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  1. Salman Khan, who is among the three biggest Khan Superstars in the Bollywood industry, doesn't shy away from answering questions about his contemporaries and giving them credit for their hard work. He calls Akshay Kumar a bigger star than all the three Khans. © Bigg Boss 9 Akshay Kumar does more films and earns a lot more than the Khans, he says to DNA, “Today, when they say (superstars) I think there is Aamir, Shah Rukh, me, and Akshay Kumar. We do fewer films — I do two films a year, Aamir does one film in three years, Akshay does four-five films a year. So you do the math. The man who works that hard and makes the maximum amount of money, and supports those many production companies, those many units, and those many directors every four months is a bigger star.” When asked if he could do as many films as Akshay does in a year, he replied, “I used to do that. I think Akki is the only one who understood that back in the day, char-paanch lakh ke liye itni jyaada mehnat kar rahe the, ab crores ke liye utni mehnat nahi kar rahe hain. When we were paid so little per film, we did more films. Now we get paid so much more for a film, and we are doing fewer films.” © filmibeat Well, if we actually get down to the maths, it makes sense. Last year, four films of Akshay were released and all the films made between Rs 100 and 150 crores. So in one year, he delivers more than Rs 400 crores. Wow!
  2. LONDON: The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year´s edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final. But some officials believe the eight-team event is now too similar to the World Cup which the ICC, controversially, has decided should be contested by just 10 teams from the 2019 event in England. India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the event would go ahead, with the former South Africa wicketkeeper saying future World Twenty20s could feature up to 20 teams. "What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens," Richardson told reporters via telephone on the eve of the ICC´s annual conference in London. "At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20." ICC Chief Executive David Richardson He added: "The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams. "A 16-team World T20 -- even a 20-team World T20 -- down the line is something that we would like to look at. "With a 10-team World Cup we´re hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole. "It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward." This week´s ICC gathering at The Oval is also set to decide whether to grant Test status to Ireland and Afghanistan, with an announcement expected on Thursday. "It´s never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded," said Richardson. "They both, on the face of it, meet the majority, if not all, of the full member criteria that has been set. "I´m optimistic that they´ll be given serious consideration to have every chance of succeeding."
  3. Now that Bill Cosby's first *** assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer's retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. O'Neill may have a concern that naming them publicly could lead to another spate of stories on what led to the jury room logjam, further affecting potential jurors' thoughts on the case. "It's one thing if they preview the evidence," said Wesley Oliver, a law professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. "If the jury's analysis of the evidence has been previewed, that's much more of a tainting issue." The judge will consider whether to release the jurors' names at a hearing on Tuesday. Concerns about the case's visibility had already prompted O'Neill to import jurors for the first trial from Pittsburgh, around 300 miles (480 km) from the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Prosecutors, who intend to retry Cosby, filed a motion on Monday urging O'Neill to refrain from identifying the jurors, arguing that widespread coverage of their deliberations could influence jurors for the retrial. But David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh law professor, said he doubted such coverage would make much of a difference given the countless stories already published. "You have at least to ask the question, would it really have more influence than what's already out there?" he said. Even so, Oliver cautioned that the emergence of a particular narrative - that Constand's testimony was not believable, or that only one or two holdouts refused to convict Cosby - could affect potential jurors' view of the case. Also on Monday came the first public comments from a Cosby juror - one of six alternates who heard the evidence but did not deliberate - who said he was "sick" to hear a mistrial declared. Mike McCloskey told a Pittsburgh radio station that he had served as an alternate and would have voted to convict Cosby. Juror names are normally a matter of public record and judges must justify the decision to seal them, legal experts said. In some cases, such as terrorism or mob trials, anonymity is aimed at ensuring jurors' safety. It has become increasingly common for judges to keep juror names secret during high-profile trials, though not after the case has ended, said Paula Hannaford-Agor, who studies juries for the nonprofit National Center for State Courts. "Once the risk to the integrity of the trial has dissipated, there is no legitimate reason for maintaining the anonymity of the jurors," she said. Some jurors in highly visible cases have endured post-trial harassment. After Casey Anthony was acquitted of suffocating her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, one juror quit her job and moved due to death threats she received, Hannaford-Agor said.
