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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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India’s Supreme Court legalizes gay sex in landmark ruling

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

 

An LGBT community celebrating the landmark legislation in India | REUTERS

India’s top court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex on Thursday (September 06) in a landmark judgment that activists hope will uphold the right to equality.

Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India and was reinstated as a criminal offense in 2013 after four years of decriminalization.

A five-judge bench in India’s Supreme Court was unanimous in overturning the ban. Gay sex had been punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Activists and the LGBT community welcomed the ruling celebrating in parts of India.

A law known as “Section 377” had prohibited “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” – which was widely interpreted to refer to homosexual sex. — Reuters

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Indian state battles ‘rat fever’ outbreak after worst floods in a century

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Patients lying on stretchers surrounded by family and hospital staff | Reuters

The southern Indian state of Kerala is battling an outbreak of a bacterial disease that authorities suspect has killed dozens of people since mid-August following the worst flooding in a century.

Additional Director of Health, Thiruvananthapuram Dr. K.J. Reera said there had been roughly 300 suspected cases since of what is locally called the rat fever – the waterborne disease leptospirosis transmitted via the urine of infected animals, with symptoms including muscle pain and fever.

Another health ministry spokesman said that as of Sunday (September 2) there had been nearly 200 confirmed cases.

The surge in the disease comes after torrential rain beginning on August 8th flooded almost the entire state, killing hundreds of people, destroying thousands of homes and causing at least 200 billion rupees ($2.81 billion) worth of damage.

There have been five confirmed deaths from leptospirosis since August 24th, Reera said, adding that many people who had contracted the disease had failed to take preventive medicine.

Leptospirosis rarely spreads from person to person and can be treated with common antibiotics. — Reuters

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Chinese scientists make breakthrough in quantum computing technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Lu Chaoyang, professor with University of Science and Technology of China, leading team on quantum bits research (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Chinese scientists have successfully entangled 18 optical quantum bits, a key achievement that will dramatically promote quantum computing speed.

Entangling as many quantum bits as possible can lead to an exponential increase of quantum computing speed. However, scientists are facing a huge challenge to entangle a large amount of quantum bits.

A group of Chinese scientists for the first time entangled as many as 18 quantum bits by adopting a new technology called the multi-degrees of freedom photon control method.

“If I can control the three degrees of freedom of a photon, then it’s equivalent to triple it. The control of multi-degrees of freedom is another effective approach for us to further increase the number of the controllable quantum bits. We have adopted multiple approaches at the same time to achieve the large-amount quantum bits entanglement,” said Lu Chaoyang, professor with the University of Science and Technology of China.

Lu added that this achievement can be used in large-scale, high-efficiency quantum information technology, and can be regarded as a milestone in the technology’s development.

“Our next plan is to surpass the conventional computers using integrated circuits in human history, then surpass the fastest commercial computers of our times, and then surpass the supercomputers. This is our fundamental plan,” said Lu. — Reuters

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