Tag: India

Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?

Pointing to my voice recorder on the table, he asked, meekly, “Is this necessary?” When his scam calls were already on YouTube, I countered, how did it matter that I was recording our conversation? “It just makes me nervous,” he said. Shahbaz told me his parents sent him to one of the city’s better schools […]

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Protests in India Turn Violent as Angry Farmers Clash With Police

NEW DELHI — Thousands of protesting farmers poured into New Delhi on Tuesday as they used their tractors to pull barricades apart, prompting the police to fire tear gas and throwing into chaos an event that posed a direct challenge to the government. The farmers protesting India’s new farm laws had been expected to start […]

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Indian Farmers March Set for Republic Day

NEW DELHI — Thousands of protesting farmers poured into the Indian capital of New Delhi on Tuesday as they used their tractors to pull barricades apart, prompting police to fire tear gas and marking a chaotic start to an event that had already been set to pose a direct challenge to the government. The farmers […]

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Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

NEW DELHI — Indian and Chinese troops have clashed along their disputed Himalayan border, according to media and military reports on Monday, as Beijing quietly intensifies pressure against its southern neighbor with new incursions into territory claimed by both sides. Details about the latest skirmish remain foggy, and Indian officials played down the events. Indian […]

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2021 Skoda Kushaq Subcompact Crossover For India Previewed Ahead Of March Debut

Skoda’s lineup in India currently counts the Rapid, Octavia, Superb, Karoq and Kodiaq, and starting later this year, it will grow to include the Kushaq as well. The subcompact crossover is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform and features the brand’s new design language, with the easily-recognizable grille that’s flanked by slim headlights, a slightly arched […]

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A Reporter Experiences the Anguish of Covid on Two Fronts

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Ever since India’s lockdown began in March, my life as a reporter has centered on covering how the coronavirus is affecting other people. I reported on at least a dozen cases where patients died after […]

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In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily

In desperate times, there are many ways to stretch vaccines and speed up inoculation campaigns, according to experts who have done it. Splitting doses, delaying second shots, injecting into the skin instead of the muscle and employing roving vaccination teams have all saved lives — when the circumstances were right. During cholera outbreaks in war […]

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Director of Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Cuts Scenes After Pressure From India’s Hindu Nationalists

ARPORA, India — The director of a big-budget Amazon web series has bowed to pressure from Hindu nationalists and cut several scenes that they had deemed offensive, demonstrating the sway of a powerful political movement that strives to reshape Indian society. Ali Abbas Zafar, the director of “Tandav,” a gritty political drama, made the edits […]

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An Indian city plans to use facial recognition to spot women in distress — what could go wrong?

It’s now fairly common for cities to install surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities to help catch criminals  — Beijing and Moscow use them extensively. However, a city in northern India is taking a different approach: it wants to detect distress on women’s faces, so it can assist them when they’re attacked or threatened. Cops […]

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A Black and Asian Female V.P. Doesn’t Mean We’ve Escaped Caste

Listen and subscribe to “Sway”: Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher (How To Listen) At the inauguration on Wednesday, Kamala Harris became vice president — the nation’s first Black person, the first Asian person and the first woman to do so — and President Biden spoke of “a cry for racial justice some […]

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Trump Bequeaths Biden an Upended World

This global cultural battle will continue because the conditions of its eruption — insecurity, disappearing jobs, resentment in societies made still more unequal by the impact of Covid-19 — persist from France to Latin America. The Trump phenomenon also persists. His tens of millions of supporters are not about to vanish. “Were the events at […]

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India Celebrates as Cricket Team Humbles Australia on Its Own Turf

NEW DELHI — Even by the standards of a sport that tests endurance with matches that can go on for five days, India’s cricket team had to draw deep to complete a long tour of Australia that had been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. One player missed the funeral of his father to stay on […]

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India wants WhatsApp to retract its controversial privacy policy

