Police say an explosion at a fireworks factory in northern India has killed at least eight people and injured three others, as Hindus prepare to celebrate the highly popular Diwali festival early next month.
Police officer Ashok Kumar says the explosion occurred Friday in the factory in Budaun district in Uttar Pradesh state.
He says the blast killed six workers and two people who were passing by. The three injured people were hospitalized.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the blast.
The area is about 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital.
India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings.
Chinese electronics major Xiaomi, which is focusing on amplifying its product portfolio beyond smartphones, is all set to launch on Tuesday a new business which, according to the company, will “change rural retail in India”.
“Excited about a new business that we are launching. We’ll announce it tomorrow,” Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, revealed in a tweet on Monday.
“This new business will forever change rural retail in India,” he stressed.
Started with the online-only strategy, Xiaomi is fast expanding its presence in offline retail as well.
In September, the company launched its fourth flagship “Mi Home” experience store in the country, in Bengaluru, along with a new office.
“With the launch of a new ‘Mi Home’ experience store, we aim to bring maximum international products to the Indian markets,” Jain said at the time of the launch.
With the purpose of strengthening its offline network further, Xiaomi said in September it wanted to open 100 “Mi Home” stores in 2018 itself.
Known for its low-cost phones, the company shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 per cent share in the third quarter this year, with Samsung at second spot, according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report last week.
The company grew to a new high on the back of its successful Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 Pro series and refreshed Redmi 6/A/Pro portfolio, said the report.