Arcata >> With all the talent on the Arcata High School girls basketball team it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Case in point: Tigers junior forward Kaylin Campbell, a solid starter that doesn’t put up the same eye-popping offensive numbers as some of her teammates. After Wednesday’s performance, nobody will overlook her again.Campbell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in leading the Tigers to a 62-40 victory over the Del Norte Warriors on Wednesday, earning Arcata an impressive …
22 May 2014 South Africa has moved up one place from 53rd to 52nd out of 60 countries ranked in the latest world competitiveness rankings by top-ranked Switzerland-based business school IMD. The IMD released its 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook ranking, based on a survey of 4 300 international executives, on Thursday, saying: “The overall competitiveness story for 2014 is one of continued success in the US, partial recovery in Europe, and struggles for some large emerging markets.” The US retained top spot in the 2014 ranking, followed by Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sweden. South Africa’s BRICS partners came in at 23rd (China), 38th (Russia), 44th (India) and 54th (Brazil). South Africa was the only African country surveyed. By way of comparison, the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Competitiveness Index, which surveyed 148 countries, placed South Africa 53rd overall, second in Africa (behind Mauritius at 45th), and second among the BRICS economies (China ranked 29th, Brazil 56th, India 60th, and Russia 64th). South Africa improved in two of the four categories on which the IMD’s overall ranking is based, climbing by three places to 55th in the infrastructure ranking and by one place to 56th in the economic performance ranking. However, the country dropped by three places to 35th in the government efficiency ranking, and by eight places to 51st in the business efficiency ranking. IMD executive director Hischam El-Agamy told Business Day that the recent high level of strike activity in South Africa was the main reason for the drop in the business efficiency table, while management of public finances accounted for the decline in government efficiency. The IMD noted that most big emerging markets had slid in the 2014 rankings due to slowing economic growth and foreign investment and continuing problems with inadequate infrastructure. “China [down 2 places to 23] falls partly owing to concerns about its business environment, while India [down by 4 to 44] and Brazil [down by 3 to 54] suffer from inefficient labour markets and ineffective business management,” the IMD said in a statement. Turkey (down by 3 to 40), Mexico (down by 9 to 41), the Philippines (down by 4 to 42) and Peru (down by 7 to 50) also fell. SAinfo reporter
Chief among African leaders, Nelson Mandela is one of few statesmen to have achieved almost universal respect around the world and across the political spectrum.Nelson Mandela is a universally respected leader. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)His role in fighting apartheid, his imprisonment on Robben Island – where he came to symbolise the struggle of oppressed people around the world – and his ability to steer South Africa through its rebirth earned him the international reputation of benevolent negotiator and quintessential peacemaker.Imprisoned for 27 years for his opposition to apartheid, Mandela came out of prison in 1990 expressing no bitterness towards his tormentors. Instead, he championed reconciliation among South Africa’s polarised races, espousing the principles of nation-building and co-operative governance.Mandela was one of the few leaders capable of inspiring confidence both inside and outside the country. Few others would have managed to unite the disparate warring parties and steer South Africa from what seemed to be the brink of civil war.To some, Mandela had a near-omnipotent power at the negotiating table, carrying with him an indubitable moral authority and gentle but firm sense of fairness. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with former South African president FW de Klerk.Mandela as presidentAs South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, Mandela tackled the challenge of uniting both the country’s racial groupings and a fragmented public service whose delivery mandate was skewed in favour of the white population.A significant milestone of his presidency was the exemplary constitution-making process, which delivered a document that is the envy of the democratic world.Mandela is equally known for taking a strong stand against the giant world powers – especially in defence of Africa. As president, he was unrestrained in embracing the ANC’s former allies, such as Libya’s Muammar Gadaffi and Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat, in spite of criticism from the United States.His position also made for fluid relationships with Russia and China, former communist allies of the ANC.After handing over the reigns of the presidency to Thabo Mbeki in 1999, Mandela played a key role as middleman in crisis-hit areas such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Besides campaigning globally for peace, Mandela focused his still prodigious energies increasingly on empowering disadvantaged children and fighting against HIV/Aids.In June 2004, Mandela officially retired from public life. His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.Early lifeNelson Mandela, whose second name is Rolihlahla, was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, near Qunu. He was the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela, chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Tembu. He