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By Newsgram Staff Writer

India has agreed to Pakistan’s offer of providing a special aircraft to facilitate the return of 11 Indian citizens that had reached Karachi from war-ravaged Yemen on Tuesday.

The stranded Indians were rescued out of Al Mukallah on Saturday by Pakistan Navy’s Aslat along with 171 Pakistanis. They will now be flown to New Delhi on Wednesday by the special plane.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin announced the decision to accept the offer. “India accepts Pakistan’s offer to fly back from Karachi by special plane 11 Indians evacuated by Pakistani naval ship from Yemen,” he said.

Indian Deputy Commissioner J.P Singh said that the Indian High Commission had arranged for a commercial flight for bringing back the citizens but when Pakistan proffered a special aircraft for sending them, the Indian government gleefully accepted the offer.

The decision to assist the arrival of Indian citizens from Pakistan comes close on the heels of evacuation of Pakistani nationals from the Yemeni port of Al Hodeidah along with citizens of several other countries by the Indian authorities last week.

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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)