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India, China hold flag meet after tensions escalate along LAC in Ladakh

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: After tensions escalated along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Jammu & Kashmir’s Ladakh region, India and China on Tuesday held two flag meetings to address the same.

Photo Credit: http://strategicstudyindia.blogspot.in
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The meetings were held simultaneously between 3 PM and 5 PM at Burtse and Chushu and issues related to patrolling were discussed.

Tensions built up after Chinese troops were reportedly building a watch tower close to the border patrolling line near Burtse in northern Ladakh.

After Chinese troops brushed aside the objections raised by the Indian side, India destroyed the watch tower. The tower was reportedly fitted with a camera. After both the sides withdrew some of its force on Monday, the tensions had scaled down.

Burste is located very close to Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in the Depsang plain. The DBO is very critical for India as it has a military base along with a helipad and a gravel airstrip.

(With inputs from 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)