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Kolkata: It was a rather emotional moment when India’s first transgender college principal sashayed down the ramp cuddling a visibly-happy street child in a unique fashion show here.

Dressed in a red and gold brocade saree, educationist Manabi Badopadhyay from West Bengal, was the cynosure of all eyes, despite the presence of many other celebrities. Manabi made headlines recently, for taking charge of the Krishnagar Women’s College in Nadia district, becoming India’s first transgender to do so.

Previously, an associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya, Bandopadhyay has also been roped in by the West Bengal government, as the vice chairperson of the state’s transgender development board, on a new policy for the third gender in the state.

Projecting dynamism, Bandopadhyay made heads turn at the fashion show for street children where celebrities walked with the underprivileged on Saturday night.

Clutching the girl child, her expressions reflected the pain and anguish for the kids, who do not have a chance to enjoy their childhood.

Bandopadhyay was born Somnath, in a traditional middle class Bengali family in Naihati, in the outskirts of Kolkata. Convinced that she was a woman trapped in a man’s body, Bandopadhyay underwent a sex change operation a decade ago.

Described as an able administrator by her peers, Bandopadhyay was a participant in the Bengali version of the hit reality TV show “Bigg Boss” in 2013. She has an adopted son named Debashish. (IANS)

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This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market

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Xiaomi cuts prices of 5 smartphones in India.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Friday announced that it was permanently cutting the prices of five of its handsets in India, a day after the International Data Corporation (IDC) declared that the company was the market leader in the third quarter of 2018 in the country.

“We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter, as per IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

“As a celebration of that, Xiaomi is announcing price cut for five smartphones,” the company said in a statement.

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Friday announced that it was permanently cutting the prices of five of its handsets in India.

The 4GB+64GB variants of Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 are now available for Rs 13,999, Rs 15,999 and Rs 11, 999, respectively while the prices of 6GB+128GB variants of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A2 have dropped to Rs 15,999 and Rs 18,999, respectively.

According to the IDC report, the Chinese handset maker 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.

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This is the first time when the smartphone market is at par with the feature phone market, each contributing 50 per cent to the overall mobile phone market. (IANS)