Rumors Gushing Around Samsung Galaxy A90

The pop-up camera on Samsung Galaxy A90 will be similar to the one seen on Vivo NEX. Rest of the details about the phone are not available as the device is only expected to launch by the end of the year. The rumoured specs for Galaxy A90 suggest it to be a device with 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

A tweet from tipster Ice Universe claims Samsung’s upcoming smartphone will feature a mechanical pop-up camera. If the leak is true, it will be Samsung’s first-ever phone with a pop-up front camera. The tipster says, “Its screen is perfect, there is no Notch, no Hole.”

While leaks may suggest that Samsung Galaxy A90 will have a pop-up camera, Samsung seems to be going with the punch-hole display for its next-in-line phones. The Galaxy A9 Pro (2019) was the company’s first handset to feature a punch-hole selfie camera, and the render leaks of Samsung Galaxy S10 also sport a punch-hole display.

Why do I say that the A90 is perfect? The answer is that the Galaxy A90 will be Samsung’s first pop-up front camera phone, so its screen is perfect, there is no Notch, no Hole.

The Galaxy A90 is expected to be the successor of the Galaxy A9 (2018) which went on sale in India on November 28. Galaxy A9 sported is world’s first phone with four rear cameras– 24MP + 5MP + 10MP + 8MP. The front camera of the device is 24MP.

Other features of Galaxy A9 (2018) include a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a screen resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. It is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor paired with Adreno 512 GPU. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo and backed by a 3800mAh battery with adaptive fast charging.

Galaxy A9 is available in two variants — the 6GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage version is priced at Rs 36,999 while the 8GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 39,999.

Reliance Communications Cites Asset Sale Plan to NCLT

Reliance Communications on Sunday said it will propose a similar debt resolution plan to the National Company Law Tribunal that it had been pursuing outside the court.

The company has been trying to sell all telecom infrastructure assets and spectrum, monetise its submarine cable arm GCX, IDC and Indian Enterprise Business, develop 30 million square feet at the Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City complex and sale of other real estate assets to clear dues.

The Anil Ambani-led company last week announced that it would file for bankruptcy proceedings as it failed to sell its assets for paying back its lenders. “RCom’s management will propose a similar Debt Resolution Plan in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) process, as was earlier being pursued outside the NCLT. Key elements of the Debt Resolution Plan remain unchanged,” the company said in a statement.

Sources privy to the development told PTI that company is opting for debt resolution process to overcome the challenge of getting 100 per cent lenders or creditors approval required for taking a decision around asset sale which has been hampering the process asset monetisation.

“The Company has been faced with various mostly, untenable issues raised by the Department of Telecommunications. These issues inter alia resulted in numerous legal issues at High Courts, TDSAT and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which frustrated the existing plan and can now be addressed/resolved under the NCLT process.

“Further, challenges raised by unreasonable minority lenders can be now be overcome through the NCLT’s 66 per cent majority rule, against the 100 per cent approvals rule outside NCLT,” RCom said. The company is learnt to be under a debt of Rs 38,000 crore excluding interest which includes Rs 19,800 crore that it owes to Indian lenders and around Rs 18,200 crore debt from foreign lenders, a source said.

However, despite the passage of over 18 months, lenders have received zero proceeds from the proposed asset monetisation plans, and the overall debt resolution process is yet to make any headway. RCom even failed to sell spectrum to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio, a deal that was expected to bring some relief to the cash-strapped company.

RCom was expecting to realise Rs 975 crore from sale of spectrum to Jio which it promised to use for paying dues of Rs 550 crore to Ericsson and Rs 230 crore to settle dues of minority stakeholder Reliance Infratel.

Reliance Jio, however, declined to take over any past liability of RCom for which the Department of Telecom may raise demand in future.

“The RCom Board, therefore, sees a fast-track NCLT resolution in 2019, free of all uncertainties and challenges. The Board remains confident on future prospects as a going concern under new ownership on completion of the NCLT resolution process,” the statement said.

Congress Manifesto to Be Released in Braille?

From bringing out Congress manifesto in Braille, setting up gender-neutral toilets to steps for removing inequalities in education system and caste discrimination in society, the conversation touched diverse issues as the youngsters opened up to a “warm and affable” Rahul Gandhi.

Seven students from across the country had a “surprise” dinner interaction with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Friday. Over Chinese food, they shared ideas about improving lives and the leader promised that some of them may be included in the party manifesto.

The group of students was the first to interact with Rahul Gandhi under his “Apni Baat Rahul ke saath” outreach programme.

Congress has often mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for engaging with students, including his recent “Pariksha Pe Charcha” programme and his radio programme ”Mann ki Baat”.

“He is not an ‘I know everything’ kind of person and he was open to a conversation and discussion in trying to understand things,” Deveshwar, a student said.

