Pantum Wins Bid to Supply Printers and Ensures After-Sales Services for Mahanadi Coalfields Limited

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Pantum Wins Bid to Supply Printers and Ensures After-Sales Services for Mahanadi Coalfields Limited

ZHUHAI, China, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Following a successful bid, Pantum provided printers to Coal India Limited’s Odisha arm Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) and has continuously provided on-site after-sales services, helping solve diverse usage problems, even during the pandemic.
As one of Coal India Limited’s eight subsidiaries, MCL is a major coal producer in the country. Given the significant activity of its mining zones, at least 1,000 trucks move through the area every day. Vehicle passes must be printed for these trucks, in addition to daily office needs.
Therefore, MCL required printers with high requirements for machine performance and monthly load. Moreover, automatic duplex printing and printing speeds of 30+ PPM (pages per minute) would deliver tremendous efficiency and value for such a busy company.
Given their specific needs, Pantum supplied MCL with the P3500DN printer because of easy connectivity, energy-saving features, compact footprint and more. With an all-metal structure that ensures stable printing, the machine is suitable for large-scale production sites. Powered with a maximum monthly print volume of 80,000 pages, the P3500DN can easily help customers who always need to handle large print jobs. Also armed with automatic duplexing function instead of scanning both sides of a two-sided page in one pass, the P3500DN can quickly print 33 pages per minute (A4) and 35 pages per minute (letter).
Moreover, in order to be more convenient for the business, the built-in Ethernet network interface allows multiple computers to print from the same printer. The P3500DN also has a built-in paper tray that holds 250 sheets and two external trays that hold 550 sheets each to double or even triple printing experience, with a total paper capacity of 1,350 sheets.
MCL commented on the cooperation with Pantum, “We are very satisfied with the Pantum P3500DN printer. The printers are stable, durable, and quiet, with a low paper jam rate. In fact, We’ve placed an order for more than 700 new toner cartridges.”
To best serve the Indian market, Pantum has always designed its printers that deliver high efficiency, convenience, durability and high-cost performance. More importantly, Pantum takes pride in its exceptional after-sales services and prioritizes providing a seamless, rich customer service experience as part of its brand commitment to its Indian customers.
About Pantum
Founded in 2010, Pantum is the original printer manufacturer, with its business covering printers, printing materials, and printing solutions and services. In 2011, Pantum began its overseas expansion and is currently active in more than 50 markets and regions across the world, including Asia, the US, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. Driven by its patented technology, Pantum is continuously innovating its office products so as to meet the evolving needs of customers, offering economical, user-friendly, and energy-efficient products as well as reliable printing solutions. Today, Pantum is now also bringing greater value to its Indian customers thanks to its cost-effective products, services, and sales policies.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Aaron Zhao
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Email: Aaron.zhao@pantum.com
Mr. Abhra Das
Pantum India Sales Head
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TAIT Celebrates Annual Family Day on Holi

Can Colorful Holi be celebrated without even a Pinch of Color or a drop of Water ?
Answer will be Yes, If you are a TAIT Member.
On Saturday 7th March , TradeAssociation of InformationTechnology , TAIT Which is undisputedly India’s leading IT Association proved this for their members, and Arranged an Event, completely Dry, NoColours thrown and still very Colorful and Memorable Evening Holi celebration, at an upscale venue, The Club , Mumbai
Extremely popular amongst TAIT Member Families, which they wait for, 7th march was the annual family gathering for TAIT, when they all got together, Networked, had fun, games, many interesting activities, Food and much more. Kids won lot many prizes during games and competition. Its one of the unique event being organized by TAIT every year.
After all the games and Fun, TAIT General Secretary Mr.Viren Bavishi took over the stage and presented the outline of the Activities/Events conducted through the year for upskilling and upgrading their members. He also invited TAIT President Mr.Samir Parekh to the stage to express his opinion. Mr.Samir Parekh was overwhelmed looking at the crowd and enthusiasm of all the family members. He appreciated the hardwork put in by entire TAIT Board. He concluded his speech with special mention of two directors Parag Shah and Pravin Dhoka, who were instrumental in putting up Holi Event.
This year’s event was sponsored by Acer and Associate Sponsors were Lapcare As well as Marg , Where as Gifts were Sponsored by Lifestyle Technologies.

Syska SW100 Smartwatch With Heart Rate Sensor Launched in IndiaSyska SW100 Smartwatch has been launched launched by the Syska Group in India, and is claimed to help individuals track their health and fitness routines at home. This marks Syska’s entry to the growing industry of smart wearables. Syska SW100 Smartwatch has been launched exclusively on Flipkart. The product aims to help individuals maintain their physical and mental well-being, especially while working out at home. It is designed for people who want a device that can track every part of their fitness journey, right from their sleep to workouts and calorie intake.

