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iBall ‘Aasaan 4’ Feature Phone Launched for Elderly in India

The phone is available at retail stores across India in "serene white" colour

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iBall had launched the "Aasaan" series back in 2012. (IANS)
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Domestic consumer electronics company iBall on Tuesday launched an upgraded “Aasaan 4” feature phone, which is targeted at senior citizens, for Rs 3,499 in India.

With a big keypad, enhanced audio, bigger on-screen fonts, emergency alert support and mobile tracking function, the new version of the dual SIM “Aasaan 4” phone sports a 2.31-inch display and a Braille keypad.

There is a “talking keypad” that speaks out the digit pressed in English, the company said in a statement.

The phone is powered by a 1,800 mAh battery and a 32GB micro SD storage support with a capacity to store over 200 text messages and 1,000 contacts independently on the phonebook.

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With the emergency calling feature, pressing the “SOS” button would set off a siren to alert the folks nearby in case of urgency, the company added.

Additionally, the feature phone also supports one touch buttons for phone lock, LED torch and wireless FM and a simple user interface to make operating of phones easier for senior citizens.

The phone is available at retail stores across India in “serene white” colour.

iBall had launched the “Aasaan” series back in 2012. (IANS)

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)

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