  4. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life. Scientists found the planet candidates in a final batch of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the constellation Cygnus. The candidates include 10 newly discovered rocky worlds that are properly distanced from their parent stars for water, if it exists, to pool on their surfaces. Scientists believe liquid water is a key ingredient for life. ?An important question for us is, ?Are we alone?'" Kepler program scientist Mario Perez said in a conference call with reporters. ?Maybe Kepler today is telling us indirectly ... that we are not alone.? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Kepler telescope in 2009 to learn if Earth-like planets are common or rare. With the final analysis of Kepler data in hand, scientists said they will now work on answering that question, a key step in assessing the chance that life exists beyond Earth. During a four-year mission, Kepler found 2,335 confirmed planets and another 1,699 candidates, bringing its tally to 4,034. That number includes about 50 worlds that may be about the same size and temperature as Earth. Including other telescope surveys, scientists have confirmed the existence of nearly 3,500 planets beyond the solar system. Kepler?s data also provided a new way to assess whether a planet has a solid surface, like Earth, or is made mostly of gas, like Neptune. The distinction will help scientists home in on potential Earth-like planets and better the odds for finding life. The Kepler team found that planets which are about 1.75 times the size of Earth and smaller tend to be rocky, while those two- to 3.5 times the size of Earth become gas-shrouded worlds like Neptune. ?It?s like finding what we thought was a single species of animal is really two different things,? said Benjamin Fulton, a graduate student in astronomy who analysed the Kepler data. So far, these planets, which scientists refer to as ?super-Earths? and ?mini-Neptunes,? have not been found in Earth?s solar system, though scientists are on the hunt for a potential ninth planet far beyond Pluto. ?It is interesting that we don?t have what appears to be the most common type of planet in the galaxy,? Fulton said.
  5. Cigarettes are seen in this illustration photo taken May 24, 2017. Photo: Reuters Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests. Tobacco use is the world?s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, researchers note in the youth tobacco report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most smokers take up the habit in their teens. For the current study, researchers examined data from surveys of teens in 61 countries conducted from 2012 to 2015. Half of nations had a smoking rate of at least 15 percent for boys and at least 8 percent for girls, they found. ?Smoking has been shown to harm nearly every organ of the body, and science shows that most adult smokers first start smoking during adolescence,? said lead study author Rene Arrazola of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC. ?Young people who begin to smoke at an earlier age are more likely than those who start at older ages to develop long-term nicotine addiction,? Arrazola said by email. ?Therefore, efforts to prevent youth tobacco use are critical to prevent another generation of adults who smoke and suffer from smoking-related death and disease.? Across all of the countries in the study, the lowest prevalence of teen smoking (1.7 percent) was seen in Sri Lanka. The highest prevalence (35 percent) was in Timor-Leste. For boys, the lowest smoking prevalence was 2.9 percent in Tajikistan and the highest was 61.4 percent in Timor-Leste. For girls, the lowest rate - 1.6 percent ? was seen in Tajikistan and the highest - 29 percent - in Bulgaria. In the majority of countries, at least half of current tobacco smokers said they wanted to quit, the study also found. The proportion of student smokers who said they desired to quit ranged from a low of 32 percent in Uruguay to a high of 90 percent in the Philippines. Limitations of the study include the reliance on teens to accurately recall and report on their smoking behaviour, the authors note. It also only included students enrolled in school, which might not fully represent smoking behaviour in these countries. ?I was surprised to see that most of the countries were in the 10 to 20 percent range; I would have thought the numbers would be higher, but they either are similar or slightly higher than rates in the U.S. which are around 10 to 15 percent,? said Dr. Maher Karam-Hage, associate medical director of the tobacco treatment program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. A variety of policies at the country level can influence whether young teens will smoke, Karam-Hage, who wasn?t involved in the study, said by email. ?Cultural values and norms in their individual countries are most critical, followed by the economic factors (prices and taxes), age restrictions and policies such as whether they have clean indoor air (laws) or not,? Karam-Hage said.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Economy Watch President, Dr Murtaza Mughal has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a fate changer for the people of Pakistan. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that the investment of $46 billion under CPEC had increased up to $56 billion now. According to Dr Mughal $35 billion will be invested on energy projects and remaining on infrastructure improvement. He said this would help overcoming Pakistan's energy crisis. The head of Pakistani Economy Watch mentioned that CPEC would create more than 700,000 new jobs in Pakistan. The exports of the country would also increase which would lead to prosperity, he added. Under CPEC, special economic and industrial zones would be established in provinces and under the control of centre in Pakistan, he said. Economic expert Dr Gulfaraz Ahmed also said that the government had been focusing on building new energy projects under CPEC. He said that the distribution of energy was another challenging issue for Pakistan. It was required to improve the efficiency, decrease losses and modernize the process of distribution of energy, he added. Dr Gulfraz further said Asian Development Bank's loan for this purpose would be very useful, adding it would improve the country's distribution system of energy.
