Author Archives: Loknath Das

Asus ZenFone 5z and ZenFone 5 (2018) First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS Asus ZenFone 5z is a flagship smartphone with Snapdragon 845 SoC ZenFone 5 (2018) is a mid-range smartphone with an iPhone X-like notch Both smartphones feature metallic body, and dual rear cameras Asus has taken the wraps off its new ZenFone 5 smartphone range at MWC 2018, with devices that appeal to buyers at multiple price points. Right at the ... Read More »

ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Smartphone First Impressions

When both displays are open, ZTE Axon M has a large square-shaped display HIGHLIGHTS ZTE Axon M has two 5.2-inch displays and only one camera When the display is folded, the secondary display becomes inactive The dual-display design can be useful for multitasking If you’re bored with your standard candybar smartphone and miss the days when phones came in all ... Read More »

Nokia 8110 (2018) First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 8110 (2018) has little in common with the original model It will come in black and yellow colours The phone runs on Smart Feature OS Last year at MWC, HMD Global launched the newly resurrected Nokia on a global scale, and made it memorable by unveiling the new Nokia 3310 (2017). This was a brilliantly calculated move; delighting and amusing Nokia fans, playing on ... Read More »

Education Notes: ADE recognizes civic engagement schools

Safford K-8 Magnet School was recognized for effective implementation of proven practices in civic learning. Thirty-five Arizona schools have been named 2016-17 Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education. The Tucson Unified School District’s Safford K-8 Magnet School was among eight schools that won the department’s highest distinction as a school of excellence. The program identifies schools that ... Read More »

Why Budget 2018 gets a C for addressing education crisis

Cape Town – The education of South Africa’s youth has been highlighted as one of the top three national priorities in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s 2018 budget speech. Soria Hay, head of corporate finance at Bravura, says that, while Budget 2018 gets an A for the commitment to fee-free higher education and training for South Africa’s disadvantaged youth, it deserves ... Read More »

New Israeli education law angers Palestinians

Natanel, a teacher, plays with a boy at a kindergarten in the unauthorized Jewish settler outpost of Havat Gilad, south of Nablus, West Bank, Nov. 5, 2013. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Knesset passed Feb. 12 a law applying the Israeli education lawto academic institutions in West Bank settlements, which implies placing the institutions under Israeli sovereignty. The law’s passage has angered Palestinians, ... Read More »

Aye Finance raises Rs 25 cr from Hinduja Finance & Intellegrow

Delhi-based MSME lending platform Aye Finance has raised Rs 25 crore from Hinduja Leyland Finance and Intellegrow.   This is the second securitisation deal for the company. Last year it had raised Rs 10 crore by securitising part of its portfolio.   Sanjay Sharma, Founder and Managing Director Aye Finance said, “The loan requirements of these businesses ranges between Rs 50,000 and Rs ... Read More »

Eros ‘Self-Sufficient’ To Finance Its Content Partnership With Reliance, Says Jyoti Deshpande

Eros International Plc and its India subsidiary have sufficient cash-in-hand to finance its content partnership with Reliance Industries Ltd. That’s the word coming in from Eros’ group chief executive officer, Jyoti Deshpande, who will henceforth be stepping down from her position to head Reliance’s media and entertainment arm as the President of the Chairman’s office, as announced by the group ... Read More »

View: Technology can help check frauds in trade finance

Trade finance frauds will motivate banks to adopt distributed digital ledger technologies in 2018. By Shiv Kumar Bhasin Trade finance by banks and other financial institutions is a vital function in international commerce, as it provides delivery and payment assurance to buyers and sellers, and it helps close the gap in trade cycle funding for these parties. The growth and ... Read More »

Xiaomi’s Manu Jain Hits Back After Samsung’s ‘Shipments not Sales’ Remark

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics and software company, does not have big, secret warehouses in India where it is dumping unsold inventory and is actually selling smartphones faster than any other brand in the country, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain has emphasised. The exponential growth of Xiaomi in India, especially in the last two quarters, ... Read More »