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B-town reacts to Sheila Dikshit’s demise

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Jul
21

The tragic death of the senior Congress politician Sheila Dikshit has taken the entire nation by shock. Not only politicians but even Bollywood celebs took to their respective social media handles to offer condolences over the unfortunate demise of Delhi’s longest-serving Chief Minister, who passed away at the age of 81.

Akshay Kumar took to social media and wrote, “Extremely sad to know about the passing away of #SheilaDixit ji…she effectively changed the face of Delhi during her tenure. Heartfelt condolences to her family ??”

Ace filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri paid his respects to her and tweeted “Just landed in Delhi to learn about the sad demise of #SheilaDixit She was dignified, passionate and cultured. Difficult for Delhi to find such a CM.”

Bhumi Pednekar wrote, “Loss of a great leader…You were really loved #ShielaDikshit ma’am.A huge loss to our country. You’ve really left behind a great legacy.May your soul rest in peace .My condolences to the family ????”

Even actress Nimrat Kaur penned a heartfelt note which read as “Deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers on the passing of #SheilaDixit ji. A lady par excellence, someone who lead by example. An indispensable presence for generations to remember ?? May her blessed soul rest in peace.”

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
21

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Sounds like ICC have had enough with Zimbabwe cricket

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Jul
20

Former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower believes Zimbabwe Cricket’s perpetually crisis-ridden state might have contributed to the ICC’s decision to suspend them. The drastic decision, which immediately froze all payment to Zimbabwe Cricket and barred the nation from participating in ICC events, took many by surprise, particularly since this was the first time a Full Member had been sanctioned in this manner.

Flower, however, believes their lamentable track record, as well as the glacial rate of progress despite the ICC ploughing bail-out cash into the board over the years, had counted against them.

“I can understand the player’s frustrations, but unfortunately with Zimbabwe cricket, it sounds like the ICC have just had enough,” Flower told ESPNcricinfo. “Regarding money owed and money lent, and money the ICC gave Zimbabwe that they’re probably never going to see again, it sounds like maybe they’ve run out of patience.

“I think over time, the ICC have just been worn down by all the corruption, the fraud, and the problems with Zimbabwe cricket not being able to get its house in order. Maybe they thought a jolt to their system would make some people realise what was expected of them. They would have reasoned Zimbabwe needed to understand that at some stage, you’ve got to put your house in order, and we can’t keep propping you up like we have been doing over the years.

“We can go back so many years to when things were very badly run. It’s pretty obvious what was happening at the time and the people responsible who were involved. And I think the current crop of players and the interim board, who are really good people, are being punished because the ICC felt they needed to take a stand.”

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The most ironic, and from a Zimbabwean point of view, frustrating, point in this state of affairs is the timing of the suspension. In September 2018, former Olympic swimmer and Zimbabwe’s most famous sportsperson Kirsty Coventry was appointed minister of Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC). Under her stewardship, there was a belief that a corner had been turned, and that Zimbabwe Cricket would benefit from the increased accountability the revamped SRC was expected to deliver. It was a point Flower accepted and said both the timing of the decision, as well as the consistency with which it was applied across the cricketing world, didn’t quite add up for him.

“My understanding is the SRC is a public body and not exactly government,” he said. “I think there’s quite a big difference there and I’m surprised the media hasn’t picked up on that. The SRC now is slightly more transparent. I don’t know all the members, but I do know Kirsty Coventry and she’s a good lady, a good person. And a few other people that are involved in it you could say the same of. So if you got someone at the top like Kirsty there, her hands might be tied in a lot of places, but there should be more good things happening than bad.

“Regarding government intervention, it’s curious how the ICC have decided to interpret that. There are other countries where it’s publicly stated that some of the times that certain things will be discussed and decided at government level. So I think there’s quite a big contradiction there from the ICC.”

