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Day: April 2, 2019

Supreme Court quashes RBI directive on resolving bad debt

MUMBAI – India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed a Reserve Bank of India circular on resolving bad debt, providing relief for some major corporate defaulters but throwing the country’s still nascent bankruptcy regime into question. The Supreme Court said the RBI’s circular from Feb. 12 last year on […]

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WhatsApp launches fact-check service to fight fake news during India polls

MUMBAI – WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service for Indians to check the veracity of information, in the messaging platform’s latest attempt to combat fake news in India ahead of national elections beginning this month. WhatsApp said in a statement it was working with local startup Proto to […]

Facebook, Twitter sucked into India-Pakistan information war

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI – Pakistani social media campaigner Hanzala Tayyab leads about 300 ultra-nationalist cyber warriors fighting an internet war with arch-foe India, in a battle that is increasingly sucking in global tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook. Tayyab, 24, spends his days on Facebook and encrypted WhatsApp […]

Despite being exposed, fake news thrives on social media ahead of India polls

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI – Two weeks after a suicide bombing in Kashmir in February killed 40 Indian paramilitary policemen, a Facebook user called Avi Dandiya posted a live video in which he played a recording of a call purportedly involving India’s home minister, the president of the ruling Bharatiya […]

Congress promises to halve unemployment; Kashmir plan criticised

NEW DELHI – India’s main opposition Congress party made election pledges on Tuesday to halve unemployment in five years, but its promise to change a law on special powers for troops in disputed Kashmir drew criticism from the ruling party. Congress has consistently trailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

Seven Pak posts destroyed as Indian Army retaliates to ceasefire violations

Jammu, Apr 2: Seven Pakistani posts across the LoC were destroyed as the Indian Army retaliated to cross border shelling by Pakistani troops who targeted border areas in Rajouri and Poonch districts, officials said Tuesday. There have been several casualties to Pakistani troops too, they said. As a precautionary […]

Politicians line up for armoured vehicles in poll season

Chandigarh, Apr 2: Politicians are lining up for armoured vehicles this election season, with the major demand for bulletproof cars coming from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, according to a firm in the business. A leading Punjab-based firm engaged in “up-armouring” or retrofitting vehicles to make them bulletproof and […]

Mayawati justifies construction of statues in UP, tells SC they represent will of people

New Delhi, April 2: BSP supremo Mayawati Tuesday defended in the Supreme Court the construction of life-size statues of herself in Uttar Pradesh, saying they represent the “will of the people”. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, said the memorials and […]

Indian satellite destruction created 400 pieces of debris, endangering ISS: NASA

Washington, Apr 2: The head of NASA Tuesday branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees of the National Aeronautics and […]

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