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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 9, to arrive in India this month

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New York, Aug 9 (IANS) Sounding the bugle for its annual warfare with Apple right on its home turf, Samsung on Thursday launched its flagship Galaxy Note 9 — a device with a mammoth 1 TB memory, bigger battery and a Bluetooth-equipped S Pen.

The 6.4-inch Note 9 comes in four colours and two variants — 6GB RAM and 128GB in-built internal memory (expandable up to 512GB) and 8GB RAM with 512GB ROM that can be expandable up to 1TB with an additional 512GB microSD card — a delight for the gamers and heavy-duty users.

“The Note has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry defining innovations. It is designed for a level of performance power and intelligence that today’s power users need,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Samsung Electronics, said at the jam-packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City.

Both variants of the phablet will arrive in India by the end of this month and the price and exact availability date will be announced on August 10. However, not all the four colour models may initially make their way to India.

“The pricing will play a bigger role in deciding whether Samsung wants to fight the Chinese players or continue its focus on the premium customers in India,” Satish Meena, Senior Forecast Analyst at Forrester Research, told IANS over phone.

The device that runs OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) will have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) for the US customers and the models powered by Samsung’s very own “Exynos 9 Series 9810” chips will head to the rest of the world, including India.

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Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 9 comes in four colours and two varients – 6GB RAM and 128GB in-built internal memory and 8GB RAM with 512GB ROM that can be expandable up to 1TB.

The device will sport dual camera system (12MP+12MP) with dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) at the rear — with 2 times more powerful optical zoom and up to 10 times powerful digital zoom — and an 8MP front shooter.

Note 9 with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display houses 4000mAh battery — 21 per cent bigger that Note 8 – that is paired with fast-charging technology compatible with both wired and wireless charging.

When it comes to Stylus Pen (the company calls it S Pen), there is much more to experience this time.

“S Pen now has remote control functionality along with Bluetooth connectivity and extremely fast charging,” the company executive explained.

“S Pen can control anything, from YouTube or photo gallery to operating the phone camera. It can guide entire presentations at office meetings. We have opened software development kit (SDK) for S Pen and will soon have more applications and features,” they added.

The fingerprint scanner is comfortably located just below the rear camera system.

Note 9 also comes with dust and waterproof IP68 rating (including S Pen) and houses “Samsung Knox” enterprise mobile security solution pre-installed for enhanced security.

The flagship smartphone has also retained the iconic 3.5-mm headphone jack.

(Nishant Arora is attending the event at Samsung’s invitation. He can be contacted at [email protected])

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94 MLAs with criminal cases, 187 multi-millionaires in new MP Assembly

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Bhopal, Dec 14 : As many as 94 MLAs have declared criminal cases while a whopping 187 of the 230 MLAs are multi-millionaires in the newly-elected Madhya Pradesh Assembly, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) revealed on Friday.

The Congress, which won the Assembly polls, leads the list with 56 MLAs having criminal antecedents, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with 34 while the Bahujan Samaj Party has two such lawmakers.

Of the 94 MLAs with criminal cases, 47 face serious charges with six of them facing charges of attempt to murder, three facing charges of crime against women and one for murder.

On the financial front, 187 of the lawmakers are multi-millionaires with the BJP leading the pack with 109 such MLAs followed by the Congress with 90.

BJP’s Sanjay Satyendra Pathak from Vijayragahvgarh constituency in Katni district is the richest MLA with assets in excess of Rs 226 crore. Fellow party lawmaker Chetanya Kasyap from Ratlam City is next with properties in excess of Rs 204 crore.

The average assets of the MLAs in the current Assembly is above Rs 10 crore which is just double that of the 2013 Assembly.

As many as 86 of the MLAs were re-elected and their average assets in the last five years have grown by nearly Rs 7 crore — a rise of 80 per cent.

There are only 21 female members in the new Assembly.

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Sensex ends flat on weak global cues, RBI board meet

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Mumbai, Dec 14: The key Indian equity indices closed flat after trading in a narrow range on Friday tracking weakness in Asian and European markets over concerns of slowdown in global growth.

Caution in the domestic markets also prevailed as the outcome of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board meeting was awaited till the closing bell.

Although with meagre gains, domestic indices logged their fourth session of advances led by Telecom, oil and gas and power stocks. However, finance counters remained subdued.

The Sensex settled 33.29 points higher at 35,962.93 points, touching an intra-day high of 36,019.02 and a low of 35,813.85.

The Nifty50 gained 11.85 points or 0.11 per cent to close at 10,803.40.

Bharti Airtel gained the most of the 30-stock Sensex. The shares of telecom major gained over 5 per cent after Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) scrapped rules on predatory pricing.

It was followed by Yes Bank which advanced by 3.23 per cent. Oil and energy stocks like ONGC, NTPC and Power Grid gained in the range of 1 to 2.5 per cent.

In contrast, HDFC and Wipro were the major losers followed by L&T, Sun Pharma and Adani Ports.

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Lower food prices ease India’s WPI to 4.64% in November

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Lower food and fuel prices eased India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices to 4.64 per cent in November from 5.28 per cent in October, official data showed here on Friday.

However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was higher than the rise of 4.02 per cent reported for the corresponding period of 2017.

“The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 4.64 per cent (provisional) for the month of November, 2018 (over November, 2017) as compared to 5.28 per cent (provisional) for the previous month and 4.02 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year,” the ministry said in its review of “Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India” for November.

“Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 4.73 per cent compared to a build up rate of 2.83 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year.”

On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI’s total weightage eased to 0.88 per cent, from a rise of 1.79 per cent in October.

Similarly, the prices of food articles declined. The category has a weightage of 15.26 per cent in the WPI index. It deflated by (-) 3.31 per cent from a rise of (-) 1.49 per cent.

In addition, the cost of fuel and power segment, which commands a 13.15 per cent weightage, increased at a slower pace of 16.28 per cent from a growth of 18.44 per cent.

The expenses on manufactured products registered a rise of 4.21 per cent from 4.49 per cent.

On a YoY basis, onion prices deflated by (-) 47.60 per cent, whereas potatoes became dearer by 86.45 per cent.

In contrast, the overall vegetable prices in the month under review declined by (-) 26.98 per cent, against a rise of 59.87 per cent in the same month a year ago.

Among the non-food items, the price of high-speed diesel rose by 20.16 per cent on a YoY basis, petrol by 12.06 per cent and LPG by 23.22 per cent.

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