Game wire free with the Rapoo VPRO V600S Wireless Gamepad, now launched in India

RAPOO – a leading manufacturer of wireless peripheral products, has introduced the VPRO V600S Wireless Gamepad in India.

The Rapoo VPRO V600S is an elegant wireless gamepad with a dual touch ergonomic design and a classic button layout.

The smooth surface and the matte texture of the V600S gives it an amazing appearance and provides an ultimate comforting design. With an eight – way directional pad and dual analog sticks, the V600S is easily manipulated with high accuracy. The V600S features slip resistant sides and contoured grips. It is easy to hold and gently improves control even in the most intense game sessions.

Mukesh Chaudhary, Country Head, India, SAARC & ME, Rapoo Technology said, “Gaming as an experience needs to be conveniently enjoyed across platforms. The VPRO V600S Wireless Gamepad is a perfect companion for casual gamers as well as enthusiast eSports players.”

Key features of the Rapoo VPRO V600S Wireless Gamepad

High compatibility with common platforms

Gamers can use the XInput (X) mode to play a new generation of gamepad games on PC Windows. They can also use DirectInput (D) mode to play classic gamepad games on PC Windows. The Android (A) standard mode can be used to play Android-supported gamepad games.

User-friendly buttons for easily winning games

The X/D/A buttons allow gamers to easily switch among the three modes. The TUR button allows them to quickly activate semi-automatic and fully automatic rapid-fire functions, and disable them. The VIB button allows gamers to turn the vibration on or off.

Dual vibration motors for ultimate gaming experience

With the left motor of powerful vibration, The V600S gives gamers an exciting experience of feeling every crash and explosion in supported games. With the right motor of slight vibration, the V600S provides precise feedback of every friction and hit in supported games.

The Rapoo VPRO V600S Wireless Gamepad is now available in India via Rapoo authorized channel partners at an MRP of INR 3499/-. It will shortly be available online via Amazon.in. A wired version of the Gamepad, Rapoo VPRO V600 is also available at an MRP of INR 2999/-

Pakistan Woos U.S. to Resolve Conflicts with India

Pakistan on Wednesday requested for US help to lessen the tension with India on the border, alleging that it wants peace with all its neighbours.

After meeting the US secretary Mike Pompeo,  Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said “We want ease on the Eastern border if we have to look towards the Western side,”

People suffer due to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, he said. He reiterated that Pakistan wanted peace with all its neighbours and had never shied away from negotiations, but “we need two hands to clap.

Pakistan’s neighbours, including India and Afghanistan, often accuse Islamabad of providing safe havens to militants to conduct cross border attacks.

Qureshi said the LoC ceasefire was a very good Confidence Building Measure but when it gets violated, people suffer.

The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. The ties between the two countries had strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016.

India has made it clear to Pakistan that terror and talks cannot go together.

Qureshi said that the visiting US delegation indicated to have direct talks with the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan offered its full support for a negotiated solution of the Afghan issue.

“Pompeo said the State Department will lead the peace effort in Afghanistan. The impression we get is that there is space for (US) direct talks with the Taliban,” he said.

He said Pompeo assured that the US did not want to keep its foot print for unlimited period in Afghanistan, though there was no timeline for America to pullout from the strife-torn country.

“US wants that Pakistan should help to move forward the talks. And we will do and we have offered full support as it is according to our policy. We want peace (in Afghanistan),” he said.

In The Midst of Controversy Air Force Chief Said ‘Waiting for the Rafale Aircraft’

India’s much-negotiated deal with France for 36 fighter jets for 8.8 billion dollars is again clouded with controversies as the Indian National Congress feels that the deal is signed at a much higher price.

Amid row over the deal between India and France, Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal S B Deo on Wednesday said that they are waiting for the aircraft.

“We’re waiting for the aircraft. Rafale is a beautiful and capable aircraft,” the Vice Chief of Air Force said.

Air Marshal S B Deo, however, declined to comment on the ongoing political accusation over the deal. “I shouldn’t comment but I can tell you all this discussion and all these things going on in Rafale..because we know a lot about how everything went, we find that, people don’t have the information,” he said.

The defence agreement has been signed between the governments of India and France to purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft in fly-away condition as a part of upgrading process of Indian Air Force equipment. Rafale fighter aircraft, a twin-engine Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), is manufactured by French aerospace company Dassault Aviation.

Migrant encroachers: An Emerging threat to Palani hills

Increasing encroachments by the migrant dwellers have thwarted down the serenity of the pristine nature and has endangered the wildlife contemporaneously.

