of the ever-increasing security, those of us on jailbroken devices are often at least a few updates behind the consumer release. The release of the most recent Apple update has fans clamoring for an iOS 11.3 jailbreak, but it may be a little while before we see the update cracked.

It’s important to note that we haven’t seen anything official released into the world of jailbreaking regarding an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. Rest assured that many are working on bringing a fully unlocked operating system that is as up to date as possible, however, so it hopefully won’t be too long until we see the operating system cracked – provided progress continues as expected.

An iOS 11.3 jailbreak has been difficult and somewhat pointless to start developing at this point, considering the fact that so far it has been in a pre-release state that is constantly being revised and updated with new fixes and features. Considering that jailbreaking a phone often means looking for and exploiting issues with the operating system, having those exploits repeatedly patched out over the course of a few weeks does not a good jailbreaking environment make.

However, now that the release is finalized and being rolled out on products such as the new iPad 6, we should start to see much more progress on the iOS 11.3 jailbreaking front.

As far as news regarding exploits go, Abraham Masri – a developer previously involved in the jailbreaking community – has already discovered a “0day” vulnerability in earlier pre-release beta versions. Normally, this sort of exploit would be greeted with much fanfare from the Apple community. However, Masri has stated that the 0day vulnerability might not actually be as useful on its own as he originally thought, but that it could prove useful if taken advantage of by the right developer – as well as when combined with the other exploits that are certain to be discovered moving forward. Given the recent release of the operating system update, it’s unclear as to who in the community is actively working on an iOS 11.3 jailbreak – but it shouldn’t be too long until we start to see people digging into the operating system and releasing more information about vulnerabilities in the firmware. Little by little, we should start making significant progress towards fully unlocking the operating system.

Unfortunately, the iOS jailbreak we currently have access to is for iOS 11.1.2, so the community does have some catching up to do. Additionally, time may be running out to downgrade to that firmware update in order to take advantage of the iOS jailbreaks, as Apple will likely soon stop signing earlier firmware with the release of iOS 11.3. With the most recent update now public, however, it makes far more sense for the community to start taking steps to develop the iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

While the community does lag behind the public releases, we’ve seen a huge amount of progress in jailbreaking the iPhone since late last year. The jailbreaking community stagnated for a bit – likely due to a decreased demand for unlocking the phone as well as tougher security from the developers. Adding to that the shuttering of important repositories that added a number of features to the operating systems, and it’s clear that the reward for the amount of effort required to jailbreak the phone was questionable.

Still, as long as Apple continues to lock down their ecosystem, there will be a talented community looking to implement solutions like an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. Let’s just hope that it comes sooner rather than later.

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Bavuma firm as South Africa power ahead

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Mar
31

Lunch South Africa 400 for 7 (Bavuma 61*, Philander 6*) v Australia
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A half-century from Temba Bavuma helped South Africa push their total to 400 on the second day in Johannesburg, where Australia picked up only one wicket in the opening session. The South Africans had started the day on 313 for 6 and they added 87 in the session for the loss only of Quinton de Kock, and at lunch the total was 400 for 7, with Bavuma on 61 and Vernon Philander on 6.

Bavuma and de Kock put on 85 for the seventh wicket, moving the score along steadily for much of the morning. A solid bowling performance from Australia brought little more joy than the occasional play and miss, or edge that fell short, until Nathan Lyon found a way to end the partnership when de Kock was on 39 from 74 balls.

De Kock tried to force one from Lyon through the leg side with a cross-bat stroke but when the ball turned sharply he appeared to check his stroke, however all he managed to do was sky a catch that was taken at mid-on. It left South Africa at 384 for 7, but by the lunch break Philander and Bavuma had ensured no further loss for South Africa.

Bavuma moved to his half-century from his 120th delivery and had been rarely troubled by the bowling, and if he has enough lower-order support he will aim to turn his start into the second hundred of his Test career. Bavuma played a sensible game but occasionally became more adventurous, as when he lifted Pat Cummins over extra cover for an aerial four.

Bavuma firm as South Africa power ahead

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Mar
31

Lunch South Africa 400 for 7 (Bavuma 61*, Philander 6*) v Australia
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A half-century from Temba Bavuma helped South Africa push their total to 400 on the second day in Johannesburg, where Australia picked up only one wicket in the opening session. The South Africans had started the day on 313 for 6 and they added 87 in the session for the loss only of Quinton de Kock, and at lunch the total was 400 for 7, with Bavuma on 61 and Vernon Philander on 6.

