Fitbit confident smartwatch will arrive on time, despite rumors of delays

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts David Curry Fitbit’s next smartwatch is “on track” to launch at the end of this year, according to chief executive James Park, who denied the multiple rumors of delays.In an interview with the Financial Times, Park said the smartwatch will be the company’s best yet, sporting “industry leading” GPS performance, a music player, and new biometric sensors that may find use in the medical industry, if Fitbit receives FDA approval.See Also: Study hints that wearables are terrible at counting calories, just like their usersOne thing that won’t be in the next Fitbit is cellular options, which Park says requires too many tradeoffs, the most important being battery life.Even though Fitbit has one of the better records for accuracy, in a report last year the Apple Watch was deemed far more accurate when it came to heart-rate and high-intensity exercise. The improved GPS may help reduce inaccuracies, alongside the new sensors.Customers say “Where’s my jam?”The company has also been hounded by customers that want to control music through the fitness tracker. The acquisition of Pebble late last year has helped them add third-party applications to the new wearable, according to Park.Entering into the medical market has been rumored for a few months, and Park confirmed the company’s intentions: “Getting approved by the FDA and going down that pathway is something we wholeheartedly embrace. The exciting thing about larger form-factor devices is it allows us to have those capabilities and unlock them over time.”Fitbit is in a tricky situation, if the FDA approval doesn’t come in and the smartwatch doesn’t work wonders, it could be seen as same old to Wall Street. The company’s stock has halved in the past year, and it recently lost its position as the most popular wearable manufacturer, now third behind Apple and Xiaomi.center_img Follow the Puck Tags:#biometric#FDA#Fitbit#fitness tracker#GPS#smartwatch Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef

first_imgThe Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef. Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested. The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef. The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo. Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle. The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said. The official said that cases under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 1995 and also the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the two arrested persons.last_img read more

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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Ahead of byelections in Bihar Grand Alliance appears to be under strain

first_imgPatna: Even though the Grand Alliance is yet to decide seat allotment for the by-polls on five Assembly segments and Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi Monday said they would contest Nathdwara vidhan sabha seat in Bhagalpur under all circumstances.Manjhi, who had recently threatened to pull out of the five-party formation, said his party would field its candidate “har haalat mein” (under all circumstances) from the Nathdwara assembly seat in Bhagalpur district which has fallen vacant upon the sitting JD(U) MLA Ajay Mandals election to the Lok Sabha. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”After five assembly segments fell vacant in the state, we had initially wished to contest Kishanganj and Nathdwara. I had even spoken about this to Tejashwi Yadav (RJD heir apparent). “However, taking into consideration the fact that Kishanganj was a sitting seat of the Congress our alliance partner we have forgone our claim on the same”, Manjhi told reporters. “But, we will contest Nathdwara. Har haalat mein ladenge. We have conveyed this to our alliance partners and reiterate our stand when coalition partners sit together later this week to decide respective candidates for the poll-bound seats. “In the meantime, we are undertaking a massive public outreach programme in Nathdwara, which we are confident of winning”, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Grand Alliance which had come into being after Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U) tied up with the RJD- Congress combine in 2015 now comprises RJD, Congress and HAM besides former Union minister Upendra Kushwahas RLSP and Bollywood set designer turned politician Mukesh Sahnis VIP. Kumar returned to the NDA in July, 2017, about six months before Manjhi quit the BJP-led coalition and switched over. Kushwaha followed suit 10 months later. Manjhis latest outbursts come less than two months after he had accused the Grand Alliance of having underestimated his party, just like the NDA did, and threatened to go it alone in the assembly polls due next year.last_img read more

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Those out of Assam NRC will continue to vote Poll panel

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after the Union Home Ministry clarified that those left out of the National Register of Citizens in Assam will continue to enjoy all rights of a citizen till they exhaust all legal remedies, the Election Commission has decided that such people will continue to be voters if their names exist in the electoral rolls of the state. A senior functionary of the poll panel on Friday said until those left out of the NRC are eventually declared foreigners after they exhaust all their legal remedies, they would not be disenfranchised. A foreigner cannot be a voter in India, according to the Representation of the People Act, the functionary pointed out. The EC functionary referred to a clarification issued by the Home Ministry earlier this month that those left out of the NRC would continue to enjoy all rights as earlier, like other citizens. The functionary said there will be no review of their voting rights till they use all legal options available to them. The final NRC was released on August 31 with 19,06,657 of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants excluded and 3,11,22,004 included.last_img read more

