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In a Bizarre twist, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai urges UN and Pakistan to stop atrocities in India-held Kashmir

After Burhan Wani’s death sparked protests across the region, more than 70 people have been killed in IHK in clashes with Indian forces

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LONDON, Sept 07, 2016: Pakistan’s teenage and a Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday asked the United Nations (UN), the international community and Pakistan to work together to halt the inhumanity activities in India-held Kashmir (IHK).

“The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights. They should live free of fear and repression,” Malala said to Dailytimes.com.pk and added, “I call on the UN, the international community, India and Pakistan to work together with utmost urgency to right these wrongs, providing the people of Kashmir with dignity and the freedom they deserve.”

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After Burhan Wani’s death sparked protests across the region, more than 70 people have been killed in IHK in clashes with Indian forces.

Dozens of unarmed citizens had been killed and thousands were wounded. This includes hundreds of people being blinded by the pellet guns used by the Indian army, to counter their demonstrations, said Malala.

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Malala added that weeks-long curfew imposed in IHK have made several schools shut down – keeping children away from their classrooms as well as hampering education. “I stand with the people of Kashmir.” She also mentioned to Dailytimes.com.pk that her 14 million Kashmiri brothers and sisters have always been close to her heart.

– prepared by NewsGram team

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Weakning Demand Caused by Coronavirus Pandemic To Impact Indian Smartphone Market

Some brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, Nokia HMD and Lava have already set up services on top of the active user base

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Some brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, Nokia HMD and Lava have already set up services on top of the active user base. Pixabay

More than the supply concerns, weakening demand due the uncertainties brought about by the novel coronavirus is set to impact the India smartphone market the most, according to a projection by market research firm techARC.

During the calendar year 2020, demand is likely to be low particularly during the April-August period. “There can be no qualitative deterministic measurement of the impact done in this situation. There are so many uncertainties around and the situation is impacting both the supply and the demand side of the market,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.

“We expect supply chain to resume in June in India. Thus April and May will be the worst affected months in terms of shipments, be it out of China or in India,” Kawoosa added. What is more worrying is the weakening demand as consumers are now focusing on spending their money only on essentials like food and medicine.

“Only those requiring a smartphone in case of breakdown will be the primary buyers. The elective upgrades and replacements will be at minimal,” said Kawoosa. Supply, including the channels (offline as well as online) should be back to normal in September. This will be fundamentally triggered by ground-up to festive season.

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More than the supply concerns, weakening demand due the uncertainties brought about by the novel coronavirus is set to impact the India smartphone market the most, according to a projection by market research firm techARC. Pixabay

But even during the October-December quarter, demand could be lukewarm due to the the macro-economic scenario by then as well as fear of the viral infection resurfacing towards the winter. “Only if, there would be a vaccination available by then at mass scale, the market could see revival, but not at the normal levels,” Kawoosa said, adding that the smartphone industry will have to look at other revenues, especially service-oriented offerings, to offset the gap which will arise due to low sales of smartphones in 2020.

Some brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, Nokia HMD and Lava have already set up services on top of the active user base.

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“They need to further look for more paying services to narrow the gap between the potential earnings through sale of hardware and the actual revenues they can realise in 2020,” said the report. (IANS)