Bavuma and de Kock put on 85 for the seventh wicket, moving the score along steadily for much of the morning. A solid bowling performance from Australia brought little more joy than the occasional play and miss, or edge that fell short, until Nathan Lyon found a way to end the partnership when de Kock was on 39 from 74 balls.

De Kock tried to force one from Lyon through the leg side with a cross-bat stroke but when the ball turned sharply he appeared to check his stroke, however all he managed to do was sky a catch that was taken at mid-on. It left South Africa at 384 for 7, but by the lunch break Philander and Bavuma had ensured no further loss for South Africa.

Bavuma moved to his half-century from his 120th delivery and had been rarely troubled by the bowling, and if he has enough lower-order support he will aim to turn his start into the second hundred of his Test career. Bavuma played a sensible game but occasionally became more adventurous, as when he lifted Pat Cummins over extra cover for an aerial four.

Modi ally Paswan says BJP suffers from perception it is anti-Muslim

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Mar
31

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is struggling to change a “perception” that it is against minority Muslims and lower-caste people, a political ally said, which could cost it votes in a general election due next year.

India’s Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan speaks during an interview with Reuters in New Delhi November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trounced the opposition at the last election in 2014, but it has lost a handful of recent by-elections after opposition groups banded together.

Veteran politician Ram Vilas Paswan, a central minister and the chief of the Lok Jan Shakti (People’s Power) Party, which is allied with the BJP and says it represents India’s socially backward classes, predicted another term for Modi.

But he said the BJP would have to work towards changing its image as a group that caters mainly to upper-caste Hindus.

“Whatever the government is doing it is doing for everyone; even for the minority community it has done a lot,” Paswan said in an interview in his bungalow, seated on a couch under a huge oil painting of himself.

“But despite everything, the perception is not changing among the minorities and the scheduled castes (socially backward classes) irrespective of the work being done.”

India’s 1.3 billion people are about 80 percent Hindu and 14 percent Muslim, according to the latest census data. Backward classes make up about three-quarters of the Hindu population.

Critics say the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda has polarised the population.

Since Modi came to power in 2014, hardline Hindu groups and cow protection vigilantes have carried out numerous attacks on Muslims accused of eating beef or killing cows.

Many Hindus believe cows are sacred and killing them is banned in most states.

A supporter holds up a cut-out of a lotus, the election symbol of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), with an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kalol on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

‘WELL-MEANING’

A crackdown on abattoirs, tanneries and leather factories, mostly run by Muslims, has also hit a large number of lower-caste Hindus who transport cattle and work in tanneries.

Paswan said the opposition could take advantage of the BJP’s pro-upper class Hindu image and it needed to be countered aggressively.

The BJP said Paswan’s comment was a “well-meaning observation from an ally” but that the party has “foiled repeated attempts of the opposition Congress party to create an impression that the BJP is losing the perception battle”.

“We need to be cognizant of the fact that opposition parties have been raising a bogey of non-issues, but so far they’ve failed,” said BJP spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao.

When Modi won office in 2014, his party or its partners ruled only seven of India’s 29 states. Today, it is in power in 21 of them and has replaced Congress as the party with strongest nationwide presence.

But in by-elections for 10 parliamentary seats since last year, the BJP has lost all of them and two small regional parties have walked out of the ruling coalition.

Paswan, whose party enjoys considerable support from the Muslim community in his home state of Bihar in the east, said ending ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was “unthinkable”.

Supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wave their party’s flags as they wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address an election campaign rally in Kolkata, India, April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

“This is essentially a government of the BJP, they have an absolute majority. Still Modi has given space to allies like us,” said Paswan, a 10-time member of parliament who began his political career in 1969.

“Can’t even think of leaving the NDA. No one has approached me and I am happy where I am.”

Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Robert Birsel

Esha Gupta turns into a diva for latest photo shoot

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Mar
31

Esha Gupta is a fine woman and she loves to treat her fans with her sizzling pictures through her social media account. Recently, she shared herself captured from behind.

Wearing a green coloured dress, she captioned the image, “She’s music..”

On the work front, the actress has started shooting the multistarrer film ‘Paltan’ in which she is being paired opposite Arjun Rampal. Helmed by J. P. Dutta, the film is based on Indo-China war.

