Feb 252017

Samsung has finally released a downloadable version of the Secure Folder app, a robust security solution that helps mobile users protect their valuable data and information.

Secure Folder, which was originally launched on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and has since made its way to the international Galaxy A series, is now available for download on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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The app, using the defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform, serves as an encrypted location for Samsung users to store personal or sensitive notes, pictures, contacts, apps or documents.

However, currently Secure Folder is compatible with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones running Android Nougat 7.0 or later versions. Although the company plans to extend support to additional devices soon, no date has been given.

Apps and data moved to Secure Folder are sandboxed separately on the device and gain an additional layer of security and privacy, thus further protecting them from malicious attacks. Additionally, users are required to use an authentication method such as PIN, pattern, passcode or biometric verification such as fingerprint authentication to access and manage Secure Folder.

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Secure Folder is especially handy for those who want to ensure that banking information or apps that store large amounts of personal data stay private when lending out their phones to friends, family members or colleagues.

For additional privacy, users can also customise their Secure Folder by changing its name and icon. It even allows users to hide the Secure Folder icon from their home screen altogether using Quick Panel.

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Feb 252017

India’s censor board has refused to certify a film it describes as “lady-oriented”, sparking a furious response from the director, in the latest case to highlight fears over creative freedom in the country. In a letter, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) told the makers of Lipstick Under My Burkha that it would not clear the Indian film for general release.

“The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are continuous sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused under guidelines,” the letter read. It was sent last month and came to light this week after Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted about it.

Lipstick Under My Burkha is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and tells the secret lives of four women – including a college student who wears a burka, and a 55-year-old who rediscovers a sex life after the death of her husband. It won an award at the Tokyo International Film Festival last year and also aired at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October.

Shrivastava described the CBFC’s ruling as an “assault on women’s rights”. She stated, “For too long the popular narrative has perpetuated patriarchy by objectifying women or minimising their role in a narrative.”

The film-makers can approach the CBFC’s appeal panel and Shrivastava said she would fight the ruling. “So a film like Lipstick Under My Burkha that challenges that dominant narrative is being attacked because it presents a female point of view. Do women not have the right of freedom of expression?”

Social media users took to Twitter to mock the film board’s ruling. One, Heena Khandelwal, told the CBFC to “grow up” while Neeraj Ghaywan, a film director, wrote, “Privileged men have an issue with sexually liberated women. ‘Cannot be issued’ is a ban. Let’s call it that.”

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Feb 252017
20 incredible pictures of Hindus celebrating Maha Shivaratri Festival

Maha Shivaratri, meaning ‘the great night of Shiva’, was celebrated by Hindus the world over on Feburary 24 with full vigour. The annual festival marks the day on which Hindu God ‘Shiva’ saved the universe by drinking poison and also the day he was married to the Goddess Parvati. Often referred to as Shivaratri, the festival is celebrated by most during the day, while others hold all-night vigils to celebrate the event which falls on a day in the most holy month of the Hindu calendar year. Hindu holy men also known as Sandhus smoke cannabis and smear their bodies with ash and paint to imitate God Shiva. Fasting and the consumption of easily digested items such as milk, fruit, almonds, peanuts and honey are also common traditional practices throughout the day. Here we look at 20 incredible pictures of Hindus commemorating the occasion. An Indian priest pours milk ocer a Shiva Lingam, a stone sculpture representing the phallus of Hindu god Lord Shiva. PHOTO: AFP A Nepalese Hindu Sadhu (Holy man) smears coloured paste onto his forehead near the Pashupatinath Temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu. PHOTO: AFP An artisan adorns an idol of Hindu Lord Shiva, which will be used to decorate a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata. PHOTO: REUTERS A man works to set up a curtain at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. PHOTO: REUTERS A Hindu devotee pours milk over a Shivling [Read More…]

Feb 252017

After 17 years of delay, construction has finally begun on the first official mosque for Athens, but Muslims in the city are not getting their hopes up just yet. “I’ve been hearing people talk about this for too long — I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Nasralla Abed, a Greek-Palestinian translator. He had come to pray in a basement in Athens’ Neos Kosmos neighbourhood, one of dozens of unofficial mosques around the city which is home to about 300,000 Muslims, A discreet sign marked the entrance to the mosque, reached through a garage. More than $900,000 raised to rebuild fire-ravaged Texas mosque This network of basement and apartment mosques developed as thousands of Muslims migrated to the city, mainly from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt. Muslims cannot even bury their dead in Athens, as plans for a cemetery are still on hold: Families often have to bury their dead in Thrace in northeast Greece, home of a Muslim minority of Turkish descent. For Naim Elghandour, president of the Muslim Association of Greece, the situation is a “disgrace”. “Why must we be treated as second-class citizens?” he said. Elghandour is also wary of getting his hopes up: There has been no word on whether the mosque will open on schedule in April, and the press has not been allowed access to the site. The project was launched in 2000 to increase integration of the city’s Muslims. “Athens is the last capital in the European Union without an official mosque,” said [Read More…]

