OnePlus 6T to Be Sold Offline via Reliance Digital Stores in India

OnePlus 6T to Be Sold Offline via Reliance Digital Stores in India

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OnePlus 6T would be available at the same price at Reliance Digital as it would online

Chinese phone maker OnePlus on Tuesday announced a partnership with Reliance Digital to sell its smartphones across the network of Reliance Digital offline stores in multiple cities in India. OnePlus announced that interested buyers would be able to experience OnePlus smartphones and accessories at the same price as online. Customers would also be able to take advantage of Reliance Digital promotional campaigns with OnePlus products. This announcement comes just before the launch of the OnePlus 6T ₹ 37,999 scheduled for October 29 in New York, followed by an India launch on October 30 in New Delhi.

The OnePlus 6T will be made available across Reliance Digital stores in the country. Apart from that, it will also be sold online via Amazon.in and the company’s own OnePlus Store. However, if previous launches are a yardstick to go by, OnePlus will soon after discontinue sale of its current flagship model, the OnePlus 6, across platforms. This is also not the first time that OnePlus has sold its phones offline. The company now has multiple offline experience stores and pop-up stores across India that offer the ability to try out and then purchase OnePlus smartphones. Back in May this year, the OnePlus 6 was also made available at Tata Group-owned Croma offline stores.

“The premium smartphone segment in India is steadily growing, and OnePlus seeks to more effectively tap into this space, with a nifty strategy combining both online and offline platforms for a holistic reach,” said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus India. “This partnership with Reliance Digital will equip OnePlus with a more robust physical presence, enabling the brand to cater to its increasing user base through multiple touchpoints across cities. The focus on curating only the best user experience by Reliance Digital resonates with that of OnePlus’ user philosophy.”

OnePlus 6T specifications (rumoured)

As for rumoured specifications of the OnePlus 6T, the mid-year upgrade isn’t expected to offer many differentiated features when compared to the OnePlus 6T. It will, however, have an in-display fingerprint sensor, a waterdrop-style notch, and no 3.5mm headphone jack, the company has confirmed. Specifications like a Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of inbuilt storage are expected to be retained. To recall, OnePlus recently shifted the New York launch date of the OnePlus 6T from October 30 to October 29.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spends 10 days in Myanmar: Single room, basic bed, 117 mosquito bites and no dinner

 
 

After his visit to India in mid-November, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey headed to Mynamar. We didn’t know earlier why he was visiting the country that in the recent years has been in news due to religious strife that has seen almost a government-sponsored violence targeted at Rohingyas. Myanmar has been cited as a place by United Nations where social media has been used to spread misinformation and hatred on a mass scale. So the world though that Jack was visiting the country to understand how Twitter was being used there and what were the implications.

Turns out the world was wrong. Now we know why Jack went to Myanmar. After coming back from his 10-day tour of the country, Jack Dorsey has given out some details of his Myanmar trip. He went there to meditate, which also meant to be celebration of birthday that falls on November 19.

 

Turns out that just like his trip to India led to a controversy — Jack inadvertently sparked a talk about caste in India after he was posed holding a poster that said “smash Brahminical patriarchy” — his trip to Myanmar too has sparked a controversy. Jack talks about he had a great time in Myanmar meditating, and tells the world to go visit the country. But his tweets have been deemed tone-deaf by many, with some saying that as CEO of Twitter he should have kept in mind the violence that has led to deal of thousands of people in Myanmar.

Some also find Jack’s tweets pretentious. He is not only the CEO of Twitter but also one of wealthiest people in the world with net worth of over $4 billion. Many say that if he is talking about basic necessities, pain, frugal life and mosquito bites, that is in poor taste.

Well, aside from controversies, here is a quick look at everything that Jack reveals in his tweets, including the place where he stayed.

— Jack’s Myanmar trip started on November 19, his birthday. He tweets: “For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19t.”

— Silence seems to have been the major theme of this holiday that Jack took. He says that he completely disconnected from office and work. All phones and laptops were switched. Although, the tweets of the Twitter CEO reveal that he kept using Apple Watch and Oura Ring in airplane mode as health tracking device.

— In Myanmar, Jack learnt more about Vipassana. He says, “Vipassana is a technique and practice to know thyself. It was rediscovered by Gautama the Buddha 2,500 years ago through rigorous scientific self-experimentation to answer the question: how do I stop suffering… Vipassana’s singular objective is to hack the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it: instead of unconsciously reacting to feelings of pain or pleasure, consciously observe that all pain and pleasure aren’t permanent, and will ultimately pass and dissolve away.”

