New Delhi: The Rs 12,195 crore PLI scheme for telecom equipment manufacturing is "a big positive" that will spur local production, generate employment, and position the country as a global hub for innovation, industry experts said on Wednesday. Industry body COAI lauded the move saying telecom is the backbone of a digitally-connected India and the initiative will further boost local manufacturing and create job opportunities. "India is already the second largest telecom market globally and this will go a long way in making the country a global hub for telecom innovation," SP Kochhar , Director General of COAI (Cellular Operators' Association of India) said in a statement. Earlier on Wednesday, the government unveiled a mega production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for telecom gear manufacturing in India, which is expected to encourage production of equipment worth Rs 2.44 lakh crore and create direct and indirect employment for about 40,000 people. The PLI scheme for … [Read more...] about Industry cheers PLI for telecom sector; says new scheme to spur jobs, boost innovation
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Super telephoto primes have always been specialty lenses. Unless you were regularly shooting sports or wildlife, it was virtually impossible to justify the cost. Of course, a smaller sensor size makes it easier to get to the super telephoto focal lengths – essentially anything longer than 300mm – but even these lenses can still be quite expensive, especially the faster primes.Take for example Sony’s 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS for the FE mount – this excellent lens costs just shy of $12,000 / £10,500 / AU$19,500 and weighs in at a little under 3kg. Following closely behind is Nikon’s monster F-mount AF-S 600mm f/4.0G ED VR, which will set you back $12,299 / £12,599 / AU$15,999, while Canon’s rival EF-mount 600mm f/4.0L IS III USM is going to cost you even more. Of course, if you need to go longer, 800mm primes are going to be even more expensive and just as heavy, if not heavier.However, Canon’s new RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and 800mm f/11 IS … [Read more...] about Canon RF 600mm and 800mm f/11: are these fixed-aperture telephotos worth it?
Digital transformation was an undercurrent for businesses well before the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, organizations have transformed more dramatically. They adopted new business processes, improved access for remote workers and now engage customers in entirely new ways. McKinsey finds that consumer and business digital adoption has made an astonishing leap of five years in the span of just two months.Over the past year, transformation was seen as a way to survive, but increasingly, it’s helping businesses to thrive. In fact, 75% of CEOs claim the pandemic has created significant new opportunities for their company. Amid all of these changes, IT management has found itself center stage as hero and enabler, accelerating digital change through innovative new applications and customer services.With transformation, though, comes unprecedented risk. Too often, projects are accelerated for the sake of the business while data security is forced to take a backseat. Prioritizing speed … [Read more...] about Data security and tech transformation: Get the best of both worlds
NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker Xiaomi recently launched its budget smartphone Redmi 9 Power in India. The smartphone will go on sale today for the first time on Amazon India website and mi.com. The company has launched two variants of the smartphone -- 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage priced at Rs 10,999 and 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage priced at Rs 11,999. Both the variants will go on sale today at 12 pm. The customers can purchase the Redmi 9 Power in four colour options -- Blazing Blue, Electric Green, Fiery Red, and Mighty Black. Redmi 9 Power specifications The Redmi 9 Power comes with a 6.53-inch full HD+ display with 1080x2340 pixel resolution. The display is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor paired with Adreno 610 GPU. Redmi 9 Power comes packs 4GB of RAM and comes in two storage options -- 64GB and 128GB. Users can further expand the storage by adding a microSD … [Read more...] about Redmi 9 Power to go on sale today on Amazon
Steven Wise has been waiting more than 30 years to give chimpanzees their day in court. A lawyer who specializes in animal protection, Wise is widely credited as a pioneer in the animal rights arena: he’s taught classes on the subject at schools including Harvard and John Marshall Law School, has written four books and countless journal articles, and is the former president of the influential Animal Legal Defense Fund. But it’s only in recent months that Wise’s work has made national headlines. In early December, the Nonhuman Rights Project — a group that Wise founded and now runs — filed three landmark lawsuits on behalf of captive chimpanzees living in New York state. With ample scientific evidence on their side, Wise and his colleagues are hoping to prove that because chimpanzees demonstrate complex cognitive abilities, they should be recognized as legal persons with the right to live free from confinement. It’s a provocative idea, and one with significant support from … [Read more...] about Ape escape: the argument to keep chimpanzees out of cages