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New Delhi There have been three firing incidents

first_imgNew Delhi: There have been three firing incidents in various parts of Delhi within a span of 24 hours which left two persons dead and one battling for life. The three shooting incidents occurred in Kalyanpuri, Rohini and New Usmanpur area.In the first incident, objecting to the foul language of some ruffians proved fatal for a young man as he was murdered by the group in Kalyanpuri area of East Delhi. The man was shot dead purportedly for objecting to their use of foul language. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe victim has been identified as Jaspal, a resident of the same area. Sources said that the incident took place when some men in a car were using bad language which was objected to by Jaspal. This made the men furious and they fired at Jaspal. The firing took merely 100 meters from the local police station. The police said that the cause of the murder was being ascertained. A criminal, Guddu, has been detained and investigations were underway. Police recovered a damaged motorbike from the spot, which was said to belong to the criminals involved in the incident. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn the second incident, a 22-year-old man was shot dead by some persons in Rohini’s Prem Nagar allegedly after an argument over consumption of liquor, police said on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ashish was living inPrem Nagar in a live in relationship with a girl. Ashish was involved in smuggling of illicit liquor, a senior police officer said. On Monday, at around 8 pm, an argument broke out between him and some persons over consuming liquor, following which one of the accused shot him in the stomach. He died instantly. The third incident happened in North east Delhi’s Brahampuri where a man was shot by unidentified assailants. The victim Mohammad Abbas received a bullet injury on his neck. He is admitted and his condition is said to be stable. “The injured, as well as other persons present at the time of the incident, have not alleged any one. The circumstances seem suspicious,” said Ved Prakash Surya, DCP North East Delhi. On September 26, a man identified as Mohammad Hasan was shot dead in the same area by gunmen.last_img read more

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Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerje

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of releasing excess water, thereby leading to a flood-like situation in several districts, including Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, and Howrah. She was speaking at the state secretariat, Nabanno.According to state government sources, nearly 2.5 lakh people have been affected by the flood-like situation in Malda district. The situation may get worst if it continues to rain heavily. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The internal report of the state administration said some parts of Howrah and Hooghly have been flooded after the DVC released 75,000 cusec water on Monday. The government formed a committee and a control room to monitor the flood-like situation. “The Chief Secretary will head that committee and the control room will be open 24X7. We do not want to take any chance. We are prepared for any adverse situation,” Banerjee said. She also said lack of proper dredging in barrages is causing the flood-like situation in some parts of the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway If proper dredging was carried out in the barrages they could have held more water, she said. Sources from the district said many low-lying areas have been inundated. They claimed Malda alone received 99.80 mm rain since Monday. Several mud houses have collapsed creating further problem for people residing in low-lying areas. The flood-like situation triggered by incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear. Even hospital premises were inundated. Malda Medical College and Hospital has also been badly affected, sources added. The ground floors of almost all houses have been flooded and many areas are without electricity supply for hours. Water has also entered the district collectorate, police stations, the district magistrate’s residence and government offices, said sources.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Bengaluru Amid growing criticism against the dela

