Amazon mobile carnival: Great deals on iPhones, OnePlus 3T & other mobiles

The 2 day long mobile carnival started on 29 March and is expiring on 30 March, 2017

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Amazon India is running a two day long mobile carnival that started on 29 March and is expiring on 30 March, 2017. In the mobile carnival, the e-commerce giant is offering deals, discounts, cashback and exchange offers on smartphones. The Amazon exclusive smartphones like OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Coolpad Cool 1, Huawei Honor 6X etc. are also eligible in the mobile carnival.

Let’s look at the major deals currently running inAmazon Mobile Carnival

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

The latest from the stable of iPhone – the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – are retailing at a discount of Rs 10,000. The iPhone 7 base model with 32 GB storage and premium model with 128 GB storage is currently available at Rs 49,999 and 59,979, respectively. The elder sibling, iPhone 7 Plus premium model with 128 GB storage is available at Rs 71,899, down from Rs 82,000.

OnePlus 3T

Oneplus 3T is one of the hottest selling smartphones on Amazon India. In Amazon mobile carnival, the online retailer is offering cashback of up to Rs 1,250 in the form of Amazon Pay balance. The cashback can be availed by purchasing the device using Credit Card EMI option. Also, there is Rs 500 Kindle ebook promotion credits available for all the buyers. The buyers are also eligible to get Rs 100 discount on Oneplus 3T Karbon or Sandstone case if they purchase the OnePlus 3T device through Rocket Kommerce LLP retailer on Amazon India. For Amazon Prime users, there is an additional cash scheme running that offers Rs 250 Amazon Pay balance if the user streams the Prime video using Amazon Prime Video app on the OnePlus 3T. Amazon is additionally running a contest, where a buyer stands a chance to win Rs 1 crore, and you can read full details of the contest Click Here.

Tigor launched at Rs 4.7 lakh: Tata eyes a seat in Swift Dzire’s market

Upping the ante in the crowded compact sedan category, Tata Motors on Wednesday launched Tata Tigor, its third product in the tax-efficient sub-four metre sedan segment.

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The biggest selling point for Tigor is its aggressive pricing. At Rs 4.7 lakh for the base petrol variant, Tigor is now the cheapest compact sedan in the country and even undercuts Tata’s existing models. For example, the largest-selling car in the segment – Swift Dzire – starts at Rs 5.27 lakh, while the base petrol version of Indigo CS, from the Tata stable, is priced at Rs 5.03 lakh.

Besides Indigo CS, Tata Motors also sells the Zest in the segment, but has not been able to break the dominance of Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire in the category. The compact sedan and hatchback category, accounted for over 40% of car sales in January 2017, at over 114,000 units.

Maruti accounted for 56,000 cars in the category, with Swift Dzire selling over 18,000 units in January 2017.

The Tata Tigor 1.2-litre petrol model comes in four variants in the price range of Rs 4.7 lakh to Rs 6.19 lakh, while the 1.05-litre diesel engine mounted models starts at Rs 5.6 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.09 lakh in Delhi. The Tigor is the second all-new launch by Tata Motors in 2017 after the sports utility vehicle Hexa in January, which, the company claims, has notched over 2,000 retail deliveries.

Launched in April last year, Tiago sold close to 60,000 units and has helped the company pull buyers back to its showroom. Tiago, which, too, was a price warrior like Tigor, was the first successful launch by Tata Motors after a series of lacklustre product launches. The company is now trying to build on Tiago’s success by launching a new series of stylish products to attract young buyers and expand its sales and service network.

“With Tiago, Tigor and Hexa, we now cover 51% of the addressable market. But I have 49% of the market unaddressed. But I am very sure we have made the right beginning with these models and are very much on track,” Mayank Pareek, president-passenger vehicles, Tata Motors, said after the launch. Read Article Source >>>

UP meat sellers on strike against Yogi’s crackdown, restaurants to be hit

Operations have been disrupted completely for the past few days because of an atmosphere of fear

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Meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh (UP) launched an indefinite strike from Monday against the Yogi Adityanath government’s crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses.

“We have decided to intensify our strike from tomorrow. All shops will remain closed. Fish sellers too have joined us and are extending support to us,” Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal office bearer Mubeen Qureshi had said on Sunday.

He said, in the wake of the crackdown, there was no question of the strike being called off anytime soon. “It will go on indefinitely,” he added.

Industry fears being butchered

Several butcher shops and slaughterhouses across the state have complained that they are being targeted under the new dispensation. “Authorities are even closing down chicken shops,” a shop owner in Noida told NDTV. Another said even legal abattoirs were asked to hang curtains in front of their stores, while others alleged that the new administration was not willing to issue fresh licenses or renew the old ones.

Meat ban to Anti-romeo squad: Yogi Adityanath’s governance model for UP

As reported earlier, operations have been disrupted completely for the past few days because of an atmosphere of fear across the supply chain, since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in the state after winning a historic mandate, with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister. One of the party’s election promises was shutting down illegal slaughterhouses.

So far, allegedly illegal meat shops have been shut down in Lucknow, Varanasi and Ghaziabad. Last week, three meat shops owned by Muslims were burned down in Hathras.

Eateries hit

Due to the strike, non-vegetarian food outlets, including the famous Tunday and Rahim’s have shifted to mutton and chicken dishes after buffalo meat became scarce.

