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India's Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone at divisive Ayodhya temple despite rise in coronavirus cases

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to lay a foundation stone for the construction of a Hindu temple at a holy site that's been at the center of the country's most politically and culturally divisive land dispute.
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Ayodhya prepares for Modi to lay foundation stone of Hindu temple at disputed site

New shrine to Lord Ram where mosque was torn down in 1992 marks culmination of a sustained political campaign by the BJP Diwali has come early to the temple town of Ayodhya. Though the Hindu festival is three months away, the town has been lit up by earthen lamps for the laying of the foundation stone of a Hindu temple that ranks as perhaps the most emotionally intense, discordant, and divisive issue in Indian politics for decades.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a ceremony in...
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Coronavirus global report: 'response fatigue' fears as Mexico hits 9,000 daily cases

Many countries that believed they were past the worst are grappling with new outbreaks, says WHOCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, as the country overtook the UK with the world’s third-highest number of deaths from the pandemic after the US and Brazil.The surging numbers were reported as the World Health Organization warned of “response fatigue” and a resurgence of cases in several countries ...
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Modi leads tributes after Indian politician Amar Singh dies

Amar Singh, an Indian politician and former leading figure of the Samajwadi Party, has died aged 64, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
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Apple’s partners and Samsung apply for India’s $6.6 billion local smartphone production program

South Korean giant Samsung, Apple’s contract manufacturing partners Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, and Indian smartphone vendors Micromax and Lava among others have applied for India’s $6.6 billion incentive program aimed at boosting the local smartphone manufacturing, New Delhi said on Saturday. The scheme, called Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, will offer a range of incentives to companies including a 6% financial incentive on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, ...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Asia, Hardware, India, Narendra Modi, Samsung, Tech, Taiwan, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Foxconn, Vivo, Oppo, Foxconn Wistron, Pli


India arrests 50 journalists in clampdown on critics of Covid-19 response

Reporters for independent outlets, many in rural areas, say pressure won’t deter them from covering embarrassing storiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacing a continuing upward trajectory in Covid-19 cases, the Indian government is clamping down on media coverage critical of its handling of the pandemic.More than 50 Indian journalists have been arrested or had police complaints registered against them, while others have been physically assaulted. Continue reading...
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India arrests dozens of journalists in clampdown on critics of Covid-19 response

Reporters for independent outlets, many in rural areas, say pressure won’t deter them from covering embarrassing storiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacing a continuing upward trajectory in Covid-19 cases, the Indian government is clamping down on media coverage critical of its handling of the pandemic.More than 50 Indian journalists have been arrested or had police complaints registered against them, or been physically assaulted. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, South and Central Asia, Global development, Press freedom, Freedom Of Speech


First French fighter jets head to India after purchase

The deal, estimated to be worth $9.4 billion, has been overshadowed by corruption allegations levelled by the opposition Congress party although Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected the claims. The jets built by Dassault Aviation -- and piloted by officers from the Indian Air Force (IAF) -- took off from Merignac in southwest France, the company said in a statement.
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India's PM says the country's fight against Covid-19 has proven the world wrong

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that his country's response to the pandemic has defied global expectations.
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India PM to lay foundation stone for contentious Hindu temple

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for a grand Hindu temple in a highly anticipated ceremony at a holy site that was bitterly contested by Muslims, officials said Sunday. Its construction in a flashpoint town in northern India has been a campaign pledge of Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party since the 1980s. The Supreme Court ruled in November that a temple could be built in Ayodhya, where Hindu zealots demolished a 460-year-old mosque in 1992.
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India's PM says the country's fight against Covid-19 has proven the world wrong

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that his country's response to the pandemic has defied global expectations.
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Modi says coronavirus risk persists in India, recoveries rise

India needs to be "extra vigilant" as the novel coronavirus threat persists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a public address on Sunday, even as the country registered a record number of patient recoveries in a day. Infections from the coronavirus have risen rapidly in India, the world's second most populous country, with more than 48,000 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. India has so far recorded nearly 1.4 million cases and more than 30,000 deaths.
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India's PM to attend temple groundbreaking at disputed site

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was torn down by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, according to the trust overseeing the temple construction. The ceremony is set for Aug. 5, a date organizers said was astrologically auspicious for Hindus but that also marks a year since the Indian Parliament revoked the semi-autonomous status of its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu a...
Tags: News, India, Narendra Modi, Muslim, Kashmir, Hindu, Modi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian Parliament, AYODHYA


Tweets critical of Byju’s get reported for violating Indian laws, Byju’s denies reporting them

Twitter’s legal team on Wednesday night sent multiple users emails that said they had received complaints that some tweets critical of Byju’s violated Indian laws. MediaNama reviewed four of the emails to users, which cited tweets over the past few months that included off-the-cuff comments on its business and an allegation that it was promoting “fake news”. Separately, LinkedIn permanently banned Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, an angel investor who has been a vocal critic of the ed-tech company. Byju’s...
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J-POD || Podcast || “In 1962, Nehru heard the Opposition, convened Parliament, didn’t stifle media. In 2020, Modi is trying to snatch victory from jaws of defeat by managing headlines” || Jairam Ramesh

