Farm groups to march to Delhi on 26 Nov as Centre invites leaders for talks

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Though the has invited a group of farmers agitating against the farm Bills from Punjab for second round of talks on December 2, a section of the growers has decided to carry on with their march towards the national capital on November 26 and 27.


Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) said the farmers’ protest will continue indefinitely if the does not accede to their demands.


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Huawei’s global smartphone market share to slump to 4% in 2021: Report

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Huawei Technologies’s global smartphone market share is expected to fall to just 4 per cent in 2021, a precipitous drop for the company that this summer ranked as the world leader in shipments.


China’s telecommunications giant will account for 14 per cent of the market this year and then drop to less than a third of that, TrendForce researchers said Tuesday. A sustained campaign of sanctions against Huawei from the US government has resulted in the company losing access to key software, chip design and manufacturing partners, depriving it of its technological edge.



The Honor budget phone division that Huawei recently announced it is selling to a government-backed consortium in Shenzhen will take 2 per cent of the market next year, constrained by its own component shortages and uncertainty around sanctions, according to an article posted on TrendForce’s WeChat account.


The forecast points to other established Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Oppo stepping in to fill the void left by Huawei, benefiting along with Apple Inc.’s iPhone sales. Together with the newly independent Honor, the rest of China’s smartphone makers are likely to expand production targets and compete aggressively

Pop On Top As Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa Lead Grammy Nods

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Pop queen Beyonce on Tuesday led the Grammys pack with nine nominations, as music prepares to celebrate its hitmakers in a year that saw the coronavirus crisis deal devastating blows to the industry.

Coming in second with six nods were Dua Lipa — who dropped a danceable album of club hits just as venues began closing in March — and pop shapeshifter Taylor Swift, whose folk-tinged surprise pandemic album appeared to bring her back into the Recording Academy’s good graces.

Rapper Roddy Ricch — who won a trophy last year for his collaboration with the late artist Nipsey Hussle — also received six chances at Grammy gold, including for Song of the Year, which honors songwriting, for his hit “The Box.”





Beyonce, already a Grammy winner, leads the pack for the 2021 awards with nine nominations
 AFP / Robyn BECK

Beyonce’s sweeping “Black Parade” — released in June amid explosive nationwide anti-racism protests after another spate of police killings of Black Americans — will vie for Record and Song of the Year honors on January 31.

“Put your fists up in the air, show Black love,” sings Beyonce — the Grammy’s most nominated female artist ever with 79 — on

Retail health segment sees 34% growth in April-October, shows data

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Non-life insurers have seen a 14.5 per cent increase in premium collection in the health segment between April and October this year, reflecting the need for health insurance in the country grappling with a surge in Covid-19 cases.


The health segment has seen premium collection of Rs 32,879.39 crore compared to Rs 28,704 crore in the corresponding period last financial year. The growth is led by the retail segment which has seen an almost 34 per cent rise in the reporting period, while group health reported an increase of 12.21 per cent.



On the other hand, premium collection for government health schemes has contracted 26 per cent. Standalone health insurers have been the greatest beneficiaries of this surge in demand for health insurance products, witnessing an almost 48 per cent growth in premiums collected in their retail health portfolio, while general insurers have seen a 21 per cent growth in the same period.


Experts, however, are of the view this level of growth is not sustainable in the long run, but the awareness created around health products would help insurers going forward.

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