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856 km in Tripura and 180 km in Mizoram.a medical equipment supplier, either men and women, Added to that were the young R Madhavan and Milind Soman.999.Open sale means users won’t have to register to buy the Mi Max phablet Xiaomi has extended the sale from Micom to other platforms as well Amazon Flipkart Paytm Tata CLiQ and Snapdeal will have the Mi Max as well Although most of these sites are currently showing only the 3GB RAM+32GB storage version in stock; even Xiaomi’s own Micom doesn’t appear to have the high-end 4GB RAM+ 128GB storage model In terms of specs Mi Max has a large 644-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels translating to a pixel density of 342ppi Share This Article Related Article Xiaomi Mi Max comes in two processor variants – Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652 SoCs The 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory variant is powered by Snapdragon 650 while the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage model runs the Snapdragon 652 chipset The GPU on both the variants is Adreno 510 GPU Mi Max features a 16MP rear camera with f/20 lens and phase detection autofocus The front camera is a 5MP one with f/20 lens The smartphone is 75 mm thick and weighs 203 grams Mi Max is backed by a huge 4850mAh battery which can easily last two days In our review of Mi Max we loved the Mi Max’s big display which makes the phone better suited for entertainment and reading books especially short novels or long-form articles Also the 4850 mAh battery doesn’t take forever to charge and will easily last two days with moderate to heavy usage We had concluded in our review that Mi Max is a giant phablet and might not be suited to everyone’s needs although the device is not impossible to use Mi Max can be thought of as tablet replacement For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Suhas Palshikar | Updated: April 21 2015 5:47 am Rahul Gandhi’s challenge is not to become party president but to make a party out of Congress Related News The Rahul Gandhi rally has hit the headlines alright After almost a year in hibernation the Congress seems to be awakening to the role of an Opposition But the choice of Delhi for the rally and the contents of Rahul’s speech suggest that he and his party are still only engaged in a half-hearted politics based on a limited imagination The rally was a show of strength It grabbed media attention and projected a tough image for Rahul But the core issues facing the party remain unattended to and it can hardly afford to postpone dealing with them While the deeper issues relate to party organisation and ideology the leadership issue seems central at the moment as it will shape the party’s ability to do politics The farcical manner in which the party has been handling the leadership issue ever since it lost in 2014 only indicates that it has not learnt any lessons nor is it willing to learn them Leadership is indeed a key factor in rebuilding the party But the 2014 defeat was not just about leadership Just as the party didn’t win the 2004 election because of Sonia Gandhi 2014 was not an election it lost because of Rahul The crucial question is whether the party wants leadership to evolve or be parachuted down It is true that the Congress party is hopelessly dependent on the Gandhi family A family leading a party is not extraordinary in India From Kashmir to Kanyakumari there are parties galore that hinge on one family But when a party is controlled by a single leader or family they have to win elections for the party As senior scholars of Indian politics Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph put it in 2008 dynastic leadership can be hard to sustain in the face of losses and the inability to win elections Rajiv Gandhi could not win an election for the party in 1989 and almost couldn’t in 1991 either After Sonia’s rise the Congress skirted this issue by believing that she brought victory to the party in 2004 and 2009 The Congress has repeatedly been presented with opportunities to fill the leadership vacuum in a different manner and move away from the dynasty-dependent model of leadership In the past such opportunities came along with a tragedy — the assassination of Indira Gandhi and then of Rajiv In the case of the first tragedy a palace coup ensured that the opportunity was lost — Rajiv was rushed into the post of prime minister The second time tragedy struck the party remained leaderless for nearly a decade (1991-99) That was when other leaders and state bosses could have negotiated among themselves and evolved a different leadership model Instead many chose to leave the party and form their own limited versions of the Congress When she finally agreed to lead the party Sonia made an innovation of sorts by separating the party leadership from the office of prime minister (after a long time) However that innovation was killed by the choice of a non-political person as prime minister This ended the possibility of the evolution of a new leadership in the party which would result in more genuine power-sharing Now it is Rahul’s turn to take a call Will he as is rumoured be anointed party president Following what his mother did with governmental power in 2004 he should ideally desist from leading the party as its formal head Rahul could commit himself to working for the rejuvenation of the Congress and still keep away from running it as president If done sincerely this could mean that the party opens up to real politics — leaders with a strong base and support across states could lead the Congress By declining to be a minister during the last 10 years Rahul had already taken a critical step He faltered when he took over as party vice president Now is his moment He can either succumb to the