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Islamabad: India and Pakistan are using arrested fishermen “as bargaining chips”, a leading Pakistani daily said, adding that the fishermen want to make a decent living and are not a threat.

An editorial “Fishermen’s release” in the Dawn on Monday, said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif to convey Ramadan greetings, “may not have solved the Sir Creek dispute, but it was no less momentous for around 200 Pakistani and Indian fishermen imprisoned in each other’s countries”.

Modi’s promise to ensure that Pakistani fishermen detained in his country, would return home for Ramadan was promptly reciprocated by Nawaz Sharif, with the release of 113 Indian fishermen behind bars in Islamabad, since around nine months.

This was immediately followed by India releasing 88 Pakistani fishermen held in its prisons, the daily said.

The editorial said that these impoverished people, “feature in a pantomime that regularly takes place every few months or so between the two neighbouring countries – the release from prison of a clutch of hapless fishermen, belonging to one side or the other”.

“The fishermen, only looking to make a decent living, are no threat, nor does anyone seriously consider them to be so. Yet they are used as bargaining chips, to be played when the time is right.”

“Surely it did not need the sighting of the Ramadan crescent, or a phone conversation between the premiers of Pakistan and India, to bring the misery of over 200 families to an end,” it added.

The daily said that most fishermen are not treated badly during their incarceration, but that is “small comfort for those who get caught in the infernal game called politics, much like the struggling fish they catch in their nets”. (IANS)

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Apple on Wednesday brought its wireless AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation feature for Rs 24,900 to India.

AirPods Pro will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers on Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

AirPods with charging case are available for Rs 14,900 and AirPods with wireless charging case are available for Rs 18,900.

Customers can order the standalone wireless charging case for Rs 7,500, the company said in a statement.

AirPods Pro features an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.

By opening the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device and giving it a simple tap, AirPods Pro are immediately paired to all the devices signed into a user’s iCloud account, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPod touch.

Each earbud comes with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear, providing both a comfortable fit and a superior seal, a critical factor in delivering immersive sound.

AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant.

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“Active Noise Cancellation” feature on AirPods Pro uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit.

This removes background noise to provide a uniquely customised, superior noise-canceling experience that allows a user to focus on what they’re listening to.

The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyse environmental noise. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancel remaining noise detected by the microphone.

Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second, said the company.

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AirPods Pro delivers superior sound quality with Adaptive EQ, which automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual’s ear.

Transparency mode provides users with the option to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them.

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AirPods Pro feature the same great battery life as AirPods with up to five hours of listening time. Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time. (IANS)