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Isuzu, Yamaha inaugurate production facilities in India

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New Delhi, April 27 : Two Japanese automobile manufacturers — Isuzu and Yamaha — on Wednesday started new production facilities in India.

Isuzu Motors will export vehicles and automotive components from its plant in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

The company’s 50,000 units per annum plant was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu when he drove the first India-made D-Max pick-up model out of the assembly line.

“India is a strategic market for Isuzu Motors. We will be exporting out of India in the future as this plant will be a key manufacturing hub for our global operations,” said Isuzu Motors president Masanori Katayama.

Isuzu Motors India chairman Hiroyasu Miura said the company has earmarked Rs.3,000 crore investment for the Indian project.

Naidu said the government agreed to the request of Isuzu Motors to extend investment incentives to component units in Sri City while exempting road tax to the company vehicles.

Eight component suppliers of Isuzu Motors will set up their operations at Sri City, he added.

Miura said the plant’s production capacity can be increased to 120,000 units.

Bookings for Isuzu vehicles will soon start followed by deliveries across India. According to the company, D-Max V-Cross is India’s first adventure utility vehicle.

India Yamaha Motor also inaugurated its new spare parts centre, spread across 30,000 square metres in Chennai.

“Timely supply of genuine spare parts to customers is the key to success. Our main objective behind the establishment of the new parts centre is to cater to the demands of consumers in south India with speed and quality,” India Yamaha Motor chairman Hiroaki Fujita said in a statement.

The new spare parts centre aims to ship orders the next day after receiving them.

India Yamaha Motor has 20 spare parts distributors across 15 states and more than 3,000 spare retailers across the country.

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Mi India’s Republic Day Sale: List of TVs, Smart Bands, and Smartphones available at Huge discounts

Flipkart VIP, Amazon Prime, and Mi VIP Club members will be able to take advantage of this sale from January 19, a day before.

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Mi India has announced the Republic Day offer. The sale offers huge discount offers on a variety of products including smartphones, smart TVs, and Smart Bands.

Mi India’s Republic Days offer sale will start from 12 noon on January 20, 2021, which will continue till 11.59 PM on the night of January 24, 2021.

This offer can be enjoyed on the e-commerce sites Amazon, Flipkart, and Mi.com. Flipkart VIP, Amazon Prime, and Mi VIP Club members will be able to take advantage of this sale from January 19, a day before.

Mi Smart Band 4

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Mi TV Stick

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Mi Box 4K

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Mi LED TV 4A PRO 108 cm (43)

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Mi LED TV 4X 50

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Mi Watch Revolve Midnight Black & Silver

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Earphones (TWS) – Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C

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Earphones (TWS) – Mi True Wireless Earphones 2

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Mi Beard Trimmer 1C

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Mi Smart Water Purifier (RO+UV)

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Redmi Earbuds S

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Redmi Smart Band

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Redmi 9i (4+ 64GB)

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Redmi 9 Prime (4+64GB)

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Redmi Note 9 (6+128GB)

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Redmi Note 9 Pro (4+128GB)

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Mi LED TV 4A PRO 80 cm (32)

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Halt global 5G networks roll out until safety is confirmed: Expert

Its inherent fragility means that transmission boosting ‘cell’ antennae are generally required every 100-300 m — which is far more spatially dense than the transmission masts required for older 2G, 3G and 4G technology, using lower frequency waves.

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London, Jan 20 : The rollout of 5G networks should be halted until the safety of the technology has been tested and proven, an expert has urged.

According to Professor John William Frank from the University of Edinburgh, the transmitter density required for 5G means that more people will be exposed to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs), and at levels that emerging evidence suggests, are potentially harmful to health.

However, Professor Frank does stress the ridiculousness of linking 5G exposures to Covid-19, as suggested by some conspiracy theorists.

5G uses much higher frequency (3 to 300GHz) radio waves than in the past and it makes use of very new — and relatively unevaluated, in terms of safety — supportive technology to enable this higher data transmission capacity, Frank pointed out in an opinion piece published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Its inherent fragility means that transmission boosting ‘cell’ antennae are generally required every 100-300 m — which is far more spatially dense than the transmission masts required for older 2G, 3G and 4G technology, using lower frequency waves.

The professor explained that existing 4G systems can service up to 4000 radio frequency-using devices per square kilometre; 5G systems will connect up to one million devices per square kilometre — greatly increasing the speed of data transfer (by a factor of 10) and the volume of data transmitted (by a factor of 1000).

“It is highly likely that each of these many forms of transmission causes somewhat different biological effects — making sound, comprehensive and up-to-date research on those effects virtually impossible,” he said.

Recent reviews of lab data on RF-EMFs indicate that exposures can produce wide-ranging effects, including reproductive, fetal, oncological, neuropsychiatric, skin, eye and immunological. But there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to suggest that it is implicated in the spread of Covid-19, as some conspiracy theorists have suggested, he emphasised.

But for the current 5G roll-out, there’s a sound basis for invoking ‘the precautionary principle’ because of significant doubts about the safety of a new and potentially widespread human exposure, which should be reason enough “to call a moratorium on that exposure, pending adequate scientific investigation of its suspected adverse health effects,” he said.

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Parliamentary panel summons Facebook, Twitter officials on Jan 21

Earlier, the committee had summoned Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan over the issue of political bias on the social media platform.

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology has issued summons to officials of Facebook and Twitter for January 21, to question them over misuse of the social media/online news platforms.

The schedule of meeting on the Lok Sabha website read: “Evidence of representatives of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and to hear the views of the representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/online news media platforms including special emphasis on women security in the digital space.”

Earlier, the committee had summoned Facebook’s India head Ajit Mohan over the issue of political bias on the social media platform.

The allegations of a Facebook bias towards the BJP were reported in The Wall Street Journal in August 2020 and had claimed that Ankhi Das, the platform’s then India Policy Head had opposed the idea of removing hate posts by BJP leaders, warning that this could hamper their “commercial interests”.

Das has now quit Facebook.

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