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Indian prices for Apple iPhone 5S highest in the world !
Report dated 05/12/2013 @ 5:47 PM
According to a study by technology website Mobiles Unlocked, the iPhone 5S costs Indians the most globally, when compared with their purchasing power.
In effect buyers in India have to dole out 22.3% of the national gross domestic product per capita. This also means Indian buyers shell out over 22.3% of their disposable incomes if they purchase the iPhone 5S.
China, Apple's fastest growing market stands fifth on the list and there it costs buyers less than 10% of their purchasing power.
While iPhone 5S is the most expensive for Indians it costs the least to citizens of Qatar, who only pay 0,76% of their disposable income for the device. In the US buyers only have to pay 1.36% of their income for the model.
Despite the price factor, Apple has had its best-ever sales for the iPhone 5S in India, and the model has been out of stock since it was launched in the country.
Indian scientists identify genes behind oral cancer
Report dated 05/12/2013 @ 5:43 PM
A team of Indian scientists who are part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has identified new genes and new biological pathways specific to driving oral cancer which is associated predominantly with smokeless tobacco consumption in India.
The Indian component is being conducted collaboratively by the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani, West Bengal and the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.
Oral cancer in India is predominantly of the lining of the mouth, lower gum and other mucosal regions of the oral cavity, termed Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the gingivo-buccal region (OSCC-GB). Tobacco chewing is a major cause , which accounts for over half of oral cancers in India. Though past studies have identified several genes associated with oral cancer, these have not been systematically catalogued.
The study included 110 OSCC-GB patients half of whom were between the age of 40 and 50 and nearly all were tobacco users. Using the technique of massively-parallel DNA sequencing, blood and tumour DNA of each patient was screened for all genes. The study found 10 significantly mutated genes that were associated with OSCC-GB, five of which are and seem to be specific to OSCC-GB.
According to Dr Carolyn Hutter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, USA, the characterisation of a large sample of the OSCC-GB subtype provides a unique contribution to the literature on the characterisation of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
The findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications.
Is the American CIA tracking Aadhaar the Indian ID Cards
Report dated 04/12/2013 @ 6:20 PM
News that a company partly funded by the CIA will be capturing and analysing data on nearly a billion Indians for the Unique Identification Number Card, has puzzled a few.
Known as Aadhar, the document is much like the US social security card and is being launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), except it is not compulsory to possess one.
The UIDAI has hired MongoDB a New York based start up, for data collection in India.
MongoDB, who have raised $231 million since its inception has received some of its funding from In-Q-Tel, the not for profit venture capital arm of the CIA.
In effect the funding may have no effect on the firms assignment to assist with the Aadhaar cards, and no evidence exists that it is controlled or influenced by the CIA, nevertheless many minds have started ticking over with questions and speculation.
Politicians pay for fake LIKES on social media
Report dated 04/12/2013 @ 6:13 PM
A sting operation in India by undercover investigators Cobrapost, has revealed many startling facts about social media malpractices by Indian politicians and corporates. Among the politicians named are Narendra Modi of the BJP and Shashi Tharoor of the Congress Party.
According to Cobrapost's Operation Blue Virus, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had fake Facebook followers, most of whom were based in Istanbul. Also, 69 percent of Narendra Modi's followers and 65 percent of Shashi Tharoor's followers are fake.
Agencies exist that help politicians create fake followers, and they also offer to 'sully' names. They do it for a fee that could amount to millions of rupees, that is required to be paid in cash.
Apart from creating fake profiles, buying likes, and generating fake followings, these companies also help make promotional, even incendiary, videos go viral, to create divides in the electorate.
Many of these malpractices directly violate laws and are as such, punishable under various sections of the Indian penal code.
Arrogant son of Minister vandalizes Goa toll booth
Report dated 04/12/2013 @ 6:10 PM
Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane's son Nitesh Rane has been arrested along with 8 others, by Goa Police, after they ransacked a tollbooth near the Maharashtra/Goa border and assaulted staff members there.
Nitesh Rane's vehicle had moved on when occupants of the other two vehicles argued over the fee, which turned into an assault. Three of the booth employees were beaten badly and the booth was ransacked, before the vehicles sped away.
Police tracked down Nitesh Rane and the others in Calangute and detained them, making for a tense situation, as over 100 angry Rane supporters have crossed the border into Goa.