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Whats Popular Today Thu 31 Jan

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Alex Hales suffers shoulder injury during BPL stint with Rangpur Riders

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31

Alex Hales could be a doubt for the one-day leg of England’s tour of the Caribbean – their last opportunity to fine-tune their squad selection for the forthcoming World Cup – after being ruled out of the rest of the BPL with a shoulder injury.

Hales, who is not currently in England’s first-choice XI in ODI cricket, sustained the injury during Rangpur Riders’ match against Rajshahi Kings in Chattogram on January 29. He had been in fine form in this year’s competition, making 304 runs in eight games for the Riders, at a strike-rate of 167.03 with a century and two fifties.

The one-day leg of England’s Caribbean tour gets underway in just under a month’s time, on February 20, with five ODIs followed by three T20Is. England’s World Cup squad is due to be named by April 23.

His injury means the Riders will be without two of their key batsmen in the qualifiers, as AB de Villiers will also leave after he has played his sixth game, their last league phase match, on February 2.

According to coach Tom Moody, Hales will seek further remedial advice once he is back in London.

”We got the news last night. He requires going back to London to have some specialist’s opinion on his left shoulder,” Moody said. “He hurt his left shoulder in the last game during his batting. The ECB requested that he get some further medical advice.”

The absence of both Hales and de Villiers, who made a rapid hundred in this year’s tournament, leaves the Riders short on overseas star quality going into the final stages of the competition.

“Unfortunately that’s the end of his tournament with us and obviously he had a significant impact and great value to us,” he said.

Moody however said that the Riders’ squad has the depth to tackle the loss of two top batsmen. “We knew from the outset that we had [AB de Villiers] for a certain number of matches, so we are prepared for that.

As much as we would as a team, franchise and tournament would love him to play to the end of the final, it’s not going to happen. As with Alex Hales, we will plan accordingly. We feel we have the necessary quality to make the adjustment,” he said.

Riders are currently on top of the points table with a place confirmed in the qualifiers that begins on February 4.

Exclusive: Sri Lanka halts imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder pending asbestos tests

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31

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has halted imports of Johnson Johnson Baby Powder until the company proves its product is free from cancer-causing asbestos, two government officials and the product’s local distributor told Reuters.

Stocks of the product already in Sri Lanka can still be sold, but there will be no new imports of the talc, a popular healthcare product across Sri Lanka and much of Asia, until JJ India, from where Sri Lanka imports the product, provides fresh test results.

On Dec. 14, Reuters reported that the U.S. drugs and consumer products group knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, leading to tests in several countries, including in India.

The report was based on thousands of pages of company memos, internal reports, and other confidential documents.

JJ has described the Reuters story as “one-sided, false, and inflammatory”.

Kamal Jayasinghe, chief executive of Sri Lanka’s National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), which is part of the health ministry, said it had informed the distributor, A.Baur Co., that it would require further tests for it to continue importing the powder.

“We have held their re-registration and informed the distributor to submit quality reports from an accredited laboratory to ensure there is no asbestos in their products,” Jayasinghe told Reuters.

The license for A.Baur Co to import the product expired in December, a second person at the NMRA said.

Shalutha Perera, head of consumer for A.Baur, told Reuters the firm has informed JJ in India of the suspension of the licensing process.

“JJ India directly handles all the regulatory matters,” he said.

Perera said the NMRA contacted A.Baur in December regarding new asbestos testing.

A spokeswoman for JJ India declined to comment on the halt of shipments to Sri Lanka but said the company “is in full compliance with current Indian regulatory requirements for the manufacturing and testing of our talc”.

“We are fully cooperating with the Indian government and are awaiting results from their testing,” she added.

The spokeswoman said the product was routinely tested by both suppliers and independent labs to ensure it is free of asbestos.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal, additional reporting and writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Martin Howell, Robert Birsel

Priyanka to play Ma Anand Sheela in next film

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31

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Captain Joe Root calls on Joe Denly to seize the day in second Test

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Jan
31

Joe Denly walks back to his mark during net practice in Barbados © Getty Images

England captain Joe Root has challenged Joe Denly to seize the moment after being named to make his debut in the second Test against West Indies in place of axed opener Keaton Jennings.

Root confirmed Denly would come into the side for the match in Antigua starting on Thursday with England trailing 1-0 after a comprehensive 381-run defeat inside four days in Barbados.

“It’s disappointing for Keaton, he’s done some very good things and he’ll continue to keep developing,” Root said. “He’s very much a part of this squad moving forward but it’s a great opportunity for Joe to show what he’s capable of.

“At 1-0 down in the series I feel it’s proactive to change things up at the top of the order.”

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, controversially left out of the team for the first Test, comes into England’s 12-man squad, as does spinner Jack Leach, with Adil Rashid granted permission to return home for the birth of his second child after being omitted from the final XII. Rashid claimed 0 for 117 in 26 overs during the first Test.

Pressed on whether Broad would play, Root said: “We’ll wait and see, won’t we?”

“Stuart adds an extra seam option and if we were to play two spinners it’s a change of mentality and approach of the spinners, having a more controlled bowler like Leachy,” Root said.