After user backlash, governments are also joining in criticizing WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change. Today, the Indian government asked the app to withdraw its new policy. In a letter addressed to the WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that these “unilateral changes are not fair and acceptable.” This comes a day […]

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Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Show Angers India’s Hindu Nationalists

NEW DELHI — Bollywood once again has fallen into the cross hairs of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party — and major Western streaming services like Amazon and Netflix increasingly find themselves caught in the middle. Two separate criminal complaints were filed with the police over the weekend against the makers of “Tandav,” a splashy new […]

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A Mix of Pride and Doubts as Modi Launches India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive

PUNE, India — India on Friday was preparing to launch one of the most ambitious and complex nationwide campaigns in its history: the rollout of coronavirus vaccines to 1.3 billion people, an undertaking that will stretch from the perilous reaches of the Himalayas to the dense jungles of the country’s southern tip. The toughest part […]

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Why Are India’s Farmers Angry?

NEW DELHI — Despite rain and cold, tens of thousands of angry farmers have been camping on the borders of New Delhi for six weeks. In late September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government hurriedly passed a set of new farm laws in the Indian Parliament. Soon after, protests started in the northern Indian states of […]

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Indian Court Suspends New Farm Laws, in Blow to Modi

NEW DELHI — India’s highest court on Tuesday halted the implementation of new laws that would reshape farming in the country and that sparked huge protests outside the capital, New Delhi, in a setback to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court said it was suspending the laws until a committee of […]

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In Kashmir’s Stillness, Hopes Wither and Houseboats Sink

SRINAGAR, India — Habib Wangnoo scanned the silvery lake from the deck of his vacant houseboat hotel, remembering when he helped Mick Jagger out of a narrow, flat-bottomed canoe during the rock star’s 1981 visit to Kashmir. Mr. Jagger spent most of the next two weeks on the boat’s upper deck, Mr. Wangnoo recalled with […]

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Ved Mehta, Celebrated Writer for The New Yorker, Dies at 86

To the end of his life Dr. Mehta held himself responsible for Ved’s blindness, which had arisen amid circumstances that encapsulated the class-consciousness and learned subservience that India’s colonial history entailed. Though he had correctly identified his son’s meningitis, he let himself be persuaded of an incorrect, far less urgent, diagnosis by a ranking medical […]

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In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi

NEW DELHI — Under a rain-slick tarpaulin, half a dozen elderly women bake roti on a wood-fired griddle — flattening dough, flipping browned bread from dawn until the sun retreats into Delhi’s evening smoke. Anyone who walks in gets served rice and cooked vegetables and, to wash it down, a cumin-flavored yogurt drink. Across the […]

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Netflix’s ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives:’ Review

Each thrives on an identical formula. We follow a group of impeccably attired women as they go about managing their families and social lives. There isn’t much plot, but there are copious tears and charged moments as rivalries flare and disparaging comments are made about the quality of wigs or cosmetic dermatology. And sometimes, in […]

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New 2022 Skoda Kushaq SUV Will Target ‘Sophisticated Indian Customers’

Skoda has officially announced that it will expand its SUV lineup with yet another model: the Kushaq. Previewed by the 2020 Vision In Concept, its name is derived from the Sanskrit word of ‘kushak’, which means ‘king’ or ‘emperor’. The Kushaq is aimed strictly at the Indian market and will sport a profile similar to […]

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Climbing the Himalaya With Soldiers, Spies, Lamas and Mountaineers

HIMALAYAA Human HistoryBy Ed Douglas When I first came to India, I asked one of the most erudite politicians in the Indian government a question I had been scared to pose to anyone else but that seemed fundamental to understanding the region: Why does India have so many people? Geographically, it’s a third smaller than […]

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Plans to Raze Louis Kahn-Designed Dorms in India Are on Hold

Plans to raze 14 of 18 dormitories designed by the architect Louis Kahn for the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad that set off an international outcry were rolled back on Friday. The school’s board of governors said in a letter Friday that in response to feedback it was “withdrawing the Expression of Interest” to […]

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