“It is a sad day, and maybe some of the players are going to move on. Most of the players are still quite young, like Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who left their county to return to Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe cricket isn’t a stranger to deep crises. Flower played a part in arguably the gravest one of all, when in 2004, he, along with 14 other white cricketers, walked out on Zimbabwe cricket after captain Heath Streak was dismissed following a disagreement over the squad’s re-selection based on what Streak interpreted as unofficial racial quotas. It saw 21-year old Tatenda Taibu become captain, and an inexperienced side suffer a drastic downturn in results. One year later, they would withdraw from Test cricket for over half a decade.

Flower believed this particular bind was even graver, especially because it effectively prevented Zimbabwe from playing cricket altogether. “Even when we were leaving, there were a good bunch of youngsters coming through that could get the country’s cricket going. But that’s not the case anymore, with even the domestic competitions unable to take place. For it to be stopped until October at the very least, the guys are probably going to go and play in the leagues, seek a future elsewhere to try and look after their families, So yeah, I certainly think this is far worse.”

An impending exodus threatens to plunge Zimbabwe cricket into further turmoil. Solomon Mire has already announced his retirement, while Sikandar Raza hinted at it in a post on Twitter and interview with ESPNcricinfo. Kyle Jarvis wryly noted that “we are not far behind you” in response to Mire’s decision to quit, while, with no money to pay players, administrators and groundstaff, a secure future with the international side looks next to impossible. Flower said it was a harsh lesson Zimbabwe were learning, and hoped there could be a favourable resolution to the dispute in October.

“Unfortunately in Zimbabwe corruption is rife. When you live there, you get used to it. It’s quite an unhealthy state of life and affairs which has become the norm. It’s quite frightening, but until you live there, you don’t quite actually realise that.

“The scapegoats are the players and some of the good administrators. I saw this thing on Twitter about Harare Sports club, it’s a beautiful ground and at the moment it’s just going to waste because no one is being paid and the staff have left. It’s publicly owned by Harare Sports Club and the upkeep is paid for by Zimbabwe Cricket so unfortunately those sorts of things may just go to ruin.

“It is a sad day, and maybe some of the players are going to move on. Most of the players are still quite young, like Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who left their county to return to Zimbabwe. They could still ply their trade elsewhere; it’d be a pity it won’t be for their country of birth.

“But life goes on eh?”

For those players with no offers abroad and the hundreds of non-cricketing staff that ZC employ, even that’s barely a guarantee.

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Rating agencies knew of stress at IL&FS, but gave good ratings: audit

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Jul
20

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Credit rating agencies for years assigned high ratings to India’s Infrastructure Leasing Financial Services (ILFS) and its group companies despite its deteriorating finances, according to a special audit.

Audit firm Grant Thornton was appointed by ILFS’ new board to conduct the review following the government’s decision to take charge of the group after its defaults on debt obligations sparked fears of financial contagion.

Grant Thornton reviewed the role of five credit rating agencies — Fitch group’s India Ratings and Research, Indian affiliate of Moody’s, ICRA, Standard Poor’s local unit Crisil, CARE Ratings and Brickwork Ratings India — which assigned 429 ratings to various ILFS financial instruments in recent years.

In a 105-page report, reviewed by Reuters on Saturday, Grant Thornton said the agencies raised multiple concerns on ILFS group’s financial stress and liquidity position between June 2012 and June 2018, but continued to assign “consistently high” ratings which were only downgraded or reversed last year.

“Various strategies deployed by the then key officials of ILFS group and certain favours/gifts provided to rating agency officials suggest the possible reasons for consistent good ratings provided to ILFS group,” said Grant Thornton in its report that detailed gifts or favours such as smartwatches and tickets to overseas games.

ILFS declined to comment. India Ratings said the Grant Thornton report is based on “partial and selective source material”, adding “our ratings were based on robust and transparent analysis of relevant information”.

Brickwork said it did not assign the highest ratings to ILFS “because it follows robust, transparent and consistent rating methodology” and its actions were not influenced by any commercial pressures or rating withdrawal requests.

ICRA, Crisil and CARE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ILFS crisis that started last year has sparked a series of federal probes into the firm’s operations, but Grant Thornton’s report raises questions on whether rating agencies have misled investors about the stress levels at other companies in India’s shadow banking sector, where new fractures are emerging.