Devs Working On iOS 11.3 Jailbreak, But We May Have To Wait

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Mar
30
iOS 11.3 jailbreak
Image source: Apple

While iOS 11.3 has now rolled out to select Apple devices, the release is less exciting for those who are looking to fully unlock their phones. Unfortunately, due to the difficulty involved in jailbreaking because of the ever-increasing security, those of us on jailbroken devices are often at least a few updates behind the consumer release. The release of the most recent Apple update has fans clamoring for an iOS 11.3 jailbreak, but it may be a little while before we see the update cracked.

It’s important to note that we haven’t seen anything official released into the world of jailbreaking regarding an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. Rest assured that many are working on bringing a fully unlocked operating system that is as up to date as possible, however, so it hopefully won’t be too long until we see the operating system cracked – provided progress continues as expected.

An iOS 11.3 jailbreak has been difficult and somewhat pointless to start developing at this point, considering the fact that so far it has been in a pre-release state that is constantly being revised and updated with new fixes and features. Considering that jailbreaking a phone often means looking for and exploiting issues with the operating system, having those exploits repeatedly patched out over the course of a few weeks does not a good jailbreaking environment make.

However, now that the release is finalized and being rolled out on products such as the new iPad 6, we should start to see much more progress on the iOS 11.3 jailbreaking front.

As far as news regarding exploits go, Abraham Masri – a developer previously involved in the jailbreaking community – has already discovered a “0day” vulnerability in earlier pre-release beta versions. Normally, this sort of exploit would be greeted with much fanfare from the Apple community. However, Masri has stated that the 0day vulnerability might not actually be as useful on its own as he originally thought, but that it could prove useful if taken advantage of by the right developer – as well as when combined with the other exploits that are certain to be discovered moving forward. Given the recent release of the operating system update, it’s unclear as to who in the community is actively working on an iOS 11.3 jailbreak – but it shouldn’t be too long until we start to see people digging into the operating system and releasing more information about vulnerabilities in the firmware. Little by little, we should start making significant progress towards fully unlocking the operating system.

Unfortunately, the iOS jailbreak we currently have access to is for iOS 11.1.2, so the community does have some catching up to do. Additionally, time may be running out to downgrade to that firmware update in order to take advantage of the iOS jailbreaks, as Apple will likely soon stop signing earlier firmware with the release of iOS 11.3. With the most recent update now public, however, it makes far more sense for the community to start taking steps to develop the iOS 11.3 jailbreak.

While the community does lag behind the public releases, we’ve seen a huge amount of progress in jailbreaking the iPhone since late last year. The jailbreaking community stagnated for a bit – likely due to a decreased demand for unlocking the phone as well as tougher security from the developers. Adding to that the shuttering of important repositories that added a number of features to the operating systems, and it’s clear that the reward for the amount of effort required to jailbreak the phone was questionable.

Still, as long as Apple continues to lock down their ecosystem, there will be a talented community looking to implement solutions like an iOS 11.3 jailbreak. Let’s just hope that it comes sooner rather than later.

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Zimbabwe coaching staff set to lose their jobs

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Mar
30

5:59 AM ET

Zimbabwe’s coaching staff have until 3pm local time on Friday to resign or be sacked by the board following an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign. ESPNcricinfo has verified the ultimatum but has yet to confirm whether the staff will stand out or wait for their bosses to fire them. One way or another, all are set to lose their jobs. It has also been reported in the Zimbabwean press that captain Graeme Cremer will be replaced by Brendan Taylor.

In addition to the national coaching staff – head coach Heath Streak, batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, fitness coach Sean Bell and team analyst Stanley Chioza – all other coaching staff, including the Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo will also be booted out.

Streak is the only one with alternative employment at the moment. He was appointed the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach for this year’s edition of the IPL.

The mass purge is mostly a result of Zimbabwe missing out on the 2019 World Cup, after a three-run defeat to UAE in the final Super Six match, but will no doubt also be related to finances. Zimbabwe Cricket is muddling through another monetary crunch, only made worse by the fact that they will not be participating in the World Cup. All ZC staff were only paid 40% of their salaries in February.

Dalai Lama faces cold shoulder as India looks to improve China ties

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Mar
30

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, faces increasing isolation in his home in exile as India tones down an assertive stand toward its powerful neighbour and rival, China, in the hope of calming ties strained by a border stand-off.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks at an interactive session organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce on “Revival of Ancient Knowledge” in Kolkata, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

The Asian giants were locked in a 73-day military face off in a remote, high-altitude stretch of their disputed border last year, with, at one point, soldiers from the two sides throwing punches and stones at each other.

