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Instagram Launches Long Video App IGTV in Challenge to YouTube June 21, 2018 08:42

Photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram with one billion users launched a long-form video app on Thursday that will let users play long videos in a vertical format in the existing Instagram also in the standalone app. The new app called IGTV is hoped-for to roll out to both Android and iOS users over the next few weeks.The Videos published via IGTV can be up to 60 minutes or an hour long compared to the current 60 seconds limit. These videos can be viewed in a vertical format allowing the video to take up a full screen similar to the YouTube videos.Videos up to 10 minutes long can be uploaded from the mobile app while videos of longer duration will have to be uploaded from a computer. Usage of IGTV- Videos must be in an MP4 file format- Videos should be vertical and not landscape with a minimum aspect ratio of 4:5 and maximum of 9:16. - 10 minutes videos should not be more than 650MB, whereas maximum file size for videos up to 60 minutes is 5.4GB.IGTV Vies YouTubeThe IGTV app by Instagram aims to take on the video-sharing website YouTube. It allows users to upload videos of up to 128GB or 12 hours. "Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don't have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests," says Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO of Instagram.Anyone can be a creatorIGTV comprise channels which are made by creators. When a user follows a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up in the feed. Users can upload their own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start their own channel, being their own creator. How to create a channel?- Open IGTV app and go tour profile- Tap on IGTV and choose option Create ChannelVisibility depends on the account typeOne can create a channel from the Instagram app as well. The visibility of the uploaded video, however, depends on the type of account. For private accounts, the approved followers will be able to see the videos whereas for public account any user can be able to see the videos. IGTV can be shared on Facebook too. By Sowmya Sangam

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Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi? Telugu Movie June 21, 2018 07:28

Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi? is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by Tharun Bhascker and produced by Suresh Babu. The film stars Vishwak Sen, Anisha Ambrose, Sushanth Reddy, Simran Chowdary, Abhinav Gomatam and Venkatesh Kakumanu in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Trump Signs Executive Order to End Family Separations at U.S. Border June 21, 2018 04:01

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to conclude the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the U.S. - Mexico border illicitly. Since few days, the immigration policy sparked indignation at home and border. The order requires that immigrant families be confined together when they are caught entering the country illegally, however it was not instantly unsubtle for how long. It likewise moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings. The order does not end a "zero tolerance" policy that calls from criminal prosecution of parents crossing the border lawlessly. It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border, Trump said as he signed the order in a hastily arranged Oval Office gathering.The wrath sparked in the United States ranging from clergy to influential business leader, as well as disapproval from overseas, including Pope Francis, when a video recording of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of lamenting children went viral. Trump, a frequent viewer of cable television newscasts, had recognized the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said. First lady Melania Trump, in private conversations with the president, urged him to do something, a White House official said."The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now, which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together," an official said.The decision of Trump on Wednesday marked a rare case since he took office in January 2017 in which he has changed course on a controversial policy, rather than digging in.Trump has made a hard-bitten stance on immigration central to his presidency. In recent days, the Republican president had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations and had sought to blame Democrats, although it was his administration that enforced the policy of rigorous adherence to immigration law.The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is also considering legislation to address the issue. On Thursday, the House of representative on two bills planned to the ballot to halt family separation and to address else immigration issues. Merely Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough support to be approved. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but did not give a preference.By Sowmya Sangam

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President Approves Governor Rule in Jammu and Kashmir June 20, 2018 11:03

