Trump focuses on energy while attacking Biden at PA rally

Biden’s reversal on fracking is insulting: Pennsylvania congressman

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., argues Joe Biden has ‘flipped like a coin’ on the issue of banning fracking.

President Trump told a rally on Tuesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would destroy the state's economy.

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Speaking at Johnstown Airport, Trump warned about the alleged impact of Democrats' energy agenda, and he credited his agenda with protecting steel and coal, both of which have historically contributed to the state's economy. He also focused on fracking by highlighting Biden and his running mate's position on the issue.

"If he wins, the radical left will be running the country. He won't be running the country. The radical left will take over. And how about Pennsylvania? So, he says there will be no fracking. No fracking. This went on for a year and a half. No fracking. No fracking, no fracking … You talk about [a] politician, no fracking for a year and a half, right? And then he goes to Pennsylvania — says, no, no, there'll be fracking, like nothing happened."

Trump went on to argue that Pennsylvania would lose jobs under a Biden presidency: "There will be no petroleum products, there will be no fracking whatsoever. And did you see his party now is really angry at him because he's saying maybe there'll be fracking. It's a very conditional — you know, it's a very weak. But with me, you're going to frack. You're going to frack."


Both Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., indicated they would halt fracking in some way.

Biden has denied he would ban fracking, however, stating instead in April that he would not shut down the industry.

"I know our Republican friends are trying to say I said that. I said I would not do any new leases on federal lands," he said. "Ninety percent of the leases are not on federal land, to begin with. I would make sure … the water is not being contaminated. But I would not shut it down, no."

The Trump campaign has also pointed to Democrats' embrace of the Green New Deal, with it's ambitious carbon reduction goals, as evidence of an agenda that's out-of-step with most Americans.


In 2019, Biden was asked whether there would "be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?"

"No," he responded. "We would — we would work it out. We would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel."

Tuesday's rally came just a day after Trump held one in Sanford, Fla. — his first since testing positive for the coronavirus.

Trump is on a tour of states – Pennsylvania, Florida and  North Carolina — that he needs to win to retain the White House. He carried all three states in 2016 against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.


Cambria County, where Johnstown is located, is a historically coal and steel area that narrowly backed Democrat Barack Obama in 2008.

But it has trended Republican for most of the past three decades and, in the 2016 election, Trump scored a 37 percentage-point victory there. The area is also substantially whiter and has lower median incomes and lower rates of college-degree attainment than the rest of Pennsylvania.

Fox News' Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vodafone Idea ropes in IBM for ‘big data’ platform

IBM is leading the end-to-end implementation and management of the ‘big data’ platform.

Telecom operator Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) on Tuesday said it has selected IBM for deployment and management of its ‘big data’ platform.

The move translates into key business and technology benefits such as “significant cost reduction” and streamlining operational complexity, as Vodafone Idea chases new revenue streams and opportunities backed by a future-ready network to leverage the transformational power of 5G going forward, a joint release said.

“The power of data will help transform our cloud and Artificial Intelligence journey in the future,” VIL Chief Technology Officer Vishant Vora said.

As VIL’s strategic technology partner, IBM is leading the end-to-end implementation and management of the ‘big data’ platform.

IBM is responsible for program management, consulting, system integration, infrastructure services, application operations and maintenance support. Apart from this, IBM is helping in enhancing network security, the release said.

“The result of this collaboration is a modernised and future-ready data platform which is helping Vodafone Idea get daily actionable insights, with its strategic and operational level decisions very effectively,” Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India/South Asia told reporters.

IBM has been a strategic IT partner to Vodafone Idea for over a decade.

The implementation builds on IBM’s existing work to advance VIL’s hybrid cloud transformation using open technologies. This includes a pact earlier this year to deliver its Open Universal Cloud with IBM and Red Hat to accelerate network and IT modernisation.

With the IT and network integration, VIL has a need for large-scale data transformation with a focus on architecture modernisation, open-source adoption and using predictive analytics for data modernisation.

“By partnering on this implementation, IBM is helping VIL transform the way data is optimised and delivered to partners, employees and internal systems,” the release said.

“Fragmented, siloed data can now be streamlined for seamless data availability. VIL will also be able to combine insights from the big data platform and better leverage cloud native technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance revenues, reduce costs and elevate customer experiences,” it said.

