Day: October 18, 2020

Raveena Tandon: It’s the first time in history that the film industry is united


The Hindi film industry over the past few months has been at the receiving end of a lot of negative comments from society at large. And recently, 34 production houses and four industry bodies retaliated, by filing a suit against news channels for the way the industry was painted over the past few months.

Actor Raveena Tandon is very proud of the film industry for taking this step.

“The fact that it’s the first time in history that the entire industry is standing united, everyone is planning to join the movement. The narrative and the kind of language being used was very undignified and it was only the film industry that was being targeted,” she says. 

What angers the 45-year-old is the kind of “abusive trolling and narrative” that is being set against her work place. She feels it has gone beyond the limit.

”There is freedom of speech yes, but to make statements which are completely untrue, and forget dignity, voh toh raha hi nahi, without any proof, the vilification of people and the kind of language being used, it’s a new low. What we are seeing on social media, it’s a real tragedy,” she says.

The one aspect that was brought into focus repeatedly was also the alleged drug culture in Bollywood. Tandon had recently tweeted about a “clean up” that should happen. The actor says a clean up should happen in the entire country.

“Why only our industry? I feel people in the film industry are under constant pressure and scrutiny, but why only The film industry? Because it equals to TRPs? If you are serious about war against drugs, start from the roots, where it starts. Round up all peddlers,” she reasons.

In fact, she goes on to say that it is easier for news channels to find out about the drug suppliers through a sting operation. Tandon says, “Their journalists can easily reach the peddler, and then drug supplier, how come our cops don’t know where they are? How come it has been given such a blind eye? There are peddlers standing outside colleges, restaurants, hotels, pubs. You think there is no substance use in politics, parties, among industrialists, among politicians, among anybody? It is so clear all what is happening.”

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Thailand Reports Three More Local Coronavirus Infections

BANGKOK: Thailand reported three additional locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, a day after reporting its first local infections in more than a month.

The three new patients are family members of two Myanmar nationals who previously tested positive for the virus this week in the country’s northern province bordering Myanmar, the government’s coronavirus taskforce said.

Before this week’s five cases, Thailand last reported a confirmed local transmission on Sept. 11. In total, Thailand has reported 3,686 cases of the virus and 59 deaths.

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Covid-19: 61,871 new infections, 1,033 more fatalities in country | India News

NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 caseload mounted to 74,94,551 with 61,871 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 65,97,209 pushing the recovery rate to 88.03 per cent, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,14,031 with the virus claiming 1,033 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the second consecutive day.
There are 7,83,311 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 10.45 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
The Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.52 per cent.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5 . It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.
According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,42,24,190 samples have been tested up to October 17 with 9,70,173 samples being tested on Saturday.

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Lens on J&K schools ‘motivating kids to become terrorists’: DGP | India News

NEW DELHI: Some school-cum-religious-education-centres in Shopian and Pulwama are under the watch of intelligence agencies and Jammu & Kashmir police for allegedly using the facade of formal education to identify vulnerable pupils and motivate them to work for terrorist outfits active in the Valley, TOI has learnt.
A Shopian-based school affiliated to banned group Jamaat-e-Islami, Siraj-ul-Uloom, which essentially imparts religious education but offers matriculate and intermediate classes, apart from graduate courses in Arts stream- had recently seen Public Safety Act (PSA) being slapped on three of its teachers after 15 ex-pupils, including Pulwama attack case accused Sajjad Bhat, were found involved in terrorist activities.
“Many schools in Shopian and Pulwama belt are inspired by Deobandi ideology and/or are affiliated to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI). JeI J&K was declared an ‘unlawful association’ under UAPA in February last year. These schools are teaching the same JeI ideology and suspected to be using the school set-up as a legitimate cover to carry out radicalisation of local boys and do head-hunting for terrorist outfits active in J&K,” J&K DGP Dilbag Singh told TOI.
Meanwhile, as winter sets in, ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the International Border in J&K and terrorist infiltration bids have gone up, though successful infiltration cases are down to almost half of last year, as per the latest assessment by J&K police. Also, parallel efforts are on by terrorist outfits to motivate local youths, particularly in south Kashmir, and arm them with weapons smuggled from across the border via drones.
Singh told TOI that ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the border in J&K had doubled as compared to last year. “Though infiltration bids have gone up, there is a 50% drop in actual infiltration as compared to the levels during the same time last year. This is thanks to special measures taken to strengthen the border grid,” he told TOI.
The DGP, while confident that the law and order situation in J&K would stay favourable in the winter months, said the latest concern were attempts by terrorist outfits to motivate Kashmiri youths to join them as militants or overground workers and collect weapons smuggled from across the border via drones.
“In the last two months, we have seized half a dozen arm consignments, dropped by drones across Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam. For every seized consignment, there may be ones that got through. So we need to keep getting the intelligence, followed by action,” said Singh.