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

China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative of transport and energy links bypasses India, apart from a corner of the disputed Kashmir region, also claimed by Pakistan, but involves India’s neighbours Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives.

Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist government, is reversing course, apparently after realising its hard line on China was not working, and the Dalai Lama is facing the cold shoulder.

“We are moving forward with this relationship, the idea is to put the events of 2017 behind us,” an Indian government source involved in China policy said.

The idea is to “be sensitive” to each other’s core concerns and not let differences turn into disputes, the source said.

The Dalai Lama has lived mostly in the north Indian town of Dharamsala since 1959, when he fled a Chinese crackdown on an uprising in his homeland.

In Dharamsala, his supporters run a small government in exile and campaign for autonomy for Tibet by peaceful means. India has allowed him to pursue his religious activities in the country and to travel abroad.

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

‘DEEPLY RESPECTED’

This week, the Dalai Lama cancelled a visit to the Indian border state of Sikkim this week, hosted by authorities there, officials say, lest it offended China.

Sikkim is south of the Doklam plateau where the hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers confronted each other last year after India objected to China’s construction of a road in an area claimed by India’s tiny ally, Bhutan.

Even “thank you” rallies by Tibetans planned for New Delhi to show appreciation to India for hosting the Dalai Lama and his followers have been shifted to Dharamsala.

India’s foreign ministry said the government had not changed its position on the Dalai Lama.

“He is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of India. His Holiness is accorded all freedom to carry out his religious activities in India,” spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

But India’s recent attitude is in stark contrast with his former treatment.

In 2016, the Dalai Lama was invited to India’s presidential palace for a ceremony honouring Nobel Peace prize winners. The government later allowed him to visit the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh, disregarding Chinese objections.

China reviles the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist and his activities in India have always been a source of friction, and a tool with which India can needle China.

“Tibet has utility to irritate China, but it is becoming costly for us now. They are punishing us,” said P. Stobdan, a former Indian ambassador.

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

‘UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT’

The Tibetan government-in-exile has been phlegmatic, expressing understanding of the shifting circumstances and gratitude to India for hosting the Dalai Lama for 60 years.

“The Indian government has its reasons why, these coming months are sensitive, and we completely understand and respect that so there’s no disappointment at all,” Lobsang Sangay, the head of the government in exile told reporters.

China has hailed better ties.

“Everyone can see that recently, due to the efforts of both sides, China-India relations have maintained positive momentum and development, and exchanges and cooperation in all areas have achieved new progress,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday.

Lu said China was willing to work with India to maintain exchanges on all levels and to increase mutual political trust and “appropriately control differences”.

A flurry of visits is planned.

Next week, India National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is heading to China and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is due to visit in April.

Modi will visit in June for a regional conference and talks with President Xi Jinping.

The two sides are also expected to revive “hand-in-hand” counter-terrorism exercises when India’s defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, visits China in April, a defence source said. The drills were suspended earlier.

Additional reporting Michael Martina in BEIJING; Abhishek Madhukar in DHARAMSALA and Zarir Hussain in GUWAHATI; Editing by Robert Birsel

B’wood celebrites Dia Mirza and Zareen Khan raise awareness in Raipur school

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CoolStar Releases Electra 1.0.4 IPA For iOS 11 Jailbreak [Download]

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iOS 11 Jailbreak Electra 1.0.4
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Noted developer CoolStar breathed a new life into the iOS jailbreak community by releasing the Electra iOS 11 jailbreak last month. CoolStar has now made a new version of Electra available to download for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. You can download the Electra 1.0.4 IPA file right here. The new version comes just days after the developer made the version 1.0.3 available to people desperate to liberate their iDevices.

The Electra 1.0.4 version brings minor changes to enhance stability on jailbroken devices. CoolStar has removed the XPC code that was reportedly causing problems since its first implementation in Electra beta 11. The developer also took the help of people behind Meridian to replace the UDP, TCP, and XPC with MIG to improve the stability of their iOS 11 jailbreak.

Electra 1.0.4 supports 64-bit devices running iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2. People still using 32-bit devices are out of luck. The jailbreak would work on Apple’s latest offerings including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. If you have used an older version of Electra’s iOS 11 jailbreak tool, you can upgrade to Electra 1.0.4 version by deleting the Electra app from the home screen and re-sideloading and re-jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad with the latest Electra 1.0.4.

Electra is a semi-untethered jailbreak solution. It means you’ll have to open the Electra app and re-jailbreak your device every time you reboot it. You will also have to repeat the jailbreak process each time the jailbreak certificate expires. Cydia comes bundled with Electra as Coolstar has added support for Cydia. Also bundled is the Substitute framework that allows you to install the tweaks.

