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Opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran scored a fine 106 as Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 60 runs in their opening one-day international at Pallekele International Stadium on Friday. Zadran propelled Afghanistan to 294-8 and Sri Lanka was all out for 234 with 12 overs to spare.“It was a very good wicket to bat on,” Zadran said. “When I was dismissed, I told my teammates that we should try and get something like 320. Even when Sri Lanka batted, the wicket was really good. The wicket didn’t change much but our bowlers were too good.”Sri Lanka had hopes during the run chase…

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Mehul Reuben DasNov 25, 2022 16:06:15 ISTElon Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that Twitter will be relaunching Twitter Blue and their Verified programme next Friday, i.e. December 2. Musk claims that going forward, there will be three kinds of ticks or verification badges – a golden one, a grey one and a blue one. Elon Musk has announced Twitter will resume with paid verification next Friday. According to the new plan Twitter will assign a gold tick for companies, grey for government agencies and blue for individuals, and manually authenticate each applicant. Image Credit: AFP Musk responded to…

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FP StaffNov 25, 2022 13:35:37 ISTA couple of months ago, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice ordered the suspension of Apple’s iPhone sales in the country for not including chargers with each purchase and forcing their customers to buy chargers separately. Brazil even fined Apple millions of dollars twice and ordered the tech giant to start shipping iPhones with chargers in the country, if they wanted to sell their devices. This judgement was passed right around the time Apple started shipping their latest iPhone 14 series.  The Brazilian Ministry of Justice had previously ordered Apple to sell iPhones with a charger…

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Trust James Cameron to go beyond his way to ensure he gets what he wants. When Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley was almost out from the sequel to Aliens, the director had to lie to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s agent to get the actor to sign for the sequel. (Also read: When Leonardo DiCaprio almost lost Titanic as he refused screen test, James Cameron recalls what happened)When James Cameron co-wrote the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Aliens with Walter Hill and David Giler, he safely assumed that Sigourney Weaver was attached to the project. Yet, 20th Century Fox did not comply. In a recent…

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Stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan scored his 39th ODI half-century in the 1st One-Day International(ODI) against hosts New Zealand on Friday. He stitched a 124-run partnership for the opening wicket with fellow opener Shubman Gill, to give Team India a solid start. On the back of half-centuries by both openers and Shreyas Iyer, the Men in Blue set a big target of 307 runs in 50 overs for the Kiwis.Dhawan has played several match-winning knocks for Team India. In ODIs, he averages more than 45 and has scored 6744 runs. But some experts feel that the left-handed batter’s exploits in the…

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Ameya DalviNov 25, 2022 12:16:43 ISTPros:– Good sound quality– Compact design, comfortable in-ear fit– Impressive ANC and ambient mode– Wear detection, multipoint support– Support for LDAC codecs even when paired with two devices– Useful companion app– Good battery backup with ANC on Cons:– Touch controls configuration could have been smarter– Average call quality– Expensive Price: Rs 16,990 Rating: 3.8/5 Sony launched two prominent TWS earphones this year in India. First was the flagship WF-1000XM4 which still remains the best TWS earphones under Rs 20,000 here and the benchmark for active noise cancellation (ANC) in the segment. Then came the highly…

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A month ahead of its release, Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro has already seen Avatar: The Way of Water, his good friend James Cameron’s hotly anticipated sequel to the 2009 film. Now he is sharing his first-ever reactions on the film. (Also read: Avatar 4 and 5 may be scrapped if The Way of Water flops, says James Cameron: ‘It’s a different world now’)Producer Jon Landau took to Twitter and announced on November 24 that work on Avatar: The Way of Water is finally complete, with the conclusion of the final mix and picture mastering process. “I am thankful…

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Mehul Reuben DasNov 25, 2022 10:47:48 ISTA couple of days ago, Elon Musk asked his followers via a Twitter poll if the social media platform should give amnesty to people who were banned from the platform and reinstate their banned accounts. Of the 3 Million of Elon Musk’s followers who voted in the poll, about 72 per cent voted ‘yes’ to reinstate most banned accounts on Twitter. Image Credit: AFP Because most of his followers voted ‘Yes’ overwhelmingly, the Twitter and Tesla CEO has now announced that Twitter will be reinstating most of the banned accounts starting next week. Most…

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The BJP may not be able to win elections due to anger over the incorrect distribution of tickets, the switching of assembly districts, and other issues, according to audio clips of party leaders. Manjeet Sehgal’s article On December 8, when the Himachal Pradesh assembly election results will be made public, all eyes will be on that date. Congress leaders have stated that their party will form the government in the hill state, and some leaders have already begun lobbying and sending signals to the party high command in the hopes of becoming the next chief minister. Intriguingly, audio recordings of…

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I’ve volunteered at food pantries in the Los Angeles region over the course of a few years every year during the holiday season. The person in charge typically gives a speech about how we should treat the people we’re serving, the majority of whom are unhoused or very close to it, as we all line up in the industrial kitchen equipped with gloves, hairnets, and ladles. We are informed that “many of them aren’t in a good state of mind.” “Especially at this time of year, we can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to be in…

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