Micromax Bharat Go with Android Oreo (Go Edition) announced at Rs 4,399

The Bharat Go comes bundled with a cashback offer of Rs 2,000 from Airtel that brings down the effective cost to Rs 2,399.

Micromax Bharat Go

Technology News : Home-grown electronics brand Micromax Informatics on May 22 announced the Bharat Go, an Android Oreo Go edition-based smartphone, in collaboration with India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel. Priced at Rs 4,399, the smartphone comes bundled with a cashback offer of Rs 2,000 from Airtel that brings down the effective cost to Rs 2,399.

The key highlight of the Bharat Go is the operating system it boots — Android Oreo Go edition — which was announced by Google last year. The operating system is a trim-down version of the Android Oreo, optimised to run efficiently on devices utilising much of phone’s hardware resources. As a result, the operating system works efficiently even on devices with 1 GB of RAM or less.

The Android Oreo (Go edition) comes with a dedicated suite of apps designed to run faster while using less data.


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As for the other features and specifications, the Bharat Go features dual-SIM functionality, both of which support voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) calling. The phone comes pre-loaded with Google apps optimised for Go edition, such as Gmail Go, Maps Go, Files Go, Chrome, YouTube Go, Assistant Go, Play Store and GBoard.

The Bharat Go sports a 4.5-inch screen and boasts a smart key that allows users to take screenshots, click pictures and switch the phone into silent mode. On the camera front, it uses a 5-megapixel camera on the back and front. Powering the device is a MediaTek quad-core processor, paired with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.

It is powered by 2,000 mAh battery and the phone supports USB on the go (OTG) functionality, which allows users to connect the phone with mass storage devices, serial communications, keyboards/mice, game controllers, Ethernet and camera controller.

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From cheating banks to faking identity, Aadhaar frauds peak in 2018

At a recent court hearing, UIDAI admitted that 6% of Aadhaar authentication requests using fingerprints transactions are known to fail.

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Finance News India : In January 2018, eight persons were arrested in Chandigarh for purchasing expensive mobile phones with fraudulent loans secured using fake Aadhaar cards. The accused, among whom were former bankers and employees of a finance company, had placed their own photographs on others’ Aadhaar cards to secure bank loans, and were booked for cheating, fraud, forgery and criminal conspiracy under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

This is just one among the 73 incidents of misuse of the Unique Identity Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Aadhaar programme that have been reported in the English-language media so far this year (up to May 7, 2018). This averages nearly four incidents each week, as per a new database created by independent researchers Anmol Somanchi and Vipul Paikra.

Of these, 52 cases involved fake or forged Aadhaar numbers–coming up with entirely new Aadhaar enrolment based on fake details, or forging existing cards by replacing certain details like photographs–and 21 involved Aadhaar-related banking frauds.

In the six years since the launch of the Aadhaar programme in September 2011, 164 cases of forged or fake Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar-related banking frauds have been reported in the English-language media, the database noted. These include 123 cases of fake or forged Aadhaar numbers or cards and 41 cases of Aadhaar-related banking fraud.

“This database does not include the whole gamut of reported incidents of Aadhaar-related fraud and forgery,” Somanchi told IndiaSpend. “We had initially included Hindi reports and found more such incidents. However, since we couldn’t include all other regional languages we restricted the database to English news reports.”

Several attempts to reach out to the UIDAI for comment on the findings of the database met with no response. On April 30, 2018, IndiaSpend reached out to the office of the chief executive officer of UIDAI via email. On May 2, 2018, we reached out again and were told by the communications team that UIDAI would get back to us. On May 3, 2018, IndiaSpend reached out a third time, telephonically. On May 8, 2018, we sent out a third email.

The story will be updated with the Authority’s response when we receive one.

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Sterlite Protests: 9 dead, 20 injured amid violent clashes in Tamil Nadu (Thoothukudi‬)

The protests had been going on for 100 days since Sterlite Copper announced its plans to invest Rs 25 billion in doubling the capacity of its existing facility to 800,000 tonnes per year.

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Latest News India : As many as 9 people were killed on Tuesday and 20 others injured in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin, as a protest against Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit, going on for 100 days since the company announced its plans to invest Rs 25 billion in doubling the capacity of its existing facility to 800,000 tonnes per annum, turned violent. The protesters claim that the plant is causing harm to its employees and increasing the capacity of the plant would aggravate the problems.

