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SCO: India, Pakistan membership to be finalised in 2016

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Leaders present at the SCO summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2009

Moscow: The membership of India and Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) would be finalised by the next meeting of the leaders in 2016 in India, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on Tuesday.

“India and Pakistan are not joining the SCO tomorrow (on Wednesday). The process of engaging them is beginning,” TASS news agency quoted Ushakov as saying in an interview to Rossiya 24 TV channel.

The process of the two countries’ accession to the political, military and economic alliance, which consists of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, kicks off on Friday at the summit in Ufa in Russia.

Leaders present at the SCO summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2009
Leaders present at the SCO summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2009

Ushakov added that inclusion of India and Pakistan in the SCO demands the coordination of a working memorandum. Both the countries also need to sign 28 key documents of the group.

“After that, as we hope, the membership of these two countries in the SCO will be finalised and we will be able to talk about our Group of Eight participants,” Ushakov said.

Meanwhile, media reports said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could meet Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit on Friday.

(IANS)

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Xiaomi Launches 2 Budget Smartphones in India

Both the devices are equipped with AI dual cameras comprising of 12MP+2MP lenses

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Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Wednesday launched its Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 smartphones in India.

Redmi Y3 would be available for Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM+32GB ROM variant and Rs 11,999 for the 4GB RAM+64GB ROM variant on Mi.com, Amazon India and Mi Homes starting on April 30 while Redmi 7 would be available for Rs 7,999 for the 2GB RAM+32GB ROM variant and Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM+32GB ROM variant starting on April 29.

“Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chip, Redmi 7 has features including a dual rear camera, making it a well-rounded device across departments. Both phones also come with a high-capacity 4000mAh battery, offering the best of innovative technology to consumers across India,” Anuj Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Xiaomi India, 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 Redmi Y3 comes with a 6.26 inch HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio with a layer of 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The Redmi 7 also features a 6.26 inch (15.9cm) HD+ Dot Notch display.

Both the devices are equipped with AI dual cameras comprising of 12MP+2MP lenses.

The Redmi 7 features an 8MP selfie snapper while the Redmi Y3 comes with a 32MP selfie camera. (IANS)