Sydney, March 26 (IANS) The response by New Zealand's Prime Minister following a brutal terror attack at two mosques has earned her praise and admiration from around the world, with some voices even calling for her to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jacinda Ardern, who assumed office in 2017 to become the Oceanic nation's 40th PM, has been widely lauded for her solemn and dignified handling of the country's worst-ever attack in which an Australian white supremacist murdered 50 Muslim worshipers in the South Island city of Christchurch on March 15.
"We were desperate to find the hero of the day and Ardern did what she felt was needed to be done at a difficult time like that and was able to reassure an entire country," Efe news agency quoted Ferran Martinez Coma, a political science professor at Australia's Griffith University, as saying.
Ardern immediately described the massacre as a terrorist attack, refused to mention the name of the attacker - as a way of denying him the notoriety he was presumably looking for - and announced she would be seeking a swift reform to New Zealand's gun laws.
In addition, Ardern consoled the victims and their families in person and showed respect to the religion of Islam by wearing a hijab during the official acts of mourning.
She also made the minority community's pain that of the whole country with the memorable phrase: "We are one, they are us."
Ardern's actions were soon commended by observers from disparate parts of the globe as a show of leadership and humanity.
For instance, an online petition on the website Change.org to award her the Nobel Peace Prize had garnered almost 48,000 signatures on Tuesday, while another one on its French counterpart, Avaaz, obtained nearly 3,500 pledges of support.
The prestigious American daily The New York Times said in an editorial that "America deserves a leader as good as Jacinda Ardern," while the New Yorker magazine said that the Kiwi leader had "rewritten the script for how a nation grieves after a terrorist attack".
However, the 38-year-old Ardern told the New Zealand media company Stuff that she did not think she was showing leadership, but rather she was just displaying humanity.
"In politics we can choose to model behaviour," she said. "I genuinely believe that all I am modeling the values of New Zealanders."
Ardern had already sparked significant global coverage last year after she gave a speech on women's rights before the UN General Assembly, in which she made history by appearing with her baby in tow to highlight the challenge many women face when balancing their careers and maternity.
With a modern and liberal image, the Labour Party leader became her country's youngest-ever PM at the age of 37 after reaching a coalition deal with the New Zealand First and Green parties.
Born in 1980 in the city Hamilton (located just south of Auckland), Ardern grew up in the working class neighbourhood of Morrinsville and in Murupara town where 16 per cent of children live in jobless households and 11 per cent of those under the age of 15 suffer from food insecurity.
From her years spent in Murupara, Ardern said that she remembers the impact of the widespread lack of jobs and the consequences of not investing in children's futures.
After joining the Labour Party at 17, she soon stood out among the party's young cadre; she graduated in Communications Studies at the University of Waikato and later became the youngest member of New Zealand's parliament in 2008.
In August 2017, Ardern took over as the leader of the Labour Party from Andrew Little, which was followed by the victory at the polls a month later which triggered the "Jacindamania" phenomenon in New Zealand that has now spread beyond the nation's borders.
Martinez Coma put the world's fascination with Ardern within the context of a time that has seen the rise of leaders such as the polarizing US President Donald Trump, UK's embattled PM Theresa May or strongman figures like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.
By Subhash Narayan
Paris, March 26 (IANS) Chinese telecommunications and consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei on Tuesday launched two industry-first, advanced camera smartphones -- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to have a 5x periscope-like optical zoom and four cameras on the back.
The four rear-camera system on P30 Pro has 20MP ultra-wide, 40MP wide-angle, 8MP 5X telephoto and a ToF (time-of-flight) depth-sensing lens.
Huawei P30 has a "SuperSensing" 40MP Leica triple camera setup -- 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide and 40MP wide-angle lens.
Both handsets come with a 32MP selfie camera. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro will be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC and will run Android Pie with an EMUI 9.1 custom skin on top.
Currently launched for the European and Chinese markets, the devices will come to India in April.
"The latest Huawei P30 series represents a breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development that will rewrite the rules and reshape the perception that consumers have of mobile photography," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, told the audience at a glittering launch event in Paris.
"Innovations such as the Huawei 'SuperSpectrum Sensor' and 'SuperZoom Lens' allow us to push the envelope of not just photography, but videography as well - a frontier long overdue for disruption," Yu added.
Huawei P30 Pro will come with a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) OLED display with curved edges and a "water-drop" notch.
Huawei P30, on the other hand, will have a usual non-curved 6.1 inch display with a waterdrop notch and thin bezels.
Huawei P30 Pro will be packed with a 4200mAh battery. On the other hand, P30 will have a smaller 3,650mAh battery, screen fingerprint reader, will be water and dust resistant and will come in five colours (body).
"The Huawei P30 series will set the pace for the next several generations of smartphones," said Yu.
The company has been looking to provide its customers with phones to rewrite the rules of photography, he said.
The Huawei P30 series is available in Europe with a starting price of 799 euros. The variants of P30 Pro have been priced at 999, 1,099 and 1,249 euros.
The Chinese company also unveiled smartwatches in new colours, wireless charging pads, a 12000mAh power bank and smart eyewear at the event.
(Subhash Narayan is attending the event at the invitation from Huawei. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)