New York’s museum commemorates Olympics with Korean art exhibition

The Winter Olympics is not only being eagerly awaited for excellent sports display, but also to witness a probable clearance between US and North Korea nuclear standoff. A probationary reconciliation among Seoul and Pyongyang is also expected.

Meanwhile, in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is commemorating this year’s Winter Olympics with an exhibition of Korean art. This collaboration is happening for the first time in the United States and is expected to attract a whole bunch of new audience.

The exhibition started on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and will continue till May 20, 2018. It is called the Diamond Mountains Travel and Nostalgia In Korean Art. The exhibition features almost 30 paintings of what is popularly referred to as the Diamond Acts in English. These paintings span from the 18th century to the present date. They are marked by the use of delicate ink, colors on silk, scrolls and painted screens. These art forms evoke a subtle magical sense, mixed with the mystical visual impression.

The exhibition’s spotlight will be on the 18th-century album from the National Museum of Korea by Jeong Seon, who inspired Korean painting by depicting native scenery, breaking away from the conventional art forms. Other notable art includes the works of Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith, which dated back to 1920.

It took 3 years to put together and come up with such an exhibition. Post this Bae Kidon, Director General of the National Museum of Korea expressed his hope for a future collaboration with the United States. US is hoping to come up with more such exhibitions.

Trump’s State of Union Address was all about agenda offerings

Donald Trump’s 1 hour 20 minutes State of Union address on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 was a coalesce of – plea for unity, declaration of a new American moment, promising to suppress immigration, keeping open Guantanamo Bay, and strengthening America’s nuclear arsenal.

Trump said, “If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything”, as reported by The Times of India.

Trump rattled off his list of achievements which included historic tax cuts, a soaring stock market, eliminating swathes of regulations, and creating 2.4 million jobs.

He assured that the revised tax system plan will be immensely beneficial to the middle class and small business people. He briefly spoke on the health care issues and went on to brag about the investment of $1.5 trillion in infrastructure and partnerships with other states and private sectors.

On immigration debate, Trump repeated his recent pledge of offering citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants. Referring North Korean nuclear missile regime as “depraved” Trump promised to reconstruct America’s nuclear arsenal and decimate terrorists, putting much more in the Guantanamo Bay. He also vouched for the final defeat of the ISIS.

Though the US President received many enthusiastic applause from the Republicans, the opposition party was mostly silent and headed straight for the exit at the end of the speech. Some of Democratic Party’s female representatives including Nancy Pelosi, wore black in honor of the victims of sexual harassment, while few wore butterfly pins in support of immigrants.

A CBS poll conducted immediately after the speech said that it was a hit among the viewers, as 75% of them liked it and other did not.

Source: Telegraph,Times Of India

Sushma Swaraj set to meet galaxy of leaders in NY

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is in New-york to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) meeting and interact with a galaxy of world leaders. Swaraj is scheduled to attend 20 to 30 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the head of various countries. She was received at the airport by the Indian ambassador to US, Navtej Sarna and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

She will kick start her diplomatic meetings with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj will also meet her Tunisian Counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. However, she will not meet Pakistani external affairs minister who will also be present. She will participate in a meeting on UN Reforms which will be hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India has been very much vocal about the necessity of change in the structure of the United Nations. She is also scheduled to address the general assembly on 23rdof September.

The UNGA meets on the backdrop of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tension along the Korean peninsula as well. UN may try to pressure India to open its gates and provide refugee to the Rohingya Muslims.





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Apple announces plans to open retail stores in India

CEO of Apple, Tim Cook announced company’s new plans for India in its third quarter results. He said on Tuesday, “We’re looking forward to opening retail stores in India down the road, and we see huge potential for that vibrant country.”

Cook also emphasised on India’s favourable demographics, which makes it a blooming market for smartphones. “India is now one of our fastest growing markets. In the first three quarters of this fiscal year, our iPhone sales in India were up 51 per cent year-on-year.’’
The Cabinet’s new changes in the FDI norms will make things easier for Apple to open retail stores, reported The Indian Express.
Cook discussed about transferring more Apple services to Android, as well as introducing cheap phones to please the growing market.
There has been a growth of 76 percent in terms of iPhone sales in India, which is significantly higher when compared to the figures of other countries like Korea, the Middle East, Africa, the China and Western Europe. Cook also added that India has surpassed U.S in 2015 as the second largest market by unique active users worldwide. He told on an investor call, “India is quickly becoming the fastest-growing BRIC nation.’’
In his interview with The Indian Express earlier, Cook had indicated towards the company’s plans to bring its services like Apple Pay on board for the Indian consumers.
Notably, as the high prices of the the iPhones have discouraged many potential buyers in India, they have received significant price cuts in the recent past, reported the Economic Times. 

Facebook-friendly phone? Not interested says Samsung

Though Samsung has secured its spot in manufacturing innovative and user-friendly smartphones, it has allegedly refused to make phones exclusively for Facebook enthusiasts.

According to Korea Herald, Mark Zuckerberg has approached the Korean company’s top dogs Lee Jay–yong and Shin Jong Kyun, along with manufacturing executives to make a Samsung Facebook phone.

Sources say that this decision was taken because Samsung felt it would neither have any improvement in sales of the phone but also that it wasn’t interested in making Facebook the next Google. Samsung has been using Google’s interface Android in its smart phones for quite some time now. Apart from that, the Korean company is in the process of launching its very own operating system known as Tizen Operating System.

Zuckerberg on his visit to the South Korean President Park Geun Hye to talk about IT and more.

Facebook has been making its every possible effort to start Facebook Home that was announced in April. Currently, it is available only on five devices on Google play with HTC First being the first phone that came with this software preloaded. HTC First has been struggling since the time of its launch and was rumored to be scrapped by the marketing executives at HTC and also to hold its launch in UK this summer.
After an unsuccessful meeting with the Samsung Executives, Zuckerberg had also made a visit to the South Korean President Park Geun Hye to talk about IT and more.