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Haier launches new TV series in four sizes in India

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New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Home appliances and consumer electronics brand Haier on Tuesday launched its latest Smart QLED Series ‘S800QT’ in four sizes in India.

The series comes available in 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch and 43-inch sizes and will be available for purchase at a starting price of Rs 38,990 across offline and online channels.

“Catering to consumers who seek uncompromised visual brilliance and an immersive cinematic haven in their own homes, Haier India aims to meet the evolving needs and preferences of consumers, offering them an unparalleled home entertainment solution,” NS Satish, President, Haier India, said in a statement.

The new range offers ultra-smooth motion reproduction and reduced motion blur during fast-paced action sequences to ensure an immersive viewing experience with DLG (Dual Line Gate) technology, according to the company.

The company also mentioned that the new TV series automatically detects the content and adjusts its refresh rate up to 120Hz.

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It seamlessly integrates with Google and provides access to an extensive range of apps, content, and streaming services.

In addition, the TV series offers a faster and smoother user interface and gives clarity in every frame, the company said.

It also offers TV control through hands-free voice commands. With this feature, users can easily adjust settings, switch channels, search for content, and perform various other tasks.

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CSIR-CMERI launches new electric tiller for small and marginal farmers

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) launched an electric tiller, to help small and marginal farmers with sustainable and efficient farming, the Ministry of Science & Technology said on Sunday.

“The Electric Tiller boasts enhanced torque and field efficiency, while also prioritising user comfort and environmental sustainability. It significantly reduces hand-arm vibration, operates quietly, and produces zero exhaust emissions compared to traditional ICE tillers,” the ministry said.

The CSIR-CMERI’s innovative technology was launched on Saturday by N. Kalaiselvi, CSIR Director General and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in Durgapur.

The electric tiller may help small to marginal farmers — typically with land holdings of less than 2 hectares — who constitute over 80 per cent of India’s farming community with substantially reduced operational costs.

Furthermore, it will also help the country bolster net-zero emissions and promote environmentally friendly farming practices.

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“With the potential to decrease operational costs by up to 85 per cent, its user-friendly design supports battery pack swapping and offers multiple charging options, including AC and Solar DC charging,” the ministry said.

The tiller also seamlessly integrates with a wide array of standard agricultural attachments such as ridgers, ploughs, iron wheels, and cultivators.

It comes equipped with a 2-inch water pump and a trolley attachment capable of carrying up to 500 kg, further enhancing its versatility. Featuring electronic controls and ergonomic handling, operators can navigate fields with ease, minimising fatigue and maximising productivity.

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Homegrown HireMee helps 7 lakh small-town youth receive talent assessment for free

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Bengaluru, May 26 (IANS) Indian edtech platform HireMee has helped over 7,00,000 talented small-town youth get assessed at no cost by assessing them free of cost and connecting them with potential employers, the company said on Sunday.

Moreover, nearly 60 per cent of 2,70,000 interview opportunities created by HireMee since its inception in 2017 have gone to students from tier 3 and 4 towns, “with almost half of these opportunities for women candidates,” said Venkatraman Umakanth, Senior VP and Business Head at the firm.

The talent assessment platform enables equal access to opportunities for small-town youth in the country, by connecting them with employers.

It has just won the Global Impact Sourcing Award (GISA) from IAOP, the premier global organisation dedicated to shaping the future of business.

“HireMee’s dedication to impact sourcing has produced genuine, enduring benefits for both individuals and their communities,” said Debi Hamill, CEO of IAOP.

The company provides AI-driven assessment, covering seven sections including core domain for students pursuing their diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

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The assessment scores of test takers are shared with companies listed on the HireMee platform without any fee.

HireMee platform has worked with nearly 7,000 colleges accredited by AICTE; National Career Service of the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment; Tamil Nadu government’s upskilling programme ‘Naan Mudhalvan’ and Karnataka government’s Digital Economy Mission and over 2,000 companies.

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South Korea's new space agency to help compete in global space race

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Seoul, May 26 (IANS) With the opening of the nation’s full-fledged space agency, South Korea is set to make its mark on the global space stage, aiming to transform into a powerhouse and join the elite space race led by the private industry.

The Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA) will open its doors on Monday, focusing on fostering local companies that can play key roles in space development projects and helping the country develop a global-level space industry and space economy, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

“Until now, the country’s space development projects have been led by the government,” Yoon Young-bin, KASA’s inaugural chief, said earlier.

“The most important role of the space agency will be supporting the private sector to lead space development.”

He pointed out that the world’s space industry is moving toward the so-called “new space” era, where private companies are actively leading innovation in space technologies with more economic feasibility.

“The global paradigm is shifting,” Yoon said, noting that top space companies, such as SpaceX, have developed reusable space rockets and launched a group of small satellites with capabilities similar to medium- and large-sized satellites.

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To keep up with this trend, South Korea established KASA, the Korean version of the US NASA space agency, located in Sacheon, approximately 300 kilometres south of Seoul.