dynastic routine of “saving the party and the country” or rewrite the history of the Congress and in the process initiate the process of rebuilding the party As Congress vice president Rahul could announce that he will preside over the election of a party president (in which he won’t be a candidate) in the next six months This would stir the party out of its current state of paralysis The rejuvenation of the party does not mean giving tough speeches from a Delhi dais It involves hard work — as Rahul once sought to do in UP It is not enough for the party to be on television screens It has to be present in cities and towns — and of course where farmers live and work For the last two generations the party has consistently alienated the ordinary worker because local-level leadership was never predicated on networks of workers but on networks of family and social power During the period of governmental power up to 1989 the Congress party’s politics consisted of running governments brokering power between diverse claimants and presiding over the distribution of private and public patronage And when in opposition so-called Congresspersons have only laboured to protect their small fiefs and local patronage networks occasionally by joining the new centre of power Long years of this style of politics have meant that the ability of current Congresspersons to undertake politics in the real sense — to mobilise define and raise issues align with specific social sections and above all give meaning to being a party member — has almost disappeared With the Delhi rally the Congress has made an effort to don the role of an opposition How genuine this is will be known only when it takes the next logical step — mobilising people locally not just arranging for their travel to Delhi or state capitals Given its organisational disarray and the lethargy among its workers as far as oppositional politics is concerned it is doubtful whether the Congress can really hit the road beyond Delhi and select metros So the real task before Rahul is not to become party president but to make a party out of the present Congress The average Congressperson today has never done politics in the real sense They have mostly been patrons and brokers The political wilderness is now bound to force a new phase of politics The challenge is to build a party out of the middlemen patrons and brokers that the Congress has harboured all these years Whether as president or not Rahul will have to search for the disappearing tribe of the Congress worker Pushing a non-dynastic agenda from the top may be one way of finding and relating to such workers The writer teaches political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by RITESH GOHIL | Vadodara | Published: April 29 2017 12:31 am Workers leave the premises of GM’s Halol plant on Friday when it finally stopped operations Source: Bhuprendra Rana Top News A two-decade-long journey that started in 1990s for General Motors at Halol — an area with a predominant tribal population — in Gujarat drew to a close after the last Chevrolet Tavera produced at the unit rolled out from the assembly lines on Friday Though General Motors the first international automobile company to set up a manufacturing unit in Gujarat ceased all operations at Halol in Panchmahal district shifted its focus to a second plant at Talegaon near Pune a number of loose ends still remain The foremost among them is the fate of employees who are yet to accept the “package” offered by the company A total of 517 agitating employees have decided to regroup before the gates of a closed plant on May 1 to press for their demands which include a higher salary package for Pune “Though today the company stopped production all the 517 employees will come here on Monday and stage protest at the company gates as the management has not addressed our demands” said General Motors Employees Union (GMEU) general secretary Aashish Sapkal “We are also demanding an increase in the amount paid under the voluntary separation scheme (VSS) offered by the management The company is offering between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 10 lakh as VSS Most employees here have been working with the company since the beginning and they should be given Rs 30 lakh as one-time settlement amount” he said Earlier this month the GMEU submitted a memorandum to the Vadodara collector seeking intervention “Employees are also demanding that the new company which is taking over the Halol plant should hire the existing employees” said Sapkal Meanwhile after the operations ceased at Halol unit Friday evening GM India said in a statement it has “offered a very generous VSS package to employees with a formula of 100 days of salary per year of service uncapped” In a statement the company spokesperson said “GM India is consolidating manufacturing at our Talegaon facility We are mindful of the impact on employees at Halol Employees are either taking a generous separation payment or transfer to Talegaon A range of additional support measures have been put in place for employees including tax and financial advice and pre-transfer visits to Talegaon Since announcing our manufacturing consolidation in 2015 we have worked with our employees and suppliers to ensure a smooth transition” The other issue is the future of the Halol unit The GM spokesperson said the company was working towards “the sale of the Halol manufacturing facility” A subsidiary of China’s top carmaker SAIC Motor Corp has been planning to acquire the Halol plant However the deal is yet to materialise an official source said General Motors started its journey in India with this plant at Halol in 1996-97 and managed to change the industrial landscape of this tribal belt which once was connected with a single-lane road to the nearest urban centre Vadodara