New Delhi, Oct 3 : Riding on a stellar performance by Note 9, Samsung registered a 60 per cent market share (by value) and 62.5 per cent market share (by volume) in the premium segment for the month of August in India, a new report said on Wednesday.

According to the German market research firm Gfk, Samsung not only led the Rs 40,000 and above segment but also registered a 55.5 per cent market share (by value) and 55 per cent (by volume) in the Rs 30,000 and above segment in August in the country.

"We are extremely happy with the way our numbers are growing. We are bullish on further consolidating our leadership position in the Indian smartphone market. Our aim is to grow at 20-25 per cent in India in the festive quarter (October-December)," Aditya Babbar, General Manager, Samsung India, told IANS.

Galaxy Note 9 was launched in India on August 24 and pre-booking for the phone started on August 10.

"When we launched Note 9, we introduced a lot of consumer-centric offers like Rs 6,000 cash back on Paytm and Rs 6,000 upgrade offer," said Babbar, adding that Note 9 is Samsung's most successful "N Series" smartphone.

In the first half of 2018, Samsung led the Rs 30,000 segment by 50 per cent (in value) and 51 per cent (in volume).

After ruling the premium segment, Samsung has set its eyes on dominating the mid-price segment in India which is currently flooded with Chinese variants.

The company last month launched Galaxy A7 with triple rear cameras for Rs 23,990 in blue, black and gold colours. On October 11, Samsung will launch their first four-rear camera system device A9 in the premium segment (above Rs 30,000).



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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.

A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.

The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.

The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.

It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.

The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.

Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.

The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.

The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.