Windows 10 update to bring lots of New Features: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced a refreshed Windows 10 October 2018 update that will have new features and enhancements for over 700 million devices running Windows 10; Windows 10 with Redstone 4.

The announcement came at the ongoing IFA 2018 technology event in Berlin, Germany.

“With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time,” Roanne Sones, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft wrote in a blog post late on Friday.

Microsoft also announced the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 powered Lenovo Yoga C630 Windows on Snapdragon (WOS) as part of its focus plan on connected PC experiences.

By pairing the functionality of Windows 10 with portable, lightweight devices; Microsoft intents to keep users connected and productive while on the go.

“Devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS, as well as connected PCs from ASUS and HP that went on sale earlier this year, are ensuring that we have a robust and diverse portfolio of products to keep users connected and happy,” added Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

Additionally, Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930, Dell’s Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1, Microsoft’s Surface Go and Acer’s Predator Triton 900 have been launched alongside the updated Windows 10 version.

“Whether it’s gaming, productivity or creativity that drives you, there’s truly a modern Windows 10 PC that will help you achieve more,” Chapple added.

The tech giant released the last update for Windows 10 in April.


Chances are Slight For Congress In Closely-Fought Karnataka Urban Body Polls

The Congress was ahead of the BJP as votes were counted Monday for 102 urban local bodies in Karnataka where polls took place last week. This is the first election after the Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition government took power in May.

In 2,267 of the 2,664 seats for which results have been declared, the Congress has won 846, the BJP wins 788 and the Janata Dal Secular has taken 307 seats. Independent candidates have won 277 seats. The BJP is leading in the municipal corporation of Shimoga — the stronghold of its former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. There is no clear winner in Mysuru and Tumkur.

“We would have won more if it weren’t for the coalition government,” Mr Yeddyurappa said as his party lagged.

The ruling coalition partners did not contest the local body polls together but are expected to come together after the results, if no party wins a majority in any urban body. If they together won more than half of the seats, the two parties are likely to consider it a win as the BJP has a strong presence in urban bodies.

All three parties are hoping for good results for a boost ahead of the general election next year.

Voting in three places in Kodagu was postponed because of rain and flooding in the past few weeks.

Many districts, including Bengaluru, will vote later in the year.

There was a record turnout of over 67 per cent when elections to over 100 city and town municipalities and town panchayats across Karnataka were held on August 29. Elections were not held in Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru districts as a case on reservation of wards is pending before the Karnataka High Court.

Over 8,000 candidates contested the local body polls and some 800 fought for the three city corporations.

In the 2013 local body polls held in 4,976 seats, the Congress had won 1,960 seats, while the BJP and the JD-S had won 905 seats each, and independents had won the remaining 1,206 seats.

US cancel $300m aid to Pakistan

Pakistan’s foreign minister downplays the issue of United States cancelling $300m in security assistance to the Pakistan and says the amount was a reimbursement and not assistance.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have been increasingly frayed since January, when US President Donald Trump suspended more than $1.1bn in security assistance to the country over allegations that it was not acting against armed groups such as the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistan denies the charge, saying it has conducted indiscriminate military operations against all armed groups operating on its soil.

On Sunday, Pentagon spokesperson Lt-Col Kone Faulkner confirmed that the US would be finally cancelling $300m in Coalition Support Funds (CSF), which was part of the $1.1bn suspended in January, reassigning the funds to other projects, “due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy”.

“This $300m was neither any aid nor assistance,” said Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday evening.

“It is our share in CSF. This is the money which Pakistan has already spent through its own resources and [the US] was to reimburse it to us.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accompanied by US military chief General Joseph Dunford, is due for a visit to Islamabad on Wednesday.

Qureshi said that ties between Pakistan and the US are currently “almost non-existent”, but he hoped this would change after Pompeo’s visit.

“With the visit of the US Secretary of State we have an opening and a beginning can be made, and we will try to build a consensus in areas of mutual interest,” he said.

“It is our shared objective to cleanse the region and the world of terrorism.

“We will listen to their point of view, and we will present our position to them,” he said. “Our objective is that we move our relationship forward based on trust, respect and understanding.”

Pompeo visit

Pompeo and Dunford are expected to hold talks with the newly elected government, led by longtime opposition politician Imran Khan, and military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

For over a decade, Pakistan has received CSF assistance to reimburse its military for expenditures incurred in its war against armed groups, including the Pakistani Taliban.

Afghanistan and the US accuse the country of offering safe haven to leaders  of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network, which have been waging a 17-year war since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Pakistan denies that it has aided the Afghan Taliban and its allies.

In 2016, Akhtar Mansour, then-chief of the Afghan Taliban, was killed in a US drone strike on Pakistani territory, while travelling in the southwestern province of Balochistan using Pakistani identity papers.