Currently, insights derived from the data are leveraged for management dashboards, campaign management, network analytics, usage traffic analysis, product analysis, among others.

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Uday Shankar resigns to start entrepreneurial journey

Uday Shankar, the long standing top media and entertainment executive helming Star, 20th Century Fox in this region for around one and half decades, has decided step down as president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman, Star & Disney India, effective as of December 31, 2020.

This was announced by Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment.

Mr. Shankar is moving on to pursue an entrepreneurial career where in he would support and mentor India’s young minds to create transformational solutions with funding from global investors.

Over the next three months, Mr. Shankar will work closely with Ms. Campbell to identify his successor to ensure a smooth transition, the company said in a statement.

“I want to thank Uday for his leadership and dedication to our APAC business. With the successful launch of Disney+ throughout the region, he has helped put The Walt Disney Company in a commanding position in this dynamic and incredibly strategic part of the world.”

His vast experience and expertise have been invaluable in bringing together a strong, cohesive APAC leadership team to chart a path forward for our streaming businesses in the region and beyond,” said Ms. Campbell.

“Uday has been a great friend, colleague and valued counselor to me personally, and I know I speak for all of DTCI when I say he will be greatly missed. At the same time, I understand and respect his desire to make this change. I am extremely grateful that he has agreed to stay on to help ensure a seamless transition,” she added.

Commenting on the development Mr. Shankar said, “I have always believed in the power of creativity and cutting-edge technology to create a better world and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so at Star, 21CF and now at The Walt Disney Company.”

“As I look back on this journey, I take pride in having set ambitious goals in my professional career, and achieving all that we set out to do. For some time now, I have been contemplating the question of how I give back to the country, community and the industry that have given me so much,” he said.

“I think the best way to express my gratitude to all of them will be to support and mentor a new generation of entrepreneurs as they set out to create transformational solutions that will have a positive impact on countless lives. I intend to partner with global investors and pioneers to achieve this,” he said.

Since February 2019, Mr. Shankar has served as president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and chairman, Star & Disney India.

Previously, he was president of 21st Century Fox for Asia and the chairman & CEO of Star India.

He took over the leadership of Star India in 2007 and transformed the Star business into one of the largest and most successful media companies in Asia.

A believer in the power of local execution, Mr Shankar led Star’s aggressive foray into regional and local language programming, transforming Star into a content powerhouse.

He also consolidated Star’s sports broadcasting operations through 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of its joint venture with ESPN.

Today, Star Sports is India’s largest sports broadcaster.

Under Mr Shankar’s leadership, Star also made strides in the digital landscape with the launch of Hotstar, which is now India’s largest over-the-top (OTT) platform.

He previously served as CEO and editor of Star News, which was the first 24-hour news channel in India.

He was also the editor and news director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of Aaj Tak, a leading Hindi news channel, in 2000 and Headlines Today, a leading English news channel, in 2003.

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Mobile phones to become dearer as government imposes 10% duty on import of display: Industry body

There will be an impact on mobile phone prices between 1.5 and 3%, says India Cellular and Electronics Association

Mobile phone prices are expected to rise about 3% as the government has imposed 10% duty on the import of displays, industry body ICEA said on Friday.

The duty on display assembly and touch panel was proposed to be applied from October 1 under a phased manufacturing programme (PMP) announced in 2016 in consensus with the industry.

“There will be an impact on mobile phone prices between 1.5 and 3 per cent,” industry body ICEA National Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said in a statement.

India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) members include Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Winstron.

The objective of the PMP was to facilitate manufacturing of components indigenously and discourage imports thereafter.

“In a rare miss, the industry could not ramp up display assembly production adequately because of COVID-19 and NGT embargo. We continue to be fully committed to domestic manufacturing of sub-assemblies and components. However, now, the focus is to take a lion’s share of global markets and not just import substitution,” Mr Mohindroo said.

Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal-promoted Volcan Investments had proposed to set up the country’s first LCD manufacturing unit in 2016 with investment of around ₹68,000 crore in the name of Twinstar Display Technologies. However, the proposal did not get the government’s approval and the project could not take off.

Mr Mohindroo said ICEA will soon come up with a report on the display ecosystem which would focus on not merely assembly but complete display fabs.

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