Amazon Great Indian Festival 2018: Exciting Amazon Sale, Offers On Kitchen & Dining Products

The online retail giant Amazon is back with its year’s biggest festive season sale, the Great Indian Festival Sale 2018, which started on 10th October, 2018 and will end on 15th October, 2018. The Amazon Great Indian Sale is offering massive discounts on a range of products including electronic devices, daily essentials, garments, accessories, and kitchen appliances among others. Additionally, the e-commerce site is providing extra benefits to Amazon Prime members. If you are planning to buy kitchen & dining products from the Amazon sale on, there is a lot to choose from. According to the e-commerce giant, “Shop at the Great Indian Festival and choose from a wide range of bestselling products. Purchase the bestselling products from various categories at the best prices on”

Check out what’s in store on the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale this year.

Amazon Great Indian Festival: Kitchen & Dining- Up To 40-60% Off

Amazon Sale, Offers on Gas Stoves- Up To 50% Off on Gas Stoves

A huge range of gas stoves will make you want to buy one right now. From two burner gas hobs to ones with three and four burners, you can get it all. You can get huge discounts on brands like Pigeon, Sunflame and Eveready with glass and stainless steel tops.

Amazon Sale, Offers on Cookware & Cookers- Up to 50% Off on Cookware & Cookers

Grab some amazing offers on cookware and cookers that offer up to 50% discounts on the brands like Pigeon, Prestige, Nirlon, et al. Some of the best deals include aluminum pressure cookers, non-stick induction base 3-piece kitchen set, induction base roti tawa, non-stick aluminium 6-piece cookware set or five-litre aluminium pressure cooker with glass lid.

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Amazon great Indian festival sale: Grab some amazing offers on cookware and cookers that offer up to 50% discounts

Amazon Sale, Offers on Casseroles, Dinner Set & Glassware- Up to 50% Off on Casseroles, Dinner Sets & Glassware

If you have been planning on buying a dinner set and glassware for the upcoming festivals, then these deals may just be perfect for you. Get up to 50% off on brands like Treo by Milton, Cello, Borosil, NanoNine, Wonderchef and AmazonBasics. Get your hands on this 2-set glass dessert bowl with handle, 3-piece glass mixing bowl, 6-piece dinner plate set, 6-pieces ceramide casserole, 6-piece large glass set and 2-piece mixing bowl and square dish with lid.

Amazon Sale, Offers on Lunch Boxes & Containers- Up to 60% Off on Lunch Boxes & Containers

Toss your old containers and lunch boxes and grab some amazing deals on Amazon offers today. Brands ranging from Cello, Amazon, Borosil, Princeware, Milton, Signoware and Steelo are offering up to 60% discounts on their lunch boxes and containers. Grab huge discounts on 3-piece microwavable containers with lunch bag, 15-piece set of airtight containers,  and plastic lunch box set

Amazon Sale, Offers on Flasks & Bottles- Up to 40% Off on Flasks & Bottles

Pick your favourite fancy water bottles and flasks and get amazing discounts on brands like Pigeon, Cello, Milton and Nirlon. Get your hands on 6-piece one litre bottles, one litre thermosteel flask, and 2-piece set water bottle set.


Amazon great Indian festival sale: Pick your favourite fancy water bottles and flasks and get amazing discounts

Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale: Large Appliances- Up To 40-70% Off

Amazon Sale, Offers on Kitchen Chimneys- Up To 50% Off

Get best deals on kitchen chimneys up to 50% off along with no-cost EMIs for a limited time period. Get spoilt for choice as brands like Hindware, Elica, Faber, Glen, and Sunflame are offering unmissable discounts.

Amazon Sale, Offers on Refrigerators- Save Up To INR 35,000 

Check out some blockbuster deals that give you the freedom to buy a refrigerator from your favourite brand with amazing discounts. Amazon offers also give you an option to buy a refrigerator on a no-cost EMI. Pick from single-doors, convertible, multi-door and side-by-side option from brands like BPL, LG, Samsung, Whirlpool and Haier.

Amazon Sale, Offers on Microwave Ovens- Up To 30% Off

Buy microwave ovens from brands like IFB, Bajaj, Samsung, LG, Godrej, Whirlpool, and Bosch that are offering up to 30% discount plus EMI.


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Donald Trump Orders Tariffs On $200 Billion More Of Chinese Products: Source

Donald Trump has already levied duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods (File Photo)


U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed aides to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more Chinese goods, despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s attempts to restart trade talks with China, a source familiar with the decision said.

But the timing for activating the additional tariffs was unclear, the person said.

