By Kaushik Kumar
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) India's Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, recently added another feather to her cap by becoming the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
The 30-year-old was a national-level volleyball player. She had one of her legs amputated when she was pushed out of a running train for resisting robbers in 2011. After the incident, Arunima resolved to scale seven highest peaks of seven continents.
With her dream accomplished, the Padma Shri awardee has now decided to open an international sports academy for the disabled kids.
Talking to IANS, Arunima said: "After fulfilling my dream, I now want to help the disabled kids and open an international sports academy only for them. I have faced various difficulties. I want our divyang kids shouldn't go through such hardships."
On what made her decide to chose mountaineering after the horrific incident, Arunima said: "I got a job in CISF. However, I declined as I knew mountaineering helps in developing confidence, which I needed the most at that time. It also help you teach how one can manage his or her life on low resources."
Commenting on her journey over the years, Arunima said: "Being fitted with a prosthetic leg, I did a basic mountaineering course at the Tata Steel Adventure Academy and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. I then trained under Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Everest."
"I trained without a break for two years, even climbing Island Peak in Nepal (over 20,000 ft) for practice," she said.
On problems faced by mountaineers in India, Arunima said: "The main difficulty is finding sponsors. Even I was looking for sponsors from a long time. My wait ended last year when Qnet, a direct selling company, came forward to help me."
"As mountaineering doesn't come on TV, companies rarely show interest in sponsoring. I feel they should come forward in supporting the mountaineers, who always carry risks of losing their life," she remarked.
(Kaushik Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com)