“It’s not necessarily a reflection on how Adil has gone about things. When he comes into the side you want him to make things happen and take wickets, to show off all of his tricks. On balance we think a slightly different approach might be more effective here.”

Root said Jennings’ omission was by no means final.

“He is someone who is always developing, constantly improving his game,” Root said. “It’s been a tricky start for him over here and he’ll be disappointed to miss out but he’s got a very good attitude.

“I’m sure he’ll go away, work on his game, keep looking to improve. I definitely don’t think it’s the end for him. He is doing all the right things. He felt he might not have been far away but the position we’re in in this series… we’re out here to win. We’re not here to look forward to the Ashes.”

Root was similarly open-minded about Denly’s future, meaning England’s search for a long-term opening pair is by no means over.

“We have to keep a pretty open mind,” Root said. “He’s definitely got an opportunity to show what he’s capable of. He’s obviously worked extremely hard, impressed on the two tours he’s been on. Hopefully he can continue the fine form he had last year for Kent.”

Denly, 32, returned to the international limited-overs arena in 2018 after an eight-and-a-half-year hiatus. He was also named Professional Cricketers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year after an outstanding season in all formats for Kent, where he scored 1729 runs and took 57 wickets.

Root believes his side is “more than capable” of bouncing back from their dismal performance in Bridgetown and, just as Denly is in a prime position to make the most of the opportunity presented to him, Root expects Broad to make the most of his chance, should he play at North Sound.

“No-one likes being left out. Especially someone as experienced as him,”Root said. “I expect him to come back and try and prove a point.

“He’s someone who can be quite stubborn sometimes and likes to prove people wrong. That’s a very good strength of his and something that can work in our favour.”

Whats Popular Today Wed 30 Jan

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ICICI Bank third-quarter profit misses estimates

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Jan
30

(Reuters) – ICICI Bank reported a 2.7 percent fall in third-quarter net profit on Wednesday, missing analysts’ estimates by a wide margin, due to tax expenses and higher provisions.

Net profit fell to 16.05 billion rupees ($225.51 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, from 16.50 billion rupees a year earlier, missing analysts’ average estimate for a profit of 18.36 billion rupees, I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv showed.

However, gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans, a measure of asset quality, fell to 7.75 percent at the end of December, from 8.54 percent in the previous quarter and 7.82 percent in the same period a year earlier, India’s third-biggest private-sector lender by market value said here

For an interactive graphic on the bad loans ratio at some Indian private-sector lenders, click tmsnrt.rs/2HFMoJq

The bank’s seventh straight quarter of depressed results, which included a loss in the June quarter, occurred despite 11.7 percent growth in loans, which boosted net interest income by 20.5 percent.

Provisions climbed nearly 19 percent to 42.44 billion rupees. The bank also recognised a tax expense of 2.97 billion rupees in the quarter, versus a tax gain of 1.62 billion rupees in the same period the year before.

The results come days after India’s federal investigating agency filed a case of criminal conspiracy and fraud against former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar.

Reuters has not been able to reach Kochhar for comment on the allegations.

Shares of the bank closed 5.5 percent higher ahead of the results in a flat Mumbai market.

Smaller rival Axis Bank beat estimates for quarterly profit on Tuesday, driven by higher interest income and recoveries from written-off accounts.

($1 = 71.1720 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Stephen Coates and Mark Potter

‘Uri’ box office collection Day 19

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30

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Waiting To Jailbreak iOS 12 Devices? Here’s What The Devs Are Up To

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Jailbreak iOS 12
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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden to enjoy a bunch of new features used to be a rage some time ago. But the Cupertino company has made it increasingly difficult for its users to jailbreak their devices. It has also added dozens of new features (mostly borrowed from jailbreaks) to iOS that were previously available only through jailbreak, giving people fewer reasons to liberate their devices. Many iPhone and iPad users have abandoned jailbreaking due to security concerns. But there are still hundreds of thousands of people eagerly waiting to jailbreak iOS 12 devices.

Devs making progress towards iOS 12 jailbreak

Developers and hackers have been working on iOS 12 jailbreaks since the Cupertino company rolled out the new software last year, but we haven’t yet seen a full-fledged public iOS  12 jailbreak. Soon after Apple released the iOS 12.1.3 to the public a few days ago, some developers have dropped hints that they have made significant progress in jailbreaking iOS 12.1.2.

So, if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 and want to liberate your device, you should consider staying on the 12.1.2 or older firmware. If you have already upgraded, downgrade to the 12.1.2 while Apple is still signing it. The tech giant could stop signing the older firmware anytime.


Brandon Azad, a developer well known within the jailbreak community, said in a tweet that people interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security should “keep an A12 research device on iOS 12.1.2.” Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng responded to Brandon’s tweet by saying “looking forward to seeing iOS 12 JB.” Zheng has discovered many bugs and vulnerabilities in iOS software in the past.

As RedmondPie points out, Zheng’s tweet indicates that all the necessary components needed to jailbreak iOS 12.1.2 and older are in place. Apple’s official security changelog suggests the bug Brandon Azad was referring to was applicable on devices going as far back as iPhone 5S. It will be interesting to see whether Brandon Azad would take up the challenge upon himself or someone else would do the hard work of putting together all the pieces to release a public iOS 12 jailbreak.