The green light for the tariffs, first reported by Bloomberg, had an immediate effect on financial markets. It led U.S. stocks to trade lower, fuelled drops in the Chinese yuan in offshore trading and gains in the dollar index, and sent the S&P 500 index negative.

The decision comes one week after Trump said he would be adding tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and had tariffs on another $267 billion in Chinese imports “ready to go on short notice if I want.”

A public comment period also ended last week for the $200 billion tariff list, which would hit various internet technology products and other electronics, printed circuit boards and consumer goods ranging from handbags to bicycles and furniture.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office has said it was working to revise the list based on issues raised in public hearings and written submissions. In previous rounds of anti-China tariffs, it has taken one to two weeks to revise the list and another two to three weeks to begin collecting tariffs.

The decision also comes despite a Treasury invitation earlier this week to senior Chinese officials, including Vice Premier Liu He, for more talks to try to resolve trade differences between the world’s two largest economies.

China’s foreign ministry said it welcomed the invitation, but Trump later raised questions about it, saying on Twitter that he was under no pressure to make a deal with Beijing and that the United States “will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home. If we meet, we meet?”

A Treasury spokesman did not immediately respond to a query on the status of the China talks invitation. A USTR spokesman did not respond to queries about the tariffs.

Trump has already levied duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods based on his demands that China reduce its $375 billion trade surplus with the United States and make sweeping changes to policies on intellectual property and technology transfers and roll back high tech industrial subsidies.

The tariffs on the $50 billion of goods already imposed, the $200 billion list and another $267 billion of Chinese goods would exceed the $505 billion in goods that the United States imported from China last year. But 2018 imports from China through July were up nearly 9 percent over the same period of 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

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From Sweet Corn To French Fries, Ramdev’s Patanjali Launches New Products

New Delhi: 

Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth has now ventured into the dairy sector with an aim to expand its consumer products portfolio. The firm launched five products including cow milk, curd, buttermilk, paneer, cattle feed and feed supplements.

“Today we will supply as much as 4 lakh litres of milk across several states of the country. The national capital will get 30,000 litres, Rajasthan will be supplied 8,000 litres, Mumbai to get 10,000 litres and Pune will receive 8,000 litres of milk in the form of tetra packs, flavoured milk, herbal flavoured milk,” reads a Patanjali Yogpeeth statement.

Elaborating more about the new expansion plan, Ramdev’s media manager Tijarawala SK said that the company has also started manufacturing frozen vegetables which include Peas, Mix Veg, Sweet Corn, Potato Finger and Divya Jal (Pure water).

The firm aims to eyes Rs 500 crore revenue in the next six months in this new sector. By 2019, the company will enhance its milk distribution target to 10 lakh litres, and sell products worth Rs 1000 crore, it said.

Patanjali said in order to provide pure milk to consumers, they have chalked out a procurement scheme for as many as one lakh farmers.

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Apple Says US Tariffs on China Would Hit ‘Wide Range’ of Products

A “wide range” of Apple products including the Apple Watch would be affected by proposed US tariffs on Chinese goods, the company told US trade officials, but gave no sign of an impact on its iPhone cash cow.

Apple did not disclose specific revenues for most of the affected products, but of those the Apple Watch may be the biggest seller. It brought in about $6.1 billion (roughly Rs. 44,000 crores) in revenue last year, according to an estimate from analyst firm Bernstein. That represents a small portion of Apple’s $229 billion (roughly Rs. 16.5 lakh crores) in overall sales.

Apple laid out the impact on its products of the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on $200 billion (roughly Rs. 14.4 lakh crores) worth of Chinese goods in an unsigned letter it submitted on Wednesday to US officials as part of a public comment period.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump, speaking aboard Air Force One, said that he has tariffs on an additional $267 billion (roughly Rs.19.2 lakh crores) in Chinese goods “ready to go on short notice if I want.”

Cell phones, the biggest US import from China, have so far been spared, but would be hit if Trump activates the new $267 billion tariff list.

AirPods headphones, some of Apple’s Beats headphones, and its new HomePod smart speaker also face levies as part of the proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to the letter submitted on Wednesday.

“Our concern with these tariffs is that the US will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower US growth and competitiveness and higher prices for US consumers,” Apple said in the letter.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

The letter did not mention the iPhone, which accounted for about two-thirds of Apple’s $229 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. The letter also made no mention of the iPad, which brought in $19.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1.38 lakh crores) in sales in the most recent year, or most of its Mac computers, which generated $25.8 billion (roughly Rs. 18.6 lakh crores).

