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Congress protests, Lok Sabha adjourned for day 

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after three adjournments following protests by Congress members who raised slogans and came near the Speaker’s podium demanding resignation of three BJP leaders.

As 25 Congress members, who were suspended for five days, returned to the house, scenes which had disrupted the proceedings of the house last week returned.

As soon as the house assembled in the morning, Congress leader Mllikarjun Kharge said the way External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had spoken in the house when the opposition was not present was not proper.

The Congress, along with several opposition parties, had been boycotting the lower house in protest against the suspension of 25 Congress members.

“The way she tried to speak in the house when the entire opposition was not there is unacceptable. Her contention that she helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi on humanitarian grounds is not acceptable,” he said.

Kharge and other Congress leaders M. Veerappa Moily and K.C. Venugopal had moved adjournment motions on the issue.

However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she would not allow adjournment motions and said a discussion on the issues could be held later.

Following this, opposition Congress members trooped near the Speaker’s podium with placards in their hands and started shouting slogans against the government.

Mahajan said: “I am requesting you please do not bring placards into the house. Do not come to the well.”

Soon after this, she adjourned the house till noon.

At noon, when the house reassembled, Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai adjourned the house till 12.30 p.m., after the tabling of a few official papers.

As the Congress members kept pressing their demand, he adjourned the house till 2 p.m.

Congress members again came near the Speaker’s podium soon after the house met in the post-lunch session and raised anti-government slogans. Some of them were also carrying placards.

Some members raised their respective issues amid slogan-shouting by the Congress members. The deputy speaker later adjourned the house for the day.

The Congress, supported by several other opposition parties, has been demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi and that of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.

Lalit Modi is facing investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.

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Vivo grabs 2nd spot in India smartphone market for 1st time

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New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo created history by grabbing the second spot in the Indian smartphone market for the first time in the fourth quarter of the calendar year 2019.

Vivo captured 21 per cent market share to reach the second spot as Samsung slipped to third place with 19 per cent market share. Xiaomi was at No 1 position with 27 per cent share in Q4 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.

OPPO and Realme were other players in the top 5 list, with 12 per cent and 8 per cent market share, respectively.

Vivo grew 76 per cent (year-on-year) in the full year 2019Aand 134 per cent YoY in Q4 2019, driven by good performance of its budget segment series.

“Also, by successfully pivoting to online and aggressively positioning the S series in the offline segment with new features, it managed to make a dent in the Rs 15,000 Rs 20,000 segment,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint.

Due to this, Vivo captured the second spot for the first time in India’s smartphone market.

According to Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, Vivo India, the goal of the company is not only to launch new devices, but also provide customers better after-sales service experience, which is the key motto of the company.

“We are deeply focused on bringing new innovations to stay ahead in the smartphone segment,” Marya told IANS.

“My aim is to give world-class after sales service to my consumers. I also thank them for maintaining their trust in the brand,” he added.

Over the past four years, Vivo has grown 24 times in the Indian market.

Vivo has presence in over 70,000 retail outlets across the country.

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