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Microsoft Fixes Two New Windows Bugs in Latest Security Update


Microsoft has released two security updates for Windows, in order to address the security issues in Windows Codecs library and the Visual Studio Code application. The two updates come after Microsoft released its monthly security patch last week. This month, Microsoft fixed 87 vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system for PCs. Both the new vulnerabilities in Windows Codecs library and Visual Studio Code application are ‘remote code execution’ flaws allowing attackers to execute code on impacted systems remotely.

The Windows Codec library bug has been identified as CVE-2020-17022. Microsoft has said that using this bug, the attacker can craft malicious images that, when processed by an app running on Windows, can allow an attacker to execute code on an unpatched Windows OS. All Windows 10 versions are impacted with this flaw. Microsoft said that an update for the Windows Codec library would be automatically installed on users’ computers via the Microsoft store. Only those who have installed the optional HEVC or “HEVC from Device Manufacturer media codes from the Microsoft Store have been affected. The HEVC is only available via the Microsoft Store, and even the library is not supported on Windows Server.

Users can check if they are using the HEVC code by going to Settings > Apps & Features > HEVC, Advanced Options.

The Visual Studio Code vulnerability, on the other hand has been identified as CVE-2020-17023. Microsoft said that attackers can craft malicious .json filed, which can execute malicious code when loaded in Visual Studio Code. Microsoft said that an attacker’s code could gain administrator privileges and all full control over an infected host, depending on a user’s permissions. The ‘.json’ files are regularly used with JavaScript libraries and projects. Users of the Visual Studio Code have been advised to update their app as soon as possible to the latest version.



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Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states

JANESVILLE (Winconsin): President Donald Trump leaned into fear tactics Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “destroy the American way of life” in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan and Wisconsin — two Midwestern states that were instrumental to his 2016 victory but may now be slipping from his grasp.
In back-to-back rallies, Trump accused the left of wanting to “erase American history” and “purge American values.” He claimed, with no basis, that Democratic rival Joe Biden would put communities at risk.
Trump offered the dark message as he faces headwinds not only in national polling, which shows Biden leading, but also in key battleground surveys. His comments come after his campaign, with far less cash than Biden’s, largely retreated from TV advertising in the Midwest, shifting much of its money to Sun Belt states such as Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania.
As he tries to energize his base and keep on-the-fence voters from turning against him, Trump sought to paint Democrats as “anti-American radicals” and said moderates had “a moral duty” to join the Republican Party.
“The Democrat Party you once knew doesn’t exist,” he said.
It was the same on issue after issue, as he claimed in hyperbolic terms that Biden’s election would spur “the single biggest depression in the history of our country” and “turn Michigan into a refugee camp.” Addressing the coronavirus crisis, Trump warned that Biden would “shut down the country, delay the vaccine and prolong the pandemic.” Public health experts say the nation would be in far better shape had Trump’s administration taken more aggressive action early on.
And while he repeatedly predicted victory, Trump seemed to grapple throughout the day with the prospect that he could indeed lose in November.
In Michigan, he quipped that, in January, he “better damn well be president. In Wisconsin, he wondered how he would process a loss.
“Can you imagine if I lose? I will have lost to the worst candidate in the history of American politics,” he said. “What do I do?” Trump has continued to hold rallies despite the threat of the coronavirus, which hospitalised him for several days earlier this month.
Wisconsin broke the record for new positive virus cases on Friday — the third time that’s happened in a week. The state also hit record highs for daily deaths and hospitalizations this past week.
But there was little evidence of concern among the thousands of supporters Trump drew in both states, where audience members stood closely together in the cold, mostly without masks.
Trump continued to call on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to roll back restrictions that remain in place to try to halt the spread of the virus, prompting the crowd to break into a “Lock her up!” chant. (The same chant also broke out after he mentioned his 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.) Whitmer, a Democrat, was the focus of a kidnapping plot by anti-government extremists who were angered by lockdown measures. Thirteen men have been charged in connection with the scheme, which included plans to storm the state Capitol and to hold some kind of trial for the governor.
“You got to get your governor to open your state and get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?” said Trump, who also took credit for federal law enforcement’s role in foiling the plot.
Whitmer’s digital director, Tori Saylor, urged Trump to stop.
“Every single time the President does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards her immediately escalates on social media,” she tweeted. “It has to stop. It just has to.” Biden, meanwhile, had no public events planned for Saturday. But in a memo to supporters, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon warned about becoming complacent.
“The reality is that this race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest,” she wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
“If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that we cannot underestimate Donald Trump or his ability to claw his way back into contention in the final days of a campaign, through whatever smears or underhanded tactics he has at his disposal.” Trump has an aggressive campaign schedule in the coming days, with rallies planned Sunday in Nevada, Monday in Arizona and Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
But Trump’s schedule suggests concern. On Friday, he campaigned in Georgia — a state no Republican presidential contender has lost since 1992 but where polling shows Trump and Biden in a tight contest. Trump also has had to court voters in Iowa, which he carried by almost 10 percentage points four years ago.
The latest campaign fundraising figures from the Trump team suggest he’s likely the first incumbent president in the modern era to face a financial disadvantage. After building a massive cash edge, his campaign spent lavishly, while Biden kept expenses low and benefited from an outpouring of donations that saw him raise nearly $1 billion over the past three months. That gives Biden a massive cash advantage with just over two weeks to go before the election.
Trump on Saturday claimed that he would be “the greatest fundraiser in the history of politics” if he tried, but didn’t want to make calls and didn’t need the money.