Syska SW100 Smartwatch price in India, availability
The Syska SW100 Smartwatch is priced at Rs. 3,999, and is now available for purchase. It comes with a USP charging cable and a user manual. It is now available to buy via Flipkart.
Syska SW100 Smartwatch specifications, features
The Syska SW100 Smartwatch features a 1.3-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 240×240 pixels. It uses Bluetooth v4.2 to connect to your smartphone, and is compatible with both Android and iPhone handsets. The company claims the lithium polymer battery (capacity unspecified) can deliver up to 15 days of battery life, and charges fully in 2.5 hours. The strap material used is thermo plastic polyurethane, and smartwatch weighs 31 grams in total, the company claims.
The smartwatch has features to help monitor your sleep, the calories you intake, track your step count and your heart rate – it features a pedometer and a heart rate sensor. The aim of the Syska SW100 Smartwatch is to help you maintain data about your fitness even during unprecedented times when exercise and working out has been shifted to home. The smartwatch also has a yoga monitoring feature that will allow users to keep track their sessions.
The Syska SW100 Smartwatch is water resistant up to 1.5 metres, which will allow you to work out without worrying about sweat or water spoiling the smartwatch. The multi-sport mode of the smartwatch customises it according to your sports activity – cycling, weight-lifting, running and more. It also allows you to track your elliptical workout sessions, tracking your exercise and calories burned in an accurate manner. The smartwatch allows you to customise the dial of your smart watch, according your moods and attired. On connecting the Syska SW100 Smartwatch to your phone, you can access your social media, email, calenders etc. from your wrist, reducing your phone usage.

Google Maps Now Allows Users to Follow Each Other’s Recommendations

Google Maps now allows users to follow each other on the app. Google Maps users who have shared photos, reviews or lists have their own profile page now, highlighting all their activities. The profiles also feature a dedicated Follow button, allowing users to follow any profile they like. Once followed, users will get to see all the latest updates from different profiles on the Updates tab. The new feature has begun rolling out globally.
Google announced the update on its blog post on Thursday. Last year, the tech giant began testing a new feature that allowed users to follow select Local Guides for their recommendations on local places to visit, eateries, and more. Now, the feature has been expanded to include all users with a dedicated profile page for everyone.
The new profile page bears close resemblance to that of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It shows a display photo of the user, along with a short bio. It also shows how many followers that users currently have and how many profiles he or she is following. It also lists the number of recommendations the user has made so far.
As mentioned earlier, the profile pages have a Follow button, which works just like any other social media apps. Once followed, you can receive all the latest recommendations, photos, and advice from the user on a separate Updates tab on the app.
Users can also browse through newly added topic filters on Google Maps. From finding the perfect coffee place to exploring hidden gems in cities, Google Maps delivers all related recommendations under the heads of different topics.
However, not every user would wish to go public with their recommendations. Google Maps allows users to make their profiles restricted. This can be done from the Personal Content option found on app settings. Once your profile is restricted, you can choose and approve new followers before they can view your recommendations.

Honor MagicBook 15 With AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, Vega 8 Graphics Launched in India

Honor MagicBook 15 has been launched in India as the company’s first notebook in the country. It features the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs and Vega graphics. It comes with Windows pre-installed and boasts of slim bezels on the top and sides. You get a full-HD display with TÜV Rheinland certification. The Honor MagicBook 15 comes in a single colour variant that will go on sale from the first week of August. Honor says it will be available at a discounted price in its first sale.
Honor MagicBook 15 price in India
The Honor MagicBook 15 is priced at Rs. 42,990 in India and will go on sale starting August 6 in a Mystic Silver colour. It will be available on Flipkart from 12am on August 6 for regular members while Flipkart early access members will be able to purchase it from August 5, 8pm onwards. Honor is also giving a Rs. 3000 discount for the first sale taking the price down to Rs. 39,990.
Notably, the Honor MagicBook 15 was launched globally back in February and has now made its way to the Indian market.
Honor MagicBook 15 specifications
The Honor MagicBook 15 comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed. It has a 15.6-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) IPS display with 87 percent screen to body ratio, TÜV Rheinland certification to reduce blue light effect, and 178-degree viewing angles. It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor coupled with Radeon Vega 8 graphics, and 8GB of DDR4 dual-channel RAM. For storage, you get a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
It comes with a 65W charger that uses the laptops Type-C port for charging. Honor says it can be charged to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The battery is said to last for 6.3 hours while watching videos continuously. Honor has included an S-shaped fan design in the MagicBook 15 that has 49 percent more fan blades that keep the heat in check. The thinner blades ensure effective airflow that improves heat dissipation by 38 percent.
You also get two-in-one fingerprint power button for secure logins and a pop-up webcam that can be covered when not in use. For connectivity, the Honor MagicBook 15 comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI port, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Jio Platforms Added 99 Lakh New Customers in First Quarter of FY 2020-21