— Talking of pain, Jack apparently comes to the conclusion that people must endure the pain and live through it. “Vipassana would likely be good for those suffering chronic pain to help manage it. That’s not the goal of course, but definitely a simple practice to help. Being able to sit without moving at all for over an hour through pain definitely teaches you a lot about your potential,” he says.

— In Myanmar, Jack lived in Dhamma Mahima in single room with a basic bathroom, a metal bed and basic mattresses and sheets. He believed he lived a monk’s life. “This is my room. Basic. During the 10 days: no devices, reading, writing, physical excercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with others. It’s free: everything is given to meditators by charity,” he tweeted.

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Chhath Puja exclusive: Sea of humanity squeezed in buses to Bihar

Chhath Puja bihar buses delhi

Chhath Puja is considered to be the most popular festival in Bihar, where people worship Sun God. Owing to the large number of people from Bihar living in Delhi, there is a maddening rush in trains headed to the state. (Photo: Reuters) (Photo for representational purpose)

Bus owners and operators are taking Chhath pilgrims for quite a ride this season. India Today TV’s special investigation team has uncovered the seasonal boom in the travel business with common people paying up to three times the usual fares-all in the name of Chhath Puja.

As the maddening rail rush of the festive season has pushed people to travel in buses so as to reach their hometowns in Bihar, our undercover reporter has captured on camera how this unholy business has sprung up this year.

A journey from Delhi to anywhere in Bihar could cost you between Rs 1,600 and Rs 3,000 this time, Rajeev Sharma of Maa Saraswati Tour and Travels told India Today.

Chhath Puja is considered to be the most popular festival in Bihar, where people worship Sun God. Elaborate arrangements have been made across the state to celebrate the four-day festival that started on Sunday.

India Today TV’s team visited the bus terminals at Mori Gate, Anand Vihar and Akshardham in Delhi, and Mayamaya Flyover in Noida. Sharma, whose bus was stationed at a terminal near Anand Vihar, said bus fares vary based on the seating arrangement.

“If two people are travelling in a sleeper coach, they will be charged Rs 3,000 each. While if three people adjust in the same sleeper coach, we charge Rs 2,200 each. There is also a provision where four people adjust in one sleeper coach at the rate of Rs 1,800 each,” he said.

When our undercover reporter asked Sharma how is it possible to fit in four people in the same coach, he replied, “It is quite normal. It is up to you to decide which coach you want to travel in.”

We came in touch with another operator Govind Kumar, who is a tour coordinator with Jagdamba Travels. What Kumar revealed was quite shocking. He said, “There are operators who accommodate even 100 people in a 48 to 50-seater bus.”

“The fare earlier was Rs 1,300 for a seat. Now, it has increased to Rs 2,000. We are charging Rs 1,600 each for a sleeper coach where we accommodate four people. The hikes have been made due to Chhath Puja as the rush is maddening,” Kumar claimed. He said about 20-25 buses crammed with passengers have already left for Bihar on Saturday.

A passenger boarding Kumar’s bus managed to take out time to speak to us. “It is very painful to travel like this but there is no alternative. We are six people and all will have to sit throughout the journey. We will not be able to sleep,” said the 25-year-old man.

This year, the Indian Railways offered 90 special trains to cater to the huge festive rush. But it failed to contain the rush as many people were forced to take buses paying two-three times extra fares, and compromising on comfort too.

We spotted a bus by the name of Sahil Travels which was about to make a move. The sight of a family shocked us. The husband and wife, and three children, including a four-month-old baby, were packed in a sleeper cubicle meant for two persons.

Ankit Bansal of Pawan Travels added an intriguing insight. He said even the driver’s cabin are not spared from passengers who squeeze in the tiniest of the space paying Rs 1,600. “The minimum ticket is for Rs 1,600,” he said.

“We are sending four people in a sleeper coach, which has the capacity of two. We are charging Rs 2,000 each,” said Sonu of Mahalakshmi Bus Service.

Mahi Saifi, tour coordinator of Trishakti Tour & Travels, hinted at the cost escalation based on passengers rush. Saifi also opened up on the key players involved in the illegal collection of money from bus operators. “It is a large network involving state police, traffic police and the state transport department. Everybody’s share is fixed on daily and monthly basis.”

With two more days to go, passengers may have to cough up even more. Poorvanchalis constitute almost one-third of the total voters of Delhi.