first_imgBengaluru: Amid growing criticism against the delay in release of central funds for flood relief, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said it would be released in a couple of days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of the situation. Yediyurappa’s assurance comes a day after the opposition parties in the state hit out at Modi, alleging he has adopted an “indifferent behavior” towards Karnataka on the issue of extending flood relief funds. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “There is no need for anyone, whether from our party or others to create any confusion. Relief funds have not been announced to any of the flood affected states in the country yet,” Yediyurappa said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was outside the country, now he has come back, in another two to three days all affected states will get funds,” he said. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the Chief Minister said, “there is no need for anyone’sinfluence or to meet Prime Minister in this regard. PM is aware of the situation. Amit Shah (Home Minister) also is aware… Funds will be released at the earliest.” Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet expressing concern over the floods in Bihar drew the ire of leaders of Congress and JDS. In his tweet on Monday, Modi said, “Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected. Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.” Reacting to Modi’s tweet, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had sought to know why there was “hatred” for Karnataka, and no response from Modi despite severe floods that ravaged many parts of Karnataka. “More than 60 days since parts Karnataka suffered from floods. No shelter, nothing to eat, cattle dying, crops lost – but response from @narendramodi is missing. Why this hatred towards Ktaka? What are our 25 MPs from @BJP4Karnataka doing? #NAMOMissing, pls help us find him,” Siddaramaiah had tweeted. Interestingly, Vijayapura City BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal had said Modi tweeting concern for Bihar flood victims and not with those affected in Karnataka has made people feel he did not care about the state as there were no immediate polls there. BJP governments at both centre and the state have been facing criticism from the opposition regarding the “delay” in grant of central funds despite Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and an Inter-ministerial Central team visiting the affected region. The Opposition parties have accused the Modi government of showing its “apathy” towards Karnataka, despite state sending 25 BJP MPs. Last evening, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had said, the Inter-ministerial Central Team’s report was under finalisation. Karnataka has sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the central government, and is waiting for the relief. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods in August, in which over 80 people were killed. Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.last_img read more

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If you drink nearly 14 drinks per week 2 drinks p

first_imgIf you drink nearly 14 drinks per week (2 drinks per day) and already suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you may be at a higher risk of developing dementia than those who enjoy drink a week, say researchers. According to researchers from Harvard University’s T H Chan School of Public Health, among those adults with MCI, the risk of dementia according to numbers of alcoholic drinks per week wasn’t statistically significant, although it appeared to be highest for drinking more than 14 drinks per week compared with less than one drink. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn this cohort study of 3,021 participants aged 72 years and older, alcohol intake within recommended limits was not significantly associated with a lower risk of dementia among participants with or without mild cognitive impairment at baseline. Among participants without mild cognitive impairment, daily low-quantity drinking was associated with lower dementia risk compared with infrequent higher-quantity drinking. “The findings suggest that physicians caring for older adults need to carefully assess the full dimensions of drinking behaviour and cognition when providing guidance to patients about their alcohol consumption,” said the research led by Manja Koch from TH Chan School of Public Health and published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe study analysed 3,021 adults (72 and older) who were free of dementia (2,548 were without MCI and 473 with MCI). During about six years of follow-up, there were 512 cases of dementia, including 348 cases of Alzheimer disease. Among those adults without MCI, no amount of alcohol consumption was significantly associated with higher risk for dementia compared with drinking less than one drink per week. Given the rapidly growing burden of Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias, including 50 million people currently living with dementia and 82 million expected by 2030, the identification of factors that prevent or delay the onset of dementia remains of paramount concern. During the study, the participants reported their liquor consumption in days per week and their usual number of 12-oz cans or bottles of beer, 6-oz glasses of wine, and shots of liquor consumed on each occasion. “We categorised participants according to their alcohol consumption as follows: none, less than 1 drink per week, 1 to 7 drinks per week, 7.1 to 14 drinks per week, and more than 14 drinks per week,” the authors wrote. In this study of older adults, the association of self-reported alcohol consumption with dementia risk appeared to cluster into 3 separate dimensions—baseline cognition, dose and pattern. “At present, our findings cannot be directly translated into clinical recommendations,” authors suggested.last_img read more

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Researchers have found that in top athletes exce

first_imgResearchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.last_img read more

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Singapore Singapores new law to combat fake new

