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Ruling BJD Leader, Two Others Die in Fire Mishap in Odisha


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The victims, trapped inside the smoke-filled house, were rescued and rushed to the MKCG Medical College and
Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead, a senior police officer said.

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  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 12:35 PM IST

A ruling BJD leader and two others died of suspected asphyxiation after a fire broke out in his house in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Friday, police said.

The three including BJD leader Alekh Choudhury (69), a former President of Berhampur Central Cooperative Bank Ltd,

were asleep in the house at Gosaninuagaon, when an air-conditioner caught fire due to an electric short circuit in

the early hours, they said.

The victims, trapped inside the smoke-filled house, were rescued and rushed to the MKCG Medical College and

Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead, a senior police officer said.

All of them were suspected to have died of asphyxiation as smoke triggered by the fire had engulfed the house, he said.

Apart from Choudhury, the two others were identified as his brother-in-law Bhagaban Patra (85) and caretaker Sunil

Behera (19).

The exact reason for the fire will be ascertained after a probe, a fire brigade official said.

Choudhury was also a former president of the Ganjam district Congress committee. He had contested the state assembly elections from Berhampur and Aska thrice but lost.

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A tough call: Minor league umps squeezed as lost year looms


Any other May weekend, Trevor Dannegger might’ve been in Hartford or Richmond or Akron on a Double-A diamond, wrangling players, coaches and managers.

In a day or so, he could be on a field in northern Missouri — tending peas, corn and melons.

All across baseball, farm systems are shut down because of the virus outbreak. So for Dannegger, a 24-year-old umpire prospect with a promising trajectory in the minor leagues, this unforeseen break from the Eastern League means more trips to the family farm.

“Getting away from the stress,” he said.

It also affords more time to sort through the process of filing for unemployment. After working games from California to Maine last year, it’s complicated.

“I’m still waiting,” Dannegger said.

At every level in the sport, there’s uncertainty for everyone. Minor league players look as if they’ll have no season — most hitters and pitchers, many of whom seem destined to get released, will need to put together their own practice sessions.

For minor league umpires, it’s a double-whammy in a lost year: no income and no real way to improve their craft.

“If there’s not a chance to stand back there and call pitches, it’s hard to replicate,” said Drew Saluga, who was set to work this year in the advanced Class A Carolina League.

Saluga lives around Youngstown, Ohio, and has heard some Division I teams nearby might start workouts. If so, he’ll consider asking whether they’d let him watch bullpen sessions from behind the plate.

“But if I was a coach, I might not want an outsider coming in,” he admitted.

In the meantime, he’s busy. He’s an assistant store manager of a Giant Eagle supermarket his family runs.

“Most of my hours now are at the grocery store. Wherever we’re short-handed, wherever I’m needed,” Saluga said. “I might be in a suit and tie on Monday talking insurance issues, and on Thursday I’m cleaning the bathrooms.”

Some Triple-A umpires are sure to work if Major League Baseball begins play. Vacations, injuries and last-minute emergencies create opportunities for fill-in umps.

But for umpires in Double-A and below, it’s looking like a shutout. And no doubt, for some of the 236 minor league umps, a lost year will mean the end of a career.

“I hope no one is forced to quit because of the pandemic. That would be awful,” Dannegger said.

Dannegger said he’s fortunate. He lives with his parents, does substitute teaching in high school and middle school, and his fiancee lives close by with her folks.

Other up-and-coming umpires could get squeezed.

“I wouldn’t necessarily put it on COVID,” Saluga said.

“There are guys who say every March, ’I’ll give it my all this year, see where I’m at, and that might be it,” he said. “Interests change, life situations change. A job opportunity, someone gets engaged, a pregnancy. I respect the guys who’ve chosen to walk away.”

At 27, he’s got two college degrees in the math field. Saluga also has worked four leagues in four seasons.

“I could get a job in the field of statistics, in data,” he said. “The way I look at it, none of those things have an expiration date. This does. Right now, umpiring is still a passion.”