India needs to learn the art of crossing the line- Virat Kohli

After conceding the series to England in Southampton, Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that his side failed to drive home the advantage in the first innings and this cost them the game. Virat kohli said Indian team cannot be satisfied with just competing overseas and it has to learn the art of crossing the line in a pressure situation. India suffered a 60-run loss in the fourth Test on Sunday after being dismissed for 184 while chasing a victory target of 245 set by England.

It cost India the series 3-1 and Kohli said that they need to understand the situation whilst at the crease and not after the game. “We can look at the scoreboard and say we were only 30 or 50 runs away, but we have to recognise that when we are in the midst of the situation, and not later. We know that we have played good cricket but we cannot say again and again to ourselves that we have competed,” Kohli said.

“When you come so close, there is an art of crossing the line as well, which we will have to learn. We have the ability, which is why we are getting close to a result. But when a pressure situation comes, how we react to it, is something we have to work on a bit.”

Like in South Africa, India started off the series lagging 0-2 but fought hard to reduce the deficit by clinching the third Test.

Kohli said his team needs to be more relentless and fearless to make better start to the overseas tours. “Look we’ve spoken about the fact that even during the match when we’re in a driving position, we should be able to capitalise on it and not let the opposition come in, and fight back again and again. We can take a leaf out of that,” he said.

“Nottingham we did that, for three days we were relentless and we’re on top. So we need to think about how to start a series like that as well. As a group we need to be more relentless when we start a series and be a bit more expressive and fearless at the beginning of a series.

“Especially in a long series because, as I’ve said at the start of the series, you have time to comeback, but you want to come back when you’ve played fearless cricket and you don’t want to be catching up too much.”

When asked about the batsmen’s failure in this game, and the series, as a whole, the skipper said, “It’s very difficult to recognize key moments in the first innings of a Test match. But after I got out, I myself felt that had I batted for longer that day the lead could have been bigger.”

“But even after that we thought we could get a couple of more partnerships and extend the lead if possible. Eventually Pujara had to play a blinder to get us to a lead of 30 odd. So that’s the only thing that I feel could have extended our lead a bit more in this first innings.

“Apart from that as I said as captain I don’t see many areas we need to think of as negatives because we tried our best.”

Kohli said his team never gave up and made England earn the victory. “Not many teams come close to us when we play at home. But to make the home sides earn victory against us, that’s a huge boost for us. As a group we feel that we have pushed the home side to earn victories and we haven’t thrown in the towel,” he said.

England’s Moeen Ali took nine wickets for 134 runs as India succumbed twice to his off-spin.

While Kohli praised the off-spinner, he also defended R Ashwin, who couldn’t work similar magic in this game.

“Ashwin tried his best. He pitched the ball in the right areas. He didn’t get the results he would have intended. We all try to do well. Some innings it doesn’t come off,” he said.

“On flat wickets batsmen can get out. So this was one occasion where Ashwin could himself feel he could have got more purchase out of the wicket. The batsmen played well. There could be a lot of factors when you look at that situation.

“But Moeen bowled really well. If you have to single out his performance, I think he was relentless with the areas that he bowled in and the speeds that he bowled at, so deserved to get the wickets he got eventually,” he added.

Wipro Wins $1.5 Billion Deal from US based Alight Solutions

Software major Wipro announced it had won a $1.5 billion (Rs. 10,500 crore) 10-year deal from the US-based technology firm, Alight Solutions LLC. “We have won a 10-year engagement to provide a suite of solutions and services to the Illinois-based Alight Solutions, a leader in technology-enabled health, wealth, human resources and finance solutions,” said the city-based IT major in a statement here.

Claiming the deal to be its largest win so far, the company said it would generate $1.5-1.6-billion revenues over the tenure.

“We were chosen by Alight as its long-term strategic partner in its enterprise transformation journey to bring digital experiences and offerings to employees and employers globally,” said Wipro Chief Executive Abidali Z. Neemuchwala in the statement on the occasion.

The deal will enable the digital transformation of Alight’s offerings across health, wealth, HR and finance solutions and enhance the employee experience of its clients by leveraging Wipro’s industry-leading strengths in digital technologies, cognitive automation and data analytics.

“Our industry-leading partnership with Wipro will enhance our client experience by drawing on its leading position in automation and innovation, while allowing us to invest in health, wealth and cloud-based solutions to meet the needs of our clients,” said Alight Chief Executive Chris Michalak.

The deal is also a testimony to the capabilities Wipro built through its strategic investments in digital, cloud platforms and cognitive platform.

“We will leverage this expertise to digitalise and modernise Alight’s core across platforms, technologies and operations,” added the company.

Asian Games 2018: List of India’s Medal Winners in Jakarta

India brought home a total of 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze from the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China. This is also India’s best ever overall medal tally, equalling country’s joint-best effort at the Asian Games since the inaugural edition in 1951. The total of 24 silver medals is also the highest ever in Asiad history for India.

Here is how India fared in key sporting events and disciplines at the Asian Games 2018:

  • Athletics

Medals: 17 (7 gold, 10 silver and 2 medals)

The results turned out to be better than how India fared at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games where they picked 13 medals in total.

