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17Nov/19

Xiaomi Independence Day sale is live: Everything to know

first_imgXiaomi India is holding a four-day’s Independence Day sale on its website starting today. The sale that is already live on Mi.com will run till August 12. Some of the top deals during the sale are on Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Band 2 and more.There is a discount of Rs 5000 on the Mi Mix 2. The phone sells at Rs 24,999 and the company is giving a price cut of Rs 5000 which means the effective price becomes Rs 19,999. There is a discount of Rs 1000 on Mi Max 2 and Rs 200 off on Mi Band 2.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in 2017. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 . It is powered by an octa-core processor and comes with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone packs non-exapandable 128GB of internal storage and is backed by a a 3400mAh non removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.Mi Max 2 is also a decent deal during the sale. Launched in 2017, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels and its India price starts at Rs 13,999. It is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 packs a 12MP primary camera on the rear and a 5mp front camera.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi LED TVs are also available in an open sale during the Xiaomi Independence Day sale. Open sale means that the devices will be available in stock for the entire day. Xiaomi devices are sold via flash sale model and quickly out of stock. Xiaomi Independence Day sale is a favourable time for those who are planning to buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro or Xiaomi televisions.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 that launched in India on August 8 is also available for pre-orders on Amazon India and Mi.com from today. The sale will happen on August 16 on both the websites. The smartphone is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model.last_img read more

17Nov/19

Rain fury severely affects Kerala’s tourism, plantation sectors

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Aug 13 (PTI) Floods due to the unprecedented monsoon fury in Kerala has wrecked the tourism industry and seriously impacted the plantation sector, which are among the major revenue sources for the state.Just as the tourism industry was recovering from thecancellation of bookings at hotels and resorts following theNipah outbreak, heavy rains and floods came as a huge blow,say industry sources.The plantation sector is estimated to have suffered huge losses due to the landslides and flooding that have claimed 39 lives and rendered over one lakh homeless in the latest phase of monsoon rains since early this month.The picturesque high-range districts of Idukki and Waynad, the most sought after destinations by tourists, are among the worst hit.Landslips are continuing in various places and many pockets of the two districts are still flooded and road network also affected.According to Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Senior Vice-President E M Najeeb, already 70 to 80 per cent cancellations had taken place in Idukki, Munnar, Kumarakkom, which are among the most preferred destinations by domestic and international tourists.The loss was being assessed, he said.According to a 2017 report of the State Planning Board, the share of tourism in Kerala’s Gross State Domestic Product is about 10 per cent.The downpour has played spoilsport for the tourism department’s plans to organise the famed snake boat races, which have mesmerised visitors for ages, under a new league.Snake boats or ‘Chundan Vallams’, in local parlance, are canoe style boats which are 100 to 120 feet long and hold up to 100 rowers.advertisementThe Champion’s Boat League on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other sport leagues was supposed to have kick started from August 11 this year.The annual Nehru Trophy boat race, expected to mark the beginning of the league in Alapuzha, had been postponed in view of the natural calamity.”We will find a new date. The government is presently busy with relief and rescue operations due to the floods and landslides in various parts of the state,” Kerala Tourism Director P Bala Kiran told PTI.The rains would also dampen the proposal to organise feasts at homes of people in villages for tourists under the Responsible Tourism Mission of the Tourism department during the annual Onam festival next week.Another casualty of the incessant rains is the blooming of ‘Neelakurinji’ flower in the hills of Munnar, a once in 12 year occurrence which attracts large number of tourists.The floods and landslides have wrecked havoc to the plantation sector in the hilly regions of the state which produces spices, rubber and tea.Idukki, once known as the spice capital of the world, produces over 12 varieties of spices, including pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and turmeric, which are largely exported.The loss suffered by tea, coffee, cardamom and rubber planters due to the rains since the onset of the South West Monsoon on May 29 has been pegged at Rs 600 crore, secretary of Association of Planters of Kerala Ajit B K said.The estimated loss of tea plantations alone was between Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore, he told PTI, adding around 100 acre had been lost in landslides and flooding of tea fields in Waynad.In case of cardamom, around 40 per cent of the crop loss was estimated in Idukki and Waynad districts. Due to heavy winds at the start of the monsoon, standing crops were damaged and 25 per cent of the area needs re-planting, Ajit B K said.According to Spices Board sources, there is a roughly 35 to 40 per cent loss of cardamom and pepper in Idukki according to feedback from farmers.Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala, is the time when consumer durable companies flock the state for sale of their new products, but retail sales were likely to be affected this year due to the rains.The state government has put the overall loss suffered by the state so far due to the floods at Rs 8,316 crore. PTI UD VS NSDNSDlast_img read more