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Mobile phone in prisoner’s
The smuggling of mobile phones into
jails in India and their seizure is not
something new. But in a bizarre
recovery, a mobile phone was found in
the stomach of a prisoner in Delhi’s
Tihar jail, which is considered one of
the most secure jails in Asia.
He had swallowed the tiny
Chinese-made mobile phone and
doctors had to get him to vomit it out.
Officials feel this is a new way of
smuggling mobile phones into Tihar
jail. Last week, a prisoner was found
with four tiny mobile phones in his
Doctors got him to vomit three of
them out, while the fourth was
removed surgically from his rectum.
Rajasthan cop in hot water over
‘bribe’ wedding video
A Rajasthan Police sub-inspector has
landed in trouble after his pre-wedding
video, depicting him receiving a bribe
from his fiancee, went viral.
The video, shot two months ago,
shows Dhanpat Singh stopping Kiran,
now his wife, and fining her for riding
without a helmet. She puts the money
in his pocket and leaves.
The cop later realises that she left
with his wallet. He meets her again to
take it back and they fall in love in
true Bollywood style.
But the creativity of the cop did not
go down well with his seniors. They
said the video misused the prestigious
uniform and could have a negative
impact on the police department.
A letter was reportedly sent to all
range inspector-generals asking them
to ensure such videos are not shot.
Chennai techie finds flaw in
Instagram again, wins $10,000
Barely a month after winning $30,000
from Facebook for spotting a flaw in
Instagram, Chennai-based security
researcher Laxman Muthiyah has
again discovered a new account
takeover vulnerability on the photo
and video-sharing app.
This time he won $10,000 as part
of the social network’s bug bounty
The new vulnerability that
Mr Muthiyah spotted was similar to
the one he reported in July and
allowed anyone to hack Instagram
accounts without consent.
UP Governor adopts girl suffering
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben
Patel has adopted a girl infected with
Following in her footsteps, the staff
at the Governor’s residence adopted
21 other children suffering from TB.
The Governor said she and her staff
will ensure the children get proper
medicine and nutritious food.
Students forced to wash utensils
with dirty water
Students at a Madhya Pradesh primary
school in the Makroniya area in Sagar
district have been forced to wash their
mid-day meal plates in a pit of dirty
water, reported IANS.
This is because the school does not
have proper dish-washing facilities.
The school administration has
refused to comment but the Education
Department Project Officer H.P.
Kurmi said strong action will be taken
and the “guilty will not be spared”.
Camel dies in police station while
awaiting court order
One of the six camels rescued from
being slaughtered on Eid al-Adha died
on Tuesday in Dhula, Assam, while
awaiting court orders to be sent back
to Rajasthan. The camel was kept in a
police station, after being seized from
Dhula market on Aug 10.
“The local weather is not suited for
the camels. Despite my repeated
requests, the camels are being kept
under open sky.
“They are all under stress and
infected by maggots,” said Mr Sujeet
Kumar Choudhary, a member of the
State Animal Welfare Board of
India’s first woman DGP dies
Ms Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya,
India’s first woman Director-General of
Police, passed away following an
illness in a Mumbai hospital on
Monday. She was 72.
She is survived by her husband and
Ms Bhattacharya made history
when she was appointed the DGP of
Uttarakhand in 2004. She retired on
Oct 31, 2007.
Railways to modernise signal
In a bid to make rail travel safer for
passengers, Indian Railways is
planning to upgrade its entire rail
network with modern signals and an
anti-train collision system.
The Railways has also identified 10
more high-speed rail corridors besides
the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route for
Bengaluru sculpts its way into
A new Guinness World Record of
2,138 participants collectively
sculpting clay idols of Hindu
elephant God Ganesha was created
in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Mr Swapnil Dangarikar, the
official adjudicator for Guinness,
put his official stamp on the new
record under the category of “most
people sculpting with modelling
clay”. Participants included people
of all ages, including students and
The feat aimed to drive home
the message of reducing the use of
plaster of Paris in the making of
the idols as they pollute the sea
when immersed. It encouraged
people to use eco-friendly clay.
Participants display their clay idols of Ganesha.
Eager to see customers at its first India retail store,
Apple yesterday declared India its next growth hub
– first by launching an exclusive online store and
then its branded retail outlet – as the Narendra
Modi government eased the 30 per cent local
sourcing norm in single-brand retail (SBRT).
The United States-based iPhone maker said it
appreciates the support and hard work done by
Prime Minister Modi, who is aiming to make India
one of the world’s greatest economies.
“We love our customers in India and we’re eager
to serve them online and in-store with the same
experience and care that Apple customers around
the world enjoy,” Apple said in a statement.
Indian users will soon be able to buy Apple
devices from the company’s own online store, along
with offers and discounts.
Apple said it will take some time to announce its
first branded store in the country. “It will take us
some time to get our plans underway and we’ll
have more to announce at a future date,” the
India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal an-
nounced on Wednesday that “all procurements
made from India by the SBRT entity for that single
brand shall be counted towards local sourcing,
irrespective of whether the goods procured are sold
in India or exported”.
He added: “The current cap of considering
exports for only five years is proposed to be
removed, to give an impetus to exports.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who believes India is a
very important market in the long term, has always
emphasised the company’s plans to open its
branded stores in the country.
“We would like to place retail stores there. And
we are working with the government to seek
approval. And so, we plan on going in there with
sort of all of our might,” Mr Cook said recently.
According to industry analysts, the relaxation of
local sourcing norms will not only provide the
necessary growth stimulus for the Indian economy
but will also enable the country to potentially
attract the likes of Apple which saw double-digit
growth in the company’s fiscal 2019 third quarter.
Online as a channel is more relevant in India
than any other country in the world.
“Apple tasted success in the India online seg-
ment couple of years ago when almost two-fifth of
total sales were from the online channel before they
started to focus more towards offline operations,”
Mr Tarun Pathak, associate director at Counterpoint
Research, told IANS.
“Although marketplace model is more popular
and likely to stay the same, having branded online
presence can surely have another medium of
targeting customers as it gives you more control on
product and offerings.”
In the second quarter this year (April-June),
Apple had 1.2 per cent market share in India.
“The single-brand retail reforms are a shot in the
arm for Apple on the heels of its recent push for
increased local manufacturing. The reforms will
support Apple in gaining a stronger footing in the
fastest-growing smartphone market in the world,”
said Mr Prabhu Ram, head, Industry Intelligence
Group, CyberMedia Research.
“Given the economic slowdown in China, India
now provides Apple with a much-needed window
of opportunity to improve its performance.”
Apple iPhone shipments grew 19 per cent (YoY)
in India in its last reported quarter, according to
Counterpoint Research. Riding on heavy promo-
tional offers especially on iPhone XR, Apple
regained top position in the premium smartphone
segment in India in the second quarter this year.
The return of Apple in India comes at a time
when it is reportedly set to manufacture top-end
iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphones, courtesy
of its supplier Foxconn, in the country.
In April, Apple started assembling iPhone 7 at its
supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru.
Indo-Asian News Service
“We love our customers in India and
we’re eager to serve them online and
in-store with the same experience
and care that Apple customers
around the world enjoy.”
– Apple statement
Apple to start online sales in India
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