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A twist in the tale: Pak to meet Hurriyat in Delhi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With the National Security Advisers’ talk coming up, Pakistan High Commission has invited leaders of Hurriyat to meet Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz during his stay in Delhi. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatist leaders such as Yasin Malik and Naeem Khan have been invited by the Pakistan envoy. 

In 2014, a similar incident had taken place. India had cancelled the scheduled talks between Foreign Secretaries in Islamabad over the Pakistan High Commissioner’s meeting with Hurriyat leaders in Delhi. By calling off the meeting, India alluded the fact that Pakistan’s meeting with the Hurriyat was unacceptable to it.

Ajit Doval & Sartaj Aziz
Ajit Doval & Sartaj Aziz

However, this time Mr.Aziz is to meet the Hurriyat leaders after the reception and not before his scheduled talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

A ceasefire at the LoC by the Pakistani soldiers had reportedly led to the death of 6 civilians. The invitation to the Hurriyat will also be seen in the context of a series of developments many inside the government see as “provocations” from Pakistan ahead of the talks.

Recently, PM Nawaz Sharif and Modi received harsh censure for excluding Jammu and Kashmir in their UFA statements. The Hurriyat leaders showed their annoyance at such an exclusion by boycotting the Pakistan High Commission’s Eid Milan function in July. However, an anomaly occurred at the Independence Day of Pakistan, when Abdul Basit declared that,”No matter how much more time their legitimate struggle takes, Pakistan will never abandon Kashmiris and their cause.”

The NSA-level talks — following last month’s agreement in Russia between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to resume dialogue; are important as it shall include cross-border terrorism, border violence and attacks like the ones in Udhampur and Gurdaspur.

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Xiaomi Aims 10,000 Retail Stores in India by 2019

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country

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Making a big push for offline sales in India, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which opened its 1,000th “Mi Store” in the country is on track to reach the target of having 10,000 retail stores by the end of this year, a top company official said on Wednesday.

Xiaomi India said it generated employment for over 2,000 people with the opening of 1,000 Mi Stores, which are spread across 19 states in the country.

“We have been the No. 1 smartphonebrand in India for nine consecutive quarters and our market share in online smartphone business in the country is over 50 per cent.

“The scope of growth in online market share is now limited. Therefore, we are focusing on expanding our offline presence in a big way,” Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain told a select group of journalists here.

According to him, Xiaomi’s current market share in the offline smartphone business in India is 20 per cent.

“By the end of this year, we are hoping to have 50 per cent of our smartphone sales in the country from offline channels,” he added.

Xiaomi had primarily been an online brand since its inception and started its offline sales in India just two years ago.

Xiaomi
Xiaomi.

The company announced the opening of 500 Mi Stores in the country in November last year, saying that it was planning to open 5,000 such retail stores in the rural parts of the country by end of this year.

“Mi Stores” are similar to the bigger “Mi Home” stores currently operational in the metros and other big cities.

In addition to the 1,000th Mi Store launch, Xiaomi India also announced the launch of Mi Studios, the latest addition to its existing three retail channels.

Located currently in Bengalure and Mumbai, with an average size of 400-600 sq.ft, the new Mi Studios are an optimised version of Mi Homes, Xiaomi said, adding that it was working towards opening 200 Mi Studios by the end of this year.

Xiaomi, which surpassed Samsung to become the market leader in 2018 with 28.9 per cent share in the Indian smartphone market, also has over 5,000 Mi Preferred Partner (third-party) stores spread across over 50 cities.

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“We are learning from other other brands such as Samsung and Vivo in expanding our offline presence in the country,” Jain added.

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country. (IANS)