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Modi meets ministers, reviews progress on schemes

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modiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting of his council of ministers to review progress on schemes related to some ministries and laid thrust on faster delivery of government initiatives.

The meeting lasted about two-and-half-hours.

The sources said the meeting reviewed schemes and government initiatives related to ministries such as agriculture, chemical and fertilizer and water resources.

They said such meetings were likely to be held every month.

Modi had earlier held meetings with groups of secretaries who presented their ideas and suggestions on issues such as “Swasth Bharat, Shikshit Bharat (Healthy India, Educated India)”, “innovative budgeting and effective implementation” and “Ganga Rejuvenation”.

Modi’s meeting with his team of ministers to review implementation of schemes came a day after his government completed 20 months in office.

The coming year is crucial for the government as it will be completing half of its term.

Four major states will go the polls in the first half of this year.

The opposition has accused the Modi government of being high on promises and low on delivery.

It has also slammed the government over rise in prices of some food items such as pulses.

BJP leaders have dismissed the allegations of the opposition and said that the slew of initiatives government were already showing impact and will show greater results in the coming days.

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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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