The path to becoming one of MLB’s 76 full-time umps is daunting. Many at the top of the profession remember a day in Billings or Bluefield when they were at a crossroads — the long drives for a two-person crew in the lower levels, working most every day for salaries in the range of $2,000-$4,000 per month, the overwhelming odds take their toll.

“We’ve discussed that,” said former big league ump Dusty Dellinger, the director of umpire development for minor league baseball. “I understand the difficulties and challenges these guys face.”

A tough call for some.

A.J. Choc intends to stay in the game. “I would say, for now,” he added.

He’s 29 and was set to move from the Midwest League to the advanced Class A Florida State League.

“I think that some umpires will get into that mode of, ‘I kind of enjoy being at home, enjoy that mindset,’” he said.

These days, Choc reviews the rule book, spends time with his girlfriend — an occupational therapist at a St. Louis hospital — and does chores, like mowing the lawn at his mom’s house.

Choc was looking forward to seeing how things worked in the FSL, which planned to let computers decide balls and strikes.

Dannegger already went high-tech, hoping to get a feel for the fastballs and curves he’d call in Double-A.

“You can’t go somewhere and see pitches like that, not pitches at that level,” he said. “Can’t watch MLB The Show on PlayStation 4 from behind the plate. It’s not the same, I’ve tried it.”


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Harbhajan Singh Applauds Virender Sehwag’s Gesture For Migrant Labourers | Cricket News


Virender Sehwag posted a picture of him packing food for migrant labourers.© Instagram

Virender Sehwag, former India cricketer, took to Instagram to reveal that he has been “cooking and packing food” for migrant labourers, who have been affected due to the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. Large number of migrant labourers have been travelling back to their homes ever since the first coronavirus lockdown in the country and continue to do so till date. Sehwag decided to lend a helping hand to those people who are in need in these testing times by providing meals. “The satisfaction of cooking and packing food from the comfort of your own homes and getting it distributed to the most needy migrant labourers in these times is a satisfaction few things can match,” Sehwag captioned the post on Instagram.

Harbhajan Singh, veteran India off-spinner, applauded Sehwag’s gesture for the migrant labourers.

“Well done Lala,” Harbhajan wrote on Sehwag’s post.

Young all-rounder Mayank Dagar also appreciated Sehwag for his efforts.

“@virendersehwag amazing gesture and contribution sir,” he said.

Sehwag, who voices his opinion on various topics on social media, had posted various videos and tweets, urging the people to stay at home and follow the guidelines that are being put in place by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, all major sporting events across the world have either been cancelled or postponed as a precautionary measure.

In India, 7,466 new novel coronavirus cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to over 1,65,000.

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Russian Agents Have Been Hacking Major Email Program: NSA


The US National Security Agency says the same Russian military hacking group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election and unleashed a devastating malware attack the following year has been exploiting a major email server program since last August or earlier. The timing of the agency’s advisory Thursday was unusual considering that the critical vulnerability in the Exim Mail Transfer Agent — which mostly runs on Unix-type operating systems — was identified 11 months ago, when a patch was issued.

Exim is so widely used — though far less known than such commercial alternatives as Microsoft’s proprietary Exchange — that some companies and government agencies that run it may still not have patched the vulnerability, said Jake Williams, president of Rendition Infosec and a former US government hacker.

It took Williams about a minute of online probing on Thursday to find a potentially vulnerable government server in the UK.

He speculated that the NSA might have issued an advisory to publicise the IP addresses and a domain name used by the Russian military group, known as Sandworm, in its hacking campaign — in hopes of thwarting their use for other means.

The Exim exploit allows an attacker to gain access using specially crafted email and install programs, modify data and create new accounts — gaining a foothold on a compromised network.

The NSA did not say who the Russian military hackers have targeted. But senior US intelligence officials have warned in recent months that Kremlin agents are engaged in activities that could threaten the integrity of the November presidential election.

An NSA official reached by The Associated Press would only say that the agency is publicising the vulnerability because, despite an October warning by British officials, it “has continued to be exploited and needs to be patched.” The hope, in now publicising Sandworm’s role, is to further motivate patching, said the official, who spoke on condition they not be further identified.