After the automobile company started operations the road connecting Halol to Vadodara was expanded to a four-lane state highway and became the first toll-road in Gujarat GM produced Opel cars at Halol (around 85000 units annually) till 2003 when it started the production of Chevrolet brand of vehicles The Halol unit had four assembly lines which included a dedicated line for Chevrolet Tavera Later the manufacturing capacity was increased to 127000 units per annum and dedicated for production of Cruze Enjoy Tavera Captiva and CBU vehicles The plant saw one of the biggest turmoil between 2010 and 2014 when employee protests stalled operations for several days Employees were demanding permanent positions for 800 of their co-workers among other issues However before a formal decision to move out of Halol was made some of automobile GM’s ancillary units located at Kalol like Caparo Engineering — promoted by London-based Lord Swaraj Paul — expanded to Sanand near Ahmedabad to serve as a vendor to Ford Motors In 2015 GM India told the workers about the cessation of manufacturing activities at Halol plant by June 2016 Thereafter the deadline was extended by almost a year Raman Patel president of the Federation of Panchmahal Industries said “There were around 120 industrial units at Halol when GM came here They provided employment to several youths In the last few years more than 20 MNC’s have setup units in Panchmhal District However the exit of GM will leave several youths jobless” Inputs from Ahmedabad For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Chinmaya R Gharekhan | Published: August 26 2014 12:03 am The international community must put up a united front against the Islamic State (Source: Express photo by C R Sasikumar) Related News The Islamic State (IS) which has morphed from ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) which in turn morphed from al-Qaeda is a dangerous and worrisome phenomenon with the potential of changing the political and geographical map of West Asia The entire international community not just America and the West ought to be concerned and join forces to combat this menace Much of the world including many in India ascribes most of the ills afflicting the region of West Asia today to the United States There is justification for this belief to some extent In particular it can be asserted with reasonable objectivity that the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the George W Bush administration on the most egregious excuse of non-existent weapons of mass destruction is largely responsible for the chaotic and explosive situation in West Asia That single misadventure cost America more than 4500 lives and $1 trillion but the cost being borne by the region and its people as well as by people beyond the region is incalculable in terms of instability growth of terrorism and the sectarian strife that it ignited The motivation of the Bush administration was a mix of oil and Israeli pressure It deflected attention and resources from what was then a winnable war on al-Qaeda But that is all history There is also the gross mishandling of the Syrian situation by the West which has made possible the emergence of phenomena such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the IS However now is not the time to apportion blame or responsibility; there will be time enough for that Hillary Clinton who has already launched her presidential campaign in anticipation of the Democratic Party’s nomination has openly criticised her former boss President Barack Obama for lack of firmness in dealing with the Bashar al-Assad regime The priority ought to be to collectively deliberate on how to confront the present and clear danger posed by the IS The IS is a bigger threat than its progenitor al-Qaeda It has by far more funds than al-Qaeda; indeed it is the richest terrorist organisation in the world It has modern weaponry including tanks and anti-aircraft missiles looted from the Iraqi army that was equipped by the Americans as well as from the Assad regime It has a force of more than 10000 fighters capable of waging set-piece battles It is tech savvy and uses social media most effectively not only in Arabic but also in several European and Asian languages It collects taxes and imposes its brand of law and order It calls itself a Khilafat or caliphate and its CEO calls himself the Amir; he is both the secular and religious leader The IS has the ideology that appeals to Muslim youth across the world All in all the IS is a deadly entity and should be treated as such The geographical map of the region has already changed and will change further The boundary between Iraq and Syria has been obliterated for all practical purposes with IS fighters operating freely on both sides Indeed the capital of this Islamic state is in Raqqa in Syria It has also captured at least one village in Lebanon It will no doubt manage to add to the instability in Jordan If Jordan gets infected can Saudi Arabia remain immune for long The Kurds who have been denied their own independent state since the end of World War I might be a big beneficiary and may finally get an internationally recognised country of their own Iraq will remain fragmented in three distinct regions This is a new kind of domino except that it is more likely to succeed than the domino theory touted by the US in the 1950s and 1960s when it was trying to justify its war in Vietnam It is possible and even probable that the IS will be weakened and eventually destroyed by its internal contradictions rivalries and intrigues but we should not count on it and it will in any case take a while In the meantime it would be worthwhile for the global community to help the IS along that route At the moment it is only America with token help from some of its Western allies which is leading