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Australia denies disabled Indian man tourist visa. Calls him burden on health services

Disabled Indian man denied Australian tourist visa

Disabled Indian man denied Australian tourist visa

Christmas is one of the holidays during the year where families reunite to enjoy and spend some time together. No matter what faith you come from, Christmas holidays are something everyone looks forward too.

But recently in a case of blatant discrimination against disabled people, an Indian man was denied tourist visa to visit his family during Christmas in Australia because he uses a wheelchair.

In a viral tweet, a Twitter user with the handle @briannasbell narrated the whole awful incident. She explained that the man, Shubhajeet was injured during military services and was planning a visit to Australia for two weeks on a tourist visa.

But it was denied to him on the grounds that he would put too much pressure on the health services in Australia.

She further explained that Shubhajeet, in fact, has a travel insurance, has completed his rehab following the injury in military services that caused his paraplegia, and has no intention to use Australia’s health care system.

This clearly shows that the decision to not provide him with a visa was based on outright discrimination against disabled person.

The tweet was also shared by Shubhajeet’s wife and a member of his family.

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Duped over work visas, 14 Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia (File photo: Reuters)

Fourteen Indians are stranded in Saudi Arabia with most of them in the country’s jails after two local travel agents allegedly sent them to work in the Middle East nation on tourist visas.

Police reported that their tourist visa has expired and they do not have work visas.

Of the 14 people stranded in Saudi Arabia, 12 hail from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district while two are from Punjab. Twelve of these 14 are lodged in the jails of Saudi Arabia. The other two are working in a company in the Middle East nation, police said.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has raised the issue with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to bring back the 14 people who are stranded in Saudi Arabia.

CM Thakur had called up the Union minister and asked her to personally take up the matter with Saudi Arabia authorities for their release. The chief minister has also written a letter to Swaraj in this regard.

Police said the travel agents had promised the now stranded people of acquiring work visas and allegedly cheated them of Rs 90,000 each.

The travel agents Mohammad Asif and Qadir were charged under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“The travel agents were charged on the basis of a complaint lodged by a Sundernagar resident Saroj whose husband Harjinder Singh is one of the fourteen people,” police officer Gurdev Sharma said.

“Though an FIR against the two travel agents was registered but neither of them has been arrested so far as the matter is under investigation,” the officer said.

The complainant has alleged that the travel agents had assured them to send to Saudi Arabia on work visa, but they were sent there on tourist visa, Sharma said.

In her complaint, one Saroj alleged that her husband along with the 13 others, went to Saudi Arabia after the agents had promised them high-salaried jobs.

The agents had charged Rs. 90,000 from each person as fee for arranging their work visa and jobs at Saudi Arabia, she alleged.

The agents sent all these 14 persons on tourist visas, she said, claiming that the agents told them that the company, where they would be employed, would arrange their work visa after three months.

She further alleged that the employer company had not provided them work visa despite promises by the agents.

Now that their tourist visas have expired, the company has retained their passports, she has alleged.

Besides, Harjinder Singh, the 13 other people, who are stuck in Saudi Arabia, include Tanuj Kumar, Ravi Kant, Ashwani, Shyam Lal, Onkar Chand, Devendra Kumar, Vikram Chand, Prem Singh, Joginder Singh, Manoj Kumar, Lalit Kumar, Devender and Bhupendra, Saroj has said in her complaint.

Sundernagar MLA Rakesh Jamwal said he had taken up issue with the chief minister and Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma.

He said he has urged them to raise the issue with Ms Swaraj for ensuring their return to India.

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Christian Michel floated shell companies to hide bribe money

AgustaWestland chopper deal accused Christian Michel was brought to India this week following his extradition by the UAE.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is confronting AgustaWestland chopper deal accused Christian Michel on the basis of statement given by his close associate RK Nanda and many documents collected during the investigation. As of now it has been established that Michel transferred bribe money to RK Nanda, a travel businessman based in Connaught Place, to invest in a shell company started in 2005.

The CBI has also recovered documents of his close associate and Mumbai-based partner JB Balasubramanian, who floated a shell company on the instruction of Michel to park illegal money, and later on, properties were purchased in the name of that company.

The amount was later shifted from the Indian shell company to Michel’s Dubai based company.

As per CBI sources, Michel and Nanda invested in real estate in Delhi and bought three properties, including a farmhouse in Chhattarpur in the name of the shell company. Later, they sold off two of the three properties in 2011-12. CBI will also question Michel’s driver, who accompanied him in India during his several visits to settle money and kickbacks.