Following a gas leak in March 2013, the then chief minister late J Jayalalithaa had ordered its closure, following which the company moved the National Green Tribunal. With the tribunal overturning the government order, the state moved the Supreme Court against it, and the petition has been pending since.

Meanwhile, Opposition leaders have condemned the deaths during the protest and blamed the government for being unable to control the situation.

Here are the Latest developments in the Tamil Nadu Protests:

In a government statement, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy confirmed that the death toll had touched nine. He announced Rs 1 million for those who lost family members, Rs 300,000 for people who were injured severely, and Rs 100,000 for those with minor injuries.

In an official statement, Sterlite Copper late on Tuesday expressed regret and sorrow over the deaths that took place during protests against it in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin. The company said it had appealed to the government to ensure safety of the employees of the plant, as well as the surrounding communities. “It’s with great sorrow and regret that we witnessed today’s incidents around the protest today at Tuticorin. The company has appealed to government and authorities to ensure the safety of our employees, facilities and surrounding communities. Sterlite Copper plant is non-operational as we await approval for the consent to operate,” the statement read.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the deaths during the protest “a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism”. “The gunning down by the police of nine people in the #SterliteProtest in Tamil Nadu is a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

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Petrol and Diesel excise duty may be cut Rs 2-4/litre; PMO to take final call

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is expected to meet oil-marketing companies on Wednesday to take stock of the situation

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Latest News : The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will take a final call on a cut in the excise duty on petrol and diesel, according to senior officials, with surging fuel prices creating ripples among consumers and politicians alike. The cut is likely to be in the range of Rs 2 to Rs 4 a litre, they added.

Petrol and diesel prices touched new highs of Rs 76.87 and Rs 68.08 a litre, respectively, in Delhi on Tuesday. In the Mumbai market, prices of petrol at Rs 84.70 a litre and diesel at Rs 72.48 were the highest ever.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is expected to meet oil-marketing companies on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. It is likely that the government may ask Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) to freeze prices as a temporary arrangement.

“The PMO has been provided data and inputs from OMCs. For the last one week, discussions have been going on regarding an excise duty cut, and a decision is imminent,” said a finance ministry official.

Talks are also on to reimburse the dealers their commission. When the global oil prices were down, the government had hiked the excise duty on fuel nine times, between November 2014 and January 2016, but reduced it only once, in October last year.

Finance Ministry officials said Rs 130-140 billion in losses per Rs 1 cut in excise duty on petrol and diesel was expected. “A duty cut of Rs 2 will amount to Rs 260-280 billion in losses. At a cut of Rs 4 a litre, the hit could be as high as Rs 520-560 billion,” an official said.

The Centre’s budgeted estimate in revenues from petrol and diesel duties was Rs 2.43 trillion for 2018-19.A hit to revenue collections due to an excise duty cut could impact the fiscal situation this year, which has come under pressure just two months into 2018-19 because of high crude oil prices. The total fiscal deficit target for the year is Rs 6.24 trillion or 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product. Assuming all other factors, sources of revenue, and expenditure commitments remain constant, a maximum hit of Rs 560 billion could lead to a fiscal deficit of Rs 6.80 trillion, or 3.6 per cent of the 2018-19 nominal GDP projection of Rs 187.2 trillion.

Another option before the government is to convince the states on bringing petrol and diesel under the GST regime. A decision on this rests with the GST Council. “We are following international prices based on an average of the last 15 days.

We believe all petroleum products should come under the goods and services tax (GST),” said Sanjiv Singh, chairman of IOC. If prices sustain within the $60-80 a barrel mark, fuel subsidy for the financial year may exceed the budgeted Rs 250 billion. The Indian basket crude oil price was $77.04 a barrel on Tuesday. On the other hand, the Brent crude price was seen at $79.62 a barrel at one point.

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IPL 2018 Eliminator : Rajasthan Royals have a mountain to climb against Kolkata Knight Riders (Match Preview)

From posting the highest total of the season to stunning table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match, it has been a no-nonsense approach for the Dinesh Karthik-led side.

