Nokia 6.1 Plus and Jio phone 2 On sale Today

HMD’s newest mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, will go on sale for the first time in India today. The device will be available only through online channels which include the Nokia online store and Flipkart. Also, the Jio Phone 2 goes on sale for only the second time in India today, with stocks still expected to be in limited supply. The Jio Phone 2 flash sale today comes after a gap of two weeks.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is priced at Rs 15,999 and offers an all-glass design, edge-to-edge notched display, dual cameras and stock Android Oreo as part of the Android One program, among other things. Jio phone 2’s price in India is Rs. 2,999, but there are no refunds with the handset, as was the case with the original model.

NOKIA

The Nokia 6.1 Plus was announced last week alongside the Nokia 5.1 Plus, but pricing and exact availability details for the latter will only be known sometime in September. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of HMD’s most popular phones this year as it brings a number of premium features at an affordable price point. he phone is more compact than the Nokia 6.1 and yet packs a larger 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280×1080) display. Thanks to the notch and slimmer bezels all around, you get an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone is covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back that adds to its premium look. This will be offered in three colour options – Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black and Gloss White.

The phone has already seen a terrific response in China where it goes by the name Nokia X6, and we expect a similar response for it once it goes on sale in India today starting 12pm.

JIO

It comes with two SIM card slots, one for a Jio SIM card, while any operator’s SIM can be used in the other slot. The handset will be shipped within 5-7 days of purchase. Buyers can choose between three Jio recharges for the 4G feature phone, priced at Rs. 49, Rs. 99 and Rs. 153.

Apart from other specifications, there is a dedicated button for voice commands that helps you activate Google Assistant while on the go. Besides, the phone packs a 2000mAh battery.

Compared to the original model, the Jio Phone 2’s design is one of the major differentiators between the two phones. The dedicated 4-way navigation keys offer a BlackBerry-style appearance. Even the display is larger and the form factor much wider.

PM Modi to attend the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal on 30-31 August themed, ‘Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region’, that will focus on enhancing regional connectivity and boosting trade.

Modi said yesterday that his participation in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu signals India’s highest priority to its neighbourhood and a strong commitment to continue deepening ties with the “extended neighbourhood” in South-East Asia.

In a statement before leaving for Nepal for the two-day summit, Modi said he will interact with the leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand on the margins of the summit whose theme is ‘Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region’.

“I also look forward to meeting Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli and reviewing the progress we have made in our bilateral ties since my last visit to Nepal in May 2018,” he said.

Modi said he and Oli will inaugurate the Nepal Bharat Maitri Dharmashala at the Pashupatinath temple complex.

The Summit’s theme, Modi said,will enable the member-countries to shape a collective response to their common aspirations and challenges.

The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The grouping accounts for 22 per cent of the global population.

 

28 new flights to be introduced, Jet Airways

Jet Airways announced it will start 28 new flights, including daily services from Indore to Jodhpur and Vadodara, in the next month, Jet Airways said the services would enable it to meet the rising demand for domestic and international air travel in emerging cities. In a release today, the airline said it would commence flight operations between Chandigarh and Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur as well as Vadodara and Jaipur.

The flights include nine “industry first” routes such as those connecting Indore with Jodhpur and Vadodara. Among other routes, the airline would launch non-stop flights between Bengaluru and Lucknow, Indore-Kolkata, Kolkata-Chandigarh and Coimbatore- Hyderabad.

The new services such as Indore-Vadodara and Indore-Jodhpur would promote travel and stimulate business activities, especially for small and medium enterprises located in and around Vadodara and Jodhpur, the release said. Jet Airways Senior Vice-President (Worldwide Sales & Distribution) Raj Sivakumar said new flights, additional frequencies, greater capacity across more sectors are meant to offer guests additional choice and connectivity. “This will also benefit SMEs as well as corporate travellers who will be able to enjoy day-return flights,” he added. Currently, the airline has a fleet of 121 planes.

