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Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)
Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)
Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)

Srinagar: At least three people, including a woman, were injured in clashes that broke out between a mob and the security forces after the Eid prayers in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said. Clashes also took place in a few other places where mobs pelted stones at security personnel.

Youth’s pelted stones at police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Sekidafar and Safa Kadal areas of Srinagar’s old city area immediately after the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers ended here in the morning.

Some youths wearing masks waved the Pakistani and Islamic State (IS) flags, after which the security forces chased them away.

Police said three people, including a woman, sustained minor injuries after they were hit by tear gas used by the security forces to bring the mob under control.

Processions were taken out and stone-pelting was also reported in Sopore and Baramulla towns.

Protesters also pelted stones at Hyderpora and Barzalla in Srinagar city, in Sogam and Krakpora villages of Kupwara district, in Bogam village of Kulgam district and in Anantnag town.

The protesters kept regrouping each time the security forces dispersed them.

Around 150 protesters pelted stones at police in Lal Chowk area of Anantnag.

The situation returned to normal in all the areas in the afternoon, a police officer told IANS.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest in Srinagar on Saturday.

In order to maintain law and order, the separatist leaders were not allowed to join the congregational Eid prayers.

(IANS)

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Xiaomi Aims 10,000 Retail Stores in India by 2019

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country

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Making a big push for offline sales in India, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which opened its 1,000th “Mi Store” in the country is on track to reach the target of having 10,000 retail stores by the end of this year, a top company official said on Wednesday.

Xiaomi India said it generated employment for over 2,000 people with the opening of 1,000 Mi Stores, which are spread across 19 states in the country.

“We have been the No. 1 smartphonebrand in India for nine consecutive quarters and our market share in online smartphone business in the country is over 50 per cent.

“The scope of growth in online market share is now limited. Therefore, we are focusing on expanding our offline presence in a big way,” Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain told a select group of journalists here.

According to him, Xiaomi’s current market share in the offline smartphone business in India is 20 per cent.

“By the end of this year, we are hoping to have 50 per cent of our smartphone sales in the country from offline channels,” he added.

Xiaomi had primarily been an online brand since its inception and started its offline sales in India just two years ago.

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The company announced the opening of 500 Mi Stores in the country in November last year, saying that it was planning to open 5,000 such retail stores in the rural parts of the country by end of this year.

“Mi Stores” are similar to the bigger “Mi Home” stores currently operational in the metros and other big cities.

In addition to the 1,000th Mi Store launch, Xiaomi India also announced the launch of Mi Studios, the latest addition to its existing three retail channels.

Located currently in Bengalure and Mumbai, with an average size of 400-600 sq.ft, the new Mi Studios are an optimised version of Mi Homes, Xiaomi said, adding that it was working towards opening 200 Mi Studios by the end of this year.

Xiaomi, which surpassed Samsung to become the market leader in 2018 with 28.9 per cent share in the Indian smartphone market, also has over 5,000 Mi Preferred Partner (third-party) stores spread across over 50 cities.

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“We are learning from other other brands such as Samsung and Vivo in expanding our offline presence in the country,” Jain added.

Including all the four retail channels, Xiaomi currently has a total of about 6,000 retail stores in the country. (IANS)