Sandworm agents, tied to Russia’s GRU military intelligence arm, caused great damage to the 2016 US presidential election, stealing and exposing Democratic National Committee emails and breaking into voter registration databases.

They also have been blamed by the US and UK governments for the June 2017 NotPetya cyber attack, which targeted businesses that operate in Ukraine. It caused at least $10 billion (roughly Rs. 75,612 crores) in damage globally, most notably to the Danish shipping multinational Maersk.

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“Tell India What’s Happening”: Rahul Gandhi To Centre Over China Face-Off


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has called on the government to be transparent over China face-off

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has urged the government to “come clean and tell India exactly what is happening” amid rising tension with China following a military face-off in Ladakh earlier this month. Mr Gandhi said continuing silence on this issue was leading to “massive speculation and uncertainty” even as India also fights a coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 1.6 lakh people in the country.

The comments come two days after the Congress described the situation in Ladakh and tension with China as a matter of “serious national concern” and called on the government to take the nation into confidence and address the concerns of the people.

“The Government’s silence about the border situation with China is fuelling massive speculation and uncertainty at a time of crisis. Government of India must come clean and tell India exactly what’s happening,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted Friday morning.

Mr Gandhi made similar requests on Tuesday, reminding the government that “transparency was needed” at this critical juncture. The Congress MP also refrained commenting further on the matter, saying he needed more information to do so.

“The government should make it clear to the people of India, what exactly is happening on the border. We are hearing different stories so, I don’t want to go into conjecture, but it is important that the government of India makes it clear, what is happening on the border so that people can understand and have a proper position,” he said.

Tension between India and China has grown steadily since a skirmish between soldiers of the two nations at the Pangong Lake region in Ladakh on May 5 and 6, in which several Indian troops were injured.

Since then, there have been multiple reports of incursions by Chinese troops, who have also been spotted in motor boats on Pangong Lake. Chinese helicopters have also been seen in the area.

Meanwhile, satellite images have shown construction at a high altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 km from Pangong Lake. At least one image showed four fighter jets, believed to be either J-11 or J-16 fighters of the Chinese Air Force.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat have all met and briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue.

Meanwhile, government sources Friday morning countered claims by US President Donald Trump that he had spoken to PM Modi over the stand-off with China.

On Thursday Mr Trump made a startling claim – reiterating his offer to mediate the dispute. The offer was firmly rejected by the Indian government, which said: “Our engagement on the diplomatic front continues both in Delhi as well as in Beijing”.

Mr Trump had previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir; these offers were also firmly rejected by New Delhi, more than once.

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Oppo to release Android 10-based ColorOS 7 for its smartphones from June


Chinese smartphone maker has announced the roadmap for its 10 operating system-based ColorOS7 for India. The custom operating system was released to select smartphones earlier this year. These smartphones include, Find X, Find X SuperVooc Edition, Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition, Reno 10X Zoom, Reno 2, Reno 2Z, Reno 2F, Reno, R17, R17 Pro, F11 Pro, F11, F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, K3 and A9. Now, the company has shared a detailed timeline on when shall other Oppo smartphones get the update.

ColorOS 7 roadmap:

June: F9, F9 Pro, F7, F7 128G, A5 2020, A9 2020

July: F15 and R15 Pro

ColorOS 7 details

The ColorOS 7 is a custom built 10-based operating system. Successor to ColorOS 6, the ColorOS 7 brings several new updates and localised features, especially designed for Indian users. It features a DocVault with the government-approved DigiLocker integration. The localisation of both ColorOS and ColorOS 7 is based on research on trends and patterns in consumer usage habits.

Oppo’s new ColorOS 7 is faster and increases application response time by 30 per cent with multiple apps running in the background, according to the company.

The new customised OS has adopted a lightweight visual approach that simplifies key elements, helping users focus more on the content. Besides full icon customisation, there’s a dark mode that provides superior reading experience in all-day conditions, thus, helping users concentrate while improving phone’s power efficiency.

