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A Gandhian Editor—an oxymoron in Indian journalism—returns to a real farm house in the countryside, after staying 43 years in an orphanage

In Delhi, Editors living in farm houses are a benchmark for #PannaPramukhs still aspiring and perspiring to clamber up the greasy totempole. Sainik Farms has a number of #EditorialWarriors. A super-expensive mansion on Malcha Marg in Delhi’s diplomatic hub, allegedly owned by a “reporters’ editor”, has kept tongues wagging for years and even prompted a magazine cover. In several state capitals, journalistic reputations are built on the size of subsidised accommodation wangled from the government...
Tags: Travel, Media, Delhi, Srinivasan, Kannada, Mysore, University of Mysore, All India Radio, Mysore-Bangalore, Churumuri, Deccan Herald, Praja Vani, IJR, Indian Journalism Review, Sainik Farms, K.V. Srinivasan


Petitioner to file amended PIL against mandatory use of Aarogya Setu; next hearing on July 17 in Karnataka HC

While it may no longer be mandatory to use Aarogya Setu for rail and air travel, Anivar Aravind’s battle in Karnataka High Court is not yet over. Earlier today, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing Aravind, argued that despite not being mandatory, Aarogya Setu is being mandated across the country. He said that Bangalore Metro had made it mandatory to install the app. He also cited the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s June 4 SOP that makes it mandatory for all employees to install...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Delhi, Karnataka, Kumar, Aravind, Petitioner, Karnataka High Court, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangalore Metro, SFLC, Colin Gonsalves, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu


Prohibit drone use by law enforcement agencies and integration of drones with facial recognition tech: IFF

Law enforcement agencies should not be allowed to use drones for surveillance, digital rights group Internet Freedom Foundation said in its recommendations to the draft drone rules. It also recommended prohibiting the integration of facial recognition technology with drones for surveillance purposes. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had released draft drone rules last month and has invited comments to it until July 10. The rules are an effort to form dedicated regulation around drone usage, as the...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Drones, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Delhi Police, Telangana, IFF, DGCA, Drone Rules, Internet Freedom Foundation, Ministry of Civil Aviation


Zomato has interest from other investors, says InfoEdge’s Bhikchandani

During InfoEdge’s earnings call on June 23, which owns a 22.71% stake in Zomato, InfoEdge founder and vice chairperson Sanjeev Bhikchandani had said that the funding from Ant Financial was yet to come but they had investor interest from other investors who don’t need any permission to invest in an Indian company. But the Financial Times reported on Sunday that Zomato’s $100 million funding from Ant Financial, a sister company of Tencent and Alibaba, has been scuppered by the recent Indo-China te...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Amc, E-commerce, Alibaba, Tencent, Earnings, Ant Financial, Zomato, Delhi, Financial Times, Bangalore, Deepinder Goyal, Oberoi


Job: MediaNama is hiring a tech policy journalist #ad

MediaNama (www.medianama.com) is looking to hire a Tech Policy journalist to work with our existing team of five tech policy journalists. This is a specialised field, so please do read the posting below, before applying, and please follow the application process detailed below. About Us We’re a leading online media company covering news and providing analysis on developments in Digital/Technology Policy. We provide our readership of policy leaders, business leaders, government officials and citi...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, News, India, Delhi, Medianama, UN EU, MediaNama MediaNama 's Native Advertising, North Delhi, Parliament Supreme Court


NCRB drops CCTV integration clause from updated facial recognition tender, eases bid qualification criteria for vendors

Under a revised request for proposal for India’s controversial Automated Facial Recognition System, the deployment of the surveillance tool will neither involve the installation of CCTV cameras nor will it connect to any existing CCTV camera anywhere. In turn, the new solution will now need to have “interfacing ability to analyse data on images/visuals on crime and criminals from various sources”. The AFRS is a centralised web application, and is expected to be the foundation for “a national lev...
Tags: Travel, Japan, News, Privacy, India, US, Surveillance, Fbi, Ibm, Cctv, Dell, RFP, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Iris, Bureau


How does a Section 69A blocking order come into existence?

(with inputs from Torsha Sarkar and Sarvjeet Singh)  The Indian government blocked access to 59 Chinese apps by exercising Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. MediaNama spoke to Torsha Sarkar, policy officer at the Centre for Internet and Society, and Sarvjeet Singh, director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, to understand how a Section 69A blocking order comes into existence. Under this Section, the government has the right to block public ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, China, India, States, Delhi, Committee, State, UT, Calcutta, Singh, Review Committee, Sarkar, Shreya Singhal, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Happy Birthday, pd29june!

