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87 killed, 154 injured including 9 Indians by falling crane in Mecca Grand Mosque

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By Newsgram staff writer

Riyadh: At least 87 people were killed after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, which is preparing for the Annual Haj pilgrimage, authorities said.

154 people were also injured in the accident, stated the civil defence on its twitter account. Among them 9 are Indians.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: “We have received reports that 9 Indian pilgrims are injured.

Swarup added that the Indian consulate in Jeddah is “monitoring the situation in Makkah following the tragic accident”.

Senior officers including the Indian consul-general “are on the ground in Makkah. Indian doctors are deployed in all government hospitals and ascertaining more information”, another tweet by Swarup added.

Al Arabiya television reported the cause of the crane falling to be strong sand storms which have been hitting western Saudi Arabia since the past few days.

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Images on social media appear to show part of a huge crane crashed through the mosque roof. After the conclusion of the current and final expansion, the mosque could accommodate more than three million worshipers in one hour.

Mecca, the holiest city for Islam, is preparing for the annual Haj, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, for which thousands of Muslims are expected to arrive from all over the world later in September.

These gatherings of millions often lead to stampedes, fires or other hazards. Saudi authorities have spent vast sums to ensure better safety and transportation, and prevent disasters.

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Indians Spending Over 10 Hours on Their Devices Daily, Adobe Survey Reveals

Online news sources emerged as the second-best method to source and share information for the mobile-friendly Indians

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The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California
The headquarters of Adobe Systems in San Jose, California. Wikimedia

Seeking more personalised experiences, Indians are spending over 10 hours on their devices daily, representing the changing content consumption habits, a new Adobe survey revealed on Wednesday.

As part of its “2019 Brand Content Survey”, the software major found that two-third of those surveyed were using two devices at the same time constantly or frequently.

Over 400 million millennials in India choose trustworthy brands that respect their privacy primarily, the findings showed.

“Brands that can strike the right level of personalisation will forge stronger connections with their customers, resulting in brand loyalty and growth,” said Sunder Madakshira, Head, Marketing, Adobe India.

According to the survey, two-thirds of India’s digital users, especially between the 23-49 age group, are comfortable making unplanned purchases from a brand.

Nearly 69 per cent shoppers in the country prefer online marketplaces for purchasing products.

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India made the biggest contribution to the demand for smart feature phones in 2018. Pixabay

While 49 per cent people visit a brand’s website to buy products, 31 per cent people still make purchases via physical stores and 28 per cent Indians use smart speakers and voice assistants to make purchases, the survey noted.

“It is not surprising that online review sites, social media networking sites and video channels were voted as critical cogs of pre and post purchase interactions, especially in the younger age groups,” added Madakshira.

Nearly 95 per cent of the people between the 18-34 age group trust Google-owned YouTube the most, while middle-aged and elderly people rely more on Facebook.

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India has nearly 300 million Facebook users and over 265 million YouTube users.

Online news sources emerged as the second-best method to source and share information for the mobile-friendly Indians. (IANS)