spent his early childhood in the Transkei, being groomed to become a chief.Mandela matriculated at Healdtown Methodist Boarding School and enrolled at Fort Hare University College, where he met Oliver Tambo. It was at Fort Hare that he first became involved in student politics, and he was expelled in 1940 after participating in a student protest.Mandela left the Transkei, partly to avoid an arranged marriage, and moved to Johannesburg where he was employed as a mine policeman. Shortly after this he met Walter Sisulu, who helped him obtain articles with a legal firm.Completing a BA degree by correspondence in 1941, he then began studying for a law degree, which he didn’t complete. In December 1952, Mandela and Tambo opened the first African legal partnership in the country.Youth League founderTogether with Sisulu and Tambo, Mandela participated in the founding of the African National Congress Youth League in 1944.The Youth League invigorated the ANC. Its Programme of Action was adopted by the ANC in 1949, and it provided much of the impetus that led to mass protests and later, the formation of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto weSizwe.Visit the ANC’s archive: African National Congress Youth LeagueIn 1948 Mandela served as the Youth League’s national secretary, and in 1950 became its national president. He became one of four deputy presidents of the ANC in October 1952.First arrest and banningIn December of the same year, Mandela and 19 others were arrested and charged under the Suppression of Communism Act for their participation in the Defiance Campaign, a national protest against laws curtailing the freedoms of blacks, Indians and coloureds.The campaign was significant for Mandela. Whereas previously he was wary of working with non-black Africans, the campaign convinced him to move towards co-ordinating an interracial and united front to fight apartheid.Mandela was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment with hard labour, suspended for two years. He was later served with a six-month banning order prohibiting him from attending meetings, or from leaving the Johannesburg magisterial district. For the following nine years his banning orders were continually renewed.In December 1956 Mandela was one of 156 political activists arrested and charged with high treason for the campaign leading to the adoption of The Freedom Charter in 1955. The trial lasted four-and-a-half years. On 25 March 1961, Mandela and 29 others were found not guilty.Family lifeMandela married Evelyn Mase, a nurse, in 1944. The couple had met through Sisulu, Mase’s cousin. The lived in Soweto and had four children, including Makgatho Mandela and Makaziwe Mandela. The divorced in 1958, and taking the children, Mase moved to Cofimvaba in what is today Eastern Cape.In the same year he divorced his first wife, Mandela married Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela. They had two daughters, Zenani and Zindzi. It was a turbulent marriage. During Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island, Winnie spearheaded the struggle outside prison. During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings some three decades later, she was linked to the deaths of several young ANC activists. They divorced in 1996.Mandela and Mase’s third child, Thembi, was killed in a car accident in 1969, while Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island. Their other son, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela – Mandela’s last surviving son – died on 6 January 2005, aged 54.Read more: My son died of Aids: MandelaArmed struggleWhen the apartheid government banned the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress in 1960, Mandela led the campaign to launch an underground struggle. He emerged as a leading figure in the formation of Umkhonto weSizwe, the ANC’s armed wing, becoming its first commander-in-chief.After working outside South Africa for a period – a time that included military training in Algeria – Mandela returned to the country in July 1962.On 5 August 1962 the police finally captured the elusive “Black Pimpernel” near Howick in what was then Natal province. He was tried and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for incitement to strike and illegally leaving the country.Rivonia TrialWhile Mandela was in prison, police raided the ANC’s underground headquarters at Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg, and arrested several ANC leaders. Police found documents relating to the manufacture of explosives, Mandela’s diary and copies of a draft memorandum – Operation Mayibuye – which outlined a possible strategy for guerrilla struggle.Read more: Liliesleaf: one day back in ’63The Rivonia Trial began in October 1963 and Mandela joined the other accused – Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg and Wilton Mkwayi – being tried for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.Mandela’s statement from the dock received worldwide publicity. On 12 June 1964, all eight of the accused were sentenced to life imprisonment. Goldberg was sent to Pretoria Prison, the rest to Robben Island.Robben IslandMandela spent the next 18 years on Robben Island, before being transferred in 1982 to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town and then to Victor Verster Prison, where it was discovered that he was suffering from tuberculosis.On Robben Island, Mandela, who was kept in isolation along with other senior leaders, continued to play an important role as a political leader behind bars, maintaining contact with the ANC leadership in exile.From July 1986 onwards, he initiated contact with government representatives, which led eventually to his July 1989 