Lemme tell you a story. The kinds that is only possible on the Internet.  The year is 2003 (I thought it was 2001 but thanks to my obsession with not deleting anything ever, I discovered it was 2003). The age od chain emails and Orkut and coming of age, of people my age. The time is Diwali when everyone in India is in this cheerful and all that. And I am being the way I am - frivolous, enthusiastic, and trying hard at being funny. Some friend sends an email to some 100 people and I reply to...
Tags: Travel, La, India, US, Delhi, Mumbai, Diwali, Kung Fu Panda, Lem, sgBiography, Pd29june, Gurgoan


Facebook will label hateful content by politicians; MediaNama’s take

Facebook will finally start labelling content from politicians that, despite being newsworthy, violates it content policies, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in a Facebook Live session. Content that may lead to violence or suppresses voting, even it is by politicians, will be removed by Facebook. This announcement came almost a month after Twitter and Facebook chalked out drastically different policies on how to deal with hate speech by politicians, including US President Donald Trump. On...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nazis, India, Advertising, BJP, US, Unilever, Hate Speech, Delhi, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg


Swasth platform to scale up teleconsults; who the players are

The Swasth Alliance is now scaling up its telemedicine operations, and will reportedly offer free COVID-19 consultations until the pandemic eases up, according to the Times of India. First soft-launched in early May, Swasth was one of the providers for teleconsults, online medicine delivery, and diagnostic tests for COVID-19 on Aarogya Setu Mitr, a platform which featured on India’s contact tracing app Aarogya Setu. It’s worth noting that the government suspended the Aarogya Setu Mitr portal jus...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, India, Delhi, Telemedicine, Kalaari Capital, Infosys, Delhi High Court, BCG, Manipal Hospitals, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Ranjan Pai, Sharad Sharma, Gopalakrishnan, Covid19


RBI clarifies that Google Pay is not a payments system operator, not in violation of Payments & Settlements Act: Report

The Reserve Bank of India on Friday told the Delhi High Court that Google Pay is a third-party app provider, and does not operate any payments systems, which is why it is not enlisted as a payment system operator with the National Payments Corporation of India, reported PTI. Google Pay’s operations do not violate the Payments & Settlements Act, 2007, the RBI said, in response to a petition that argued that Google Pay does not have required authorisation from the RBI. The petition was filed by on...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, India, Payments, Delhi, UPI, Delhi High Court, Cert, RBI, Reserve Bank of India, Patel, Digital Payments, Giri


Use Aarogya Setu to identify, quarantine contacts in Delhi, says report submitted to Union Home Minister

To contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Delhi, contact tracing for all infected patients and subsequent quarantining of those contacts should be done using Aarogya Setu, a report on Containment Strategy, submitted to Home Minister Amit Shah on June 21, said. Written by a committee headed constituted by Shah on June 14 and headed by Dr Vinod K. Paul of NITI Aayog, the report said that Itihas app should also be used for the same. It is not clear what the Itihas app is. We have reached out to...
Tags: Travel, News, Amit Shah, Delhi, Shah, Ministry of Home Affairs, PAUL, Arvind Kejriwal, Niti Aayog, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Vinod K Paul


Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into Covid-19 care centres

Fearful hotel workers asked to take on role of hospital support staff as cases in Delhi riseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStaff at luxury hotels in Delhi are to start welcoming guests not with traditional garlands but with a medical gown. Amid growing concerns that there are not enough hospital beds to cope with the rising number of cases, the Delhi government has become the first in the country to requisition its hotels. Starting this week, 25 establishments will b...
Tags: Hotels, India, World news, Hospitals, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Delhi, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Zomato’s funding restrictions and apprehension over drone deliveries were key deal breakers for TechEagle

Lucknow-based drone startup TechEagle Innovations, which Zomato had acqui-hired a year-and-a-half ago, has cancelled the acquisition deal and parted ways with the company. TechEagle’s six-member team, including founder & CEO Vikram Singh Meena, resigned en-masse from Zomato on April 30, Meena told MediaNama. MoneyControl first reported on the disassociation between the two companies. While Zomato said that the companies were no longer “aligned” about their future goals, the deal fell through for...
Tags: Travel, News, Drones, New Zealand, Zomato, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Meena, Lucknow, Vikram, DGCA, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, COVID, TechEagle, Vikram Singh Meena


Top 10 stories of the week: June 15th to June 21st 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 21st June 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Encryption and issues related to Misinformation “In discussions on misinformation, we generally focus on what the government and platforms should do, when in fact it is a people problem, as much as it is a tech problem. People generally don’t have the agency to act on some of these problems. Read it here Twitter makes Aakar Patel’s account...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Home, News, Microsoft, US, Amit Shah, App Store, Delhi, Airtel, Practo, Reliance, Brad Smith, SEBI, Patel, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU


