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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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World’s biggest tech show opens with rollable TVs and robots galore

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Dancing robots from Robotis in a gadget show in Las Vegas Nevada, United States on January 8, 2019 | Reuters

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest tech and gadget show, opened its doors on Tuesday (January 8), with thousands of technology enthusiasts heading to Las Vegas to get a peek at the latest innovations.

Drawing a big crowd was LG’s rollable television — a 65 inch TV that rolls itself away into a sleek piece of furniture when it’s not being used.

LG spokesman Bob Lawton said the versatile television, which can be placed against a window or in the middle of a room, would begin shipping in the second half of 2019. The price has not yet been set, he said.

Robots, as always, were everywhere at CES. From a robot you can play ping-poing with to a robot personal assistant. Chinese company VxFly, which also makes an underwater robot, launched its electric propelled kickboard, designed to help children learn to swim. The LESWIM will retail at $199, the company said.

CES runs until Friday (January 11).
— Reuters

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Protests turn violent after women defy temple ban in India

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

 

Protesters burning effigy of Kerala state chief Pinarayi Vijayan | REUTERS

Two women defied a centuries-old ban on entering a Hindu temple in India’s southern state of Kerala in the early hours of Wednesday (January 2), the state’s chief minister said, raising fears of a backlash from conservative Hindu groups.

A video from a local police official posted online by Reuters partner ANI on Wednesday showed two women inside the temple with their heads covered.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister, said in a televised news conference that the two women, who had previously tried but failed to enter the temple because their way was blocked by devotees, faced no obstruction on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how the women on this occasion managed to avoid devotees guarding the temple.

Rights Activist Trupti Desai, who in November last year was forced to return after she was blocked by protesters at Cochin International airport in a failed attempt to reach the temple, termed the entry of the women as a historic win.

Last year, violent protests broken out in the state after India’s top court in September ordered the authorities to lift a ban on women or girls of menstruating age – between 10 and 50 – from entering the temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year. — Reuters

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India bus accident kills 10, injures 46

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

 

Bus wreckage | REUTERS

Ten people died and 46 were injured after a bus drove off a bridge in India’s eastern state of Odisha on Tuesday (November 20) evening, according to police.

Survivors told medical volunteers that a buffalo in the road caused the driver to lose control, plunging the bus 30 feet into a dry river bed near the city of Cuttack.

Locals and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force teams worked with fire brigade personnel to begin rescue operations and take the wounded to a nearby hospital.

Deadly road accidents are common in India. According to government data, road accidents claimed 17 lives per hour in 2016. — Reuters

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