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IPL 2018 : With odds stacked against them, former champions Rajasthan Royals will look to go full throttle when they lock horns with two-time winners and overwhelming favourites Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2018 Eliminator T20 cricket fixture here tomorrow. The Knight Riders have outplayed Rajasthan both in the home and away games this season.

If it was a seven-wicket win at Jaipur last month, Kolkata notched up a comprehensive six-wicket win over their rivals a week ago at Edens gardens en route to sealing their play-off berth. With three wins on the trot, Kolkata Knight Riders are on a roll as they clinched the last-four berth for a sixth time.

From posting the highest total of the season to stunning table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match, it has been a no-nonsense approach for the Dinesh Karthik-led side.

To make it easier for them, Kolkata are the only team from the four qualifiers to get the home advantage in the Eliminator.

The winner of tomorrow’s match will face the loser of Qualifier 1 between Sunrisers and Chennai Super Kings in the second Qualifier — also to be held at Kolkata — which will decide the second entrant of the final. Champions of the inaugural edition in 2008, Rajasthan, on the other hand, have been heavily reliant on the alignment of their stars for their passage into the play-offs.

Minus their two top English star performers — Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes who were called for national duty — Rajasthan were written off by many, but they managed to upset Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game on May 19 to keep their slender hopes alive. The win, however, was still not enough as they needed two results to go in their favour to qualify for the play-offs.

Their prayers were answered exactly the way they wanted when the other contenders — Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab — were eliminated after losing their respective matches and Rajasthan advanced to the play-off in a dramatic way. But in the Eliminator stage, which is a virtual quarterfinal, there’s no margin for error and the Ajinkya Rahane-led side have to rely on their resources.


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IPL 2018 : Chennai Super Kings storm into IPL 2018 final as du Plessis stunner beats Sunrisers Hyderabad in qualifier

Faf du Plessis scored well composed 67 and took Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets. CSK reach finals while SRH will now play Qualifier 2.

 CSK

IPL 2018 : Chasing 140 in the Qualifier 1 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Chennai Super Kings won the match by 2 wickets and sealed their berth in the finals, thanks to the wonderful batting by Faf du Plessis and a cameo by Shardul Thakur. Chennai Super Kings will now play in the finals on May 27.

SRH will face the winner of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Kaul came to bowl the 17th over and just gave 4 runs. CSK needed 43 from 18. Brathwaite came to bowl the 18th over and Faf hit him for a four and six. He completed his 50 as well. Harbhajan was run out on the bowler’s end for 2 from 9 runs. Shardul Thakur was the new man in.

Faf hit Brathwaite for 20 runs and took the equation to 23 from 12 balls. Kaul came to bowl the 19th over and Thakur edged one for four and then one more. 6 were needed from 6 when Bhuvneshwar came to bowl the final over. First ball six to Bhuvneshwar and CSK won by 2 wickets.

Earlier, were off to a bad start as Shane Watson was caught clueless by an outswinger by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was out for a duck. Suresh Raina was the new man on the crease and scored one run off the very first ball. Sandeep Sharma came to bowl the second over and Raina hit him for three consecutive fours. He leaked 13 runs in the over. Kumar came to bowl the third over. He kept it tight for the du Plessis and Raina. Rashid continued and just gave two runs in the 10th over.

Shakib Al Hasan came to bowl and gave just six runs from the over. Rashid came to bowl his third over and scalped Bravo, who was caught at slip by Dhawan. He went for 7. Ravindra Jadeja came to the crease. After 12 overs, CSK were at 61-5. Carlos Brathwaite was introduced in the attack. Runs did not come easily against his bowling as just three runs came from it.

Rashid Khan came to the attack and scalped Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He misread the ball and his stumps were rattled. Dhoni scored 9 runs from 18 balls. Dwayne Bravo came to the crease. After 8 overs CSK were at 40 for the loss of 4 wickets. Carlos came to the attack, and du Plessis was hit for a six. CSK were at 48-4 in 9 overs.


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Harry weds Meghan: 1.9 bn people, a third of humanity, watched the royal wedding

Guests at the wedding included celebrities such as talk show host Oprah Winfrey, tennis star Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria.

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International News : An estimated 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s star-studded royal wedding at the iconic St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, according to a media report.

Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, exchanged vows at the Chapel yesterday in presence of 600 guests, including the Queen.

“Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined hands and exchanged vows in front of the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and an estimated 1.9 billion people watching the royal wedding on television around the world,” the ‘Daily Express’ reported.

An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor.

“2,640 people were invited from charities close to the couple, as well as 1,200 people who were nominated by their Lord Lieutenants,” the royal family tweeted.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding,” it said.

Guests at the wedding included celebrities such as talk show host Oprah Winfrey, tennis star Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria and singer Elton John, who later performed at the lunchtime reception.

The celebrations culminated in a black-tie wedding dinner staged at Frogmore House.

The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, where their neighbors will be Prince William and Kate – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Vivo V9 Review: A value-for-money device with good camera, notch screen

The Vivo V9 smartphone, with 6.3-inch full HD+ notch display, lets you have a big screen experience, though slow charging might dampen your enthusiasm.

 Vivo V9

Technology News : Chinese smartphone maker Vivo recently launched the Vivo V9 in India. Priced at Rs 22,990, the phone has a 24-megapixel front camera with enhanced face beauty features that can brighten up and take sharp selfies.

The V9 is powered by Snapdragon 626 octa core processor, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256 GB through microSD card. The phone runs smoothly with minor lags even after opening 10-15 different applications ranging from social media to gaming. Even though there is decent internal memory, users can still choose to expand with the help of a microSD card, a designated slot for which has been provided in the SIM tray.


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Vivo V9 The handset comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box, based on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0 user interface. The interface is smooth and there are no lags when switching windows. It also has a 3260 mAh battery which can last a day smoothly on regular usage comprising around 2 hours of gaming, 1 hour of social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) and 1.5-2 hours of video streaming (Youtube/Amazon Prime videos/ Airtel TV). However, the phone lacks rapid charging and in this era of high-end rapid charging devices, a normal charging system is surely a drawback.

The device supports a dual-SIM set-up along with dual standby, and the SIM tray has the provision to accommodate both SIMs and a memory card. The smartphone also features a 3.5mm headphone jack, and you get in-ear headphones in the box, too. The device sports a notch screen. The display is a 6.3-inch full HD+ capacitive touchscreen with a 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, and 19:9 aspect ratio which is pretty impressive. The screen-to-body ratio is around 90 per cent.

The Vivo V9 comes pre-installed with bloatware, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Flipkart, Amazon Shopping, Prime Video, UC Browser, NewsPoint, and WPS Office. However, these apps can also be uninstalled easily if the user so wishes. In terms of imaging, the V9 boasts a vertically stacked dual-camera setup at the back with a 16MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor which can click some really good photographs, both in normal day light and low-light conditions. The Bokeh mode is not bad, either. The Live feature is up to the mark as well.


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That apart, the 24MP sensor on the front clicks good selfies and adds to the video calling experience. The face beauty feature brightens up the photograph and might hinder the natural toning of your selfies. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back and works just fine. The face-unlocking mechanism works without a glitch, but it may ask you to use fingerprint in low-light conditions.

Verdict

While a price of Rs 22,990 might feel a bit high, the Vivo V9 is one of the better phones in the mid-range segment and can provide a good value for money. In the bizarre era of hybrid-SIM slot, Vivo has given the option to expand the device’s memory while using dual SIM cards — that is commendable. That said, had the phone also provided the option of rapid charging, it would have been the most sought-after in the market. A sub-Rs 20,000 range, however, could have been a better deal for customers.

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Mass Shootings in America: Here are five things you need to know about them

Mass shootings also took place in 25 other wealthy nations between 1983 and 2013, but the number of mass shootings in the United States far surpasses that of any other country.

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International News : At least 10 students were killed at a Santa Fe, Texas high school on May 18 after a classmate opened fire with a shotgun and a .38 revolver. The shooting came just three months after another teen shooter killed 17 in Parkland, Florida, sparking nationwide youth-led protests over gun violence – and a familiar debate over what changes could really make a difference.

As a criminologist, I often hear misconceptions creeping into the debate that springs up whenever a mass shooting occurs.

Here’s what the research actually shows.

