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Thailand shuts down online TV channel, as protests continue

Thai protesters raised three-finger salutes to the national anthem at public places across Bangkok on Tuesday as anti-government rallies continued and the government ordered an online TV channel to close over its coverage of the demonstrations.

The authorities imposed emergency measures banning gatherings of more than four people last Thursday amid growing protests against the government and monarchy.

But protests have only grown despite a crackdown in which dozens have been detained.

Two protest leaders – Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul – were arrested on Tuesday on new charges as soon as a court freed them bail in relation to a previous set of charges.

“This is not a leaderless protest, but everybody is a leader,” Tattep “Ford” Ruangprapaikitseree told reporters at the Siam Paragon mall, where dozens of people gave the salute borrowed from The Hunger Games.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet agreed to an emergency session of parliament next week because of the crisis, but he has said he will not quit – as the protesters have demanded. Prayuth’s supporters have a majority in parliament.

Protesters also want changes to the constitution and a reduction in the powers of the monarchy under King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The emergency measures only appear to have stoked public anger, but Tuesday turned out to be the quietest day on the streets since the decree was imposed with only a few hundred gathering.

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said they would be filing a suit with six students and other human rights groups on Wednesday to revoke the declaration and seek an injunction to prevent government crackdowns.

Voice TV silenced

Earlier, a court ordered the suspension of Voice TV, an online broadcaster critical of the government.

Voice TV had been found to have breached the Computer Crime Act by uploading “false information,” digital ministry spokesman Putchapong Nodthaisong said.

Editor-in-Chief of Voice TV Rittikorn Mahakhachabhorn said it would continue broadcasting until the court order arrived.

“We insist that we have been operating based on journalistic principles and we will continue our work presently,” he said.

Voice TV was one of four media organisations under investigation for their coverage of the continuing protest movement. Many have been reporting the protests live on Facebook and other social media platforms.

The channel is part-owned by the Shinawatra family of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck, who was overthrown by Prayuth in a 2014 coup. Both fled Thailand to escape corruption cases they branded political.

The demonstrations have been largely led by students and young people in contrast with 10 years of street violence between supporters of Thaksin and conservative royalists before Prayuth seized power.

The prime minister on Tuesday accused media outlets of spreading false news.

“Media freedom is important but in some cases there are some media outlets disseminating distorted information that is inciting unrest,” he said after a court order following a complaint from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society.

The court ruling comes a day after the same ministry said it had flagged more than 325,000 messages on social media platforms that violated the Computer Crimes Act, which critics say is used to muzzle dissent.

Amnesty International accused the authorities of “scare tactics” by ordering the closure of Voice TV.

“The harassment of media outlets is just one facet of the Thai authorities current assault on communications channels, alongside threats to block the messaging platform Telegram and use of the Computer Crimes Act, among other laws, against people for what they post and share online,” Amnesty’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch said the closure of Voice TV was a misuse of the emergency decree and noted that the channel had been a target of censorship more than any other TV station in the country.

“The crackdown is part of a bigger effort to bully and control the media into becoming a government mouthpiece,” the group’s Asia Director, Brad Adams, said in a statement.

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US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Trump, Biden Attorneys Flock to Florida to Protect Votes; Obama Warns Against Complacency Over Biden Lead

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE Updates: Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday with a blistering attack on Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president’s Election Day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former vice president, and Democratic running mate Kamala Harris, Obama offered his fiercest critique yet of his successor. He took aim at Trump’s divisive rhetoric, his track record in the Oval Office and his habit of re-tweeting conspiracy theories. “With Joe and Kamala at the helm, you’re not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day,” Obama said. “And that’s worth a lot. You’re not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won’t be so exhausting.”

Obama, who governed for two terms and remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, blasted Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the president himself had fallen victim to the virus. “Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us,” he said. “He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.” “This is not a reality show. This is reality,” Obama said in a nod to Trump’s past as a reality TV host. “And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”

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iPhone 12 teardown reveals Qualcomm X55 5G modem and 2,815 mAh battery

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are both officially going on sale starting this Friday. Thanks to a teardown video posted by Century Weifeng Technology, we are getting a close look inside the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 model.

The teardown video compares the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 11 and although there are some similarities in the overall layout of the phone’s build, there are some key differences in the updated design. The logic board is larger than the 11’s, mostly due to the added 5G capabilities that require an extra chip. This 5G modem has been identified as the Qualcomm X55. We’d heard rumors that Apple was going to use the Qualcomm-made modem and as Apple confirmed in the keynote presentation, it ended up going with its own 5G antenna designs, hence the thinner form factor.

Although the logic board is larger, there are a few items that Apple reduced in size to slim the iPhone 12’s overall dimensions. The OLED display assembly is thinner, the Taptic Engine assembly is significantly smaller, and it’s discovered that the iPhone 12’s battery capacity is 15% lower than that of the iPhone 11 at 2,815 mAh. All of this makes the iPhone 12 11% thinner, and 16% lighter than the iPhone 11.

On the back panel, we get a good look at the MagSafe magnetic assembly. The ring is made of entirely of magnets that line up with MagSafe accessories for easily lining up the magnets with the new MagSafe charger.

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What new things will occur for INdian pharmacy after Donald Trump drug prescription proposal

Recently, the President of the United States of America has released a series of executive orders that proposed the lower drug prescription prices for American citizens. However, the chances of the law affecting the Indian Pharma companies are nominal. US President, Donald Trump released four orders for the lowering of drug prices on July 25. The orders have been proposed to benefit American citizens. Moreover, a clear impact will be appearing to the countries allied with the United States of America, like Canada, India, and China.

According to the Global Business Report, India has already displayed 30-40 percent of global USFDA and 971 alternative approval for the export of drugs. Moreover, many officials in India claim the executive order would benefit the International trade and Indian pharmaceutical companies. In contrast, many officials claim the effects can be neutral or negative for the Indian pharma environment.

Nonetheless, the rise in the Indian market could increase the repurpose use of drugs that will bring more sales to the Indian pharmaceutical market. As the country has altogether developed an appropriate price of the drug, then irrespective of the circumstances, the order will benefit the Indian pharma. Says Shailesh Shah, Senior Partner and co-founder of Strta Consulting.

However, if the order displayed a negative impact on the pharmaceutical companies of India, it will be because of limited opportunities for Indian Pharma because of executive orders. A partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Mr. Arvind Sharma, believes that the laws would decrease the strength of Indian Pharmacy, which the Indian GOvernment has developed in the past few years.

However, the orders need to be cleared to get the correct analysis of the Indian pharmaceutical countries. Moreover, the rule proposed during the re-election campaign of Trump seems a bit hard to get sanctioned. But more detailed information on drugs would clear out the matter of rising or degrading the Indian pharma market.