As the mouth-watering kebabs went off the platter, the owner of another famous eatery said the situation might force hoteliers to get mutton from Delhi. “But there will be no compromise on the quality of the food,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Read More

Apple to start making iPhone 6 and 6S models in India over next two months

Contract manufacturer Wistron will manufacture iPhones at its Bangalore plants

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Apple Inc. will soon start assembling iPhones in India for the first time, say government officials familiar with its plans, boosting the company’s chances of gaining a foothold in the fast-growing market.

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. will likely start making iPhone 6 and 6S models here in the next four-to-six weeks at its plant in Bangalore, said an official of the southern state of Karnataka where the tech hub is located. It will add Apple’s cheapest iPhone model, the SE, to its assembly line in about three months, the official said.

“Almost all preparations have been done for launching Apple’s first phase project in Bangalore through Wistron,” the official told The Wall Street Journal.

“We’ve been working hard to develop our operations in India,” an Apple spokeswoman said. “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we’ve had with government about further expanding our local operations.” A Wistron spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on “rumor or speculation.”

With sales cooling in China, long an engine for Apple’s growth, manufacturing iPhones locally would help Apple address what analysts say is its biggest problem in India: its smartphones are simply too expensive for the vast majority of people.

Smartphone shipments in India grew 18% last year, compared with 3% globally, according to Counterpoint Research, but the majority of phones sold here cost less than $150.

The iPhone SE, which some online retailers now sell for as low as $330, is still out of reach of most Indian consumers. (read more…)

Yogi Adiyanath bans pan, gutka in UP offices, allocates portfolios

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday banned chewing of ‘paan’ (beetal leaves), and consumption of tobacco and its products in all state government offices, hospitals and educational institutions and directed for ban on use of polythene.

Swearing-in of UP Chief Minister

The Chief Minister also allocated portfolios to his ministerial colleagues, keeping several key departments like home, revenue, mining and jails with him.

Adiyanath inspected the Shastri Bhavan (annexe) here during his first full working day here after taking oath as the Chief Minister on Sunday. He inspected various floors and sections of the building to get a first-hand account of cleanliness and work ethos.

According to an official release, Adityanath gave a stern message that “old work style and lax attitude towards work” will not be tolerated and stringent action taken against those found wanting in discharge of their duties.

Adityanath asked Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to ensure a proper system for upkeep, maintenance of files and records within a week and to ensure cleanliness in the Shastri Bhavan premises within the period.

He hoped that similar mechanism will be adopted in subordinate offices and noted that departmental presentations and reviews will be conducted in the fifth-floor conference room between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The BJP Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to fix a time table for presentations and review meetings and said the meeting room should be properly maintained.

Noting that cleanliness pledges should not remain mere formalities and officials need to set an example for others to emulate, Adiyanath laid emphasis on cleanliness and called upon officials to encourage their subordinates to maintain it.

The Chief Minister said he will continue to conduct inspections to ensure his directions were complied with.

Expressing displeasure at wires dangling in the office, Adiyanath called for immediate steps for improvement. He said clean environment in offices will lead to enhanced productivity and also stressed on the need to work with a team spirit. Read Full Story >>>

Apple releases red iPhones, cuts prices on lower-end iPads

The iPad Air 2 is replaced by a new model simply called the iPad costing $329

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Apple is refreshing and cutting prices on two of its iPads, but held back on updating its higher-end tablets.

A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad didn’t materialise, nor did new versions of iPad Pros aimed at businesses and creative professionals.

Apple unveiled the new iPads through a press release rather than a staged event, the opposite of the process reserved for bigger product releases, which typically are unveiled in September or October, in time for the holiday shopping season.

The tablet market is in an extended decline after a few years of rapid growth. According to IDC, tablet shipments fell 20 percent, to 53 million in the final three months of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015.

The iPad Air 2 is replaced by a new model simply called the iPad. It retains a 9.7-inch screen, but the display is brighter and the processor faster. Its price starts at $329 for 32 gigabytes of storage, down from $399.

The smaller, 7.9-inch iPad Mini 4 now comes with 128 gigabytes of storage starting at $399, down from $499. It’s eliminating 32-gigabyte model, which used to sell for $399. Read More

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Not just Cognizant: Other IT firms may hire 40% fewer engineers this year

Even if there were no Brexit or US Elections, hiring by IT firms would have been the same

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Fresh graduates out of engineering colleges may find getting a job tougher at large IT services firms this year as India’s IT industry struggles with new business models.

Technology services firms have traditionally hired thousands of fresh engineering graduates and trained them to build capacity to handle projects of their global clients. Now most of these entry level jobs can be automated, forcing IT firms to reduce their campus hiring.

So Indian information technology (IT) services firms are likely to hire 40 per cent fewer engineering graduates this year. Tech firms have been witnessing a dip in traditional software services and maintenance business, which earns them a major chunk of revenue, as clients are demanding services on digital technology and cloud. This is freeing up people from repetitive tasks such as testing and low-end maintenance.

Infotech companies such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and HCL Technologiescontinue to go to campuses, but have offered jobs to 60,000 engineers this year against 100,000 last year.

“Campus hiring dropped by at least 40 per cent from 2015-16,” said Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman and managing director of The Head Hunters India, a recruiting agency for the infotech sector. Industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies last month said growth in overall job creation by the sector was 5 per cent this year.

Infosys, India’s second-largest infotech firm, said it had hired 5,000 people in April-December 2016 against 17,000 in the same period a year ago. Over 9,000 employees were released to other projects because of automation, it added.

Cognizant is likely to ask around 10,000 people to leave as it shifts its business towards digital and consulting, which require skills different from those in traditional services. Read Article Source