Technology Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy. 12 Feb 2019 10:45PM Bookmark MUMBAI: Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy.The petition, sent by a group that previously dragged WhatsApp to court and a right-wing political activist, comes a day after the panel summoned Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to discuss ways to safeguard citizens' rights on social media and online platforms.Social media companies are coming under increased scrutiny in India ahead of elections due before May in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking another term. Some firms are overhauling policies to curb misinformation ahead of the vote.In a letter to Anurag … [Read more...] about India parliamentary panel urged to summon global heads of Facebook, other tech giants
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LUCKNOW: At least 18 people died Tuesday (May 15) after a flyover collapsed in northern India, crushing vehicles and passengers under tonnes of concrete, a rescue official said.Rescue workers rushed to the site in Varanasi city where an unknown number of people were still feared trapped under the debris, in the latest of a string of deadly construction accidents in India."Eighteen bodies have been recovered so far by our teams. Seven teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are engaged in rescue operation which is underway," an official in the disaster control room told AFP.TV footage showed mangled vehicles trapped under heavy cement girders with huge crowds gathered around.A witness said a section of the flyover, which was still under construction, collapsed onto the street, crushing buses and cars."I was near the flyover when it collapsed. At least four cars, an auto-rickshaw and a minibus were crushed under it," the witness told reporters in Varanasi, a city in the … [Read more...] about India flyover collapse kills 18 in Varanasi, more feared trapped under debris
As India gears up for a spate of state elections in a run-up to the general polls next year, the second-most influential state is throwing up a few surprises. Bihar is the second-most populous state, so it has a large number of parliamentary seats and plays a major role in the region known as the country’s ‘Hindi heartland’. Tasting blood after defeating the BJP in last month’s by-elections for the seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur – which had been represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya – Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) have reportedly decided to carry through with their partnership for the 2019 general election. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Now, reports on the ground suggest that emissaries of the two parties have started back-channel talks to strengthen Uttar Pradesh’s emerging … [Read more...] about Political reckoning for the BJP in India’s northern states
India is facing a new cash crunch, similar to the one the country faced in the aftermath of demonetization. In November 2016, the Narendra Modi government demonetized 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in order to destroy black or unaccounted wealth, which was supposedly stored in the form of cash. The Ministry of Finance had said in a press release back then: “Use of high-denomination notes for storage of unaccounted wealth has been evident from cash recoveries made by law-enforcement agencies from time to time.” The irony was that data from the Income Tax Department showed that only around 5% of the black wealth recovered during tax raids was held in the form of paper currency. The decision to demonetize more than 86% of the currency in circulation created a huge cash shortage. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Over the last few days, automated teller machines have been running dry across large parts of the country. The Finance Ministry in … [Read more...] about Is India’s latest cash crunch a legacy of demonetization?
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015