Apple did say its Mac Mini, a low-priced computer that comes without a keyboard or mouse, would be affected.

Many Apple accessories, such as mice, keyboards, chargers and even leather covers for iPhones and iPads would face tariffs, Apple said.

Reuters reported in July that the Apple Watch was likely to be affected by the tariffs.

Shares of Apple closed down 0.8 percent in regular Nasdaq trade on Friday, and slipped another 1 percent in extended trading.

Apple also said that computer parts for its US operations would be hit by the tariffs. The company said that “main logic boards with microprocessing units” could face levies, along with equipment used for research and development.

On Apple’s most recent earnings call in July, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company could face such tariffs “related to data centres.”

In its letter, Apple argued that the way US trade officials calculate the US trade balance – attributing the entire value of a product to a country like China where final assembly happens – fails to reflect the true value that Apple generates in the United States. The company noted it spent $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.60 lakh crores) with 9,000 US suppliers in its most recent fiscal year, including Texas-based chip firm Finisar Corp and Kentucky-based Corning.

“Given the balance of Apple’s economic footprint, the burden of the proposed tariffs will fall much more heavily on the United States than on China,” Apple said in its letter.

The technology sector is one of the biggest potential losers in the proposed $200 billion tariff list. Fitness tracker maker Fitbit said it would be hit by tariffs, and chipmaker Intel said the levies could slow down the adoption of 5G networks, the next generation of wireless data technology for phones and other devices.

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Tobacco Products To Carry Pictorial Warning On 85 Per Cent Of Packaging Space: Supreme Court

As per now, 40 per cent of the packaging space is used for pictorial warning. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

Tobacco products would continue to carry pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the packaging space, the Supreme Court today said.

The top court, on January 8, had stayed the Karnataka High Court order quashing the 2014 government regulation that packets of tobacco products must carry pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the packaging space.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar today made “absolute” its earlier interim order by which it had stayed the High Court order.

“Keeping in view the objects and reasons of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 and the measures taken by the state, we think it appropriate to direct stay of operation of the judgement and order passed by the High Court of Karnataka,” it had said.

The court has now posted all the pleas including the one filed by Cancer Patients Aid Association, NGO ‘Health for Millions Trust’ and Umesh Narain challenging the High Court order for final hearing.

Earlier, the bench had said that it was unimpressed with the submissions of the Tobacco Institute of India (TII) that the interim stay would harm the fundamental right to do business of tobacco manufacturers.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, had said that the high court judgement needed to be stayed and 85 per cent pictorial warning on packaging space of tobacco products be allowed to remain as a large section of the population is not educated.

Life sans health is not worth living and chewing of tobacco or smoking of cigarettes or bidis, causes irretrievable hazard to health, he had said.

It is the obligation of the state to make the people aware of the injurious nature of these indulgences, AG Venugopal had said.

The high court, on December 15, last year had struck down the 2014 amendment rules that mandated pictorial health warnings to cover 85 per cent of packaging space of tobacco products, holding that they were unconstitutional as they violated fundamental rights like the right to equality and the right to trade.

The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014 (COTPA) had come into effect from April 1, 2016.

It came into being based on the recommendations of experts committee, the plea, filed by NGO ‘Health for Millions Trust’ against the high court verdict, said.

The high court had, however, made it clear that the 40 per cent pictorial health warning rule, which existed prior to the amendment rules, would remain in force.

In May last year, the Supreme Court had transferred all petitions against the 85 per cent rule filed in various high courts to the Karnataka High Court and asked it to hear and dispose them of.

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There Is Hidden Sugar In These 5 Supermarket Products. Watch Out!

Trying to avoid sugar? Good decision we say. In times where our favourite sweetmeat or dessert is literally a call away, cutting down on sugary goods is definitely a major achievement. But that is just a part of the challenge; your aim of going sugar-free is not complete until you cut down on the consumption of ‘hidden sugars’ too. These sugars are called hidden sugars because they appear in the most unusual suspects like sauces, condiments, sodas and even cereals. Too much of it is not good for your overall health and well-being. Most of the fructose (a kind of simple sugar you find in some of these products) gets metabolised by the liver very quickly and there it gets turned into fat. Fructose, when taken in huge quantum, may also cause resistance to leptin, the hormone that tells your body to stop eating. High sugar diet may also increase risk of obesity, which is further tied to risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. 

The U.S Dietary guidelines say that one should limit calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day. According to the guidelines by US Food Department Association for ingredient listing and percentage labelling, the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first, and the ingredient that weighs the least is mentioned in the end. If you find labels like fructose or sucrose among the top three mentions, it is perhaps best to avoid. Fructose and sucrose are just names of kind of simple sugars, not a healthy alternative to it. 