  7. Click farms are a new business in South East Asia where companies use numerous smartphones and the internet to boost page views and likes on social media. Many companies, including some renowned ones; use these click farm companies for ratings, comments, emoji comments and generic traffic on content. © Facebook These click farms are responsible for boosting popularity of websites, social media profiles and help in getting advertising money. In a recent raid, Thai Police unearthed a similar click farm company that was run by three Chinese nationals. The click farm utilised at least 400 iPhones and 3,00,000 different unused SIM cards to deliver clicks and comments to websites and social media pages from all over the world. © Facebook According to the Bangkok Post, the raided click farm was first mistaken to be a dubious call centre, however after further investigation it was discovered that the illegal company was using a vast network to provide fake bots accounts for WeChat. WeChat is the biggest instant messaging and social media app in China that is used for daily communication. WeChat is also used as a platform where sellers can sell products and services, which in turn, is boosted by these said fake bots operated by clickfarms. WeChat has been infected by fake bots for a while and these bots are used by legitimate businesses to get their products to stand out from the crowd. These click farms are also responsible for flooding our WhatsApp and Facebook accounts with spam that is often sponsored by brands. © Facebook In a separate report, The Bangkok Post claims that these men who were arrested for carrying out these fraudulent activities, had smuggled all the required equipment and they now face a minimum five year prison sentence.The Police are trying to figure out how the three Chinese nationals managed to smuggle over 400 iPhones and obtained such a large number of SIM cards. You can watch the raid in action below: Source: Bangkok Post
  8. The death-obsessed med students of the 90s are back. But this time it is Ellen Page who is taking charge. ‘Flatliners’, originally released in 1990, was a sci-fi horror film about medical students experimenting with death and experiencing what happens after life. © Flatliners_Youtube The film starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Oliver Platt. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the concept wasn’t loved but it was a fresh idea and gave chills to the viewers. And now the trailer of the reboot of the original is out. 2017’s ‘Flatliners’ is the same but has Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev in the lead. © Flatliners The trailer shows these med students being obsessed to find out what lies after death and perform dangerous experiments in order to achieve an answer for it. Each stops their heart for some time, experiencing an almost near-death experience and then sharing that moment. But things take a very dark turn when the sins of their past start to haunt them because there are paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who also made the original Swedish ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is wearing the director’s hat for this one. Sutherland also will be seen playing a cameo in the film. The film also pays tribute to the original by using the popular dialogue, “Today is a good day to die.” ‘Flatliners’ hits the theatres on 29th September.
  9. The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters The US government on Tuesday issued a rare alert squarely blaming the North Korean government for a raft of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009 and warning that more were likely. The joint warning from the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that "cyber actors of the North Korean government," referred to in the report as "Hidden Cobra," had targeted the media, aerospace and financial sectors, as well as critical infrastructure, in the United States and globally. The new level of detail about the US government's analysis of suspected North Korean hacking activity coincides with increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang because of North Korea's missile tests. The alert warned that North Korea would continue to rely on cyber operations to advance its military and strategic objectives. North Korea has routinely denied involvement in cyber attacks against other countries. The North Korean mission to the United Nations was not immediately available for comment. Tuesday's alert said Hidden Cobra has been previously referred to by private sector experts as Lazarus Group and Guardians of the Peace, which have been linked to attacks such as the 2014 intrusion into Sony Corp's (6758.T) Sony Pictures Entertainment. Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) and Kaspersky Lab both said last month it was "highly likely" that Lazarus was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, disrupting operations at hospitals, banks and schools. The alert did not identify specific Hidden Cobra victims. It said the group had compromised a range of victims and that some intrusions had resulted in thefts of data while others were disruptive. The group's capabilities include denial of service attacks, which send reams of junk traffic to a server to knock it offline, keystroke logging, remote access tools and several variants of malware, the alert said. John Hultquist, a cyber intelligence analyst with FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), said that his firm was concerned about increasingly aggressive cyber attacks from North Korea. The hacks include cyber espionage at South Korean finance, energy and transportation firms that appears to be reconnaissance ahead of other attacks that would be disruptive or destructive, he said. "It suggests they are preparing for something fairly significant," he added. Hidden Cobra commonly targets systems that run older versions of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) operating systems that are no longer patched, the alert said, and also used vulnerabilities in Adobe Systems Inc's (ADBE.O) Flash software to gain access into targeted computers. The report urged organisations to upgrade to current versions of Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight or, when possible, uninstall those applications altogether. Microsoft said it an emailed statement that it had "addressed" the Silverlight issue in a January 2016 software update. Adobe said via email that it patched the vulnerabilities in June 2016. North Korean hacking activity has grown increasingly hostile in recent years, according to Western officials and cyber security experts. The alert arrived on the same day that North Korea released an American university student who had been held captive by Pyongyang for 17 months. Otto Warmbier, 22, was on his way back to the United States on Tuesday but in a coma and in urgent need of medical care, according to Bill Richardson, a veteran former diplomat and politician who has played a role in past negotiations with North Korea. "The US government seeks to arm network defenders with the tools they need to identify, detect and disrupt North Korean government malicious cyber activity that is targeting our country's and our allies? networks," a DHS official said about the alert. The official was not authorised to speak publicly.
