Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

admin   •   July 10, 2018   •   8793

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands after inaugurating the Samsung Electronics smartphone manufacturing facility in Noida, India, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Samsung Electronics has formally opened a new factory in India, which the South Korean tech group says is the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant, part of its plans to expand production in the world’s fastest growing major mobile phone market.

The factory, inaugurated jointly on Monday (July 9) by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, will help Samsung to compete more effectively with rivals such as China’s Xiaomi, which became India’s biggest smartphone brand by shipments earlier this year.

The factory in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, will help Samsung to double its current capacity for mobile phones in Noida to an annual 120 million units after the phased expansion plan is complete, the company said in a statement.

India, the world’s second biggest smartphone market and home to more than a billion wireless subscribers, is a big opportunity for Samsung where sluggish smartphone earnings growth has fueled concerns that its mobile business is running out of ideas to underpin sales of its premium Galaxy devices. —Reuters

DOST eyes research-based techs to address dengue problem

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 5, 2019

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wants to look into research-based technologies to address the dengue problem in the country.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the department has funded several research projects and programs to aid in addressing the different aspects of the disease.

“Through the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, we have funded a number of research projects and programs consistent with the multi-prong approach in the control of dengue that address different aspects such as diagnosis and treatment,” he said.

One of the researches supported by the DOST is the Biotek M which is a rapid diagnostic test for dengue. This kit can diagnose dengue as early as two to three days after the onset of illness.

They are also looking into a possible herbal medicine for dengue.

“Dengue research and development has always been one of the priority research areas in the country. This is stated in the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda led by the DOST,” said Sec. de la Peña.—AAC

Dentists extract over 500 teeth from 7-year-old’s mouth

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

526 teeth removed from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy | Courtesy: Reuters

A seven-year-old boy with an unusual medical condition had 526 teeth removed from his mouth, doctors said on Wednesday (July 31).

The boy had been complaining of swelling on the right side of his lower jaw since the age of three.

Medical investigation by surgeons revealed the presence of a large growth containing multiple hard structures within the jaw.

Doctors said that this is a unique medical case and a first-of-its-kind. The rare lesion with teeth has been confirmed as a ‘compound composite odontoma’.

In a similar case from 2014, 232 teeth were removed from the mouth of a Mumbai teen. (REUTERS)

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Around 700 passengers rescued from train stuck in floods near Mumbai

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Badlapur, Maharashtra, India (July 27, 2019): (Left) Fire department personnel on boat with rescued passengers. (Right) Aerial views of stranded train, Mahalaxmi Express, stuck due to floods | Courtesy: Reuters

Around 700 people were rescued from a train stranded in monsoon waters on the outskirts of India’s financial capital Mumbai, a railway official said on Saturday (July 27).

Local media reported that the passengers had been stranded on the Mahalaxmi Express train in Badlapur region since Friday night (July 26) as water-logging triggered by incessant rain covered the railway tracks and partially submerged the train.

An official from the Central Railway Chief Public Relations Office said that all passengers had been removed from the vehicle. Officers from India’s Air Force, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were enlisted to aid rescue efforts.

In Mumbai water-logged roads caused long traffic jams and there were also delays in rail journeys and flights. (REUTERS)

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