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Kampala: Over 100 Indians have been left on the verge of starvation after being duped by two agents who brought them to Uganda from India on the pretext of getting them jobs in South Africa, media reports said.

The Indians have been staying in a hotel in Kampala for a month, waiting for the agent, Vijay Shamia, whose real name is Domalia Jayesh, to clear their $6,000 hotel bill and get them jobs in South Africa and Mauritius as promised, The Africa Report newspaper reported.

The other absconding fixer has been identified as Ganesh.

“We have been here for over a month after Jayesh brought us and told us to wait here,” Yasin Putab, one of the stranded Indian nationals, was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

“We had each paid him $5,000 after he said he will get us jobs in South Africa,” he added.

The stranded group has now appealed to the Indian embassy in Uganda for help.

The men were given the impression that Uganda was just the entry point before Shamia could get them jobs in other countries.

Moses Binoga, co-coordinator of prevention of trafficking in Uganda, said: “What is important now is arresting those who brought these Indians so that we charge them and also find means of having them meet the victims’ hotel and transport costs for taking them back to India.”

Uganda Police official Igoe said they have arrested Jayesh’s wife for further inquiry.

(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)