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This Is Brilliant As An Air Purifier, Cooling Fan And A Humidifier


The nuisance of the pollution season is upon us. While the authorities continue to bumble about, dripping in incompetence as they fiddle with so-called graded action plans etc., you will be left to fend for yourself as the air quality descends from unhealthy to hazardous to severe. If you spend your time watching a television program called the news, you’d find yourselves immersed in shots of murky shots of your city with the sun barely able to break through the smog and pollution. And everyone blaming each other. None of which saves your lungs. This makes air purifiers all the more essential for your home. Your parents, your children and yourself—save everyone from the polluted air, at least for the time you are indoors. And not many do air purifiers better than British tech company Dyson.

Dyson’s mission for multi-utility air purifiers continues with the new Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool air purifier. This, as the name suggests, is your air purifier, cools the room down and also humidifies the air. This joins the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, another of those versatile purifiers that also heat up the room, quite relevant in the winter months. Till we get a Dyson Pure Humidify+Hot+Cool or something like that (a mere mortal can dream, can’t they?), you will have to choose between the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool and the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool—basically whether you want the heating function or the humidifier. Both purifier variants are priced at Rs 55,900 too.

Clean Humidification Is Important, Science Says So

My recommendation would be that if you struggle with itchy throat and dryness in the throat, particularly in the winter months, choose the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool. There are many reasons why you must humidify the air in your home, more than what you already do. In most homes, the humidity levels are at par with a typical desert, which is around 20 percent. In the winter months, this drops even further. Ever noticed the itchy and scratchy throat when you wake up in the morning? Or the chapped lips? And dry skin, particularly around the arms? That is because of lack of moisture in the air. It is not only uncomfortable at the outset but can also lead to illness eventually.

Secondly, science suggests that a better humidified air significantly hampers a virus’s potency to infect. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the example of the infectious influenza virus that is simulated to have an infection potency of as much as 77% of the virus particles when the room’s humidity was around the 23% mark but significantly reduced to as little as 15% virus potency when the humidity was raised to 43%.

The Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool Doesn’t Just Have A Water Tank Bolted On

I have reviewed multiple air purifiers with humidifiers over the past few years, but none really have the sort of attention to detail that Dyson has on show. For instance, you don’t have to struggle to eject the water tank for refilling or to slot it back in. push the release mechanism on either side and you can slide the water tank out on the floor in front of the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool—there are wheels on the underside of this tank.

It is a massive water tank, at 5-litre capacity. I am yet to come across another purifier that offers such a big water tank for humidification, the largest being the 2-litre or whereabouts capacity that certain Philips air purifiers offer. You can set the exact humidity percentage you want to maintain in the room, and the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool will do that for you by automatically managing the amount of humidification that emerges into the air. Dyson says at full blast humidification, this will last 36 hours or so. Honestly, you need to incrementally humidify your room, in which case the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool water tank will last days before you need to refill it again.