meeting with President PW Botha at Tuynhuys. In December 1989 he met De Klerk.Freedom!Mandela was released from jail on Sunday, 11 February 1990. The first images of the president-to-be walking out of prison were relayed live via satellite to ecstatic audiences across the globe.Mandela led the ANC in negotiations with the South African government which culminated in the adoption of the interim constitution in November 1993. In 1994 the ANC won the country’s first multiracial elections with an overwhelming majority.Read more: 72 days that shaped South AfricaMandela’s inauguration as president brought together the largest number of heads of state since the funeral of former US President John Kennedy in 1963.On 18 July 1998 Mandela married Graça Machel, the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel.After handing over the reigns of the presidency to Thabo Mbeki in 1999, Mandela played a key role as middleman in crisis-hit areas such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Besides campaigning globally for peace, Mandela focused his still prodigious energies on empowering disadvantaged children and fighting against HIV/Aids. He gave his prison number – 46664 – to a global campaign to raise awareness about the disease.Retirement and legacyIn June 2004, Mandela officially retired from public life. His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.See: Mandela’s wish for South AfricaIn 2007, Mandela, together with Machel and Desmond Tutu, convened a group of world leaders – The Elders – to contribute their wisdom and independent leadership to global problems and to ease human suffering.In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day, marking his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.With his health increasingly fragile, Mandela was admitted to hospital for a reoccurring lung infection many times from 2011. In June 2013, he was admitted in a serious condition. The nation held its breath – but Mandela was sent home on 1 September, with President Jacob Zuma describing Mandela’s condition as “critical and at times unstable”.Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Joburg, at the age of 95. “Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost a father,” said Zuma. “Although we knew that this day would come nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.‘What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”Barack Obama, USA’s first black president also praised Mandela. “We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth,” Obama said. “He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.”The country went into a 10-day mourning period. Mandela’s body lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria from 11 to 13 December 2013 for the public to say goodbye. A state funeral took place in Qunu on 15 December, where his body was buried.Updated October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
So you want to break into filmmaking? Working as a production assistant is a great way to get started. So what does that mean?Grunt, gopher, runner, coffee kid — there are many colloquial names for production assistants on set, but despite being the most . . . upwardly mobile positions . . . on a film set, PAs keep filmmaking operations running smoothly.So, today, we’re taking a look at the role of the trusty PA.Image via gnepphoto.The PA is the entry-level position for a filmmaking career. You rarely need any hard-and-fast pre-requisite skills or experience to land a PA gig, which means most new PAs are starting out on relatively equal footing compared to other crew positions. If you want to get started in the film industry, a PA job is your best bet.Because anyone can get the job, PAs are replaceable. If you mess up badly enough, the crew leadership will have absolutely no qualms about replacing you with another candidate from their list. This is a tough fact to face, but few other roles offer the level of access and insight into the ins and outs of a film crew’s operation.PAs may be called upon to assist any member of the crew — from other PAs all the way up to the director and the producers. With the right attitude, preparation, and energy, there are few quicker ways to make an impression on the members of a production with the power to hire you again for a better role in the future.So, what do you need to know to ace your first gig?The PA’s Job ResponsibilitiesImage via gnepphoto.The job description of a production assistant is probably the simplest on the set. PAs do all sorts of things, such as escorting talent, getting water and snacks to crew members, running errands, making coffee, or anything else that would pull a dedicated member of the crew away from their tasks.In short, your job as a PA is to keep the production running without a hitch. Be ready when the PA call goes out, and you’ll be starting off on the best foot possible.All you need to succeed as a PA is the phrase “I’m on it.”Beyond a simple can-do attitude, there are a couple of things I’ve picked up over the years that will put you at the top of the list when the next production rolls around.What Makes a Great PA?Image via Shutterstock.People SkillsEvery member of the crew should be able to communicate with everyone else on set. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Regardless of the tensions that exist, stay above them and give your fellow crew members the benefit of the doubt. Always ask for clarification if you haven’t understood a request — even if you catch a little heat for not understanding, you’ll be light years better off getting clarification than doing something incorrectly.Communicate ClearlyAlways take a moment to consider your question or response before distracting anyone on the crew. Know what information you need to get and then formulate the fastest way to get it. Take an extra second to make sure you are about to address the correct member of the crew.Stay CloseSets can get crowded quickly, especially when shooting on location. Know the main paths to and from set and position yourself near them. However, don’t stand or set up where people will need to ask you to move in order to do their jobs.Be FirstTrain your ear to the sounds of the assistant directors’ voices because they are usually the ones making calls for PAs. Don’t get competitive, but do everything you can to respond immediately to a call for a PA. If you’re in the middle of something when the call goes out, wait for a break in the action, then ask the person who made the call if they got the help they needed.Eat RightMany low-budget sets will fill their craft services tables with inexpensive, simple carbs. Avoid sugary, carb-heavy foods like the plague because they will dramatically reduce your ability to operate effectively throughout the 12+ hour day. Nutrition advice is always take-it-or-leave-it, but in my personal experience, you should prioritize protein for sustained energy and use fats (and, to a much lesser degree, carbs) for small bursts of energy when you need them.Keep MovingAvoid sitting idle whenever you can. As a PA, you should be relatively free to roam the set while the cameras aren’t rolling. Check in on people as you do to earn some brownie points while you rack in those steps.Pay AttentionIf you’re staying mobile and on task, you will likely be one of the most in-the-know crew members with regards to the “20” (or location) of key members of the crew. If you hear a call for a 20 go unanswered several times, and you know where the person or object in question is, chime in.Know When to WorkSome of the most fascinating people you’re likely to ever meet work on professional film crews. Don’t get so caught up in the work that you forget to make friends and connections with your fellow crew members. Just listen attentively for the “quiet on set” call — the second you hear it, plant your feet and shut your mouth. If others around you aren’t responding to the call, politely inform them that quiet was just called. If they don’t silence themselves, get away from them as quickly as your little feet will take you. Guilt by association is real.Don’t Touch AnythingA good way to think about equipment on set is to assume that any single piece of equipment likely costs more money than you made during the previous year. You don’t want to be responsible for a lost or damaged piece of equipment. If someone needs your assistance with anything, they’ll let you know.Don’t Get Called OutYou want your name attached to attentiveness and your professionalism, not something negative. Goofing off at the wrong time can undermine weeks or months of hard work.Anticipate NeedsStay one step ahead of the production, and think through what the most likely PA requests will be. Make an effort to be prepared. When the call goes out, nothing is more impressive than a PA having already taken care of the need before anyone else has even had the time to respond to the request.Be Patient“Hurry up and wait” is one of the truest axioms in filmmaking. Never lose your cool, even if everything around you is going wrong. When panic sets into a crew, those who can stay calm and operational absolutely get noticed.If you feel frustration building, let a few people know that you’re going to step away for fifteen minutes — and then make sure to work through or isolate the frustration. It’ll be better for you and everyone on set, especially if other people are making a scene.Have a PlanFinally, the most important piece of advice I can give you is to go in with a plan. What aspects of filmmaking interest you most? Have you always dreamed of becoming the next Deakins or Fincher? Then make sure you’re getting to know the camera and directing teams. Be on the spot and attentive — you’ll work your way up the ladder in no time.Production assistants are easily some of the most undervalued members of a great film crew. Never let your frustration build — remember, everyone pays their dues. If you can stay attentive and keep learning, your hard work will pay off down the road.Cover image via Agatha Kadar.Looking for more articles on the film industry? 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HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of,HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of Tamil Nadu, tahr numbers now touch 2,000. This is a significant improvement from a low of 1,200-the tahr count in early 1970s. It has taken 30 years and a unique participatory management conservation programme in the 97-sq-km Eravikulam National Park (ENP) near Munnar, Kerala to push numbers up from 500 to 800 in this single park.In a first of its kind public-private cooperation in wildlife conservation, the watershed programme was run by the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association (HRWEPA), made up mostly of nature buffs from the Tata Tea plantations that dominate the Kannan Devan Hills (KDH), and the Forest Department of Kerala. Under the programme, tea planters informally doubled as wildlife wardens keeping extra vigil even as concepts like nature education and participatory management of wildlife gained currency amongst the local people.