first_imgSingapore: Singapore’s new law to combat “fake news” came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a “chilling” attempt to stifle dissent. The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down. Facebook, Twitter and Google — who have their Asian headquarters in Singapore — were given temporary exemptions from a handful of provisions in the act to give them time to adapt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIf an action is judged to be malicious and damaging to Singapore’s interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to Simgaporean dollar 1 million (USD 720,000), while individuals could face jail terms of up to 10 years. Authorities in the tightly controlled country — long criticised for restricting civil liberties — insist the measures are necessary to stop the circulation of falsehoods that could sow divisions in society and erode trust in institutions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut the laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies and media organisations. Activists fear the legislation could also be used to crack down on dissent in the run-up to a general election in Singapore, expected within months, and there are concerns it could erode academic freedoms. Journalist and activist Kirsten Han, who is the editor-in-chief of independent media outlet New Naratif, said the legislation was “extremely worrying”. “It’s such a broad law that it’s hard to predict how it’s going to be applied. What’s of immediate concern is the chilling effect and the further entrenchment of self-censorship,” she told AFP. After the law was passed in May, Google said it was concerned the legislation will “hurt innovation and the growth of the digital information ecosystem”. Critics are especially concerned it will be up to authorities alone to judge what is “fake news”, but the government insists any decision can be challenged in the courts. It will cost just Singaporean dollar 200 to file an appeal and there will be no court fees for the first three days of hearings, an apparent response to complaints that most people don’t have the means to take on the government. S. Iswaran, minister for communications and information, insisted the law was “not so much about controlling free speech”. “We share the common objective of wanting to allow people to engage on social media platforms… in order to have that contest of ideas,” he said, in an interview with CNBC. The law could be a concern for international media, many of which have sizeable operations in the city-state.last_img read more

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New Delhi Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha d

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi had visited RSS shakha during the time of Partition, interacted with swayamsevaks and expressed joy over their discipline and the absence of divisive feelings over caste and creed among them, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said.Sangh swayamsevaks recall Gandhi and his values as part of their morning prayer in Shakhas, he said while referring to ‘Ekatmata Stotra’ which is recited in the daily gatherings of its workers. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Gandhiji… visited a shakha near his place of residence in Delhi during the tragic days of Partition. He spoke to the swayamsevaks in the shakha. Its report was published in the Harijan, dated September 27, 1947. Gandhiji expressed his joy over the discipline of the Sangh swayamsevaks and complete absence of divisive feelings of caste and creed in them,” Bhagwat said in an article posted on the RSS website as the country celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday . Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiGandhi had also visited a Sangh camp near Wardha in 1936 and next day RSS founder Dr Hedgewar met him at his Ashram. The contents of the long question-answer session and discussion are now in public domain, he said. Emphasising on Gandhi’s Swadeshi vision for the country, the RSS chief said the Mahatma gave a thought process that was based on giving India its own identity in all spheres of life but people with “slavish mindset” accepted western set of values as a model. He said Gandhi advocated Swadeshi philosophy as the West, on back of its political power, promoted its systems and lifestyle by distorting education and making others financially dependent. “However, without understanding this, the people with a slavish mindset accepted the western set of values as a model, denouncing our forefathers, pride and culture as inferior and disgraceful and engaged themselves in imitating and flattering the West. Its massive influence is visible in the country’s direction and condition even today,” he said. Gandhi pitched for “reorganisation of Bharat” based on self reliance, he said adding that the Father of the Nation firmly stood for social equality and harmony.last_img read more

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Mumbai Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray who is

first_imgMumbai: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, who is the first member of his family to contest an election, declared assets of Rs 16.05 crore on Thursday as he filed nomination from Worli Assembly constituency here. According to the affidavit filed by the 29-year-old Aaditya, he has movable assets of Rs 11.38 crore and immovable assets of Rs 4.67 crore. It includes bank deposits of Rs 10.36 crore and a car (a BMW) worth Rs 6.50 lakh. The Shiv Sena youth wing chief also owns jewelery, bullion and other valuables worth Rs 64.65 lakh. He did his Bachelor of Arts in 2011 and acquired `Bachelor of Laws’ degree in 2015, the affidavit said. Further, he has no criminal cases pending against him, it stated. The Maharashtra Assembly polls will be held on Ocotber 21.last_img

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New Delhi Political leaders in Kashmir who have