Researcher remotely jailbreaks iOS 12 on iPhone X

Separately, Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team security researcher Qixun Zhao demonstrated how he managed to remotely jailbreak iOS 12 software on the iPhone X. He shared the proof of concept (PoC) of the bug he had teased a few weeks ago. The bug Zhao cited can achieve tfp0, according to iDownloadBlog. For the uninitiated, tfp0 is a kernel task port that allows arbitrary read and write access to a phone’s kernel memory. Such exploits are powerful enough to facilitate a full-fledged jailbreak.

It’s unclear whether Qixun Zhao’s exploit could be used in any of the existing jailbreak tools such as Electra and Uncover, both of which work up to iOS 11.3.1. In the past, Uncover developer Pwn20wnd has shown interest in Zhao’s exploit, indicating that they were interested in developing an iOS 12 jailbreak tool.

The jailbreak story doesn’t end there. Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng and Xialong Bai have managed to exploit vulnerabilities in the iOS 12.1.2 firmware to gain root access to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XS. They used the Port-Oriented Programming (POP) attack to compromise the iOS 12 software.

More importantly, Zheng and Bai’s exploit opens the possibility of finding vulnerabilities in Apple’s ultra-secure A12 Bionic chipset. However, Min Zheng is a security researcher, so there is a good chance he would report the vulnerabilities to Apple rather than working on a public jailbreak tool.

Despite all these developments, there is no guarantee that we will see an iOS 12 jailbreak anytime soon. Even if all the pieces are there, it involves a lot of hard work to put them all together and ensure that they work as expected before releasing a jailbreak. Anyway, Apple doesn’t like the idea of its users jailbreaking their devices. The tech giant has warned in the past that jailbreaking could void the warranty. It also removes the built-in security layers in the iOS software, exposing you to hacking and malware attacks.

Du Plessis pumped for World Cup dress rehearsal

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South Africa will be testing more than just their all-round options and bowling combinations in the decider of their series against Pakistan on Wednesday. They’ll also be testing their big-match temperament and gaining vital experience of how to deal with must-win games – experience that could be vital in overcoming the knockout anxiety that has haunted previous World Cup campaigns.

“It sounds very cliché, but for me it’s about finding out how we play big games better,” captain Faf du Plessis said. “And that’s by not making it anything bigger than it already is. Obviously it’s already a big game, but when we do make it a big thing we possibly don’t bring the best out of ourselves as a team.

“So it’s about freeing up the guys to go out there and express themselves in whatever way they want to. Not to see it as a huge game where they need to play differently. It’s really just letting them go.”

Du Plessis was speaking off the cuff and unrehearsed. He didn’t even know the World Cup trophy, which is on a grand tour ahead of the event had just landed in South Africa and was at Newlands this afternoon until it was brought into the press conference room. But his words struck upon an undeniable feature of South Africa’s performances in global tournaments, and how they might be able to put things right. Recently, the signs have been positive, and against Australia in November, South Africa steeled themselves to win the series decider in Hobart by 40 runs.

“For me as captain it’s really important to make sure that players don’t feel that they have to be supermen to try and win that tournament”

“In the last two years we’ve played really well in these sorts of scenarios,” du Plessis said. “We want to test ourselves and every time when it’s a series decider, we as a team have stepped up. So at least it is moving forward in that direction. We are winning those games, which is a huge plus point for me. We’ll hopefully do the same against a very strong team tomorrow.”

The favourites tag hasn’t quite settled upon South Africa as hosts against Pakistan, who have shown their mettle by squaring the series 2-2 in trying circumstances. South Africa won’t be favourites at the World Cup either – that tag must surely belong to England or India – and du Plessis suggested that his team are happy to be freed of the weight of expectation

“We’re certainly going with a little less pressure on us as a team in terms of going there with the expectations of winning it,” he said. “I think it’s pretty clear that England and India are probably the two favourites. So it’s a nice way for us to go there, with the expectation of just going there and giving it a good shot, and whatever happens happens.

“The only difference really when it comes to ICC tournaments and World Cups and stuff like that is just the expectation. Not just on South Africa but on all countries. But especially if you’re a South African team travelling to a World Cup or ICC event, that’s when the expectations start. The chat in the media starts. Even chat from opposition. So those are the things that we speak to younger players about, what to expect. Making them ready for something that will probably be the first time that they go through those feelings from a mental point of view.

“So it’s really important that as a team we make sure we’re as relaxed and free as possible. I suppose we’ve gone to tournaments in the past where we’ve felt like we’ve had the strongest team on paper, but you don’t win games of cricket on paper. And that’s the nice thing for us now, when opposition look at us, we’re not the strongest team on paper. I like the fact that we’re going with that mental attitude towards the World Cup.”

If South Africa can tune out the media and the opposition, half the battle will be won. And they won’t have any undue pressure from their leadership either. “For me as captain it’s really important to make sure that players don’t feel that they have to be supermen to try and win that tournament,” du Plessis said. “They just have to go there and try and be the best they can be. I’ve felt in the past we’ve been guilty of that, where on the day you feel you have to do something special or something remarkable. And that expectation can carry a lot of weight on your shoulders. My chats with the team have been about trying to get rid of that.”