Taking into consideration the current scenario the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) has filed a petition in the Madras high court to appeal for the rectification of the current situation.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) has provided a graphic description to the Court as to how the ecologically pristine and biologically rich Palani hills, housing the hill station Kodaikanal, had been destroyed by migrant land encroachers, causing damage to wildlife and forest dwellers.

The entire Palani landscape underwent huge transformation due to the change in land use pattern in the recent past. “Commercial tourism activities; ever-expanding pear, plum, peach, coffee, banana, vegetables and eucalyptus plantations over a period of time resulted in massive fragmentation in the wildlife habitat,” the PCCF said.

“The Paliyan and other inhabitants used to co-exist with the wild animals by way of fine-tuning their socio economic practices but the recent migrants with least knowledge about co-existence are indulging in profit oriented activities,” Mr. Updhyay said in reply to the PIL petition filed by activist A.R. Gokulakrishnan.

Accusing coffee, banana and vegetable cultivators of using “dangerous” pesticides, the officer said that the use of such chemicals had led to reduction of population of honeybees and loss of livelihood of the tribals.

He further told the court that Precious swamp areas, in private estates as well as in the government lands, which once served as a habitat meeting food and water requirements of wildlife, had been gradually encroached upon and planted with lucrative crops such as banana and this was one of the primary reasons for the man-animal conflict, he added.

The officer also listed out steps taken by the forest department by raising fodder species and removing exotic and invasive aliens species such as lantana, wattle and eupatorium from forest areas to attract the animals into it. “But the activities of wild elephants cannot be confined well within the fragmented habitats devoid of corridors,” he said.

After recording his submissions, a Division Bench of Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad disposed of the PIL petition with a direction to the forest department to continue its efforts without affecting the biological diversity of the region.

Dissolution of legislative assembly Affirmed

The Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan accepted the resolution led by the chief minister k. chandrasekhar Rao to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly.

The Governor while accepting the recommendation of the Telangana Cabinet dissolving the Assembly, solicited the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers to be the caretaker government for the time being. Mr. Rao has agreed to the request.

Mr. Rao, after meeting the Governor, will address a press conference at Telangana Bhavan, to explain the reason behind the dissolution of the Assembly and desiring early polls.

The Cabinet which met at Pragati Bhavan at 1 p.m. reportedly passed a single line resolution recommending the dissolution of the House. This brings the curtain down on the TRS Government which lasted for four years, three months and four days since the swearing in of Mr. Rao on June 2, 2014.

In the 119-member Assembly, the TRS won 63 seats on its own, while close to two dozen MLAs from other parties subsequently switched loyalties to the ruling party.

The Chief Minister will then proceed to his farm house in Erravelli in Siddipet district where he is expected to review the arrangements for the first election meeting at Husnabad in Siddipet district slated on Friday. The meeting, named Praja Asirvada Sabha, will mark the launch of full-fledged election campaign of the TRS ahead of the next election.

The party, according to sources, is hopeful that the Election Commission will club the elections to State Assembly with the four States that are going to polls in October/November.

In the Congress party, the MLA from Kodangal A. Revanth Reddy met Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary and submitted his resignation letter. Mr. Revanth, who switched loyalties from the Telugu Desam Party to the Congress six months ago, had sent his earlier resignation to the party president N. Chandrababu Naidu. Since political activity has gained momentum, he preferred to submitting his resignation letter to the Speaker on Thursday.

CCI to Check Super Speciality Hospitals’ rate list

The Competition Commission of India is now embarking on the matter related to alleged unfair pricing by super-speciality hospitals in and around Delhi.

Director General of CCI will probe into alleged violation of provisions of Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002, relating to imposition of unfair prices by private super-speciality hospitals.

The report submitted by DG revealed ostensible contravention of the provisions of the Act. “Huge profit margins are being earned by sale of products to the locked-in in-patients to the detriment of such patients,” noted a release issued on Wednesday.

“Considering the mandate given to the commission to eliminate the practices having adverse effect on competition and to protect the interest of consumers, the commission decided to widen the scope of investigation to cover the practices of super speciality hospitals across Delhi in respect of healthcare products and services provided to their in-patients,” the release stated.

The commission maintained that the investigation will focus on the products sold by the super-speciality hospitals to their inpatients “which are not required on an urgent basis for any medical procedure/intervention or which do not involve any high degree of quality issue from the medical procedure point of view”. The commission has directed the DG to swiftly complete the investigation, it noted.

