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Is Rs 500 Notes With Green Strip Close To Mahatma Gandhi’s Photo Fake? PIB Clarifies

These days social media is full of videos and pictures talking about fake currency and there are many websites and Twitter handles which claim to know the ‘trick’ to identify fake currency notes.

A similar rumour has now gone viral on social media. The new viral video claims that if a Rs 500 note has the green strip near the picture of Mahatma Gandhi then that note is fake. According to the viral video, in ‘real’ notes the green strip is near the signature of the RBI governor.

But PIB has now posted a tweet from its fact-checking handle, PIB Fact Check claiming that it is merely a rumour and both the notes are legally acceptable. The PIB tweet asserted that the viral video is fake.

 

A video has been posted by PIB Fact Check stating that both the notes are real currency notes.

 

 

 

 

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Google to invest up to $1 billion in a partnership with Airtel

Bharti Airtel and Google, on Friday, January 28, 2022, said that they would partner on a long-term, multi-year agreement to accelerate the growth of India’s digital ecosystem, under which Google intends to invest up to USD 1 billion.

The amount is part of the USD 10 billion ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’, which was announced by the CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai in 2020, and will include equity investment as well as a corpus for potential commercial agreements, to be identified and agreed on mutually agreeable terms over the next five years, the companies said in a statement.

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“Together, they will work to bring best-in-class end-to-end products to serve customer needs, provide quality customer experience, and bring their expertise to solve problems of affordability, access, and digital inclusion,” they added.

The deal includes an investment of USD 700 million to acquire 1.28% ownership in Airtel and up to USD 300M toward potential multi-year commercial agreements. The partnership will focus on enabling affordable access to smartphones across price ranges and will continue to explore building on their existing partnerships to potentially co-create India-specific network domain use cases for 5G and other standards and help accelerate the cloud ecosystem for businesses across India.

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Smartphone sales in India grow by 12% in 2021: Report

The smartphone market in India achieved a record 162 million shipments in 2021, growing 12 per cent in 2020, a new report revealed.

After a tough start to the year, due to the second wave of Covid-19, India recovered strongly in the second half, reports market research firm Canalys.

“Thanks to the vaccination rollout, market reopening and pent-up demand, smartphone shipments reached all-time highs for the full year. Growth is expected to continue in 2022, driven by both replacement demand and new customers migrating to smartphones,” Sanyam Chaurasia, Analyst Canalys said in a statement.

Following a strong comeback in Q3, smartphone vendors shipped 44.5 million devices in Q4 for 2 per cent growth, despite a challenging supply chain.

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Xiaomi was the leader, shipping 9.3 million units and maintaining its 21 per cent market share. Samsung came second with 8.5 million units for a 19 per cent share.

For the first time, realme climbed to third place in India, with a 49 per cent year-on-year increase in volume that reached 7.6 million shipments. The fourth and fifth places were taken by Vivo and OPPO, with 5.6 million and 4.9 million units.

“Overall, India will see upward momentum towards future-proof technologies, with smartphones being at the core of the digital ecosystem and growing ever-more essential to the daily lives of Indian citizens,” Chaurasia added.

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Kashmir Handicrafts to be promoted in Germany

The Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah held an extensive web meeting with Dr Suyash Chavan Consulate General of India (CGI), Germany.
The online meeting dealt exclusively with reviewing the scope of developing end-to-end export linkages to provide quality handicraft products of Kashmir to the German Market in particular and the rest of Europe in general so as to ensure quality products reach Germany to increase the handicraft exports to Germany.
Germany is the largest consumer of Kashmir carpets and in addition imports Chain Stitch, Paper Machie and Walnut furniture from Kashmir. As the weather of Germany is characterized by cold winters, this makes it a perfect destination for the use of Kashmiri Shawls, Rugs and Carpets.
The tie-up shall also aim to connect art lovers and handicraft importers of Germany with  exporters from Kashmir and also achieve a tie-up of master craftsmen and artisans of Kashmir  with art connoisseurs through digital platforms, which shall ensure long term sustainability for arts like Papier-mâché, sozni, Kani shawl, basket weaving, khatamband, wood carving, silver and copper carving, carpet weaving, leather, silk and pashmina weaving amongst other crafts that Kashmir is known for in German markets
It was discussed that the participation of Handicrafts & Handloom shall be facilitated in participation in upcoming Expos and Trade shows which shall provide an opportunity for international exposure as well as showcasing the Kashmiri art at international platforms besides selling their inventory which has remained unsold due to COVID-19 pandemic.
To begin with, GI certified products of Kashmir shall be presented to the Consulate General of India, Germany which includes Pashmina, Khatamband, Walnut wood carving, Sozni, Kani Shawl, Hand-knotted carpet, Paper Machie and Saffron for display in the Consulate General Munich office and in the exhibitions at Germany.
The consulate general was briefed about the export incentive announced by the Government on GI certified goods and about the renewed focus on Handicrafts in view of the recent UNESCO Craft listing for Srinagar City.
He was apprised about initiatives taken to promote artisans through Craft tours. Consulate General was also apprised about the GI labelling of Kashmir carpets and adaption of blockchain mechanism to check piracy and misbranding of Kashmir handicrafts
The Consulate General expressed his desire for cross-platform exchange and promotion of Departmental social media handles in Germany. The Counsel General requested for digital content like films and photographs on Kashmir craft to be promoted by counsel handle.
The Counsel General was assured that digital content like pictures videos, brochures will be provided to CG for dissemination in German Market. We will make the administration accountable and answerable for people’s grievances at all costs”, Harsh roared.
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