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‘Tech difficulties can’t be an excuse to refuse compliance’: Modi govt defends IT rules in HC

In an affidavit filed in reply to WhatsApp’s plea, the Centre said platforms monetise users’ data for commercial purposes & are not legally entitled to claim that it protects privacy.
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How Rajasthan man ran ‘sextortion’ racket, fleeced Rs 30 lakh from 300-plus victims

Hakmuddin from Bharatpur has been arrested by Delhi Police Cyber Cell. He, along with 3 cousins, targeted victims through Facebook and WhatsApp.
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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp restored after hours of outage, stocks plunge by 5%

The outage of the three popular social media platforms came a day before a Facebook whistleblower was all set to testify before a Congressional committee.
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Muslim men did not behead an electrician in UP. Viral video is from Venezuela

The visuals of the beheading are from Venezuela, where a 13-year-old boy was executed by a criminal gang in the country in 2018.

Delhi HC asks Centre to respond to Facebook, WhatsApp’s pleas challenging new IT rules

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel & Justice Jyoti Singh asked MeitY to file reply to the application to stay IT rules and listed the matter for further hearing on 22 October.

WhatsApp to allow users to locate nearest Covid vaccine centre, book appointments

WhatsApp said users can choose a preferred date and location based on the pincode and vaccine type through MyGov Corona Helpdesk on its platform to confirm booking.
Representational image | A beneficiary receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in Kerala in July 2021 | ANI

Citizens can now obtain Covid vaccination through WhatsApp: Health ministry

Save contact number: +91 9013151515. Type & send 'covid certificate' on WhatsApp. Enter OTP. Get your certificate in seconds," Mandaviya's office tweeted.
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Delhi HC to hear Facebook, WhatsApp’s pleas challenging new IT rules on 27 August

Facebook and WhatsApp are challenging the new rules requiring the messaging app to trace chats and identify the first originator of the information, on grounds of violating privacy.

No urgency on pleas against WhatsApp as it won’t transfer data to Facebook, says Delhi HC

Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing WhatsApp, reiterated that the messaging platform won't transfer data to Facebook till the the personal data protection bill isn't passed.
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Won’t enforce privacy policy till data bill is implemented, WhatsApp tells Delhi HC

WhatsApp told the court that it would continue to display the update to its users but would not limit the functionality for those not opting for new privacy policy.

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Logos for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), left, and the Indian National Congress (INC) party are displayed on a computer at the Boom Live office in Mumbai | Bloomberg

BJP to Congress, Shiv Sena and RJD — super Saturday awaits parties in assembly bypolls

It’s not often that bypolls hold so much significance and can change political dynamics in several states. That’s the beauty of the 30 October bypolls.
Motorists approach s a Bharat Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Chennai, India, on 1 July 2021| Representational image| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Plan to privatise Bharat Petroleum delayed as bidders struggle to find partners

The sale of state-run refiner-cum-fuel retailer BPCL would have fetched about $13 billion for the exchequer and other shareholders.

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3 Indian start-ups win IAF swarm drone competition, at least 2 in line for defence contracts

IAF's 3-year-long Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition was conceptualised to encourage the development of swarm drones, and was open to indigenous talent and firms.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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