Dewan Housing Finance Corp, another top firm in the sector, last week warned its financial situation was dire, raising more worries about the sector’s health and signalling the crisis was far from over.

“These instances show a glimpse into the incestous financial services industry where quid pro quo has become the norm. The rot … is deep and needs more cleansing,” said Shriram Subramanian, a corporate governance expert at proxy advisory firm InGovern. 

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Grant Thornton’s review of communication between former ILFS employees and ratings agencies found the company at times “used to potentially pressurize” rating firms to withdraw their assessment if the company did not receive a favourable rating.

It also found instances where credit rating agencies would meet with ILFS employees and then decide not to downgrade the ratings they had initially decided on, the report said.

“It appears that various potential strategies noted above were applied to ensure favorable ratings or to avoid the rating downgrade,” Grant Thornton said.

Highlighting “potential favours/gifts”, Grant Thornton said various key officials at rating agencies received gifts such as smartwatches, shirts and coasters.

E-mail communication showed a former ILFS employee had facilitated purchase of a villa at a steep discount for the wife of a senior Fitch executive, while another had arranged football tickets for a Brickwork Ratings executive to a Real Madrid game, the report added.

Brickwork said it had shared “a detailed response” on this specific allegation with ILFS’ new management. Fitch in a statement said the employee involved had violated the agency’s code of conduct and was no longer employed.

India’s market regulator has toughened regulations for credit rating agencies over the past three years to boost monitoring and bring clarity for investors. Following the ILFS crisis, the regulator last month ordered enhanced disclosure norms for such agencies.

Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Euan Rocha and Stephen Powell

Arbaaz on his life post divorce with Malaika

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Jul
20

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Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
20

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Rain wrecks England’s hopes of Ashes fightback as Perry stars with hundred

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Jul
19

Australia Women 341 for 5 (Perry 116, Haynes 87) v England Women

As if it was not already clear that Ellyse Perry is the finest all-round cricketer in the women’s game, she confirmed her pre-eminence on the second day of the Ashes Test at Taunton by converting her overnight 84 into a steadfast 116 that has put Australia in total command of both the match and the series.

It was Perry’s second Test century in as many innings, having also racked up an unbeaten 213 at North Sydney in 2017, and by the time she was removed after five-and-three-quarter hours at the crease, she had amassed a women’s Test record of 329 runs between dismissals.

On her watch, Australia batted England to the very brink of Ashes surrender, as she and Rachael Haynes added 162 for the fourth wicket, more than double the total when they had come together on the first afternoon.

And though both players fell in the final overs before lunch, that did not signal an upturn in England’s fortunes – far from it. Instead, a bout of persistent rain swept across Taunton, blurring out the Quantocks and writing off 68 precious overs in which England might have begun to script their response.

In reality, however, the brief window of play reconfirmed the extent to which Australia have pulled away from their biggest rivals in the women’s game. With 341 runs on the board and 200 overs left in the Test, there’s only one side that can realistically win now, not least if Perry reprises the sort of bowling form that earned her 7 for 22 in the third ODI a fortnight ago.

For the time being, however, it was all about Perry’s batting, as she and Haynes added 76 more runs in 32 overs of the morning session. They proceeded with caution but poise, withstanding a disciplined spell from Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, who found the sort of full and probing lengths that had deserted them on the first day, but were unable to find a way past two solid techniques and dead-straight bats.

Having resumed on 84, Perry’s progress through the 90s was glacial, in both speed and coolness. Both of her morning boundaries were things of beauty – a perfectly placed punch through the covers as Shrubsole offered a hint of width, before leaning on an effortless on-drive to ease Nat Sciver through long-on.

There was a bit of a stutter on the brink of her milestone – Haynes was over-eager in backing up on 99 and might have caused a run-out – but two balls later, a wayward shy from square leg gave away the vital overthrow to take her through to her second Test century.