Du Plessis didn’t mention the C-word, but there was also no shying away from the issues that South Africa have grappled with in the past. Indeed, he has personal experience of World Cup heartbreaks from the last two tournaments and felt it was not about trying to run or hide from the past, but about how to deal with it.

“I can speak from a personal reference, going in 2011 to my first tournament, you go in as a youngster not knowing about what’s happened before you. But as soon as you get to that stage, you certainly get to know about it then. When you talk to the media everyday that’s all people speak about, or when you play against opposition they’ll bring it up. That does happen. Whether you’re young or old, when you get to the tournament, that’s a fact. The thing now is making players aware of it and giving them ways of understanding it, dealing with it, perhaps even mentally preparing for it, so when they do get there it’s not a surprise for them.

“We’ve played some really good cricket in tournaments in the past, but we’ve always had little moments in the game where pressure got the best of us. For me, it’s about how do you fix that? How do you deal with it? How do you cope with it? And I hope that by talking to players and giving them a ‘how’ of getting out of it, perhaps when we get there they’ll do that a little better.”

The series decider at Newlands is the first dress rehearsal for Vision 2019, du Plessis’ shared project with coach Ottis Gibson that has as its primary focus the World Cup. Speaking with the prize of that tournament glittering on a table behind him, one might have forgiven du Plessis a touch of superstitious reverence. “I’m not superstitious,” he insisted, turning around to prove his calmness by touching the trophy. “It’s great to see it.”

It’s just a trophy. The series decider against Pakistan is just a game of cricket. And that’s all South Africa will be doing at the World Cup, too. If he and his team can remain as cool, calm and collected during that tournament, in just over five months du Plessis could have his hands on the trophy once again.

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Corrected: Some in Bangladesh election observer group say they now regret involvement

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Jan
29

(Clarifies in paragraph 16 that the IRI was accredited to observe the election, but did not do so)

By Zeba Siddiqui and Ruma Paul

DHAKA (Reuters) – A top official at an observer group that monitored Bangladesh’s election, as well as one of its foreign volunteers, have said they regret participating in the process, casting doubt on the credibility of a vote won overwhelmingly by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling alliance.

The president of the SAARC Human Rights Foundation told Reuters he now believed there should be a fresh vote after hearing accounts from voters and officials presiding over polling booths that activists from Hasina’s Awami League stuffed ballot boxes the night before the poll and intimidated voters.

“Now I have come to know everything, and can say that the election was not free and fair,” said Mohammad Abdus Salam, a 75-year-old former high court division justice.

A Canadian observer who was brought in by the foundation has also said she now wishes she had not been involved.

Bangladesh, which is an important supplier of clothing to major Western High Street brands and is the second-biggest garments exporter in the world behind China, had already faced criticism from European Union, United States, and British officials for irregularities observed during the polling.

Transparency International last week said its investigation into the Dec. 30 election found irregularities at 47 of the 50 constituencies surveyed, including fake votes, ballot stuffing, and voters and opposition polling agents barred from entering polling centres. It found the ruling party was alone in actively campaigning at all areas surveyed, sometimes with help from local law enforcement officials and government resources.

The government has dismissed the Transparency International investigation as lacking in credibility. Hasina’s political adviser H.T. Imam called the group “a puppet” of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The BNP-led alliance has rejected the election, calling it rigged, after the Awami League and its allies swept more than 95 percent of the parliamentary seats. The United States, European Union and Britain have since called for allegations of ballot-rigging and intimidation to be investigated.

Ahead of the election, the U.S. State Department had expressed disappointment that several U.S.-funded observers had been forced to cancel plans to monitor the polls as Bangladesh didn’t issue visas “within the timeframe necessary”. Bangladesh denied delaying visas and said it was following due process.

Political experts said observers were key to establishing the credibility of the poll, which was Bangladesh’s first fully participatory election in a decade. The BNP had boycotted the last vote in 2014.

VICTORY ENDORSED

The SAARC Human Rights Foundation brought in observers from Canada, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, who spoke to the press on election day and the day after, endorsing the fairness of the voting, often in glowing terms.

On New Year’s Eve, hours after being declared the winner of a contest that brought her a third straight term in power, Hasina sat on a white couch at her residence to address an audience of journalists and election observers.

“They voted so enthusiastically, especially women and the young generation,” Hasina said. “By coming to my country, you have also given us good opportunity to show how democracy is working.”

As a microphone was passed around the room, monitors from the SAARC Human Rights Foundation as well as other observers, including those from the Saudi Arabia-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, congratulated Hasina on the win.

The first to speak was a representative of the foundation, a Canadian woman named Tanya Foster, who called the election “very fair and democratic”. “In Canada I feel that it is a similar type of process,” Foster said, as Hasina smiled back.

Hasina’s son, Sajeeb Wazed, who is the government’s information and communication technology adviser, repeatedly tweeted out statements made by the foundation’s observers calling the election fair and peaceful.

GOVERNMENT LINKS

Though the initials and logo it uses closely resemble those of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the SAARC Human Rights Foundation has no affiliation with that inter-governmental body.