President of India Ram Nath Kovind today approved the imposition of governor rule in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir.Following the President's approval, Governor NN Vohra will be presiding over the state. He's doing do for the fourth time, having overseen governor's rule in 2008, 2015 and 2016. Vohra was set to complete his second term in a few days, butis now set to continue in Raj Bhavan at least till the conclusion of 'Amarnath Yatra' on August 26.Following the withdrawal of BJP, the PDP's Mehbooba Mufti yesterday submitted her resignation as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to governor Vohra. After Late evening yesterday, by concluding his confer with all the major political parties in the state, Honourable governor Vohra forwarded his reports of write up to the President of India for enforcement of governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP pulled out the alliance saying it was "untenable" to continue.                  Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue its alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing," BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said at a press conference this afternoon.With J&K having a provision for governor’s rule for six months, the BJP leadership is keen to let this period run as close to the end of 2018 as possible. The calculation is that if the six months ended in December, it would be too close to the Lok Sabha elections to be scheduled ahead of the national polls. The electoral process for the Lok Sabha is expected to begin to unroll from March onward.By Lokesh

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Sanju Hindi Movie June 20, 2018 08:40

Sanju is an upcoming Bollywood film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Canada Senate Legalizes Recreational Marijuana June 20, 2018 04:26

Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved an amended bill to legalize recreational marijuana, making the country the second to have a nationwide legal marijuana market, after Uruguay.The law as well makes Canada the first Group of Seven nation to legalize marijuana.In the favor of a revised bill, the Senate voted 52-59 from the elected House of Commons, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within 12 weeks.Canada Prime minister Justin Trudeau Liberals had made legalizing recreational use of marijuana part of their successful election campaign 2015, arguing the new law would keep pot out of the hands of underage uses and lessen related crime."It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate," Trudeau said in a tweet.As Canada's rollout being the introductory economy to fully legalize marijuana, it will be intensely watched by else nations considering the identical way, and by global investors, who have already poured billions into Canadian marijuana firms.Canopy Growth Corp, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF, Aphria Inc, and Aurora Cannabis Inc, are the companies of Canadian marijuana that have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use nationwide.The legalization from the government's initially planned July launch has already been delayed.While the cannabis production is regulated by the federal government, provinces and cities have more powers over retail sales either through private or government-owned stores."I'm feeling just great," CBC News quoted Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, as saying. "The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government."By Sowmya Sangam

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U.S Withdraws from 'biased' UN Human Rights Council June 20, 2018 04:07

The United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley proclaimed the withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council today, condemning the hypocrisy of its members and its alleged unrelenting bias against Israel.Nikki Haley, in order to announce the decision, came to Washington alongside the United States President Donald Trump's top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Haley and Pompeo insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights, but for many, the decision will reflect Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general.The proclamation came subsequent to the top UN human rights official criticized Washington for separating immigrant families who are seeking asylum after crossing into the country from Mexico.Merely Haley and Pompeo stressed the decision had been made after years of endeavor to shame the council into reform and to remove member states that themselves commit abuses."These reforms were needed in order to make the council a serious advocate for human rights," Haley said."For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias. Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded," she added.The Geneva-based body was constituted in 2006 to promote and defend human rights worldwide, but its pronouncements and reports have often clashed with U.S. priorities.The council's focus, in particular, is on Israeli behavior towards Palestinians in the territory it occupies on the West Bank and in Gaza has infuriated Washington. As Haley stresses, Washington as well believes it comes up short on criticizing even flagrant abuses by U.S. opponents such as Venezuela and Cuba."Countries have colluded with each other to undermine the current method of selecting members," Pompeo said."And the council's continued and well-documented bias against Israel is unconscionable," he said."Since its creation, the council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than against the rest of the world combined." Haley, who issued a warning a year ago that Washington would make good on its threat to leave the council if reforms were not carried through, used even starker language."We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights," she said.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he regretted Washington's decision, adding, "The UN's human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide."On Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a Jordanian had rebuked Trump over the US practice of splitting up migrant families detained on the Mexican border."The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable," he said.By Sowmya Sangam

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Governor Rule to Be Imposed In J&K for 8th Time in 4 Decades June 19, 2018 12:34