Lockdown games: The art of gaming, Louis Vuitton style – more lifestyle


Here’s what you need to get your hands to keep you entertained while home sheltering, if you don’t mind dropping a lot of cash for it– Louis Vuittons new collection of games.

From chess and backgammon travel cases, to poker and croquet trunks, the House’s made-to-order games collection has expanded and evolved over the years, continuing in Louis Vuitton’s grandson, Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s, love of sports and games.

The luxury house presents its pocket Billiards table as the ideal gift for the cue-sports lovers among us. Available in the iconic Monogram motif, designed in 1896 by Louis Vuitton’s son Georges Vuitton as a tribute to his father, the table also comes in the darker Monogram Eclipse or Damier Graphite, bringing a patterned touch to any interior. Versions in Epi leather with its undulated texture, present a splash of colour in cyan and fuchsia, with the added option of a bi-coloured navy and pistachio variation or caramel and white in smooth leather.

Created with identical craftsmanship to that of a Louis Vuitton trunk, House canvases or leathers sheath the Billiards table’s wooden body. Emblematic Louis Vuitton savoir-faire perfects the table’s design with delicate leather corners in the brand’s naturally tanned cowhide leather – each edge meticulously dyed with numerous layers of hand-applied paint. Hand-pressed metallic hardware finishes the table, each stud engraved with the House’s signature.

The table is completed by carefully packed, essential accessories including billiard balls painted with flowers from the Monogram pattern encircling the numbers. Two pairs of leather and Monogram two-piece cues slot snugly into place while a hot-stamped leather triangle completes the kit.

Our top pick for lockdown games it Le Babyfoot — French for table football. This playful product features many House codes and retraces Louis Vuitton’s vibrant history from 1896, the creation of the Monogram, to now.

Available in the House’s iconic Monogram canvas, the Babyfoot also sports the darker Monogram Eclipse and Damier Graphite and comes in a rainbow of vibrant Epi leathers such as cyan, pistachio and fuchsia as well as a bi-coloured caramel and white variation in smooth leather.

Epi leather with its undulated texture adds a unique feel to the outside of the table, while it’s smooth counterpart lines the Babyfoot’s playing field. House canvases or leathers sheath the Babyfoot’s wooden body, with numerous layers of hand-applied edge-dying across each corner.

The players, inspired by Louis Vuitton’s “Groom”, the famed character from the House’s 1921 advertising images, are each hand-cast in aluminium and, as a true testament of the brands savoir-faire and history of personalisation, each player is meticulously hand-painted by expert artisans in team colours to compliment the custom canvas or leather table. Artisanal, jewel-like counting coins boast a striking hand-painted Monogram flower, making tallying record wins even more satisfying!

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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Heavy Traffic Jam, Irate Commuters After Haryana Seals Delhi-Gurugram Border Amid Spike in Covid-19 Cases


Crowds of people gathered at the border causing congestion and traffic snarls.

Huge crowds of people gathered at the Delhi-Gurugram border causing congestion and traffic snarls.

  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 11:51 AM IST

A huge traffic jam was witnessed at the Delhi-Gurugram border on Friday morning after the Haryana government sealed borders with Delhi amid a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections. Chaos ensued as crowds of people gathered at the border causing vehicular congestion and traffic snarls.

Haryana’s Home Minister Anil Vij issued fresh orders on Thursday for sealing borders with the national capital citing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases during the past one week in Haryana’s districts adjoining Delhi. The order is likely to make the movement of people travelling across the borders without valid permission tougher. The order comes just days before the fourth coronavirus lockdown ends on May 31.

Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar are the four worst-hit districts accounting for a majority of 1,504 infection cases in the state. Faridabad has reported the maximum seven fatalities in the state followed by three in Gurgaon and one in Sonipat, according to a state health bulletin.

