Bombardier to cut 7,000 jobs as it enters ‘year of transition’

By BERTRAND MAROTTE

MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail – Bombardier Inc. chief executive officer Alain Bellemare is vowing that 2016 will be a “year of transition” for the Montreal-based plane and train maker after significant rounds of cost cutting last year.

But many investors, analysts and observers were disappointed by worse-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and surprised by the magnitude of a new wave of cost cutting – 7,000 jobs to be slashed over the next two years –

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Freedom 251 ‘Cheapest Smartphone’ to Launch on Wednesday

Considered a luxury not too long ago, smartphones have reached a point that they can now be considered a commodity. But on Wednesday, things will reach a whole new level.

By Manish Singh

As part of its attempt to connect every Indian, local smartphone manufacturer Ringing Bells ‘with immense support’ from the India government will launch an affordable smartphone called the Freedom 251 on Wednesday. The Freedom 251, touted as India’s cheapest smartphone -and likely the most affordable smartphone in the world as well – will sport a price tag below Rs. 500 (approximately $7).

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What the US media ignores — Pakistan through the eyes of an American

BY AZEEM HAIDER

On a freezing February morning in a bustling Soho cafe, I was to meet American-born Lebanese, Afeef Nessouli.

A New York-based CNN reporter, with a focus on Middle Eastern politics, Afeef had recently visited Pakistan on a “no-agenda” trip — today, he was bounding with energy to tell me all about his experiences.

Having grown up in Karachi, I was equally curious to learn what his perception of Pakistan was.

Afeef’s stories were about places even an average Karachi dweller would rarely go to, he met with inspiring people that I wish to meet some day and most of all, he ended up engaging in interesting conversations with the public in ways that I, as a Pakistani, have never been able to.

“Pakistan is a very complex part of the world; its fabric woven with intricate layers of cultures and sub-cultures,” says Afeef Nessouli.

With Afeef’s background in politics, he opened with his biggest revelation about Pakistan:

It’s nothing like how the American media portrays it to be.

His friends too, couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea of him visiting Pakistan.

“Why the hell would you go there? You will get killed,” he was frequently told. Afeef doesn’t blame them; the news on their TV screens and mobile phones tells them so.

“The US media, like in many other countries, just picks up on the most sensational aspects of a region and runs with it for maximum attention, ignoring the many exciting things happening in Pakistan,” Afeef says sipping on his latte.

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