Facebook takes down Trump campaign advertising using Nazi symbol after initially approving it

Facebook approved ads from US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that featured an inverted triangle, imagery that Nazis used to designate political prisoners, Media Matters on Thursday. Facebook later took down those ads, saying in a statement to the press that the ads violate the company’s community guidelines. “We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners with...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Nazis, US, Delhi, Donald Trump, Trump, Kapil Mishra, Trump When Trump


Interview: How Amnesty investigated the spying campaign against Bhima Koregaon activists

On June 16, MediaNama conducted a telephonic interview with Etienne Maynier, a technologist at Amnesty International, who was part of the team that investigated the coordinated spyware attack against at least nine human rights activists in India, eight of whom have called for the release of eleven activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. Maynier had previously been a research fellow with Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto-based research lab that was also involved in this investigation....
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, News, Interview, India, Surveillance, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Delhi, Freedom Of The Press Foundation, Amnesty, Nagpur, Micah Lee, Citizen Lab, Rathod


Eurostar to launch facial verification for passengers

Eurostar passengers will soon have the option to go through a face verification process allowing them to walk through a “facial biometric corridor” to board a train, without requiring a passport or other travel documents. The solution is being developed by British technology company iProov in partnership with Eurostar and Canadian travel company WorldReach Software. It will first go live at London’s St Pancras International station by the end of March 2021. The Financial Times first reported thi...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, UK, London, News, Microsoft, India, Narendra Modi, US, Surveillance, Eurostar, Ibm, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Financial Times


Centre suspends Aarogya Setu Mitr in response to petition by chemists’ association in Delhi High Court

The central government has suspended the Aarogya Setu Mitr portal, which is linked to the Aarogya Setu app, in response to a writ petition filed by Delhi-based South Chemists & Distributors Association. This was first reported by The Print. Aarogyasetumitr is down and currently shows a 404 error. The association had approached the court last month alleging that the website acted as a marketing tool for only e-pharmacies, and did not mention the local brick-and-mortar pharmacies. It had sought d...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Delhi, Ahmed, Delhi High Court, Online pharmacy, Aarogya Setu, Aarogya Setu Mitr, South Chemists Distributors Association, Zaheer Ahmed


Another coordinated spyware attack on Bhima Koregaon activists uncovered

At least nine Indian human rights activists, eight of whom have called for the release of eleven activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, were targeted in a coordinated spyware campaign, according to research released by Amnesty International and University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab on June 15. The victims were sent emails with malicious links that, on being clicked, deployed NetWire, a commercially manufactured Windows spyware that gives remote access to the device, allowing the intrud...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, News, India, Spyware, Surveillance, United States, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Delhi, KKR, Bahamas, Ministry of Home Affairs, Citizen Lab, NSO Group


‘Residents of Delhi’s Containment Zones need to download Aarogya Setu,’ says Amit Shah

“To monitor residents in Delhi’s Containment Zones, we will get the Aarogya Setu app downloaded on each person’s mobile phone,” Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted on June 14. The tweet also said that to carry out contact mapping properly, a comprehensive, house-to-house health survey will be conducted for every person, whose result will be out in one week. This tweet came after the Home Minister chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in Delhi. The meeting was attended by Delhi Chief Min...
Tags: Travel, News, Amit Shah, Delhi, Shah, Ministry of Home Affairs, Arvind Kejriwal, Home Ministry, Press Information Bureau, PIB, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Anil Baijal


Excitel CEO Vivek Raina on the broadband business, Net Neutrality, and COVID-19

On June 10, we interviewed Vivek Raina, CEO of Excitel Broadband, on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fixed line broadband business, the ISP market, and Net Neutrality. An edited transcript of that interview follows. MediaNama: How has the pandemic affected your business and your network? How have new subscribers been coming up? There were multiple stages and layers to the pandemic. There was one stage when it started to hit us that something was going to happen. The pandemic had no...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Interview, Youtube, India, Broadband, Netflix, Delhi, NCR, Airtel, Trai, West Bengal, John Doe, NOC, FTTH


Zuckerberg cites a post from India as a clear-cut example of ‘incitement to violence’

For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while posts from US President Donald Trump may not pose a “100 per cent clear-cut of a decision”, posts from India where “someone” said “‘Hey, if the police don’t take care of this, our supporters will get in there and clear the streets’” are a clear cut case of incitement of violence and have been taken down. This was revealed in a transcript of a meeting that Zuckerberg held with 25,000 employees on June 2. Recode published the transcript of the meeting. Zucke...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Hong Kong, News, Minneapolis, California, Washington Post, India, BJP, US, Npr, Hate Speech, Delhi, Vox