The foundation’s Secretary General Abed Ali told Reuters the group had applied for approval from SAARC and was expecting it soon. A spokesman for the Kathmandu-based SAARC, though, told Reuters it had never heard of Ali or his group. “The organization is not recognised by SAARC and does not have any relation with SAARC whatsoever,” the spokesman said.

The SAARC Human Rights Foundation’s website says it is based in Dhaka and its initials stand for South Asian Association for Research Council.

Its advisory committee includes a lawmaker from Hasina’s Awami League, and a former lawmaker from the Jatiya Party, which has often been allied with the Awami League. A former minister in a previous BNP government is also listed on the panel, but no current opposition members.

The secretary of Bangladesh’s Election Commission, Helal Uddin Ahmed, said it had no knowledge of links between Ali’s groups and any political party.

Referring to the Awami League and Jatiya Party lawmakers on the group’s board, Ali said: “They are just supporting our humanitarian activities.”

“I want to make it clear that we have no affiliation with any political party,” he added.

FOREIGN OBSERVERS

But at the headquarters of the foundation, a dusty two-room ground floor apartment in the industrial town of Mirpur on the outskirts of Dhaka, there are regrets.

Salam, the group’s president, said the observers fielded by his organisation had only monitored a few polling stations, so were in no position to make a clear assessment of the election’s fairness. 

He said some presiding officers had told him they had been forced to stuff ballot boxes. “I want to speak the truth,” he told Reuters. “I am not doing this for any political gain.”

He said he was not directly involved in organising the poll observers.

Ali dismissed the president’s comments, saying: “Can you write something just based on someone saying something?” 

Tanya Foster, a policy analyst in the Saskatchewan provincial government, told Reuters she had heard from Bangladeshis in Canada that a group known as the SAARC Human Rights Foundation was looking for foreign election monitors.

“I asked about the qualifications because I thought it would be an interesting experience. I applied to SAARC and to the Election Commission and they vetted me and offered me an invitation to be an observer,” said Foster, whose daughter Chloe Foster also joined the observer’s panel.

They had never acted as international observers to a national election before.

Foster said she was not aware of the foundation’s links to the Awami League or the lack of affiliation to SAARC.

In hindsight, she said “I don’t feel great about it. I feel like I was too naïve”.

“I don’t know that our reports are of that much value, considering we only visited nine polling centres and only in Dhaka,” she added. “We didn’t go to the more hostile areas. We didn’t audit the election commission or conduct background checks of the presiding officers or poll agents.”

Chloe Foster was not available for comment.

Ali, the foundation’s secretary general, said the women had experience monitoring elections in Canada. He said it was not possible for any group to monitor all polling stations.

To be sure, not all the observers fielded by the foundation regret endorsing the voting. Gautam Ghosh, a Kolkata, India-based lawyer, and Hakimullah Muslim and Nazir Miya – members of Nepal’s ruling Communist Party – said they stood by their initial statements that the polls were fair.

“We heard of incidents of violence but never saw anything with our own eyes. We can’t comment on what happened elsewhere,” said Miya. Ghosh said he had never seen such a good election.

Additional reporting by Serajul Quadir in DHAKA and Gopal Sharma in KATHMANDU; Editing by Martin Howell and Alex Richardson

Vidhu dodges question on Hirani row

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Jan
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Waiting To Jailbreak iOS 12 Devices? Here’s What The Devs Are Up To

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Jan
29
Jailbreak iOS 12
Image Source: Apple.com (screenshot)

Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden to enjoy a bunch of new features used to be a rage some time ago. But the Cupertino company has made it increasingly difficult for its users to jailbreak their devices. It has also added dozens of new features (mostly borrowed from jailbreaks) to iOS that were previously available only through jailbreak, giving people fewer reasons to liberate their devices. Many iPhone and iPad users have abandoned jailbreaking due to security concerns. But there are still hundreds of thousands of people eagerly waiting to jailbreak iOS 12 devices.

Devs making progress towards iOS 12 jailbreak

Developers and hackers have been working on iOS 12 jailbreaks since the Cupertino company rolled out the new software last year, but we haven’t yet seen a full-fledged public iOS  12 jailbreak. Soon after Apple released the iOS 12.1.3 to the public a few days ago, some developers have dropped hints that they have made significant progress in jailbreaking iOS 12.1.2.

So, if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 and want to liberate your device, you should consider staying on the 12.1.2 or older firmware. If you have already upgraded, downgrade to the 12.1.2 while Apple is still signing it. The tech giant could stop signing the older firmware anytime.


Brandon Azad, a developer well known within the jailbreak community, said in a tweet that people interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security should “keep an A12 research device on iOS 12.1.2.” Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng responded to Brandon’s tweet by saying “looking forward to seeing iOS 12 JB.” Zheng has discovered many bugs and vulnerabilities in iOS software in the past.

As RedmondPie points out, Zheng’s tweet indicates that all the necessary components needed to jailbreak iOS 12.1.2 and older are in place. Apple’s official security changelog suggests the bug Brandon Azad was referring to was applicable on devices going as far back as iPhone 5S. It will be interesting to see whether Brandon Azad would take up the challenge upon himself or someone else would do the hard work of putting together all the pieces to release a public iOS 12 jailbreak.

