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Panasonic Debuts OLED TV Series in India

The TVs also come with a two-way Bluetooth audio link function to let users play music via a smart-device on the TV speakers

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Panasonic India on Wednesday announced its debut in the OLED TV segment with a new line-up of two series, along with 11 models in the 4K segment.

The OLED line-up comes in 55-inch “FZ950” and 65-inch “FZ1000” series, starting at Rs 299,000.

Both the series are equipped with features like “Hexa Chroma Drive PRO” colour management system, an “Absolute Black Filter”, “Super Bright Panel”, “Ultra Fine Tuning Technology” and thin “Dynamic Blade Speakers”.

“With the introduction of our first-ever OLED line of TVs, we seek to cement our position as a technology company with a vision for the future and provide an enhanced cinematic experience,” Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia said in a statement.

The new OLED TVs run on the renamed version of Firefox operating system (OS) “My Home Screen 3.0” which would enable users to customise and navigate through apps faster.

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The 4K series starts from Rs 65,000. (IANS)

Along with the swipe and share mechanism, that would also let users share content between the TV and other smart-devices over the home network.

The TVs also come with a two-way Bluetooth audio link function to let users play music via a smart-device on the TV speakers.

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The 4K series starts from Rs 65,000.

“We are working closely with Hollywood giant Deluxe to ensure that the technical accuracy of the award winning TVs matches the filmmaker’s creative intent,” said Neeraj Bahl, Associate Director-Business Group Head, Consumer Electronic, Panasonic India. (IANS)

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The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges "to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide."

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Corruption costs the world economy $2.6 trillion each year, according to the United Nations, which is marking International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday.

“Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune,” the United Nations said.

The cost of $2.6 trillion represents more than 5 percent of global GDP.

The world body said that $1 trillion of the money stolen annually through corruption is in the form of bribes.

Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, told VOA that about a quarter of the world’s population has paid a bribe when trying to access a public service over the past year, according to data from the Global Corruption Barometer.

Moreira said it is important to have such a day as International Anti-Corruption Day because it provides “a really tremendous opportunity to focus attention precisely on the challenge that is posed by corruption around the world.”

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An activist places candles and flowers on the Great Siege monument, after rebuilding a makeshift memorial to assassinated anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta, Malta. VOA

Anti-corruption commitments

To mark the day, the United States called on all countries to implement their international anti-corruption commitments including through the U.N. Convention against Corruption.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said that corruption facilitates crime and terrorism, as well as undermines economic growth, the rule of law and democracy.

“Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide,” the statement said.

Moreira said that data about worldwide corruption can make the phenomena understandable but still not necessarily “close to our lives.” For that, we need to hear everyday stories about people impacted by corruption and understand that it “is about our daily lives,” she added.

She said those most impacted by corruption are “the most vulnerable people — so it’s usually women, it’s usually poor people, the most marginalized people in the world.”

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Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The United Nations Development Program notes that in developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

What can be done to fight corruption?

The United Nations designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, coinciding with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the U.N. General Assembly.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about corruption and put pressure on governments to take action against it.

Tackling the issue

Moreira said to fight corruption effectively it must be tackled from different angles. For example, she said that while it is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption, governments must also have mechanisms to enforce that legislation. She said those who engage in corruption must be held accountable.

“Fighting corruption is about providing people with a more sustainable world, with a world where social justice is something more of our reality than what it has been until today,” she said.

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It is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption

Moreira said change must come from a joint effort from governments, public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges “to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.”

It noted that the United States, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, helps partner nations “build transparent, accountable institutions and strengthen criminal justice systems that hold the corrupt accountable.”

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Moreira said that it is important for the world to see that there are results to the fight against corruption.

“Then we are showing the world with specific examples that we can fight against corruption, [that] yes there are results. And if we work together, then it is something not just that we would wish for, but actually something that can be translated into specific results and changes to the world,” she said. (VOA)