Fringe groups on the rampage ahead of ‘Padmaavat’ release
A school bus was attacked in Gurgaon, a fringe outfit in UP declared a bounty on Deepika Padukone’s nose while roads were blocked at many places as violence spread to several states a day ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. Karni Sena members protesting the movie allegedly damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city’s Kalwar area while scores of activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik. A bus was torched and a highway blocked in Haryana’s Gurgaon where protesters violated prohibitory orders while the
police had to use force to disperse an agitating mob in Lucknow.
Karna bandh over Mahadayi river row likely to hit normal life
Normal life is likely to be hit in Karnataka tomorrow following the state-wide bandh called by several pro-Kannada outfits demanding the Prime Minister’s intervention in the inter-state Mahadayi river water dispute with Goa. The dawn-to-dusk bandh is expected to be in total in the northern districts that come under Malaprabha river basin. In other parts, normal life may be disrupted as certain public services are expected to decide on their operations, depending on the situation. While most private school managements have decided to remain shut, for government schools district administrations have been authorized to take a decision, depending on the situation.
Why Asean leaders are seeking imports of Akash, BrahMos
As India showcases its formidable military might at the Rajpath on Republic Day, a few weapon systems including Akash surface to air missile (SAM) and BrahMos would be in the highlight seeing the recent successful trials. Both the missiles are export-ready and most of representatives of Asean, who would witness the Republic Day parade this time, have at various meetings sought their imports. When the 10 Asean leaders meet for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on Thursday, sources told FE: “Exports of Akash and BrahMos missiles will be topping the agenda.” As part of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, India has increased its engagement with the Asean countries in the fields of maritime security, military exercises as well as trade and investments. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her recent visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp had said, “The prime minister’s intention that the Look East policy should now be an Act East policy is really taking shape… And by the very presence of 10 leaders from the Asean bloc during the Republic Day celebrations, India is definitely showcasing its Act East policy. And we are happy that the event is going to happen with all of them present.”
Why Samsung Galaxy A8+ is a stylish offering and built to last – Check prices, specs and other details here
If you are looking for a good mobile phone, chances are with so many brands present in the market you’ll end up getting thoroughly confused. The task becomes even more difficult when every other brand—especially the Chinese handset makers—starts to hard-sell its flagship device as a virtual powerhouse and sends the intended buyer into an orbit of indecision, for the simple reason that each of them talk about almost similar quality and experience. The Indian consumer, being acutely price-conscious, tends to rely on a trusted brand that has a good service network and where the device comes with the latest technology. Samsung is a clear leader here as its devices tick all the right boxes. Take for instance, the Galaxy A8+. It is a practical, stylish and convenient device that comes with flagship features. It retails for `32,990 and is available in two colour options—Black and Gold. We got the Black variant for a product evaluation, let us take a look at its key features and overall performance. Put simply, the Galaxy A8+ just feels great in your hands and is built to last. The phone has a decent heft to it, not heavy but just enough to make the device feel substantial. The device comes housed in an attractive glass and metal body with a large Infinity Display. Galaxy A8+’s 6-inch large screen is supported with ergonomic curved glass on the back and front.
WhatsApp business app: How small and medium businesses got a leg up
More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. The Facebook-owned entity has introduced a special messaging app for the fast-growing small and medium business (SMB) community. The new WhatsApp Business app, that will be available free to download on Google Play in different markets including India, will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and convenient for its 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them. Here’s how: Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as business description, email or store addresses, and website; Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools—quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you’re busy;