Duckett investigated over ‘alcohol-related incident’

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England’s Ashes tour has taken a further slide towards ignominy with news that Ben Duckett is facing a disciplinary investigation after an alcohol-related incident in Perth.

Duckett, who has played four Tests for England and is in Australia with the Lions, was due to play for an England XI in their warm-up match over the weekend. But, after details emerged of an incident on Thursday night, he was dropped from the side to play the Cricket Australia XI. His place was taken by Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke.

While some of the details are unclear, it is understood that Duckett poured a drink over a fellow player – a senior member of the England side – at the end of an argument. There was no violence or involvement with anyone outside the England squads and no police have been or will be involved.

It is also understood that members of England’s security team were with the players throughout the episode.

While such an incident might have been laughed off – or even brushed under the carpet – a generation or two ago (perhaps even six months ago) it is likely to be viewed extremely dimly in the current climate. Coming midway through a tour that that has been overshadowed by the police investigation into Ben Stokes and seen Jonny Bairstow accused of headbutting an opposition player, also in Perth, the England management have been at pains to let the players know that no semblance of poor behaviour would be tolerated. The fact that England are 2-0 down in the Ashes won’t help, either.

As a result, it is entirely possible that Duckett faces being sent home early from the Lions tour. It also seems fair to presume that his future England selection chances will not be enhanced. As the ECB battles to restore the reputation of the national side, it will make no compromises with fringe players who its feels cannot be trusted to behave responsibly.

failed a fitness test, missed a Northants pre-season tour, in 2015, for similar reasons and appeared in court on a drink-driving charge.

This latest episode, while not serious in itself, will do nothing to shake the image of him as another talented youngster without the self-discipline to make the required sacrifices for a life in professional sport.

Uber agrees to settle U.S. lawsuit filed by India rape victim

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9

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has agreed to settle a U.S. civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India, according to a court filing on Friday.

In a criminal case in India, the Uber driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison.

The Indian woman also settled a civil U.S. lawsuit against Uber in 2015, but sued the company again in June in San Francisco federal court saying that shortly after the incident, a U.S. Uber executive “met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff’s confidential medical records.” Uber retained a copy of those records, the lawsuit said.

The woman was living in the United States when she filed the lawsuit.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court document on Friday. Representatives for Uber and an attorney for the woman could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuit cited several media reports which said former Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and others doubted the victim’s account of her ordeal.

“Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber’s business,” the lawsuit said.

In a prior statement, Uber said: “No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we’re truly sorry that she’s had to relive it.”

Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Richard Chang

Kangana Ranaut: A superstar is trying to put me behind bars

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Kangana Ranaut may have gone off the spotlight for shooting her forthcoming film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ but the actress makes sure to brush up on the current affairs from time to time.

At a recent event, the star came forward to oppose the threats issued to ‘Padmavati’ actress Deepika Padukone and said patriarchy in the society needs to be “attacked” while drawing instances from her own life.

The star who never minces words was asked at an event on Thursday night, to share her thoughts on the same, to which she said, “It is absolutely wrong, but I feel it is not something which is very surprising. When my sister was in school, she faced an acid attack from a student and now when I am in a professional environment, a superstar is trying to put me behind bars. So, this is very common that happens in our society. I feel we should not attack individuals, we should attack patriarchy and chauvinism. For individuals, we can call them out and say whatever you are doing is not right.”

“But I feel this is not restricted only to boys, it implies to girls as well, so we have to attack that viewpoint and we are doing it whether with our work, speech or films. And that is why I feel films are an important medium because we as an industry can reach out to people only through our films,” she added.

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The Jailbreaking Community Is Bracing for Google to Publicly Drop an iPhone Exploit

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Dec
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Until recently, there were many talented hackers—known as jailbreakers—trying to break into the iPhone to open up Apple’s notoriously closed operating system, and for the thrill of the challenge. The iPhone was, and still probably is, the most secure consumer computing device on the planet. The days of people dropping one-click iPhone jailbreaks on the internet are long gone. There are still security researchers hacking iOS, but the bugs they find are so rare that they often sell them to brokers for upwards of a million dollars.