It was another example of England’s ropey fielding in the crucial moments. Meg Lanning had been dropped early in her innings on the first day, and now it was Haynes’ turn for a life – a full-blooded pull bursting through Sophie Ecclestone’s hands at square leg on 66. She couldn’t quite make her luck count for three figures though – Laura Marsh straightened an offbreak into a planted foot as Haynes attempted to sweep on 87. A thin brush of glove went unnoticed by the umpire.

Perry’s vigil had ended four overs earlier, as she galloped out of her crease to meet Marsh on the full, and scuffed a low clip to Heather Knight at midwicket. She grimaced as she departed, but not before an appreciative handshake from Knight herself, which was as much an acknowledgement of England’s series situation as of Perry’s supremacy.

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Suspected arsonist believed his novel was stolen by Japanese studio: media

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Jul
19

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – A man suspected of torching an animation studio and killing 33 people in Japan’s worst mass killing in two decades, carried out the attack because he believed his novel had been plagiarized, media said on Friday.

The man wheeled a trolley carrying at least one bucket of petrol to the entrance of the Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto city before dousing the area, shouting “die” and setting it ablaze on Thursday, broadcaster Nippon TV said, citing police.

Police identified the suspected arsonist as Shinji Aoba, who was taken into custody soon after the attack, NHK said, adding that he had not been arrested.

“I did it,” the 41-year-old told police when he was detained, Kyodo news said, adding that he had started the fire because he believed the studio had stolen his novel.

Police declined to comment. Broadcaster Nippon TV said the suspect was under anaesthesia because of burns he suffered and police were unable to question him.

He “seemed to be discontented, he seemed to get angry, shouting something about how he had been plagiarized”, a woman who saw the man being detained told reporters.

The explosive fire killed 33 people and 10 more were in critical condition, authorities said. It marks the worst mass killing since a suspected arson attack in Tokyo killed 44 people in 2001.

Aoba, a resident of the Tokyo suburb of Saitama, some 480 km (300 miles) east of the ancient capital of Kyoto, was believed to have bought two 20-litre gasoline cans at a hardware store and prepared the petrol in a park near the studio, Nippon TV said.

He travelled to the area by train, the broadcaster said.

NHK showed footage of him lying on his back as he spoke to a police officer at the time of his detention, shoeless and with apparent burns on his right leg below the knee.

He had no connection with Kyoto Animation and his driver’s licence gave an address in the north Tokyo suburb of Saitama, NHK said.

None of the victims’ identities had been disclosed as of Friday. There were 74 people inside the building when the fire started, Kyodo said.

“I imagine many of the people who died were in their twenties,” said 71-year-old Kozo Tsujii, fighting back tears after laying flowers near the studio in the rain on Friday morning. He said he drives by the studio on his daily commute.

“I’m just very, very sad that these people who are so much younger than me passed away so prematurely,” he said.

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BODIES PILED UP

The building did not have any sprinklers or indoor fire hydrants, though it was not legally required to by the fire code, a Kyoto Fire Department official said.

Nineteen of the 33 who died were found on a staircase leading up to the roof from the third floor, bodies piled on top of each other, Kyodo said, citing authorities.

Firefighters arriving soon after the fire began found the door to the roof was shut but could be opened from the outside, Kyodo said.

The victims may have rushed up the stairs to escape the blaze and found themselves unable to open the door, it added.

The fire wasn’t put out until early on Friday.

Police investigators searched the smouldering shell of the building for evidence in an investigation that Kyodo said covered suspected arson, murder and attempted murder.

Two petrol cans, a rucksack and a trolley were found near the site, and television images showed what appeared to be five long knives laid out by police as possible evidence outside the three-storey building.

Kyoto Animation, in a quiet suburb about 20 minutes by train from the centre of Kyoto, produces popular “anime” series such as the “Sound! Euphonium”.

Its “Free! Road to the World – The Dream” movie is due for release this month.

“I love fighting games, all things about Japan,” said Blake Henderson, a 26-year-old Alabama native and fan of the anime studio who had come to the scene of the blaze pay his respects.

“I love Japan so much and this one incident won’t change my entire perspective on Japan, but it still hurts,” he said.

