Near-total hartal throws life out of gear

 

KSRTC buses remained at the Central Depot at Thampanoor on Tuesday owing to the BJP hartal | B P Deepu

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by BJP district committee in protest against the alleged police high handedness on some activists in a Secretariat march disrupted the normal life in the capital. However, the hartal was peaceful and near total except some minor skirmishes at Neyyattinkara in the outskirts of the city.  The strike affected the functioning of government offices.

Schools and colleges remained closed while the Secretariat functioned with a thin attendance. Banks and commercial establishments remained closed too. The BJP had conducted a march towards the Secretariat on Tuesday in protest against the police action. A woman activist was injured after she was hit by a tear gas shell during the march.

The 23rd IFFK was conducted as usual, but the inflow of delegates was less compared to other days. The transportation of delegates was a problem as they had to walk towards the venues. The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy had also arranged food for delegates in association with State Prisons Department.
According to the police, no major acts of violence were reported as the KSRTC buses and private buses decided to keep off the road. However, train services were not disrupted.

Normal life hit
Schools and colleges remained closed while the Secretariat functioned with a thin attendance. The inflow of delegates was less compared to other days at the IFFK. According to the police, no major acts of violence were reported

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BJP siege throws life out of gear in city

Workers throng Secretariat seeking Thomas Chandy’s resignation

The BJP’s siege of the Secretariat from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday seeking the resignation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy had several shades — for the common man, it meant a harrowing commuting time while for the roadside vendors, such a huge gathering meant good business.

As traffic through the arterial road was hit from early morning, students, office-goers, and others had a tough time. The spin-off effect of the siege was felt elsewhere too in the city. Many junctions and corridors witnessed snarls on the first working day of the week.

As the workers squatted in front of the North, South and YMCA gate of the Secretariat, its employees and the Ministers had a tough time reaching the Cantonment gate to enter Secretariat. “We had to walk all the way from Palayam to the Secretariat”, said a person from Kottarakara. Although the BJP made arrangements to provide food for the party cadres participating in the stir, street vendors made use of the opportunity. Lottery, ice cream and peanuts were in high demand. “A crowd is a good thing,” said Jose Prakash whose peanuts had great demand. For the lottery agents, it was a mixed bag. “BJP workers do not buy much tickets. LDF and UDF protests are much better,” said lottery agent V.S. Rajan.

Inaugurating the siege, BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should show the courage to take back the land acquired by Mr. Chandy in violation of Kerala Land Reforms Act and redistribute it to the farmers.

BJP’s national council member P.K. Krishnadas, district president Velliyamkulam Parameswaran, O. Rajagopal, MLA, State general secretaries Sobha Surendran and A.N. Radhakrishnan spoke. Traffic was restored around 2.30 p.m.

Source:-The hindu

Samsung Throws a Curve with a Giant Display on the Gear S Smartwatch

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The display on the new Samsung Gear S smartwatch may not be the first in the company’s line of wearables to feature a curved face. But with a 2-inch OLED display, it is certainly the largest. And with 3G connectivity, the Gear S is one of the few smartwatches allowing you to get online even if you are nowhere near your smartphone.

Samsung has just announced that four of the top mobile carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — will be offering the new wearable device. And AT&T announced late last week that customers could begin previewing the device in 125 of its retail stores.

This makes the sixth in Samsung’s line of smartwatches since announcing the Samsung Galaxy Gear last year. Since then, other tech companies including Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Sony have all announced plans for similar devices.

Samsung announced plans for the Gear S smartwatch at the end of August, around the time the company was unveiling one of its more unusual wearable devices, a tech necklace called the Samsung Gear Circle. But this is the first time the company has announced more specific details about the new smartwatch’s release.

Besides its large curved Super AMOLED display, the Gear S’s other main selling point may be its connectivity. The new wearable device will use 3G and WiFi to access the Web. Its Bluetooth connection keeps the Gear S linked to a compatible smartphone even when that phone is not in immediate proximity.

That means you’ll be able to send and receive phone calls and use other functions even when you don’t have your smartwatch on you, according to the company.

In a recent release on the device, Samsung Electronics CEO and head of IT and mobile communication J.K. Shin explained:

“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable device and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”

Android Central also reports that the Gear S smartwatch will operate on a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 300mAh battery. Samsung says the Gear S battery can last up to 2 full days.

Unlike some newer wearable devices, the Gear S will not use the Android Wear operating system. Instead, the device relies on the Tizen operating system. Tizen is Samsung’s answer to Android as a mobile OS.

No pricing has been discussed for the new Gear S, yet. However, Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smartwatch currently retails at $199. So this may be some indication of what we can expect in terms of pricing on the new device.

Image: Samsung

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Samsung Throws a Curve with a Giant Display on the Gear S Smartwatch

092514 gear s

The display on the new Samsung Gear S smartwatch may not be the first in the company’s line of wearables to feature a curved face. But with a 2-inch OLED display, it is certainly the largest. And with 3G connectivity, the Gear S is one of the few smartwatches allowing you to get online even if you are nowhere near your smartphone.

Samsung has just announced that four of the top mobile carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — will be offering the new wearable device. And AT&T announced late last week that customers could begin previewing the device in 125 of its retail stores.

This makes the sixth in Samsung’s line of smartwatches since announcing the Samsung Galaxy Gear last year. Since then, other tech companies including Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Sony have all announced plans for similar devices.

Samsung announced plans for the Gear S smartwatch at the end of August, around the time the company was unveiling one of its more unusual wearable devices, a tech necklace called the Samsung Gear Circle. But this is the first time the company has announced more specific details about the new smartwatch’s release.

Besides its large curved Super AMOLED display, the Gear S’s other main selling point may be its connectivity. The new wearable device will use 3G and WiFi to access the Web. Its Bluetooth connection keeps the Gear S linked to a compatible smartphone even when that phone is not in immediate proximity.

That means you’ll be able to send and receive phone calls and use other functions even when you don’t have your smartwatch on you, according to the company.

In a recent release on the device, Samsung Electronics CEO and head of IT and mobile communication J.K. Shin explained:

“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable device and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”

Android Central also reports that the Gear S smartwatch will operate on a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 300mAh battery. Samsung says the Gear S battery can last up to 2 full days.

Unlike some newer wearable devices, the Gear S will not use the Android Wear operating system. Instead, the device relies on the Tizen operating system. Tizen is Samsung’s answer to Android as a mobile OS.

No pricing has been discussed for the new Gear S, yet. However, Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smartwatch currently retails at $199. So this may be some indication of what we can expect in terms of pricing on the new device.

Image: Samsung

More in: Samsung

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