If you want to liberate your iPhone or iPad using Coolstar’s iOS 11 jailbreak tool, you have  to meet the following requirements:

  • Your device must be running iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2
  • A working PC or Mac running Windows or macOS
  • Install the Cydia Impactor on your computer from cydiaimpactor.com
  • A paid or free Apple developer ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create it using your existing or a new Apple account from developer.apple.com
  • Download the Electra 1.0.4 IPA file on your computer from here.
  • The latest version of iTunes

All done? Now you are fully prepared to jailbreak your iOS 11 device.

Step-1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via Lightning cable.

Step-2: Take a complete backup of your device using iTunes. It will ensure that your data is safe if something goes wrong while installing the jailbreak.

Step-3: Launch the Cydia Impactor that you downloaded on your computer. It will detect your iOS device.

Step-4: Drag the Electra 1.0.4 IPA file onto Cydia Impactor

Step-5: A prompt will ask you to enter your Apple ID and password. Enter the credentials to confirm. Now Cydia Impactor will sideload the Electra 1.0.4 IPA onto your iOS device.

Step-6: After the Electra IPA is installed on your device, go to Settings General Profiles Device Management. Just tap on the Electra app profile, then select Trust and Trust again to confirm it.

Step-7: Go back to home screen and launch the Electra app.

Step-8: You’ll see a Jailbreak button in the center of the screen. Make sure that the Tweaks toggle is on before tapping on the Jailbreak button. The jailbreak process starts now.

Step-9: Electra will do all the work. You’ll get a prompt that says “APFS Screenshot Created.” Just tap on “Continue Jailbreak” button. The AFPS Screenshot allows you to go back to iOS 11.1.2 using SemiRestore if the jailbreak goes wrong.

Step-10: After some time, you’ll see the message that jailbreak is successful. You shall find Cydia Installer on the home screen. Launch Cydia then tap Upgrade Essentials and wait for the process to complete.

Step-11: Now install your favorite Cydia tweaks on your jailbroken device.

Enjoy the iOS 11 jailbreak. But remember that it’s semi-untethered jailbreak, meaning you’ll have to re-jailbreak the device each time you reboot.

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ICC to review code of conduct, ball-tampering set to be bigger offence

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Mar
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The ICC will undertake a comprehensive review of its code of conduct following recent poor behaviour from players, which culminated in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia. Ball tampering, currently a level 2 offence, will most certainly be looked at more seriously in the new code of conduct. The review will seek to clearly define what the spirit of the game is, identify what acceptable behaviour is in clear terms and review whether the penalties in place for such offences are appropriate.

Such a review, the ICC CEO Dave Richardson said, was imminent but the recent events have necessitated urgent action. The matter was on the agenda at ICC meetings in April, but has now been fast-tracked. “We have seen a number of incidents of poor player behaviour in recent weeks including things like some ugly sledging, abusive language, send-offs, dissent against umpire decisions, we had a walk-off in the tri-series in Sri Lanka, and now this ball-tampering episode in the latest series,” Richardson said. “In fact player behaviour and player conduct was already on our agenda for the April meeting, but I think what happened in Cape Town has certainly created an additional sense of urgency that something needs to be done.”

A group that includes the ICC cricket committee, the MCC and former players who, according to the ICC, played the game in the right spirit will conduct this code-of-conduct review. Current players will also be part of the process.

“Players from the past that we think have epitmosied the way the game should be played Names that come to mind immediately are Allan Border, Anil Kumble, Shaun Pollock, Courtney Walsh these are all players that played with aggression, passion. Richie Richardson will be another one. He was brilliant when he was captain of West Indies. These are players that played with passion and aggression and determination but never ever overstepped the mark. Never were abusive. Never resorted to personal sledging. And – to my knowledge anyway – no tampering of the ball.”

enormity of the reaction the specific incident of ball-tampering has received. “It has been an eye-opener for me that, ‘Hang on, ball-tampering around the world is considered cheating.’ And if we are going to take the attitude that everyone does it, if we allow a little bit of lip balm on occasion, raise the quarter seam on another, then where do we draw the line? Is that okay and using sandpaper is not? We probably need to look at it again. Let’s be absolutely clear what we mean when we say ball tampering is not allowed. And what we mean by ball-tampering.”

