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Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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

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Poor air quality in India’s capital triggers health concerns

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

New Delhi in smog | REUTERS

Pollution levels in New Delhi, the capital of India, are over 50 times more than the allowed limits, raising people’s concerns over health especially for children.

Four-year-old Avyan suffers from severe wheezing and chest infections, which often leading to multiple hospitalizations. Although he is under the protection of air purifiers and anti-pollution masks, his mother still worries about his health condition because the pollution in the city shows no sign of improving.

“Whenever I put a mask on him for doing the nebulizer, every time some part of me inside me cries. Because once I am pumping him with all those strong medicines, just to manage those symptoms, the other is his body really needs that to survive in this environment. So we would want him to have a very nice happy healthy childhood, but it’s sad that we are not able to give him that, just because we’re in a place which has so much of pollution,” said Anchal Garg Karanth, mother of Avyan.

Recent studies have shown that one in every three children in Delhi has impaired lung function according to the Center of Science and Environment. Doctors also say newborn babies in Delhi take in gulps of polluted air equivalent to smoking 25 cigarettes on the first day of their lives.

According to the World Health Organization, over 100,000 children died below the age of five due to the air pollution in India in 2016, which is the record high in the world. Children are particularly vulnerable to bad air because they breathe more rapidly than adults and absorb twice as many pollutants.

“If you are not oxygenating very well, your cognitive function in terms of behavior, intelligence, has a major impact, especially if it happens in the younger years because that is when the neurological system is really developing. Other than that, any chronic lung issue can impact the cardiovascular system as well,” said Anupama Gupta, a pediatrician.

Delhi’s smog is said to be a toxic mix of vehicular pollution, construction dust, and fumes from crops burnt by farmers in neighboring states. This year, the Delhi government banned all construction, digging and excavation work when the pollution levels started rising. The government might also act by taking private cars off of Delhi’s roads if pollution levels deteriorate further.

“In emergency response, you are not really solving the problem, but what you are doing is you are stopping from adding more where the situation is already very bad. But the more fundamental solution will come when you are doing a round-the-year plan and with stringent implementation of that plan,” said Anumita Roy Chowdhary, an environmentalist.

The Indian government is currently working on a national clean air plan and has suggested it aims to reduce air pollution by 30 percent in the next five years. — Reuters

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China makes key breakthroughs in space station development

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

 

Animation on China’s Tiangong space station | REUTERS

China has made key technological breakthroughs in developing its Tiangong Space Station, as announced at the 5th Manned Space Conference, which opened on Tuesday in Xi’an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

The Tianhe core capsule of the space station will exhibit in full size at the upcoming 12th Zhuhai Airshow which runs from Nov 6-11.

The China-developed space station consists of a core capsule and two experiment modules. It can hold three astronauts and a maximum of six during change of the crew members.

China has long been making preparations for constructing and launching the space station. For example, it will launch the Long March-5B carrier rocket into space in 2019 to help carry the core module and experiment modules to the space station.

“Currently, we are making steady progress in the space station research and construction. Key technological breakthroughs have been made in producing the three modules including the core capsule and the Long March-5B carrier rocket. Selection of the third batch of reserve astronauts is also underway as scheduled,” said Hao Chun, director of China Manned Space Engineering Office.

The space station will enable experiments in multiple areas, including space science, biological technologies, and microgravity fundamental physics and materials sciences in space.

“We will complete on-orbit construction of the space station around 2022 as planned. It will be a national orbital space lab in the long run after being completed,” Hao said. — Reuters

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UNTV EXCLUSIVE: Embassy officials to take action on 21 abandoned seafarers in India

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

21 Filipino seafarers abandoned by their shipping company for more than a hundred days at the port of Kakinada in India

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Vice Consul JB Santos will lead a team of Embassy officials in New Delhi on Thursday (October 11) to visit the 21 Filipino seafarers stranded and abandoned at Kakinada port in India.

The move is in response to the group’s request for rescue and assistance through the help of UNTV network.

The officials will check on the condition of the seafarers to assist them with the repatriation process.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato on Friday said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will immediately take action on the matter.

After UNTV notified the DFA and aired the report, the group’s head Captain Alexander Apao said they were able to take a sigh of relief because their manning agency, Evic Human Resources Management, pressured by the report, immediately wired money or part of their four months’ withheld salary to their respective families in the Philippines.

“Noong Friday, nagpadala iyong manning agency ng pera remittance doon sa mga pamilya. Medyo nakahinga ng konti sa bayarin ang mga pamilya [namin]. Then by next week, mayroon daw silang ire-remit ulit equivalent to one month allotment,” said Apao.

When the UNTV News and Rescue Team visited the manning agency in Ermita, Manila, a representative confirmed that they already purchased plane tickets for the repatriation of the seafarers though they refused to be recorded on camera.

But according to Captain Apao, they have not been notified on the matter.

“Sa ngayon wala pang natanggap na balita tungkol doon sa ticket. Wala pang sinabi ang opisina kung may ticket na ba kami, kung kailan kami makakauwi. Basta ang information ko doon sa DFA pinaprocess nila yung repatriation,” he said.

The seafarers are crew members of MV Evangelia who were abandoned by the shipping company since October 2, 2018 after it went bankrupt. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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