Because exploits are so valuable, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a publicly accessible iPhone jailbreak even for older versions of iOS (let alone one in the wild for an up to date iPhone.) But a tweet sent by a Google researcher Wednesday has got the security and jailbreaking communities in a frenzy. The tweet suggests that Google is about to drop an exploit that is a major step toward an iPhone jailbreak, and other researchers say they will be able to take that exploit and turn it into a full jailbreak.

It might seem surprising that an iPhone exploit would be released by Google, Apple’s closest competitor, but the company has a history of doing so, albeit with less hype than this one is garnering.

Ian Beer is a Google Project Zero security researcher, and one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters. Wednesday, he told his followers to keep their “research-only” devices on iOS 11.1.2 because he was about to release “tfp0” soon. (tfp0 stands for “task for pid 0,” or the kernel task port, which gives you control of the core of the operating system.) He also hinted that this is just the first part of more releases to come. iOS 11.1.2 was just patched and updated last week by Apple; it is extremely rare for exploits for recent versions of iOS to be made public.

“They are releasing the bare minimum required to allow security researchers to research iOS.”

Upon closer inspection, it makes sense that Google—a company that doesn’t need to make money by selling exploits—would release a jailbreak, or at least something that comes very close to being a jailbreak.

Project Zero is a Google team dedicated almost exclusively to finding bugs in other companies’ software. In the past, it has found bugs in antivirus engines and internet infrastructure companies, among others. Beer is Project Zero’s iOS specialist. In the latest security bulletin published by Apple for iOS 11.2, five of the 15 iOS 11.1.2 vulnerabilities that were patched were discovered and reported to Apple by Beer. Presumably, what Beer plans to release is something that he discovered and was recently patched by Apple.

A couple caveats: Beer is probably not going to release a full, untethered jailbreak, meaning you will have to plug the phone into a computer to exploit it every time it boots up. But he is likely going to release the closest thing to a public jailbreak that anyone can find. iOS 11.1.2 is a nearly up-to-date operating system that was only updated last week. For comparison, the most recent public jailbreak is only available for iOS 10 and it doesn’t work on iPhone 7, according to a site that tracks jailbreak releases.

Security researchers believe that whatever Beer publishes—and thus far he hasn’t published anything—can be used to help them probe iOS for more bugs.

“They are releasing the bare minimum required to allow security researchers to research iOS,” said a former Apple security engineer who spoke on condition of anonymity because they signed a non-disclosure agreement with the company.

Marco Grassi, a researcher who’s done jailbreaks for Tencent’s Keen Lab, said that from Beer’s exploit it will “definitely be doable to make a complete jailbreak, especially for [iPhone] 6s and previous ones.”

That’s already happened before with other previous Beer iPhone exploits, which Luca Todesco, one of the best independent iOS security researchers, turned into a jailbreak for iOS 10.1.1.

Thursday, a day after Beer’s announcement, Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, said on Twitter that he plans to release a dynamic library that developers and security researchers can integrate with Beer’s exploit. This dynamic library could help them develop a complete jailbreak by handling some jailbreak housekeeping operations, Levin told me in a Twitter direct message.

Researchers believe Beer’s exploit will help those who have complained that they don’t have easy access to special devices with fewer security features that would help them find more bugs. Sometimes, several iOS security researchers told me, you need to chain together several bugs or even jailbreaks to find other bugs.

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Beer could not be reached for comment, and a Google spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But there’s little reason to doubt his tweet: In the past, Beer has published similar exploits for iOS 10.1.1 and 10.3.2. He has also found several 0days in iOS.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment, and said it’s still unclear what Beer will release. The spokesperson noted that for now it is just “something that’s hypothetical.”

What Beer seems ready to publish will likely allow researchers “to modify the kernel and debug any app,” according to Ryan Stortz, a security researcher at Trail of Bits who used to do iOS research. Stortz told me that it will still probably require the launch of an app for every reboot to jailbreak.

“It’s perfect for security research,” he said, “because you can now take over and control any app or service, which allows you to test its security boundaries.”