  10. WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration more time to file papers responding to an appeals court ruling that upheld a block on a proposed travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. The move likely delays any high court action on the administration's two emergency applications asking for the ban issued on March 6 to immediately go into effect. The March ban was Trump's second effort to impose travel restrictions through an executive order. An entry on the Supreme Court docket said that the administration can file its new brief on Thursday. Hawaii, which challenged the ban and won in the appeals court, is permitted to file its own brief on June 20, meaning the court is unlikely to act on the emergency application until next week at the earliest. The court was responding to a request made by Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall, who said in a letter that the ruling on Monday by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco means the government needs to file a new brief. In an added dramatic twist, Trump himself plans to go to the Supreme Court on Thursday for the investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch, an administration official said. Trump nominated Gorsuch in January. Gorsuch's confirmation by the US Senate in April restored the court's 5-4 conservative majority. Trump's visit to the court would be his first since he became president on Jan. 20 and would put him face-to-face with the nine justices as they consider the fate of his travel ban unless the court acts before then. It is common practice for presidents to attend such events, which are purely ceremonial. The Supreme Court could discuss how to act on the emergency application at its private conference on June 22, a week after the Gorsuch ceremony. Wall wrote that more time was needed because the 9th Circuit ruling in favour of the state of Hawaii is "the first addressing the executive order at issue to rest relief on statutory rather than constitutional grounds." Hawaii's lawyer, Neal Katyal, filed his own letter objecting to the government's timeline, although he agreed that both sides needed to file briefs responding to Monday's ruling. Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked Trump's 90-day ban on travellers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Hawaii judge also blocked a 120-day ban on refugees entering the United States. The 9th Circuit largely upheld the Hawaii injunction on Monday. In the second case, the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, on May 25 upheld the Maryland judge's ruling. The lawsuits by Hawaii and the Maryland challengers argued that the executive order violated federal immigration law and a section of the Constitution's First Amendment, which prohibits the government from favouring or disfavouring any particular religion. The Supreme Court is weighing emergency applications in both cases, but is likely to act on them together. Trump's first order on Jan. 27 led to chaos and protests at airports and in various cities before being blocked by the courts. The second order was intended to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, but was blocked by judges before it could go into effect on March 16.