That isn’t the end of smartness with the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool.

The moisture meets the clean air after it has run its course through Dyson’s filters and before it emerges from the vents. In this process there is a biostatic evaporator with biostatic silver strands that are integrated into the mesh. This is to protect against growth of bacteria inside the evaporator layers, in due course.

The Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool also use ultraviolet-C, also known as UV-C and quite in vogue these days to sterilize objects etc. at home, to sterilize the water inside the tank before it emerges as humidified air. This is to kill bacteria, virus and other organisms that may be in the water from emerging with the clean air and circulate in the air that we breathe. It is most likely that you’ll be filling tap water in the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool’s tank, and this sterilization layer is unseen yet very important.

Air Purification That Works For Large Rooms Too, Effortlessly

The design and the way the filters are deployed in the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool is very similar to its predecessors. That means, 360-degree polluted air input which is run through the multi-layer filters. The filters that Dyson has in the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool is also rated at being able to trap 99.95% of pollutants and particles as small as 0.1 microns. The filter design itself in the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool is very similar to the predecessors, with multiple layers for HEPA and activated carbon layers in pairs. One pair sits at the front and one sits at the back, allowing for all-round polluted air intake.

The Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool’s filters can capture particles as small as 0.1 micron, which is 100 times thinner than the width of the human hair. These particles can not only enter our lungs but can also join the blood stream. And that’s also the range of the COVID virus. Most indoor air purifier filters can capture particles 0.3 micron or larger. In a fairly active dining and living room, the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool maintained the humidity at 40% and kept the room at around 20 gram/cubic meter (g/m3), even as the air outside (and the air sneaking in) is a very poor 319 AQI.

The purifier filters sit near the base and the air is pushed out via the annular loop with the air multiplication tech and there is no fan pushing the air out. The difference here is that the base doesn’t rotate for oscillation, and instead there are redesigned outlets for the air that are motorized to move at 45-degree or 90-degree angles for the same results. The reason is that motors at the base now would have had to deal with the weight of the water in the humidification tank which now sits at the very bottom. And as always, in case you don’t air directly in your face, you can switch to the more discreet diffused vents that send out the purified air from the sides.

There is a big different in how Dyson develops, and tests air purifiers compared with rivals. While most air purifiers are rated after what are known as clean air delivery rate (CADR) tests, Dyson uses another test called POLAR. There are fine differences. The CADR test is done in a room around 11.8m2 (127 sq ft) in size, where the purifier is placed in the middle of the room, with an added fan to circulate the air around the room and only one sensor to measure air quality. This is absolutely not representative of the layout of most of our living rooms, which may not always have a ceiling fan to circulate the air (in winters, for instance) and surely don’t have space for a purifier in the middle of the room. Dyson’s POLAR test does things differently. A POLAR test lab is based on a larger room size of 27m2 (290 sq ft), with no added fan. The air purifier is placed in corner of the room which replicates how it is used in our homes and pollution injected into the room from the other corner. The test uses eight sensors in the corners of the room and one sensor in the centre, detecting particles of indoor air pollution that are 300 times narrower than a human hair. This is to test the performance of the purifier in the farthest corners of the room, and not just in the immediate vicinity of the air purifier.

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

The rest of the Dyson elements remain there very much in the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool. The sleek remote, the circular display on the front and the very capable Dyson Link app (free for Android and iOS), for instance. One observation is that by default, the display on the purifier itself shows the air quality graph—it may be better to have a numeric display here. For instance, my parents are unable to see the display clearly since they need to crouch to see it and in some lighting situations, they aren’t able to see exactly what the graph is trying to suggest.

The Last Word: You Pay For The Premium Experience, And That Is What You Get

There is often the reaction that Dyson air purifiers cost a pretty penny. But is it really? At the time of writing this, Philips has the Series 3000 purifier with humidifier (AC3821/20) which is priced at Rs 37,995. For that extra outlay of cash up front, you get the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool that is one of the most advanced air purifiers you can find at this time. Every interface with the purifier, be it using the remote, controlling it via the app, refilling the water tank or even the oscillation and diffused air output modes, just feel incredibly premium.



