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BBC is swimming in poisonous waters. It needs to be truly impartial to survive

Twitter bans aren’t the answer to BBC’s bias problems. Correspondents should give due respect to counterarguments from outside the Left-liberal bubble.
A pedestrian walks past signage at Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S. | Photo: David Paul Morris

Google comes around, will pay select publishers over $1 billion for news content

Google will pay publishers to provide blurbs for its news app and to give readers free access to certain paywalled articles.
Pedestrians walk past an HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch in Hong Kong | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

HSBC orders social media blackout fearing ‘negative reactions’ after suspect funds report

HSBC is one of about 90 banks named in leaked documents that show about $2 tn in transactions between 1999 and 2017 were flagged as possible money laundering or other criminal activity.
File photo | Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik arrive for questioning by CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, at Santacruz, Mumbai, 28 Aug | PTI Photo

‘Drugwood’, ‘Umar Lobby Secret Tape’, ‘UPSC jihad’ — You aren’t watching news but masala TV

A reporter climbs Ladakh mountain, another asks a postman why he tore down Kangana Ranaut’s office, and yet another calls an FB session a ‘secret tape’. TV isn’t news anymore.
Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

Vajpayee took journalists, analysts to Kargil frontlines. In 2020, Modi can’t even say ‘China’

In 1999, the government allowed the world to see Pakistan’s Kargil invasion and the Indian army's resolve. But Narendra Modi has reversed gears on transparency.
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut reaches her Bandra office where demolition work was carried out by BMC, in Mumbai on Thursday. | ANI

DGCA tells IndiGo to take action after media violates safety rules on flight with Kangana Ranaut

The DGCA pointed to several issues from the incident, including photography within the aircraft, violating social distancing norms and unruly behaviour.
File photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

This is how China deployed psy-war after Ladakh. And why India isn’t replying

The LAC is not the only place India has to fight China. We can’t be silent and let Chinese psy-ops manipulate truth.
Media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death and controversies around it | YouTube

Aatma, autopsy, jadu—After Ayodhya, TV news went right back to magnificent Sushant obsession

As soon as the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan was done and PM Modi had spoken, news channels scuttled back to their favourite obsession — conspiracy theories about Sushant Singh’s death.
Indian newspapers

Editors in Modi’s India have two choices — speak up or give in to intellectual slavery

The press, which is the fourth pillar of Indian democracy, is not given the same status as the other three pillars today. Journalists have to make their choice.
Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot has done the unthinkable — united all TV channels from NDTV to Republic

Nearly every single anchor on English and Hindi news channels praised Sachin Pilot – from NDTV to Republic. But they just couldn’t get the headline they wanted.

On Camera

Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.