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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and first prime minister of Singapore, who transformed the tiny island outpost into a global trade and financial centre, died on Monday aged 91, in Singapore General Hospital.

Lee was the Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 until 1990. He remained the dominant personality and driving force in what he called a First World oasis in a Third World region.

Efficient, unsentimental, incorrupt, inventive, forward-looking and pragmatic this is how the nation saw him.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply saddened” by Mr Lee’s death . US President Barack Obama described him as a “giant of history”. The Chinese foreign ministry called him “a uniquely influential statesman in Asia”.

“We are ideology-free,” Lee said in an interview with The New York Times in 2007, stating what had become, in effect, Singapore’s ideology. “Does it work? If it works, let’s try it. If it’s fine, let’s continue it. If it doesn’t work, toss it out, try another one.”

Lee’s leadership was at times criticized for suppressing freedom, but the formula succeeded. With low level of corruption and high efficiency Singapore became an international business and financial center.

A lifetime of building and contribution:

In 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia, ever since then Lee started his never ending struggle to overcome the nation’s lack of natural resources.

In one of his interview in 2007 he said, “To begin with, we don’t have the ingredients of a nation, the elementary factors: a homogeneous population, common language, common culture and common destiny. So, history is a long time. I’ve done my bit.”

Lee’s ‘Singapore Model’ had been admired and studied by leaders in Asia, including in China.

Born in 16th Sept, 1923, to a fourth-generation middle-class Chinese family, Lee was also called as Harry Lee. He earned a law degree in 1949 from Cambridge University. After serving as prime minister from 1959 to 1990, Lee was followed by two handpicked successors, Goh Chok Tong and Lee’s eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong, who, groomed for the job, has been prime minister since 2004.

In one of his interview with The Time, 2010 he said, “I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honorable purpose,” he said. “I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial.”

Reaching 87 also, Lee maintained a strict diet to keep him fit, but the signs of age didn’t abandon him.

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Apple Decides to Update iPhones in China To Avoid Ban

The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit

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Apple to update iPhones in China to avoid ban. Flickr Commons

Apple has decided to update iPhones in China to avoid a ban after a court ruling banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple.

According to a report in The New York Times on Friday, the Cupertino-based tech giant said it would update the software of iPhones in China early next week to try to resolve the legal dispute.

The company said it would update its iPhones “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”.

“Apple said its update would change the iPhones’ software so it did not infringe on Qualcomm patents, which relate to switching between apps and changing the size and appearance of photographs,” said the report.

Apple and Qualcomm are suing one another in courts across the world. Billions of dollars are at stake, and each side has claimed some victories.

A Chinese court had banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, a stunning decision that comes amid the trade war between the US and China.

Apple, however, is still selling iPhones in China.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

According to Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Apple is violating the court’s order.

“They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple has also appealed against the Chinese court ruling.

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It accused Qualcomm of playing dirty tricks, including asserting a patent that had already been invalidated by international courts, and other patents that it had never before used.

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in a statement earlier this week.

The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit. (IANS)