 

Xiaomi’s Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 6A set to Launch on September 5 in India

Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A all may see a launch in India soon. Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi Global VP and Xiaomi India Managing Director, on Thursday shared a tweet that hinted at the imminent launch of these smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 and Redmi Note 6 Pro are already in works. Both the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have gained massive success in India, and the same is expected of the Note 6 series as well. Rumours about the Redmi Note 6 and Redmi Note 6 Pro have already started surfacing online and looks like the phones are almost nearing their launch dates. Both the smartphones have now stopped by an Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) certification website in Russia, which hints at the imminent launch of the phones.

The ECC listing hasn’t revealed any key information regarding the phones apart from their model numbers. Both the Redmi Note 6 and the Redmi Note 6 Pro have been listed under one single listing with the model numbers M1806E7TG and M1806E7TH. This isn’t the first time that the smartphones have been certified. Both the Redmi Note 6 and Redmi Note 6 Pro have made its way to FCC and Taiwan’s NCC certification sites as well.

The Redmi Note 6 will be the successor to the Redmi Note 5, while the Redmi Note 6 Pro will succeed the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Rumours suggest that the smartphones will launch by late September or by mid-October. Xiaomi, however, is yet to reveal the launch details of the phones.

Roland Quandt, a popular tipster, via a tweet on Wednesday revealed that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is “coming soon”. He also revealed some information about the phone including the price.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is expected to be priced between 200 – 250 euros which roughly translates to Rs 16,000 – Rs 20,000. This pricing is for the European market. Considering in Xiaomi phones are priced pretty competitively in India, chances are Redmi Note 6 Pro could be priced less than Rs 20,000 in the country. The Note 6 Pro is said several colours including black, gold, and blue. Xiaomi can also launch a red colour version of the phone.

Rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 6 could launch in two variants. The base model is expected to come with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the high-end model may pack 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. These are the models heading to Europe. Chances are Xiaomi may bring a 6GB RAM model of the phone for other markets including India.

Specs of the Note 6 Pro have also leaked. The smartphone is expected to come with a 5.45-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Just like the newly launched Poco F1, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will also come with a notched display. The Redmi Note 6 Pro could launch with MIUI 10, which is still based on Android 8.1 Oreo. But chances are it could be updated to Android 9 Pie in the days to come.

In support of Pawar’s formula for Prime Ministership: Lalu Yadav

Bihar’s veteran leader Lalu Prasad Yadav has backed Sharad Pawar’s idea of not projecting any opposition candidate ahead of next year’s general elections. “The election will be about issues and not a US presidential-style clash between two candidates from opposing sides,” said the leader convicted in four corruption cases.

On Tuesday, Sharad Pawar, one of the key interlocutors of the opposition, suggested that the thorny issue of prime minister ship could be tackled once the BJP was beaten in the election. He also had a formula for it. The party winning the maximum number of seats, he said, would claim the post.

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Lalu Yadav, who was on parole from jail on medical grounds, said the prime ministerial candidate could be decided “in a meeting of all like-minded party leaders in five minutes”.

With less than a year to go before the elections, the BJP has repeatedly attacked the opposition over its lack of a prime ministerial candidate. The opposition, the party has jeered, is a divided house, pointing to crucial combats over issues like the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson’s election.

The fault lines in the opposition have been exposed by regional powerhouses like Mamata Banerjee, who has been vocal about a bigger role, and Mayawati, whose allies have hinted at her ambition for the top job. The Congress has kept a low profile as a signal of its commitment to stitching up the front.

Calling questions on prime ministerial candidate a way to “divert attention”, Lalu Yadav said the next parliamentary election will be about the “promises made five years ago and how people are feeling cheated as the Narendra Modi government failed on all fronts”.

“You tell me – except for changing the goal posts, what else they have done?” questioned the 70-year-old leader of Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Lalu Yadav had been one of the chief movers of a united opposition to stop the BJP from winning a second term in next year’s elections. His younger son and political heir Tejashwi Yadav, who has been leading the party in his absence, has toed the line.

The RJD chief said he was confident that more and more parties will come out against the Narendra Modi government.

“See, the fight is very simple… they are trying to put emergency and resorting to all kind of fascist tactics. So whoever believes in that, will remain with them and whoever believes in democracy, tension-free society, free speech and welfare of Dalits, backwards and minorities, will come with us,” said the leader, who due to his conviction, in ineligible to contest elections or hold public office for at least six years.