  11. While Xbox may have launched the most powerful gaming console yet, it left us a little underwhelmed due to the lack of new games the new Xbox One X has to offer. Sony’s E3 presentation was packed with new and already announced games. Most of the trailers and news looked exciting and the company had a few interesting surprises up their sleeves. Here is what Sony is up to the year: New 'Days Gone' Trailer Sony announced the fast-paced zombie shooter last year, however, they showed off a new 7-minute long gameplay segment this year that left us wanting more. Contrary to the previous gameplay trailer, this one had a slower pace and involved some stealth. It also showed that players can take advantage of mindless hordes of zombies and other gameplay features that were not yet known. Sony did not reveal a concrete release date but we are mighty excited for this game to hit the shelves as soon as possible. New 'Uncharted' Cinematic Trailer This is the first 'Uncharted' game that will not star Nathan Drake and will take us on a new adventure where players will be looking for the tusk of Ganesh. The game is not a far cry from the series as we see the return of Chloe Frazer (Uncharted 2) and Nadine Ross (Uncharted 4) who are going to be the leading characters for this game. Much like the previous 'Uncharted' games, “Lost Legacy” will involve some sort of mythical ancient treasure that needs retrieving. 'Shadow Of The Colossus' (Re-Remake) This game has a cult following every since the original released on the PlayStation 2. The game was remastered way back in 2011 and it seems like Sony is not done with the game yet. The game will receive a proper HD remake and will release on the PlayStation 4 in 2018. 'God Of War' New Trailer The new 'God Of War' game is a complete rework from the original series and this time the game introduces Kratos’ son Atreus to the series. The new trailer adds to the previous trailer that was revealed last year and shows more of the hack and slash action we all are accustomed to. The game has new finishing moves as well and it ended with an uncertain release date i.e. “early 2018” First Look Of The New 'Spider-Man' Game Sony always ends their conference with a bang and they did just that with a new gameplay trailer of Insomniac’s upcoming 'Spider-Man' game. The new iteration of the superhero game involves fast-paced combat and acrobatic action. The game also has a brand new open-world setting and it's massive when compared to previous games. You can control Spidey in various ways, slinging your way all over the city or fighting enemies with deadly combos. The game is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and is expected to release in 2018.
  12. Xiaomi’s latest offering in the ultra-budget smartphone bracket comes in the form of the Redmi 4 that has the potential to disrupt the norm of all budget smartphones. The Redmi Note 4 was one of the most revered budget smartphones that broke all sorts of records, however, we feel the Chinese company's latest offering is a true marvel. © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma The smartphone offers a great design and performance that matches mid-tier phones and has a battery life that can last for days. Priced between Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,999, the smartphone is the premium looking smartphone everyone wanted in the affordable category. It replaces the Redmi 3S Prime as this year’s upgrade. The Redmi 4 may be an upgrade of its predecessors but we feel it's so much more than that. Design Language © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma We could not help but notice that the smartphone had taken inspiration from the Redmi Note 4 and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. It has a sleek metal unibody and looks sturdy enough to take brutal fall damage. The metal finish is accompanied by curved edges which ergonomically improves the gripping of the smartphone. Right off the bat, the smartphone gives you the premium feel that most Xiaomi users are accustomed to. The front panel is a 2.5D curved glass which adds to the premium look and feel. © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma The fingerprint sensor is placed at the rear of the smartphone, right below the camera sensor. The camera sensor sits right above the antenna line which is exactly the same as the Redmi Note 4. The smartphone is 8.6mm thick, weighs in at 150g and is just 139.2mm long. The smartphone is available in two colours i.e. Gold and Black, however, we prefer the black version since it looks very classy. Operating System and User Interface © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma My favourite thing about any Xiaomi smartphone is their custom UI. I used to flash my Galaxy S3 and load it up it MIUI back in the day. The UI on the Redmi 4 is easy to use and is based on Android 6.0. The operating system lets the user do a lot of customisations where you have a choice of a plethora of themes and wallpapers to suit your needs. The UI is packed with other features such as Second Space, Lite Mode, Dual Apps, Fingerprint Lock for apps and Do-Not-Disturb. All in all, the software on the smartphone runs flawlessly and made our experience easier than expected with no glitches and unexpected crashes. Performance © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma The Redmi 4 has 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor. Thanks to the software, we did not notice any glitches or lags while performing daily tasks. Multi-tasking and launching of apps were fairly smooth and there wasn’t any noticeable overheating during gaming sessions. Having said that, the smartphone would face a few glitches when playing heavy duty games like 'Injustice 2', however, if you plan to play light games such as 'Pokemon Go' or 'Super Mario Run', you’re good to go. In fact, we would recommend this smartphone for 'Pokemon Go' players simply because of the immense battery life on this smartphone. Camera © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma The Redmi 4 has a 13 MP rear camera sensor with phase auto detection auto-focus. To be honest, we did not expect the smartphone to take good pictures, simply due to the fact it is a budget smartphone and companies tend to sacrifice quality in this department. However, we were astonished to see how the Redmi 4 performed during our photography test. The pictures were above average in most cases but also took some amazing shots if we played around with the manual mode. Here are few sample photos for your reference: © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma You can see from these images that the smartphone can take good pictures in well-lit environments and performs well with dynamic range. However, the camera would sacrifice details and wash out colours in low-light settings. The Redmi 4’s camera is certainly an improvement from its predecessors and we hope the company can figure out a way to make low-light imaging a better experience. To be honest, the smartphone fares well for a budget smartphone, however, we feel that Xiaomi can dominate this segment simply by delivering a stupendous camera in their smartphones. Battery Life © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma Xiaomi is known to deliver smartphones that have incredible battery life and the Redmi 4 is no exception to that fact. The smartphone has excellent battery life and we can confidently say that is the marquee feature of the smartphone. The Redmi 4 is packed with a 4,100 mAH battery and it seems like Xiaomi has done an excellent job in this department. So much so that this the selling point of the smartphone. We used the Redmi 4 extensively which involved many phone calls, texting, gaming, 4G Internet browsing, Music streaming and a lot of photography. We managed to make the smartphone last for almost two days and when using the smartphone extensively with certain apps that drain the battery, the smartphone effectively lasted for 17 hours. The Final Say © MensXP/Samiksha Sharma If you are looking to spend less than INR 10,000 or want to buy a secondary smartphone, the Red 4 should be on the top of your list. The smartphone has a very elegant and refined design and performs well even when strained with daily tasks such as gaming and photography. The phone can last for days due to the massive battery capacity and is available for a price that cannot be matched by any other smartphone company.
