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India needs data regulator for players like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber, govt panel says

India needs a data regulator as market forces on their own will not bring about maximum social & economic benefits from data for society, the panel says.

Amazon’s bizarre email to employees gives TikTok a scare

Amazon told employees to delete the Chinese app from work phones, but later claimed the email was an error.
Apps displayed on a phone | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why India’s ban on Chinese apps opens a gold mine for Mukesh Ambani’s Jio & Silicon Valley

Although Ambani’s Jio appears to be ahead, his won’t be India’s only super-app. Amazon & Flipkart are also making huge investments in online services.
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Google, Amazon funnel over $20 million to sites spreading coronavirus conspiracies

A Global Disinformation Index study analysed ads running between January-June on 480 English language websites identified as publishers of virus misinformation

Govt’s e-commerce policy draft limits Amazon, Google, Facebook in boost to local startups

From seeking access to companies’ source codes and algorithms to setting up a regulator, the e-commerce policy imposes govt oversight on how companies handle data.
Traders have blamed e-commerce sites like Amazon & Flipkart for poor Diwali sales

Amazon, Flipkart to show Made-in-China labels for India amid border tension

The e-commerce giants joined about a dozen other online retailers including Jio Platforms in agreeing to the move as anti-China sentiment has escalated since Galwan Valley clash.
liquor bottles

Amazon & BigBasket could soon be home delivering alcohol in West Bengal

A report says the West Bengal State Beverages Corp issued a notice Friday stating that Amazon was eligible to register with authorities for liquor delivery.

US withdraws from talks with India, others over taxing Google, Amazon, Facebook

US is suggesting ‘a pause in the talks’ so that governments can focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic and reopening their economies.
A Bharti Airtel Ltd. store in New Delhi

Amazon ‘in talks’ with Bharti Airtel to buy 5% stake for $2 billion

Amazon is reported to be in early-stage discussions to buy about a 5% stake in Bharti Airtel, which has 300 million subscribers.

Amazon employees sue retail giant after contracting Covid at warehouse

Employees claim they were explicitly or implicitly encouraged to continue attending work and prevented from adequately washing hands or sanitising workstations.

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Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
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RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Army Chief General MM Naravane (2nd R) during his visit along along the border in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot region

Army chief Narvane visits forward areas along IB in Pathankot-Jammu region

During the visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation and emphasised on 'zero tolerance' against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.