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India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants - The New York Times
As India sets the new rules of the game, it is seeking inspiration from China. Although India does not want to go as far as China, which has cut off its internet from the global one, officials admire Beijing’s tight control over citizens’ data and how it has nurtured homegrown internet giants like Alibaba and Baidu by limiting foreign competition. At the same time, regulators do not want to push out the American internet services that hundreds of millions of Indians depend on.
india  google  facebook  legal  trends  future 
17 hours ago by dancall
Reservation charts out from today
“And nearly everyone who books a ticket, including at the ticketing window, supplies a phone number to which relevant details regarding the tickets and the journey are sent. So, if you have a ticket in your email/phone, why would you need a reservation chart posted on each compartment,” says Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, Central Railways. In fact, CST, Mumbai Central and other major stations dispensed with the practice nearly four months ago, and trains that start from these terminuses have not carried reservation charts since March. Railways officials, however, said that physical charts would continue to be stuck on soft boards at platforms. Plus, according to a circular issued by Ministry of Railways, all stations will soon be equipped with electronic charts that will display the relevant details of each passenger, or with kiosks that will throw up information on the input of the PNR.
india  stats 
17 hours ago by dancall
How a shampoo bottle is saving young lives - Health care
A doctor in Bangladesh has found a simple way to treat infant pneumonia
infant  pneumonia  health  india  children 
19 hours ago by soobrosa
Tariq Ali reviews ‘Ants among Elephants’ by Sujatha Gidla · LRB 30 August 2018
According to recent estimates by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, every 16 minutes a crime is committed by caste Hindus against an untouchable – or Dalit, as they prefer to be called. The figures are horrific: every month 52 Dalits are killed and six kidnapped; every week almost thirty Dalit women are raped by caste Hindus. This will be a serious underestimate. Most victims of caste violence don’t report the crime for fear of reprisals, notably death by burning.
book  caste  india  democracy 
19 hours ago by soobrosa
One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
21 hours ago by dchas
MEPs: EU should cancel agreements with India until unjustly jailed human rights defenders are released (IDSN news)
Nine Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have issued a letter to the EU High Representative, Frederica Mogherini, urging for the EU to cancel all agreements with India until human rights activists, that have been unjustly arrested, have been released and “the hunt against the Adivasis, Dalits, religious minorities and Kashmir, Manipuri people is stopped.”
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2018  MEP  EP  eu_parliament  EU  europeanparliament  India  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders 
23 hours ago by idsn
Fire continues to rage in Kolkata's Bagree Market even after 19 hours, 30 fire tenders engaged in battling the blaze
Fire continues to rage in Kolkata's Bagree Market even after 19 hours, 30 fire tenders engaged in battling the blaze

Kolkata, Sep 16 (IBNS): As many as 30 fire tenders and over 100 firemen are currently engaged in a firefighting operation in Kolkata's Bagree Market as a massive blaze continued to rage the commercial hub in central part of the city even after 19 hours.

An official of state fire and emergency services department said that third, fourth and fifth floors of the six-storey building are still on fire.

"We have heard sounds of explosions from these three floors which indicates that several gas cylinders were stored there and besides air conditioning machines, those gas or chemical containing cylinders are also going off due to extreme heat," the official told IBNS.

