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Samsung sued after Note 7 exploded in man's pocket in US
Adding to Samsung's woes over Galaxy Note 7, a man from Florida has sued the south Korean company after a Note 7 device exploded in his pocket while at work in Palm Beach Gardens.
 
Jonathan Strobel suffered severe and "deep second-degree burns" on his right thigh and thumb when the phone exploded, palmbeachpost.com reported on Monday.
 
The lawsuit has asked for $15,000 in compensatory damages from Samsung.
 
Strobel later received an email from the company, requesting him to surrender Note 7.
 
"Samsung is a big corporation and they control the information that's put out. They obviously knew what was wrong (with the phone). Unfortunately for Strobel, it was too late for the mandatory recall, Strobel's lawyer was quoted as saying.
 
The US government has officially recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after dozens of reported cases in which batteries exploded or caught fire.
 
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a recall notice that the move will include about one million units of Note 7 that were sold prior to September 15.
 
"Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016, " the notice said.
 
"Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note 7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device," it added.
 
Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the US, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.
 
On September 8, a man's Jeep caught fire in St Petersburg as he charged the phone in the vehicle.
 
The US Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a warning, asking airplane passengers to not use or charge their Galaxy Note7 devices on planes.
 
Globally, the South Korean company has sold about 2.5 million units of Note 7 since the device was officially released in August.
 
Samsung said last week that it will launch media advertisements to apologise for the "discomfort and concern" caused due to the ongoing global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
 
The world's largest smartphone maker said it will soon run an advertisement in major media outlets to offer an apology for causing discomfort and concern to its customers due to faulty batteries in some Note 7 smartphones.
 
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If you see Pink, you will see Red
Michael Ferreira was the President of our professional cycling association, taking over from Vijay Merchant. His words rang true last night at the Eros theatre in Mumbai where we saw the excellent movie, "PINK'.  "We Indians are the biggest hypocrites in the world".
 
First, a word about the ambience. There is still an old world charm to theatres like The Eros, The Regal and even fire traps like Central Plaza and Roxy. One longs for the days when 'Sunday 6:30' was a magic word. Permanent Seats! Dress codes. Wafers and Duke's Lemonade. Tickets for One Rupee, five annas. The Two-ten was too steep. And NO CLAPPING or WHISTLING. All gone with the wind.
 
Clark Gable has been replaced by Amitabh Bachchan. Thank God for small mercies. There is a saying that one must never do a movie with a child or an animal, show-stealers both. Ditto with Amitabh. He grows with age, in stature, in style, in delivery. Gone are the days of caricature roles; even Sholay was comic. Moreover, in Pink, there is, mercifully, no oafish character like Paresh Raval in 'Cheeni Kum'. The Bachchan effect rubs off on the others. One wishes that the pseudo-surreal photography inkling takes a break. It downplays the emotional views of the players.
 
There is a lesson for all. Above all, it lands a left jab to the solar plexus and an uppercut to the jaw of that filthy-minded, hypocritical Indian animal, the Shri Bhagwan-ka-Aadmi. The choice of locale could not be better. Delhi, now better known as the rape capital of the world.
 
Surprisingly, the film has little of violence footage, acknowledging the fact that rape scenes do not a movie make. Intriguing plot, sharp script, only two songs (as almost background music), low budget aka no song-and-dance nor glamourous sets, are all that are needed for a riveted-to-the-seat experience.  
 
*A widow is an easy catch.
*A divorcee is dying for it.
*The servant girl has a special duty to perform.
*All models are easy game.
*A girl in the gent's compartment is on the lookout.
*Only women of the night wait at bus stops after dark.
*When a girl says "No", she means "Yes".
 
 
Many more sick-male, stereotyped thoughts abound amongst the men in our midst. Pink has the courage to take those thugs head-on. Yet, there is a lesson for girls too. 'Being Mod' is risky business. Flirty behaviour one day can mess up their lives forever. There is no such thing as 'Just fun'. Danger, serious trouble lurks around every corner. The standard suggestion, at every police station, then is, "You came, You saw, You were conquered". Your bloody fault. See the cynicism plastered all over the movie. 
 
This movie must be shown in all the girls' schools. It is a MUST. The boys must understand that there is nothing macho in vulgar behaviour. It is criminal and will land you in jail.
 
The movie is, more-or-less, a standard courtroom thriller. Of course, there is the inevitable scene of the witness losing his, or her, cool under cross-examination; standard good lawyers' trick. It also saves the screenplay writer from thinking up intricate questioning; standard scripters' trick. Anger betrays guilt, as all lawyers will tell you. Be ready for the shouting matches that happen only in movies. Our courts are more sedate in reality.
 
Special mention for the judge. Diction better than the aging Amitabh's. The Police Inspector, whose face, under cross-examination, tells a thousand words. The touching moments of the final handshakes. The first scenes shown the last, (do not rush to the exit), all make for an entertaining evening. To reveal the ending, we can definitely tell you that the butler did not do it.
 
