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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday assured the relatives of the Indians who are being held captive by the Islamic State in Iraq that the government was working towards locating them.

368001-sushma-3As manay as 39 Indians were kidnapped by the IS in June last year and are being held in captivity since then.

Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet: “EAM meets with families of 39 Indians held captive in Iraq. Assures them that our efforts continue to locate them.”

Sushma Swaraj had met the relatives many times since June last year. She had assured them that the government was doing its utmost to locate the men, who hail mostly from Punjab and were employed as laborers in Mosul.

Besides the 39 men kidnapped in Iraq, three other Indians are being held in captivity by Islamic State militants in Sirte in Libya.

While two men were kidnapped in July, another man was kidnapped earlier this week.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Xiaomi Drops Down Smartphone Prices in India

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)