Researcher remotely jailbreaks iOS 12 on iPhone X

Separately, Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team security researcher Qixun Zhao demonstrated how he managed to remotely jailbreak iOS 12 software on the iPhone X. He shared the proof of concept (PoC) of the bug he had teased a few weeks ago. The bug Zhao cited can achieve tfp0, according to iDownloadBlog. For the uninitiated, tfp0 is a kernel task port that allows arbitrary read and write access to a phone’s kernel memory. Such exploits are powerful enough to facilitate a full-fledged jailbreak.

It’s unclear whether Qixun Zhao’s exploit could be used in any of the existing jailbreak tools such as Electra and Uncover, both of which work up to iOS 11.3.1. In the past, Uncover developer Pwn20wnd has shown interest in Zhao’s exploit, indicating that they were interested in developing an iOS 12 jailbreak tool.

The jailbreak story doesn’t end there. Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng and Xialong Bai have managed to exploit vulnerabilities in the iOS 12.1.2 firmware to gain root access to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XS. They used the Port-Oriented Programming (POP) attack to compromise the iOS 12 software.

More importantly, Zheng and Bai’s exploit opens the possibility of finding vulnerabilities in Apple’s ultra-secure A12 Bionic chipset. However, Min Zheng is a security researcher, so there is a good chance he would report the vulnerabilities to Apple rather than working on a public jailbreak tool.

Despite all these developments, there is no guarantee that we will see an iOS 12 jailbreak anytime soon. Even if all the pieces are there, it involves a lot of hard work to put them all together and ensure that they work as expected before releasing a jailbreak. Anyway, Apple doesn’t like the idea of its users jailbreaking their devices. The tech giant has warned in the past that jailbreaking could void the warranty. It also removes the built-in security layers in the iOS software, exposing you to hacking and malware attacks.

‘I would understand if I was dropped for Antigua Test’

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Jan
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Only weeks after he was named man of the series in Sri Lanka, Ben Foakes feels he could have no complaints if he was dropped for the Antigua Test, and accepts there is huge pressure on his position as England look to balance their side following a crushing defeat in the first Test.

Certainly in Barbados, England looked as if they needed another seamer. And while one option might be to drop a spinner, another is to give the gloves back to Jonny Bairstow and omit Foakes for either Stuart Broad or Chris Woakes.

While that would be tough on Foakes, he accepts that, having scored seven runs across the two innings in Barbados and dropped a catch, he did not make as compelling a case for his retention as he would have liked. So while most would accept he is the best keeper available to England and while it is not too long since he was considered as a specialist batsmen (he had moved ahead of Gary Ballance by the end of the Ashes in Australia and was next in line for selection had one of the batsmen suffered an injury), he is aware that he can ill-afford an off-day.

“I didn’t perform last game, so I can’t sit there and say ‘Why did you drop me’,” Foakes said. “I did really well in Sri Lanka and I completely want to play the next game. But we lost by 300-odd runs and if a change is needed, a change is needed.”

This was a debate that was always likely to happen. With three men who have kept wicket at Test level in the England side, it was always likely that Foakes’ position would come under pressure if the side endured a bad game. And while England’s plethora of all-rounders should allow room for a keeper of Foakes’ class, the lack of runs from the batsmen is leaving him vulnerable.

While Foakes says he tries to remind himself how fortunate he is to have played at all this winter – he had originally planned to take it off and was on holiday when called up for the injured Bairstow when England were in Sri Lanka – there’s a suspicion that the pressure of playing with two other keepers in the side is tough to handle.

“It’s fine,” he says. “It’s a unique situation, but there’s no awkwardness. We train with each other. Jonny has done a fantastic job.

“You can’t think ‘am I going to get picked; am I not going to get picked? It will drive you crazy. I’m just preparing for the next game. If I get the nod, I get the nod. If not, then good luck to whoever does.

“There are so many distractions in cricket – so many things out of your control – and if I start thinking about them, it won’t be good for me mentally.

“I didn’t think I’d be in Sri Lanka. Then I thought I would have one game and then Jonny would be back. And then I did well and kept the spot. So throughout my career, I’ve always felt, not that it’s a bonus and I don’t want to say I feel lucky to be here, but that things have fallen into place, so it’s just up to me to take the opportunity.

“If I try and do my best then I’m satisfied. If I can get a chance and give everything I’ve got, you can’t have too many regrets.”

Foakes was not the only player to endure a poor game in Barbados. The bowling attack looked horribly over-reliant on James Anderson and Ben Stokes, while the batting collapsed in both innings. While Foakes does not quite endorse Trevor Bayliss’ view that the side lacked “guts and determination” he does accept they were “way below” their best and that they perhaps lacked “clarity” in their second innings over whether they were trying to win or blocking for a draw.

“We knew they’d be a good team,” he said. “We didn’t think we’d lose by 300 runs but we knew they were a good team with some amazing players. They played extremely well. But we were well under par and way below where we should have been. We have a lot more to give.

“I don’t know if it’s just valuing your wicket more in that sort of situation. It’s a strange when you have to bat for two-and-a-half days. On one hand you’ve the 600 target, on the other you’re thinking do we play for a draw. So maybe it’s that clarity about what you’re going for, whether you’re completely blocking out the target and saying ‘you’re not getting me out.’ I think there was still a sense that we could win the game.”