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E-hearing on outage on October 21: MERC | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has called for a suo motu e-hearing on last Monday’s grid failure and outage in Mumbai on October 21 at 10.30am.
MERC told Maharashtra State Load Dispatch Centre (MSLDC) to submit a preliminary analysis of the failure at the hearing based on information submitted by utilities.
The commission wants stakeholders to discuss reasons for the failure in MMR. These include whether standard protocol followed to restore the grid, reasons for immediate non-restoration of grid, action expected from stakeholders and their performance, details of load met and extent of load-shedding that day, details of protections provided and their performance that day, past grid failure and status of action required and taken by authorities to avoid recurrence, whether the Mumbai islanding system operated as envisaged and its relevance in the changed scenario.

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US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House

WASHINGTON: The upcoming US elections on November 3 could very well see the expansion of the so called “Samosa Caucus”, a termed coined by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi for informal grouping of Indian-American lawmakers, according to the latest Congressional polls coming from states.
The “Samosa caucus” comprises of five Indian-American lawmakers, including four members of the House of Representatives and Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
In the House of Representatives, seniormost Dr Ami Bera, Congressmen Ro Khanna and Krishnamoorthi along with Pramila Jayapal, who is the first and the only Indian American woman in the House, are projected to be re-elected on November 3.
Jayapal, 55, in the new Congress next year is likely to have company from Dr Hiral Tipirneni.
Tripirneni, the emergency room physician is leading, though by a narrow margin, against Republican incumbent David Schweikert in the sixth Congressional District of Arizona.
He has been endorsed by top leaders of the Democratic party, including former vice president Joe Biden, the presidential candidate.
Former State Department Diplomat Sri Preston Kulkarni is leading by five percent against his Republican rival Troy Nehls in the 22nd Congressional District of Texas, which is an open seat this time.
Kulkarni, 42, had narrowly lost the 2018 Congressional elections. Local media and political pundits are giving him a greater chance to enter the House of Representatives. He hopes to be the first Indian American to be elected to the House from Texas.
All eyes are on the Senate race in Maine, where the Democrats are pinning hope on Indian-origin Senator Sara Gideon to win the seat against powerful Republican Senator Susan Collins. Gideon, 48, whose father is from India and mother from Armenia, has consistently maintained a lead against Collins in almost all the recent polls.
Senator Harris, 55, has scripted history by becoming the first Indian American and first ever Black and African American to be nominated as a vice presidential candidate by a major political party.
Dr Bera, 55, who is seeking his fifth consecutive term to the House of Representatives, is the longest serving Indian American in the Congress. He represents the seventh Congressional District of California. He is being challenged by Republican Buzz Patterson, a military veteran.
Seeking a third Congressional term, Congressman Ro Khanna is facing challenge from another Indian-American Ritesh Tandon of Republican Party. Khanna has raised a whopping $3.6 million for his election campaign as against a paltry $152,000 by Tandon.
Congresswoman Jayapal, who is seeking her third-consecutive attempt, in such a short span of time has emerged as one of the top Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives.
Representing seventh Congressional District of Washington State, Jayapal is being challenged by Republcian Craig Keller, who is said to have little chance in the November 3 polls.
Democratic Krishnamoorthi is pitted against Preston Nelson of the Libertarian Party in the November elections from the eighth Congressional District of Illinois. The seat is a Democratic stronghold, so much so that the Republican Party had cancelled its primary this year as no candidates filed for this seat.
There are a few other Indian Americans running for the Congress this year, to whom the media and political pundits are giving little chance. At the same time, their presence in the electoral field is reflective of the increasing interest of Indian Americans in joining the country’s electoral politics.
Prominent among them being Rik Mehta of the Republican Party against popular Democratic Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey.
Manga Anantatmula is running for the House of Representative from the 11th Congressional District of Virginia and Nisha Sharma from California’s 11th Congressional District. Both are from the Republican Party.

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Two brothers held for rape, murder of 25-year-old in Thane | Thane News – Times of India

BHIWANDI: Two brothers were arrested for allegedly raping and strangling a 25-year-old sex worker in Bhiwandi.
Junaid and Yasin Farooqi, aged 30 and 25, reside in Hanuman Tekdi, Bhiwandi. The woman also lived there. Police found that Junaid wanted to marry her, demanded ‘sexual favours’, but she rejected his proposal.

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