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Myanmar’s Crackdown On Human Rights Continues As It Denies Entry To UN Investigator

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Myanmar’s government rescinded access by a United Nations official who has been investigating human rights in the country, including the campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

“I am puzzled and disappointed by this decision by the Myanmar government,” special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said Wednesday in a statement. “This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in [the state of] Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.”

Lee said the Myanmar government had assured her of its cooperation with her planned January visit only two weeks ago. But she said officials changed their mind due to a statement she released in July outlining the difficulties she had in working with the government to gain access to certain areas.

Lee has visited the country as part of her U.N. job six times since June 2014.

The decision to deny her continued access comes a day after authorities said they found 10 bodies buried in a mass grave in Rakhine, the heart of the violence against the Rohingya. The army said it’s investigating the site, but the chances of the government taking the blame for the killings are slim. An internal inquiry released by the military last month exonerated all soldiers from any wrongdoing in a crackdown against the Muslim group that began in late August.

Still, evidence grows of the Burmese government’s systematic violence against the Rohingya. About 650,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August. Aerial footage of entire villages burnt to the ground was released by Amnesty International in September. That same month, Doctors Without Borders reported that at least 9,000 Rohingya had died in Myanmar during a roughly 30-day period ― more than 22 times the official government estimate of 400 deaths. Hundreds of Rohingya were systematically killed and raped in the Rakhine village of Tula Toli as security forces trapped people along a riverbank in late August, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

Efforts to cover up the evidence have also mounted. Burmese officials arrested two Reuters journalists last week after the pair had been invited to meet with police officials in the city of Yangon. Reuters is one of the few news outlets that had gained entry to Rakhine, which is closed off to most journalists.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain said this week that Myanmar leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Gen. Aung Min Hlaing, the head of the army, could be tried for genocide.

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Intel’s 8th-generation chips are almost here

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On the 5th of October, Intel will officially launch its 8th-generation processors into retail and OEM. These desktop chips offer more cores than Intel’s 7th-gen processors did, at a slightly higher power cost and with a small price increase.

Since rival chip-makerAMD brought out its own new Ryzen processors earlier this year that offered more cores at a lower cost, and superior performance over Intel’s 7th-generation processors in certain circumstances, this is a welcome move for Intel fans who’d been hoping Intel would respond in kind.

The additional cores of these new processors offer improved performance in intensive parallel workloads, as well as improved gaming performance when compared directly to the previous generation’s processors. They’re also more overclockable than Intel’s previous-gen CPUs were. Intel says they will offer “up to 40%” of a performance improvement over previous-gen chips.

According to Engadget, Intel calls its top-end 8th-gen processor, the i7-8700k, its “best gaming desktop processor ever”. It’s a six-core, 12-thread, 3.7GHz monster that Intel says boosts some games’ frame rates by “up to 25%” over the i7-7700k, and does 4K video editing “up to 32% faster”.

Other improvements include faster video streaming and recording, tweaks to multitasking, smoother streaming of cutting-edge 4K/10-bit/HDR Ultra HD video, a Turbo Boost speed of 4.7GHz and the ability to push that even further without requiring liquid cooling.

Of course, Intel’s complete line-up includes Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips that occupy a wide range of price points, TDPs, and Smart Cache levels. Here’s a quick look at them from Intel’s official product brief:

Something to keep in mind is that these new processors will not run on Intel’s 200-series chipset – upgrading will require the acquisition of a new motherboard featuring the Intel’s new 300-series chipset. So while these processors feature the same pin configuration as their 7th-gen counterparts and thus feature same physical socket, they are incompatible with those older boards. Intel has no plans to issue a firmware patch to change this at a later date, either.

What’s more, the new chipset isn’t dramatically different, either, only sporting things like “improved power delivery for 6-core chips and better support for DDR4-2666 memory”, according to Engadget.

