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Apple appoints Nokia veteran Ashish Chowdhary to lead India operations

Apple India is currently under Michel Coulomb who took over from Sanjay Kaul in December last year.

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New Delhi, Nov 13 : In a fillip to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s big future plans for the Indian market, Apple has appointed Ashish Chowdhary, Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks, as its India operation head, reliable industry sources told IANS on Tuesday.

Chowdhary will join as Apple India head from January next year, the sources confirmed.

The decision to hire Chowdhary is a testament to the fact that Apple is aiming for a really long-term growth in a price-sensitive market where Apple is an aspirational brand and usually bought by those who have high spending power or can go for older generation phones for affordability.

In line with the development, Nokia also announced on Tuesday changes in the composition of its group leadership team, declaring that Chowdhary will “leave Nokia at the end of 2018 after 15 successful years.”

“Chowdhary will continue to lead Customer Operations and remain a member of the Nokia Group Leadership Team until the end of 2018. He will then leave Nokia to take a leadership position in another company,” said Nokia.

According to industry sources, Apple has roped in Chowdhary — who has a sound global as well as local knowledge of the industry — to get a bigger slice of a market that has nearly 450 million users and is one of the fastest growing, after China and the US.

Apple India is currently under Michel Coulomb who took over from Sanjay Kaul in December last year.

Chowdhary has 25 years of international experience in the enterprise and telecom sectors. As Chief Business Officer, he was responsible for Nokia Networks’ sales and operations globally.

He has held various leadership positions, including Head of Asia Middle East and Africa and prior to that, Head of Global Services Business Unit.

Both these units contributed nearly half of the company’s revenues and were key to the successful transformation of Nokia.

The appointment comes at a time when the iPhone maker is seeking tax relief and other incentives from the government to begin assembling more handsets in the country and its proposal to set up a manufacturing unit is also being evaluated.

Breaking his silence on Apple’s India presence, CEO Tim Cook admitted on November 1 that his business was flat in the country in the fourth quarter amid weak currency trends.

Cook, however, stressed he is still a big believer in the Indian middle class.

The Apple CEO also said that he has had really great productive discussions with the Indian government.

“We’ve had really great productive discussions with the Indian government, and I fully expect that at some point, they will agree to allow us to bring our stores into the country,” Cook responded to a question during the analysts’ call.

Apple is currently assembling iPhone 6S in India with its partner Wistron.

“I am a big believer in India. I am very bullish on the country and the people and our ability to do well there,” Cook said.

Cook is also aware of the tremendous growth opportunity in India.

“There’s a huge number of people that will move into the middle class. The government has really focused on reform in a major way and made some very bold moves.

“I applaud them for doing that and I can’t wait for the future there,” Cook told the analysts over call.

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Brent hits highest since March, spurred by coronavirus vaccine hopes

This follows positive trial results from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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SINGAPORE: Brent crude prices hit their highest levels since March as news of a third promising coronavirus vaccine candidate spurred hopes of a quicker recovery in oil demand, while U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received the go-ahead to begin his leadership transition.

Brent crude futures rose 43 cents, or 0.9%, to $46.49 a barrel by 0522 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude added 45 cents, or 1.1%, to $43.51 a barrel.

Brent rose to a session high of $46.56 earlier on Tuesday, the highest level traded since early March before Saudi Arabia initiated a price war with Russia, which sent oil prices crashing. Both oil benchmarks settled up about 2% on Monday after gaining about 5% last week.

“Progress on developing and distributing a vaccine de-risks the path back to normal for oil markets,” said Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at financial services firm Axi.

“If mobility data is a measure of oil price sentiment, in the not too distant future, the vaccine will get people back on airplanes and cruise ships.”

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

This follows positive trial results from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

Also helping to ease uncertainty in financial markets, President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to Joe Biden’s incoming administration, giving his rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results.

U.S. crude oil inventories likely edged lower last week, while distillate stockpiles were seen decreasing for a 10th straight week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday, ahead of reports from the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Traders also focused on a week of technical meetings by OPEC and its allies to prepare the ground for next week’s ministerial gathering, which is set to discuss extending oil output curbs into next year due to weak demand amid a second wave of COVID-19.