Japan to test mini ‘Space Elevator’

A Japanese team has developed a “Space Elevator” and will be conducting a trial this month, launching a miniature version of the apparatus into the space and monitoring equipment on satellites to test the technology.

The researchers at Shizouka University produced the test equipment that will hitch a ride on an H-2B rocket being launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency from the island of Tanegashima next week.

The test involves a miniature elevator that is 6 cm (2.4 inches) long, 3 cm wide, and 3 cm high.

If all goes well, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-meter cable suspended in space between two mini-satellites that will keep it taut.

The mini-elevator will travel along the cable from a container in one of the satellites.

“It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space,” a university spokesman said Tuesday.

The movement of the motorized “elevator” box will be monitored with cameras in the satellites.

It is still a far cry from the ultimate beam-me-up goals of the project, which builds on a long history of “space elevator” dreams.

The idea was first proposed in 1895 by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky after he saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and was revisited nearly a century later in a novel by Arthur C. Clarke.

But technical barriers have always kept plans stuck at the conceptual stage.

Japanese construction firm Obayashi, which is collaborating with the Shizuoka University project, is also exploring other ways to build its own space elevator to put tourists in space by 2050.

The company has said it could use carbon nano-tube technology, which is more than 20 times stronger than steel, to build a lift shaft 96,000 km (roughly 60,000 miles) above the Earth.

Saurabh Chaudhary bested his own World Record; Won Gold at ISSF World Shooting Championship

Medallist Saurabh Chaudhary won a Gold medal at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. After that he surpassed his own World Record to claim Gold in the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior podium at the ISSF World Shooting Championship in Changwon. While Korea’s Hojin Lim bagged second spot to claim silver, Arjun Singh Cheema of India bagged bronze. His score of 245.5 is new World Record in the junior category.

Saurabh reached the finals after securing third position in the qualification round with a score of 581. Throughout the final, Saurabh maintained an over 3 point lead against Korea’s Hojin Lim and eventually went on to better his own World Record despite failing to shoot a 10-pointer in his final attempt.

The were more than one reasons of celebration for India as fellow shooter Arjun Singh Cheema finished third to make the Bronze medal his own. Arjun’s final tally was of 218 points after he reached the medal round by finishing sixth in the qualification stage. Cheema came close to helping India secure a 1-2 at the event but 8.3 and 9.4 in the fifth elimination series saw him eventually finish third.

Earlier, the Indian team of Chaudhary, Cheema and Anmol Jain bagged a silver medal with a cumulative score of 1730 in the team event where Korea bagged the Gold medal with a new Junior World Record score of 1732. Russia completed the final podium spot to bag Bronze with a score of 1711.

In the recently concluded Asian Games in Indonesia, Chaudhary had bagged a Gold medal with an Asian Games record of 240.7 in the same 10m Air Pistol event. Chaudhary had beaten Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in a thrilling final which saw India’s Abhishek Verma finish with a Bronze medal while the Japanese Tomoyuki Matsuda ended second.

Farmers and Workers Seethe Red With Anger; Protesting Anti-Labour Policies

On Wednesday thousands of workers, farmers and agriculture workers blew the air off with cries of “Modi hatao” and “Inquilab Zindabad” against “the anti-labour policies” of the ruling government

They marched forward from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street waiving red flags, wearing red clothes, allegedly demanding farm loan waivers, an end to “anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government” and better minimum wages. They also protested the “communal and divisive agenda” of the government and atrocities on the Dalit community.

Almost workers from across the country joined the protest rally. Left leaders said it was a rare occasion that farmers, agricultural workers and organised sector workers have come together to jointly march for their rights.

The Mazdoor KisanSangharsh Rally was organised under the banners of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the All India Agricultural Workers’ Union (AIAWU) — all three outfits affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Wednesday’s march was part of the Left unions’ ‘independent action’, as was the ‘long march’ of farmers from Nashik to Mumbai in March. In between, these organisations had also collected over 10 million signatures against Modi government’s economic policies and courted arrest across the country on August 9. The Congress party issued its support to Wednesday’s march.

A couple of thousand of the participants in the march from Maharashtra had walked from Nashik to Mumbai in the ‘long march’ as well. Swaroop, 25, and his friends travelled from Kerala’s Palakkad to New Delhi on motorcycles to take part in the march. There were farmers and workers from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and other parts of the country.