Richardson admitted the penalty available for ball-tampering in this instance – maximum of a one-Test ban for captain Steven Smith – sort of handicapped the ICC a little. He said that was not the case when the playing conditions were first formulated. “It is only subsequently that we have come to realise that, ‘Hang on, the world, not only Australia, regards ball-tampering in a very serious light. That, I think we identified as, the need to look at the level of the penalty imposed specific to ball tampering.”

PNB to settle nearly $1 billion to peer banks in claims over fraud

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Mar
29

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian state-run Punjab National Bank has agreed to pay 65 billion rupees ($997.4 million) to counterparty banks, honouring an initial tranche of claims over a massive fraud case and ending uncertainty around repayments in the banking sector.

A bird flies past the logo of Punjab National Bank installed on the facade of its office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

In what has been dubbed as the biggest fraud in India’s banking history, two jeweller groups have been accused of defrauding banks by raising loans from overseas branches of Indian lenders using nearly $2 billion of fraudulent guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff at a Mumbai branch.

PNB’s board on Wednesday approved payment over the fraudulent guarantees due by end-March to seven banks. It will also honour any subsequent maturing guarantees when they are due, the bank said.

“This measure will ensure that India’s banking system at large has the least possible disruption owing to the unfortunate fraud and banking operations will continue to function smoothly,” PNB said in a statement.

At least four other state-run banks – State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, UCO Bank and Allahabad Bank – have disclosed exposures that range between $212 million and $412 million to fraudulent PNB guarantees.

The counterparty banks had said PNB was liable to make good any losses on those loans. PNB has previously said it was ready to honour “bona fide” commitments, but it has also said counterparty banks were partly at fault for not making adequate checks when sanctioning the loans.

The banks were in talks over the claims and had also involved the government and the central bank as they sought to settle the dispute before the end of their fourth quarter and financial year on March 31.

A source with direct knowledge of the talks had told Reuters on Tuesday that PNB was moving to quickly resolve the dispute by the end of the month.

Even if it had to make full payment to counterparty banks, PNB was adequately capitalised to take the load, the source had said.

The fraudulent guarantees, valid for one year and issued on behalf of companies owned by jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, are due between January and April this year, according to police and court documents.

Both Modi and Choksi are out of India and have denied any wrongdoing. Authorities have so far arrested 20 people including PNB executives in the case.

($1 = 65.1700 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Alex Richardson

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Sutherland: Sanctions for ‘causing damage to the game’, not tampering

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How can Darren Lehmann escape charges given the apparent relaying of messages to Cameron Bancroft?
It is understood and it has been verified by others that on the walkie-talkie he said… you guys probably saw it, the first time anyone knew about it was when it came up on the vision screen. He saw that and he radioed down and he said: ‘what the f*** is going on?’ He said to Peter Handscomb ‘find out what the f*** is going on’. Beyond that, I would like to just touch on he brought everyone into the room when the next break was. He basically went through everyone and went ‘what is going on?’ There are other parts of the investigation that asked lots of questions to try and understand that. But in Darren’s defence, these were findings that Iain Roy had.

How could he not know given the culture around the team, and is he culpable on a wider level?
I’ve got no doubt that he feels some sort of personal responsibility for that. We all do. This is a terrible situation. There are three guys going home that have been offered sanctions that are life-changing. There is a feeling of guilt and questions obviously being asked of lots of people as to why or how that might have happened. That’s part of the purpose of later discussion and review. We’ll clearly take on board whatever comes out of such investigations.

But further to that I think it’s really important that to say this process is about culture and performance and all of that but it’s also about the standing of the Australian cricket team and how they engage with the Australian public. There is a rebuild that needs to happen to reinstate the faith and the confidence and I guess the pride that the Australian public had and should have in the Australian cricket team.

How much scrutiny will Lehmann face during the culture review?
The review will be deep and far-ranging. We’re committed to doing something about it. We cannot have this happen again. It’s just unquestionable and so obvious. If there are things that allow little things to turn into little things to turn into big things that allow this to happen, then you’ve got to go back to the core and find out what the little things are and address them. That is what we’ll be doing.

How much did David Warner‘s history contribute to receiving the harshest penalty?
It’s certainly not history, though in terms of code of conduct he does have a rap sheet that is longer. So there’s an element of that. But I think that you don’t need to look any further than the specific comments or findings. There were lots of things in there that ultimately come to a judgement around that. He’s the vice-captain, Steven Smith‘s the captain. He might not have been as integrally involved, but at the same time the captain has a responsibility and could have done something about it.

