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Pujara steadies India after Shanaka’s double-strike

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Nov
17

Lunch India 74 for 5 (Pujara 47*, Saha 6*, Lakmal 3-5, Shanaka 2-23) v Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka’s seamers capitalised on another bowling-friendly period in Kolkata, as Dasun Shanaka picked up two wickets with his gentle medium pace on a gloomy morning offering sufficient lateral movement. Cheteshwar Pujara displayed impeccable defensive technique again, picking only the errant deliveries to score during his unbeaten 47, carrying India to 74 for 5 before a drizzle forced an early lunch on the second day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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

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Nov
17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

($1 = 65.2650 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Susan Fenton

Kangana’s sister Rangoli blessed with a baby boy

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Nov
17

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who had been making the headlines for quite a while, has become an aunt today as her sister, Rangoli Chandel delivered a baby boy, who she named Prithvi Raj Chandel.

The new mother took to Twitter to introduce her little bundle of joy to all fans and wellwishers. She tweeted, “Dear friends meet our son Prithvi Raj Chandel.” Moments later she shared another picture, a collage of her baby boy with a caption, “My little munchkin!!!!”.

Meanwhile, Kangana who was last seen in ‘Simran’ is busy shooting for her upcoming biographical film, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ in which she is essaying the role of Rani Laxmibai. The film is helmed by Krish and is scheduled to release on April 27, 2018.

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

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Nov
16

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


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

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

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

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Test cricket’s value plummeting

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Nov
16

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Some days of international cricket are more equal than others. Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland has revealed how three hours of a single Twenty20 international are worth as much to India television broadcasters as five days of a Test match, a market reality that underlines the parlous state of the game’s longest form without context.

Speaking to The Grade Cricketer podcast, Sutherland said that “alarm bells” were ringing for Test cricket all round the world, in spite of the sold out crowds and strong television ratings expected for this summer’s Ashes series between Australia and England. The ICC recently, and at long last, approved plans for a World Test Championship to begin in 2019, but Sutherland said the slide of the five-day game’s value was creating major headaches around cricket’s future.

“In many ways there’s so much doubt about Test cricket and its future I think and in some parts of the world it really is in a desperate state. That’s partly because it’s just not commercially viable,” he said, when asked how he saw Test cricket looking in 15 years’ time. “There are some really significant warning signals in some parts of the world.

“As a starting point if you go to India, the country where there is supposedly the most lucrative commercial market, the current valuations on a Test match, five days of Test cricket, is exactly the same as the valuation on a three-hour Twenty20 international match. That’s a perspective on what the market in the biggest country in the cricketing world sees as the value of Test cricket, and that has a significant flow-on impact to other countries.

“So the alarm bells are ringing for Test cricket and that’s one of the reasons why I think this context around Test cricket is so important with this league championship. In 15 years’ time I sincerely hope that this league will create extra relevance and drive and importance for Test cricket, ideally the championship has significant incentives for countries and players to stay involved in Test cricket, and the rewards and recognition from that will also be seen and reflected in fans coming and continuing to stay connected to the game.”

Apart from the creation of the Test Championship to foster “third party” relevance and context to matches for fans not supporting either of the competing teams, Sutherland has also been an advocate for day-night Test matches to have more of their span played at a time when greater audience sizes are available both at the ground and on television.

A third area in which he said the game could be enhanced is by the preparation of more bowler-friendly pitches in Tests, so that the balance between bat and ball is more even than that often seen in the ODI and T20 formats dominated largely by batsmen. “Money is basically a function of fan interest and support and there’s a lot of romantic connection to Test cricket and rightly so,” he said. “But Test cricket has to remain relevant and contemporary for the modern-day fan and I think it’s challenged by the fact there are two other forms of the game that are alternatives.

“So context and relevance is particularly important. I’m not saying there’s any silver bullet solution so I’m not suggesting it’s that, but it’s another reason why we’ve been very strong in trying to introduce day-night Test cricket to time shift it into more available hours for fans to engage with cricket, and I think there are other things that need to be looked at, including pitches to ensure there is a better balance between bat and ball.

women’s Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval, Sutherland said there was little prospect of more long-form women’s matches being scheduled. “World cricket — ICC and its member countries — have decided that the best format by which to promote the women’s game is the T20 format,” he said.

“That’s the primary format and we continue to hold on the men’s side Test cricket as the primary format and the game that we want to preserve and make the ultimate form. We won’t see a lot more women’s Test cricket in the future but hopefully it will continue to be part of the Ashes at least.”

