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International Day of Sign Languages: Recognising deaf culture

International Day of Sign Languages: Recognising deaf culture

September 23, 2020

“It is such a shame that we only have close to 800 ISL interpreters in the entire country, among which only 300 are certified. Even the census is about a decade old. I am sure the number of people with hearing disability must have increased now,’’ Nipun Malhotra, a disabili...

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Google, Paytm spat a precursor to several more

Google, Paytm spat a precursor to several more

September 22, 2020

On September 19, Google suddenly removed from its Play Store the online payment application, Paytm, country’s largest digital payments company, citing breach of its anti-gambling policy. It also dropped Paytm fantasy gaming app, Paytm Games First, hours before start of the firs...

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India’s 2 million homeless: Unseen victims of Covid-19

India’s 2 million homeless: Unseen victims of Covid-19

September 22, 2020

According to the Housing and Land Rights Network of India, an NGO that fights for the right to housing among others, the number of homeless people in India is much more than the official estimates of 1 million. It says that about one percent of residents of all Indian cities are ...

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Industries that pipped the pandemic

Industries that pipped the pandemic

September 20, 2020

“I stopped taking food from local tiffin service since April. I switched to ordering from Swiggy regularly as it assured me of following all possible safety and hygiene measures including the body temperature of the delivery person and cleanliness rating of the restaurant I ord...

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Binge watching on rise in India: DAN report

Binge watching on rise in India: DAN report

September 20, 2020

India’s on demand digital streaming industry surpassed the national film industry in terms of both viewership and growth. With entertainment gone online coupled with a surge in online gamers, the pandemic has proven to be a fillip to the sector with consumers confined to their ...

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International Equal Pay Day: COVID-19 pushes Indian women from low pay to no pay

International Equal Pay Day: COVID-19 pushes Indian women from low pay to no pay

September 18, 2020

A mid-career tourism professional with over 10 years of experience behind her, Sharda Wagh was working in a leading travel firm in Mumbai in the Domestic FIT operations wing and was content with her career and life. All was fine until the COVID-19 pandemic hit India and the gover...

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Wedding band artists lose rhythm of life amid Covid19 pandemic

Wedding band artists lose rhythm of life amid Covid19 pandemic

September 16, 2020

“My wife and I have three children and I am the only one in the family who earns. The last five to six months have been the most difficult ones. I have managed to feed my family just enough so that they can survive. I don’t expect to earn much for the next two months [&hellip...

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Human rights groups uneasy over proposed police force in Uttar Pradesh

Human rights groups uneasy over proposed police force in Uttar Pradesh

September 16, 2020

Human rights groups say they are considering challenging in courts of law the creation of Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) being set up by the Uttar Pradesh government as soon as its contours are defined and the rules governing the special force, which seems to have s...

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On World Ozone Day 2020, relearning forgotten lessons from past global success for COVID19

On World Ozone Day 2020, relearning forgotten lessons from past global success for COVID19

September 15, 2020

It was the decade of 1970s. A dozen men had already landed on the moon. There was an exhilarating mood all around, mainly in the developed countries. ‘‘Sky is not the limit,’’ scientists and technocrats would often boast. The doors of the universe could be commanded from ...

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International Democracy Day 2020: Lockdown on Indian democracy

International Democracy Day 2020: Lockdown on Indian democracy

September 15, 2020

“I was supposed to receive an award from the state government for one the best professors but suddenly after a Facebook post, my name was withdrawn from the list of nominees,” says an assistant professor at Lucknow University. “All I did was to put up a Facebook post about ...

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Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

September 15, 2020

Last week the UK and Japan announced that they had reached a bilateral free trade agreement that would govern their trade ties from the year 2020 when the UK completed its exit from the European Union and hence also exited the ambit of the EU-Japan trade pact. Both the countries ...

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Seven Indian-Americans in Forbes’ list of wealthiest people in US

Seven Indian-Americans in Forbes’ list of wealthiest people in US

September 14, 2020

Sixty-one-year-old Jay Chaudhry, CEO of cybersecurity firm ZScaler, has been named the richest Indian American in the rankings for 2020 released by Forbes magazine, which goes on to list six other Persons of Indian Origin amongst the 400 richest persons in the United States. Inte...

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