Read more: The Motherboard Guide To Not Getting Hacked

This type of exploit will likely help disable code signing, a mechanism that ensures only code digitally signed by Apple runs on the phone. But it would not make it straightforward to install Cydia or pirated, or malicious apps, according to the former Apple security engineer, who is familiar with these types of exploits.

“They would need some more vulnerabilities,” the engineer added, explaining that Beer’s exploits are tethered, meaning they don’t persist after reboot. “Most folks who want to jailbreak their phone want an untethered jailbreak, where you can reboot and all your pirated apps still work.”

Those are the people who unironically post “wen eta jailbreak” (a jailbreaking inside joke) when someone like Todesco tweets about the iPhone.

Judging by the reactions to Beer’s tweet, many people expect a full jailbreak, and they’re probably going to be disappointed. But security researchers are bound to be excited by this upcoming release. Now, thanks to Google, they will more easily be able to achieve a full jailbreak for a version of iOS that many people are still using. So, a reminder: Update your software. Or if you’re a security researcher or have other reason to do it, happy hacking.

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New Zealand favourites as Southee set to return

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Match facts

December 9-13, 2017
Start time 11am local time (2200 GMT -1d)

Big picture

Two sessions of fortitude – that was about as much as West Indies could summon at the Basin Reserve. Either side of their third-day resistance, however, the visitors appeared outmatched with bat and ball – New Zealand’s batsmen cruising to big scores, and their bowlers more or less running riot. That West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder – suspended due to an over-rate violation – and that the hosts are likely to have Tim Southee back in their XI would seem to make the disparity between these teams even greater.

And yet, there is unpredictability about West Indies that suggests New Zealand will not stroll to victory with quite so much ease, at Seddon Park. In August, having been walloped witless by England at Edgbaston, the likes of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite scripted a wonderful comeback win at Headingley. Last year, having been defeated handsomely by Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, West Indies had also triumphed in Sharjah. This young West Indies side has sometimes been overwhelmed in Tests, but over the last year they have also refused to cede trophies without a fight – winning at least one Test in each of their last four series.

Such is New Zealand’s confidence at home, however, and so in form are their batsmen, that they will expect to pile on more big scores at Hamilton. The West Indies attack, intense only in short bursts at the Basin Reserve, has major improvements to make if their team is to square the series.

Form guide

New Zealand WDLDW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LDWLW

In the spotlight

He may have crept up on the competition, but over the past three years Neil Wagner has become one of the best quicks in the world. That he has only 139 wickets to his name is a reflection of the scarcity of Test cricket for New Zealand. The figure that makes for more impressive reading, however, is his average of 23.44 since 2015. Among quicks, only James Anderson and Kagiso Rabada have bettered him in that period. The challenge for Wagner is to sustain his success as more and more teams become wise to his unique mode of operation, and devise batting plans specifically to counter him.

A number of batsmen did get the better of Wagner in the second innings at Wellington, however – among them: 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer. Having been dismissed by Wagner in the first innings, Hetmyer scored 21 runs off 18 Wagner deliveries in the second dig, pulling him disdainfully on two occasions, and cracking him for offside boundaries as well. But Wagner was not the only bowler Hetmyer attacked – Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner also went for runs during what was a sparkling maiden half-century. There is talent here for sure, but New Zealand will be more prepared for him in Hamilton.

Team news

With Southee set to come back in, the seamer most likely to make way seems to be Matt Henry, despite Henry’s second innings three-wicket haul in Wellington. As BJ Watling remains unavailable, Tom Blundell will be the home side’s wicketkeeper-batsman again.

New Zealand 1 Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Mitchell Santner, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tom Blundell (wk), 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

Brathwaite is set to lead the visitors in Holders’ stead. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph or uncapped left-arm quick Raymon Reifer may come into the side to replace him.

West Indies 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt) 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shimron Hetmeyer, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Sunil Ambris, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Raymon Reifer, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon Gabriel

Pitch and conditions

The match will be played on a surface comprising Patumahoe soil, which means there is likely to be pace, bounce and carry right through the Test. There is some rain forecast for Sunday and Monday, with cloudy patches expected for the remainder of the Test.