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Jun Shin, a 30-year-old Chinese man living in nearby Osaka, visited the site on Thursday night to place flowers near the burnt-out office and say a prayer.

“I am an anime fan,” Jun, an information technology worker, told Reuters.

“I have watched animation since I was a student, and this was a terrible event, I just want to come and mourn. It left me speechless.”

Reporting by Tim Kelly in KYOTO and Chang-Ran Kim, Linda Sieg, William Mallard, Kiyoshi Takenaka and Elaine Lies in TOKYO; Writing by William Mallard and David Dolan; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry

Priyanka’s mother-in-law calls her THIS

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Jul
19

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Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
19

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Zimbabwe suspended by ICC over ‘government interference’

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Jul
18

1:25 PM ET

Zimbabwe have been suspended from the ICC with immediate effect. After meeting on Thursday, the ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket was in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution, and that the actions of the Sports and Recreation Commission in suspending the board in June constituted government interference in Zimbabwe Cricket’s affairs.

As a consequence of the suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.

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Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested by anti-graft agency

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Jul
18

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency arrested former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday, drawing a furious response from opposition parties, which accused the government of trying to silence its opponents.

The National Accountability Bureau said in a statement Abbasi had been arrested in a case that was opened last year over a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.

The arrest, as Abbasi was on his way to a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore, adds to a political scene already thick with accusations of corruption and abuse of office with opposition parties planning a day of protest next week.

“I believe today is yet another black day in Pakistan’s history,” Ahsan Iqbal, a senior parliamentarian from Abbasi’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, told reporters, accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan of trying to suppress opposition.

“We are not afraid of your fascist acts. Don’t think that you will gag our voices through such arrests,” he said.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the head of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the other main opposition party, condemned Abbasi’s arrest which he said was part of a government “witchhunt” against elected representatives.

The PML-N was already engaged in a bitter standoff with Khan’s government, which came to power last year accusing Abbasi and his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, of large-scale corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in 2017 over accusations that eventually led to a seven-year jail sentence for receiving undeclared income. Abbasi took over as premier and served for less than a year before losing an election to Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in 2018.

The PML-N accuses the government of being behind Sharif’s arrest and last week produced video footage that it said showed the judge who heard the case confessing that he had been blackmailed to ensure a conviction.

The judge denied the accusation but was sacked from his position with the Accountability Court.

The government has rejected opposition accusations of using the National Accountability Bureau, an independent body, to suppress its critics and opponents.

It says corruption by past governments is the main reason for an economic crisis that has forced Pakistan to seek a $6 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund, its 13th IMF bailout since the 1980s.

Last year, the NAB ordered an inquiry against Abbasi, Sharif and others “for granting a 15-year contract of LNG terminal to a company of their liking in violation of rules and by misuse of their powers, which caused national exchequer a loss of billions of rupees”.

Additional reporting by Asif Shahzad, Syed Raza Hassan and James Mackenzie; Editing by Kim Coghill, Robert Birsel

Sushmita enjoys some downtime in Armenia

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Jul
18

Sushmita Sen and beau Rohman Shawl have had no qualms watching their romance play out in the public eye. The loved-up pair have been painting the town and their digital space red with their adorable antics and displays of affection. The stars, who also happened to be living life on the go and exploring new places, are currently enjoying some downtime together in Armenia with the kids.

The beauty took to social media to share a photo of herself twinning in yellow with her beau and daughters – Alisah and Renne. “Why so serious Jaan Meri @rohmanshawl brilliant group effort for this #familyselfie WE FIT #cherished #moments #holiday #yerevan #armenia we love you guys!!” Sushmita captioned the photo.

Sush and Rohman were surrounded with break-up rumours last month, however, the two crushed all speculations by flooding social media with mushy photos and videos.

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

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Jul
18

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone?

A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad.

Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken versions of iOS 11 and iOS 12.

Hackers, feeling restricted by Apple’s operating systems, will jailbreak the operating system as a way to customize the user interface and develop home-brewed apps.

Jailbreaking is complicated and comes with some risk. It voids any warranty and makes devices vulnerable to malware. The jailbreak community is supportive and quick to alert its members to possible security risks.

