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New Delhi: With an increase of 28.8% in 2015 as compared to the year 2014, around 10.36 crore smartphones have been shipped to India, thus making it the fastest growing smartphones market in the Asia Pacific region.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker”, 2.46 crore smartphones were shipped in India in the fourth quarter of the year 2015.An increase of 15.4% as compared to 2014 when 2.22 crore units were shipped in the country during the same period.

“The online share of smartphone shipments continued to ramp further as the fourth quarter of 2015 saw online mega sales from major e-traders like Flipkart, Snap deal and Amazon,” said Karthik J, senior market analyst, client devices.

“Online share spiked to 37.3% in the fourth quarter of 2015, growing 2.5 times over the same period last year with almost half of the contribution coming from online exclusive models,” Karthik added.

The report said the smartphone market in China has begun to slow down and most vendors especially the Chinese, are now looking for avenues to leverage on India’s growth potential in the smartphone market.

“Chinese vendors’ smartphone shipment spiked with 71% growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 over last year,” added Jaipal Singh, market analyst, client devices.

Singh further added that “good quality, big discounts by e-traders and higher specification at lower prices are few key factors for which Chinese smartphones are preferred over others especially in $100-$300 (Rs 6840-Rs 20523) price band.”

With the advancement and success of the “Make in India” campaign, Singh said that almost one in two smartphones shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015 were manufactured in India with Samsung leading with the highest shipments.

Similarly, 4G smartphones shipment spiked to 1.39 crore units accounting for more than half of the market in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“4G-based smartphone shipments surpassed 3G volume for the first time during the last quarter of the year, primarily led by Samsung and Lenovo together accounting for more than half of 4G volumes,” Karthik noted. (IANS)

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US Commission Demands India Act After Religious Riots

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A resident look at burnt-out and damaged residential premises and shops following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India's citizenship law, in New Delhi. VOA

A U.S. government commission on Wednesday faulted India’s response to deadly communal riots in New Delhi and urged the government to take swift action to protect the Muslim minority.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which advises the U.S. government but does not set policy, voiced “grave concern” about the violence which broke out as President Donald Trump was visiting.

“One of the essential duties of any responsible government is to provide protection and physical security for its citizens, regardless of faith,” said chairman Tony Perkins, a conservative Christian close to the Trump administration. “We urge the Indian government to take serious efforts to protect Muslims and others targeted by mob violence,” he said in a statement.

Anurima Bhargava, a commissioner appointed by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, voiced alarm at reports that Delhi police “have not intervened in violent attacks against Muslims.” “The brutal and unchecked violence growing across Delhi cannot continue,” she said. “The Indian government must take swift action to ensure the safety of all of its citizens.”

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Firefighters stand near a fire rescue vehicle as they douse burnt-out tyre market premises following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India’s citizenship law, in New Delhi. VOA

The criticism stands in contrast to the reticence of elected U.S. leaders. Trump, asked at a news conference in Delhi about the violence, said the issue was “up to India” and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “incredible” statements on religious freedom.

The clashes in Delhi, which have left at least 27 people dead, were triggered by protests against a citizenship law seen by critics as anti-Muslim and part of Modi’s Hindu nationalist agenda. Modi has called for calm, although witnesses said police did little to stop Hindu mobs.

His government has previously vowed to weed out “infiltrators” from India, with Home Minister Amit Shah likening undocumented immigrants to “termites. The government says the citizenship law does not target minorities but instead ensures protection for non-Muslims persecuted in neighboring countries.

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The Indian foreign ministry previously reprimanded the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom for denouncing the citizenship law. The commission also plans a public hearing next week on how citizenship laws, including in India and Myanmar, are used to target religious minorities. (VOA)