Lenovo launches A6000 4G smartphone in India

17 01 2015

Lenovo has launched A6000, the company’s latest budget smartphone with 4G connectivity, the most affordable  and most value for money  LTE device in India. Lenovo has launched its newest budget smartphone, the A6000, in the Indian market priced at Rs 6,999. Launched first in India, it will retail exclusively on Flipkart. Registrations begin today and will close on 27th January at 6pm.

A6000 is a  dual-SIM smartphone, which supports LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and weighs 128 grams. The Lenovo A6000 comes with stereo speakers, which work on Dolby Digital Plus technology.

This smartphone has an internal storage of 8GB, expandable up to 32GB, featuring an 8MP rear camera with a 178 degree viewing angle plus a 2MP front-facing camera.

Designed with  Android 4.4 KitKat, which sports the Vibe UI 2.0 skin. A6000 pre-loaded with the Guvera music app as well. Phone comes with a 2,300mAh battery, which Lenovo claims can provide up to 13 hours of calls and up to 11.5 days on standby.

 

 





Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre

17 01 2015

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Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk on:
 Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre
by
 Prof. Anatol Lieven,
Professor,
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Qatar
Monday, 19 January 2015
11:30 am -1:00 pm
3rd floor Conference Room,
Center for Policy Research, Dharma Marg,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
About the Speaker: Prof Anatol Lieven is a professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, visiting professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His recent book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, was published in April 2011 by Penguin and was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ‘2011 Books of Year’. A new edition of another of his books, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was published in 2012.
He spent most of his career as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union, and is author of several books on the latter region, including Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry; and The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (which won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governor’s Award).
A line of confirmation in this regard will be appreciated.





Tow Center support of $3 million from the Knight Foundation.

17 01 2015

The Tow Center is pleased to announce new support of $3 million from the Knight Foundation. We will be expanding our research in four areas: Computation, Algorithms and Automated Journalism, Data, Impact and Metrics, Audience and Engagement, and Experimental Journalism, Models and Practice.Read more from the Knight Foundation

Read more from Columbia Journalism School

We will be recruiting Knight News Innovation Fellows to lead our research in these four areas.  For more information about application, contact TowCenter@columbia.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Journalism After SnowdenJoin the Tow Center at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on February 5th, 2015 for National Security Reporting in the Age of Surveillance: A Conversation About Reporting Post-Snowden.

From 4:30-6:30 pm a new survey by the Pew Research Center will be released. The evening panel, from 6:30-9:30 pm, will include Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the NYTimes, Marty Baron, Executive Editor of the Washington Post, and Susan Glasser, Editor of Politico, and will be moderated by Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School.  Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University will give opening remarks.  A reception will follow the event.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Responsive Cities Initiative with Susan Crawford
Launch of a White Paper
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:30 pm
Columbia Journalism School, World RoomOver the last few months, the Responsive Cities Initiative convened three workshops supported by a planning grant from the Ford Foundation and hosted by the Tow Center.

The workshops gathered leading thinkers with the aim of answering the following questions: What could a university center do to advance policy making and planning for fiber optic networks connecting everyone in America to the Internet that would (a) improve local governance and (b) support civic journalism? We invited leading US fiber builders, city officials, and civic journalists to the first two sessions and hosted a large group of Danish municipal fiber companies and lawmakers for the third.

We’ve organized our findings into a white paper, and on Tuesday, January 27 at 5:30 pm a panel of workshop attendees will convene to discuss the themes of the paper.  Susan Crawford (co-author of The Responsive City) will lead a panel that includes Elin Katz (Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut), Jim Baller (The Baller Herbst Law Group) and Oliver Wise (Director of Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans).

Reception to follow.  RSVP on Eventbrite.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content: A Report Launch
Tuesday, February 10, 2-15 6:30-9:30 pm
Columbia Journalism School
Join the Tow Center for the launch of Tow Fellow Craig Silverman‘s report Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified claims, and Misinformation.
Every working and aspiring journalist who reports on breaking news will want to read Silverman’s excellent research. He’ll discuss new data showing how common newsroom practices leave readers mis-informed and highlight the best ways for breaking news journalists to build a reputation for accuracy, attracting new audiences as they go.
Craig will be joined by Gawker’s editor-in-chief Max Read and Anna Dubenko, managing editor of Digg.
RSVP on Eventbrite
ON THE TOW BLOG
The NewsLynx Tool For Impact Tracking – A WalkthroughLast year in May, we officially announced NewsLynx, a tool for newsrooms to keep track of their journalism’s impact.  It enables journalists to observe what happens to their work in the world after it’s been published.  It’s been built by Michael Keller and Brian Abelson.