Apple discourages jailbreaking, however quietly appreciates the work because it helps the company root out security flaws in an OS. Apple can then close the hole with an iOS update to regular users.

watchOS look on iPhone

Other developers have tried to port the Apple Watch home screen to the iPhone, however, iDownloadblog calls Honey “one of the most aesthetically-pleasing user experiences on the market today.”

Created by developer Blake Boxberger, Honey brings the watchOS-circular design of apps and scales them to iPhone display.

Users can access apps with swipe gesture with animated movements like on Apple Watch. The app lets you toggle between off and on, choose Home Screen layouts, select between circle or square icons.

If you already operate a customized device, Honey is available to download on Dynastic Repo for $2.99.

Honey’s current version does not allow users to uninstall apps, however, Boxberger said he will correct this in an update he will release soon.

After Boxberger unveiled Honey on his Twitter feeder, a follower who downloaded it, posted the below video showing the watchOS look on his iPhone.

Jack Taylor, Benny Howell bat Gloucestershire into strong position against Leicestershire

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Leicestershire 252 and 78 for 2 (Azad 38*, Higgins 2-15) trail Gloucestershire 504 for 9 dec (Dent 125, Taylor 99, Smith 84, Howell 76) by 174 runs

Jack Taylor and Benny Howell batted Gloucestershire into a strong position on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Bristol.

Having come together the previous evening, the pair kept their stand intact throughout the morning session and eventually added 157 for the seventh wicket to help their side to a first-innings total of 504 for 9 declared, a lead of 252.

Taylor fell one short of what would have been an eighth first class century, while Howell also made his highest score of the season in contributing 76. Will Davis and Chris Wright finished with three wickets each.

By the close, Leicestershire had responded with 78 for 2 in their second innings and trailed by 174. Hassan Azad was unbeaten on 38.

The day began with Gloucestershire 275 for 6 and leading by only 23. Taylor, unbeaten on 15 at the start, and Howell, who had not opened his account, had to play watchfully on a pitch offering some variable bounce for the seamers.

Leicestershire’s bowlers did not enjoy much luck, beating the bat on several occasions before the two batsmen grew in confidence, Taylor, in particular, punishing anything over-pitched with some sweetly-timed drives.

He brought up a third batting point with a four and a single off Mohammad Abbas before taking a liking to the slow left-arm spin of Callum Parkinson, hitting 11 runs off his first four deliveries.

Taylor reached a 93-ball half-century, well supported by the steady Howell. At lunch the total was 387 for 6 and Gloucestershire’s lead had extended to 135.

The afternoon session saw Howell go to his half-century from 115 deliveries before Taylor fell agonisingly short of a deserved ton, bowled by Davis with a ball that looked to keep a bit low. He had faced 173 deliveries and hit 12 fours.

At 430 for 7, Gloucestershire had already taken a stranglehold on the match. A further 33 had been added when Howell also fell to Davis, lbw playing down the wrong line.

A breezy 33 not out from Chadd Sayers added to Leicestershire’s woes before home skipper Chris Dent closed the innings, at which point tea was taken. Davis had been the pick of the bowlers, sending down 29 overs and returning 3 for 73.

Azad and Paul Horton began the visitors’ second innings in solid fashion, taking the score to 48 and seeing off the new ball attack of Sayers and loan signing Ethan Bamber before Horton fell lbw to Ryan Higgins for 26.

Horton had been dropped on 22 by Miles Hammond at second slip off Matt Taylor. Under increasingly overcast skies, with rain in the air, batting looked tricky and Hammond soon atoned by holding a sharp chance offered off Higgins by the driving Neil Dexter, who departed without scoring.

Higgins finished an impressive eight-over spell from the College Lawn End with figures of 2 for 15 before a couple of showers ended play a couple of overs early.

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Prices of cardamom, Queen of Spices, soar as wild weather wipes out Indian production

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Every year, tens of millions of Hindus flock to the Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh to pay tribute to site’s patron deity and pick up some of its famous sweets, the legendary “Tirupati laddu”.