Asked whether he is open to the idea of joining hands with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav said, “He used to talk about RSS-Mukta Bharat” (an India free of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological mentor). But now, Nitish Kumar is running the government with BJP, “so there’s no question or joining hands once again,” added the leader, who will surrender in court again tomorrow.

Nitish Kumar had ended the Grand Alliance with his party and the Congress last year to form another government in partnership with the BJP. But a perception about his differences with the BJP over seat sharing and other issues, has triggered talks about a resumption of the partnership.

Asian Games 2018: High stakes for India in Women’s Hockey Finals

The Indian women’s hockey team made its first Asian Games final in 20 years, outlasting three-time champions China 1-0 in a fiercely-contested battle in Jakarta on Wednesday. India’s only title at the Asiad came way back in 1982 when women’s hockey made its debut.

Gurjit Kaur’s strike from a penalty corner in the 52nd minute was the difference between the two sides, in a match that lacked the quality of a high-profile semifinal. Nonetheless, the erratic show was good enough for India’s first appearance in the final since the 1998 Bangkok Games.

India will now face Japan, who upset five-time champions South Korea 2-0 in the other semifinal.

It was not the most fluent of matches with both India and China failing to create opportunities in the field.

“The team surely did not play to its potential in the first half. They stepped up in the second half and I am really happy for these girls. I know how much work they put in to be here. They trained really hard for this event. Japan will be a tough challenge but the team is up for it,” said India coach Sjoerd Marijne.

India earned their first penalty corner in the eighth minute but Gurjit Kaur’s shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

India created four scoring opportunities in the first quarter but failed to finish. The closest they came to scoring was in the 13th minute but Navjot, standing at the goal mouth, failed to put it past the custodian.

Against the run of play, China secured a penalty corner at the start of the second quarter in the 18th minute, but Zixia Ou did not get the deflection she was aiming for.

Both teams were not fluent in their play though China showed more intent. India’s only big opportunity came in the 29th minute but Monika, following

India got a penalty corner right at the start of the third quarter but drag-flicker Gurjit did not get the desired result.

The umpires thought her shot hit the leg of a Chinese defender and gave India a stroke. The Chinese went for the review and it was successful, much to India’s disappointment.

A third penalty corner was awarded to India in the 39th minute but Gurjit could not do much again, flicking it wide.

Two minutes later, another opportunity was squandered as Gurjit’ shot to the right did not have the power to fly past the Chinese goalkeeper.

Reena Khokar went for a reverse hit at the stroke of third quarter but the rasping shot missed the target.

Otherwise, it was another drab 15 minute session with both teams lacking the fluidity in their game.

In the do-or-die fourth quarter, India earned as many as three corners in a jiffy. On the third attempt, Gurjit finally got it right as her shot flew past the goalkeeper and found the top of the net.

 

Visit of Ms. Linda Nash, Chairperson and Mr. Richard Biggs, Headmaster, King’s College Taunton at King’s College India

At the invitation of Mr. Anshul Kumar, the Chairman of King’s College India, the Chairperson King’s College UK, Ms. Linda Nash visited Rohtak Campus on a four days visit. She was accompanied by Mr. Richard Biggs, Headmaster King’s College Taunton, UK. This was his second visit as Headmaster and Ms. Linda’s first as Chairperson.

On 24th August 2018 the Headmaster of King’s College India Dr. Nick Duggan welcomed the visitors. They attended Rakshabandhan celebrations with early year students at KCI. The tiny tots tied beautiful Rakhies to the guests and exchanged sweets.

Ms. Linda Nash visited the school campus and appreciated the new addition of “Black Box” the theatre Studio and Music Studio. Moreover she was pleased to see progress of new senior library in Block-C.

They also attended the Board of Governors Meet on 25th August and discussed the progress of KCI and put forward vision and thoughts how KCI can be a pioneer in the school education in this part of India.

On 28thth August before her departure Ms. Linda planted a tree on KCI campus and thanked everyone for hospitality and wonderful teamwork.

