22 October 2019

Newsbreakers

Cooking India

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO since August 2011, has taken the brand to scaling heights. He headed the company’s Macintosh division and in was instrumental in developing reseller/supplier relationship strategies. Within less than a year under Cook’s leadership, the corporation was reporting profits (fiscal year 1998)—an extraordinary shift from its fiscal 1997 report which showed a net loss of $1 billion.

In May 2014, Apple announced its biggest acquisition when it bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion. In June 2014 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Cook announced the latest version of the Apple operating system for desktop and mobile, OSX Yosemite. In September of the same year, Cook unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which took the smart phone market by storm.

He announced the first new product under his reign, a wearable device to track fitness and health, the “Apple Watch”. In the last quarter of 2015 the company sold 8 lakh iPhones in India which is a all time high.

India’s young population, an expanding and increasingly affluent middle class with a thirst for best consumer products, robust economic growth, the government's support and push towards economic reforms are the  main factors contributing to the company’s plans to open  its own Apple stores in India which is still awaiting government clearance.

Apple plans to offer value-added services through its company-owned online store to differentiate with other online sellers and e-commerce marketplaces in India. The company will enable purchasing from the Apple Store app. The Apple online store will offer customisation of hardware for Mac computers, company-certified refurbished products.

Cook with his immaculate plans is ready and all set  for the long haul.

 

Aye, Aye Pinarayi

The leftist regime of Kerala known to devote it’s tenure for the labor class alone seems to be turning a new leaf under the Leadership of the state’s 12th Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He has earlier served as the Kannur district secretary of CPI(M), as a member of the State Secretariat, as Minister for Electric Power and Co-operatives, State Secretary of the CPI(M) and was also elected to the politburo of the CPI(M) in 2002. Famous for his iron will and devotion to his party, Pinarayi Vijayan aims to take Kerala to heights it has never known before by planning to give the state a much needed push in economic, industrial and infrastructural development  . Land acquisition which has been a major hurdle in the state are to be tackled with appropriate and attractive rehabilitation plans. The acquired land will be used to expand highways and  develop railroads to run high speed trains.

He has sworn to undertake the ‘Clean Kerala’ initiative to revive the state’s trademark backwaters, rivers and its lush green lands to boost tourism. Another major itinerary is to woo IT giants to create Silicon Valley like hubs in the state. Trade and commerce are to be invigorated owing to revised policies of the state. Under his leadership Kerala is geared up to live up to it’s another famous name “God’s own country”.




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