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Washington: The Indian community in the US city of Cleveland observed India’s 69th Independence Day, marking the event with yoga, speeches, dance and musical performances. 1408320543-india-independence-day-parade-2014-in-new-york-city_5545563

Many Indian-Americans practiced yoga before a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the India Cultural Garden in the morning, cleveland.com news portal reported on Saturday.

Many onlookers joined the session. Later the gathering marched with Indian flags to commemorate Gandhi’s “Salt March” – a protest that took place in 1930.

Later in the day, many Indian-Americans in Indian national flag-coloured costumes gathered in Rockefeller Gardens for more celebrations.

The programme included song and dance performances both in the traditional and Bollywood style. The meeting concluded with the chanting of the national anthem.

One Indian American, Om Julka, 97, told the crowd that he served in the Indian Army and he stood behind Jawaharlal Nehru at the first Independence Day celebration in New Delhi in 1947.

(IANS)

 

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Huawei Partners with Micromax Infomatic to Boost Offline Sales in India

Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei on Tuesday entered into a partnership with Indian consumer electronics firm Micromax Informatics to boost its off-line sales in India. “We have partnered with Micromax to launch our smartphones at multibrand outlets in India,” Rishi Kishor Gupta, Vice-President, (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India, told IANS. Huawei’s online brand Honor phones are not part of this deal.

“In Micromax brand stores, Micromax phones will be available. But as far as the distribution and retail network that we have, Huawei will be capitalising on that,” said Deepti Mehra, Head, Marketing, Micromax Informatics.

“There will be no co-branding. Micromax will continue separately when it comes to launching of own phones. There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said.

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There is no conflict of interest because Micromax addresses to the mass segment and Huawei the premium category,” she said. Flickr

Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone seller, entered the India market in 2018. Having started its business online in India, Huawei launched offline products exclusively with Chroma. After that it partnered with Poorvika Mobiles to expand presence in the southern states.

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With the alliance with Micromax, the idea is to be present across the country, starting from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Kolkata and Jaipur.

“With an aim to be present where our consumers are, we plan to focus on a robust offline distribution network catering to the needs of consumers in urban as well as rural regions and to make them experience the innovative technology that has won the hearts of customers’ world over,” said Tornado Pan, Country Head (Huawei Brand), Consumer Business Group, Huawei India. Huawei sold 200 million smartphones in 2018. It also shipped 100 million devices by the end of this May. (IANS)