first_imgNew Delhi: Political leaders in Kashmir, who have been placed under house arrest since August 5 as part of the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 provisions, will be released from detention in a phased manner, an adviser to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik said.”Yes, one by one after analysis of every individual, they will be released,” Farooq Khan was quoted as saying by ANI when asked if Kashmiri leaders will be released from detention after Jammu region leaders. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On Wednesday, around a dozen top Opposition leaders of the Jammu region were allowed to move out of their homes to resume their political activities. The lifting of restrictions on movements of Jammu Opposition leaders came ahead of the first Block Development Council elections in the state, scheduled for October 24. National Conference provincial president and former J&K minister Devender Rana, younger brother of Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, had told The Indian Express: “A senior police officer called me late Tuesday night, saying restrictions imposed on us have been lifted and now we are free to go anywhere and meet party workers.” Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Sajjad Kitchloo, another former state minister and ex-NC lawmaker, and Javed Rana, a former MLC, too said restrictions imposed on their movements outside homes have been lifted. “Police personnel outside our residences have been withdrawn,” they said. The situation in J&K continues to remain volatile as authorities had reimposed restrictions in Kashmir Valley on Saturday. Protests had broken out in several parts of Srinagar after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan finished their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly. A grenade was lobbed at CRPF personnel in downtown Srinagar, but it had missed the target. The CRPF issued a release on the attack, making it possibly the first militant strike acknowledged by the forces since the August 5 scrapping of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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NEW DELHI Hoping to intensify bilateral relations

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hoping to intensify bilateral relations between the two countries further, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday arrived in the national capital on a four-day visit to India.As part of her first official engagement of the day, she will participate as the chief guest in the India Economic Summit being organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi. During the visit, the Bangladesh PM will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThis is Hasina’s first visit to India since the completion of the elections in Bangladesh and India, a press statement from the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said. “Apart from several agreements that are to be inked between the sides during the visit, the two Prime Ministers will also jointly inaugurate three bilateral projects via video link,” the statement said. On September 27, Hasina and Modi had met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York where the two leaders reaffirmed their zero-tolerance approach against terrorism and violent extremism and noted that strong ties in the security sector had built trust and mutual confidence between the two countries. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsDuring Hasina’s visit to India, both countries are expected to review the Rohingya and Teesta river water sharing issues, apart from inking agreements in various sectors. “Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may discuss different issues, including the Teesta as well as Rohingyas,” The Dhaka Tribune quoted Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, as saying. On the sidelines of the India Economic Forum meet, the two countries are likely to sign several MoUs in different areas, including connectivity, culture, technical cooperation and trade and investment, Muazzem said. “It is so far confirmed that seven to eight MoUs are to be signed, mostly on connectivity, cultural and technical cooperation, and trade and investment after the bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers on October 5,” he said.With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Google may acquire TikTok rival Firework Report

first_imgSan Francisco: Google is reportedly interested in purchasing US-based social video app Firework that lets users share short videos like Chinese player TikTok. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but “talks with Google are further along”. Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued around $75 billion. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year irework is part of a suite of apps created by Loop Now Technologies, a start-up that focuses on next-generation consumer mobile applications. Similar to Tiktok that allows users to post 15-seconed short videos, Firework allows users to create 30-second videos and with “Reveal”, its patent pending technology, it will allow creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device. The app is currently available on both iOS and Android smartphones with over a million registered users. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Firework has appointed Sunil Nair as CEO and MD for its India operations. “My vision for Firework in India is to become more relevant and give our users every opportunity to stay meaningful and seamlessly experience a new view from their lens,” Nair said in a statement. In November last year, Facebook also quietly released a stand-alone app called “Lasso” to compete with TikTok. On Lasso, which is currently available in the US, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can do on TikTok. In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio and the speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the global launch of its short video-sharing app.last_img read more

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I make sure not to slip into cliche Indian parts of maharaja

