Peepli Live’ actor Sitaram Panchal passes away

 

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Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning today after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.

 

The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with “Bandit Queen” and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, “Peepli Live”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Jolly LLB 2”, died at his residence here, family sources confirmed.

 

“He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and was unwell. He wasn’t keeping well in the last few months,” family sources said.

 

The actor had celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal on Wednesday.

 

Panchal’s son had posted a picture with the actor and wished his parents– “Happy 26th anniversary mom and dad.”

 

Last month, Panchal had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment.

 

“Brothers, please help me, I have cancer, your artiste, Sitaram Panchal,” he had written.

 

Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) then came forward to help the actor.

 

“We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts,” it wrote at the time.

 

He was discharged from the hospital last month.

Woman can show face only to her husband: Muslim cleric on Pathan’s selfie

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Following Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan’s post on social media, where he is seen with his wife, the all-rounder has received massive backlash especially from religious leaders, who claim what he did was against Islamic law.

 

Calling it ‘un-Islamic’, Maulana Sajid Rashidi said that Irfan Pathan’s background is very religious as his father was a muezzin, and so posting his wife’s picture on social media is a shameful act.

 

“A woman can show her face only to her husband and in cases involving law related things such as aadhaar or pan card, only then can she show her face,” he added.

 

He also said that it is due to his religious background that people started “reminding” him about his religion, and that this was not a troll.

 

Calling the act shameful, Sajid Rashidi said, “His wife isn’t an actor that she somehow comes in front of the camera, she is a home maker and hence uploading her pictures like that is a shameful act.”

 

He further advised the cricketer to not do anything that is not allowed in Islam.

 

“Right to freedom is only according to the Indian constitution, what I am telling is the Islamic law and Islamic law doesn’t allow this,” he added.

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Facebook video chat gets new masks, animated emoji and filters

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Aiming to take on its competitors, and make video chats with your friends and family in Messenger a whole lot more fun, Facebook has now added four new features- animated reactions, filters, masks and effects, and the ability to take screenshots for one-on-one and group video chats.

So you can now share your emotions with a reaction, add a filter to feel like your best self, make someone laugh with a bear mask, and even take pictures of your time together.

Users can choose one of the five Messenger emoji icons to amplify their emotions and express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger.

“These reactions will animate onto the screen and then disappear, so you can express yourself in the moment,” Facebook said on Monday.

Messenger’s new video filters are designed to make you look and feel like your best self or express your current mood.

Users can choose from a variety of filters, ranging from subtle lighting tweaks to bold colour changes — like black and white, red, or yellow.

Masks in Messenger have been available for a while, but they are even more fun now with a bunch of new ones to choose from.

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Twitter algorithm can detect riots faster than police, says study

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Twitter posts can help track riots and other violent events much before they are reported to the police, according to a study which shows that social media can be an invaluable source of information for law-enforcement officials.

An analysis of data taken from the London riots in 2011 showed that computer systems could automatically scan through Twitter and detect serious incidents, such as shops being broken into and cars being set alight, before they were reported to the UK Metropolitan Police Service.

The system, developed by researchers at Cardiff University in the UK, could also discern information about where the riots were rumoured to take place and where groups of youths were gathering.

The research, published in the journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and over an hour in some cases.

Researchers believe that their work could enable police officers to better manage and prepare for both large and small scale disruptive events.

“We have previously used machine-learning and natural language processing on Twitter data to better understand online deviance, such as the spread of antagonistic narratives and cyber hate,” said Pete Burnap from Cardiff University.

“In this research we show that online social media are becoming the go-to place to report observations of everyday occurrences – including social disorder and terrestrial criminal activity,” Burnap said.

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Facebook is using artificial intelligence to combat terrorism

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Facebook said that it has started using artificial intelligence(AI) to help combat terrorists’ use of its platform.

The American company’s announcement comes as it faces growing pressure from government leaders to identify and prevent the spread of content from terrorist groups on its massive social network.

Facebook officials said in a blog post on 15 June 2017, that the company uses AI to find and remove the “terrorist content” immediately, before users see it.

This is a departure from Facebook’s usual policy of only reporting suspect content if users report it first.

They also say that when the company receives reports of potential “terrorism posts,” it reviews those reports urgently.

In addition, it says that in the rare cases when it uncovers evidence of imminent harm, it promptly informs authorities.

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Bad news for Apple users: iOS 11 won’t allow Facebook, Twitter sync in

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Over the years Facebook has made it easier for its users to log into the third-party apps through its platform but not anymore as Apple has introduced a technology in iOS 11 that will prevent them to log into third-party apps using a social media account.

Apple announced this subtle change to the system settings at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose on Monday.

Without system-level integration, iOS may fall back on the mobile web, The Verge reported.

“Log into Facebook once in mobile Safari and when you go to log in to a third-party app using a social network, it should be able to remember you. But that approach lacks the certainty and ease of setup, that system-level integrations afforded,” the website noted.

Apple might replace its system-level social account feature with a password autofill feature.

Software engineer at Apple, Ricky Mondello tweeted: “I’m thrilled to introduce Password AutoFill for Apps. If your app has a login screen, I have information for you.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook launched iOS 11 with over 10 new features.

He said that iOS 10 had nearly 96 per cent satisfaction with 86 per cent iPhone users installing the update as compared to only seven per cent Android users who installed Android Nougat — the latest version of Google’s operating system.

Apple also unveiled a bunch of refinements in its other platforms — tvOS, watchOS and macOS — with watchOS 4 and updates to its Mac line of desktops and notebooks.

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