Tag: INdia

What It Takes to Run an Election for India

Editor’s Note: India’s general elections for the lower house of the Parliament started on April 11 and will conclude on May 23. The political party or the coalition of parties that wins a majority of the 545 seats will form the next government. S.Y. Quraishi, who headed the Election Commission of India between 2010 and […]

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Indian music streaming giant Gaana reaches 100 million monthly users, expands into video

Gaana, India’s biggest music-streaming service, said today that’s it is introducing videos to its app and offering artists more listeners’ data as it races to attract more users and talent to widen its market dominance. The eight-year-old service, owned by conglomerate Times Internet, also revealed that it has amassed 100 million monthly active users, up […]

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U.S. to Clamp Down on Iranian Oil Sales, Risking Rise in Gasoline Prices

NEW ORLEANS — The Trump administration is poised to end a program that has allowed five large nations, including China and India, to buy Iranian oil despite American sanctions, two senior American officials said on Sunday, a decision that is intended to squeeze Tehran’s government but could lead to higher oil and gasoline prices. The […]

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Religious Minorities Across Asia Suffer Amid Surge in Sectarian Politics

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The deadly attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday highlighted how easily religious coexistence can be ripped apart in a region where secularism is weakening amid the growing appeal of a politics based on ethnic and sectarian identity. In India, the country’s governing right-wing Hindu party is exploiting faith for votes, pushing an […]

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India Elections 2019: Farmers Are Hurting and Millions Are Voting

NASHIK, India — Fed up with unfulfilled government promises to improve their lives, 35,000 farmers came in from their fields around the city of Nashik last year and marched 100 miles to Mumbai to demand help. State leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party quickly promised to address their concerns — guaranteeing better crop prices, […]

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India’s Chief Justice Is Accused of Sexual Harassment

NEW DELHI — The chief justice of India’s Supreme Court has been accused of sexually harassing a female assistant, and a special panel of judges called an emergency meeting on Saturday to address the allegations. In an affidavit cited by several Indian news outlets, the assistant accused Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of unwanted touching and […]

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India Halts Downloads of TikTok Video App, Citing Harm to Children

MUMBAI, India — TikTok, the Chinese video app whose growth has been as viral as one of its lip-synced dance clips, has encountered a roadblock in India. Google and Apple removed TikTok from their app stores in India late Tuesday after the country’s Supreme Court refused to block a lower court order halting new downloads. […]

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Modi’s Campaign of Fear and Prejudice

The campaign for the votes of 900 million Indians in the continuing national elections — being conducted in seven phases from April 11 to May 23 — has taken a rancorous and religiously polarized tenor, which is unprecedented even for India. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, is leading the campaign for his governing […]

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In India, a Renewed Fight Against Leprosy

Three years ago, Siddamma’s mother-in-law developed pale patches on her arms. But Siddamma, 32, did not get along with her, and did not pry. A year or so later, she noticed that her husband had similar marks on his back — but he was on a rare visit home from herding goats, so she was […]

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Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government order

Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court’s direction, stoking fear among some activists that this could set a dangerous precedent. Apple, which has also been ordered by the government to pull the app from its respective app store (App Store), plans to comply with the […]

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100 Years On, India Still Awaits Apology for Massacre in Amritsar

NEW DELHI — Winston Churchill called the 1919 massacre of Indian protesters “monstrous.” Queen Elizabeth said it was “distressing.” Prime Minister David Cameron went with “deeply shameful.” But did they apologize? Not exactly. British leaders have always stopped short of making an apology for the bloodshed at Jallianwala Bagh, a walled garden in the northern […]

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The Massacre That Led to the End of the British Empire

On April 13, 1919, Gen. Reginald Dyer led a group of British soldiers to Jallianwala Bagh, a walled public garden in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. Several thousand unarmed civilians, including women and children, had gathered to celebrate the Sikh New Year. Viewing the gathering as a violation of the prohibitory orders on public […]

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To Pull Off India’s Election, It Takes an Army of Camels, Elephants and Workers (and an Actual Army)

Some 900 million Indians are eligible to vote in the largest democratic election in history. The Associated Press Democracy doesn’t get much simpler than one person, one vote. But what happens when that one person is a hermit living alone in a jungle temple surrounded by lions, leopards and cobras, miles from the nearest town? […]

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Naspers’ PayU acquires payment and security firm Wibmo for $70 million

Online payment service PayU has acquired California-based payment and security firm Wibmo for $70 million. The firms said they will continue to run separately though they will work together to build unique solutions. PayU, a subsidiary of South Africa’ Naspers, said the deal will allow its merchants and financial institutions partners to improve conversion rates […]

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Why Narenda Modi’s Plan to “Clean” Up India Hasn’t Worked

Over the next six weeks, Indian voters will choose their leaders in the world’s largest-ever election. Whether citizens will opt for the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narenda Modi or the more secular Congress party of Rahul Gandhi remains to be seen. Where most citizens will defecate before they vote is, unfortunately, […]

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