  13. KARACHI: Reacting to news of the prime minister's summoning by the Panama case Joint Investigation Team, the Pakistan Stock Exchange showed a downward trend at the start of trading on Monday. By noon, the benchmark KSE 100-index had fallen by more than 1,800 points, showing a decline of 3.44%. The benchmark index at present stands at less than 47,000 points. A downward trend has been witnessed at the stock exchange for the last couple of weeks owing to various factors, including the recently presented federal budget 2017-18. Reports indicate the index has fallen around 10% since its high a few weeks ago.
  14. Smoke is seen during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday. "The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces," intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" almost every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public. Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 kilometres west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks. Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Daesh, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. Tehran police said the car the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre. "The terrorists first went by car to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament," the police said in a statement published on state media.
  15. If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, you've probably heard of Adam West. You may not remember the name but you'll certainly remember the character. Warner Bros. He was the first person to make Batman a household name on the bigscreen and on our television sets. This is something he will always be remembered for. Warner Bros. Some of our younger audience may even recognize him as the Mayor of Quahog in 'Family Guy'. Yup, that's the same Adam West. 20th Century Fox TV Unfortunately, West passed away on Friday at the age of 88. He had been battling leukemia. Family and friends have already issued statements regarding his passing. But, there was no dearth of people, famous and otherwise, expressing their grief regarding the passing of their favourite caped crusader. Here are some of the tweets: When I was a kid POW BLAM Adam West was Batman! With his pal Robin and his tongue planted firmly in his cheek he brought me so much joy. ;^} — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 11, 2017 Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it's done. @therealadamwest — Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017 #AdamWest was such a wonderful actor & so kind, I'm so lucky to have worked w/ him & tell him how much he meant to me & millions of fans. pic.twitter.com/Bu0OOaRgX9 — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 10, 2017 One of my fondest and most fun moments of my wrestling career... when Adam West came on our wrestling show and did a bit with me. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/SoGnRiSwGq — Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) June 11, 2017 A love letter to Adam West, Frank Gorshin & my childhood. (I bought the page from Bernie Mirault. Years later I gave it to my oldest son) pic.twitter.com/4SElullg3u — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 10, 2017 Farewell Adam West. You were MY Batman. Such a super funny, cool, charismatic actor. Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now. POW! pic.twitter.com/6QAZnOhtMs — edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 10, 2017 Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We'll miss him like crazy. We know you'll miss him too - West Family pic.twitter.com/8bkEq1C2ao — Adam West (@therealadamwest) June 10, 2017 Even Seth McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, posted a heartfelt tweet for West: pic.twitter.com/5umcVMBRcq — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 10, 2017 On a personal note, Adam West helped me grow up into the person I am today. I will be forever grateful to him for that. May he rest in peace.