first_imgMumbai: Ali Fazal’s Hollywood journey started way back in 2015 with a special appearance in “Furious 7” and the actor slowly moved to playing a pivotal part opposite Judi Dench in “Victoria & Abdul”. Fazal, who has started shooting for Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile”, says while signing a project in the West, his endeavour has always been to not get slotted in cliche Indian parts. “I’m not giving back-to-back auditions for too many films. I make sure to not slip into the cliche parts where an Indian just plays a maharaja. Not to dumb-grade those parts, but then it becomes a type. I don’t want to fall into a zone,” the actor told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Fazal adds his criterion stays the same for Indian projects as well. “Even in India, I’m constantly trying to break my image. Sometimes it doesn’t work in my favour as I’m not a guy with an image or I’m still not a guy who is bankable enough. So it has pros and cons.” In “Death on the Nile”, which marks Branagh’s second film adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel after “Murder on the Orient Express”, the actor plays one of the leads. The movie also features Hollywood stars Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman and Russell Brand. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Fazal says he is excited about the project as his character was not a part of the original book or the 1978 movie adaptation and the writers developed the part especially for this film. “There was no presence of a character from another country in the original book, or even in the first film. That’s why I really admire the diverse nature of the cast. I’m very excited. My accent is very different in the film. I have to work really hard.” The actor, who is in the UK since last month preparing for his part in the film, calls the project a “tough task”. “The whole film is on the cruise in the Nile. So it is going to be adventurous. But also it has a lovely cast,” he adds. Fazal believes the debate around the diversity in cinema has acted as a catalyst to the ever-growing presence of India and Asian artistes in Hollywood films. Referencing to legendary actor Marlon Brando’s decision to decline the best actor Academy Award in 1973 for his performance in “The Godfather” over “virtually no representation” of Native Americans, Fazal says these conversations should continue. “I believe both we and the conditioning we are living with should keep changing. It only reminds me of a time when Marlon Brando refused the Oscar and people booed him. People actually didn’t like what he did. But he talked about things that we are now discussing. “Now we have started to talk about how people of colour are treated or depicted. These conversations should happen all the time, be it on the political level or artistic level,” he says. “Death on the Nile” will be shot across London and parts of Europe.last_img read more

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Assembly election National issues to figure prominently in BJPs campaign pitch

first_imgNew Delhi: As the BJP gives final shape to campaign blitzkrieg by its top guns in Maharashtra and Haryana post Dussehra, party leaders said national issues like nullification of Article 370, Modi government’s “anti-corruption” drive and the saffron push for nation-wide NRC will be among their top planksPrime Minister Narendra Modi may address around 10 rallies in Maharashtra and four to five in Haryana while BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to speak at twice these numbers of public meetings in the two states heading to assembly polls on October 21. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThese numbers are provisional and may change depending on the needs of campaign, a party leader said. BJP sources said the feedback received by the party on the Union government’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir special status is very encouraging and people also look “favourably” at its push for action against big names, many of them opposition leaders, allegedly involved in corruption. The Opposition has termed the action as “political vendetta”. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiA BJP leader said opposition parties like the Congress are completely “defensive” on these matters, noting that many of its leaders even backed the government’s decision on Article 370 despite their party leadership’s stand against it due to popular support to the move. Top BJP brass including Modi and Shah have exuded confidence about the party retaining power in both the states. The party believes that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis enjoy a “clean” image and have run “honest and competent” dispensations. By giving the saffron campaign an overarching theme powered by national issues, the BJP hopes to come back to power with a bigger mandate. The BJP has set a target of winning over 220 seats in 288-member Maharashtra assembly with its allies, Shiv Sena and some small parties, while 75 on its own in 90-member Haryana assembly.last_img read more

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Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

first_imgParis: Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves into a Paris shopping centre for hours ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement. Campaigners faced off against police and some inconvenienced shoppers as they occupied part of the Italie 2 mall in southeast Paris all day on Saturday, staying put into the early hours of Sunday. They unfurled banners with slogans like “Burn capitalism not petrol” above restaurants and the window displays of fashion boutiques. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe protest comes ahead of planned disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, from Extinction Rebellion (XR), which is warning of an environmental “apocalypse”. As the centre tried to close up on Saturday evening, security forces ordered the protesters to leave the area, activists told AFP. According to images broadcast on social networks, police then tried to enter the building while protesters blocked entrances with tables and chairs. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I am with XR to say stop this crazy system before it destroys everything,” one young woman told AFP, giving only her first name Lucie. The demonstrators said they eventually chose to leave at around 4am (0200 GMT). Other campaign groups also joined in with the Paris shopping centre demonstration, including some members of the “yellow vest” anti-government protest group. Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington. Another protest was held in Berlin on Saturday, with campaigners setting up camp near the parliament building. “To governments of the world: we declared a climate and ecological emergency. You did not do enough. To everybody else: rebel,” XR said on its website ahead of its International Rebellion wave of activism. “You can’t count on us or Greta to do this for you,” it said, referring to teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. “Look inside yourself and rebel.” Extinction Rebellion was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements. Campaigners want the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new “citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice.last_img read more

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