Exclusive: Apple to help India develop anti-spam app after face-off with regulator

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Nov
16

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Apple Inc has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.

The U.S. tech giant has been locked in a tussle with India’s telecoms regulator for more than a year. Officials complained Apple dragged its feet on advising the government how to develop an app that would allow iPhone users to report unsolicited marketing texts or calls as spam.

The government app was launched on Google’s Android platform last year, but an industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said Apple pushed back on requests for an iOS version due to concerns that a government app with access to call and text logs could compromise its customers’ privacy.

Facing public criticism from the regulator, Apple executives flew to New Delhi last month and told officials the company would help develop the app, but only with limited capabilities, according to a government official aware of the matter.

Apple’s executives have told India that its current iOS platform might not allow for some of the government’s requests, such as making call logs available within the app that would allow users to report them as spam, the official said.

“They (Apple) will help develop an app which, to an extent, can solve the requirements,” said the official.

An Apple spokesman confirmed that the new iOS features to combat spam text messages would help the government build the app, but did not comment on the app’s potential inability to access call logs for reporting spam, as the Android version does.

The spokesman said Apple had not changed its stance on privacy.

Apple’s stand-off with the regulator comes at a time when it is seeking greater access in India, the world’s third-largest smartphone market. The company has been lobbying the government for tax breaks to expand its phone assembly operations in the country, where it reported doubling its revenue versus the previous year for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Balancing growth and market share with protecting customer privacy has become a defining challenge for global tech companies such as Apple, which regularly clash with governments over allowing access to content on their devices, especially for law enforcement needs.

“This has now become more of an ego tussle between Apple and the regulator,” said Neil Shah of Hong Kong-based technology research firm Counterpoint Research. He added that Apple was unlikely to agree to any requests specific to India because of the precedent that would set.

The chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) R.S. Sharma said he was unhappy with Apple for not responding swiftly to the government’s requests.

“We’ve told them they are harming their consumers,” Sharma told Reuters in an interview. “I hope good sense prevails upon them.”

Apple did not comment on TRAI’s criticism, but said that it had taken time to develop a privacy-friendly solution.

APP TUSSLE, PRIVACY WOES

Pesky marketing calls and unsolicited commercial text messages have become a big problem in India.

Despite mobile users having the option to register themselves under a so-called “do not disturb” service to block marketers, businesses have gamed the system by using multiple phone numbers for promotions.

TRAI’s anti-spam mobile application, also called Do Not Disturb, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times from the Google Android app section.

Before the app launches, it asks the user to allow it access to contacts and view text messages. Users can then start reporting numbers as spam.

A spokesman for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, did not directly comment on the app, but said: “We believe in openness and in the ability of users to make purchasing and downloading choices without top-down enforcement or censorship. Users are prompted with requests for permissions that they can choose to accept or decline.”

Apple, however, has been worried.

“The app can peep into logs, Apple had conveyed that their (privacy) policy does not allow this,” said the industry source familiar with the matter.

TRAI said the app does not raise any privacy concerns.

MEETINGS, E-MAILS

Apple has flown in several overseas-based executives to resolve the dispute with the Indian regulator, including its senior director for global privacy, and former Google executive, Jane Horvath.

At least seven meetings have been held between the two sides and dozens of emails exchanged since last year, according to government officials and documents reviewed by Reuters.

In August this year, months after the talks began, Apple wrote to TRAI saying that a technical meeting would help them establish “what is possible and not possible”.

The TRAI pushed back.

“The whole exercise in organizing the proposed meeting would be a waste of resources … please share concrete solutions that have a likelihood of addressing the issues we have been discussing over the past one year,” the regulator wrote in September.

Later that month, Apple again approached the TRAI saying it had identified potential solutions but they would require additional discussions with the regulator’s technical staff.

Horvath and other Apple executives met TRAI officials in October and conveyed they would help them develop the first version of the app with limited features.

“They (Apple) are adopting dilatory tactics,” said Sharma, the TRAI chief. “They’ve had meetings, meetings and meetings.”

Additional reporting by Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by Tom Lasseter and Alex Richardson

Karan Johar launches the first look of Janhvi Kapoor-Ishaan Khatter starrer ‘Dhadak’

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Nov
16

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

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Nov
15

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


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

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

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

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In 20 years, they will say ‘can we get wages like India?’