As with every new generation of PC tech, if you upgraded recently, these new products won’t hold much appeal. If, however, you or your business are running older hardware, like 2nd-, 3rd- or 4th-gen processors, these new shiny chips should offer a stunning leap forward in performance and value.

Just don’t forget to grab new motherboards with them, and some DDR4 RAM if you’ve not upgraded beyond 4th-gen.

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Intel’s 8th-gen Core processors won’t be revolutionary

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It’s clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again be built on a 14-nanometer process — yes, for the fourth time in a row. The company is shy on what these new chips will entail, but it’s claiming that it’ll manage another 15 percent performance improvement (in SysMark tests, anyway) like it did with the 7th-generation Core designs you see now.

AnandTech notes that the upcoming refresh might focus more on the low-voltage U- and Y-series chips you see in very thin and light laptops, just as you saw with the initial 7th-gen processors late last year. That has yet to be confirmed, however.

One thing’s for sure: when Intel’s long-delayed 10nm processors finally do arrive, you won’t see a wholesale switch to the new technology. Intel says that future process uses will be “fluid” depending on the segment they’re targeting, and that data centers will get first crack at these upgrades. Don’t be surprised if the Xeon line gets first dibs on 10nm, then, or if only some mainstream chips make the leap at first.

The decision might be necessary given the challenges of shrinking large CPUs down to a 10nm process, but it’s likely to leave Intel feeling nervous. After all, mobile giants like Qualcomm are releasing 10nm processors this year. While mobile tablets probably won’t outperform most laptops any time soon, this could narrow the gap enough that you might be tempted to skip buying a conventional Intel-based PC in the right circumstances.

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How To Make A Successful Application For Your Loan Against Property?

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Loan against property

Loan against property is one of the popular ways to meet your financial requirements without selling your piece of land or jewelry when in dire needs. Under LAP (Loan Against Property) you offer your property in the form of a house or plot as a collateral that makes it a secured loan.

Today, there are leading private finance companies and banks who offer LAP at attractive interest rates, low processing fee, and flexible repayment options. For instance, there is HDFC housing finance, India bulls, L & T finance, etc. who are pioneering in the sector. But before you send an application to get a loan there are few things you need to know. So, let’s understand these things and make your LAP application a successful one:

Property Value & Age

The maximum loan amount you get qualified for depends on the property value and its age that you would be offering as a collateral. For instance, if your property is in metropolitan and has been recently developed you’ll get more money compared to suburban areas and one in old building construction. The market value of the property plays a major role in deciding your loan eligibility.

Credit Score

Whether you want a secured or unsecured loan, your credit score will always be reviewed well to adjudge a loan amount. If your score is above average you’re chances of getting Loan against property (LAP) is higher as well as you can negotiate the interest rates. While a bad score can affect your loan amount as well as hamper interest rates. To minimize the risks you can clear all your existing debts, build a good score and approach the bank or finance company for the loan. You can improve your credit profile by getting a co-applicant as well provided their score is better than yours. It may increase the odds of your loan approval.

Loan Repayment Capacity

Naturally, when the lenders are giving you a loan they would like to know your repaying capacity. Your number of dependents and prior financial commitments also come into the picture. They need to assure that you can comfortably pay the loan EMIs and on time.

They will check if you run a business or earn a fixed monthly salary. If its business how old and established the business is? How long have you been working? When was the last time you changed jobs? They will mull over questions to find if you’re able to repay the loan without problems. So, if you start a new business or joint a job recently, your credit profile looks risky for them.

Ownership of the Property

Having the full ownership of the property improves your chances of loan approvals easily and without hitches. Partial ownership has a chance of raising dispute between the applicants. They might not come to a consensus on a particular point and it may create a doubt in the minds of lenders.

Loan Tenure

If you have applied for Loan against property, your tenure would be an important thing to consider. Because longer the tenure higher would be the interest rate you are going to pay. Shorter the tenure more will be your monthly installment to clear off the debts. So, lender will consider your repaying capacity else you may have to shell out more from your pockets.

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