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Anna slams Kejriwal, says happy that he left his company


New Delhi: Social Activist and whistleblower for Lokpal bill, Anna Hazare slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for hugging RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.

He said that he is lucky that he left his company otherwise he would have been facing the same predicament. He added that shaking hands and hugging Lalu was unethical.

Once comrades in the anti-corruption movement, both Anna and  Kejriwal parted ways after the latter floated the idea of Aam Admi Party. Hazare blamed Kejriwal for political opportunism in the past.

However, Kejriwal tried defending himself saying Lalu forcibly pulled him for the hug.

Lalu has kept a silence over the whole issue.

After the astounding victory in Bihar, Lalu is cashing in all the media attention he is getting. He has nothing to lose, this controversy is no harm to him.

Yesterday, Prashant Bhushan had called the suspension of AAP leaders from the party as the betrayal of Anna Hazare’s dreams.

Anna’s comment has raked up a political controversy.  Everybody remembers 2011 movement where both of them worked unitedly.

This hug will haunt Kejriwal and AAP for quite some time.

The outstanding crime charges against Lalu are always a talking point in Indian politics, and the hug will add spice to the issue.

(with inputs from various sources)

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HP Considering India as a Key Focus Area

India is key focus area, 3D printers next big thing

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HP unveils 65-inch gaming display with soundbar at CES 2019. Flickr

India is a very attractive market with high brand recognition for a computer hardware producer like HP, said HP Inc’s President for Asia Pacific and Japan, Tian Chong Ng.

The Asia Pacific region — in which India is a key focus area — has been the fastest growing for HP and provided 16 per cent revenue growth last year.

In Q1 of FY2019 it registered 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said Ng in the course of the HP Reinvent 2019 conference, the company’s largest global partner event.

One reason for that is — India – and also the Asia Pacific region — tick marks on demographics trends which provide clear wins for HP: rapid urbanisation and more millennials are joining the work force.

While HP is very positive on India and recognises its potential, there are no plans yet for setting up a manufacturing base in India. Ng said it already has a manufacturing base in China apart from others in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan.


“There is an existing ecosystem in China and we don’t have plans for setting up a manufacturing base in India, he said.

One focus area is the 3D printer, which offers HP great opportunity. Construction and automotive sectors are the focus areas here. Meanwhile, an MoU has been signed with the Andhra Pradesh government.

“To be successful in India demands that we understand it,” he said.

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HP is also pushing gaming in a big way. However, this has not led to any thinking for manufacturing mobile phones in India, despite the high number of gamers in the country spurred by affordable android phones and cheap data.

“Our strength is the PC business and we offer a whole family of products in that space,” Ng said. (IANS)