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Srinagar: A youth was critically injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bijbehara town on Wednesday after security forces clashed with a stone pelting mob that was protesting over the Udhampur truck attack victim’s death.

The injured youth has been identified as Naseer Ahmad Dar, 25, a resident of Zirpora Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.

Reports from Bijbehara said the youth was hit on the head by a teargas shell after security forces used force to quell the stone pelting mob.

Doctors at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar said the youth was operated upon.

The injured youth had earlier been taken to a nearby hospital in south Kashmir and later shifted to capital Srinagar after his condition deteriorated.

Clashes and shutdown continued for the third consecutive day in parts of south Kashmir after 16-year-old Zahid Rasool Bhat succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

He was one of the two persons injured in a petrol bomb attack on October 9 after miscreants attacked a valley-bound truck with at Udhampur on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

(IANS)

 

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Most Positive Buzz In India Created By Google in 2018: Report

YouGov "BrandIndex" also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018. 

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google created the most positive buzz in India last year, follewed by Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Google-owned YouTube, international research firm YouGov said on Wednesday.

Google had a Buzz score of 57.2 points, WhatsApp 55.7 and YouTube 52.9 points in the “2018 YouGov BrandIndex Buzz Rankings” in India.

“In the age of digital natives, it is no surprise that the top 10 list has a dominance of technology brands. Noticeably, financial brands have recorded good improvement to their buzz score in the past year,” YouGov India General Manager Deepa Bhatia said in a statement.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

YouGov “BrandIndex” measures the public’s perception of brands on a daily basis across a range of metrics.

The rankings are compiled using Buzz scores from the entire year’s worth of data. Buzz scores measure whether people have heard anything positive or negative about a brand during the previous two weeks.

“According to the rankings, we see a surge in the popularity of digital brands and social networks. While the top 3 is dominated by technology giants, social networks like Facebook and Instagram park themselves at nine and 10, respectively,” said the report.

MakeMyTrip was at fourth place, followed by Amazon at fifth spot.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Philipp Justus, Google Vice President for Central Europe and German-speaking Countries, chat behind a Google logo during the opening of a new Google office in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2019. VOA

Cab hailing services like Ola and Uber managed to stay in the limelight for a large part of the year and grabbed seventh and eighth position, respectively.

Also Read: YouTube Bans Dangerous, Harmful Pranks From its Platform

Food-delivery platform Swiggy landed at the sixth spot in the top 10 list.

YouGov “BrandIndex” also revealed the brands that noted the greatest improvement to consumer perception in 2018.

In India, Zomato is the “most improved” brand of the past year, followed by Instagram and Kotak Mahindra Bank. (IANS)