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Ex-Pakistan PM Gilani visited my home, says Headley
Mumbai: Pakistani-American LeT terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley said on Friday that former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited his house to pay condolences a few weeks after his father's death on December 25, 2008.
 
Though he denied that Gilani had attended the funeral of his father Sayed Salim Gilani, a former diplomat and Director-General of Radio Pakistan, who died a month after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Headley said the former prime minister visited his home a weeks later.
 
Headley's revelation came before Special Judge G.A. Sanap during his ongoing cross-examination by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, defence counsel for Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, an accused in the 26/11 attack case.
 
Headley's father expired on December 25, 2008 while his step-brother Daniel Gilani worked as a PRO in Prime Minister Gilani's office, Headley told the judge.
 
He added that his father was aware of his association with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and was not happy about it.
 
However, when asked if his step-brother Daniel Gilani was aware of his LeT links, Headley merely said they lived in different cities of Pakistan.
 
But he said a friend in Pakistan, Saulat Rana, was in the know of his LeT connections and his recce trips to Mumbai.
 
Rana was not linked with LeT and he neither objected nor encouraged Headley who worked for the terror group, nor did he tour Pakistan with him before the 26/11 terror attack by Pakistani terrorists that left 166 people dead.
 
He added that his father was a noted poet and writer, and after his death Daniel had publicly clarified that the family had barely any connections with him (Headley) -- who had changed his name from Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley at LeT's behest to enter India easily.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Why did Apple delay launching 4-inch iPhone SE in India?
As Apple lovers started pre-ordering their 4-inch iPhone SE or 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices from Thursday (the device will start shipping to them from March 31), experts here are disappointed as India - touted as an emerging market for the smallest and “cheapest” iPhone SE - will only start to see the first device by April 8.
 
Billed as a trendsetter for the smartphone market in India, at $399 (US pricing), the device will be available in India for Rs.39,000 (retail price) which is within premium segment in India for smartphones so the question of its being the cheapest iPhone ever does not hold any truth.
 
The first big disappointment is that although the smartphone has been designed for the emerging markets, it has not been made available in the first round in the fastest growing and one of the largest emerging markets - India.
 
"By making it available in the first round itself in the country, Apple could have indicated that the Indian market is high on its priority list. Though the company had mentioned about the significance of the India market for it, not including it in the list of the countries where iPhone SE would be made available first is definitely a big turn off,” says Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst with CyberMedia Research (CMR), a market research firm.
 
The 64 GB version of the phone will come at $499 while the 16 GB model will cost users $399 (US price).
 
It will be available in four colours including sleek rose gold, the company announced during its special "spring lineup" at the packed auditorium at its Cupertino, California-based headquarters, earlier this week.
 
The iPhone SE is a mix between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 generations of devices with size and design of iPhone 5S and the specs and capabilities of the iPhone 6S.
 
"Fundamentally, iPhone still remains a premium segment phone in India even with SE launch and now it would be available through the continuum of premium range of smartphones. In India, smartphones above Rs.30,000 contribute just a little over three percent to the market,” Kawoosa told IANS.
 
The iPhone will have a 64-bit A9 processor and M9 motion co-processor. The camera is also carried over from the 6S; it is the same 12-megapixel iSight camera with a true tone flash.
 
With its new image signal processor it has the ability to shoot Panorama up to 63MP, 4K video (1080p up to 60 fps) and slo-mo up to 240 fps.
 
The phone is claimed to have an improved battery life, Bluetooth 4.2 and new microphones.
 
But the truth is: India is a phablet-obsessed nation and 46 percent of the smartphones sold in the country have a screen size of five-inch or above.
 
In the price range Rs.30,000-Rs.40,000, iPhone 4SE will be competing with phablets which contribute over 60 percent of the smartphones market.
 
"In such a scenario, just positioning it as the ‘most powerful 4 inch Smartphone’ won’t work alone. After all, size does matter, at least for India,” the CMR analyst noted.
 
However, according to Anshul Gupta, research director at global market research firm Gartner, iPhone SE will help Apple broaden their market segment in the country.
 
"Users will be able to buy a phone with latest features which is very different from buying an older version at lower price. I think this will appeal more people to buy an Apple phone who otherwise couldn’t afford their flagship phone,” he said.
 
"This will make market more competitive at that price point as Apple is preparing to take more share,” Gupta added.
 
Beetel Teletech Limited, a a subsidiary of US-based Brightstar Corporation, will make available iPhone SE in India beginning April 8.
 
"Pre orders open on March 29 at 12:01am,” a company statement said, adding that the phone will be available at over 3,500 retail locations across India.
 
"For India to really become an Apple market, we will have to wait for a couple of years with the increased uptake of the premium segment in the country,” Kawoosa predicted.
 
In 2015, there was a 53 percent rise in the premium segment smartphone market in India.
 
"For 2016, we expect Apple missing the five-million mark even with the iPhone SE push,” he added.
 
Apple has also launched a new lightweight 9.7-inch iPad Pro which is touted as 40 percent less reflective than an iPad Air 2.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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COMMENTS

RAVI RAM PV

11 months ago

In the present market and with this pricing, only two types would be interested - Fanboys & those who think holding a iPhone gives them bling :)

Labakku Das

11 months ago

It's not the delayed launch that one should worry about, but the 50% premium that gullible customers in India will be paying. Guess they did not want to offend their typical moneybag customers who would frown at a 25k phone from their beloved brand while they pay 60k for their phone.

US contractor to pay $3.1 million penalty for illegal outsourcing to India
New York: An American contractor has agreed to pay New York State a penalty of $3.1 million for illegally outsourcing confidential work to India, state officials have announced.
 
The officials, however, cleared the Mumbai company, which was not identified, of any wrongdoing. The Indian company, which cooperated with the investigation, did not know that it obtained the work illegally and there was no evidence that it shared with anyone else or misused the personal information of 16 million people that was sent to it, officials said Thursday.
 
The action announced Tuesday on the case that goes back to 2008 hits two current areas of heightened concern in the US-outsourcing and cybersecurity. There is growing scrutiny of outsourcing, which has become a contentious issue across in the political spectrum in the presidential election campaigns. And there are serious concerns about the security of personal data because of cybercrimes.
 
"The agreement announced today sends a clear message: if you are a government contractor and you illegally ship jobs overseas, you will be held accountable," New York Attorney Gneral Eric T. Schneiderman said.
 
Focused Technologies Imaging Services (FTIS) admitted to sending the personal information it received from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to the Indian company, which was not authorized to receive the data, Schneiderman and Inspector General Leahy Scott said in a statement. It also admitted to violating a contract requirement to hire disabled people in the US to do half the work, they said.
 
The overall contract that FTIS had was for $3.4 million, but it paid the Indian company only $82,000 for 37.5 percent of the work, officials said.
 
The contract was for digitsing and indexing about 22 million fingerprint cards and creating a searchable database. The cards were of all state law enforcement officials, prisoners, parolees, and personnel undergoing background checks and included their dates of birth, identifying numbers and physical characteristics.
 
Because of sensitive nature of the information the contract required FTIS to do the digitisation in a warehouse in the state capital, Albany, using only employees who passed a criminal background check.
 
FTIS's current sole owner Charles Tobin, is responsible for $3.05 million of the penalty and former co-owner Julie Benware for $50,000. FTIS has also agreed to perform 69 percent of the work of certain contracts it gets within two years using disabled people.
 
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