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Video shows Samsung phone explodes in man’s pocket

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JAKARTA — A video of an Indonesian man’s Samsung phone exploding, setting his shirt on fire has been captured in a CCTV footage taken at an Indonesian hotel.

The horrific incident, that happened at the Hotel Ciputra in the Indonesian city of Semarang on Saturday (Sept 30), when the man’s phone burst into flames has since gone viral on social media in Indonesia,, the Daily Mail reported.

The man in the video, identified as hotel supervisor Yulianto, can be seen touching his phone through his shirt just seconds before sparks began flying from his pocket.

Yulianto reportedly sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

His shirt was quickly set alight, with the stunned 47-year-old seen rolling on the floor while ripping off his shirt.

The Central Java Regional Police said the Samsung phone was a Grand Duos model, which Indonesian media reported was released in 2013.

“Mr Yulianto immediately removed his shirt after the phone exploded. He had no significant injuries,” the Daily Mail quoted Agus Triatmojo, the Central Java Regional Police’s head of public relations as saying.

The incident was being investigated, police said.

In connection with the incident, Samsung told CNET that the device in question had a third-party component. The battery on the used device was not manufactured by Samsung or a company authorised by Samsung, it said.

However, Samsung Electronics Indonesia’s Corporate Marketing Director was quoted telling local media the company was further probing the incident.

“Consumer safety is our top priority, and we’ve contacted the consumer concerned to provide the necessary support, and we are currently investigating the device,” the company said.

“We sincerely wish for our customer’s swift recovery, and strongly recommend all our consumers to use Samsung’s genuine or approved batteries that have been specifically designed for use in Samsung products.”

Samsung has previously been under fire over the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 model which was recalled due to its exploding batteries.

Last year, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 after several incidents were reported where the handset was going up in flames.

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Int’l conference on entrepreneurship to be held in Dhangadhi

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KAILALI— An international conference on entrepreneurship is being held in Dhangadhi on November 22, 23 and 24 for the promotion of entrepreneurship.

The conference is being organized under the aegis of the Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City and King’s College, Kathmandu, the Sub-metropolis mayor Nripa Bahadur Wad shared in a news conference here today.

Successful entrepreneurs from various countries and local industrialists will give their presentations in the three-day meet.

Chief of the Research Department at the King’s College Kathmandu, Chittaranjan Pandeya, said such a big and important conference is taking place for the first time outside the Kathmandu.

It is stated that the conference cost is approximately Rs 2.5 million.

Some 200 people will attend the conference which will also include stalls providing information on a range of issues regarding entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills.

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