Jio Platforms said it added almost 1 crore new users in the quarter ending June 30 2020, taking its overall subscriber base to 39.8 crores. Jio released its quarterly data wherein it reported 182.8 percent growth in net profits over the same quarter last year. The service provider was able to add this high number of new users and report a huge year on year growth despite the coronavirus pandemic because of the various investments it received in the past months, as well as employing strategies like the Jio POS-Lite app.
As per the Q1 (FY 2020-2021) performance report of Reliance Jio, the service provider experienced growth across the board when it comes to financial performance. Jio added 99 lakh new customers in the quarter. However, in comparison to the previous January to March 2020 quarter, the number of subscribers added is lower as it brought in 1.75 crore new users.
Jio continues to increase its user base with strategies like the Jio POS-Lite app that it introduced in April. The app allows Jio subscribers to earn 4.16 percent commission for recharging other numbers. Additionally, it extended the incoming call validity for all its users during the lockdown.
The performance report also states that the average revenue per user (ARPU) for Jio during the first quarter for FY 2020-2021 is Rs. 140.3 per subscriber per month. Compared to last quarter’s Rs. 130.6 per subscriber per month, the ARPU has increased by about 7.4 percent. The total wireless data traffic was reported to be 1,420 crore GB which is a 30.2 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth compared to the same quarter last year. Further, the total voice traffic during the quarter grew by 13.2 percent over last year reaching 88,944 crore minutes.
Over the past few months, Jio Platforms has raised Rs. 152,056 crore from investments by Facebook, Google, Silver Lake, General Atlantic, and other organisations. It also announced its made in India 5G solution that will ready for trials as soon as 5G spectrum is available in India and ready for field deployment next year.

iPhone 12 Series Launch Delay Confirmed by Apple

iPhone 12 will launch late, Apple confirmed today. CFO Luca Maestri confirmed the delay during an earnings call with investors that provided details around the company’s June quarter results. The latest development comes as a follow-up after Qualcomm suggested a slight delay in the launch of the next-generation iPhone lineup that could include the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max as the new models. The 2020 iPhone family is speculated to include 5G support and various new hardware-level changes over the iPhone 11 series.
Without providing any specific details around the delay, Maestri said, “Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September. This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later.” He also confirmed that he was referring to the new iPhone series while answering a question asked by an analyst during the call.
Apple has a record of unveiling its new iPhone models in September and making them available for purchase a few days later in the month. That typical schedule was followed in case of the iPhone 11 series as well. However, there are some exceptions in the model as we’ve seen some delay in the availability of the iPhone X and iPhone XR in the past.
While Maestri’s comments certainly highlight the delay in the launch of the next-generation iPhone models, Apple could host an event to unveil its lineup sometime in September and announce its availability for October. This would be similar to the case of the iPhone X and iPhone XR that both were unveiled in September but went on sale at a later stage due to reported production issues.
Earlier this week, Qualcomm suggested the delay in the launch of the new iPhone models in its earnings report. Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala also indicated the development by saying, “a slight delay that pushes some of the units out from the September quarter to the December quarter for us.”
Tipster Jon Prosser claimed that Apple would unveil the iPhone 12 series alongside its new iPad models in October. This seems to be something that has now been suggested by Maestri in the earnings call.

Twitter Says Phone Spear-Phishing Attack on Employees Led to Breach

Twitter, whose internal systems were breached about two weeks ago, said on Thursday the incident targeted a small number of employees through a phone “spear-phishing” attack.
The US microblogging site said the hackers targeted about 130 accounts, tweeted from 45, accessed inbox of 36, and were able to download Twitter data from seven.
Attackers also targeted specific employees who had access to account support tools, Twitter said, adding that it restricted access to its internal tools and systems ever since the incident occurred.
Hackers had accessed Twitter’s internal systems on July 15 to hijack some of the platform’s top voices including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former US President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk and used them to solicit digital currency.
Publicly available blockchain records show the apparent scammers received more than $100,000 (roughly Rs. 74,72,500) worth of cryptocurrency.
The “spear-phishing” technique is a practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.
Reuters reported last week that more than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, making it hard to defend against the hacking.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series Starts Receiving August 2020 Android Security Patch

Samsung Galaxy S10 series has reportedly started receiving its August 2020 Android security patch, a couple of days ahead of the start of August. The South Korean electronics giant has become much faster with updates for its flagship smartphones in the recent past, and this is another example of its priority on the software front. As per a report, the update is so far available only in Germany for most of the Galaxy S10 models. The firmware version number of the build is G97xFXXU8CTG4.
SamMobile reports that Samsung has made the August 2020 security patch available in an update for the Galaxy S10 (SM-G973F), Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975F), and Galaxy S10e (SM-G970F). Although this new build is only available in Germany so far, similar builds can expected to be rolled out in other countries within the next few days. The report adds that as of now, users will not be able to downgrade to an older update after installing this new security update. Samsung usually pushes out security updates in batches like this.
For now, a changelog has not been provided, but the publication speculates based on the firmware version that the patch will come with more than just security changes. That being said, the change is not expected to be major, as the Samsung Galaxy S10 series was running the recently released One UI 2.1. You can check if your Samsung Galaxy S10 phone is eligible for the security update by opening Setting> Software update> Download and install.
Samsung has earlier announced that the Galaxy Unpacked event is set to take place on August 5, where the Galaxy Note 20 series is anticipated to be launched. Other Samsung devices expected to be unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked event are the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Tab S7.
The South Korean released a teaser recently, where it gave a sneak peek of the devices up for release. The event will take place in Suwon, South Korea, at its Digital City campus on Wednesday, August 5. The virtual event will be livestreamed on Samsung.com and Samsung Global Newsroom.

