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Vivo, Flipkart tie-up to sell V5Plus phones

Mumabi: Smartphones manufacturer Vivo said on Sunday it has partnered with Flipkart for online sales of its V5Plus mobiles. The matte Black V5Plus limited edition phone, priced at Rs 25,990, will be available for sale on the e-commerce platform from tomorrow, the company said in a statement. “With this partnership, we aim to use the exclusive online market. As we cannot ignore the power of online medium, through this association

Social media ads' unable to appeal many: Report

New Delhi: Social media advertising may have high reach but when it comes to driving brand impact, it has lesser capability to appeal to the age group of 20-45 years, according to a report by Kantar Millward Brown. As per the findings of the global media and advertising research firm, social media drives better reach and brand impact among 15-19 age group. “Social media has high reach but has lesser

'Zero recovery' for corals in Australia bleaching

Sydney: Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has ‘zero prospect’ of recovery, scientists warned today, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures. Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long bio-diverse reef. Last

Delta says 150 more flights cancelled as storm effects linger

New York: Delta Air Lines said it cancelled another 150 flights as it tries to get back on schedule after severe thunderstorms that disrupted flights into and out of its hub in Atlanta. Delta said last afternoon that its operations are stabilising, but there aren’t enough crews available to staff its flights, in part because of federal regulations on rest for crews. Delta advised travellers to check its website and mobile

BJP has no role in IT searches in TN: Subramanian Swamy

Coimbatore: Senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy said his party had no role in the recent income tax searches on the premises of Tamilnadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and others. The I-T department has the right to search any body’s premises, if it found necessary, he told reporters here. He also appealed to the voters in RK Nagar in Chennai to defeat DMK in the April 12 assembly bolls. DMK and

Jishnu Pranoy case: Family calls off indefinite fast

Thiruvananthapuram: The family of engineering student Jishnu Pranoy, who had allegedly committed suicide, yesterday ended their indefinite fast after Chief Minister assured them that all the accused in the incident will be brought to book. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called Mahija, mother of Jishnu, over phone and assured her that steps would be taken to book all the accused in the case. Jishnu’s uncle Sreejith, while announcing the decision to the

Devotee in USA offers gold ornaments at Tirupati temple

Tirupati: An NRI woman devotee has made an offering of gold foot covers (Paaduka) weighing two kg and worth about Rs 61 lakh, at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala here yesterday. A Lakshmi from Andhra Pradesh, who has settled down in the USA, sent the offering through her parents to the hill temple as a fulfillment of her vow as she was blessed with a child after

Anna Salai road caves in; bus passengers escape unhurt

Chennai: Passengers of a city bus and a car driver escaped unhurt yesterday when a section of an arterial road suddenly caved in near the site of underground tunnelling for the Metro Rail here, the police said. The incident occurred last afternoon at Anna Salai area, in the heart of the city. The passengers of the bus, around 35 of them, evacuated the vehicle after the driver raised an alarm and

Jishnu case: One more accused arrested

Thiruvananthapuram: The vice-principal of an engineering college in Kerala, one of the absconding accused in the case relating to the death of an engineering student in January this year, was arrested from near Coimbatore yesterday. N K Sakthivel, vice-principal of the Nehru College of Engineering, was arrested from a relative’s farmhouse at Annoor after the latter’s mobile phone signals were tracked, the police said. He is being brought to Thrissur police

Startups can boost job creation: IT experts

Mumbai: Innovation and entrepreneurship are the keys to boost manufacturing and job creation, contrary to fears that automation may stunt jobs, say IT industry experts. E-commerce is a good example of how technologydriven innovation can give rise to both skilled as well as unskilled jobs over the past three to four years, Persistent Systems chairman and managing director Anand Deshpande said. “Both skilled and unskilled jobs have to be created

Guiding entrepreneurs on the right path

Chennai: To lend a helping hand to entrepreneurs, Andhra Chamber of Commerce (ACC) has launched “Business Incubator” in Chennai. It has created a 2,000 sq ft office along with a conference hall in its premises for the purpose. “Vision, ambition and drive has been the driving force for the growth of this nation and it has to be renewed now to bring fame and growth back. This business incubator will