  16. It’s really hot right now isn’t it? Temperatures are over 40 degrees and there are no signs of things cooling down for the next few months. But, when women like Alina and Emilija Wellbrock exist and have access to the internet, things are only going to get hotter. These brunette bombshells are from Germany and going through their Instagram is the perfect way to end a Sunday or any other day of the week for that matter. We stumbled upon an Instagram account with around 35,000 followers which recently featured them. But, we see that number growing rapidly over the next few months. Just look at some of these lovely lasses' posts: A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Mar 23, 2017 at 4:06am PDT A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Feb 2, 2017 at 3:12am PST Phew, it’s getting hot already isn’t it? A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Jan 31, 2017 at 9:35am PST You’ll be lying if you said you haven’t dreamed of being with twins at least once. Two is always better than one after all, isn’t it? A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Nov 3, 2016 at 4:27am PDT That hand belongs to the luckiest guy in the world. Don’t you agree? Here are a few more posts to lust over: A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:25am PDT A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:27am PST A post shared by asmuchasicecream (@asmuchasicecream) on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:27am PDT There are multiple pictures which we wouldn’t feel comfortable posting here but there’s no reason why you can’t visit this Instagram account, give it a follow, and then scroll through the 388+ magical posts they have. Trust us, you aren’t going to be disappointed. Also, here's a taste of what you can find on their individual Instagram accounts. The below one is Alina's: A post shared by Alina Lina Lila Well (@alina_lina_lila_well) on May 9, 2017 at 2:32am PDT And this is Emilija's: A post shared by Elli (@elli_rock) on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:50am PST Or maybe we got that the other way around. We wouldn't know. They look the same. <3
  17. Flowers are laid by an officer from Police Scotland outside the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, ahead of the funeral of Manchester bomb victim Eilidh MacLeod, in Castlebay on the island of Barra, in Scotland June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool British police arrested two 20-year-old men in Manchester on Wednesday in connection with last month's suicide bombing that killed 22 children and adults attending a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande, police said on Wednesday. One was arrested overnight when police searched an address in the city, while the other presented himself voluntarily at a police station. In total, 21 people have been arrested so far in the investigation pertaining to the suicide bombing. Twelve were released without charge and nine remain in custody. The released ones included a teenage boy and a woman arrested in the week ended May 29. Manchester attack probe: 16 people in detention Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing Manchester Arena blast: How it happened? Follow how the blast took place and the then-updates, directly from Manchester On the other hand, bomber Salman Abedi's father and brother are also in detention in Libya. Abedi had reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack that left 22 people dead, including seven children under 18. However, police are still trying to establish the extent of his wider network.
  18. A Pentagon report released on Tuesday singled out Pakistan as a possible location for a future Chinese military base, as it forecast that Beijing would likely build more bases overseas after establishing a facility in the African nation of Djibouti. The prediction came in a 97-page annual report to Congress that saw advances throughout the Chinese military in 2016, funded by robust defence spending that the Pentagon estimated exceeded $180 billion. That is higher than China's official defence budget figure of 954.35 billion yuan ($140.4 billion). Chinese leaders, the US report said, appeared committed to defence spending hikes for the "foreseeable future," even as economic growth slows. The report repeatedly cited China's construction of its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, which is already home to a key US military base and is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal. "China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan," the report said. Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worries in India that it would become another of China's 'string of pearls' of military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The report did not address India's potential reaction to a Chinese base in Pakistan. But Pakistan, the US report noted, was already the primary market in the Asian-Pacific region for Chinese arms exports. That region accounted for $9 billion of the more than $20 billion in Chinese arms exports from 2011 to 2015. Last year, China signed an agreement with Pakistan for the sale of eight submarines. Quantum Satellite, Cyber Hacks The Pentagon report flagged Chinese military advances, including in space and at sea. It cited China's 2016 launch of the first experimental quantum communications satellite, acknowledging that it represented a "notable advance in cryptography research." As in past years, the Pentagon renewed its concerns about cyber spying, saying US government-owned computers were again targeted by China-based intrusions through 2016. "These and past intrusions focused on accessing networks and extracting information," the report said. "China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against US diplomatic, economic, and defence industrial base sectors." In a section discussing China's Navy, the report predicted that China's first domestically designed and produced aircraft carrier would likely reach initial operating capability in 2020.
  19. LAHORE: Electricity supply in the provincial capital suffered heavy disruption after light rain in the wee hours of Wednesday caused over 150 feeders to trip. According to the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) spokesman, following the rainstorm in Lahore, over 150 feeders tripped. The tripped feeders will be restored soon, he added. Rawalpindi, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Bhakkar, Jhang and adjoining areas of Punjab experienced light rain, along with the disappearance of electricity, forcing the public to start their fasts in complete darkness. According to Met Office forecast for today, rain showers are expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. While there is prediction of a thunderstorm in Quetta.