As of now, Michel is being confronted with records of money trail through different means from Dubai to India. His email and password has also been recovered by the CBI. CBI sources suggest that Michel deleted most of the email communication during the period of defence deal. The investigation agency is also taking help from technical experts to retrieve the deleted material from Michel’s email account. It also says that there are many more who benefitted from kickbacks from Michel to play some or the other role in Rs 3,600 crorechopper deal. The CBI is planning to summon them in order to confront Michel.

Michel will be produced in CBI court on Monday. The agency will seek his further custodial remand to confront him with other suspects in the deal and also to recover important electronic evidence and documents to nail him in one of the biggest defence deal scam.

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Here is your horoscope for December 9, 2018

 
 

ARIES
You come to the essence of the problem as you start investigating professional and personal situations. Delay in projects, opposition from family and the inertia of your staff could cause some anxiety. Take things lightly and get on with what you have to do. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.

 

TAURUS

You can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough with your inner strength and hard work. Limitations and restrictions are no longer able to contain you as you opt for freedom and space. Don’t allow superficial friends to influence decisions or waste time. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.

GEMINI

Emotional and financial security becomes important today as you make investments and commitments. Feel the expansiveness that sharing can bring. The tension of hanging on to what you think is valuable needs to be examined. Go beyond limitations and restrictions! Lucky number 4. Colour red.

CANCER

Your interest is focused on financial transactions and earthy matters for now. Old habits and addictions can be dropped and new attitudes; diets and fitness programs can be inducted. Guard against a heavy and serious mindset regarding personal relationships. Lucky number 10. Colour red.

LEO

You have great energy to achieve targets and goals. You are impatient and unable to suffer fools gladly today. You make quick decisions and follow plans with dynamic energy. Don’t expect the same intensity or totality from others or you can be disappointed. Lucky number 9. Colour red.

VIRGO

Discussions could lead to arguments and it is best to remain balanced, as conflicts can be resolved now. Travel plans may be postponed. You have the courage to face unexpected situations or crisis. Your friends and family stand by you when you need them. Lucky number 16. Colour red.

LIBRA

Things fall into place; you are in the flow and the natural rhythm of life returns today! Inner conflicts are resolved as you list priorities and chose the right options. Balance should be maintained in all areas of life to get past blocks and reactions. Lucky number 4. Colour green.

SCORPIO

When there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white.

SAGITTARIUS

You are individualistic and can be sudden and expressive in love and anger; be aware! Your heart and soul give you insights and answers that you have been looking for intellectually. Listen to your intuition or gut feeling when decisions have to be taken. Lucky number 4. Colour orange.

CAPRICORN

It’s a time of duality when decisions have to be taken. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Media involvement is entertaining. You tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Be silent and centered inside. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.

AQUARIUS

Rescheduling plans may be for the better. You make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals. A positive attitude in relationships brings healing and love. Lucky number 12. Colour green.

PISCES

Moods swing from happy to sad and then pass when you start feeling strong inside and are a force to reckon with outside. Relationships tune into a balance of love and freedom. Take one step at a time with your feet on the ground and things start changing. Lucky number 7. Colour grey.

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Taj Mahal new entry fee will cost Rs 200 extra now. Details here

Entry to Taj Mahal main mausoleum will cost an extra Rs 200.

 
Entry to Taj Mahal main mausoleum will cost an extra Rs 200.
 

Entry to the Taj Mahal will be a slightly costlier deal starting from December 10. The government has sent out a notification saying that all categories of visitors will be charged an additional amount of Rs 200 if they wish to enter the main mausoleum.

The mausoleum which is housed in the basement of the tomb houses artistic replicas of the original graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, and is a great tourist attraction.

 

Until now, the entry to mausoleum did not charge anything extra and the visitors could just buy one ticket and see everything. The idea of introducing an extra charge was suggested by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials earlier this year as a crowd-management technique.

The first notification in this regard was published by the Ministry of Culture on behalf of ASI in September. Post that, objections were invited to the idea of the extra charge within 45 days.

After going through the suggestions and objections, the Central Goverment decided that the entry fee to the main mausoleum should be Rs 200 extra.

The entry to Taj Mahal costs Rs 40 for domestic visitors and those from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, and Rs 600 for other foreign visitors.

Now, all visitors from all categories will have to pay the extra charge if they wish to enter the main mausoleum.

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Choksi is medically unfit to travel to India: Lawyer to court

Antiguan authorities have assured India they’d help in Choksi’s extradtion. (File photo)

Absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi is medically unfit to travel to India to depose before the court, his lawyer said, in a reply to the Enforcement Directorate’s plea.

