Tag: INdia

The Game Awards expands its streamed broadcast to India

The Game Awards is already the world’s biggest streamed broadcast show that celebrates video game and esports culture, and now it’s getting bigger by expanding to India. The show will be distributed live to media in India for the 2019 broadcast, which airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 12 […]

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India’s IT minister conflates deepfake with fake news — and that’s naive

A lot of countries and states are forming, or thinking about forming policies around deepfake content. However, a question answered by minister RS Prasad during a parliamentary session in India on December 4, suggests the government is not thinking about devising a specific policy around modified content. The answer defines deepfake as a technology that “enables […]

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NASA Finds India’s Vikram Moon Lander Crash Site, With Amateur’s Help

NASA has found pieces of Vikram, a small spacecraft that India attempted to land on the moon in September. They did it with the help of an engineer from India who scoured the lunar surface in his spare time. Vikram was part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon, which launched in July. If the […]

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Special Episode: The Jungle Prince

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The story passed for years from tea sellers to rickshaw drivers to shopkeepers in Old Delhi. In a forest, they said, in a palace cut off from the city, lived a prince, a princess and a […]

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Apple expands Indian manufacturing, will export iPhones and components

(Reuters) — Finland’s Salcomp, a supplier to U.S. tech group Apple, is to invest 20 billion rupees ($278.67 million) in India to make mobile chargers and other smartphone components from March 2020, the country’s technology minister said on Monday. Salcomp has reached an agreement to take over a facility, formerly owned by Nokia, in the […]

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‘My Loneliness Keeps Me Going’: Fighting for Equality in India

RAIPUR, India — It happened one evening as Vidhya Rajput neared her home in the central Indian city of Raipur. A cluster of about two dozen men began screaming slurs at her from the roadside. There was nothing new or surprising about the scene. Growing up transgender in India, Ms. Rajput, 42, had endured decades […]

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India Is Using a 134-Year-Old Law Designed for Telegraphs to Monitor People’s Encrypted Texts

1885 was the year Mark Twain published the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York on a boat from France. It was also the year the Indian government passed a piece of legislation that lawmakers in Delhi say is key to providing them with broad powers to monitor, intercept, […]

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U.K. Scholars Back Cambridge Researcher’s Efforts to Avoid Deportation

LONDON — Britain’s academic community has mobilized in support of a Cambridge University scholar whose request for permanent residency was denied, she says, because she spent too much time outside of the country working on her doctoral thesis. The scholar, Asiya Islam, a junior research fellow in the University of Cambridge’s sociology department who has […]

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India is going ahead with its facial recognition program despite privacy concerns

The Indian government has played down fears of mass surveillance in response to concerns that its proposed facial recognition system lacks adequate oversight. Replying to a legal notice filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a Delhi-based non-profit that works on digital liberties, the country’s National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) defended the move, stating it […]

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India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop Sheen

RAIPUR, India — The Indian pop star, swaddled in gold-trimmed tulle, stepped to the front of the stage at a neighborhood concert. Thunder effects crackled through speakers stacked near an electronics store. “Every house will be saffron!” the singer, Laxmi Dubey, yelled into her microphone, referring to the color representing Hinduism. “We have to make […]

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India and the Mistrust Economy

Countries with strong governments often end up with weak economies, and India, after years of impressive growth, risks becoming one of them. The World Bank recently released its annual report comparing the ease of doing business in 190 countries, and India’s ranking improved to 63rd, up from 77th last year. India — along with Saudi […]

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What India Looks Like When the Air Turns to Poison

NEW DELHI — Air pollution in India’s capital climbed to poisonous extremes over the weekend and into Monday, blanketing streets in an opaque haze, delaying flights and prompting fights between politicians over who was to blame. ImageA farmer burning crop stubble in Punjab on Saturday.Credit…Raminder Pal Singh/EPA, via Shutterstock Every winter, farmers in northern India […]

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Delhi Is Taking Cars Off the Road Because the City’s Become a ‘Gas Chamber’

India’s capital Delhi limited the number of cars that can enter the city on Monday as authorities struggle with a pollution crisis that has turned the city into a “gas chamber.” Toxic air pollution has engulfed the city since last week, prompting officials to declare a public health emergency on Friday: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind […]

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Kadri Gopalnath, 69, Dies; Brought the Saxophone to Indian Music

Kadri Gopalnath was a youngster growing up in a village in southern India when he first heard the alto saxophone at a performance by the Mysore Palace Band, a holdover from the years of British rule that mixed Indian and European repertoire. The saxophone’s sound struck Kadri as something different from the penetrating drone of […]

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Netflix Expands Into a World Full of Censors

ISTANBUL — In September, Netflix released a trailer for the “Breaking Bad” sequel “El Camino.” In it, a character sits in a car, lights a cigarette and holds it out the window, its orange tip glowing. The next day, Netflix Turkey released its own version. In it, the character sparks a lighter and puts his […]

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