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Karnataka Congress chief D.K. Shivakumar on his way to hoist the national flag at the party office in Bengaluru on 2 July 2020 | Twitter | @DKShivakumar

Congress puts up grand digital show as DK Shivakumar officially takes over as Karnataka chief

The party put up over 12,000 LEDs in 6,608 panchayats and connected with nearly 10 lakh people via Facebook, Zoom and regional channels.
Woman working on a laptop (Representational image) | Flickr

Covid forced employees to go digital, but it will now be key to survive in the workplace

Before Covid-19, many workers lacked key skills including digital capabilities. But transitioning to virtual work and planning for the future will now be crucial.
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Chief dazzling officer to chief depressed officer: Why chief digital officers often fail

The trendiest C-suite role for the past few years has almost certainly been the Chief Digital Officer. However, evidence says that the role’s attraction is dimming.
The Facebook Inc. WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store on an Apple Inc

The rise of Pegasus and why India should know the problem with hiring ‘internet mercenaries’

Pegasus, the spyware behind India’s WhatsApp snooping incident, has been used in over 45 countries and comes with a hefty price.
The record industry got rid of vinyl fabrication when CDs appeared, but small producers and record stores that function as community centers have kept the culture alive | Pixabay

Why vinyl records, paper books and glossy magazines will never go away

The effect of psychological ownership will always trump technology -- it’s hard for people to feel they own something they can’t physically touch.
In today's age of technology and social media, the fastest finger outdoes everyone | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Has the Internet killed the film critic in India?

In this age of 'fastest finger first', do critics have the time to digest a film before they put out their reviews, asks editor-screenwriter Asrani.   

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.