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats as also participation from local people,” says Mohan Alembath, president, Nilgiri Tahr Trust, Kochi. Alembath is a former wildlife warden of Kerala who oversaw conservation measures launched at the ENP. This private-public partnership is a dramatic turnaround from the days when shooting the tahrs was a favoured sport among planters and hunters. At that time, the planting of eucalyptus on the grasslands too had adversely affected the tahr as it led to the erosion of its habitat.advertisementA key group involved in the conservation programme were the Muthuvans group of tribals, the original inhabitants of Munnar. Some of them are enlisted as watchers by the state forest department. “People’s participation in environmental preservation and their interest in the tahr have contributed significantly to its conservation,” says M.K.Prasad, environmental activist of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.When the Kerela Goverment declared the ENP as a protected sanctuary in 1972, it set in motion a chain of events that have led to healthier tahr numbers today. The expanse of the tea gardens in the region have inadvertently aided the conservation effort. The agro-ecological system, where tea was the prime produce with a large expanse of interspersed wilderness, provided ample space for the tahr and other fauna.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats.”MOHAN ALEMBATH, PRESIDENT, NILGIRI TAHR TRUST, KOCHI The tahr is among the few species of mountain goats that have adapted to a cold and wet tropical environment of the kind that is confined to an area not bigger than 5 per cent of the Western Ghats. The tahr prefers a habitat that is predominantly of grasslands adequately sheltered by rocky cliffs, enjoys a short dry season and receives over 1,500 mm of rainfall a year. Such a unique tropical habitat is restricted to just seven of the high altitude landscapes (1,200 m to 2,600 m above sea level) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the one found in the southern Western Ghats between the Nilgiri Hills and Kanyakumari Hills.Yet, in spite of the increase in numbers, the tahr still faces many threats to its survival: habitat destruction, competition and disease transmission from domestic livestock and poaching for meat or commercial products. In order to protect the species, experts believe other issues too need attention. Some of these include institutionalisation of the management system, increasing the size of the tropical grassland ecosystem and developing the landscape approach as also the preparation of a comprehensive ecosystem plan still needs to be put in place.Experts on the tahr and other hoofed grazers, who had gathered for the fourth World Congress of Mountain Ungulates at Munnar, have recommended the extension of the ENP to the ecological boundary of the Nilgiri tahr population. This is easier said than done. It will mean establishing protected corridors in the Western Ghats and ensure that forest tourism and other activities respect conservation measures. There is also a plan to extend the ENP by 30 sq km and reintroduce the tahr in some areas from where it had disappeared. Further, a protocol for monitoring the tahr population and its habitat has to be developed to evaluate the economic impact of tourism and put in place a preventive action plan against accidents such as an outbreak of fire in the ENP.Call of the WildThe Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius or goat antelope to biologists, is red-listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A full grown male stands 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 100 kg. Females are slightly smaller in size and weight. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm for males and 30 cm for females. Grey in colour, the animal is paler on the under-surface. Older males are known as saddlebacks due to the whitish hair that develop on the rump in the shape of a saddle as they age. The Nilgiri tahr live in herds ranging from six to 104 animals, with average group sizes of nine for all-female groups and 27 for mixed herds. Nearly half the population is in the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar. There is also the fear that any disease of epidemic proportions could wipe out the animal. That is why experts are against the tahr tracts being opened for tourists except the Rajamalai fringe of the ENP where visitors are taken up the slopes in the park’s vans. The tahr in this area of the park is not alarmed by the presence of human beings, which is also a grim pointer of its vulnerability to hunting and poaching. Also, the staff strength of the national park is very poor considering its remoteness and rugged terrain. “Protected areas have become the only beacons of hope for the long-term survival of the Niligiri tahr as with all wild animals of Asia,” says M.K. Ranjitsinh of the Wildlife Trust of India.A DNA profile of the tahr and a stock-taking of its scattered population outside the ENP is critical to guard against what Alembath calls “genetic erosion”. In order to obtain DNA samples of the tahr, researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have begun non-invasive sampling by collecting the tahr’s dung from locations across the Western Ghats.advertisementThe state governments too have begun to show greater interest. R.J. Ranjit Daniels, director, Care Earth, Chennai, points out that Kerala has set up the Nilgiri Tahr Trust and Tamil Nadu has put the animal on the cover of a book on the state’s biodiversity suggesting that the tahr occupies a significant position in the state’s wildlife conservation plan.However, the pioneers in protecting the tahr, Tata Tea and HRWEPA favour conservation through better management of the flora and fauna. “The tahr has contributed to tourism and generating funds for management through regulated eco-tourism is the only way,” says T. Damu, vice-president, Taj Group of Hotels. They are keen to promote private ownership and management of the tahr tracts and going by their track record in this project, few would bet against their success.
Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India last week. The Redmi Note 7 Pro succeeds the Redmi Note 6 Pro which launched in the second half of last year. From the Redmi Note 6 Pro to the Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has come a long way in terms of design, performance, cameras and so much more. Interestingly the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers so much more at the same price as the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India for the first time on March 13 at a starting price of Rs 13999. In India, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also sells for Rs 13,999.To recollect, the Redmi Note 6 Pro wasn’t a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro as both come with almost the same design and specs, apart from some difference in the camera department. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes two cameras on the front as well as on the back which wasn’t the case with the Note 5 Pro nor is the case with the new Note 7 Pro. Instead of including two cameras on both front and back Xiaomi has concentrated on delivering one good camera with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The newly launched Note 7 Pro comes with 48MP primary rear camera. Let’s take a look at Xiaomi’s incredible journey from Redmi Note 6 Pro to Redmi Note 7 Pro and what’s new in the new Note.Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi 6 Pro: Which is better, what’s different–Design. This is one of the biggest areas that Xiaomi has concentrated for the Redmi Note 7 Pro. And also the Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with aura design – in simple words dual tone or gradient finish – and is the first Note from Xiaomi to include waterdrop notch display which the company refers to as Dot Drop notch. The Redmi Note 7 comes with slim bezels but the chin is pretty much visible. The Redmi Note 6 Pro in comparison comes with wide notch like the iPhone X and includes pretty slim bezels on the sides.advertisement –Display. The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a slightly bigger screen compared to the predecessor. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display coupled with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Interestingly, both back and front of the Redmi Note 7 Pro are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The back of the Note 6 Pro is a mix of plastic and metal which gives it a pretty sturdy build. The build of the Redmi Note 7 Pro is pretty strong. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–Processor. Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU. In comparison, with the Redmi Note 7 Pro Xiaomi has come a long way. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor. This is the second phone to come with this new Qualcomm chipset, the first one being the Vivo V15 Pro.–Camera. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 6 Pro in almost all aspect, the camera being the biggest of all. The Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a dual camera system on both front and rear panel. The phone includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for clicking depth shots. On the front the Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait or background blurred selfies. In comparison the Redmi Note 7 Pro includes dual cameras on the back with a primary 48MP sensor and secondary 5MP sensor for portrait shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro consists of a single 13-megapixel selfie shooter with lots of AI features to enhance the selfies. –Android 9 Pie. The Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. In comparison, the Redmi Note 6 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo based MIUI 10.–Battery. The old Redmi Note 6 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery and has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, while the Note 7 Pro also includes a 4,000mAh battery but with Quick Charge 4 support.Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi 6 Pro: Which one should you buyBoth the new and the old Redmi Note come with the same price tag in India. The Redmi Note 7 comes in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is priced at Rs 13,999, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and comes for Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale for the first time in India on March 13 on Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes in three colours — Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also available in twp variants – the base model with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage for Rs 13,999 and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model for Rs 15,999. The Note 6 Pro is available in four colours – black, blue, red and rose gold. The Note 6 Pro is on open sale in India now.advertisementSo which one should you go for? Redmi Note 6 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro? Considering both the Redmi Notes are priced the same I suggest the new Redmi Note 7 Pro is a better deal but then flash sales may make it a little difficult for the consumers to buy the phone. Xiaomi’s flash sales often make it difficult for the consumers to find its phones in stock. Similar may be the case with the Redmi Note 7 Pro but the company has assured that the production is on-going and stock should be enough for the consumers get their hands-on the new Redmi Note.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 quick review: Beautiful looks, superb hardware at killer priceALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999