What about allegations from South Africa about the use of sandpaper [the bandage on Warner’s left hand] in Port Elizabeth?
Again, the focus of Iain’s investigation was very much about the incident in Cape Town and what happened. If there’s an element of truth to those allegations then they’re obviously of severe concern. If there was more to that or more understanding then there would be action taken, and further investigation.

Will you investigate?
Not at this stage. But from our perspective, if there are credible allegations, and there is evidence to come to light, we have powers under our code of conduct to investigate that or any other matter.

Will they get contracts for 2018-19?
No contracts next year, they won’t be offered contracts. There’s no impact on pre-existing contracts. At the same time as we go forward, for Steve and David, there’ll be no Cricket Australia contract for the year.

They have been banned by the IPL – did you have the authority to reject NOCs? And what of county cricket?
Under the code, we didn’t have any clear authority over domestic matches played overseas. It was talked about but we ascertained based on the legal advice that we didn’t have that clear authority. I understood the IPL has made a call recently, someone told me about that. It sounds like IPL have made a decision, and I think again it [county cricket] is a matter for the ECB. As I understand it Bancroft has got something going with Somerset, but what happens with that is up to them.

Would you be happy if they did play county cricket?
On balance, what we’ve done is we’ve dealt with the matters within our control. We have made an assessment and I think we all know here that there are extreme views around this in terms of what the penalties are. And not only extreme, one end to the other, but up and down the line as well. What we have done is try to over a number of meetings, the directors have gone into great detail to consider all of the evidence at hand and try to find the right balance for the circumstances. It was a really significant offence, it’s done immeasurable damage to the game and the reputation to the game in Australia and perhaps more broadly. And we believe in difficult circumstances we’ve found a landing spot that is fair after offering a proper process of investigation.

Were bigger bans contemplated?
I can assure you there were considerations and views around the table that were all over the place. Higher sanctions for all three players, lower sanctions for all three players and it is one of those things that needs to be carefully considered. You need to talk openly and share views on balance but working with the timelines that we had and proper process, we’ve landed at something that we believe is appropriate, commensurate with the offence, but at the same time allows an opportunity for these people who are good people who have made bad mistakes, the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and come back and play the great game.

Can Smith captain Australia again?
His ban is for captaincy is 24 months. It’s not before 24 months. All I’d say is that he’s got a very steep hill to climb to rebuild the confidence and faith of the Australian public. Ultimately, the public and the Board who approve the captains of the Australian teams are the ones who will decide that or not. I think he’s got that opportunity. I know speaking to him today before he left, he actually said with a smile on his face when we were talking about the community service and working at club cricket, he said with a smile on his face ‘I’ll be doing that anyway’, which I think says a lot about him.

Has Warner got a steeper path than Smith?
Everyone’s different, Cameron Bancroft’s different as well. They have different relationships with different people. But irrespective of that, I think when you boil it down everyone will have different perspectives, but when you have a look at it I think Smith and Warner both 12 months suspensions, it’s fair. Steve is the captain, David the vice-captain, they play different roles, they’re guilty of different things in our view, based on the investigation. People will have different views but the Board was dealing with the evidence they had in front of them.

Was the harsh penalty for ball-tampering or outrage?
They haven’t been charged by Cricket Australia for ball tampering. It’s something that’s important to remind people that the code is worth reading, those four dot points, that’s what they’ve been charged for. That’s the significance. It relates to contrary to the spirit of the game, it relates to denigrating the game or having an impact on the reputation and image of the game, causing damage to the game, all of those things have quite clearly happened in a short space of time as a result of those actions. That’s what the report is for and the sanctions are on that basis.

How much more damage could there be done if the matter goes to a hearing?
All we can do is uphold the code to our best judgement and take into considerations the evidence we have. It’s about the spirit of cricket it’s about the good of the game, it’s not about individuals or thinking about those sorts of consequences, we’ve got to make those judgements on what’s best for the game and quite rightly as a course of natural justice under our code, players have the right to accept or reject the charges or the sanctions or both, and if they do to take that to appeal. That’s a good, proper legal process and that’s why it’s written that way.

Given Warner has got in strife before, were you worried he might transgress again?
David has got a rap sheet but I actually had a lot of confidence that he was going well. And I think over the last couple of years, certainly at least prior to Durban, he had a pretty clean sheet and he was performing well and he was leading well. He had just come off the Twenty20 successful series and was doing well. So I guess based on prior things you can say that, but at the same time I am as surprised as anyone about all this. Putting aside individuals, I am surprised that Australian cricketers have let this happen to them, allowed this to happen, and allowed it to happen to the team and the game.”