Tech sector job interviews assess anxiety, not software skills

A new study from North Carolina State University and Microsoft finds that the technical interviews currently used in hiring for many software engineering positions test whether a job candidate has performance anxiety rather than whether the candidate is competent at coding. The interviews may also be used to exclude groups or favor specific job candidates.
“Technical interviews are feared and hated in the industry, and it turns out that these interview techniques may also be hurting the industry’s ability to find and hire skilled software engineers,” says Chris Parnin, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “Our study suggests that a lot of well-qualified job candidates are being eliminated because they’re not used to working on a whiteboard in front of an audience.”
Technical interviews in the software engineering sector generally take the form of giving a job candidate a problem to solve, then requiring the candidate to write out a solution in code on a whiteboard — explaining each step of the process to an interviewer.
Previous research found that many developers in the software engineering community felt the technical interview process was deeply flawed. So the researchers decided to run a study aimed at assessing the effect of the interview process on aspiring software engineers.
For this study, researchers conducted technical interviews of 48 computer science undergraduates and graduate students. Half of the study participants were given a conventional technical interview, with an interviewer looking on. The other half of the participants were asked to solve their problem on a whiteboard in a private room. The private interviews did not require study participants to explain their solutions aloud, and had no interviewers looking over their shoulders.
Researchers measured each study participant’s interview performance by assessing the accuracy and efficiency of each solution. In other words, they wanted to know whether the code they wrote would work, and the amount of computing resources needed to run it.
“People who took the traditional interview performed half as well as people that were able to interview in private,” Parnin says. “In short, the findings suggest that companies are missing out on really good programmers because those programmers aren’t good at writing on a whiteboard and explaining their work out loud while coding.”
The researchers also note that the current format of technical interviews may also be used to exclude certain job candidates.
“For example, interviewers may give easier problems to candidates they prefer,” Parnin says. “But the format may also serve as a barrier to entire classes of candidates. For example, in our study, all of the women who took the public interview failed, while all of the women who took the private interview passed. Our study was limited, and a larger sample size would be needed to draw firm conclusions, but the idea that the very design of the interview process may effectively exclude an entire class of job candidates is troubling.”
What’s more, the specific nature of the technical interview process means that many job candidates try to spend weeks or months training specifically for the technical interview, rather than for the actual job they’d be doing.
“The technical interview process gives people with industry connections an advantage,” says Mahnaz Behroozi, first author of study and a Ph.D. student at NC State. “But it gives a particularly large advantage to people who can afford to take the time to focus solely on preparing for an interview process that has very little to do with the nature of the work itself.
“And the problems this study highlights are in addition to a suite of other problems associated with the hiring process in the tech sector, which we presented at ICSE-SES [the International Conference on Software Engineering, Software Engineering In Society],” adds Behroozi. “If the tech sector can address all of these challenges in a meaningful way, it will make significant progress in becoming more fair and inclusive. More to the point, the sector will be drawing from a larger and more diverse talent pool, which would contribute to better work.”
The study on technical interviews, “Does Stress Impact Technical Interview Performance?,” will be presented at the ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, being held virtually from Nov. 8-13. The study was co-authored by Shivani Shirolkar, a Ph.D. student at NC State who worked on the project while an undergraduate; and by Titus Barik, a researcher at Microsoft and former Ph.D. student at NC State.