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Nov
15

Former India captain and World Cup winner Kapil Dev was invited to speak about his relationship with the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, whose efforts led the way in making India a financial powerhouse in cricket. Below is the transcript

I’m nervous to talk about cricket. But if you tell me to come and speak about Jagmohan Dalmiya, I do not know what to say about him because in my mind he was truly one of the finest heroes we have.

There are two types of heroes. One is on the field and one is off the field and I think if I have to say about him, if all of us, we cricketers are enjoying [ourselves, it is] thanks to this man. Without him I think we would have been struggling. Already a lot of things have been said about him, I only want to say in the last 50 years in the world, he was the best administrator in all sports. When India used to struggle, we always looked up to England and Australia, and we used to say ‘Can we get wages like Australia, England?’. That was the thought process. In 20 years, all these countries will say, ‘Can we get wages like India?’ and that is the change he did.

Sometimes for players it does not really matter when we are on the field, when we play the game. But it is important to get good money. Jagmohan Dalmiya understood that these cricketers have a career of only 10 to 15 years maximum. Everybody is not Sachin Tendulkar, who can play for 24 years. Eight years and 10 years and you give your prime time and what money does in those 15 years of cricket, if you can make the life the same you have today. That tells a lot and that credit goes to my hero.

When I met him first, he did not make that much of an impression on me. As I kept on meeting him, I think I had realised that he was not the best of speakers but there was none better than him to understand word by word, full stop to comma, what is right, what is wrong. Nobody has done better contracts than this man. That was his strength. Let’s say, everybody does not have the art of speaking. Some people can write well. But this man was one of those persons who understood where he could nail down other people.

The best part is that he kept everybody happy. We cricketers of that 80s batch, the first time we thought that the cricket board came close to the players [was under Dalmiya]. Otherwise the board was far away from the players and players were far away from the board. The players came close to the board.

Before that [it was like] might is right. Whatever the board said, nobody could question the cricket control board of India. But Jagmohan Dalmiya said no to that. He said we needed to have dialogue. I think half of the battle was won for the players. The administration was ready to listen to you. He had given the opportunity.

A lot of administrators have seen and had been there with the board. But for him, love of the game and passion of the game brought the cricketers together. I do not think we had the guts or had any board president invited for a cup of tea or coffee. They used to get orders and that is how it used to run. But he changed for the betterment of the game. I do not know the inside stories of this part of the world. But I’m sure he was instrumental in bringing the cricketers together and the people who bring people together, they are leaders. In my mind, he was the leader to get things done.

From there Sourav [Ganguly, the CAB president] asked me do not talk too much about Dalmiya, talk about cricket, but also about Indian cricket. I just want to tell the present Indian cricket team, we always respect players from CK Nayadu to Amarnath to Vinoo Mankad, Hazare, Merchant, Polly Umrigar. From time to time cricket has changed, Tiger Pataudi, Bishen Singh Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and then another batch came. Sunil Gavaskar, Viswanath, and then another batch came, which was a big change. Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh. During that period I think we got the best cricketers of all time and after that the great Dhoni, Yuvraj and now baton is in your hand, Virat.

I think you can take Indian team ahead because you have the responsibility. You are the one people look up to and we look up to you. Take the game to where nobody can imagine. You are a hero and you are like Dalmiya. You can change the things, which you have done this year or last few years is the fitness which I can be proud of. It is required in Indian cricket. Every captain comes out with something new; new thought process, new way of thinking. I think that is more important. We, as cricketers, can say you keep up the good work. We love you all.

India’s WPI inflation touches six-month high in October

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Nov
15

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s annual wholesale price inflation picked up in October to a six-month high, driven by faster rises in prices of food and fuel products, government data showed on Tuesday.

India’s annual wholesale price inflation last month increased to 3.59 percent from a year earlier from a provisional 2.60 percent in September.

The rise compares with a 3.01 percent increase forecast by economists in a Reuters poll.

Wholesale food prices in October rose 3.23 percent year-on-year, compared with a 1.99 percent rise a month earlier, the data showed.

Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Malini Menon

Pic: When the Bachchans attended a wedding

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Nov
15

On the occasion of Independence Day, Salman Khan shared a nostalgic throwback picture with his brothers Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan on Twitter.
Interestingly, the picture has all the three Khans, Arbaaz, Sohail and Salman in it. The ‘Tubelight’ actor captioned the picture as, “Emotionally dependent on Independence Day ?.”

The three Khan brothers are posing in the Indian flag theme as they are seen wearing saffron, white and green t-shirts respectively. The picture is a pure delight, isn’t it?

On the work front, Salman is gearing for his next film opposite Katrina Kaif.