Stats and trivia

  • Of bowlers with more than 50 wickets since 2015, Wagner’s strike rate of 46.2 is third best, after Rabada and Mitchell Starc
  • New Zealand have won three of their last four Tests at Seddon Park – one of those victories having come against West Indies in 2013
  • Shai Hope needs 42 runs to complete 1000 runs in Tests

Quotes

“Seventeen is the benchmark that Hogan [Martin Crowe] wanted me to get to and beat. But he said, also, carry on and don’t stop there. Hopefully, in time, Kane will probably end up with about 40.”
Ross Taylor, with 16 Test centuries, on the chance to equal Martin Crowe’s tally of 17 Test hundreds, the most by a New Zealand batsman

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

India to fine firms for blackouts, crack down on electricity theft

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Dec
8

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India plans to fine electricity distributors from April 2019 for power cuts deemed avoidable and to make it mandatory for the companies to install prepaid or smart meters to prevent electricity theft, Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh said on Thursday.

The initiative is the latest by the government to ensure more reliable power supplies in the nation of 1.3 billion people where a quarter of households have no electricity supply.

The government launched a $2.3 billion project in September to provide the whole population with power by the end of 2018.

Singh said distributors would be fined if they cut power to customers unless the shutdown was caused by factors such as the weather or a disaster that was beyond a company’s control.

The fines would be imposed in the financial year starting April 1, 2019, he said, without giving further details.

Distribution firms sometimes cut power saying they do not have the cash to pay generating firms. The government says this could be solved by better bill collection and by reducing power theft by those using unauthorised and unmetered grid links.

“Some states are not able to bill the consumers effectively,” Singh said, adding some Indian states were failing to collect payments for about 50 percent of power they supplied.

“Where the consumers are billed properly, the recovery is around 95 percent,” the minister said.

Singh wants to curb power theft as part of an effort to fix the finances of debt-laden power distribution companies, known as discoms, in states that have struggled to buy and supply enough electricity to consumers.

As part of its efforts to expand electricity supply, the government aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.

India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources, Singh said.

Wind, solar, biofuels and small hydropower projects account for about 18 percent of installed capacity now, while about 66 percent is generated from coal, diesel and gas. The remainder comes from nuclear and major hydropower plants.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Edmund Blair

Historians’ to review Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’

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Dec
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor was in the eye of a raging storm these past months, with certain fringe groups pushing to ban the film. During the tremulous time, the film’s director and leading lady became targets with protesters offing bounties for their heads and others offering rewards for the star’s nose. While Deepika and Bhansali reiterated that the film did not “distort” any facts, the leading men were reportedly asked to refrain from commenting on the situation.

However, at a recent event, Shahid Kapoor, who plays Maharawal Ratan Singh, expressed his shock over the incidents. When asked about the protests against Deepika, the actor said, “It’s terrible. I didn’t expect this — so much being spoken about a lady. I am very shocked with that.”

He was also asked if the Bhansali’s recent Parliamentary panel session in Delhi, worsened the situation of the film’s release. The actor was quoted saying, “It’s strange the way things have happened, but I don’t think they have worsened. We are surprised that it’s taking longer than anyone had anticipated. The release date has been deferred. People have chosen to make their decisions before seeing the film. I have been saying from the beginning that everyone should decide only after they’ve seen the film. I’ve been urging people to not have any preconceived notions about the film, which are not based on facts. I think facts can be discussed only when people have seen the movie.”

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iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

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A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

Vinay Kumar hat-trick rips through Mumbai line-up

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Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar started the Ranji Trophy knockouts with a bang. He opted to bowl in the quarter-final against Mumbai in Nagpur and ran through the batting line-up with a hat-trick that spanned across the first and third overs of the innings. A look at whom he dimissed and how, and the records he broke:

0.6: Prithvi Shaw has three hundreds this season but even with 30 hundreds this is a poor shot. He flayed at the first ball away from his body, and he does so again just after getting an inside edge onto his pad. This is short of a length, outside off, Shaw’s feet are rooted, but he looks to punch this away through cover. The ball shapes away enough to take a thick edge for Karun Nair to swallow at first slip. Shaw’s feet are in the air at the time of contact as he looks to reach this ball away from his body.