(Also Read:Fibre-Rich Foods For Diabetes: 5 Foods That Manage Blood Sugar Levels)


High Sugar Diet May Also Increase Risk Of Obesity

Here are 5 supermarket products that may have added sugar: 

1. Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are definitely one of the healthiest additions you can make to your diet, but it is any day a better choice to blend your own than going for the ones available in marts and supermarkets. These smoothies are high on fructose and also pulverise the fibre. Fibre helps slow down absorption and makes sure there is no sugar spike. The negligible fibre content may make your sugar levels to elevate. If you must purchase smoothies, make sure they are a good mix of both vegetables and fruits. 


These Smoothies Are High On Fructose And Also Pulverise The Fibre

2. Breakfast Cereals

Have you been having cereals for breakfast diligently? We suggest you to go back and re-read the label. Many cereals and especially the bright-coloured, sweet-tasting ones that are available in supermarkets are loaded with added sugars. Go for whole grain cereals that are not sweet to taste; pair them with seasonal fruits if they are too bland for your taste. 

(Also Read:How Much Sugar is Hiding in Your Food?)

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Many Cereals In Supermarkets Are Loaded With Added Sugars

3. Sauces and condiments 

Condiments including sweeteners, ketchup, pasta sauce, marinara sauce, barbeque sauce, mayonnaise and soy sauce among others are often packed with hidden sugars. These condiments generally have high amount of sugar and sodium to preserve them for a longer period. 


Condiments Generally Have High Amount Of Sugar

4. Cola beverages, iced teas and juices

Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas are loaded with fructose too. These drinks not only add to your liquid calories but also intensify your cravings for food right after. Fruits are full of natural sugar and turning them into a juice makes their sugar content more concentrated. A good part of fibre is also lost in the process.  

(Also Read:Diabetes Diet: 7 Foods That Can Help Control Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally)


Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Like Sodas, Juices And Sweet Teas Are Loaded With Fructose Too

5. Bread

Not just the fattening white ones, but some of the brown bread variants too have traces of refined sugar. However, it is not an uncommon practice to add some added sugars during the time of processing too. 


 Bread Variants Have Traces Of Refined Sugar

What can you do about it?

“You have to instil the habit of reading the labels carefully,” says Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta. “There is no need to eat processed foods; if you do occasionally, make sure you have read the labels well. Make sure you have checked its fructose and sucrose content. Eat fresh and seasonal fruits. Include more whole grains in your diet,” she adds. 

So the next time you are in the supermarkets, do check the labels. It would only take a few minutes and save you so many excess calories. 

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United States Eases Export Controls For High-Tech Products Sales To India

The move reflects India’s growing status as a U.S. defense partner. (File)


The United States has eased export controls for high technology product sales to India, granting it the same access as NATO allies, Australia, Japan and South Korea, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday.

Ross, speaking at U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, said the move to grant Strategic Trade Authorization status STA1 to India reflects its efforts to improve its own export control regime, its adherence to multilateral export rules and its growing status as a U.S. defense partner.

“STA1 provides India greater supply chain efficiency, both for defense, and for other high-tech products,” Ross said, adding that the elevated status would have affected about $9.7 billion worth of Indian goods purchases over the past seven years.

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UK Doctors Can Now Prescribe Medicinal Cannabis Products

An UK government review concluded there’s evidence that medicinal cannabis had therapeutic benefits (AFP)


British doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis, the government announced Thursday following a review — but insisted it was not a first step towards legalising recreational use.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, the interior minister, decided to relax the laws about the circumstances in which specialist clinicians can give medicinal cannabis to patients.

It follows several high-profile cases, including those of young epilepsy sufferers whose conditions appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.

“Making medicinal cannabis available on prescription will benefit the lives of ill patients currently suffering in silence,” Javid wrote on Twitter.

“There is nothing harder than seeing your loved ones in pain — which is why I have taken this decision.”

Under the new rules, to be brought in later this year, senior doctors will be able to prescribe the medicines to patients deemed to have an exceptional clinical need.

Rapid review

Javid had commissioned a review on June 19.

An initial review by Sally Davies, the government’s chief medical adviser, concluded there was evidence that medicinal cannabis had therapeutic benefits.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which conducted the second part of the review, last week said doctors should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis provided products meet safety standards.

“Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory,” Javid said in a statement.

“That is why we launched a review and set up an expert panel to advise on licence applications in exceptional circumstances.

