Friday July 19, 2019

Char Dham Yatra: 6,000 people visit Gangotri and Yamunotri on first day

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After the devastation caused by the flash floods in 2013, the Char Dham Yatra finally showed an uptrend as more than 6,000 people visited the different shrines on the first day of the pilgrimage.

Char Dham Yatra – an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the hill state of Uttarakhand – covers four holy shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

About 6,000 pilgrims visited the holy shrine of Gangotri and Yamunotri after the temple gates of these shrines were opened, officials said.

To keep a check on any untowardly incident, the Uttrakhand government, this time is registering and keeping a tab on the number of people visiting the shrines.

The gates of Kedarnath and Badrinath will open on April 24 and April 26 respectively, officials said.

You can read more about the pilgrimage here: Why Chaar Dham Yatra is a true test of every Hindu’s quest towards spiritual enlightenment

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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)