England flew to Antigua on Monday and will train at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Tuesday.

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‘Black Panther’ takes top SAG awards prize, elevating Oscar chances

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Jan
28

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superhero film “Black Panther,” heralded for its mainly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday, boosting its stature ahead of next month’s Oscars ceremony.

“Black Panther” from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios was named best movie ensemble in a surprise triumph over favorite “A Star is Born,” the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga musical revival, which ended the night without any SAG trophies.

Glenn Close was honored as best film actress for playing a devoted spouse in Sony Pictures film “The Wife.” Rami Malek won best film actor for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” released by 21st Century Fox.

The awards from SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest actors’ union, are closely watched because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars.

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“Black Panther” has been embraced by audiences, becoming the second highest grossing movie at worldwide box offices in 2018, and applauded as a milestone for diversity in Hollywood.

“I didn’t think I was going to have to speak,” shocked star Chadwick Boseman said on stage, surrounded by his castmates.

Boseman said his co-stars “all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” referring to the 1969 Nina Simone anthem of racial pride.

But he added that they realized early on that “We had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

Malek, who defeated Cooper and “Vice” star Christian Bale, praised the character he played. “I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life and being exactly who you want to be,” Malek said of Mercury.

Close said she wore her grandmother’s wedding ring to the SAG awards after recently learning she had wanted to be an actor. But the option was unavailable to her, Close added.

The victory for “Black Panther” is a sign that it will enjoy broad support in this year’s Oscars best pictures race, which has confounded experts with a strong field of contenders and no clear frontrunner.

Only one film in the last 23 years has won the prestigious best picture Oscar without being nominated for SAG’s ensemble prize. That was last year’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water.”

That scenario could repeat itself this year as SAG snubbed some of the best picture candidates in the ensemble category, including Spanish-language drama “Roma,” British period comedy “The Favourite” and Golden Globe best comedy winner “Green Book.” The Oscars will be awarded Feb. 24.

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“Green Book” did take home one SAG award. Mahershala Ali received the trophy for best supporting actor in a movie for his role as jazz pianist Don Shirley. Emily Blunt won best supporting actress in a movie for “A Quiet Place.”

In television, Amazon.com Inc series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” swept the comedy honors, winning best ensemble as well as best actor and actress for stars Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan.

“This is Us,” on Comcast Corp’s NBC, won best ensemble cast for a television drama.

SAG also recognized M*A*S*H” TV star Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Clarence Fernandez

‘Manikarnika’ box office collection day 3

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Jan
28

Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi‘ has done well in its first-weekend collection at the box office. Co-directed by Kangana and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish), the film has opened to good reviews and has impressed the audience, with the lead actress Kangana getting widespread acclamation for her performance. The movie narrates the story great Indian freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Kangana Ranaut plays the warrior queen in the film. The period drama clashed with Nawazuddin Siddiqui political biopic ‘Thackeray’ at the box office. The film released on January 25, a day prior to the Republic Day.

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According to the latest report by BoxofficeIndia.com, on Sunday, the film has raked in a total of Rs 14.75 crore on its third day at the box office. The collection on Sunday is less than that of Saturday as the national holiday had given a tremendous boost to the film. The film has till now managed to collect a total of Rs 40.25 crore at the box office in three days. However, the true potential of the film will be answered in the figures of the next few days.

Manikarnika‘ has the highest first weekend collections for a female-driven film. Earlier, Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ held the position. ‘Manikarnika’ was also released in Tamil and Telugu but hardly returned any numbers.

‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’ narrates the story of the great Indian woman freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai, who fought against the East India Company and the British rule to prevent her kingdom of Jhansi from being annexed. The period drama also marks the Bollywood debut of television actress Ankita Lokhande, who plays the role of Jhalkaribai, a fierce woman warrior and close confidant of Rani Laxmibai.

The film has been embroiled in many controversies. Earlier, the original director of the film, Krish, in an interview had revealed that Kangana wanted everything to herself and took over the reins. The director also accused the actress of blatantly reducing the length of her co-stars’ parts.

‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’ is directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish) and co-directed by Kangana Ranaut. The film is written by Prasoon Joshi and has music composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy. The film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Richard Keep, Suresh Oberoi, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, and Ankita Lokhande.

Waiting To Jailbreak iOS 12 Devices? Here’s What The Devs Are Up To

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Jan
28
Jailbreak iOS 12
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Liberating iOS devices from Apple’s walled garden to enjoy a bunch of new features used to be a rage some time ago. But the Cupertino company has made it increasingly difficult for its users to jailbreak their devices. It has also added dozens of new features (mostly borrowed from jailbreaks) to iOS that were previously available only through jailbreak, giving people fewer reasons to liberate their devices. Many iPhone and iPad users have abandoned jailbreaking due to security concerns. But there are still hundreds of thousands of people eagerly waiting to jailbreak iOS 12 devices.

