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11 Indians detained and 2 deported from UAE on charges of planning to join Islamic State

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai: UAE has detained 11 Indian nationals since early August and deported another two people back to India on charges of planning to join the Islamic State. They have also been charged for recruiting, financing, and providing logistics to those who wanted to join the Islamic State.

UAE security services came across two groups of people who were involved in online discussions and sharing on social media regarding issues related to IS. They were also allegedly trying of establish contact with IS leaders through internet. Eight Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Abu Dhabi and another 5 Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Dubai. A Pakistani and a Bangladeshi national have been detained as well, according to a report in Times of India.

Among the 13 Indians detained, two persons who hailed from Kerala have been deported back to India. They had done their education in UAE and were living there from many years.

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79% Smartphone Users in India Using Over-the-Top (OTT) Apps

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC

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Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices. Pixabay

Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device, a new report said on Thursday.

Hotstar is the most-penetrated OTT entertainment app with 49 per cent of smartphone users having it installed on their devices.

The OTT platforms installed on the devices are in addition to the casual entertainment apps such as YouTube and UGC (User Generated Content) platforms like TikTok and with such as penetration, OTT entertainment apps have become the ‘most-penetrated’ app category for smartphone users in India after social networking, chatting and e-commerce Apps, revealed the report by market research firm techARC.

“Over the past three years, we have seen a lot of enablement both from the smartphone OEMs as well as operators’ sides. This has facilitated the growth of OTT entertainment services as well as consumption.

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Seventy-nine per cent smartphone users in India are using over-the-top (OTT) apps for entertainment and as many as four out of five users have at least one OTT entertainment platform on their device. Pixabay

“While 4G has undoubtedly created this category, it has been complemented by the smartphone industry that has innovated to save every micron on the screen for full-screen viewing, backed by a powerful battery and stereophonic sound,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

One of the main factors for Hotstar’s growth has been its sports content, especially cricket.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has slightly better penetration than Netflix in India. Prime Video penetration is 15 per cent as compared to 13 per cent of Netflix.

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This is a result of Amazon’s close relationship with some smartphone OEMs where Amazon apps like Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime Video come pre-loaded in the device. (IANS)