Why PINK? There is nothing blood red guilty nor innocent white driven snow. The truth always lies somewhere in between. Pink.

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

5 months ago

Mr. Malik, Are legitimate DVDs out?

Bapoo Malcolm

5 months ago

Mr. Kamerkar, Why should there be a motive in quoting a person? Do you not quote Hitler, or Genghis Khan or Stalin or Marie Antoinette? And as a lawyer, "innocent until proven guilty". Ferreira said it, I remember it, I repeated it. Simply because it was topical. Anyway, thanks for liking the review. And saying so.

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Nilesh KAMERKAR

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 5 months ago

Appreciate your reply sir. Thank you!

Nilesh KAMERKAR

5 months ago

Nice article sir.

What could your motive be behind quoting the QNET scamster who has inflicted a serious fraud & ruined so many lives?

manish jain

5 months ago

superb

Veeresh Malik

5 months ago

Sir, why do you think the movie was named "Pink"? To find out, please search for the slang connotation of the term "pink", online urban. Wait, I shall tell you - it means, briefly, an unwilling young pink vagina forcibly occupied by a penis or penises, with racial connotations.


Next, why do you think the lady lost her cool and said, yes, I take money for sex, or do you think she was telling the truth, and either way, whether she took money or not, NO means NO is the punchline.

Two points most people misses. And the poem at the closing credits, check it out, the version with lyrics is online and strong.

And there were 4 songs. Means your theatre sliced 2 away.

Great News for Doctors as Lawyers Train Their Guns on Drug Firms
I was just watching news in New York, a few weeks back, and came upon an advertisement. A lawyers’ firm in New York was inviting patients to send information on the side-effects of drugs they were taking to them directly so that they could get the patient compensation from the multinational petrochemicals corporations called the drug companies! Normally, one comes across such advertisements to sue doctors for malpractice, negligence and what have you. I then learnt that the US now permits drug companies to be sued directly for dangerous side-effects of drugs. This must have been a great relief to American doctors who were the target of the ambulance-chasing lawyers so far. Now, the lawyers, armed with this new law, are after the drug companies as they are the real large sharks that net trillions of dollars compared to doctors and hospitals that look like small fry now. 
 
Soon, there will be legal firms specialising in attacking the drug lords instead of poor doctors. When this gathers full steam, many of our doctors need not have the anxiety of being sued for anything and everything. One of the advertisements that I saw looked like the pharmacology textbook’s chapter on statins. The lawyer was saying that almost everyone on statins gets muscle damage with or without symptoms like muscle-ache, etc. Between 10%-47% of people on statins become diabetics within their first year on statins; kidney damage is not unusual; and liver damage is a certainty. “If you have any one of those symptoms, do write to us and we will get maximum damage from the drug companies for you. No legal fees. If we win, we will share the booty.” So went the message of the advertisement. Does that not look attractive?
 
While it is good for doctors to feel safe, it is good for the patients also, since the drug companies may not go out of their way to wine and dine doctors to prescribe their medicines for indications for which they have not been permitted in the first place. Interestingly, this law does not cover vaccination injuries! Vaccine manufacturers must be richest among the drug lords, hence, they could make the government exempt them from this law. Extending this further, very soon, the cunning angiogram/angioplasty industrialists might pass on their mistakes on the device-makers.
 
The man-on-the-street has so much faith on the chemical drugs and surgery as the custodians of their well-being and their lives that they are ready to accept anything, in the name of science. Truth is otherwise. A substantial part of human healing is well outside the realm of materialistic reductionist science. Thinkers in mainline science seem to have woken up. In an article, in 2011, Michael Crow, the president of the Arizona State University and a leading science administrator, wrote that the US National Institutes of Health’s annual budget of $30 billion should not be just confined to molecular biological and other conventional ways of looking at human health; it must also look at health as a human experience in its biological, sociological and environmental angles. People’s feelings, their emotions and beliefs also matter in personal and societal health. I feel, we should be less arrogant about our scientific knowledge. Did our ancestors know how to communicate with plants and animals to know about our present knowledge of herbal and animal sources of therapy?
 
With the Damocles’ sword hanging no longer on their necks of consumers’ claims, doctors should now be able to think outside the box for better intervention outcomes. With humility, better sense would prevail. Long live the time-honoured doctor-patient relationship which is very sacred and does the main job in healing, anyway. Let not mankind perish from the reductionist side-effects of drugs eventually. 

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Pradeep Kumar M Sreedharan

5 months ago

I hope next in line is the Hospitals themselves, while sparing the doctors. Long live the sacred relationship between the patient and doctor.

SRINIVAS SHENOY

5 months ago

What do you think?... Write your comments. It is good that the lawyers are focusing their attention on the drug companies, who are the main culprits, who generally bribe the medical practitioners, in prescribing their pharmaceutical brands by providing free physicians sample, parties etc. In some cases, I was informed that they are annually incentivised with tours abroad.

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