Prithvi Shaw c Karun Nair b Vinay Kumar 2
Fall of wicket: 6 for 1 (0.6 overs)

2.1: Jay Bista repeats the mistake Shaw made. This is an identical delivery to the one that got Shaw. Short of a length, just outside off, and he looks for a cover drive off the back foot. Just like Shaw, his feet don’t move and are airborne when he makes the connection. This ball doesn’t shape away as much as the last one, and the edge is finer, which is why there is confusion at slips. Nair waits for wicketkeeper CM Gautam to go for the catch to his right, but he doesn’t. And then belatedly Nair sticks his left hand out, and the ball sticks. Vinay is on a hat-trick.

Jay Bista c Karun Nair b Vinay Kumar 1
Fall of wicket: 7 for 2 (2.1 overs)

2.2: Mumbai have sent in fast bowler Akash Parkar ahead of specialist batsmen. Are they looking to unsettle Karnataka bowling or are they protecting their batsmen, who should be out there and negotiating this period? Either way this plan is short-lived as Vinay bowls an unplayable delivery to complete his hat-trcik. This is full, shaping up as an outswinger, pitches full and on off. Parkar plays for the outswinger, but the ball lands on the seam and changes its direction to seam in and hit him plumb in front. Tenth Ranji hat-trick for a Karnataka bowler. Mumbai in tatters.

Akash Parkar lbw b Vinay Kumar 0
Fall of wicket 7 for 3 (2.2 overs)

Vinay Kumar became only the sixth bowler to take a hat-trick in the knockouts in Ranji Trophy history and the first captain to do so. The last hat-trick in the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy was seen way back in the 1993-94 pre-quarterfinal by Bengal’s Sagarmoy Sensharma against Delhi.

A hat-trick against Mumbai’s batting is a very rare occurrence. Vinay’s hat-trick is only the third against Mumbai in over 500 Ranji matches and the first since Raghuram Bhat’s in the 1981-82 semi-finals. Incidentally, all three hat-tricks against Mumbai have come in the knockouts. The first one by B Kalyanasundaram was in the final of 1972-73 season.

Vinay now has two Ranji hat-tricks. His first was against Maharashtra in 2007-08. He is only the fourth bowler to take multiple hat-tricks in Ranji history and second for Karnataka after Anil Kumble. Others to have more than one hat-trick are: Joginder Rao (three) for Services and Pritam Gandhe (two) for Vidarbha. Vinay’s hat-trick is overall the tenth for Karnataka in Ranji, the most by any team. The next highest is six hat-tricks for Bengal and then five each for Delhi, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.

With his first wicket of the day, Vinay went past Erapalli Prasanna’s 370 wickets to become Karnataka’s third-highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy. Now only Sunil Joshi (479) and BS Chandrasekhar (437) are ahead of Vinay. He is already the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Ranji Trophy history.

RBI holds rates, eyes inflation and rebounding growth

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Reserve Bank of India kept its policy rate steady on Wednesday, as widely expected, after inflation accelerated to a seven-month high and stronger economic growth reduced the need for monetary stimulus.

All but two of 54 analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted the repo rate would be left unchanged for a second straight meeting at 6.00 percent, its lowest since November 2010.

The RBI also kept the reverse repo rate unchanged at 5.75 percent.

The decision to stand pat was widely expected after the annual rate of consumer inflation increased in October to 3.58 percent, driven by higher food and crude oil prices. That’s still low by Indian standards, but not far from the central bank’s 4 percent target.

Nonetheless, the RBI left its policy stance “neutral” while slightly softening its language on inflation by saying risks were “evenly balanced”.

Many analysts believe the RBI will keep rates on hold in coming months, including at its next policy meeting in February, as it watches inflation trends.

“The global policy rate cycle and (rising) commodity prices, along with the consolidated fiscal position, will keep the RBI cautious,” said Suvodeep Rakshit, a senior economist with Kotak Institutional Equities in Mumbai.

Government officials have been calling on the RBI to cut rates given the economy, though recovering from July’s bumpy launch of a national sales tax, is not yet growing fast enough to create the jobs needed for India’s young workforce.

