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TikTok parent may have bought AI music start-up Jukedeck

LONDON:  Beijing-based ByteDance, which owns popular short video-sharing app TikTok, may have acquired UK-based Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered music startup Jukedeck, the media reported.

Apple dials accessibility as Indian developers begin to empower all

SAN JOSE (California): Helping people with disabilities enjoy the technology the way most of us do is a new challenge for the tech companies and Apple has stepped up efforts to make its devices accessible to more than one billion people living with some kind of disability.

Big Bollywood banners make a beeline for new music artistes

NEW DELHI: "Bekhayali" from Shahid Kapoor-starrer "Kabir Singh" arrived on May 24 and became an instant hit. Though its version by the "omnipresent" Bollywood singer Arijit Singh is melting hearts, it was Sachet Tandon's fresh voice that proved to be magical for the heart-wrenching number sung by the new talent. There are more new singers and composers who have joined the "hit list" club, and Bollywood's big banners are welcoming them with open arms.

Facebook joins top Indian music labels

Facebook on Thursday announced to partner top music labels in India that will let its nearly 300 million users in the country express themselves with music on its platform as well as Instagram.

Haryana cabinet approves excise policy, duty on Rum in CSD canteens reduced

CHANDIGARH: Riding the crest of a 23 per cent increase in Excise in the last year, Haryana's Cabinet today approved the Excise Policy for 2019-20 with a projection of an all time high target of Rs.7,500 Crore indicating a year­-on-year growth of 19 per cent from this year's Rs.6,300 Crore. The Excise Policy emphasises the launch of Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives involving Application and Grant of Licenses online through the Department's Portal www.haryanatax.gov.in. Time limits have been framed for each activity under the EODB. The renewal of Labels and Permissions for exports will be automated. Disposal of expired or confiscated beer will also be carried out under an environment friendly manner through the Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) of the breweries.

Government doesn't want to accept employment crisis: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that the Central government is not accepting the "employment crisis" in the country, and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should discuss the issue with youth.

'Oh God, one more remix': Bollywood continues to revive old songs

NEW DELHI:  "Oh God, one more remix?" Karan Johar rightfully asks in the reboot version of "Aankh Marey" in "Simmba". Bollywood musicians are increasingly looking back at old tracks and pepping them up with a sprinkle of dance music and serving them to Bollywood buffs -- much to some people's joy and to some people's dismay.

Navjot Sidhu initiative: Tata to set up skill development centers at Amritsar, Ludiana, Jalandhar

CHANDIGARH: An agreement was today signed between PMIDC, Local Government Department, Punjab and Ms Tata Technologies Limited (TTL)in the presence of the Local Government Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu. The MoU aims at establishing an Industrial Manufacturing - Innovation, Incubation and Skill Development Centre (IISDC), in all the three Smart Cities on Hub & Spoke Model i.e. one Hub at Ludhiana & one Spoke each at Ludhiana, Amritsar & Jalandhar Smart Cities.

Hindus urge England brewery to apologize & change beer labels named after Krishna

NEVADA: Upset Hindus are urging Congleton (Cheshire, England) based microbrewery Cheshire Brewhouse to apologize and re-name and re-label its two Govinda (another name for Lord Krishna) beers carrying sacred Hindu symbol Om; calling it highly inappropriate.

Walmart says Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal resigned after misconduct investigation

BLOOMBERG: The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart Group resigned after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, dealing a blow to owner Walmart Inc.’s ambitions in that country.

Twitter records 10 mn tweets on US midterms

SAN FRANCISCO:  Twitter has recorded over 10 million tweets about voting since October 1 as the US midterm elections loom.

20 Years of Euphoria: Here's Why the Band is Still Significant in India's Pop Culture

PUNJAB: One of the veterans of 90's independent music scene -- Euphoria -- took the stage at NCPA, Mumbai this weekend to toast their 20-year long career. As the band, lead by Dr Palash Sen, belted out their popular numbers -- Dhoom Pichak Dhoom, Gully, Ab Na Jaa, and Maeri (remember those?)-- the audience sang along, danced and was ecstatic with joy.

Punjab food safety teams bust top brands replica racket in Mansa

CHANDIGARH: The food Safety teams after keeping an eye on the suspects for a few days, finally nabbed a top brands replica manufacturing racket in Mansa, informed Mr. KS Pannu, Commissioner Food Safety and Drug Administration Punjab.

Lena Dunham goes naked to promote inclusivity

LOS ANGELES: Actress Lena Dunham says she would rather go naked than promote exclusivity in fashion.She has distanced herself from her collaboration with Revolve after the brand was accused of fat-shaming.

Phagwara police raids Long Life Pharmaceuticals, owner among six arrested

PHAGWARA: Though the factory namely Long Life Pharmaceuticals (India) Phagwara, which was raided by a Police Party headed by ASP Phagwara Sandeep Malik and DSP(Investigation) Manpreet Dhillon along with Drugs Inspector Navdeep Singh on Saturday night had a registered licence to manufacture the drugs, but the factory owner  had no official record for the raw material procured and he could not produce ,the stock and sale register to the raiding party.

Reliance industries limited announces strategic transaction with Saavan to form India's largest platform for music,media & artists

Reliance Industries Limited (“RIL”) today executed definitive agreements for combination of Saavn, a leading global music OTT platform, with its digital music service, JioMusic. The combined entity is valued at over US$1 billion, with JioMusic’s implied valuation at US$ 670 million.

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