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43 Passengers Injured as 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express Derails near Kanpur

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December 28, 2016: At least 43 passengers are injured as 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed early morning on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh, an official said.

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The accident took place near Rura in Kanpur, the official added.

The number of injured has risen to 43 since early morning, Inspector General of Police (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed told IANS.

He also said that at least 10 passengers were shifted to a Kanpur hospital for better treatment.

The coaches of the Ajmer-bound train derailed near Rura, about 50 km from Kanpur around 5.20 a.m.

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Of the derailed coaches, 13 were sleeper class, while two were general coaches, the official said.

Senior railway, district and police officials have rushed to the accident site for rescue and relief operations.

Those critically injured were rushed to Akbarpur earlier, the district headquarter of Kanpur (rural).

The others injured were rushed to a Community Health Centre in Rura.

A medical train has been sent from Lucknow to the accident site, a Northern Railway (NR) official told IANS and informed that helpline numbers were also issued in Kanpur, Lucknow and Allahabad.

Two of the coaches fell in a ‘nehar’ (canal), leading to fears of more injuries and even casualties.

Following the accident, routes of at least 21 trains were diverted, North Central railway official Amit Malviya told IANS.

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a thorough probe into the accident.

This was for the second time in the last 38 days that a train accident has occurred in Kanpur. The earlier one happened on November 20, leaving more than 150 dead. (IANS)

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Vivo To Invest Rs 4,000 Crore For New Plant in Uttar Pradesh

There are currently more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres

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Vivo announces Rs 4,000 crore investment for new UP plant. (IANS)

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Thursday announced an additional investment of Rs 4,000 crore over a period of four years for opening a new manufacturing plant on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh that will generate 5,000 jobs in its first phase of expansion.
The new 169-acre land has been acquired near the existing 50-acre manufacturing facility that will help expand Vivo’s manufacturing capabilities and support its continued growth in the country, the company said in a statement.

The Rs 4,000-crore investment, which does not include the cost of the land, will also spur job opportunities in the region, added Vivo that entered India in 2014.

“India is a key market for us, and today we have reiterated our commitment by entering the next phase of growth in India. We’re proud that the new plant will offer a major benefit to the surrounding area through high-quality job creation and training opportunities,” said Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

According to the company, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the initiative and congratulated it.

Currently, all Vivo smartphones sold in the country are being manufactured at the Greater Noida facility, which is one of Vivo’s four manufacturing factories globally.

The existing manufacturing set-up, which saw an investment of Rs 300 crore, produces two million units a month, with more than 5,000 people at work.

With the new facility, Vivo aims to double the current production capacity to 50 million units per annum.

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Currently, all Vivo smartphones sold in the country are being manufactured at the Greater Noida facility, which is one of Vivo’s four manufacturing factories globally.

This is the second big-ticket investment from a global smartphone maker in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2017, Samsung announced that it would invest Rs 4,915 crore to double its manufacturing capacity for smartphones and refrigerators at its Noida plant.

The South Korean giant in July set up one of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing facilities in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

When it comes to Vivo, the company was third with 10 per cent market share in India, after Xiaomi and Samsung, in the third quarter this year. Vivo performed exceedingly well in offline channels, said Counterpoint Research.

Marya told IANS in a recent interview that in terms of value, Vivo is the leader in the Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000 segment and overall No. 2 in the Indian smartphone market for the past 18 months.

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According to him, the brand awareness of Vivo, which bagged the title sponsorship for five consecutive sessions of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting this year with a whopping Rs 2,199 crore bid, is 100 per cent.

There are currently more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres.

“When we entered India, we were very clear that we wanted to build a very strong foundation here. And four years after entering the Indian market, we stay totally committed to the country,” he said. (IANS)