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TB has worst affect on India : US ambassador

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Gurgaon: US ambassador to India Richard R. Verma on Friday said India is worst effected by tuberculosis (TB) and needs more efforts to fight the disease.

Verma said TB was grabbing and finishing India.

He said every year 2.2 million people were becoming the victim of TB.

The US envoy was speaking on the launching of ‘Tuberculosis (TB) Free Haryana’ drive here.

The drive was undertaken by Medanta in collaboration with the Haryana government, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung diseases (The Union) and the Central TB Division of the ministry of health and family welfare.

Supporting the initiative of eradicating tuberculosis, Verma said India’s success rate was 66 percent in fighting the disease as per the statistical data of 2013.

Emphasizing the need for a multi-sectoral approach in the fight TB, Verma said: “TB control is a cause worth fighting for, which is why we are asking more companies and citizens to join the growing movement to end TB.

“We are also very grateful to Amitabh Bachchan for joining with us in this campaign. Bachchan’s personal story as a TB survivor and his public commitment to this cause will help to lift the social stigma surrounding this disease.”

USAID has provided $100 million to fight tuberculosis.

(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)