“We have a neutral stance, which means that depending on the data flow in coming months and quarters we’ll determine what we do regarding the policy,” RBI Governor Urjit Patel told a news briefing after the decision.

“All possibilities are on the table, and we would look carefully at both the inflation data and growth data that comes in coming months.”

Five members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep rates unchanged, while one voted for a 25 basis point (bp) cut.

Indian bond prices have slumped in recent weeks as investors sharply pared expectations for rate cuts.

The central bank took advantage of an extraordinary period of low inflation, including a slump in food and energy prices, to cut rates by a total of 200 bps from January 2015 until August this year, when it last cut the repo by 25 bps.

But those factors are now reversing, with crude prices rallying and food prices expected to climb further.

Moreover, a growing number of global central banks, including most recently South Korea‘s, are tightening policy, with the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to hike rates again next week.

There is also growing uncertainty on whether the government will have to borrow more as it struggles to meet its fiscal deficit target, which could add to price pressures.

On Wednesday, the RBI slightly raised its inflation projection by 10 bps to between 4.3 percent and 4.7 percent in the six months ending in March 2018.

It also retained its projection for gross value added growth, a measure of economic expansion it prefers, at 6.7 percent for the year ending in March, the same as its forecast in October.

India’s economic growth rebounded to 6.3 percent in the three months ending in September, halting a five-quarter slide.

Bond markets took solace that the statement was not as hawkish as some had feared after the recent spike in inflation.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond yield slid 3 bps to 7.04 percent from around 7.07 percent before the policy decision. It had risen more than 60 bps since the RBI’s Aug. 2 policy meeting.

But the rupee weakened to 64.49 per dollar from around 64.47 before the RBI’s statement, while the broader NSE share index fell 0.7 percent for the day, mostly before the rate announcement.

Reporting by Swati Bhat and Suvashree Dey Choudhury; Writing by Rafael Nam; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Kim Coghill

‘Kaalakaandi’ trailer: Saif Ali Khan starrer is bound to keep you on the edge, literally

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A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

Dhaka elect to bat first; Rangpur rest Mashrafe

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Dec
6

Toss Dhaka Dynamites chose to bat v Rangpur Riders

Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first against Rangpur Riders, who were captained by Brendon McCullum.

Rangpur rested their regular captain Mashrafe Mortaza, one of seven changes to their XI for the match. Chris Gayle, Ziaur Rahman, Chamara Kapugedara, Nazmul Islam, Sohag Gazi and Isuru Udana were also rested. Rubel Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Shahriar Nafees, Ebadat Hossain, Johnson Charles, Adam Lyth and Samuel Badree were included.

Dhaka made four changes: they included Mehedi Maruf, Mohammad Saddam, Mohammad Amir and Evin Lewis in place of Shahid Afridi, Cameron Delport, Shadman Islam and Nadif Chowdhury.

Rangpur Riders: 1 Adam Lyth, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt), 4 Mohammad Mithun (wk), 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Shahriar Nafees, 7 Nahidul Islam, 8 Abdur Razzak, 9 Samuel Badree, 10 Ebadat Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain

Dhaka Dynamites: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Joe Denly, 3 Mehedi Maruf, 4 Sunil Narine, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Jahurul Islam (wk), 8 Mosaddek Hossain, 9 Abu Hider, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Saddam

India’s case against Mallya politically motivated, UK court hears

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Dec
6

LONDON (Reuters) – The Indian government’s fraud case against tycoon Vijay Mallya is baseless and politically motivated, his defence lawyer told a London court on Tuesday as she battled to prevent his extradition to his home country.

Mallya, who lives in Britain, stands accused in India of fraudulently palming off losses from his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines onto banks by taking out loans he had no intention of repaying.

His defence team argue that he is being used as a scapegoat by Indian politicians of all stripes to deflect public anger at the accumulation of bad debts by state-owned banks.

The 61-year-old, nicknamed “the King of Good Times” after the slogan on bottles of one of his premium beers and his hard partying lifestyle, had business interests ranging from aviation to liquor.

He is also the co-owner of Formula One motor racing team Force India.