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


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

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

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

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‘I asked for the rest’

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Nov
14

Last week, India’s selectors decided to rest allrounder Hardik Pandya from the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. A BCCI media release said the decision was taken in consultation with the team management to help reduce the chance of injury. On Monday, Pandya revealed that he had requested the time off himself.

“To be honest, I asked for it, because my body was not alright,” he told CNN-News 18. “I want to play cricket when I’m totally fit and I’m giving my 100% and I was not able to give that because of a few niggles here and there, which is bound to happen because of the amount of cricket which I have played over this one year.”

Since the start of the Champions Trophy, Pandya has played 30 of 33 matches for India, across formats. In fact, over the past five months, no one has bowled more than his 147.2 overs in ODI cricket. The burden of such a workload took a toll on him, Pandya said, especially in light of his limited experience in the game.

The 24-year old had only played 13 first-class, 10 List A and 28 T20 matches prior to his elevation to international cricket. Although he did quite well to shoulder a frontline allrounder’s responsibilities – Pandya scored a century on his first Test tour and won the Player-of-the-Series award in the ODIs against Australia – it was also difficult.

“I have played 30 ODIs, 25 T20Is and three Test matches in one-and-a half-years,” he said. “I have not played this much cricket in my total cricketing career in such a short time. As an allrounder, it’s difficult. I do my bowling, I do my batting, I do fielding as well, and managing my workload is very important right now because I have not played much cricket in my life.”

In the weeks he will spend away from the Indian team, Pandya hopes to better his fitness and also prepare for the tour of South Africa that begins with the New Year’s Test on January 5. “I’m lucky that I got this rest. Actually, rest means I’m going to train in the gym and improve my fitness and again come back properly fit. I’m pretty excited for the South Africa series. I wanted that break to get super fit for the South Africa series and then I can bounce back quickly.

“People keep on talking about away series. People keep on talking about England tours, South Africa tours, Australia tours, which is important, which is hard. I like these kinds of challenges I keep on getting in my life. That keeps me going all the time. It may be an important thing for me, important to have an allrounder who can contribute in bowling and batting both. I might be the difference, let’s see. I’ve never played in South Africa. I’m pretty sure we’re going to do well.”

There has been some criticism, though, with regard to why a young player, only starting out his international career, was being handled so delicately. Pandya, however, isn’t paying any mind to that. “Let’s be honest. It doesn’t matter what they think. What matters is what the management thinks and what I think is important for me.”

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 450

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Nov
14

ANKARA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Thousands of homeless Iranians huddled against the cold late on Monday, a day after at least 450 people were killed in Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade, state TV said.

Rescue teams kept up search operations for dozens trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed houses in towns and villages in the mountainous area of the western province of Kermanshah that borders Iraq.

Iran’s English-language Press TV said more than 450 people were killed and 7,000 were injured when the magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country on Sunday. Local officials expected the death toll to climb as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.

The quake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah. More than 300 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in that province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border.

Iranian state television said the quake had caused heavy damage in some villages where houses were made of earthen bricks. The quake also triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials told state television.

At least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected, Iranian media reported. Iranian media reported that a woman and her baby were pulled out alive from the rubble on Monday in Sarpol-e Zahab, the worst hit area with a population of 85,000.

Relief workers said while much aid had been pledged, there was an immediate need for blankets, children’s clothes, medicine and large cans to store drinking water. TV aired footage of some people weeping next to corpses shrouded in blankets.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday, urging all government agencies to do all they could to help those affected. State TV appealed for blood donations. The government announced one day mourning on Tuesday.

ANGRY PEOPLE

Tempers frayed in the quake-hit area as the search went on for survivors amidst the twisted rubble of collapsed buildings. State TV aired footage of damaged buildings, vehicles under rubble and wounded people wrapped in blankets.

“We need a shelter,” a middle-aged man in Sarpol-e Zahab told state TV. “Where is the aid? Where is the help?” His family could not spend another night outside in cold weather, he said.

An Iraqi meteorology official put the quake’s magnitude at 6.5, with the epicenter in Penjwin in Iraq’s Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, close to the main border crossing with Iran.

Kurdish health officials said at least six people were killed in Iraq and at least 68 injured, adding that in northern Iraq Kurdish districts seven were killed and 325 wounded.

Iraq’s health and local officials said the worst-hit area was Darbandikham district, near the border with Iran, where at least 10 houses had collapsed and the district’s only hospital was severely damaged.

“The situation there is very critical,” Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed told Reuters.

