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Huawei Unveils AI-Powered Nova 3, Nova 3i Smartphones in India

The nova series comes with 6.3-inch FHD+ Full View Display and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The dual-SIM (Nano) Huawei nova 3 and nova 3i run EMUI 8.2 based on the Android 8.1 Oreo

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Huawei unveils quad-camera phone Y9 in India. (IANS)

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) on Thursday brought to India two smartphones in its nova series — nova 3 and nova 3i — with advanced Artificial Technology (AI) capabilities.

The Huawei nova 3 & 3i are equipped with the power, connectivity and speed that today’s high-end smartphone user expects from Huawei. The dual-SIM (Nano) Huawei nova 3 and nova 3i run EMUI 8.2 based on the Android 8.1 Oreo.

Huawei nova 3 — with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM and powered by Kirin 970 with 3750mAh battery — will cost Rs 34,999, while nova 3i with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM and powered by Kirin 710 (Huawei’s first 12nm chip) sporting a 3340mAh battery is priced at Rs 20,990.

“Having operated in India successfully for over 18 years and with a key focus on enhancing our R&D capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to enrich the lives of our customers in India,” said Allen Wang, Director, Product Centre, HUAWEI India Consumer Business Group.

For gaming enthusiasts, the devices have advanced GPU turbo technology.

“Globally, Huawei is a leader in cutting-edge technology and continues to work towards the best in class AI technologies as the next step in the smartphone evolution,” he added.

Housing a powerful AI quad-camera system, nova 3 and nova 3i support dual front facing cameras with 24MP primary and 2MP secondary shooter.

For gaming enthusiasts, the devices have advanced GPU turbo technology.
For gaming enthusiasts, the devices have advanced GPU turbo technology.

The two sensors work together to focus on the subject and captures images with a field of vision that is similar to the human eye, the company claimed.

“With the promising response received for the Huawei P20 Series in India, we are set for a great start and are very optimistic about the nova series in India,” said Wang.

Both the nova devices are embedded with a chip with AI capabilities.

HUAWEI nova 3i features 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor for rear camera.

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The rear camera on Huawei nova 3 comprises a 24MP monochrome and 16MP RGB senor with dual f/1.8 wide aperture 6p lenses.

The nova series comes with 6.3-inch FHD+ Full View Display and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The dual-SIM (Nano) Huawei nova 3 and nova 3i run EMUI 8.2 based on the Android 8.1 Oreo.

Huawei also has Honor as a sub-brand in India which is currently at the fifth place in the Indian smartphone market. (IANS)

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Sambhar Lake Becomes Death Bed for Large Number of Birds

The excessive salt in the water led to the poisoning, causing hypernectremia, which is water deprivation due to sodium intoxication

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After witnessing drought for many years, this year the Sambhar Lake, however, brimmed with water due to heavy rains. The inflow made the water toxic due to the change in its alkalinity. Pixabay

A deadly game of survival is on in the Sambhar lake of Rajasthan for decades — salt versus birds. The result came a few days back: thousands of birds were seen floating dead in the lake and their carcasses scattered on the edge of the 12 km catchment area.

The dead birds seen floating in this largest inland salt lake in the country, include plovers, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shovelers, ruddy shelduck, and pied avocet among many other migratory birds.

Harsh Vardhan, a renowned environmentalist, told IANS that no forest department official has ever been appointed to look after the lake. The lake comes under the Hindustan Salt Limited, a public limited enterprise formed in the post independence era to manufacture salt. Its job is to manufacture salt. So who should look after the lake; this has never been decided, he said.

The lake has not been handed to the forest department, and the area, where birds come, is no one’s land. Sambhar lake may be a part of the Hindustan Salt Ltd, but the company has nothing to do with the birds, he says.

The chief wildlife warden Arindam Tomar has maintained silence over the issue.

Even, Principal secretary, forest and environment Shreya Guha has washed her hands off the issue. All that she did was to a give statement that the Jaipur and Nagaur District Collectors have been asked to remove the bodies. She added that 4,800 birds have been dead till date, which is disputed by experts like Harsh Vardhan, who say that counting is not easy in the vast area.

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday held a meeting on the issue.

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A deadly game of survival is on in the Sambhar Lake of Rajasthan for decades — salt versus birds. Pixabay

Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan questioned the presence of several private salt miners and entrepreneurs, who have set shops in and around the lake. “They dig tube wells which suck water from the land making it parched. The remaining water gets evaporated leaving crystal of salts which are packed and sold in gunny bags,” he said.

Lack of water and drought has haunted Sambhar lake for years. State government has been spending huge money to woo tourists through activities like mobiking, balloning, race, Bollywood shoots, etc. A resort on the rim of the lake showcases salt manufacturing for the tourists. Crores of Rupees have been spent on the upkeep of the narrow gauge train and watch stations, but birds and conversation issues were always overlooked.

As Sambhar lake went dry, concentration of salt deposits came up within it. The water from surrounding rivers, meant to flow into the lake, was diverted by the miners.

After witnessing drought for many years, this year the lake, however, brimmed with water due to heavy rains. The inflow made the water toxic due to the change in its alkalinity.

The excessive salt in the water led to the poisoning, causing hypernectremia, which is water deprivation due to sodium intoxication, Vardhan said.

It seems birds which came in high numbers due to high water quantity this season died due to hypernectermia after consuming their feed which is the planktons, the microrganisms found in water.

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The dead birds seen floating in this largest inland salt lake i.e Sambhar Lake in the country, include plovers, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shovelers, ruddy shelduck, and pied avocet among many other migratory birds. Wikimedia Commons

The only step that has ever been taken by any government in the state was in 1981 when it was decided to designate the site as wetland and was renamed as the Ramsar site.

According to an estimate, around 60,000 birds visited the lake in a year which has come down to less than 20,000.

Vardhan says that if the lake remains with the Hindustan Salt Limited, which has been a loss making unit since years or if it is handed over to the private operators, who do excessive mining of water, then the lake and the birds are sure to die.

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Experts like him want the lake to be handed over to the forest department which can develop it as a wetland. (IANS)