The case against him centres on a series of loans Kingfisher obtained from Indian banks, especially state-owned lender IDBI. The banks want to recover a total of about $1.4 billion that the state says the defunct airline owes.

Mallya’s British defence lawyer, Clare Montgomery, told Westminster Magistrates Court that India had made a series of serious allegations against him and others that did not have “a shred of evidence” to back them up.

She also said that the Indian government’s case revealed a “shocking” lack of appreciation of how companies function and of basic realities such as the effects of incorporation and the rights of shareholders.

“Economically and legally, it is impossible to palm off losses onto banks by borrowing to pass on the cost of failure,” she said.

Montgomery said she would call witnesses later in the two-week hearing to give evidence on what she called the “political ramifications” of the case.

She accused several Indian parties including the ruling BJP of “making political capital from the Mallya case on the assumption there was a fraud”.

Montgomery said India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which is prosecuting the case, had a “long and inglorious history of being politically motivated in the cases it brings”.

She also criticised prison conditions in India, saying that they were worse than in Russia, a country to which British courts have on several occasions refused to extradite suspects for that reason.

Montgomery said there were competing narratives, fraud versus business failure, and that no reasonable jury would be able to reach a safe conclusion that there had been a deliberate intent to defraud.

Mallya, the focus of intense media interest in India, arrived wearing a dark suit and yellow tie and was mobbed by cameramen as he walked into the building.

Inside the courtroom he spoke only to confirm his name and age, before sitting quietly in the glass-walled dock as Montgomery spoke.

She said that the government’s allegation that Mallya had deliberately misled banks by overstating Kingfisher’s projected profits was “a false premise”.

That was because airlines were subject to many unpredictable factors beyond their control, such as fuel cost fluctuations and the global economic climate, so to make entirely accurate projections several years in advance was unrealistic.

The judge, England’s Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, will have to decide whether there is a prima facie case against Mallya and whether the alleged crimes would be offences in Britain as well as India.

Editing by Stephen Addison

Celebs pay their last respect to Shashi Kapoor

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Dec
6

Monday evening saw the end of an era, with the sad demise of one of the country’s most handsome and celebrated actors, Shashi Kapoor.

The romantic screen icon of the ’70s breathed his last at 5:20 pm at a hospital in Mumbai after battling a prolonged ailment. He was 79.

The last rites of the veteran actor were held at Santacruz Hindu crematorium on Tuesday noon. A number of eminent Bollywood celebrities, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Salim Khan along with Kapoor family members – Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor (Shashi Kapoor’s sons), Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor were spotted arriving to pay their last respects.

Randhir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

Amitabh Bachchan-Abhishek Bachchan

Shah Rukh Khan

Saif Ali Khan-Ranbir Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor

Amitabh Bachchan

Shashi Kapoor

Kapoor, a three-time winner at India’s National Film Awards, is survived by his three children- Sanjana, Kunal and Karan.

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iOS jailbreak repositories close as user interest wanes

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Dec
5


A few years ago jailbreaking your iPhone was all the rage. The cat-and-mouse game of hackers versus Apple was great fun and some of the open source products available to jailbreakers – namely the Cydia alternative app store – added amazing features and customizability to the iPhone. Some devs even launched only on jailbroken phones, thumbing their noses at Apple’s walled garden.

Now, however, the jailbreak community is shriveling up and blowing away. Now two major repositories have closed, leaving very little for the active jailbreaker to install and run.

First ModMyi has closed, announcing that it didn’t make economic sense to maintain the repository:

Second, MaCiti closed last week, the result of a “death spiral” in jailbreak popularity.

The latest iOS version has not been jailbroken and, given the insecurities of running a jailbroken phone including unwanted terminal access into the phone itself, it’s not likely many will adopt it. Even the most popular service, JailBreakMe is sitting idle. That said, true fanatics aren’t giving up.

“With all the talking going around about ‘jailbreaking being dead’ or how it’s dying, I’m here to reassure everyone that this subreddit’s discord is still active every day,” wrote Aaronp613 on Reddit. “I know times have been a bit tough for everyone, but that just means we need to focus on what we have at the moment.”

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