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Shimla: Three engineers were killed at a state-run hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh’s remote Spiti valley when a valve at the plant burst.Baspa

The incident occurred on Sunday night at the 2-MW Rongtong hydropower project plant near Kaza town, which is located some 420 km from the state capital.

Sanjay Kumar, Vijay Kumar and Sanish were killed while they were fixing the new turbine at the hydropower plant. Two of them were from the state electricity board, while the third was from a private company in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Official sources revealed the burst of the main inlet valve, which controls the water supply to the turbine, led to the death of the engineers. They were crushed under the turbine.

The hydropower plant, which is more than 20 years old, supplies electricity mainly to Kaza town. The plant has been closed for over four years as most of the machinery is outdated. It has been going under overhauling for the past few months.

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh will visit Kaza on June 19 for the plant’s inspection. (IANS)

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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)