Rahul Gandhi To Meet The Core Group On Rafale Fighter Jet Deal

An ongoing war of words with BJP over the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet the party’s core group.

During the meeting, the party will reportedly chalk out the strategy to further escalate attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale jet deal, which it calls the ”Great Rafale Robbery.”

The sources close to Congress said that after the meeting gets over, some members of the Core group may join a protest march by the party’s youth wing from the AICC headquarters here to the Prime Minister’s residence.The newly-constituted core group committee will meet at Rahul Gandhi’s residence to discuss further strategy over the Rafale issue.

This will be the first meeting of the group, which has top Congress leaders as its members. In the recent times, Rahul Gandhi and his colleagues had launched a frontal attack on the Modi government over the Rafale issue and are demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into it.

Continuing the war of words with the ruling BJP, the Congress on Wednesday alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was trying to cover up a “scandal with scandal” and asked why the government was “scared” for a JPC probe.

Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a tweet while Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari posed queries on the deal at the party’s regular briefing here. The Opposition party’s attack came hours after Jaitley termed the Congress party’s charges on the Rafale deal “complete falsehood”, in a Facebook blog post. Hitting back, Rahul said that the government should then accept a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe.

“Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the Great Rafale Robbery! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to sort it out?” Problem is, your supreme leader is protecting his friend. So this may be inconvenient. Do check and revert in 24 hours. We’re waiting!” Gandhi tweeted. Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT ‪#RAFALEROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!

Jaitley too had asked Gandhi and his party to “respond immediately” to the questions raised by him.

Tewari said that a joint statement by India and France completely demolished the “very feeble defence” sought to be put by the Minister.

“In Modi government, collective responsibility is that no Minister has the responsibility of his own Ministry. This is the most peculiar form of government functioning we have seen. The timing of the Finance Minister’s defence of Rafale when the RBI is releasing data on demonetisation. It will not be wrong to say that the Minister is trying to cover one scandal with another scandal,” Tewari said.

He said the party has been consistently demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale deal.

“If the government has nothing to hide; if the Finance Minister or the Prime Minister feel that everything is above board, why are they scared of facing a JPC? A JPC should be constituted and all questions which the Finance Minister raised, which primarily were a smokescreen to obfuscate the issue, will be absolutely blown out of water,” Tewari said.

The Congress leader also demanded that the government state the final price at which the negotiations on the fighter jet deal with France were left in 2012 under the then UPA dispensation.

“Why is the government – if it has all the facts; if it is transparent – shying away from placing the figures before the country?” he asked.

 

Asian Games 2018: Rickshaw puller’s daughter wins Gold in Heptathlon

Swapna Barman created history by winning the women’s heptathlon title at the 18th Asian Games. Swapna’s triumph in the women’s heptathlon is the first ever gold for India in this event at the Asiad; she posted a score of 6026 points. Wang Qingling of China scored 5954 to take silver while Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki produced her personal best of 5873 to bag the bronze medal. Purnima Hembram, the other Indian in the fray, finished fourth with 5837 points.

She did not just overcome 10 other athletes to win the heptathlon gold in Jakarta on Sunday. The list of obstacles she jumped over is long. Her father, a rickshaw puller, suffered a stroke when she was a kid and has been bed-ridden since. Her mother, a tea-estate worker, supported the family and was also entrusted with taking her to practise sessions.

Swapna was born with six toes on each foot, meaning she had to wear customised shoes — something she could not afford. All her life, she has trained in pain thanks to shoes that weren’t an ideal fit. As if all that wasn’t enough, she came down with a tooth infection just before the Asian Games and competed in the gruelling event with a tape on her right cheek to reduce the pain.

Despite all this, she confirmed India’s first-ever gold in the event, something that looked inevitable on Wednesday morning when she built up a healthy lead over her nearest competitor — China’s Qingling Wang — with just the 800m event left. She finished fourth in the final event, but that was good enough for her to finish on top of the pile.

After the final, Barman said she could do better if someone provided her with customised footwear. “I use normal shoes worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” she said.