Khadi: From fabric of freedom to chic fashion

Khadi: From fabric of freedom to chic fashion

By Trisha Mukherjee New Delhi, Aug 14 (PTI) Once the fabric that spun the freedom yarn and now the stuff of contemporary fashion, the humble khadi has come a long way since it became a symbol of revolt against the British in 1918. Khadi earned itself a place in history when Mahatma Gandhi announced the decision to boycott foreign cloth and urged Indians to spin their own yarn during the Swadeshi movement. Exactly a century later, khadi is making yet another statement — that of contemporary, comfortable and chic fashion….

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Freedom 251: FIR Against Ringing Bells Premature, Says Allahabad High Court

Freedom 251: FIR Against Ringing Bells Premature, Says Allahabad High Court

In a major relief to the makers of ‘Freedom 251’ smartphone, the Allahabad High Court on Friday said the FIR filed against the Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. – the Noida-based firm that created a global buzz afterannouncing the launch of the controversial smartphone in February – seemed premature. A division bench comprising Justices B.K. Narayan and R.N. Mishra ordered that no coercive step be taken against the company’s officials and their business till the next hearing on May 18. During the course of hearing, the bench kept on asking the…

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Freedom 251 Smartphone Maker in Trouble, FIR Registered

Freedom 251 Smartphone Maker in Trouble, FIR Registered

Noida Police has registered a case of cheating against the owner of Ringing Bells who had offered to sell the world’s cheapest smartphone following a complaint filed by BJP leader Kirit Somaiya. The police registered the case under Section 420 (cheating) of IPC and the IT Act on Tuesday. The owner of Ringing Bells Mohit Goel and company president Ashok Chaddha have been named in the FIR, police said. Ringing Bells had recently offered with much fanfare a smartphone, named Freedom 251, at just Rs. 251 and claimed it to…

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Freedom 251 Company’s Books to Be Scrutinised: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Freedom 251 Company’s Books to Be Scrutinised: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Directorate of Enforcement is investigating Ringing Bells, the company that launched the Freedom 251 for alleged contravention of FEMA. Besides, the Corporate Affairs Ministry has ordered scrutiny of the company’s books, while the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) is reviewing issues related to Freedom 251 smartphone, touted as world’s cheapest. Responding to queries related to the smartphone, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “The government through various departments is taking steps to protect the interest of consumers.” In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, he said a…

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