The traditional delicacy is baked with sugar, flour, ghee, nuts and raisins and studded with cardamom, which has surged in price this year as India’s erratic weather ravages production of the pod, known as “the Queen of Spices”.

That spike has created new cost and supply pressures for buyers of the spice like the temple, which offers a limited number of complimentary laddus to visitors and charges for extras.

“We are already incurring a loss making laddus, and this makes it worse,” a senior temple official told Reuters.

The temple typically buys 120 tonnes a year of high quality small cardamom pods, the most sought after kind, to meet demand. A year ago, it paid 1,600 rupees ($23.31) per kg for the spice, the official said. This month, it paid 4,400 rupees per kg.

Graphic: Cardamom prices in India https://tmsnrt.rs/2YCWO0p

The production problems stem from erratic weather in the district of Idukki, which accounts for at least a sixth of the global production and about three-quarters of India’s small cardamom output.

Last year, massive rains killed over 50 people and destroyed the district’s farmlands. This year, a weak monsoon season has wiped small cardamom production, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of producers.

That has hit both supply and quality, but more crucially, sent the spot prices of small cardamom, already among the world’s priciest spices, to record highs on Mumbai’s Multi Commodity Exchange this month.

That spike is good news for traders but depleted stocks mean farmers are unable to capitalise on the rally, while the surge in costs has also hurt downstream demand.

Temples and state governments are among India’s largest buyers of cardamom, accounting for up to 35% of the market, said Jojo George, Managing Director of KCPMC.

“Somebody who was buying three tonnes or so earlier is now buying only one tonne,” George said. 

‘MAD CHEF’

Cardamom’s complex combination of flavours, including elements of mint, citrus and herbs, make it a popular ingredient in a wide range of dishes, both sweet and savoury.

Koushik S., popularly known as the “Mad Chef”, said the spice is essential to Indian cooking and supply issues affect his work.

“Next year, availability will be a problem and we might have to import from Guatemala, but then the quality is inferior,” said Koushik, who is a well-known Indian TV chef and is also a consultant to restaurant chains.

Guatemala is the largest cardamom grower but supply to India from the Central American country is mixed with lower quality cardamom, according to research by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

Over the past three months, N Seetharam Prasad, the chef at the four-star GRT hotel in Chennai, has complained five times about the low quality of his small cardamom supplies.

He uses the spice to make everything from biryani, a fragrant rice dish that enjoys a cult status in the country, to tea and sweets.

“I will never compromise on the quality of ingredients and will look to buy elsewhere if I don’t get good cardamom,” Prasad told Reuters.

Graphic: Indian small cardamom losing flavour https://tmsnrt.rs/2G5aQRb

Idukki, a small land-locked mountainous region, has historically been ideal for cardamom, which demands heavy rains to thrive.

 P.C. Matthew, a farmer who lives in India’s cardamom capital of Vandanmedu in Idukki, expects production to fall 50% from a normal year due to lower rainfall, and for the harvest to be delayed to October from early August.

While overall rainfall at local and national levels has not varied significantly over time, analysis shows the incidence of short spells of intense rain and lengthy periods of little or no rain has increased.

Graphic: India extreme weather events https://tmsnrt.rs/2G1p4Cy

India, in its annual economic survey last year, attributed this to climate change, and said revenue in areas entirely dependent on rains could fall by close to a sixth.

The increasingly erratic weather patterns lift risks for the $400 billion farm economy and its hundreds of millions of farmers, only a small fraction of whom have crop insurance.

Since the start of the century, Idukki’s cardamom regions have had seven lengthy dry spells, defined as periods of 100 days or more of no rain, said Muthusamy Murugan, the officer in charge of the state-run Cardamom Research Station in the district.

That compares with 15 such spells for the entire 20th century. He expects the region’s cardamom production to fall 40%.

“Prices will continue to rise in the long-term and we have reached this point because of climate change,” said Joychan Kannamunda, secretary of the Cardamom Growers Association.

($1 = 68.6300 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Martin Howell and Sam Holmes

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