Devs making progress towards iOS 12 jailbreak

Developers and hackers have been working on iOS 12 jailbreaks since the Cupertino company rolled out the new software last year, but we haven’t yet seen a full-fledged public iOS  12 jailbreak. Soon after Apple released the iOS 12.1.3 to the public a few days ago, some developers have dropped hints that they have made significant progress in jailbreaking iOS 12.1.2.

So, if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 and want to liberate your device, you should consider staying on the 12.1.2 or older firmware. If you have already upgraded, downgrade to the 12.1.2 while Apple is still signing it. The tech giant could stop signing the older firmware anytime.


Brandon Azad, a developer well known within the jailbreak community, said in a tweet that people interested in bootstrapping iOS kernel security should “keep an A12 research device on iOS 12.1.2.” Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng responded to Brandon’s tweet by saying “looking forward to seeing iOS 12 JB.” Zheng has discovered many bugs and vulnerabilities in iOS software in the past.

As RedmondPie points out, Zheng’s tweet indicates that all the necessary components needed to jailbreak iOS 12.1.2 and older are in place. Apple’s official security changelog suggests the bug Brandon Azad was referring to was applicable on devices going as far back as iPhone 5S. It will be interesting to see whether Brandon Azad would take up the challenge upon himself or someone else would do the hard work of putting together all the pieces to release a public iOS 12 jailbreak.

Researcher remotely jailbreaks iOS 12 on iPhone X

Separately, Qihoo 360 Vulcan Team security researcher Qixun Zhao demonstrated how he managed to remotely jailbreak iOS 12 software on the iPhone X. He shared the proof of concept (PoC) of the bug he had teased a few weeks ago. The bug Zhao cited can achieve tfp0, according to iDownloadBlog. For the uninitiated, tfp0 is a kernel task port that allows arbitrary read and write access to a phone’s kernel memory. Such exploits are powerful enough to facilitate a full-fledged jailbreak.

It’s unclear whether Qixun Zhao’s exploit could be used in any of the existing jailbreak tools such as Electra and Uncover, both of which work up to iOS 11.3.1. In the past, Uncover developer Pwn20wnd has shown interest in Zhao’s exploit, indicating that they were interested in developing an iOS 12 jailbreak tool.

The jailbreak story doesn’t end there. Alibaba security researcher Min ‘Spark’ Zheng and Xialong Bai have managed to exploit vulnerabilities in the iOS 12.1.2 firmware to gain root access to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XS. They used the Port-Oriented Programming (POP) attack to compromise the iOS 12 software.

More importantly, Zheng and Bai’s exploit opens the possibility of finding vulnerabilities in Apple’s ultra-secure A12 Bionic chipset. However, Min Zheng is a security researcher, so there is a good chance he would report the vulnerabilities to Apple rather than working on a public jailbreak tool.

Despite all these developments, there is no guarantee that we will see an iOS 12 jailbreak anytime soon. Even if all the pieces are there, it involves a lot of hard work to put them all together and ensure that they work as expected before releasing a jailbreak. Anyway, Apple doesn’t like the idea of its users jailbreaking their devices. The tech giant has warned in the past that jailbreaking could void the warranty. It also removes the built-in security layers in the iOS software, exposing you to hacking and malware attacks.

West Indies must be ready for England fightback

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Jan
28

Richard Pybus has urged his West Indies team to “keep their feet on the floor” after a thumping victory over England in Barbados.

West Indies defied the Test rankings to inflict a 381-run win over England. But while Pybus, the interim head coach, was full of praise for the performance, he has warned his team that England will attempt to hit back in Antigua, location of the second Test starting on Thursday.

“One swallow does not make a summer,” Pybus said. “Is it my job to keep their feet on the floor? Absolutely. We have our goals for the series and we have ticked off the first Test. But England will be hurting. They are a quality side and I have huge respect for them. They will come back at us in Antigua. Our game has to be at the highest level for them.”

Pybus was particularly full of praise for Roston Chase, who claimed eight wickets in England’s second-innings, and Jason Holder, the captain, but pointed out that the overall bowling performance built pressure upon the England side.

“Chase was wonderful,” he said. “Roston bowled exceptionally well. His control was good, he set good fields and exerted a huge amount of pressure throughout the game with his consistency.

“But I think the pressure created by the bowing unit was great, which is what happens when you have four good quick bowlers. As a unit they complemented each other. Roston bowled well but when you have pressure at both ends it is pretty tough for the batters.

Pybus added that West Indies’ complete performance was down to the leadership of Holder, whom he described as “incredible” after producing with bat, ball and in the field, enough to lift him to No. 1 in the ICC’s allrounder rankings.

“We delivered on a gameplan with precision,” Pybus said. “The team kept their cool and did what we have looked to do strategically. That is all credit to Jason. He is a calm and composed guy. It is one thing to lead strategically, it is another to lead with performance. There were many special performances but his was exceptional. It was just an incredible performance.”

Meanwhile Johnny Grave, the CWI chief executive, has branded criticism of the West Indies team from former England players such as Geoff Boycott and Andrew Flintoff as “borderline disrespectful”.

“I saw Andrew Flintoff say he can’t believe Jason Holder got a double-hundred,” Grave told the BBC. “Yet I think Jason Holder is a fantastic cricketer and has been performing so over the last 18 months. He’s a brilliant captain.”

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