J-POD || Podcast || “National newspapers devote 0.67% of front page to 69% of India. Corporate media is the bed on which religious and market fundoos cohabit. Morons are reworking labour laws” || P. Sainath

Less than 2% of India’s population is invested in stocks and mutual funds. Yet, India has at least half-a-dozen business newspapers in English. And just as many business news channels. Every newspaper in every language, in every part of the country, has a page—or half of page—dedicated to business news. Or what they think is business news. Not surprisingly, when the exodus of migrant labourers began from the big cities after the lockdown was announced on March 25, the news media was as surpri...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Usa, Media, Supreme Court, Congress, India, Arun Jaitley, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Spain, United States, Ireland


A lot can happen over coffee: politics, business, big money, tax terrorism, scandal, and a happy ending

The juiciest story today is the news that the Karnataka Congress chief D.K. Shiva Kumar’s daughter is to marry the son of the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, the late V.G. Siddhartha. Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna, you will remember, killed himself by jumping into a river in Mangalore, in July last year. At least two Bangalore newspapers confirm the rumour of the alliance: The Times of India and Kannada Prabha. And in ToI, Shiva Kumar goes on record an...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Singapore, BJP, Bloomberg, Parliament, Delhi, KKR, Bangalore, Gujarat, Infosys, Karnataka, Siddhartha, Times of India, Krishna, NDA


WhatsApp questions the suitability of petitioner who filed a PIL against WhatsApp Pay

You are reading it here first: In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last night, WhatsApp has questioned the credentials and suitability of Good Governance Chambers (G2 Chambers), “a legal Think Tank”, that filed a PIL against WhatsApp Pay in the apex court on February 28, 2020. Filed by Brian Hennessy, the director and associate general counsel of WhatsApp, the affidavit argues that the PIL is not maintainable in court and calls G2 Chambers a “busybody” that, as an “unregistered Think Tank...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, India, Whatsapp, Delhi, Chambers, UPI, Reliance Jio, CCI, Jio, Supreme Court of India, Bombay High Court, Competition Commission of India


Drones surveilling Amritsar could detect distance between humans and send GPS coordinates of lockdown violators to police

Unlike drone operations in Delhi and Mumbai, some drones deployed in Amritsar as part of keeping an eye out on lockdown violators were far more sophisticated: They were equipped with an AI-based onboard software capable of detecting humans from around 400 feet away, along with the distance between two people, and could send the police the GPS coordinates of a person violating the lockdown norms. The drones were supplied to the police in Amritsar by a company called Skylark Labs, which has office...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, San Francisco, Surveillance, Drones, Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala, Fed, Amritsar, Singh, Times of India, Medianama, DGCA


The Balcony Story

The house that I grew up in Delhi, we have this fairly large balcony. Fairly large by Mumbai standards. Smallish by Delhi. But there was a balcony. And that meant that I grew up with this habit of waking up and going to the balcony to stretch and breathe in the "fresh" air. I did it every day for like 30 years at the subconscious level that it became second nature!  When I moved to Mumbai, I was lucky to have started living in Nahar. That meant that I had a 2-feet wide thing for a balcony. Of ...
Tags: Travel, Home, House, Delhi, Mumbai, Andheri, Bandra, miniPosts, Ghatkopar, 400053, sgBiography


Delhi mall requires Aarogya Setu to visit grocery store, PIL filed in Delhi HC

When Shashi Pratap Singh went to buy groceries from Modern Bazaar on May 17 late morning, he was stopped by the guards at the entrance to Select Citywalk and asked to show his Aarogya Setu status. “As soon as I parked my car there, the security guards basically stopped me and said, ‘Sir, agar aap […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Surveillance, Delhi, Delhi High Court, Coronavirus, Contact Tracing, Aarogya Setu, Shashi Pratap Singh, Modern Bazaar


Delhi chemists association petitions Delhi HC asking for delinking of Aarogya Setu Mitr from app: Report

Delhi-based South Chemists and Distributors Association has approached the Delhi High Court seeking delinking the Aarogya Setu Mitr portal — which enlists several epharmacies and telemedicine services — from the government’s contact tracing Aarogya Setu app. This was reported by PTI. The association’s demands and arguments: The website acts as a marketing tool for only e-pharmacies, and […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Delhi, Delhi High Court, PTI, Online pharmacy, Aarogya Setu, Aarogya Setu Mitr, South Chemists and Distributors Association



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