ED’s plea seeks to declare Choksi a ‘fugitive economic offender’. Choksi is an accused in the PNB fraud case.

In a hearing on Saturday, Choksi’s lawyer told a Mumbai court that he was not fit to travel. So his statement can either be recorded through video conferencing or ED officers could go to Antigua and record his statement.

“They can also wait for three months. If his condition improves, he’ll come back to record his statement,” he added.

Choksi, earlier on October 30, told a special PMLA court that it was “medically impossible” for him to travel to India due to his health condition. He said he had neither left the country post the registration of the complaint against him by the CBI or the ED nor has he refused to return. He claimed that he has been unable to return due to his medical conditions.

Choksi said he had blocked arteries, diabetes and a clot in his brain since 2012. “It has resulted in multiple medical complications, making it extremely impossible for him to travel on long flights of 41 hours,” the application stated.

Choksi also opposed the ED plea to declare him a fugitive economic offender on various grounds, including maintenance of “status quo”, allegations of “fraud” against ED as well as permission to lead evidence and cross-examine witnesses before the plea is decided.

Similar claims were made by his nephew, Nirav Modi — another absconding diamantaire — in his application. Choksi and Modi are under investigation by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Mehul Choksi, who now has a citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda, fled from India on January 4. He was in the USA till July 7. But before the agencies started the process to bring him back, he fled to Antigua and since then he is in the Carribean.

Antigua and Barbuda had assured they would consider India’s request of Mehul Choksi’s extradition.

The Antiguan authorities also confirmed about Mehul Choksi’s presence in Antigua and assured to help India in his extradition. Both Indian and Antiguan authorities have figured that Choksi’s extradition can take place under the provisions of Extradition Act.

In absence of a direct extradition treaty, Antigua’s status as a Commonwealth

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Xiaomi opens more than 500 Mi Stores in India to expand its offline presence to rural areas

Xiaomi expands its offline presence to rural India by opening over 500 Mi Stores today. “Mi Stores are Xiaomi’s venture into the rural markets for offline expansion and a testimony to its new retail business model.” Xiaomi India has also created a Guinness World record by opening the highest number of retail stores in the world in the same day. The company has inaugurated over 500 Mi Stores simultaneously at the exact same time. These Mi Stores are located across 14 Indian states.

The Mi Stores will let customers experience and purchase all Xiaomi products available in India under one roof. In line with its expansion plans, Xiaomi India has also announced its plan to open more than 5,000 Mi Stores across all over India by the end of next year, 2019. These Mi Stores outlets are situated in several towns ranging from tier 3, 4, 5 and below, the company has announced. “With these initiatives, the brand has rapidly expanded its offline presence in rural India,” notes Xiaomi.

Some of the Mi Stores are located in some of the most remote corners of the country, “showcasing the brand’s vast outreach” says Xiaomi. “For example, Xiaomi opened Mi Stores in Moreh which is 650 kms from Guwahati located on India-Burma border and just 100 meters away from Burma, and also in Aalo (Along) in Arunachal Pradesh which is the last town of India bordering China,” the company further notes. Additionally, Xiaomi is also “encouraging Mi Fans from small towns and villages, and other local individuals to run and operate these stores.”

Xiaomi also says, “The Mi Store project is expected to generate massive employment opportunities with over 15,000 jobs in these regions, thereby boosting immense economic output.” Interested entrepreneurs can apply for a job at the Mi Store via a simple online form on mi.com. Click here to fill the form.

Marking this occasion, Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President of Xiaomi and Managing Director of Xiaomi India says, “It’s a truly special moment for Xiaomi India to be celebrating yet another Guinness world record after having achieved one merely two months ago. We have been the No. 1 smartphone brand in India for 5 consecutive quarters. Over last few quarters, offline segment has been a great success story for us, with our offline market share growing about 40 times in one year. While our Mi Home & Mi Preferred Partner stores have performed exceptionally well in metro and large cities, our presence in smaller towns and villages was still negligible till now.”

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“Offline retail is still a huge segment in our country with nearly 40% of the offline market focused in rural regions. As a brand, we are dedicated to ensure that all our Mi Fans can easily access and make the most of our amazing products of the highest quality at incredibly honest prices. With these new retail measures, we are taking it a step further, and serving as a gateway to building a “smarter India” wherein all Mi Fans and consumers across rural India are also equally empowered to enjoy the best of smart technology. We are positive that this move will transform many lives for the better, and we promise to continue bringing them the best of innovative products as well as innovative brand experience, Manu further notes.

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