Thursday, August 5, 2021
Resourceful robot can wheel up trees to cut down coconuts

Resourceful robot can wheel up trees to cut down coconuts

Researchers at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University have built a robot that can climb trees and cut down coconuts. The robot, known as Amaran, was created in response to a growing shortage in coconut harvesters in India. 
India Blocks 118 More China-Linked Apps, Including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

India Blocks 118 More China-Linked Apps, Including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Photo: BAY ISMOYO/AFP (Getty Images)Months after barring TikTok, India is now cracking down on dozens more apps with links to China—the latest development in an ongoing feud between the two countries. This time, India’s banned multiple apps from Chinese tech giant Tencent, including mobile versions of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.India’s Ministry of…
India accuses China of ‘border violation’

India accuses China of ‘border violation’

Publishedduration31 Augustimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionIndia and China have a long history of border disputesIndia has accused China of violating the border consensus reached between them during recent peace talks.It said Chinese troops carried out "provocative military movements" to change the status quo in Ladakh.At least 20 Indian soldiers died in clashes with Chinese troops in…
Coronavirus: India infections top five million mark

Coronavirus: India infections top five million mark

BBC India correspondent Soutik Biswas reports. India will now need to increase capacity to make sure that both industries and patients do not suffer, our correspondent adds.Most oxygen plants are built near cities and big towns. So supplies to far-flung districts where Covid-19 patients are filling hospitals have to be sent by special lorries carrying…
Facebook plans to expand its news tab beyond the US

Facebook plans to expand its news tab beyond the US

Facebook is planning to expand its dedicated news section and says it is “considering” the UK, Germany, France, India, and Brazil as possible recipients, it announced Tuesday. The company’s timeline is vague: “within the next six months to a year,” so it’s curious why Facebook would announce something not yet imminent. But given Facebook’s volatile…
The trailblazing first woman lawmaker of India

The trailblazing first woman lawmaker of India

Muthulakshmi Reddy fought patriarchy and discrimination to become India's first woman lawmaker.She also became the first woman to study medicine in an all-male college. She set up many charitable institutes more than 100 years ago and they continue to serve people.The BBC brings her forgotten story to life in this short animated film.Produced by Padma…
YouTube launches its TikTok rival, YouTube Shorts, initially in India

YouTube launches its TikTok rival, YouTube Shorts, initially in India

As TikTok’s fate in the U.S. remains murky, YouTube today announced the launch of a new short-form video experience it’s calling YouTube Shorts. The feature will allow users, initially in India, to upload 15-second or less short-form videos using a new set of creator tools, including a multi-segment camera, similar to TikTok, speed controls and…
Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments

Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments

At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users and even offer incentives such as free voice credit. India’s internet population, now…
Indian telecom giant Vodafone Idea rebrands to ‘Vi’

Indian telecom giant Vodafone Idea rebrands to ‘Vi’

Vodafone Idea, one of the largest telecom operators in India, has rebranded as ‘Vi’ as it looks for a “fresh start” three years after the British telecom giant Vodafone Group’s India business and billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla’s Idea Cellular merged in the country. “As the integration of two businesses is now complete, it’s time for a fresh…
India bans PUBG and over 100 additional Chinese apps

India bans PUBG and over 100 additional Chinese apps

India has banned more than 100 additional apps with linkage to China, including popular mobile game PUBG, citing cybersecurity concerns as geopolitical tensions escalate at the two neighboring nations’ disputed border. On Wednesday, India’s IT Ministry ordered to ban 118 apps that it said were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security…