News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Share your voice Comcast LG T-Mobile LG G8 ThinQ 13 $835 $829 Phones See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. AT&T Wireless Amazon Tags NurPhoto/Getty Images T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to fight robocalls.The companies said Wednesday they’re rolling out a feature that protects consumers from robocalls and spam across their networks. It uses the Stir/Shaken standards recommended by the Federal Communications Commission to spot authentic calls.The verification feature is already available for T-Mobile customers and will come later this year for Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service customers. It’ll mean T-Mobile customers can be assured calls from Comcast home phones aren’t from a scammer spoofing a number, and vice versa, the companies say.”Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumersprotected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that.”T-Mobile also said Caller Verified, its implementation of Stir/Shaken, is now available on 10 phones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus. It’ll soon be available on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A6. Customers with the most recent software update will see “Caller Verified” show up on their screen when they get authentic calls from T-Mobile’s network and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service. T-Mobile expects it’ll do this with more companies as they begin implementing Stir/Shaken in the coming months, said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile.”As the other carriers get on board, we’ll be able to use this technology to verify nearly all of your calls,” Castle said.Two years ago, T-Mobile rolled out free scam protection that analyzes calls and alerts customers about likely scams. In January, the carrier became the first wireless company to apply the Stir/Shaken standards after launching Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In November, T-Mobile said it had blocked more than 1 billion spam calls in the last 18 months. $599 Comments See it See It Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E
Is Indian lack of interest hobbling the bid to extradite economic offences fugitive Nirav Modi, wanted in India for allegedly defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore? Indian officials apparently failed to respond in time to UK Serious Frauds Office’s (SFO) request for documents for the arrest and extradition of Nirav Modi, who is wanted for alleged role in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, a news report says.After media widely reported spotting Nirav Modi recently on the London street the government denied any laxity on New Delhi’s part in getting him extradited, the report carried by a broadcaster says. But material available with NDTV indicated the repeated attempts of Indian officials to ignore the efforts of the UK Serious Fraud Office in London to get more documents to complete the extradition proceedings.India first sent an alert to the UK under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in February 2018 after news broke of the diamond trader fleeing India. This was soon after the CBI registered the criminal case against Nirav Modi and his family members for cheating the taxpayer of Rs 13,000 crores in the PNB scam.The MLAT allowed the Indian Home Ministry officials to directly forward court summons or warrants to the Indian High Commission in London, which could then take it up with the central authority in the UK. The central authority decided that the SFO was the appropriate agency to handle the request for action against Nirav Modi, the report said.The SFO confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the UK to India in March last year itself even as Indian officials were trying to trace him in Europe or Hong Kong. They confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in the UK only months later, according to the report. The SFO also assigned counsel Barry Stancombe, who specialises in fraud and money laundering, to assist India in the extradition case. Nirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellery shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANSStancombe realized the need for many more documents to successfully prosecute an extradition proceeding in a UK court and wrote three letters in the summer to the Indian officials but failed to get any response, according to the report. Stancombe and his team also communicated their willingness to visit India to collect evidence so that they could arrest Nirav Modi in the UK and start the proceedings. They failed to get any response, according to NDTV.While External Affairs Ministry officials on Saturday confirmed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) having sent extradition requests by August last year, they denied knowledge of any request for additional documents from the UK. A lack of interest on the Indian side apparently forced the SFO to stop pursuing the case. “We can neither confirm nor deny any SFO interest in the case,” NDTV said quoting an e-mail it received from the SFO.Meanwhile, Nirav Modi’s legal teams are ready to fight his prosecution in the UK and extradition to India, according to sources.The flight over several high-profile fugitives including Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya has been high on the campaign agenda of the opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the upcoming general election 2019. The elections taking place through April and May with the result scheduled on May 23 are extremely important for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and his Bharatiya Janata Party that leads the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that had the high profile corruption cases that arose during the second term of the Manmohan Singh government as a major campaign point.
Further, Angad agrees that going nude is a very personal choice and not everyone is comfortable with the idea of posing naked for photoshoot or scenes. “I have many friends in female also who are not comfortable wearing shorts also and many male friends who cannot go shirtless for a photo or a show. I was offered to go nude in a web series but I wasn’t comfortable but you never know I might get comfortable in the future. It’s an individual choice. We are living in 2019 and people pretend to be holier than a cow. Who doesn’t like to have a look at sexy actors and actresses bodies?” he said.Spilling some beans on his inspiration, Angad said that he takes inspiration from Hrithik Roshan, who has worked hard to develop and maintain his physique. Angad HasijaInstagramOf late, posing nude for the cameras have become fairly common among television celebrities. After a few male actors like Abhinav Shukla, Karan Tacker, Sangram Singh, Ashmit Patel who went bold for photoshoots, recently actresses Abigail Pande and Aashka Goradia went topless to promote nude yoga.However, the first TV actor who dared to bare it all a few years ago was Angad Hasija.Talking about what promoted him to pose nude, Angad, who rose to popularity with Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai, told SpotboyE: “I was the first actor to get a nude photoshoot done, my image was very shy and innocent and a sanskari boy courtesy my TV show Sapna Babul Ka Bidaai. I wanted to do something different and it wasn’t cheap at all. I did it for an international gallery. I got to do a lot of fashion shows because of that,”But, back then, the actor was heavily criticised for posing nude although many admired him for the same. “When I did it few years ago, people were looking down on me. And now it has been a trend. When you start something new, you have to be prepared to take criticism and people didn’t take it well and today everyone is doing it. People told me that since I was doing something so traditional as TV, how can I go nude, even for a photoshoot?” he said, adding that, “I think my fan following increased more and people started considering me gutsy and sexy after seeing the pictures,” he said.When asked if he would go bold for a show or movie, the Bidaai actor quipped, “Yes, if needed and if the presentation is done in a good way, then why not! I am comfortable with my body. I don’t know why people make so much fuss about going nude. As an actor one should have the guts that if the script demands, you can do anything.”