“Such a friendly humble person, he was actually serving me from his plate. You do not expect such things from a person of this stature. It really breaks the ice between the big politicians and the ”aam aadmi”,” another student said.

Abhilash Karri, an IIT student from Mumbai, recalls how surprised they were when they saw a beaming Rahul Gandhi walking into the dining area of an upmarket Chinese food joint in Delhi, late Friday evening. The students had been told that will interact with the Congress party, but not that it will be the party president himself.

The meeting was informally structured with Rahul Gandhi hearing the new age voters on their priorities for themselves and their countrymen.

Among the invitees was an LGBTQ rights activist who suggested gender neutral toilets for the transgenders.

Kunal Ramteke of the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) said he discussed caste based discrimination with Rahul Gandhi and described him  as one who is sensitive towards the issue. “I hope he will implement suggestions to end caste based discrimination…. His talk was very inspirational,” he said.

Post-Budget Meeting of RBI to Be Held on February 9

According to sources, the board meeting on February 9 would also take up request of the government for interim dividend for the current fiscal.

The government expects Rs 28,000 crore from the RBI as interim dividend for the current fiscal based on the financial position of the first half of the central bank.

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal is scheduled to address the customary post budget meeting of the central board of Reserve Bank of India on February 9 and highlight the key points of the interim Budget.

The meeting will take place two days after the sixth monetary policy review which is expected to take a call on policy rates.

The Reserve Bank, which follows July-June financial year, paid Rs 40,000 crore as dividend for the current fiscal.

The customary post-budget meeting will take place against the backdrop slight deviation from fiscal deficit target for the current fiscal, tax rebate for Income up to Rs 5 lakh and income support scheme for 12 crore farmers.

The government announced ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-KISAN) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be provided to farmers holding cultivable land of up to 2 hectare.

Apart from direct income support to farmers, Goyal, in the interim budget for 2019-20, also announced extended interest subsidy on loans availed for animal husbandry and fishery as well as to those farmers affected by severe natural calamities.

The government also decided to increase standard deduction from existing Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 and also raised TDS threshold on interest earned on bank/post office deposits from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000.

CBI Raids Integrity Is In Question!

Addressing a press conference after the entire fracas unfolded in West Bengal, O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah of putting the Constitution in danger. “PM Modi has to go, Amit Shah has to go, otherwise the Constitution is in danger, institutions are in danger and the country is in danger. Mamata Banerjee has fought many battles before and another one starts tonight at 9 pm,” he said, referring to the CM’s dharna.

Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from West Bengal, Derek O’Brien, on Sunday called the CBI raids on Kolkata Commissioner of Police a ‘constitutional coup’ and ‘unabated destruction of institutions’.

“I am going to stage a dharna to save the federal structure. From today, I’m going to sit near the Metro Channel. Tomorrow proceedings in the State Assembly will take place where I will hold a meeting. This dharna means satyagraha,” the CM told mediapersons. ​

Elaborating on the Trinamool Congress’ agenda of an anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, O’Brien said, “Amit Shah and Narendra Modi cannot fight the TMC. They are resorting to political vendetta after what they saw in United India rally. BJP knows TMC slogan has arrived — ‘2019-BJP Finish’.”

“The perpetrators are actually Modi, Shah and (NSA) Ajit Doval, I heard it from my sources and I say this with full responsibility… The TMC has spoken to all like-minded parties and given them an update on what happened today in Kolkata. It has happened to Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Congress, TDP, AAP and all the parties,” he told mediapersons.

Banerjee accused the BJP of “torturing” West Bengal. “They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did the anti-BJP rally at Brigade Parade Grounds last month.

A scuffle reportedly broke out between the state police force and the CBI team after they raided the Commissioner of Police’s residence.  The Kolkata Police sought a warrant from the CBI team and failure of which led to the adverse measures. Around five CBI officials were been detained but had later been released.

PM Assured Support to J&K Pandits

Internet services were snapped in Srinagar ahead of the Prime Minister’s arrival. Earlier Saturday, Hurriyat Conference Chairman and separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest. The road leading up to his residence in the Srinagar’s Nigeen area saw a heavy deployment of police. The measure was taken as a preventive action in the backdrop of separatists’ call for a complete shutdown in the valley, said local police.

After inaugurating several projects in Leh, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday proceeded to Jammu and Srinagar where the laid the foundation stones and inaugurate various developmental projects and held public meetings.

During his visit to the three regions of the state, Modi launched different projects with a focus on healthcare, electrification and regional connectivity in the state. Among other significant projects, he will laid the foundation stones of two AIIMS in Awantipora and Vijaypur.

Recently, the chairman of the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (AHPC) was at the centre of a controversy after he spoke with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Modi’s visit to the state comes in the backdrop of heavy violence in the state with frequent encounters reported between the security forces and militants.