Healing an Achilles’ heel of quantum entanglement

Louisiana State University Associate Professor of Physics Mark M. Wilde and his collaborator have solved a 20-year-old problem in quantum information theory on how to calculate entanglement cost — a way to measure entanglement — in a manner that’s efficiently computable, useful, and broadly applicable in several quantum research areas.
In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Wilde and co-author Dr. Xin Wang of Baidu Research describe how allowing a slightly wider range of physical operations than what’s known as LOCC (local operations and classical communication) — which have boggled quantum scientists with difficult math for some time — makes it possible to characterize the exact entanglement cost of a given quantum state. Their work closes a longstanding investigation in entanglement theory that is known as the “PPT exact entanglement cost of a quantum state.”
Quantum information science aims to understand and control the strange and sometimes spooky properties of quantum states (that is, entangled states) that enable information processing tasks that are impossible in the non-quantum world, such as teleportation, quantum computing, and absolutely secure communication.
The most basic unit of entanglement is known as a Bell state. You can think of it as the smallest possible molecule consisting of two entangled atoms (qubits, really) whose entanglement is absolute — implying, if you could peek at one of them, you would know beyond a doubt that the other one would be its twin, with the same characteristics. Like two people flipping a coin; if one person gets tails, which reasonably is a 50/50 chance, the other would be guaranteed to get tails (or they both get heads, same thing), a consequence of absolute entanglement or a Bell state. Additionally, no one else in the universe can know the exact outcome of the coin toss, and this is the main reason why secured communication based on quantum entanglement is possible as well as desirable.
“Quantum entanglement is a kind of super-correlation that two distant parties share,” Wilde explained. “If the world were described by classical physics only, then it would not be possible to have the strong correlations available with quantum entanglement. However, our world is fundamentally quantum mechanical, and entanglement is an essential feature of it.”
When quantum entanglement was first discovered in the 1930s, it was thought to be a nuisance because it was difficult to understand, and unclear what its benefits would be. But with the rise of quantum information science in the 1990s, it was understood in a theoretical sense as the key to remarkable quantum technologies. Recent examples of such technologies include the Chinese teleportation experiment from ground to satellite in 2017 as well as Google’s quantum-computational supremacy achievement last year.
At LSU, quantum physicists like Omar Magaña-Loaiza and Thomas Corbitt routinely perform experiments that could benefit from Wilde and Wang’s new and more precise measure. In their respective labs, Magaña-Loaiza recently generated entangled states via conditional measurements, which constitutes an important step in the development of entangled laser-like systems, while Corbitt performed a study of optomechanical entanglement, which has the potential to be a reliable source of multiphoton entanglement at short wavelengths. Wilde and Wang’s new entanglement measure, called ? entanglement or max-logarithmic negativity, can be used to assess and quantify the entanglement produced in a wide range of quantum-physical experiments.
Basic entanglement units or Bell states are also known as e-bits. Entanglement can be looked at in two different ways: either how many e-bits it would take to prepare a quantum state, or how many e-bits one could extract or “distill” from a complex entangled state. The former is known as entanglement cost and is the problem Wilde and Wang considered.
“E-bits are a precious resource and you want to use as few of them as possible,” Wilde said. “In physics, you often want to look at both the forwards process and the backwards process. Is it reversible? And if it is, do I lose something along the way? And the answer to that is yes.”
Wilde admits the problem he and Wang have solved is somewhat esoteric — a mathematical trick. However, it will allow quantum information scientists to efficiently calculate entanglement costs given certain constraints.
“Not all entanglement measures are efficiently computable and have a meaning such as entanglement cost. That is a key distinction between all previous work and ours,” Wilde added.
While the lack of this kind of measure has been an Achilles’ heel in quantum information science for over 20 years, it was — ironically — Wilde becoming max-negatively “entangled” during a game of basketball in 2018 that led to him and Wang eventually solving the problem.
“I ruptured my Achilles’ heel while going for the winning point of the game, then had surgery to repair it, and couldn’t get out of bed for a month and a half,” Wilde remembers. “So, I wrote a research paper about entanglement cost, and when Xin Wang learned about it, he asked me if I would be interested in developing this problem further. We then started working together, back and forth, and that became the paper we now have published in Physical Review Letters. We became good friends and collaborators after that — it is remarkable the surprises that can occur in life.”
Mark M. Wilde is the author of Quantum Information Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2017, Second Edition). The paper published in Physical Review Letters is also available to read (open access) through arXiv.org.

Transforming e-waste into a strong, protective coating for metal

A typical recycling process converts large quantities of items made of a single material into more of the same. However, this approach isn’t feasible for old electronic devices, or “e-waste,” because they contain small amounts of many different materials that cannot be readily separated. Now, in ACS Omega, researchers report a selective, small-scale microrecycling strategy, which they use to convert old printed circuit boards and monitor components into a new type of strong metal coating.
In spite of the difficulty, there’s plenty of reason to recycle e-waste: It contains many potentially valuable substances that can be used to modify the performance of other materials or to manufacture new, valuable materials. Previous research has shown that carefully calibrated high temperature-based processing can selectively break and reform chemical bonds in waste to form new, environmentally friendly materials. In this way, researchers have already turned a mix of glass and plastic into valuable, silica-containing ceramics. They’ve also used this process to recover copper, which is widely used in electronics and elsewhere, from circuit boards. Based on the properties of copper and silica compounds, Veena Sahajwalla and Rumana Hossain suspected that, after extracting them from e-waste, they could combine them to create a durable new hybrid material ideal for protecting metal surfaces.
To do so, the researchers first heated glass and plastic powder from old computer monitors to 2,732 F, generating silicon carbide nanowires. They then combined the nanowires with ground-up circuit boards, put the mix on a steel substrate then heated it up again. This time the thermal transformation temperature selected was 1,832 F, melting the copper to form a silicon-carbide enriched hybrid layer atop the steel. Microscope images revealed that, when struck with a nanoscale indenter, the hybrid layer remained firmly affixed to the steel, without cracking or chipping. It also increased the steel’s hardness by 125%. The team refers to this targeted, selective microrecycling process as “material microsurgery,” and say that it has the potential to transform e-waste into advanced new surface coatings without the use of expensive raw materials.

Govt extends work from home norms for IT, ITes companies till Dec 31

The government on Tuesday said it has extended connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies till December 31. The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31.
“DoT has further extended the relaxations in the terms and conditions for other service providers up to 31st December 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the ongoing concern due to COVID-19,” the Department of Telecommunications said in a late night tweet.
Currently, around 85 per cent of the IT workforce is working from home and only those performing critical functions are going to offices.
In March, the DoT relaxed certain norms for OSPs till April 30 to facilitate work from home (WFH) amid the coronavirus pandemic which was further extended till July 31.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in India has crossed 11.55 lakh with 28,084 people losing their lives till Tuesday.