  20. British police detained a number of people during early morning raids in east London on Monday as part of an investigation into an attack that killed seven people and injured around 50 on Saturday night. In the third major militant assault to hit Britain in less than three months, attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby bars. Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Monday to discuss the response to the attack which comes ahead of a national election on Thursday. Police had already arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London over the weekend and they said on Monday they had entered two premises in Newham and Barking at 0315 GMT and detained "a number of people". They said searches were ongoing at both addresses.
  21. Sridevi’s upcoming movie ‘Mom’s’ full trailer is out and it has all the elements to be a great suspense-thriller. It’s creepy, intriguing and leaves you stunned. The trailer starts with a line, “Galat aur bahut galat mein se chunana ho, toh aap kya chunenge?” (When you have to choose between wrong and very wrong, what would you choose?”). The start itself has the potential to keep you on the edge of the seat throughout the 2:05 video. Zee Studios The question that Sridevi asks, leaves you uncertain and intrigued to know what is in store for you? As the trailer proceeds, you are introduced to Sridevi’s character Devki, who is a loving mom to her two daughters. But there is something missing in her relationship with her elder daughter, Arya (Pakistani actress, Sajal Ali). She is trying to make things right but something happens that separates the two. Leaving you with a question, is Arya missing or dead? Will she ever return? Zee Studios You see the trailer moving in a non-linear narration where Devika is trying to fix things with her daughter in flashback. It is only then that Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna’s characters enters the frame. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is very creepy and every time he appears on screen, you just can’t take your eyes off him. The man is wonderful when it comes to morphing into any character, flawlessly. In fact, his dialogue in the trailer leaves you anticipating more. Nothing much is revealed about his character and that makes it even more interesting. He looks like a baddie but we ain’t sure if he really is one. Zee Studios Akshaye’s character is someone who seems to have various layers and one will only know more about him in the film. Sridevi’s confusion and dilemma, Nawaz’s mysterious and creepy look and Akshaye’s plain yet no so plain character all come together to keep you on the edge of your seat. Zee Studios This trailer is worth a watch and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is one of the best trailers we have seen in a while. In short, it looks like a film that gets made just once a year. The film hits the treatres on July 7th.
  22. Living in zero gravity is not an easy job.. in fact it's a very hard one, but what if you know how to have fun with that? NASA astronaut Jack Fischer who is currently on his first trip to space ? a journey of exploration and research on the International Space Station thought the same. In a recent video from space, Fischer demonstrates the difficulty of eating pudding in zero-gravity while living on the International Space Station. Cool! Isn't it?
  23. MUMBAI: India's economic growth unexpectedly slowed to its lowest in more than two years, dragged down by construction, manufacturing and trade services, and stripping the country of its status as the world's fastest-growing major economy. Annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the January-March period came in at 6.1 percent, compared with a provisional 7.0 percent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Wednesday. The expansion was much slower than the 7.1 percent forecast by economists in a Reuters poll. It was also lower than China's growth of 6.9 percent for the first three months of 2017. "This data is closer to the ground reality than the previous ones," said Anjali Verma, an economist at PhillipCapital in Mumbai. The figure is the lowest since the December quarter in 2014, which registered 6.0 percent growth, Reuters data shows. The weak GDP data will be a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who completed three years in office last week. Wednesday's figures, however, have not changed expectations for monetary policy. Analysts still expect the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to keep interest rates on hold. "We continue to expect the RBI to remain on pause, with any rate hikes ruled out," said Shubhada Rao, chief economist at YES Bank. Construction activity contracted 3.7 percent year-on-year in the March quarter compared with a 3.4 percent growth in the prior quarter. Manufacturing grew 5.3 percent in the last quarter from a year ago, slower than an annual rise of 8.2 percent in the December quarter. Annual growth in trade, hotels and transport services slowed to 6.5 percent in the January-March period from 8.3 percent a quarter ago.
  24. KARACHI: The benchmark KSE-100 index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange saw a decline of 1,239 points on Wednesday. The index by the end of trading saw a -2.41% decline to close at 50,213 points. The bearish trend continued at the market as stocks continued to face losses. On Tuesday, the KSE-100 index lost 685 points to close at 51,453 points.
  25. KARACHI: The benchmark KSE-100 index of the Pakistan Stock Exchange saw a decline of 861 points on Wednesday. The index by the end of trading saw a -1.67% decline to close at 50,591 points. The bearish trend continued at the market as stocks continued to face losses. On Tuesday, the KSE-100 index lost 685 points to close at 51,453 points.