Friday July 19, 2019

International Yoga Day: India Celebrates Yoga Day on Land, Ships, Submarines

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty-Kundra also guided a yoga event in Mumbai

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Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life. Pixabay

Lakhs of people in Maharashtra, including celebrities, students and commoners, joined the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations held across the state here on Friday.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took part in an event guided by Guru Baba Ramdev in Nanded with over 100,000 people joining in simple and rigorous exercises for achieving good mental and physical health.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari led an event in Nagpur with several thousands doing various exercises with him.

Thousands of Indian Navy sailors, staffers and their families performed it in the naval base here and onboard the INS Viraat.

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Lakhs of people in Maharashtra, including celebrities, students and commoners, joined the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations held across the state here on Friday. Pixabay

Many Mumbaikars turned up for the ‘Yoga by the Bay’ event in south Mumbai along the picturesque Marine Drive and performed exercises in the backdrop of the Arabian Sea.

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty-Kundra also guided a event in Mumbai and said it was the secret behind her youthfulness and good health always.

Yoga camps were held in schools, college, public grounds, halls and auditoria, various government departments, the police forces in each city and district, the Western Railway, Central Railway, Konkan Railway and other private and public institutions.

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The Nehru Science Centre organized an ‘Iyengar Yogashraya’ comprising yoga camps, exhibition and film screenings, besides a Wellness Fest at the CIDCI Bhavan in Navi Mumbai. (IANS)

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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)