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Indians spent 39% more time on mobile phones in 2020

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Rashi Bisaria | January 18, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination Day 2: 2.25 lakh inoculated; 447 adverse events reported

A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday. Out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation. India has approved two vaccines -- Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India -- for emergency use in the country.

Wipro completes Rs 9,500-crore buyback programme

IT services major Wipro on Saturday said it has completed its Rs 9,500-crore share buyback programme. The buyback saw Azim Premji-affiliated entities tendering 22.89 crore shares worth about Rs 9,156 crore during the process, a regulatory filing said.Post completion of buyback, the promoters hold 73.04 per cent stake in the company, while the remaining 26.96 per cent stake is held by foreign investors, financial institutions and others.

Indians spent 39% more time on mobile phones in 2020

In a year when most people around the world spent their time cooped at home, it was high-speed data networks that kept them going. That is clearly evident in the App Annie's 'State of Mobile 2021 Report'. In 2020, there were 218 billion new app downloads across platforms globally, a 7 per cent increase over 2019. China led the world with 96.2 billion while India was at 24.27 billion. That's an average of 28 apps for each of the 7.6 billion mobile subscribers.

India among fastest growing markets; investments in local content to continue: Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is focussing its investments on bringing more content and expanding its service to a larger audience in India as it is among the fastest-growing markets for the OTT platform globally, said a top company official. Amazon Prime Video (APV) recently introduced its mobile-only plan (a global first) for Indian users to reach a wider demographic.

Facebook, Twitter to face parl panel on Jan 21, social media misuse in focus

A parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook and Twitter to appear before it on January 21. During the meeting, the panel will hear their views on safeguarding citizens' rights and preventing misuse of social media. The Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, would hear the representations.

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