“Following advice from two sets of independent advisers, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products — meaning they will be available on prescription.

“This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need, but is in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”

The Home Office interior ministry said in a statement that it was not proposing to change wider laws on cannabis.

“The government is clear that today’s announcement does not pave the way towards legalising cannabis for recreational use. The penalties for unauthorised supply and possession will remain unchanged,” it said.

‘Normal life’ for epileptic boy

One of the recent cases in the public eye involved epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell, who turned 13 on Thursday.

His mother Charlotte Caldwell called the dramatic change “amazing”.

She said her son could now “live a normal life” due to “the simple ability to now administer a couple of drops a day of a long-maligned but entirely effective natural medication”.

Mike Penning, who co-chairs the recently-established cross-party Medical Cannabis Under Prescription parliamentary group, said the announcement brought hope to thousands of people.

He added: “Any move to restrict medical cannabis in the UK to a very narrow range of derived products, each requiring full pharmaceutical trials, thereby blocking out the many products available overseas, will lead to great disappointment and be a missed opportunity.”

The Liberal Democrats, the fourth-biggest party in parliament, have long campaigned for liberalising cannabis laws.

“This is a very welcome and long overdue change,” said health spokesman Norman Lamb.

“However, it is disappointing that the government has refused to commit to a wider review of the outdated and harmful laws around the recreational use of cannabis as well.”

Doctor Tom Freeman, a senior academic fellow at King’s College London university, said Javid’s decision would have a “substantial impact on research by facilitating the development of safer and more effective medicines”.

“Similar reviews are now warranted for other Schedule 1 drugs with potential medical value, such as MDMA and psilocybin,” he added.

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EU Expected to Fine Philips, Pioneer, and Asus for Restricting Online Sales of Their Products

Dutch healthcare technology company Philips and three other companies are expected to be fined by EU antitrust regulators on Tuesday for restricting online sales of their products, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The ruling by the European Commission follows a 17-month investigation as part of its crackdown against curbs on online cross-border sales such as restricting offers based on a customer’s location or nationality.

The investigation, which kicked off in February last year, covered a total of 15 companies in three different segments – consumer electronics, video games and hotel rooms.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is due to announce decisions on four cases at a news conference at about 1030 GMT. The EU competition authority declined to comment.

Philips declined to comment, but referred to a July 6 statement which estimated a EUR 30 million ($35 million) provision for the EU sanction booked in the second quarter.

Vestager’s decision to penalise a European company and others comes a week after she handed down a record EUR 4.34 billion fine to Google.

It could help European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday to counter Trump’s complaints that the EU is taking advantage of the United States.

The EU investigation into the consumer electronics industry targets Philips, Taiwan’s Asus, Denon & Marantz, and Pioneer which were suspected of having restricted the ability of online retailers to set their own prices for appliances, notebooks and hi-fi products.

For video games, Valve Corp, the owner of the Steam distribution platform and five game makers – Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax – accused of preventing purchases because of a consumer’s location or country of residence.

The third investigation focused on tour operators Kuoni, REWE, Thomas Cook and TUI and hotel group Melia.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Over 100 Million Products Purchased Despite Glitches

Online shoppers purchased more than 100 million products worldwide during’s annual Prime Day sale this week, despite glitches on its mobile app and websites that prevented several customers from placing orders.

Prime Day has become a major shopping event in the annual calendar for retailers, rivaling the Thanksgiving holiday’s Black Friday as a driver of sales and most retailers now run their own special promotions to coincide with the 36-hour sale.

Amazon said its sales topped those for the Prime event a year ago as well as those for Cyber Monday and Black Friday, but it gave no breakdown of the value of sales or of the scale of discounts it had applied.

Having touched a record high that valued the company at $900 billion (roughly Rs. 61.9 lakh crores), almost double than a year ago, shares in Amazon fell back to trade marginally lower on Wednesday.

“Given Amazon’s prodigious spending, it is safe to say that any day compared to the prior year should be much better from a sales perspective,” Moody’s analyst Charles O’Shea said.

“The continuing challenge for the company (is) driving margin and profitability in its retail business.”

The world’s largest online retailer said it recorded the largest daily sales for its Echo range of smart speakers, helped by heavy discounts. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo Dot were the best-selling devices.

Other top-selling products around the world included table salt in India, Coke Zero and Kleenex tissues in Singapore and electric toothbrushes in China.

The company gave no details on the impact of technical glitches on the day. Wall Street analysts said there were problems with executing sales for at least two hours, likely due to excessive the volume of user traffic.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said the sale probably generated between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in revenue.

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