On Thursday, Gurgaon reported 68 fresh cases followed by 18 in Faridabad and four in Sonipat. The total cases in Gurgaon are 405, Faridabad 276, Sonipat 180 and Jhajjar 97, as per the bulletin.,Traffic,Jam,,Irate,Commuters,After,Haryana,Seals,Delhi-Gurugram,Border,Amid,Spike,in,Covid-19,Cases,delhi,haryana,border,Haryana,coronavirus,cases,&publish_min=2020-05-27T11:51:42.000Z&publish_max=2020-05-29T11:51:42.000Z&sort_by=date-relevance&order_by=0&limit=2

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BSNL Brings Rs. 1,599, Rs. 899 Plans With Up to Rs. 1,500 Talktime: Report


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has reportedly been offering Rs. 1,599 and Rs. 899 prepaid plan vouchers under a special promotional offer in the Odisha circle. The new plan vouchers by the state-owned operator include talktime of up to Rs. 1,500, along with 2GB of high-speed data on a daily basis and unlimited inbound calls to the BSNL network. Further, BSNL is offering a validity of up to 425 days. The operator is offering the Rs. 1,599 and Rs. 899 plan vouchers only in the Odisha circle and aren’t applicable to other circles.

To inform about the Rs. 1,599 and Rs. 899 prepaid plan vouchers, the BSNL Odisha division has sent an SMS message to customers in the state, reports OnlyTech. A screenshot of the SMS message has been provided to detail the benefits bundled with the new plan vouchers that are given under the special offer until May 31.

BSNL Rs. 1599 plan voucher benefits

As per the screenshot of the SMS message, the Rs. 1,599 BSNL prepaid plan voucher brings unlimited inbound calls, 2GB high-speed data per day, and a talktime value of Rs. 1,500. The plan voucher also offers calls to networks other BSNL at Rs. 20 paise per month. Furthermore, it comes with a validity of 425 days.

BSNL Rs. 899 plan voucher benefits

The Rs. 899 BSNL prepaid plan voucher also offers unlimited voice calls to the BSNL network, 2GB high-speed daily data, and calls to other networks at Rs. 20 paise per minute. However, there is a talktime value of Rs. 100 and a validity of 365 days.

The screenshot shared online shows that both Rs. 1,599 and Rs. 899 BSNL prepaid plan vouchers are available with the listed benefits until May 31. This means that customers won’t be able to avail the vouchers along with their benefits after this month. It is also important to note that the SMS message has reportedly been sent only by the BSNL Odisha network.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to BSNL to understand whether there are plans to offer similar benefits in other circles and will update this story when the operator responds.

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Rain in Delhi: Heatwave abates as light rain gives Delhiites relief | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday with a partly overcast sky bringing down day temperatures. The mercury dropped several notches more in the evening as strong winds swept across the capital and many areas got light rain.
Trace rainfall was recorded at both Safdarjung and Palam weather stations till 8.30pm. Parts of southeast Delhi, including Kalkaji Extension, Tughlaqabad Extension, Govindpuri and Govindpuri Extension received light rain.

“There was no heatwave in Delhi on Thursday,” said a Met official. “The National Capital Region and neighbouring states benefited from the effect of easterly winds. In the evening, there was a light dust storm and thunderstorm accompanied by very light rain and winds blowing at a speed of 50km per hour.”

The temperatures slid from their highs of the previous few days, with Safdarjung recording 40.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while Palam logged 41.8 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal. The station at Lodhi Road recorded 38.4 degrees Celsius, two below normal, and the maximum temperature at Ayanagar was 40.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
The forecast for Friday is a partly cloudy sky with a dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied by very light rain and possibly a squall (speed 50-60 km per hour). The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 38 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively.
As for the air quality, it was a “moderate” day for the capital on Thursday with an AQI of 188, according to Central Pollution Control Board.
On Tuesday, Delhi had touched a record maximum temperature for the month of May in 18 years. The high that day recorded at Safdarjung, which is taken as the weather base for the city, was 46 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal, the highest yet this season and the joint highest since May 2002.
The all-time high for May at Safdarjung is 47.2 degree logged on May 29, 1944. Palam’s figure that day of 47.6, six notches above normal, was also the highest this season and joint highest since May 2010. The all-time record for Palam for the month is 48.4 degree Celsius on May 26, 1998.

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