Harini Calamur

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How India became China-led development bank’s main borrower

Territorial disputes between China and India have not stopped India becoming the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) top borrower.<p>…

China angered by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to disputed border region

Beijing on Thursday expressed anger over a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the remote Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China …

India

Xi Jinping’s anti-graft drive has caught so many officials that Beijing’s elite prison is running out of cells

It looks like being a particularly grim Lunar New Year in the “tigers’ cage” this week. The notorious Qincheng maximum security prison houses many …

China

Karachi Murder Raises Red Flag on China's $50 Billion Projects

Chen Zhu finished lunch last week at Karachi’s China Town restaurant before driving to buy groceries opposite Zamzama Park, an upmarket area in …

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Britain to sail warship through disputed South China Sea

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said HMS Sutherland, an anti-submarine frigate, would next month assert freedom of navigation rights<p>A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Sea next month to assert freedom of navigation rights, the UK’s defence secretary said …

China

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”

On January 26, 2018, China released its first ever official White Paper on “China’s Arctic Policy.” Claiming itself to be an important stakeholder in …

China

It’s time to address the elephant in the room: Influencers don’t really influence anything or anyone!

Earlier this week a major shitstorm hit the Internet, when a boutique hotel owner posted a screenshot of an email he received from a travel blogger …

Public Relations

‘Suddenly my world would flip’: the woman who is permanently lost

Sharon’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescue<p>In 1952, when she was a child, Sharon was playing in the front garden. She was blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of …

Mind

Confused by China's HSBC Love? Check Out the Ex

The one thing Chinese investors have learned from black swan events like Brexit is that global market sell-offs present nice buying opportunities.<p>In …

Stock Markets

Forget Millennials, Focus On Generation C

<i>Doing Away With Arbitrary Age Brackets On Marketing, Hiring and Connecting</i><br>Read more ...

Marketing

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let …

Social Media

Learning from the New Yorker, Wired’s new paywall aims to build a more “stable financial future”

“People who have studied the information age at this point recognize that there were a bunch of problems and side effects to the fact that people weren’t asked to pay for content in the early years of the internet.”<p>Wired’s brand and mission may align it closely with the koan of the internet …

MIT Media Lab

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

Would you care if this feature had been written by a robot?

<b>Would you care if a story you read in a newspaper or online was "written" by a machine rather than a stressed-out hack? Would you even be able to tell the difference? Welcome to the world of "robo journalism" - and it's coming faster than you think.</b><p>Squirrelled away at the Press Association's (PA) …

Journalism

China's era of 'hide and bide' is over

Yang Jiechi is a name not likely all that familiar to Australians, it should be.<p>He is the man who crafts China's image to the world. Yang is a former …

China

We Are Truly Fucked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now

A user-friendly application has resulted in an explosion of convincing face-swap porn.<p>In December, Motherboard discovered a redditor named 'deepfakes' quietly enjoying his hobby: Face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers’ bodies. He made several convincing porn videos of …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Black Market

India, ASEAN leaders agree to boost maritime cooperation

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The leaders of India and southeast Asia agreed on Thursday to boost their maritime ties at a summit in New Delhi, as they seek to balance the increasing weight of China across the region.<p>India is hosting the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Regional Cooperation …

Asia

Does America Have a Caste System?

Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different?<p>In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race, or both. Consider, for example, …

India

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google

Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, …

Feminism

Looming water shortages spell catastrophe for Cape Town

Cape Town faces “catastrophic" consequences as water taps to four million citizens will be turned off within the next 80 days.<p>Unless the skies defy weather forecasts and rain floods the city’s six dams, "Day Zero” is April 12.<p>This is when the municipality will shut taps and residents will have to …

South Africa

In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Indian men are splurging on their looks—but not to impress women

You could rely on most Indian men to look drab except at early dates and weddings, but that’s changing now.<p>India’s male-grooming market is worth over Rs5,000 crore and it’s growing rapidly because Indian men now want to scrub up, not to impress women but for brownie points at work, according to a …

India

Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'

Latest find on Cyclades’ Keros includes evidence of metal-working and suggests the beginnings of an urban centre, say archaeologists<p>More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. They shaped it into terraces …

Archaeology

WhatsApp may launch peer-to-peer payment service by February-end

WhatsApp’s highly anticipated peer-to-peer payment service may become available to users in India as early as next month.<p>The Facebook-owned instant …

Why are Indian authorities failing to protect women?

A recent series of gruesome rapes and murders has sparked outrage in northern India. The incidents are the latest for a region with a grim history of …

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1968

A half-century ago, much of the world appeared to be in a state of crisis. Protests erupted in France, Czechoslovakia. Germany, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and many other places. Some of these protests ended peacefully; many were put down harshly. Two of the biggest catalysts for protest …

Black History