NewsLynx combines quantitative metrics with qualitative annotations.  This week, we published a first look at the platform and some of the design decisions that went into it on the Tow Blog.

TOW CENTER IN THE NEWS

Tow Center receives new $3m funding for newsroom research





Petrol price cut by Rs 2.42/L, diesel Rs 2.25/L

17 01 2015

Petrol price cut by Rs 2.42/L, diesel Rs 2.25/L
Petrol price was cut by Rs 2.42 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25 a litre after an excise duty hike limited the benefit of global crude prices slumping to six-year low.

This is the ninth straight reduction in petrol prices since August, and fifth in diesel since October. New rates will be effective midnight tonight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced.In Delhi, petrol will cost Rs 58.91 a litre, the lowest in 44 months, as compared to Rs 61.33 a litre now. Similarly, diesel will cost Rs 48.26 a litre in Delhi, the lowest since April 2013, as against Rs 50.51 currently.

Including today’s reduction, petrol price have been cut by Rs 14.69 per litre on a cumulative basis





January-30 state-wide drawing competition on “Mahatma Gandhi

17 01 2015

Gujarat Information Bureau,

Government of Gujarat,

Ahmedabad,

Date: January 16, 2015.

To mark death-anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January-30 state-wide drawing competition on “Mahatma Gandhi and Cleanliness” is organized for 1.28-cr school, college students

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Record 1.28-Cr school-colleges students will spread awareness on cleanliness-sanitation through paintings

Gandhinagar, Friday: Under on-going nation-wide “Swachhta Abhiyaan-clean  India” movement, with a view to instill the virtue of cleanliness and sanitation among children and youths, Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel has expressed determination to inspire record 1.28-crore students to express their art-skill by drawing massages on cleanliness in state-wide drawing competition  on ‘Mahatma Gandhi and Safai’ being held on forthcoming Gandhi Niravan Din (Death Anniversary-Day) on January 30, 2015.

Through a video conference meeting from Gandhinagar, the Chief Minister had given instruction to the district administrations for smooth conduct of the state-wide drawing competition that included the participation from over 1.28-crore students ranging from primary school to college, engineering college, polytechnic levels at the same time on the same day to make it a sort of record.

The video conference was attended by Gujarat’s health minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel, education minister Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, agriculture minister Mr. Babubhai Bokhiriya, minister of state for law Mr. Pradipsinhji, gram vikas minister Mr. Jayantibhai Kavadiya, Chief Secretary Mr. Pandian and other senior secretaries. The video conference was also attended by the other members of council of ministers from their respective ‘District Seva Sadan’ to receive guidance from the Chief Minister.

Mrs. Patel learned the details of the programme of this competition and clearly said that the whole competition has been organized for the students would nurture cleanliness values from their childhood. She instructed the authorities to make school campus, class-rooms clean before beginning of the drawing competition.

While briefing about the drawing competition relating to Mahatma Gandhi and Cleanliness selection criteria, Mrs. Patel said that the first three creativities which have been selected at the school level, will be sent to Taluka, District and State level respectively, and with giving details about the process of selection and prizes given by the art specialists, this kind of creativities would be come to state level for selection-evolution respectively, she added.

Each category from Std 1 to higher secondary would be honoured by three prizes. As many as prizes worth more than Rs. 55 lakh would be given to the winners. The winners from private schools will also be honoured with prizes in this competition.

As a part of this competition, the students from primary and secondary, new schools, central schools, CBSE, ICSE and along with the Eklavya Model school the Grant in Aid, Private schools and secondary-higher secondary, ITI, Polytechnic and college student also will be included.

Mrs. Patel gave an inspirational suggestion to earn the services of retired teachers, principals, art teachers and excellent artists etc at the cluster-taluka-district and school levels for selection of the winners.

Mrs. Patel suggested that the prizes which will be given to the state level students to inspire them, the school family, members of school monitoring committee, trustees, management would also get involved in the whole competition with public-partnership.

The colours and drawing papers would be provided by the education department to the students who will take part in this competition and for this purpose a provision of Rs. 17.50 crore has been decided, was also been informed in this meeting.