Buying cars, scooters to cost less, new vehicle insurance rules take effect from today

The new long-term motor insurance packages that cover both own damages (OD) and third-party (TP) damages, will be discontinued. The move will effectively decrease on-road prices of new four and two-wheelers in the country.
According to the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDAI), this new rule will be applicable for those vehicles that will be purchased post-August 1, 2020.
Earlier, it was mandatory for a four-wheeler or two-wheeler owner to have third party insurance (three years for cars, and five years for scooter/bikes). An individual could also buy long-term comprehensive insurance, comprising OD and TP for a longer period.
But now with the enforcement of this new rule, customers will not be required to pay for three or five years of long-term insurance in a combined format.
However, the new rule requires a vehicle owner to have at least one-year mandatory third-party insurance. Additionally, customers can also opt for a one-year OD cover.
Besides, the new order also states that customers will not necessarily have to stick to a single insurance provider for a longer period of time, but they can switch to other insurers as per their comfort.
The IRDAI had earlier said that the distribution of long-term third-party policies was challenging, as was unaffordable for vehicle owners. The possibility of forced selling or being linked to loans was high and that policyholders were saddled with a long term product without flexibility.
In 2018, the Supreme Court made it mandatory for vehicle owners to have long-term policies of five years for two-wheelers and three years for four-wheelers. Insurance companies then started offering products on a long-term basis to customers.
This included an option package of OD and TP policies on a long-term basis. However, customers had also started to complain that since OD prices were not regulated by IRDAI, pricing was high.

New Education Policy 2020: 15 big reforms in schools, higher education explained

The Union Cabinet approved the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on Wednesday. This is the first education policy of the 21st century to replace the thirty-four-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986.
The policy aims at universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 per cent Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in school education by 2030.
Some of the biggest reforms the NEP includes teaching up to class five in mother tongue or regional language, lowering the stakes of board exams, allowing foreign universities to set up campuses in India, a single regulator for higher education institutions except for law and medical colleges and common entrance tests for universities.
Here are 15 highlights of the New Education Policy 2020

  1. The 5+3+3+4 system: The 10+2 structure of school curricula is to be replaced by a 5+3+3+4 curricular structure corresponding to ages 3-8, 8-11, 11-14, and 14-18 years respectively. This will include 12 years of schooling and three years of Anganwadi and pre-schooling.
  2. Schooling from 3 years: According to the New Education Policy, from the age of 3, children will be part of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). This will be delivered through a) standalone Anganwadis; b) Anganwadis co-located with primary schools; c) pre-primary schools/sections covering at least age 5 to 6 years co-located with existing primary schools; and d) stand-alone pre-schools – all of which would recruit workers/teachers specially trained in the curriculum and pedagogy of ECCE.
  3. Promoting libraries: A National Book Promotion Policy will be formulated, and extensive initiatives will be undertaken to ensure the availability, accessibility, quality, and readership of books across geographies, languages, levels, and genres.
  4. Teaching up to class fifth in the mother tongue/regional language: The mother tongue or local or regional language will be the medium of instruction in all schools up to Class 5 (preferably till Class 8 and beyond), according to the NEP. Besides, Sanskrit will be offered at all levels and foreign languages from the secondary school level.
  5. Creating Bal Bhavans: Every state or district will be encouraged to establish ‘Bal Bhavans’ as a special daytime boarding school, to participate in art-related, career-related, and play-related activities. Free school infrastructure can be used by Samajik Chetna Kendras.
  6. Academic Bank of Credit: This to be established for digitally storing academic credits earned from different HEIs so that these can be transferred and counted towards final degree earned. The academic credit stored in a digital locker will be like a bank credit through which a student will be able to resume education after a break as specified by the higher education commission later.
  7. Multiple entry and exit points in higher education: The new policy will have multiple entry and exit points. Under the four-year programme students can exit after one year with a certificate, after two years with a diploma and a Bachelor’s degree after three years and Bachelor’s with research after 4 years. The multiple entry and exit will be done through the academic bank of credit.
  8. Affiliation of colleges will be phased out in 15 years and a stage-wise mechanism will be established for granting graded autonomy to colleges.
  9. By 2030, the minimum degree qualification for teaching will be a 4-year integrated B.Ed. degree
  10. Easing of board exam: The board exams for class 10 and 12 will continue. However, the board exams will be made ‘easier’ as they will primarily test core capacities, competencies rather than months of coaching or memorisation.
  11. Changes in report card: The progress card of all students for school-based assessment will be redesigned. It will be a holistic, 360-degree, multidimensional report card that will reflect in great detail the progress and uniqueness of each learner in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. The progress card will include self-assessment, peer assessment, and teacher assessment.
  12. Foreign universities in India: NEP has paved the way for foreign universities to set up campuses in India. Internationalisation of education will be facilitated through both institutional collaborations as well as student and faculty mobility. This will allow the entry of top world-ranked universities to open campuses in India.
  13. NEP ends science-commerce-arts streams: NEP has eliminated the rigid separation of streams. Students will now be able to choose subjects like history and physics at the same time in class 11 and 12.
  14. National Educational Technology Forum: An autonomous body, the National Educational Technology Forum (NETF), will be created to provide a platform for the free exchange of ideas on the use of technology to enhance learning, assessment, planning, administration.
  15. Common entrance exam for college admission: The National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct entrance examinations for admissions to universities across the country. The NTA already conducts the all-India engineering entrance exam –JEE Main, NEET, UGC NET, and others. As per the NEP 2020, the entrance exam to be conducted by the NTA for admission to universities and colleges will be optional.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule With NASA Astronauts Returns Safely to Earth