When WhatsApp becomes the chief source of information, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that India was a mere 17 years old as a free nation when China invaded in 1962.   An impressionable teenager, whose population was 45 crores, whose GDP was a mere $4,200 crore. On the other hand, when China intruded into Ladakh this year seizing land and strangling soldiers, independent India was a full grown adult, a real senior citizen if you will, all of 73 years old. India’s population is now 130 c...
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The Coming India–China Conflict and a Higher Calling for India

On July 3,  for the first time since Chinese troops killed 20 Indian soldiers in the Galvan Valley on June 15, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited the border region of Ladakh to rally the contingent posted there. And judging by China’s official reaction, the Communist Party didn’t see Modi’s response coming.The prime minister was showing support for his troops, but also tapping into the growing anti-China sentiment that has been provoked by Beijing's coronavirus-era brazenness. His v...
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IBM CEO and Indian prime minister talk about yoga … and unspecified further investment

Big Blue may have an in on new healthcare plans IBM’s new CEO Shri Arvind Krishna has chatted over a video conference with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and pledged further investment in the nation.…
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Indian smartphone shipments plummeted 48% YoY in Q2

This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. Smartphone shipments in India fell to 17.3 million units in Q2 2020, representing a precipitous 48% year-over-year (YoY) decline, according to Canalys. The Canalys report suggests that the decl...
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In Kashmir, military lockdown and pandemic combined are one giant deadly threat

COVID-19 is taking a terrible toll worldwide. But in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, it’s only the latest indignity in a 73-year cycle of oppression, militarization and scarcity.At least, that’s what the minimal news from Kashmir indicates. The Indian part of Kashmir – which shares volatile borders with Pakistan and China – has been an information black hole since August 2019, when the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped the region of its autonomous status and split it in two...
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The Latest: South Africa now 5th in world for infections

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa now ranks fifth in the world for confirmed coronavirus cases caseload as the African continent faces the pandemic’s first wave head-on.South Africa on Saturday reported 13,285 new confirmed cases for a total of 350,879. That puts the country ahead of Peru and makes up roughly half the cases in Africa. The only four countries with more confirmed cases — the U.S., Brazil, India, and Russia — all have far more people than South Africa's 57 million.The virus arrived ...
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The Latest: New jump in India and warning cases could double

NEW DELHI — A surge of 34,884 new coronavirus cases took India’s tally to 1,038,716, as local governments continue to reimpose focused lockdowns in several parts of the country.The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 671 deaths in the past 24 hours for a total of 26,273. The ministry said the recovery rate had slightly come down to 62.9%.The actual numbers, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher due to a number of reasons including limited testing. Over 300,000 samples a...
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What you need to know about coronavirus today

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined US President Donald Trump and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro in presiding over a country that has reported more than 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus.
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 17

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined US President Donald Trump and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro in presiding over a country that has reported more than 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus.
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Google is investing $4.5 billion in India's mobile internet giant Reliance Jio and the 2 will make a new affordable Android phone

Google is to invest $4.5 billion into Indian internet company Jio Platforms, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai confirmed on Wednesday. Jio Platforms owns India's biggest telecoms provider Reliance Jio as well as a suite of homegrown apps such as Zoom rival JioMeet. The investment gives Google a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms, providing the deal is cleared by India's regulators. Reliance Jio's founder, Mukesh Ambani, is currently the sixth-richest man in the world, with a net wealth of $72.4 bi...
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Google may put $4 billion into India's Reliance Jio, months after Facebook invested $5.7 billion

Google is in talks to invest as much as $4 billion into Indian telecoms provider Reliance Jio, according to Bloomberg. Google may announce the investment within weeks, and the cash injection would follow a similar investment by Facebook into Jio of $5.7 billion. Reliance Jio is a fast-growing telecoms operator in India with more than 300 million subscribers. Its founder, Mukesh Ambani, is currently the sixth-richest man in the world with a net wealth of $72.4 billion. Visit Business Insider's ...
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Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in U.S. threats against TikTok

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
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Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in US threats against TikTok

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Instagram, Youtube, France, La, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, US, Social Media, Tech, Cnn


Whether or not the Trump administration bans TikTok, it’s already helping Facebook

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, France, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Cnn, United States, Tencent, Brazil, Vine, Ban


30 oddly satisfying headlines about Vikas

Click to view slideshow. “Vikas has been “arrested“; long live Vikas.” “Vikas has “surrendered“; long live Vikas.” Whichever way you look at it, arrest or surrender, the sight of “Vikas Dubey Kanpurwala” sitting upright in police custody in Madhya Pradesh is a reassuring sign to those who only expected him to be caught horizontally in an encounter. Or, flee abroad safely. But for a week, Hindi newspaper readers have had a somewhat surrealistic experience with headline after headline speculating ...
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Halt the use of facial recognition technology, prohibit its purchase using federal funds: 30 rights groups to the US Congress

The use of facial recognition technology should be halted, and the US’ federal funds should not be used to purchase such “discriminatory” technologies, over 30 rights organisations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and S.T.O.P., wrote in a letter to the US Congress last week. “As thousands gather to demonstrate and demand justice for George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black people who have been killed by police, it is time Co...
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