The district’s main hospital was damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, so the injured were taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment. Homes and buildings had extensive structural damage, he said.

The quake was felt as far south as Baghdad, where many residents rushed from their houses and tall buildings when tremors shook the Iraqi capital.

“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” said Majida Ameer. who ran out of her building with her three children.

“I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!’”

An Iranian local official told state TV that some villages were totally destroyed.

“I lost nine members of my family … they were killed while they slept,” a weeping middle-aged woman told state TV.

Local officials said hundreds of critically wounded people had been transferred to other provinces as Kermanshah’s main hospital had been badly damaged.

NO SHELTER

Iran sits astride major fault lines and is prone to frequent tremors. A magnitude 6.6 quake on Dec. 26, 2003, devastated the historic city of Bam, 1,000 km southeast of Tehran, killing about 31,000 people.

Electricity and water was cut off in several Iranian and Iraqi cities, and fears of aftershocks sent thousands of people in both countries out onto the streets and parks in cold weather.

Across the area, rescue workers and special teams using sniffer dogs and heat sensors searched wreckage. Blocked roads made it hard for rescue workers to reach some remote villages.

Iranian authorities acknowledged the relief effort was still slow and patchy. More than 70,000 people needed emergency shelter, the head of Iranian Red Crescent said.

Hojjat Gharibian, one of hundreds of homeless Iranian survivors, was huddled against the cold with his family in Qasr-e Shirin.

“My two children were sleeping when the house started to collapse because of the quake. I took them and ran to the street. We spent hours in the street until aid workers moved us into a school building,” Gharibian told Reuters by telephone.

Iran’s police, Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia forces were sent to quake-hit areas overnight, state TV reported.

Aid workers handed out water to people, while bulldozers worked to clear the streets in damaged areas.

A local official said aftershocks slowed down erecting tents for homeless people but electricity had been restored in most of the quake-hit areas.

“The main problem is sheltering people at this cold weather. We need more tents,” Qasr-e Shririn governor Faramarz Akbari told TV.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi, reporting by Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Rasheed in Iraq, Bozorgmeh Sharafedin in Londn, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Irem Koca in Ankara, Dan Williams in Jerusalem, and Dubai newsroom; Editing by Peter Cooney, Bill Tarrant, Richard Balmforth

‘Padmavati’: Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association comes out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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Ever since filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali started the shoot of his film ‘Padmavati’ which is based on the life of Rani Padmini, the project has been mired in controversy. From the attack on the sets to protest against the release of the film in certain regions of the country, the film has garnered a lot of controversies.

Today evening, the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) gathered for a press conference in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his film ‘Padmavati’. Members of IFTDA Ashoke Pandit, Sudhir Mishra, Sushant Singh, Vikram Gokhale and others joined in the press conference and addressed the media present there by voicing their opinion in support of Bhansali.

“There are 5 organizations which are important for the film industry and we are being abused and we don’t deserve this type of treatment. It has happened to Madhur Bhandarkar in the past and now Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It is important to stand up together and speak together because the abuse is not for him but for the entire film fraternity,” Ashoke Pandit, IFTDA President, said.

Seconding Pandit was filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, who said, “This whole issue is number one and CBFC (censorship) is the second thing. Prasoon Joshi is a sensitive person responsible for the effect (on CBFC) and thirdly it is an attack on freedom so please let the film release. We all condemn (the aggressive protests) and stand for ‘Padmavati’.”

Another filmmaker and member of IFTDA, VP Singh, who was also present at the event said, “It is happening every day and Sanjay is one of the topmost directors who has made Indian cinema proud. Sanjay understands that it is not a license to misuse freedom and money is spent on the films and he understands it.” Actor Sushant Singh too voiced his opinion in favour of Bhansali saying, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has not asked us to hold this press conference but we are doing this as our duty which is to express and we are fighting for our freedom of expression.”

Renowned Marathi and Hindi actor Vikram Gokhale said, “We say we stay in a democratic country but do we have any democratic freedom to do anything? Many people have asked to show them the film first and then they would decide that if it should be accepted or not. Sanjay is a responsible person and if the Censor Board has passed the film then why is this all protest happening?”

When asked if the association also lends its support to other films like ‘S Durga’ and ‘Indu Sarkar’ that have also been in the news for being stuck in similar controversies, Ashoke Pandit added: “We stood for every film and this is becoming too much as we are getting threatened and Sanjay is a symbol but this conference is for everyone.”

‘Padmavati’ which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

– Bhargavi Mankar

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

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13

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


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

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

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

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