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Street art outside Kolkata marquee supports sex workers’ rights

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Kolkata, Oct 8 : A 300 feet-long street art dedicated to the rights of sex workers was unveiled on Monday outside a Durga Puja marquee here where the theme is dedicated to sex workers of Sonagachi, said to be Asia’s largest red light area.

At the entrance of the marquee of north Kolkata’s Ahiritola Jubak Brinda, the tastefully done graffiti and other installations convey the untold story of the sex workers.

The street art vividly represents the journey of a sex worker, beginning with three women peeping from behind a door to a distorted ‘kumkum’ (vermillion) line on a woman’s forehead to signify her tragic life.

“We are very happy that these people thought of us. Like Ma Durga, we are also women and part of society. Due to this initiative, we have been able to mix with everyone,” said Kajol Bose, a member of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee that is a forum of sex workers.

Its members present on the occasion were visibly happy when the graffiti was unveiled, setting the mood for the festival. The women expressed their joy and gratitude by gracefully dancing to the beats of ‘dhaak’ (drums).

The puja committee has come up with a theme of ‘Utsarito Alo’ (Streaming Light) to showcase respect that sex workers deserve and to support their demand for working rights.

Committee Working President Uttam Saha said: “For ages, our orthodox society has neglected sex workers. As human beings, we fail to realise that they too are someone’s mothers or sisters. They do not deserve torture or hatred.

“They spend their lives in silence, and face humiliation and rejection. We are hence determined to support the journey of these sex workers with a pledge to ensure basic rights to them so that they can live with their heads held high,” a committee member said.

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    Kolkata: Artists make 'alpana' - graffiti - on a road ahead of Durga Puja, in Kolkata on Oct 8, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

  • Kolkata: Artists make 'alpana' - graffiti - on a road ahead of Durga Puja, in Kolkata on Oct 8, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

  • Kolkata: Artists make 'alpana' - graffiti - on a road ahead of Durga Puja, in Kolkata on Oct 8, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

  • Durga Puja preparations

    Kolkata: Artists make 'alpana' - graffiti - on a road ahead of Durga Puja, in Kolkata on Oct 8, 2018. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

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Hyundai Motor India launches all new Santro

“Our R&D centre in Namyang (S. Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have put strong efforts for product supremacy and utmost customer delight.”

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New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd MD and CEO Y K Koo and actor Shah Rukh Khan pose with the newly launched 2018 Hyundai Santro in New Delhi, on Oct 23, 2018. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

New Delhi, Oct 23 : Automobile major Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Tuesday launched ‘the all new Santro’ with an introductory price starting at Rs 3.89 lakh.

“The all new Santro is a true example of Hyundai’s Made-in-India philosophy and a shining result of our numerous product clinics and rigorous durability test on various terrains in India,” Y.K. Koo, MD and CEO, HMIL said in a statement.

“Our R&D centre in Namyang (S. Korea), Chennai and Hyderabad have put strong efforts for product supremacy and utmost customer delight.”

According to the company, the new passenger car is equipped with a 4-cylinder 1.1 litre petrol engine which offers 69 ps of power. It is mated with option of MT (manual transmission) and in-house developed ‘Smart Auto’ AMT (automatic manual transmission).

The petrol powered vehicle comes with a fuel mileage of 20.3 km per litre. It also has the option for a factory fitted CNG (60 L water equivalent).

Currently, the company has ten car models across segments – Eon, All New Santro, Grand i10, Elite i20, Active i20, Xcent, Verna, Elantra, Creta and Tucson.

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Q2 results, global cues subdue indices; Sensex sheds 290 points

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Mumbai, Oct 23: Mixed second quarter results, combined with negative global cues and concerns over a liquidity crisis in the NBFC sector, subdued the key domestic indices on Tuesday.

“The weakness in the market is because of the overall negative trends…, domestic as well as global,” Astha Jain, Hem Securities, told IANS.

“The quarterly results are mixed, adding to the negative sentiments among the investors.”

Heavy selling pressure was witnessed in IT, healthcare and TECK (technology, entertainment and media) counters which fell over two per cent.

Besides, the Indian rupee traded flat and the crude oil price was below the $80 mark.

Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex provisionally closed at 33,847.23 points down 287.15 points or 0.84 per cent.

The Sensex touched a intra-day high of 34,073.92 points and low of 33,742.75 points.

Similarly, the Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended the day’s trade at 10,146.80 points, down 98.45 points or 0.96 per cent.

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Xiaomi leads India smartphone shipments in Q3 2018: Counterpoint

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New Delhi, Oct 23: With a 27 per cent market share, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi dominated India smartphone shipments in the third quarter of this year, Counterpoint Research said on Tuesday.

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India smartphone shipments during the July-September period of this year grew 24 per cent sequentially and five per cent year-over-year, the report said.

Xiaomi, which recorded its highest ever shipments in India in a single quarter driven by the new Redmi 6 series and expansion in offline channels, was followed by Samsung (23 per cent), Vivo (10 per cent) Micromax (nine per cent), and OPPO (eight per cent).

“India’s shipments surpassed those of the US during the quarter; the second time this has occurred,” said Karn Chauhan, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

The top five brands captured 77 per cent share of the total smartphone market during the quarter, the report said, adding that the smartphone segment contributed to half of the total handset market during the July-September period of this year.

“The record shipments happened at a time when the Indian Rupee has hit a record low against the US Dollar,” Counterpoint Research Analyst Anshika Jain noted.

India, which now has over 400 million smartphone users, recently surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market in the world after China.

“The $150-$250 segment contributed to almost one third of the volume during the (third) quarter as many new products are launching at this level,” Chauhan said.

The launch of a new sub brand, Pocophone, also helped Xiaomi lead the India smartphone market in terms of shipments, the report said.

Samsung’s shipments were driven by the J series as the demand for J6 and J8 remained strong. Apart from this, the South Korean tech giant also launched the Android Go edition, Galaxy J2 core, giving it a much-needed offering in the sub $100 segment, the report said.

Vivo shipments reached their highest ever as it refreshed its V series with the launch of the V11 and V11 Pro.

Micromax was back among the top five brands for the first time in two years. Micromax, along with Reliance Jio, has won an order from the Chhattisgarh government under which it will be the sole supplier of five million smartphones to be distributed to women and students in the state.

However, shipments are likely to decline following completion of the order, the report added.

OPPO shipments also increased during the quarter driven by refreshed product lines, notably the F9 series.

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