US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was NASA’s first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.
Behnken and Hurley, tallying 64 days in space, undocked from the station on Saturday and returned home to land their capsule in calm waters off Florida’s Pensacola coast on schedule at 2:48 pm ET (12:18 am Monday, IST) following a 21-hour overnight journey aboard Crew Dragon “Endeavor.”
“This has been quite an odyssey,” Hurley told senior NASA and SpaceX officials at a homecoming ceremony at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. “To be where we are now, the first crewed flight of Dragon, is just unbelievable.”
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the successful mission marked “a new era of human spaceflight where NASA is no longer the purchaser, owner and operator of all the hardware” but one of many future customers of space travel.
“Today we really made history,” Bridenstine told an earlier press conference.
Despite Coast Guard restrictions and safety risks, spectators in private boats surrounded the splash-down site dozens of miles from shore as SpaceX and NASA recovery teams used a crane to hoist the spacecraft out of the water and onto a boat.
The crew’s retrieval from Crew Dragon was delayed slightly as the teams worked to flush its fuel tanks after sensing traces of nitrogen tetroxide fumes outside the capsule, a toxic gas from one the spacecraft’s flammable fuels.
Hurley, giving a thumbs up as he was wheeled out of the spacecraft on a stretcher, a normal procedure as astronauts adjust to Earth’s gravity, said, “I’m just proud to be a small part of this whole effort to get a company and people to and from the space station.”
“Thanks for doing the most difficult parts and the most important parts of human spaceflight – getting us into orbit and bringing us home,” Behnken told SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California, as the hatch door was opened.
For the return sequence, on-board thrusters and two sets of parachutes worked autonomously to slow the acorn-shaped capsule, bringing Behnken and Hurley’s speed of 17,500 miles per hour in orbit down to 350 mph upon atmospheric re-entry, and eventually 15 mph at splash-down.
The pair were to undergo medical checks onshore in Pensacola ahead of a flight to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
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NASA officials have said Crew Dragon, a pod with seven astronaut seats, was in a “very healthy” condition while docked at the space station, where astronauts conducted tests and monitored how the spacecraft performs in space.
Behnken and Hurley undocked from the orbital station late on Saturday to begin their trip home, waking at 7:40 am Sunday to a recorded wakeup call from their sons.
“Good morning Dragon Endeavor,” Hurley’s son said in a recorded message sent to the capsule. “I’m happy you went into space but I’m even happier that you’re coming back home.”
NASA, aiming to galvanise a commercial space marketplace, awarded nearly $8 billion (roughly Rs. 59,985 crores) to SpaceX and Boeing collectively in 2014 to develop dueling space capsules, experimenting with a contract model that allows the space agency to buy astronaut seats from the two companies.
Billionaire entrepreneur Musk’s SpaceX became the first private company to send humans to orbit with the launch of Behnken and Hurley.
“Congratulations SpaceX & NASA on completing first crewed Dragon flight!!,” Musk wrote on Twitter after the splash-down, adding a US flag emoji followed by “returned” — referring to a rivalry with Boeing over which company’s astronaut crew would be the first to retrieve an American flag left on the space station in 2011, when the last crewed mission launched from US soil.
Behnken and Hurley brought the flag back to Earth, stowed as cargo in Crew Dragon.
The landmark mission, which took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 31, marked the first time the US space agency launched humans from American soil since its shuttle program retired in 2011. Since then, the United States has relied on Russia’s space program to launch its astronauts to the space station.
“It was a great relief when I saw Bob and Doug come out of the capsule, smiling, thumbs up, looking very cheerful,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told reporters. “That was the good moment.”

The Federation of All India IT Association (FAIITA)announces digital platform for its over 20,000 SME members across the country
Partners with SME enablement ecosystem GlobalLinker to launch ‘FAIITA GlobalLinker’

The Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad today formally launched FAIITA GlobalLinker, a digital platform solution for Indian IT enterprises to digitize their business and join a global SME community.
FAIITA GlobalLinker platform will help FAIITA’s Member Channel Community, who are offline sellers of IT hardware to create online Estores for themselves to sell their products online while being able to network with a wider SME community of local and global firms. The member estores will allow FAIITA members be better prepared to handle consumer and institutional requirements for online purchase and these estores will be pre-embedded with payment gateway & logistics solutions.
At the core of FAIITA GlobalLinker is a growing global network, currently comprising over 300,000 SME firms from over 150 countries, who are seeking business collaboration and growth opportunities. The networking feature is powered by the use of patented electronic business cards and digital profiles created on the GlobalLinker platform. The platform also offers a range of other features and benefits for FAIITA members, including:
• Business Growth Opportunities – members may find clients, suppliers and advisors through reviewing profiles and searching from this growing global community of businesses;
• Up-to-date Business Knowledge – members may access a range of business articles, industry news and participate in common interest groups or even seek specific assistance from other members of the community;
• Savings on business related services – members may avail of a growing range of services to save them time, effort and money;
• Improved efficiencies – members can use a range of services from a ready company intranet for all employees, HRMS, a business calendar and document storage etc.
On the occasion, the Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The Initiative taken by FAIITA pursuing Digital India Programme will empower several small & big IT Entrepreneurs to be enabled with Digital India Campaign and keep their businesses growing in the challenging times. Since big IT Giants have resolved to invest in India including Facebook, Google and so on, this shall definitely bring a growth in the IT Businesses. With the MEITY’s initiative India is becoming Global Manufacturer soon and presently 260 manufacturers have set up units to manufacture Mobile Phones & Components in India, from merely 2 in the previous times.” The Minister highlighted so many achievements of Government of India by enabling Digital India, such as Aadhar, UPI, DBT, Digitalisation of Revenue Records, and other such measures touching every common citizen of India. The E-Visa process has been directly instrumental to boost International Tourists number by 25%.”. The Minister lauded FAIITA’s initiative and envisioned that FAIITA should take big leap to take this Platform Internationally too and set a benchmark, as so many Digital Initiatives taken in India are now embraced world over such as UPI, Aayushman Bharat etc. are benchmark platforms for other countries to refer.
Also present at the online event were President of FAIITA Mr. Kaushik Pandya; FAIITA Secretary Mr. Navin Gupta; FAIITA B2B Chairman Mr. S Karthikeyan; Chief Executive Officer of GlobalLinker, Mr. Sameer Vakil & Chief Experience Officer of GlobalLinker Ms. Summi Gambhir. Cisco Webex Platform Team was on technical support and Webinar enablement.
Mr Kaushik Pandya, shared, “ The entire FAIITA Team took it as a big challenge and opportunity to enable the Small Neighborhood IT Business digitally, who during the lockdown period, could not carry business though they had huge stock inventories available, but were unable to feed the market in absence of digital online enablement. In a record time of three and half months, the Team FAIITA has brought this result. This initative will allow all the brick & mortar showroom owners as well as T3 partners across India to grow their business by many folds, they will be able showcase the products and services they sell 24 x 7 x 365. We are sure that a huge number of FAIITANs will take advantage of this eStore platform. Our next goal will be to take up this platform to Global level as suggested by Minister Shri. He has also shown his happiness towards enabling IT fraternity with this hybrid business model. It is a milestone achieved by us, many more to go.”
Mr. Sameer Vakil shared “We created GlobalLinker to make the business growth of SMEs, simpler, more profitable and enjoyable. GlobalLinker is creating a large community of SMEs and through that, collective economies and efficiencies. Having launched local versions of GlobalLinker in India, Thailand, and Philippines, we are now aiming to become the largest community of SMEs globally and are very proud of being incorporated in India. As a progressive nodal body of IT Enterprises, FAIITA was looking to modernize the presence of their members and we see this as a great partnership and look forward to contributing strongly to Atmanirbhar Bharat and to Digital India”
An account can be created on FAIITA GlobalLinker (www.FAIITA.globallinker.com) in a few simple steps in under 2 minutes. The solution is available across all devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. FAIITA member channel community will receive personalized invitations soon to join the solution.
About FAIITA:
FAIITA is an apex body of all the IT Associations, State Federations, State Associations working in the field of IT Businesses. FAIITA is working for the promotion of IT Businesses, be it Hardware, Software or Technical Services.
“FAIITA’s eStore is a unique concept for every brick & mortar or T3 partner across the nation. This platform will enable all of them to built& operate their own individual eStore, which is an extension to their physical business. This new hybrid model will capitalise and give them an opportunity to grow their business multi-fold with their estore running for 24 x 7 x 365. All the members associations of FAIITA are very eager and waiting to start the on-boarding of their eStores, which will be the next step after the inaugural function. This is a feature rich platform and our members will be highly benefited operating through this platform. We hope this will enhance the availability and ease of obtaining the products for end-customers and will be a great help to the members. ”
About GlobalLinker:
GlobalLinker is an AI powered platform ‘Building a Global Community of Digitized SMEs’. It is a unique Business Networking solution dedicated to serve SMEs with the purpose to make ‘the business growth of SMEs globally, simpler, more profitable and enjoyable’.
GlobalLinker has built a global community of over 300,000 SMEs from over 150 countries by Co-Branding with Financial Institutions, Corporations, Trade Associations and Governments to bring SMEs to a common platform. SMEs can access a range of solutions to build their Digital Presence (Digital Profile, e-Store, Product Catalog, Order & Inventory Management, Company Intranet, HRMS, etc.); Network & Collaborate (create new business connections and a rolodex of SME connections, using GlobalLinker’s patented technology, join relevant SME groups & events); have Up-to-Date Knowledge with curated business articles, news, discussions, events & webinars; access a range of Offers & Deals pre-negotiated for them using the ‘Collective Purchasing Power’ of SMEs on the Platform.
GlobalLinker has 10 Co-Branded programs in partnership with:
• Leading corporations – Mastercard, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Union Bank of Philippines, Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand;
• Prominent Trade Associations – Retailer’s Association of India (RAI), Bombay Industries Association and
• Government Organizations – Telangana State in India and Federation of India Export Organizations (FIEO).
The over 300,000 SMEs on GlobalLinker have made more than a million business connections and are finding the benefits of being part of a single and growing business community.
GlobalLinker is also one of the founding member and Technology Partner of the MAS’ Business Sans Borders (BSB) initiative.
For More Information:
Please log on to our website -https://www.globallinker.com
For More Information about FAIITA, please contact :
Arun Sharma,
National Spokesperson, FAIITA
www.faiita.co.in
Mo. +91-9592300270
nsp@faiita.co.in

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