1: More guns don’t make you safer

  • The US had 78 mass shootings during that 30-year period. The highest number of mass shootings experienced outside the United States was in Germany – where seven shootings occurred.
  • In the other 24 industrialized countries taken together, 41 mass shootings took place. In other words, the US had nearly double the number of mass shootings than all other 24 countries combined in the same 30-year period.

2: Mass shootings are more frequent

  • A recent study published by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center shows that the frequency of mass shooting is increasing over time. The researchers measured the increase by calculating the time between the occurrence of mass shootings. According to the research, the days separating mass shooting occurrence went from on average 200 days during the period of 1983 to 2011 to 64 days since 2011.

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3: Restricting sales works

  • Thanks to the Second Amendment, the United States has permissive gun licensing laws. This is in contrast to most developed countries, which have restrictive laws. According to a seminal work by criminologists George Newton and Franklin Zimring, permissive gun licensing laws refer to a system in which everyone except specially prohibited groups of persons can purchase a firearm. In such a system, an individual does not have to justify purchasing a weapon; rather, the licensing authority has the burden of proof to deny gun acquisition.

4: Background checks work

  • In most of the restrictive background checks performed in developed countries like Canada and Australia, citizens are required to train for gun handling, obtain a license for hunting or provide proof of membership to a shooting range. Individuals must prove that they do not belong to any “prohibited group,” such as the mentally ill, criminals, children or those at high risk of committing violent crime, such as individuals with a police record of threatening the life of another.

5: Most mass shootings are not terrorism

  • Journalists sometimes describe mass shooting as a form of domestic terrorism. This connection may be misleading. There is no doubt that mass shootings are “terrifying” and “terrorize” the community where they have happened. However, not all active shooters involved in mass shooting have a political message or cause.

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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians knocked out, Delhi Daredevils win by 11 runs (Match Report)

Mumbai Indians are out of the VVIO IPL 2018 as they lost to Delhi Daredevils by 11 runs. This loss gives hope to Rajasthan and Punjab

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IPL 2018 :In the 55th match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians and ended their journey in their year’s IPL. On the penultimate evening of the league games, Delhi had nothing to lose while for Mumbai, everything was at stake. Mumbai’s selection for the playoffs was hanging in balance after the recent turbulence in the VIVO IPL points table and they could not secure a place for the playoffs.

Earlier, DD won the toss and decided to bat first against Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. The start went well for Delhi and they put up quick 30 runs in the first 3 overs A careless action from Shaw cost him his wicket and Delhi for no reason, lost one of its in-form batsmen. Bumrah got Maxwell’s wicket soon and Delhi suffered the second blow. After suffering two setbacks, Delhi was looking for a recovery.


 Art of Losing : Desperate defending champions Mumbai knocked out of IPL 2018


Iyer and Pant did manage to get DD on the track to some extent. The partnership came to an end as Iyer ended up giving a catch. DD dropped big hits and settled for collecting runs through singles and doubles. The run-a-ball approach was reaping benefits for DD as it minimised risk and both the batsmen looked comfortable. Meanwhile, Rishabh pant completed his fifty and changed the gear but perished after a crucial 64-run knock, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma added runs and took the score to 174 runs, a decent score overall.

Suryakumar Yadav succumbed to the temptation of hitting boundaries in the first over after smashing Lamichhane initially. Lewis smashed big hits all over the ground. The spin-attack initially went well in DD’s favour but Lewis reversed it and MI made the most of it. Mishra provided a crucial breakthrough to DD. A series of missed catches deprived Delhi of another wicket. Lewis was stumped off Mishra’s delivery on just 2 runs short off his fifty. Lewis, Pollard and Krunal Pandya fell in quick succession and trouble mounted on Mumbai. Lamichhane picked 3 crucial wickets. Captain Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya were left with a humongous task of rescuing their team.

Maxwell-Boult’s combo catch ended Rohit Sharma’s inning. Pandya was trapped by Mishra soon, Mumbai found itself in deep trouble. Ben Cutting took the job. Mumbai needed 23 runs off the last two overs. The contest was alive till the last over. Mumbai needed 18 runs off the last over with Cutting on strike. Cutting and Bumrah perished and this ended Mumbai’s journey in this year’s IPL.

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