Employment News 11 September 2013 , Gk Update 11 September 2013
IPhone 5C is Apple’s first attempt to launch a new non-premium iPhone
The cheaper iPhone 5C is Apple’s first attempt to launch a new non-premium iPhone, in a move many analysts see as one of the company’s most important product launches ever.
Apple, which launched the smartphone revolution with its 2007 introduction of the iPhone, is under increasing pressure from Samsung and other manufacturers of cheaper phones that run Google’s Android operating system.
The cheaper line of iPhones will be available in green, white, blue, red and yellow and include many of the same features that make the company’s premium phones so popular, including compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 7.
The biggest difference to current iPhones is the phone body, which is made of steel-reinforced plastic, rather than solid aluminium.
In the U.S. it will cost $99 for a 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model, in conjunction with signing a two-year contract with a mobile carrier, Apple said. Apple will supply rubberised protection cases for the phones for $30.
The iPhone 5S will cost $199 for a 16GB version and up to $399 for the 64GB model, in conjunction with completion of a new order.
Both models will be available on September 20, 2013 in the U.S., Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Britain, and in 100 countries by the end of the year.
India is hosting the 31st meeting of Ministers of Health of countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region and 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia at New Delhi from September 10 to 13.
The event has international significance since election for the post of Regional Director, WHO-SEARO would be held during the Regional Committee Meeting and India is fielding a candidate for the position for the first time after 44 years.
India has fielded Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh as its candidate for the post of Regional Director of the WHO for South Asia Region. She has earlier worked as Dy. Regional Director, WHO for the South Asia Region in New Delhi, and is presently working as Advisor (International Health) in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
Almost 300 guests likely to attend the inaugural ceremony include Health Ministers of the countries of WHO, South East Asia Region heading their respective country delegations, Director General, WHO (headquartered in Geneva), WHO Secretariat officers and staff, UN agencies in India, Intergovernmental organizations such as ASEAN and SAARC, donors and partners, NGOs and partners, High Commissioners/Ambassadors from the countries of South East Asia region.
India supports Russia’s Syria plan
India has supported the Russian proposal to keep Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons in safe custody while pointing out that its two main postulates — no to military intervention and move toward a political settlement, possibly with a Geneva-II conference — remained unchanged.
“If there are any proposals which are moving in this direction, then obviously India will see it as a positive development,” said spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated this formulation during a dinner on September 5 at the St Petersburg G-20 summit.
India was not in favour of armed action aimed at regime change as this would be violation of international law.
And action, if necessary, should be authorised by the U.N. Security Council, he said joining his voice with Presidents of Russia, China, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa in speaking against military action not authorised by the U.N. Security Council.
WHO today lauded India's efforts in eradicating polio and said the country has not reported a single case of polio in the last 30 months.
You did it. For 30 months you have not got a single case of polio," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said while addressing the meeting of Health Ministers of South-East Asia Region in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.
She said India achieved the feat even as 194 countries in the world were speculating whether it can interrupt the transmission of polio.
This country is moving in a big way to promote better health to their women and to their children."
Chan was here to attend the 31st Health Ministers' meeting of South-East Asia region which comprises of almost 1.8 billion people.
IBM to sell its customer care business to Synnex
IBM said on Tuesday it will sell its customer-care outsourcing business to Synnex Corp for $505 million.
Synnex will pay $430 million in cash and $75 million in company stock, giving IBM a stake in Synnex, IBM said in a statement.
In 2012 the business, which includes contact centers, generated $1.3 billion of revenue, which is over 1.0 per cent of IBM's total revenue.
IBM said it expects to have a total pre-tax gain on the sale of between $125 million and $175 million.
K N Shanth Kumar and Mahendra Mohan Gupta, two eminent media personalities, were today elected Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Shanth Kumar, a senior editor and photojournalist belonging to the Bangalore-based Printers (Mysore) Private Limited, and Gupta, Chairman and Managing Editor of the Jagran group, were elected unanimously at a meeting of the PTI Board following the Company's 65th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in New Delhi.
Shanth Kumar is the Editor of the leading Kannada daily "Prajavani" and Director of Printers (Mysore), publishers of "Deccan Herald", "Prajavani", "Sudha" and "Mayura" publications. He succeeds R Lakshmipathy, publisher of Tamil daily "Dinamalar".
A veteran of the media industry, Mahendra Mohan Gupta, a former member of the Rajya Sabha, heads one of the largest media conglomerates in the country.
He has been President of the INS and the Indian Languages Newspaper Association (ILNA) besides having been Chairman of United News of India (UNI).
Internet users in China
Internet users in China can face up to three years in jail if messages posted by them are deemed “slanderous” by the authorities and found to have been “retweeted” or forwarded more than 500 times, according to regulations put into effect on Tuesday.
The new rules, outlined in a judicial interpretation issued by the Supreme People’s Court, state that citizens will face defamation charges “if online rumours they post are viewed by more than 5,000 Internet users or retweeted more than 500 times.
The proliferation of Twitter-like social media platforms such as Sina Weibo, which has more than 500 million users, has posed a challenge to the CPC’s control over information, with microblogs increasingly shaping public discourse in China.
India is among the five nations, who have placed their bids before the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to host the 2018 Hockey World Cup.
The FIH said that it had received seven high-quality bids from five nations, who are all vying for the chance to host men’s and women’s showpiece events to be held simultaneously.
According to a FIH statement, four official proposals to host the men’s World Cup have been made, with a further three submissions being made for the women’s tournament.
The National Associations of Australia, England, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand have all put extremely strong cases forward in an attempt to lure the sport’s top properties to their territory, the statement added.
The final decision will rest with the FIH Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the winning bids being announced on November 7.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Lowland’ on Booker shortlist
“The Lowland” is the Indian-born U.S.-based author’s fourth novel. Her first “The Interpreter of Maladies” won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Her second novel, “The Namesake” (2003) was made into a popular film.
The much-anticipated shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 is out and the Indian-born U.S.-based author Jhumpa Lahiri’s book The Lowland finds a place on it.
She is one of six writers whose books have made it to the shortlist.
The Lowland is Ms. Lahiri’s fourth novel. Her first The Interpreter of Maladies (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, The Namesake (2003) was made into a popular film. She also wrote Unaccustomed Earth (2008).
The other five novels on the shortlist are We Need New Names is by the young Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Harvest by Jim Crace, A Tale for the Time Being by the Ruth Ozeki and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin.