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Coronavirus
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724hr
Pakistan Cases
1,283,886
41124hr
0.92% positivity
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Islamabad
107,601
KPK
179,888

MUMBAI: Amazon will begin making Fire TV sticks in India, the US tech giant said Tuesday, its first device manufacturing line in the country as it fights for a share of its booming e-commerce market.

Amazon is locked in a battle for dominance with Walmart-backed Flipkart and Reliance, owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, as well as thousands of local traders who have accused the US firm of driving them out of business.

Its latest announcement comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi ramps up his flagship “Make in India” drive, aimed at urging foreign companies to manufacture goods in the South Asian nation and reduce imports.

“We are delighted to announce Amazon’s first manufacturing line in India to produce hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices every year catering to the demands of the Indian customers,” Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India, said in a statement.

“This further reiterates our commitment to the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative,” he added. The announcement followed last year’s pledge by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos to invest $1 billion in the country and create a million new jobs.

The firm will work with a subsidiary of Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to begin production of Fire TV sticks at a factory in the southern city of Chennai later this year.

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