Swiss National Bank (SNB) discontinues minimum exchange rate and lowers interest rate to –0.75%

17 01 2015

The SNB is lowering interest rates significantly to ensure that the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate does not lead to an inappropriate tightening of monetary conditions.
The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is discontinuing the minimum exchange rate of CHF 1.20 per euro. At the same time, it is lowering the interest rate on sight deposit account balances that exceed a given exemption threshold by 0.5 percentage points, to −0.75%. It is moving the target range for the three-month Libor further into negative territory, to between –1.25% and −0.25%, from the current range of between −0.75% and 0.25%.
The SNB is lowering interest rates significantly to ensure that the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate does not lead to an inappropriate tightening of monetary conditions. The SNB will continue to take account of the exchange rate situation in formulating its monetary policy in future. If necessary, it will therefore remain active in the foreign exchange market to influence monetary conditions.
The minimum exchange rate was introduced during a period of exceptional overvaluation of the Swiss franc and an extremely high level of uncertainty on the financial markets. This exceptional and temporary measure protected the Swiss economy from serious harm. While the Swiss franc is still high, the overvaluation has decreased as a whole since the introduction of the minimum exchange rate. The economy was able to take advantage of this phase to adjust to the new situation.
Recently, divergences between the monetary policies of the major currency areas have increased significantly – a trend that is likely to become even more pronounced. The euro has depreciated considerably against the US dollar and this, in turn, has caused the Swiss franc to weaken against the US dollar. In these circumstances, the SNB concluded that enforcing and maintaining the minimum exchange rate for the Swiss franc against the euro is no longer justified.





Team Censor board chairperson Leela Samson resigns

17 01 2015

Censor board chairperson Leela Samson resigns on clearance of MSG; Govt refutes interference
Following Censor Board Chief Leela Samson's resignation, 9 more board members resign.
Leela Samson has resigned as Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification amidst reports that controversial film “Messenger of God” featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in lead role has been cleared by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said that final call in a film screening is of Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).He said that there is no interference or coercion in the process.

He added that Leela’s resignation is a personal choice and therefore government has no reaction on it.

Following Censor Board Chief Leela Samson’s resignation, 9 more board members resign.





Petrol price cut by Rs 2.42/L, diesel Rs 2.25/L

17 01 2015

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Petrol price cut by Rs 2.42/L, diesel Rs 2.25/L
Petrol price was cut by Rs 2.42 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25 a litre after an excise duty hike limited the benefit of global crude prices slumping to six-year low.
This is the ninth straight reduction in petrol prices since August, and fifth in diesel since October. New rates will be effective midnight tonight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced.In Delhi, petrol will cost Rs 58.91 a litre, the lowest in 44 months, as compared to Rs 61.33 a litre now. Similarly, diesel will cost Rs 48.26 a litre in Delhi, the lowest since April 2013, as against Rs 50.51 currently.Including today’s reduction, petrol price have been cut by Rs 14.69 per litre on a cumulative basis





PM’s address at Economic Times Global Business Summit

17 01 2015

Shri Narendra Modi ji, Hon’ble Prime Minister at Economic Times Global Business Summit said that India is a 2 trillion dollar economy today and asked if we can dream of an India with a 20 trillion dollar economy. He said that India would soon be witnessed as a country of opportunities, unmatched across the world.
He further emphasized that the government must nurture an eco-system where the economy is primed for growth and this growth promotes all-round development. He verbalized that this development has to be employment-generating and employment should be enabled by skills. He further said that these skills should be synced with production and production should be benchmarked to quality, and this quality should meet global standards where these global standards drives prosperity. This is the concept of “economic good governance and all round development” which is inevitable for our country to be a role model for growth.
Going forward, he said that development has to result in jobs. What we need is not just more production, but mass production and production by masses. Further, he said that the ultimate objective of subsidies should be to empower the poor, to break the cycle of poverty, and become foot-soldiers in our war on poverty. Therefore what is needed is to cut subsidy leakages, not subsidies themselves.
Speaking on governance he said that our government systems suffer from two weaknesses. They are complex and are slow. Thus he emphasized that our systems need to be made sharp, effective, fast and flexible to make it more effective.
Speaking on reforms he said that reforms are not an end in itself. Reforms must have a concrete objective. He talked of major institutional reform of setting up of NITI Aayog which is a way forward to transform India.
He said that the government is committed to achieving the fiscal target announced in the budget and informed the audience that India’s cooking gas subsidy is the world’s largest Cash Transfer Programme. He highlighted that the Indian economy is 100% banked country and assured the Public Sector Banks that they will have total autonomy in taking business decisions. He asserted that the government has arrived at consensus with States for amending the Constitution to implement GST which is a major breakthrough.
Shri Narendra Modi ji highlighted that the citizens of the nation must understand the Clean Ganga program, as an economic activity also and the railway stations can become growth points for the nearby villages. He added that he intend to launch a massive National Program for PDS Computerization and would link farmers to global markets in the coming times.
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