Jammu and Kashmir has come under governor's rule on seven occasions before in the last four decades and an eighth spell looks imminent with the collapse of the PDP-BJP alliance on Tuesday.Also, if such a scenario emerges with prospects of a new government unlikely, it will be for the fourth time that the state will be placed under central rule during NN Vohra's tenure as governor. Vohra, a former civil servant, became the governor on June 25, 2008.The BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, saying it has become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.Ironically, late PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the father of incumbent chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her predecessor, was an important player in the political developments of the state that led to the imposition of central rule on the previous seven occasions.Mufti Sayeed's death was the cause for the last promulgation of the governor's rule on January 8, 2016 after allies - PDP and BJP - deferred the government formation process till the end of the four-day mourning period.Invoking Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, Vohra promulgated governor's rule after approval by then President Pranab Mukherjee. It was the seventh time governor's rule was promulgated in the state since Independence, the first being in March 1977. The central rule came to an end after Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as the chief minister on April 4, 2016.Governor's rule was imposed for the first time on March 26, 1977 during the tenure of governor LK Jha after state Congress - then headed by Sayeed - withdrew support to the minority government of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah of National Conference. Sheikh had come to the power following an accord with then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.By Lokesh

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American Rapper XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Florida June 19, 2018 04:08

American rapper, singer, and songwriter XXXTentacion was shot dead in Florida on Monday. The rapper's bleak, self-rhymed propelled him to the top of the United States chart this year.XXXTentacion, 20, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot to death in beam daylight near a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, the Broward County Sheriff's department said.In recent years, XXXTentacion becomes one of the biggest names in hip-hop to be killed after a slew of murders in the 1990s.The further details regarding the death were declined to give by a spokesman for the Sheriff's department and a representative for XXXTentacion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.According to news source Sheriff's department said the two assailants in hoodies, with the gunman in red mask, stole a Louis Vuitton bag from rapper's vehicle and sped away in black SUV.XXXTentacion, a Florida native gained a huge following by uploading songs on SoundCloud, a sharing site, with a dark, often muffled style of hip-hop dull of his depression and past crime lyrics.In March, his second album entitled "?," debuted at the top of Billboard album chart.The rapper's success led to controversy due to a violent past even by the standards of the rap world. At the time of his latest album's release, he was being released from house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend.Earlier this month, Spotify singled out XXXTentacion as part of the policy not to promote songs by artists known for harmful and hateful behavior, merely it backed down after charges that it had overstepped its role over obscure criteria.By Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Threatens China to Impose New Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods June 19, 2018 03:59

United States President Donald Trump vulnerable to compel a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, intensifying a tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing. On Monday, Trump said in a statement he had asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to identify the Chinese products to be subject to the new tariffs. He said the move was in retaliation for China's decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods. "After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced," Trump said.Lighthizer said his office was preparing the proposed tariffs and they would undergo a similar legal process as previous tariffs, which were subject to a public comment period, a public hearing and some revisions. He did not say when the target list of Chinese goods would be unveiled. After failed negotiations in resolving U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policies, lack of market access in China and a $375 billion U.S. trade deficit, Washington and Beijing appeared increasingly headed toward open trade conflict, On Friday Trump said he was pushing ahead with 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to respond in kind. "China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology. Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong," he said.If China increases its tariffs again in response to the latest U.S. move, "we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods," Trump said. Trump further said he has an excellent relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and they will continue working together on many issues. But, he said, "the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world." A spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said that the new list of $200 billion in Chinese goods targeted for 10 percent tariffs would supplant the former $100 billion list that Trump ordered to be prepared in early April as a consequence to China's first round of $50 billion in retaliatory tariffs.Derek Scissors, a China scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank, said China will soon run out of imports of U.S. goods on which to impose retaliatory tariffs, as it only imported $130 billion worth of American goods last year. It would likely next seek to punish U.S. companies doing business in China.He added that China was unlikely to respond to an announcement of tariffs with changes in industrial policies. Those could take a long and painful trade fight."As I've said from the beginning, China will back off its industrial plans only when U.S. trade measures are large and lasting enough to threaten the influx of foreign exchange. Not due to announcements," he said.By Sowmya Sangam

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