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New Delhi: With India denying the visa  to 75 Pakistani pilgrims, a new diplomatic tension seems to have brewed up.

Notably, India’s denial came following the notorious attack at the airbase at Pathankot.

Pakistan stated that the pilgrims who had already assembled in Lahore on Saturday to visit the Hafiz Abdullah Shah shrine in Agra were told by Indian authorities that visas would not be made available to them.

Pakistan termed the denial as “inconsistent” and alleged that  India was not following the 1974 bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines by pilgrims from either country.

Pakistan also protested India’s decision though Indian authorities clarified the issue to be related to this shrine in particular. They said no guarantee for Pakistani visitors could be provided since there was no organising committee there.

“These pilgrims were travelling to attend the annual gathering of Hafiz Abdullah Shah Shrine near Agra from 11-18 January. Pakistan has been issuing visas to Indian pilgrims in accordance with the protocol,” said a Pakistani official.

Indian officials claimed that the presence of an organising committee member or local authorities is required to extend logistical support to the visitors and provide an undertaking to not use the visa for visits to any other place. This comes under the protocol on shrine visits.

The India officials opposed the allegation from Pakistan saying the decision of not issuing visas had nothing to do with the uncertainty over foreign secretary dialogue. (Inputs from agencies)(picture courtesy: ibtimes.com)

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Microsoft Surface Pro Now Available In India

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material

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Global chip-maker Qualcomm Technologies and Microsoft have collaborated with leading retailers from across the world to offer new "always connected" Windows 10 PCs powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform. Wikimedia Commons
  • Microsoft released its Surface Pro in India
  • It is a high-resolution tablet with 12.3-inch touch-display
  • Customers can buy the Surface Pro from a number of retailers in India

Microsoft on Thursday announced its Surface Pro notebook and accessories are available in India. Surface Pro features a high-resolution 12.3-inch “PixelSense” touch display that supports the new Surface Pen 4.

The first generation, 2-in-1 detachable of the Microsoft Surface series — with a configuration of Intel Core m3, 128 GB SSD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615 — will cost Rs 64,999.

Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft introduces its Surface Pro Indian markets. Wikimedia Commons

Customers can buy the device through more than 130 commercial resellers, the company said in a statement.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Surface Pro in India and offer our consumers another superior device that will enable them create, study, work and play virtually anywhere,” said Vineet Durani, Director, Windows and Devices, Microsoft India.

Also Read: Microsoft Announces Indian Languages Support For e-mail Addresses

With a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, users can now put the device into “Studio Mode”, thus, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.

It also has a tilt functionality that detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading.

At 8.5-mm thickness and weighing 767 grams, the notebook packs the in 7th-generation Intel Core processor with a fanless design.

Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons
Surface Pro has a battery life of 13.5 hours. Wikimedia Commons

 

Its battery supports up to 13.5 hours of life.

There is a full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities that allows for ultimate precision and the keyboard is wrapped in soft Alcantara material. IANS

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