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Finally, the Indian Air Force will allow women to fly fighter aircraft

On its 83rd anniversary, the Indian Air Force has made a surprise announcement: Women pilots will soon fly its fighter aircraft.<p>“We have women pilots flying transport aircraft and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of …

Aviation

India doesn't want citizens to tweet about how a man was lynched for eating beef

The Times of India reports that police forces in the state of Uttar Pradesh requested Twitter to remove tweets and photos related to an incident in which a 50-year-old man was lynched by citizens because his family ate beef.<p>Inspector General (administration) Prakash D said that the state police’s …

Facebook using its own app to rally support for Internet.org in India

When Google uses its enormously popular homepage for anything that isn't search-related, it immediately attracts attention. That same sort of scrutiny is now being directed at Facebook, which has the power to reach billions of people across the web and mobile with any message it wants. In India, …

Net Neutrality

Capital Gains: Uber and Alibaba Make Their Big India Moves, Visa Backs Stripe and More

Also, BuzzFeed and Vox Media each landed big money from NBCUniversal.<p>BuzzFeed and Vox Media both raised money from NBCUniversal, Uber surged past the $51 billion mark, and more startups raised big dollars. Here’s what happened:<p>In May, <b>Re/code</b> reported that Stripe was getting an investment that would …

Venture Capital

Will 'Baahubali's' Prabhas Be The Next Harrison Ford Or Elijah Wood?

You know you’re on a roll when the prime minister of your country takes a break from the duties of leading 1.2 billion people to brag on Twitter about meeting you.<p>You know you’re hotter than hot when the Times of India calls you ‘The New Salman Khan Of The Film Industry.’<p>Prabhas, the immensely …

iPhone maker Foxconn in talks to build first Apple plant in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple’s iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world’s No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players.<p>The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon …

Foxconn

Parikkar rules out women's combat role in defence forces

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has ruled out recruiting women for combat operations in armed forces due to apprehensions about their safety but …

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Indian music streaming service Gaana hacked, millions of users' details exposed

Indian music streaming service Gaana, which has over 7.5 million monthly visitors, has been compromised by a hacker and its user information database is now exposed.<p>The hacker, who goes by the moniker Mak Man and appears to be based in Lahore, Pakistan, posted a link to a searchable database of …

Music (India)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just sent a Twitter DM about his first year in office to 12.5 million people

Despite the fact that he's running a country where only about a fifth of the people are internet users, he's one of the most forward-thinking world leaders on the use of social media for political campaigning.<p>To keep people up to date with what he's doing, Modi used a method that's not familiar to …

India

Foxconn may be planning new iPhone-building factories in India

The India government has previously blocked Apple from opening any brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country because Apple don’t manufacture any products in India.<p>That could be about to change, however, thanks to a recent rumor claiming that Foxconn has been given permission to open new …

India

India's FinMin Thinks Rate Cut Coming; Market Agrees

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley agrees with market consensus: the Reserve Bank of India will lower interest rates when it meets on June 2.<p>The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut rates twice this year, but kept status quo in April in a cautionary hedge against inflation. There was no hint that …

Modi, Xi get down to tackling tough issues

Using the historical backdrop of Xian and the shared link of Buddhism between their countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping …

China, India have many rivalries, some areas of cooperation

BEIJING (AP) — India's prime minister is visiting China this week to build friendship between the two Asian giants despite a long history of disputes …

China

India's Modi meets Xi on China visit amid warming ties

XI'AN, China (AP) — President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting Thursday between the leaders of Asia's rising …

Gunmen kill 43 Shia Muslims on Pakistan bus

Gunmen in Pakistan's biggest city Karachi storm a bus carrying members of a Shia minority, killing at least 43 in the first attack in the country claimed by Islamic State<p>More than 40 members of <b>Pakistan</b>’s Shia minority were massacred on a bus in Karachi on Wednesday in a gun attack claimed by …

Nepal races to repair heritage sites

It has been two weeks since a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, and there seems to be a new effort in the relief operation.<p>In addition to saving lives, there is a major attempt to rescue the country's cultural heritage.<p>Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Lalitpur near the capital, Kathmandu.

Bangladesh bans use of its national anthem as a ringtone

Bangladesh’s supreme court has banned the use of the country’s national anthem as a ringtone for mobile phones or for any other commercial purpose.<p>Viber banned in Bangladesh<p>Read more<p>“The national anthem can’t be used as a business tool,” the supreme court said in Dhaka on Monday, upholding a 2010 …

One year on, here’s how India’s economy has changed under Narendra Modi

On May 26, 2014, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi began his term in office amid great expectations.<p>Corporates, economists, and investors were betting on big bang reforms, which would kick-start growth.<p>The jury is still out on the economic achievements of his first year in power, the Modi …

India

India: War, Peace, And The Education Crisis

A month ago (12 April) I wrote a blog entitled “India’s Wrong Priorities: As Children Go Hungry PM Modi Buys Fighter Jets In France”. It generated lots of strong reactions. In essence they fall into two camps.<p>There were those critics who said no matter how much poverty and child malnourishment …

India's No.2 Offline Retailer, Future Group, Battles Booming Online Rivals

Kishore Biyani, founder & CEO of large Indian retailer Future Group, has a plan. He wants to crush online competition with a carefully thought-out strategy that includes several if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them moves. Yet he continues to ask, “Who’s afraid of e-commerce?”<p>Biyani who owns several …

Pakistan Taliban says it shot down helicopter

A video has been released which purports to show Pakistani Taliban fighters with a surface-to-air missile, claiming they used a similar one to shoot down a Pakistani helicopter carrying diplomats.<p>The video includes a message from the Tehreek-e-Taliban claiming they fired a missile from a distance …

Delhi's first female bus driver starts work as part of campaign to fight harassment

The city’s women complain of ‘eve-teasing’ – or worse – on public transport. Having Saritha Vankadarath at the wheel may signal the start of change<p>At 6am every day, a green bus on line 543 from Sarojini Nagar to Anand swings out of a Delhi Transport Corporation depot and heads on to the chaotic …

One Year Later, India In Better Shape Under Modi

India is in better shape under new prime minister Narendra Modi. Consensus has spoken.<p>Modi stormed into parliament last May in a landslide victory. His BJP Party took it to the ruling Indian National Congress, getting majority rule in the parliament, and promising more social inclusion while …

Welcome to India. Namaste!

Foreign corporations are bullish on India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even if he is successful in his reform efforts, change will take time. Many companies can’t afford to wait for improved conditions before developing a stronger presence in India, however, notes White & Case, a …

India

Uber India's Updated SOS Button Puts Riders In Instant Communication With Police

Will the new feature keep passengers safer?<p>After beta-testing in Kolkata, Uber announced today via blog post that its SOS Button feature will now connect riders in crisis directly with law enforcement officials throughout the Indian city.<p>Record of Assaults in Cars<p>It's unsurprising that Uber has …

Transportation