Persecution watchdog groups are speaking out against the arrest of 15 Christians celebrating New Year's through prayer at a parish in the Indian state of Karnataka, where they were surrounded by a radical Hindu mob.
Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said that the Christian minority "is vulnerable and subjected to harassment and persecution by both extremist as well as authorities, who are responsible for protecting citizens. Clearly, Christians are considered second-class citizens in secular India."
AsiaNews reported on Monday that the incident occurred at the parish of bannur Jodukatte Puttur on New Year's Eve, where police stormed the Protestant church and arrested the 15 Christian worshipers as a means to "protect" them from a mob of Hindu radicals that had gathered outside. more >>
Lenovo has repeatedly taken to social media to hint at a device that will be released under the tagline "A New Age Dawns" and the hashtag "KillerNote." A report in Gadgets 360 speculates that this is the company's flagship phablet that's called the K4 Note. The social media posts also say that the device will be launched in India during the first week of January 2016.
The K4 Note is said to be the successor of the Lenovo K3 Note, which was released in India in the middle of 2015. The device turned out to be a surprise earner for the company, owing to its relatively low price point for a device with decent specs. According to the Gadgets 360 report, Lenovo reportedly sold over 1.2 million units of the device since its release.
Because of the device's success, the company is said to be getting ready to unveil another phablet as a follow-up to the K3 Note. According to the teaser image shared by Lenovo India, the upcoming device is said to sport a fingerprint sensor, an in-demand security feature among today's smartphones, and has an all-metal body. No other information about the handset's other specs is available at the moment, nor has Lenovo made any official announcement about the device yet. more >>
A new entrant in the smartphone industry, a company called Yu, has officially released what it claims to be the "most powerful phone on the planet." The flagship phone is called Yutopia and it is manufactured by Yu, a company that is partly owned by Indian company Micromax. According to a report in Tech Times, the phone has been officially launched and is only available on the Amazon India e-commerce site.
According to the company's description of the new device, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset paired with 4 GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 32 GB. Its screen is a 5.2-inch display with quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The screen is also protected by Corning Concore Glass.
Out of the box, it will come pre-installed with Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is said to be based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. According to the company, this OS will give the user "unparalleled control" over their smartphone, because "Customization is the very heart of the Cyanogen experience. More freedom and more choices - from the big picture down to the smallest details. Customize everything." more >>
A persecution watchdog group has started a petition for hundreds of Christian families from over 50 villages in India who have been banned from practicing their faith, and pressured to reconvert to Hinduism.
"Today, we are joining our voice with our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ to call on the Prime Minister of India to specifically address the banning of Christianity. We believe in a society which touts religious tolerance and freedom. No one should be banned from practicing their faith freely. Sign our petition and let Christians in India know they are not alone in this fight," International Christian Concern said in a statement, providing a link to the petition.
Although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom, reports have stated that local authorities in over 50 villages in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh State have targeted Christians in the region by passing a controversial proclamation that bans the open practice of Christianity. more >>
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Asus unveiled a new model of its Asus ZenFone 2 Laser in India, this time with a much larger display than the first two models of the phone. The phone with model number ZE601KL will only be available in India and will come with a 6-inch display, according to a report in Tech Times.
The phone's price point will be Rs. 17,999 or roughly $275 and will be mainly available via e-commerce vendors like Snapdeal, Amazon and Flipkart. After mid-December, the device will be on sale via physical stores in the country as well. Color options for this model are Gold, Red and Silver.
According to the Tech Times report, this is the third model of the ZenFone 2 Laser that has been made available in the Indian market. A smaller ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5 was released in October which has a 5.5-inch screen, while a much smaller ZenFone 2 Laser 5 is also available. The latter has a 5-inch screen. more >>
Another Chinese device manufacturer has released a smartphone with high end specs without the high end price in India. Called the Q Terra, the phone is manufactured by Qiku and will cost Rs. 21,999 or around $329. According to a report in Tech Times, Qiku is a joint venture between manufacturer Coolpad Group and a global Internet company named Qihoo 360 Technology. The company said that the new smartphone will have similar specs with those made by Xiaomi and OnePlus but will have the advantage of being cheaper.
Qiku India's CEO Varun Sharma said that the Q Terra is their answer to the increasing number of Indian consumers who "are becoming evolved users of smartphones and need a premium experience." The Q Terra will offer "the best in class experience at an affordable price."
The device comes with a 6-inch full HD IPS display. Under the hood, it is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.82 GHz, paired with 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 16 GB and is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card. more >>