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Ranchi: Jharkhand has sought the centre’s help in bringing back its 38 labourers being held captive in Malaysia, an official said on Tuesday.

The labourers hail from the state’s Giridih district.

“We have approached the External Affairs Ministry and apprised them of the reports of labourers held captive in Malaysia. The issue was brought to notice of Chief Minister Raghubar Das by a legislator and he has asked to look into the issue,” Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary to the chief minister, told IANS here.

“We have requested the external affairs ministry officials to contact the Kuala Lumpur consulate and do needful to rescue the workers,” he added.

As many as 38 labourers were taken to Malaysia in June this year to provide them employment in a company involved in constructing a transmission line. According to relatives of the labourers, their passports were seized and were not paid the assured sum of money.

Migration has been one of the key issues of the state. Poverty-stricken people, including women, move out of Jharkhand in search livelihood.

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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)