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Major News and Events of 18 February 2017

What Happened on 18 February 2017

UP Police lodge FIR against SP leader Gayatri Prajapati in rape cases

Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against senior Samajwadi Party minister Gayatri Prajapati on Saturday, for his involvement in the cases of alleged gang rape and attempt to rape a woman and her minor daughter.

The Supreme Court had directed the police to book the minister on Friday, thus giving a major blow to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Circle Officer of Hazratganj, Avanish Kumar Mishra, said the FIR was lodged in Gautampalli Police Station in Lucknow against the minister and six of his accomplices under various sections of the IPC and POCSO Act.

The apex court's direction came on a PIL filed by a woman who sought court’s intervention for filing FIR allegeding repeated gang rape by Prajapati and others.

The alleged incident first took place in October 2014 and continued till July 2016. It was when the accused tried to molest the minor daughter of the petitioner, that she decided to file a complaint after her written request to the DGP in October 2016 went unheeded.

When no FIR was lodged, she moved the apex court seeking justice.

Meanwhile, speaking to the media, Prajapati said that it was a political move by BJP to ruin his image as he belongs to a poor family. He also claimed that he doesn't even know the victim.

Xiomi promotes India head Manu Jain as Global VP

Xiaomi's India operations head Manu Kumar Jain has been promoted to the post of Vice President of the company. Jain will replace Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Global VP, who had announced his decision to leave the company last month.

The news was confirmed in a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Xiaomi India - Mi India.

Along with being the Vice President at the company, Jain will also be Managing Director of Xiaomi India. He had joined Xiaomi back in June 2014.

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's former Global Vice President, decided to part ways with the smartphone-maker last month only to return to Silicon Valley. Barra was with the company from last three and a half year and will now join Facebook to lead the Oculus team's VR efforts within the social network.

Prior to joining the smartphone maker, Barra was the Vice President of Product Development for Android at Google.

Barra has been the face of the company at various events, and his exit was seen as a major blow to the company's strategies for international markets like India.

Jain's promotion has strengthen the fact that India will continue to be an important market for Xiaomi and that Jain will have a key role in maintaining Xiaomi's momentum in the country. Currently India is Xiaomi's biggest market outside of China with over $1 billion in sales last year.

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