NEW DELHI, September 2, 2016: In view of heavy rainfall in Barak river basin in Assam, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on today warned its citizens of the possibility of impending floods and advised three districts to take precautionary measures.
In an advisory, the CWC said the Barak river is expected to flow in “moderate to high flood situation” in the state of Assam and neighboring Meghalaya and Manipur over the next few days.
“In view of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state of Assam and adjoining Meghalaya and Manipur in Barak Basin, (water level in) river Barak and its tributaries is rising in Assam which is affecting (its) districts of Cachar, Hailakhandi and Karimgunj,” Union Water Resources Ministry said in a statement here.
“The rivers Barak, Katakhal and Kushiyara are expected to flow in moderate to high flood situation in the next two to three days. District administrations have been advised to take all precautionary measures,” the advisory said.
Earlier in July-August, Brahmaputra’s tributary Dhansiri flowed above the danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat district in upper Assam.
Among the affected eight districts, Jorhat was the worst-hit with over 25,000 people impacted till early August, followed by Dhubri and Barpeta districts. At least 65,000 people were affected by the flood. (IANS)
In a big impetus for its India manufacturing dream, Apple has started production of its highly successful iPhone XR in the country.
Multiple sources confirmed to IANS on Monday that the production of iPhone XR, that was launched last year but is still flying off the shelves, is up and running at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.
Riding on heavy promotional offers on iPhone XR, Apple regained top position in the premium smartphone segment in India in the second quarter (Q2) this year.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the premium ($500 or Rs 35,000 and above) segment, Apple bettered Samsung for the leadership position with an overall share of 41.2 per cent in 2Q19.
The iPhone XR demand further saw an uplift after the price drop and aided by heavy promotional activities in the ongoing festive season.
In a clear signal that India is Apple’s next growth market, Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently said the company would begin mass production of iPhones in India this year.
Gou said the move “will get Foxconn more deeply involved in the development of the country’s smartphone industry” which currently has over 450 million smartphone users.
Foxconn is already expanding its manufacturing operations in India.
“To start with, it makes sense for Apple to localise assembling of models that have the potential to scale up and then slowly expand it to entire portfolio,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, told IANS recently.
The iPhone XR is available for Rs 44,900 online, with some great buy back and cash back offers.
Apple iPhone shipments grew 19 percent (YoY) in India in its last reported quarter.
Apple in August said it looks forward to welcoming customers at its first branded retail store in India soon.