Feb 252017

LAHORE: The blast at Z-Block in Defence may have rocked Lahore to the core, but the resolve of citizens to fight the menaces of terrorism and extremism is stronger than ever. Just after the blast, a large number of people gathered outside the Lahore General Hospital where the wails of ambulances bringing the injured from the targeted restaurant could still be heard. A passerby told The Express Tribune that terrorists have intensified their attacks as it was the second bomb blast in the provincial capital within 10 days. “However, we will not bow down,” the citizen asserted. “They are trying to destroy our social fabric, but will not be successful,” he said. “Our law enforcement agencies have intensified their operation to clean up these elements.” Replying to a question, he urged the government to go ahead with the Pakistan Super League cricket final and provide security for guest players and the general public. Although law enforcement agencies immediately cordoned off the hospital and even the media was not allowed to step in, the crowd gathered outside the medical facility was creating hurdles for authorities. While many on the streets and social media were more adamant than ever to fend off militancy, a sense of panic prevailed over Lahore in general. Rumours spread that there were two more blasts in different areas of the city. The resulting chaos saw people driving aggressively to get home as soon as possible amid ambulance sirens in various parts of the city. One of those injured [Read More…]

Feb 252017

LAHORE: Defence Housing Authority, a posh and bustling area of the provincial capital, wore a deserted look on Thursday after a blast ripped through the locality. Most markets pulled their shutters down, while commercial areas closed early due to the thin business activity. Traders complained the current wave of terrorism had crippled their businesses as the repeated incidents of violence were forcing citizens away from markets and crowded areas. All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran Secretary General Abdul Razzaq Babar urged the government to ensure better security at markets and commercial areas in the city. “The government and law enforcing agencies should divert some security VIP personnel to common citizens, who are facing a tremendous threat. Consecutive acts of terrorism in the provincial capital have pushed citizens the brink of panic,” he underlined. Babbar told The Express Tribune that trader bodies had decided to approach police and government officials to devise a security strategy for markets and commercial areas. He added the community, in its own capacity, was trying to improve security arrangements in city markets. Qaumi Tajir Ittehad Lahore President Ansar Zahoor Butt said though the city’s trading community always displayed great courage and supported law enforcement agencies in all emergency situations, the current wave of terrorism has emptied markets. He stressed customers at markets had decreased by one-fifth after the suicide blast on Mall Road. Though business activity was adversely affected, Butt vowed traders would face up to the situation with courage and keep their shops open. Published in The Express Tribune, [Read More…]

Feb 242017
Interpol refuses to issue red warrant against Altaf

ISLAMABAD: Interpol has refused to issue a red warrant against MQM founder Altaf Hussain, saying it does not intervene in political and religious matters of a state. A senior official of the interior ministry told Dawn on condition of anonymity on Friday that Interpol had sought a clarification from the government over the request for issuance of the red warrant against Mr Hussain, besides asking for details of the sedition charges against him. The official said the Interpol communication was being examined at the highest level and would be responded to over the next two weeks. An Interpol notice is an international alert circulated to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats from police in a member state or an authorised international entity to their counterparts around the world. The information disseminated via notices concerns individuals wanted for serious crimes, missing persons, unidentified bodies, possible threats, prison escapes and criminals’ modus operandi. Govt asked to provide details of sedition charges against MQM founder There are eight types of notices, seven of which are colour-coded by their function: red, blue, green, yellow, black, orange and purple. The most well-known is the red notice which is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. The eighth — special notice — is issued at the request of the United Nations Security Council. As a matter of policy, Interpol only publishes a notice that adheres to all the proper legal conditions. For example, a notice will not be published if it [Read More…]

Feb 242017
PM allows gas connections to areas of influential politicians

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has relaxed the moratorium on gas connections for 55 constituencies of influential politicians and federal ministers since May last year. However, 35 more such cases are still in the pipeline while in two cases, the prime minister has turned down proposals for connecting un-served areas with the network of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL). The previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had imposed the ban on new connections in 2011 because of a serious natural gas shortage. The PM relaxed the moratorium for the constituencies of his son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Housing and Works Minister Akram Khan Durrani, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Mohammad Barjees Tahir, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sheikh Aftab, National Health Services Minister Saira Afzal Tarar, Defence Production Minister Rana Tanvir, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Balighur Rehman, Chairman of Standing Committee on Human Rights Babar Nawaz Khan, former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and former senator Zahid Khan. Son-in-law, Fazl among beneficiaries The ban was relaxed in the constituencies of MNAs belonging to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and including Junaid Anwar Chaudhry (NA- 93), Waseem Akhtar Shaikh (NA-139), Haji Mohammad Akram Ansari (NA-85), Mohammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa (NA-171), Mohammad Afzal Khokhar (NA-128), Mohammad Arshad Khan Laghari [Read More…]

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