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Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

Global digital platforms Google and Facebook will be forced to pay for news content in Australia, the government said on Monday as the coronavirus pandemic causes a collapse in advertising revenue. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, known as ACCC, would release in late July draft rules for the platforms to pay fair compensation for the journalistic content siphoned from news media. Frydenberg said he believed that Australia could succeed where other countries, including France and Spain, had failed in making Google...

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April 20, 2020
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Government nod mandatory for FDI from neighbouring countries

Government nod mandatory for FDI from neighbouring countries

In a move that will restrict Chinese investments, the Centre has made prior government approval mandatory for foreign direct investments from countries which share a land border with India. Previously, only investments from Pakistan and Bangladesh faced such restrictions.The revised FDI policy is aimed at “curbing opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to the current ,” said a press release from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade on Saturday.Also read | “A non-resident entity can invest in India, subject to the FDI Policy except in those...

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April 18, 2020
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COVID-19 | Over 154 cr. students hit by closure of schools, girls to be worst hit, says UNSECO

COVID-19 | Over 154 cr. students hit by closure of schools, girls to be worst hit, says UNSECO

Over 154 crore students are severely impacted by closure of educational institutions across the world amid the outbreak due to which girls will be the worst hit as it will lead to increased drop-out rates and further entrench gender gaps in education, UNESCO said.Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, told PTI in an interview that shutting down of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a warning of “potential for increased drop-out rates which will disproportionately affect adolescent girls, further entrench gender gaps in education and lead to...

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April 22, 2020
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Coronavirus | India gifts 23 tonnes of essential medicines to Nepal

Coronavirus | India gifts 23 tonnes of essential medicines to Nepal

India on Wednesday sent 23 tonnes of essential medicines to Nepal to help it fight the () pandemic which has infected 45 people in the country. The country’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the generous support. “I thank Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji for India’s generous support of 23 tonnes of essential medicines to Nepal, to fight COVID-19 Pandemic. The medicines were handed over to the Minister for Health and Population today by the Ambassador of India,” Mr. Oli said in a tweet.  As part of the ongoing bilateral cooperation to fight...

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April 22, 2020
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18 terrorists killed in J&K during lockdown: officials

18 terrorists killed in J&K during lockdown: officials

Fifty terrorists, including several top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) and Lashker-e-Tioba (LeT), were killed in counter terrorism operations by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, officials said on Friday.Also read: Seventeen security forces personnel lost their lives while fighting the terrorists in the union territory, they said.Also read: The militants also killed nine civilians in the last four months, the officials said.Giving details, a senior official told PTI that the slain terrorists included , LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen.He said of the 50 terrorists killed...

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April 24, 2020
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Coronavirus | India records largest single-day spike as government defends ‘very timely’ lockdown

Coronavirus | India records largest single-day spike as government defends ‘very timely’ lockdown

Over 9 lakh persons are under active COVID-19 surveillance in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday, as the total number of cases reached 23,452. The death toll stood at 723.The country registered another biggest single-day spike with over 1,752 positive COVID cases since Thursday. India currently has 17,915 active cases, while 4,813 people have recovered, which puts the recovery rate at 20.57%, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said. | Separately, the the situation in emerging and major hotspots, including Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad and Chennai, is serious. The...

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April 24, 2020
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U.S. in talks with India, other ‘friends’ to restructure global supply chains: Pompeo

U.S. in talks with India, other ‘friends’ to restructure global supply chains: Pompeo

The U.S. is in talks with its “friends”, including India, for restructuring the global supply chains, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, as he praised New Delhi for lifting the export ban on critical medical supplies to combat the . The novel coronavirus has infected over 3,193,960 people and claimed more than 227,640 lives across the globe. The U.S. is the worst-hit with 1,039,909 cases and 60,967 deaths – the highest in the world. Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Pompeo said, “We’re working with our friends in Australia, India and Japan, New Zealand, the Republic...

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April 30, 2020
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Right to access Internet not a fundamental right, J&K tells SC

Right to access Internet not a fundamental right, J&K tells SC

Right to access the Internet is not a fundamental right. Free speech and expression, including the fundamental right to trade, business and occupation over the Internet, can be curtailed by the State in general public interest, the Jammu and Kashmir government has told the Supreme Court.The government was replying to a petition filed by the Foundation for Media Professionals in the apex court for restoration of 4G Internet speed to help the Union Territory to fight the pandemic and lockdown.The affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department, said a restriction like the...

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April 29, 2020
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Mumbai Mayor dons nurse’s hat once again to fight pandemic

Mumbai Mayor dons nurse’s hat once again to fight pandemic

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Monday visited Nair hospital to boost the morale of the nursing staff, particularly students roped in for COVID-19 treatment, at the hospital. Ms. Pednekar, a former nurse, has also offered her services to the COVID-only hospital. The Mayor used to worked as a nurse at JNPT Hospital until 2001, when she entered active politics. She visited Nair Hospital in her nurses’ uniform and spoke to the staff for about two hours. After visiting the hospital, she tweeted a picture of herself and said, “*AnythingForMumbai* We cant do work from home, we are on the field...

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Tanvi Deshpande
April 27, 2020
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Aarogya Setu becomes world's fastest app to reach 50 mn downloads: NITI Aayog CEO

Aarogya Setu becomes world's fastest app to reach 50 mn downloads: NITI Aayog CEO

The Centre’s mobile app, Aarogya Setu, developed for tracking patients, has become the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads in just 13 days, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Wednesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his appealed to people to download the app. Also read:  “Telephone took 75 years to reach 50 million users, radio 38 yrs, television 13 yrs, Internet 4 yrs, Facebook 19 months, Pokemon Go 19 days. AarogyaSetu, India’s app to fight COVID-19 has reached 50 mn users in just 13 days-fastest ever globally for an App,” Mr. Kant said in his tweet.The application alerts...

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April 15, 2020
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