Tag: India

In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

On Feb. 4, 2019, a Facebook researcher created a new user account to see what it was like to experience the social media site as a person living in Kerala, India. For the next three weeks, the account operated by a simple rule: Follow all the recommendations generated by Facebook’s algorithms to join groups, watch […]

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Pakistan and India Face Off in Cricket’s T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI — The event will be watched by hundreds of millions around the world, on televisions in remote villages, jumbo screens in crowded cities, phones in migrant labor tenements and flickering monitors in the living rooms of a diaspora spread across the world’s time zones. Face-offs on the cricket field between India and Pakistan, […]

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Violence Strikes, and India’s Farmers Want You to See It

LAKHIMPUR KHERI, India — The jeep plowed into the protesters, sending bodies tumbling, the windshield cracking against bone. The son of a prominent politician was then accused of murder. Rifle-toting security personnel flooded the area. Tempers flared so hotly that local officials shut down the internet. With that series of events, a yearlong protest by […]

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Hindu Extremists Declare War on Interfaith Love

In a rural classroom in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, Annurag Dwivedi Annu is teaching teenage girls a lesson they’ll never forget. It’s not sexual predators he’s warning them about. It’s Muslim men. “There are a lot of cases where they’ll blackmail girls like you. They take compromising photos of you. In the end, you’ll become […]

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India Breaks the Diaper Monopolists. Why Won’t Americans Step Up?

Yves here. One the one hand, one great virtue of the invention described below that allows small scale manufacturers (as in garage level) to undercut the disposable diaper price-gougers succeeds precisely because it doesn’t rely on scale economies to achieve a substantial cost advantage. On the other, the lack of scale, barriers to entry, patent […]

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Heavy Rains in India and Nepal Kill Dozens

NEW DELHI — Unseasonably heavy rainfall has destroyed crops, washed away bridges and killed dozens of people across India and Nepal in a reminder of the devastation caused by a changing climate. The death toll continued to rise on Wednesday as landslides and flooding damaged homes and stranded thousands of tourists flocking to vacation spots […]

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2022 Tata Punch Is India’s Newest Tiny SUV With A $7k Price Tag

Tata has officially unveiled the Punch, its first small SUV for the Indian market to go against a growing number of budget-oriented models including the Hyundai Casper, Suzuki Ignis, Renault Kwid, and Mahindra KUV100. The styling of the Tata Punch, which was previewed last August, incorporates the “Impact 2.0” design language. It is a result of the collaboration between […]

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India Evicts Muslims in Assam, Even Those Living There Legally

DHOLPUR, India — Ahmad Ali watched helplessly as the police set his home on fire. They swarmed into his village, wielding sticks, to beat up participants in what local residents described as a peaceful protest against forced evictions. When the protesters fought back, they opened fire, killing two people, including a 12-year-old boy. Then the […]

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Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?

“It’s not a coincidence that Merck has experience from H.I.V. — internally, with their leadership and culture, they know that if they don’t address the access challenges, they will be slammed,” said Dr. Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Generic manufacturing it not […]

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Bangladesh Strengthens Security as Violence Targets Hindu Festival

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Paramilitary forces spread through much of Bangladesh on Friday to help curb the worst communal violence in years targeting members of the Hindu minority as they celebrated their largest annual religious festival. At least four people have been confirmed to have died and more than 100 others wounded since Wednesday as violence […]

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The $100 Billion Club Was Exclusively American and French. Until Now.

This week, a 64-year-old energy mogul from India became the first non-Western to join the exclusive $100 billion club of the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.  Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in Asia according to Forbes, came in tenth, rounding out the exclusive all-boys mega-billionaire top ten list. A devout Hindu, Ambani is vegetarian and abstains from […]

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BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine Iconic Edition For India Comes Standard With An Illuminated Grille

The 3 Series might be getting a facelift in 2022, but BMW India has just launched a new special Iconic Edition of the long-wheelbase Gran Limousine variant. The model will be produced locally in limited numbers, offered with diesel and gasoline powertrains exclusively for the Indian market. BMW’s latest limited-edition model is based on the […]

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Recognition, at Last, After Decades Decolonizing Art

LONDON — The British-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas has always found herself playing a confrontational role in the British art world, forcing conversations about empire and its legacies that the establishment preferred to evade. But it seems that may be changing. This year Biswas, 59, is the subject of two major British shows, running concurrently: at […]