"We have brought a small hydraulic ladder and we are trying our best to use that at the congested area," he added.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  gas_cylinders 
yesterday by dchas
Three including owner fall into pickle factory tank, die
Incident happened while the tank was being cleaned
A man, his son and a worker at a pickle factory died after they fell into a tank filled with preservatives at the unit in Ghaziabad’s Loni, the police said on Sunday.
Illegal factory
The deceased have been identified as Luvkush (60), Praveen (35) and Ram Dubey (46). The police said that Luvkush was running the factory in Tronica City illegally. All of them were residents of Delhi. The incident happened when the tank was being cleaned.
A senior police officer said that the police reached the spot after they received an information on Sunday morning that several persons had died in a factory after they fell into a tank filled with preservative chemicals.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force and Uttar Pradesh Fire Department reached the spot.
There was a tank-like structure at the unit where they used to process vegetables and chemicals to make pickles, the police said. The unit was running in the basement of Luvkush’s house. He had created it to dilute pickles in it. There was chemical poured inside the tank.
India  industrial  release  death  other_chemical  illegal 
yesterday by dchas
Blast at school: probe begins
A day after several students of a private school in Angamaly sustained injuries following a blast on the school premises, the police have registered a case and launched a probe into the incident.
As many as 60 persons, including 59 students of Holy Family High School in Angamaly, sustained injuries following the blast.
The blast occurred around 11 a.m. on Saturday when a section of the high school students, as part of a science exhibition at the school, attempted to recreate a volcano explosion.
A case has been registered for careless handling of hazardous materials while a decision regarding the persons to be arraigned as accused will be made later, said officials.
“Samples have been collected from the site and sent for a chemical analysis to establish the presence of explosive materials,” said Muhammad Riyas, Circle Inspector of Police, Angamaly.
The statements of school authorities and teachers associated with the project will be recorded soon. Statements of students may also be collected.
Preliminary investigation by the police suggested the presence of powdered aluminium at the blast site. “The students are believed to have used firecrackers to make an impact, leading to the explosion. A probe is on to trace the origin of the materials used in making the model,” the official added.
India  education  explosion  injury  dust  fireworks 
yesterday by dchas
BBC - Travel - The Indian town with no doors
no house in the village has doors. And this belief extends beyond the residential houses to nearly all the town’s civic establishments, from hotels to the police station and even the bank. And there’s not a single shop in Shani Shingnapur where you can buy locks and keys.
2 days ago by jesselle77
Blaze engulfs lab in biotech company, no one injured
Pune: A major fire gutted one of the three laboratories at a biotech company in Theur, about 28km from here, on Friday.
“It took over six hours to douse the blaze. About 40 firemen from the Pune fire brigade, seven fire tenders and water tankers were pressed into service for fire-fighting. No one sustained injuries in the fire,” Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer of the Pune fire brigade, told TOI.
Ranpise said prima facie, short-circuit could have led to the fire. “We had deployed two fire tenders at the spot,” he added.
Ganesh Pinguwale, sub-inspector of the Lonikand police, said the company, Rise n’ Shine Biotech Private Ltd, deals in biotechnology, floriculture and horticulture. “The company has three laboratories where technicians work in three shifts. Around 8.30am on Friday, the technicians in the laboratory number 2 alerted the supervisor about a fire in one of the units,” the officer said.
He said before the supervisor could reach the laboratory number 2, all the 50 persons working there had come out. “Within seconds, fire broke out in the laboratory,” Pinguwale said, adding, “The supervisor and others tried to douse the fire by using fire extinguishers, but it had spread in the entire laboratory by then.”
India  industrial  fire  injury  fire_extinguisher 
2 days ago by dchas
60 injured as model volcano explodes at school science fair
Kochi: A working volcano model exploded during a science fair organised by an aided school near here on Saturday, injuring 59 students and a teacher.

The injuries were not serious. The incident took place at the Holy Family High School, Angamaly, around 11.30 am. Gun powder used in the model to simulate eruption caused the blast, the police said.

Two students, who prepared the volcano model, and teacher Sr. Linsa, one of the judges, were among those injured.

The students who were hurt in the incident were from classes 5-10. Most of the children suffered burn and cut injuries to their face, arms and legs while ten of them got injured in the eye. Solid components such as paving tiles and stones used to prepare the model shattered all over in the impact of the explosion.

Children, who were terrified by the loud noise which temporarily impaired their hearing, were discharged after treatment by the evening.

The ill-fated model was made by covering a half feet long PVC pipe, filled with explosive substance, with layers of mud. The idea was to trigger an explosion and give the visual impression of lava flow from a real volcano.

The model exploded with a deafening noise after the students ignited the structure when two teachers came over for evaluation. The sound of the explosion was heard at least a kilometre from the spot, the police said.

According to them, around one kilograms of explosive substances were used to trigger the blast. It was told the students filled the pipe with additional amount of explosives in order to make the eruption go higher and last longer after one of the working models went out soon after it was ignited.
India  education  explosion  injury 
2 days ago by dchas

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