Neeraj Chopra and Swapna Barman won gold medals in the javelin throw and heptathlon respectively. India continued their dominance in women’s team relay, bagging gold. Jinson Johnson’s gold was first 1500m medal in 20 years, while Manjit Singh’s 800m gold was possible after 32 years and Arpinder Singh’s triple jump gold came after 48 years.

  • Archery

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

The India Men’s team comprising of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma, failed to grab the yellow metal after a rare stroke of bad luck.

  • Badminton

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

With PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bagging a medal each in the individual event, it is safe to say that the badminton campaign was a successful one.

  • Boxing

Medals: 2 (1 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

They won two medals, with Amit Panghal bagging gold on the final day.

  • Shooting

Medals: 10 (2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals)

Teenagers Saurabh Chaudhary and Shardul Vihan made headlines after excellent performances.

Rahi Sarnobat secured the second gold medal for India in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sanjeev Rajput won a silver in 50m rifle 3 positions men, while Heena Sidhu secured bronze in 10m air pistol event. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela won the bronze in 10m air rifle mixed team event, while Abhishek Verma won the bronze in 10m air pistol. India claimed silver in men’s trap thanks to Lakshay and Deepak Kumar added a silver in 10m air rifle.

  • Hockey

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

The women’s team reached their first final in 20 years, where they lost to Japan. The men’s team, however, took the bronze medal.

  • Kabaddi

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

India failed to win gold in a sport they have dominated since it was introduced for the first time in the tournament in 1990.

  • Rowing

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

The rowers fought back on the final day to secure a gold and two bronze medals after Dattu Bhokanal, who was expected to win a medal in men’s singles sculls had a horrible final, in which he finished in the last position.

  • Squash

Medals: 5 (1 silver and 4 bronze medals)

In the women’s team event, Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunanya Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna won the silver medal. Saurav Ghoshal came home with a bronze in the men’s singles department.

  • Table tennis

Medals: 2 (2 bronze medals)

India secured two medals with Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan along with Manav Vikash, Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Desai winning the bronze medal in men’s Team event. Kamal combined with Manika Batra to win the bronze in mixed doubles.

  • Tennis

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the men’s doubles gold, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran won bronze medal in the men’s singles event. Ramkumar Ramanathan faced an early exit.

Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 bronze medals)

  • Weightlifting

CWG gold medallist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, finished 10th in the men’s 77kg weight class with a total lift of 314 kg (144 kg Snatch + 170 kg Clean-and-Jerk). Ajay Singh finished in the 5th position in the same event with a total lift of 327 kg.

  • Wrestling

Medals: 3 (2 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

Bajrang Punia won gold in 65 kg freestyle and Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. Phogat outplayed Japan’s Yuki Irie to take a 6-2 win and become the first Indian female wrestler to win an Asiad gold. Divya Kakran also won the bronze medal in freestyle 68 kg wrestling for India.

  • Bridge

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar took India’s gold medal count to 15.

  • Equestrian

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

Fouaad Mirza ended India’s 36 years of wait to win an individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982. He won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, just four seconds behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. The Indian team comprising of Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh, apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30 in the team event.

  • Martial Arts (Kurash, Wushu)

Medals: 6 (1 silver and 5 bronze medals)

India picked up six medals with one silver and bronze coming in Kurash while four bronze medals arrived in wushu. Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav won silver and bronze respectively in Kurash women’s 52kg event. In wushu, Roshibina Naorem won bronze in women’s Sanda 60kg; men’s trio of Santhosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal won in men’s Sanda 56kg, 60kg and 65kg categories respectively.

Asian Games 2018: Rani Rampal, India’s Flag-bearer in Closing Ceremony

India ended their Asian Games campaign with a total of 69 medals, including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal has been named India’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games 2018. With this medal haul at the 2018 Games, India surpassed their highest Asian Games tally of 65 medals at the 2010 Guangzhou edition.

Rani Rampal led India to a successful Asian Games campaign as they came agonizingly close to winning Asiad hockey gold after 36 years. However, India, who made their first final in 20 years, failed to go past Japan, losing the final 1-2 to clinch the silver medal. In the tournament, Rani scored three goals.

India ended their Asian Games campaign with a bang, winning two gold medals on Day 14. While debutant Amit Panghal clinched gold in boxing by defeating Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final, India won gold in men’s pair bridge event.

The Indian hockey men’s team, who were favourites to bring home the gold medal, lost to Malaysia (6-7 via penalty shoot-off) in semifinal. However, India ended their campaign with a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan to take home the bronze. This is the second time in the last three months that India have beaten Pakistan.

Day 14 also saw the Indian women’s squash team, who had shocked powerhouse Malaysia in semifinals, winning the silver after losing to Hong Kong 0-2 in the team final.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games.

Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal with a throw of 88.06 metres. Neeraj’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.