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At the crossroads of language, technology, and empathy

Rujul Gandhi’s love of reading blossomed into a love of language at age 6, when she discovered a book at a garage sale called “What’s Behind the Word?” With forays into history, etymology, and language genealogies, the book captivated Gandhi, who as an MIT senior remains fascinated with words and how we use them. Growing […]

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Narendra Modi’s Use of Antiterror Law Draws Scrutiny From Courts

NEW DELHI — The two women walked through the gate of India’s notorious Tihar prison raising their fists and chanting protest slogans. Their release on bail in June after spending a year in custody was unusual given the accusations they face: They have been charged with terrorism. Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, student activists, were […]

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900 Detained After Seven ‘Targeted Killings’ in the World’s Most Militarized Zone

A funeral procession of slain government school principal Supinder Kour in Srinagar on Oct. 8, a day after suspected militants shot dead two school teachers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP Teachers. A principal. And a well-known pharmacist. They were all shot dead in broad daylight last week in India-controlled Kashmir, heightening fear in […]

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$1,500 Chinese Kit Turns Mercedes E-Class L Into A Very Convincing Maybach Lookalike

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the epitome of luxury in the German company’s range but with a price starting from over $200,000 for the V12-powered model, it is impossible for us mere mortals to afford one. This, however, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to own a Maybach thanks to a new Chinese bodykit designed specifically for the […]

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Indian Transport Minister Wants To Replace Horns And Sirens With Flute And Sitar Sounds

If you’ve ever visited India, you may have been taken aback by the cacophony of horns that reigns supreme on the roads. While there’s an undeniable charm, when it’s a part of your day-to-day soundtrack it can be “so irritating,” says India’s Union Transport minister, Nitin Gadkari. His plan? To ditch deafening air horns and silence […]

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Kamla Bhasin, a First-Wave South Asian Feminist, Dies at 75

NEW DELHI — Kamla Bhasin, an activist, poet and writer who was an early leader of the women’s movement in India, died here on Sept. 25. She was 75. Her sister, Bina Kak, a politician and actress, confirmed the death, which was widely mourned in India. She said Ms. Bhasin had been diagnosed with an […]

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A Politician’s Convoy Ran Into Protesters. Nine People Have Died Since.

Farmers burn an effigy of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Amritsar on Oct. 4, a day after clashes at Lakhimpur involving farmers who were protesting against farm laws in which at least nine people were killed. Photo: Narinder NANU / AFP Nine people, including four farmers and a journalist, were killed on […]

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A Dispatch From an Endangered Bird’s ‘Garden of Eden’

By the end of 2019, I was ready for a change of scenery. Working as a natural history photographer, I’d spent the previous two years tracking snow leopards in the Himalayas. Then, one snowy afternoon, I received a brief call from Dr. Rohit Naniwadekar, a bird biologist with the Nature Conservation Foundation. He asked me […]

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Mercedes-Benz To Start Assembling S-Class Models In India

Mercedes-Benz will soon start assembling S-Class models in India for the local market, significantly reducing the price of the luxury sedan. In India, an imported S-Class typically costs between 21,700,000 and 21,900,000 Indian Rupees (~US$292,000 – US$295,000), which is very expensive when you consider that the S-Class starts at roughly $110,000 in the United States. […]

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India Farm Protests Threaten to Worsen After 8 Killed

NEW DELHI — Eight people were killed on Sunday in an incident that protesting farmers said was the fault of a prominent Indian leader, as nearly yearlong demonstrations against a government revamp of the country’s agriculture laws threatened to enter a more volatile phase. The police have said they are investigating the deaths of four […]

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Why India’s Parsi Population is Shrinking Dramatically

UDVADA, India — From the porch of his century-old home, Khurshed Dastoor has a front-row seat to a tragedy that he fears may be too late to reverse: the slow extinction of a people who helped build modern India. On the wall of his drawing room hang portraits of the ancestors who led prayers for […]

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Hank Paulson: The World’s Biodiversity Is in Peril

Twin crises afflict the natural world. The first is climate change. Its causes and potentially catastrophic consequences are well known. The second crisis has received much less attention and is less understood but still requires urgent attention by global policymakers. It is the collapse of biodiversity, the sum of all things living on the planet. […]

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