The 293-member agency will lead the nation’s space programs, such as the moon and Mars exploration, and bolster South Korean companies’ competitiveness in the global space industry.

Two years ago, the South Korean government announced its plan to land a homegrown spacecraft on the moon in 2032 and Mars in 2045 as part of efforts to become one of the top-five global space powers.

South Korea was a latecomer in the highly advanced industry but is currently considered the seventh-strongest space power after having successfully developed the 200-ton space rocket Nuri in recent years.

The country also plans to develop a next-generation rocket, KSLV-III, and make three launches in 2030, 2031, and 2032, with the third launch carrying a moon spacecraft aboard.

Experts at home and abroad welcomed the establishment of KASA, expecting the agency to help South Korea make a significant leap in the space sector and participate more in international cooperative research projects.

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“It is difficult to have international competitiveness in the space industry without technological development in various related fields,” Kim Seung-jo, former chief of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, said. “But South Korea has the world-best level of cutting-edge technologies in most of the fields.”

He called on KASA to set future-oriented goals for space projects that need patience and passion from a long-term perspective.

Earlier this month, NASA officials also expressed expectations for expanded space cooperation with Seoul following the establishment of KASA, underscoring the importance of South Korea’s expertise for international space projects.

They also advised KASA to “learn lessons” from failures.

To leverage expertise and experience from the world’s top space power, KASA has named John Lee, a retired senior executive from NASA, as its deputy administrator in charge of space missions and policies, the second-highest position at the new institution.

John Lee said he would work to adapt the US space agency’s strengths to KASA in a Korean context and align Korea’s space projects with international standards, Yonhap news agency reported.

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Meanwhile, the local space industry voiced hopes for KASA, asking it to provide more consistent support to big and small companies and facilitate their participation in international space projects.

“The country’s space projects have been centred around the government and big companies until now, but I hope KASA can also support smaller-sized companies that have been overlooked,” said Park Jae-pil, the founder of space startup Nara Space.

“There are many Korean companies with space technologies that can contribute to international projects, and I believe KASA will open a channel for that,” he added.

KASA aims to foster more than 2,000 space-related companies and create about 5,00,000 new jobs in the field.

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Google plans India manufacturing after introducing industry-leading Pixel 8a

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Google, which just launched its new device Pixel 8a with industry-leading features, is apparently looking at India to manufacture its smartphones via investing billions of dollars.

The company is reportedly looking to manufacture new Pixel devices in Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn.

The government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme has played an instrumental role in attracting global manufacturers and Google will soon join the league.

Google Pixel phones are full of top-notch artificial intelligence (AI) features, including Gemini and Circle to Search.

Powered by Google AI, the ‘Best Take’ tool will make every group photo a “true” group photo.

You can choose the image where everyone looks their best and the feature uses a series of photos taken close together to one fantastic picture.

Google AI also reduces distracting sounds in videos so you can hear the ones you want.

Sounds from cars, wind, or construction can be disruptive in video.

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Audio Magic Eraser uses Google AI to reduce distracting sounds with a few taps, so “you can hear the ones you want”.

According to the company, ‘Magic Editor’ is a new and powerful generative AI-powered photo editor with more intuitive tools and suggestions that let you reimagine the way you edit.

Gemini is the redefined digital Generative AI assistant that amplifies productivity and creativity because it’s personalised and brings together the best of Google’s AI capabilities, in the palm of their hand.

You can talk, text or share images to get help with all of your tasks, so you can focus on what matters most to you.

With ‘Circle to Search’ feature, you can search from anywhere on your phone, whichever app or screen you’re on, and search in a way that is natural to you.

Pixel 8a is made with at least 24 per cent recycled materials based on product weight, the most recycled content in any A-series yet.

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The device is also the first A-Series phone to get seven years of OS, security updates and feature drops, to optimise for what people care about most: keeping their phone secure and up-to-date.

The Family Link app, which hosts parental controls, lets parents decide on the family’s digital experience.

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KFintech appoints ex-Kotak Mahindra Bank veteran C. Jayaram as Independent Director

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New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Hyderabad-based KFin Technologies Limited on Saturday announced it has appointed former Kotak Mahindra Bank joint managing director, Chengalath Jayaram, as an Independent Director.

Jayaram had a 26-year tenure at the Kotak Group, where he played a key role in establishing and growing multiple business verticals.

Jayaram’s term as a Non-Executive Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank ended on April 30.

“His extensive experience and proven track record in the financial services and capital markets industry will be invaluable as we continue to expand and innovate. Mr. Jayaram’s strategic insights and leadership will undoubtedly propel KFintech to new heights,” said Sreekanth Nadella, Managing Director & CEO, KFin Technologies Ltd.

During his time at Kotak, Jayaram was instrumental in heading the private banking, alternative investments, and international operations, further solidifying his expertise in the financial sector.

Jayaram earlier worked at Overseas Sanmar Financial Limited.

“KFintech’s rapid growth and commitment to innovation and excellence are truly commendable. I am excited to contribute to the company’s journey as it continues to set new benchmarks in the capital markets ecosystem,” said Jayaram.

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