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Amazon Quiz Answers Today, November 24, 2020: Answer and Win Xbox Series X

The Amazon Quiz contest is live at 8:00 AM and it ends at 12:00 PM.

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Amazon quiz Answers Today, November 24, 2020: The Amazon Quiz for November 24, 2020, is live and today you have the chance to Win Xbox Series X. The trivia quiz gives a chance to users across the country to win exciting gifts every day by answering a set of simple questions.

After giving the right answers to the questions users can win mobile phones, other gadgets, and Amazon Pay Balance. E-commerce giant Amazon never disappoints its users and today’s gift is special for all the online shopping lovers.

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Today’s Amazon Quiz Prize:

Win Xbox Series X
Amazon Quiz Date: November 24, 2020:
Amazon Quiz Time: 8 am–12 pm
Winners List Declaration Date: To be announced

Answers for today’s Amazon quiz contest- November 24, 2020

Question 1. Who has been named as the new Ambassador for World Wide Fund (WWF) India’s Environment Education Programme?

Answer 1: Viswanathan Anand

Question 2. As per Global Finance magazine, KfW Bank is considered to be the “World’s Safest Bank”. In which country is KfW Bank headquartered?

Answer 2: Germany

Question 3. Starlink is a satellite constellation being constructed by which company to beam satellite Internet access across the world?

Answer 3: SpaceX

Question 4. These ladies are on a tour of which country?

Answer 4: Egypt

Question 5. Considered “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken”, on which mission was this photograph taken?

Answer 5: Apollo 8

How to Play Amazon Quiz Contest Daily?

1. Download the Amazon India App from Google Play Stores or Android App
2. Sign up or log in to your Amazon account
3. Once login you can check the homepage banner of the App click on Amazon Quiz for today.
4. Start playing the Amazon quiz contest.

Where to find the latest answers for Amazon Quiz?

You can find all the right Answers for Amazon Quiz here. With Amazon Quiz you can win various exciting prizes. Choose the right answers for the Amazon daily quiz and you can be the lucky winner. The Amazon Quiz contest is live at 8:00 AM and it ends at 12:00 PM.

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Gold Rates and Silver rates, November 24: Yellow metal price struggles today by 0.23%, check here

Gold prices in India on Tuesday, November 24 have gone down following the global rates. On MCX, the gold rates have decreased to ₹49,504. Today, silver price in India has gone up to ₹60,549 rupees per kilogram.

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Gold Rates and Silver rates, November 24: Gold prices in India on Tuesday, November 24 have gone down following the global rates. On MCX, the gold rates have decreased to ₹49,504. Today, silver price in India has gone up to ₹60,549 rupees per kilogram. When it comes to the gold metal, the prices vary based on the city or state due to excise duty, state taxes, and making charges.

  • CITY 24 KARAT 22 KARAT
  • CHENNAI ₹52,034 ₹47,674
  • MUMBAI ₹50,950 ₹49,950
  • BANGALORE ₹51,441 ₹47,161
  • DELHI ₹53,637 ₹49,197
  • KERALA ₹51,468 ₹47,148
  • HYDERABAD ₹51,454 ₹47,144
  • KOLKATA ₹52,537 ₹50,127
  • PUNE ₹50,805 ₹48,355

GOLD PRICE IN INDIA (*MCX) ₹49,504 ₹45,379

Know why Gold and Silver rate rise and decline

Gold tends to increase when people prefer investing in gold due to inflation and concerned about the risks in the financial system. On the other hand, at times gold rates also decrease due to the fact that the fall in international markets, an increase in dollar value, and other tensions between the countries. Off late the gold prices have come down due to the US-China dispute.

How Gold rate is calculated?

As there is no specific measure for the gold and the prices differ from jeweller to jeweller. Final price of the jewellery = Price of gold X (Weight in grams) + Making charges + GST at 3% on (Price of jewellery + making charges)

How many times gold rates change in a day?

As the yellow metal gold is traded at Multi Commodity Exchange whGGolere the gold rates change at every moment in the business times. The price alter is mainly due to various factors such as political and economical issues happening in the world.

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