the campaign against the IS Its motives for doing so are not relevant for the main goal It is true that Washington became concerned when the Christian minority of Iraq and its personnel were threatened Another reason could be oil Yet another factor is protection of the Kurds and Kurdistan which America regards as a trusted ally The US itself claims to be motivated by humanitarian considerations It would be uncharitable to be utterly cynical about this claim but it is probably only one of the reasons for the military strikes against the IS The US regards the threat posed by the IS serious enough to implicitly welcome assistance from Iran — the country regarded by Israel as its enemy — in the common struggle against these terrorists and is actively considering collaborating albeit indirectly with another unsavoury character President Assad of Syria It would not be prudent for us in India to assume that the IS is far removed from India and that we need not be concerned In this globalised world terrorists are the most connected force Already there are reports that the IS websites carry exhortative material in Urdu Tamil and other Indian languages The impact of such propaganda must not be underestimated Though the Muslim community is well integrated into the mainstream we are still communally a fragile society as evidenced by some recent events There will certainly not be a largescale participation by our Muslim youth but even half a dozen converts to the IS ideology will be dangerous The government in Delhi must be alive to this danger but society as a whole needs to be alerted and encouraged to recognise and help in combating the menace The Hindutva camp has a point when it says that “secularism” has been used or misused in the past for electoral purposes Nevertheless it is in the country’s vital interest not to let politics make us deviate from issues of national security and to ensure that nothing be done to sow further divisions among communities At the global level there is nothing that India can do to fight the IS terrorists We cannot and must not join the armed battle But we can and should condemn the phenomenon We can offer political support to the campaign waged by the Americans against the IS If there is an opportunity we should support a resolution at the UN Security Council which might condemn the atrocities committed by the IS and call upon member states to do whatever is in their power to contain the threat This is one of those occasions when national interest and moral and humanitarian principles converge The writer India’s former permanent representative at the UN is adjunct senior fellow Delhi Policy Group Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday sought an explanation from the Women and Child Development department about the alleged awarding of contracts without inviting tenders a day after claims in this regard emerged against its minister Pankaja Munde ACB sent a letter to the department after taking cognisance of a complaint filed by Congress which has accused Munde of corruption while awarding contracts for supply of a host of items including books and snacks for anganwadis and other institutions Pankaja Munde IbnLokmat "We have received a letter from ACB last evening where they have asked for information on the purchases done by the department We are in the process of making a report based on the letter which we will submit to the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary" Sanjay Kumar Principal Secretary of the WCD department told PTI The report will be submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by tomorrow and the government will then forward it to ACB added Kumar Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant had yesterday registered a complaint with the ACB alleging that the WCD department had awarded contracts worth Rs 206 crore for procuring chikkis (a popular snack) medicines growth monitoring machines water filters carpets and educational material for anganwadis on a single day without inviting tenders for the same As per state government norms all contracts of over Rs 3 lakh have to be electronically tendered Munde daughter of BJP veteran the late Gopinath Munde has rejected the allegations and said she is not afraid of any probe Currently on a visit abroad she said in a statement yesterday that she would reply to the charges upon getting back The Maharashtra Chief Minister has come out in strong defence of his Cabinet colleague saying there seems to be no wrongdoing on her part PTI By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: May 5 2017 7:26 pm Ajith’s Vivegam teaser to be out soon Top News Director Siva has officially confirmed on Friday that the teaser of Ajith’s upcoming Vivegam will be released on May 11 It was announced that the teaser will come out on May 18 earlier The filmmakers advanced the release date by a week as they didnot want to keep the fans waiting any longer “Sai sai with the blessings of the almighty teaser #vivegam is ready preponing the teaser release date to 11th may Thursday” wrote Siva on his Twitter account The teaser is said to be one-minute long The filmmakers recently released a new poster featuring Ajith in a bloody avatar on the occasion of the actor’s 46th birthday Vivegam has been the leading topic of discussion among the Kollywood fans on social media ever since the film went on the floors And the buzz only grew stronger by leaps and bounds after Ajith flaunted his chiselled physique in the first look poster The actor who is not known for taking his workouts seriously has gone an extra mile to help Siva’s vision of making a James Bond-esque film in Tamil cinema Ajith plays a top intelligence officer in the film His looks have already taken the internet by storm ?

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