Regarding culture. Smith said before Cape Town he was not in a great headspace. He was talking about batting, but still. Under umbrella of culture, are you looking at that part of it?
Yeah, I think it is performance, culture and the pressure of the tour. You guys know what it is like when you see the players first hand, you have good days and bad days and it is a difficult situation. This is a tough tour, South Africa is a tough environment to play because of the combative nature of Australian-South Africa cricket with the crowds and everything else that you have to deal with. It sort of goes with the territory and you expect that. It can still get to you, we still understand that.

And that’s part of performing better or being better, but it is also about having the mechanisms around the players to help support them and put them in a position of not only performing, but dealing with the pressures and ensuring the right cultures to ensure that little things don’t turn into big things that turn into monumental things.

What is Warner’s future like given apparent breakdown of his relationship with the rest of the team?
I don’t know about the details but the intention of the charges, the sanctions that we have offered is that they are commensurate with what we believe are terrible actions that have damaged the game, but allow all three players, if they so wish and are motivated to, to come back and play for Australia.

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Manipal in deal to buy Fortis hospitals, set to face Fortis shareholder ire

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BANGALORE/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Manipal Hospitals Enterprises Private Ltd plans to buy troubled Fortis Healthcare Ltd’s (FOHE.NS) hospital business, but the deal is expected to run into opposition from Fortis minority shareholders whose shares plunged 14 percent on the news.

FILE PHOTO – Employees sit on the helpdesk reception of the Fortis Memorial Hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

If successful, the acquisition would create one of India’s biggest healthcare providers and help resolve an uncertain outlook for Fortis, which has been under a cloud as authorities investigate whether its founders siphoned funds out of the company.

Fortis Chief Executive Bhavdeep Singh said the deal would be worth 150 billion Indian rupees ($2.3 billion), according to the estimated value of both firms and the cash involved. He did not give a breakdown of the cash and equity portions of the deal.

But shares in Fortis slid on Wednesday, giving the company a market value of just 62.83 billion Indian rupees ($965 million) as investors expressed their unhappiness with the terms of the transaction.

“That’s going to be a significant issue and we are making sure that we do it right,” Singh said on a media call. “We are making sure that we are sharing (with minority shareholders) exactly what we are thinking.”

Fortis said its shareholders would get 10.83 shares in Manipal Hospitals for every 100 Fortis shares held.

The combined company, Manipal Hospitals, is set to be listed on India’s bourses. About 38 percent would be owned by Manipal Chief Executive Ranjan Pai, while U.S. buyout firm TPG would hold 20.7 percent.

Deepak Malik, an analyst at Edelweiss Securities, said chances of the deal succeeding in its present form were low.

“We believe minority shareholders of Fortis Healthcare are not set to benefit from this current deal as the deal is tilted in favor of TPG plus Manipal hospital,” he said.

A combined company would create a formidable rival to Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (APLH.NS).

Fortis’s portfolio of 34 hospitals across India and neighboring countries would add to the 14 hospitals Manipal operates mostly in southern India and Malaysia. Apollo has 71 hospitals, a company spokeswoman said.

Private healthcare companies such as Manipal and Apollo have grown rapidly in recent years, tapping into increasing demand for better healthcare amid a broken and under-resourced public health system. Deloitte expects India’s healthcare market will grow three fold to $372 billion by 2022.

Singh said he expected probes by India’s Serious Fraud Investigations Office and the Securities and Exchange Board of India to be over before the deal is completed in 9-12 months.

They are looking into allegations that founders Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, who are no relation to the CEO, took funds from Fortis. The brothers have denied the allegations.

The brothers, who now own less than 1 percent of Fortis, resigned from its board last month following legal troubles related to the sale of their stake in Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy to Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd (4568.T). The Ranbaxy case is unrelated to Fortis.

A separate part of the deal includes Manipal buying a majority stake in the Indian diagnostics chain SRL Ltd, purchasing 20 percent from Fortis for roughly 7 billion rupees ($108 million). It is in talks to buy 30.9 percent from private-equity investors.

Fortis will hold 36.6 percent of SRL. Without its hospitals business, Fortis said it would become an investment holding company.

($1 = 65.0300 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Tanvi Mehta and Zeba Siddiqui; Additional reporting by Sangameswaran S and Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru and Devidutta Tripathy in Mumbai; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Edwina Gibbs

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