Thursday, January 28, 2021


Twitter's full tweet archive now free for academic researchers

NEW DELHI: Twitter has allowed third-party academic researchers free access to the full history of public conversation via the full-archive search endpoint, which was previously limited to paid premium or enterprise customers.

Microsoft logs 17% revenue growth riding on cloud business

SAN FRANCISCO: An impressive growth in its Azure Cloud business in a pandemic-hit year helped Microsoft post a 17 per cent increase in its revenue which reached $43.1 billion, with declaring a net income of $15.5 billion, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Restart Meghalaya Mission' to boost economy: Governor

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday that the 'Restart Meghalaya Mission' (RMM) of the state government has earmarked Rs 14,515 crore for various developmental and business activities over the next three years, which will boost the economy of the state.

Yogi's visit a boon for this Ladakhi Pashmina trader

LUCKNOW: For Kunjang Dolma, a businesswoman from Ladakh, it was a moment of pride when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited her stall at the ongoing 'Hunar Haat' here.

WFH norm creates tax challenges for SEZs, clarification expected in Budget

NEW DELHI: The Covid-induced work from home (WFH) norms at workplaces has presented special challenges even for the government to mould tax regulations that take note of the new norm.

Policy proposal for employment generation, scale-up in MSME sector

NEW DELHI: A new policy proposal for creating an Udyog Sahayak Enterprises Network (USENET) was released on Saturday. The proposal is the result of a collaboration between Azim Premji University, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Uncertainty in Chinese business community as Covid 19-induced restrictions return

NEW DELHI: Uncertainty and fear have gripped the business community in China as it reported an increase in Covid-19 cases. Another round of lockdown in parts of the country could impact the economic revival leaving many jobless once again. China reported 144 new cases on Thursday.

UK business activity suffers steep slump in January

LONDON: Business activity in the UK this month registered an eight-month low slump as the country introduced a new round of lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

RIL's Q3FY21 consolidated net profit rises to Rs 14,894 cr

NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Friday reported a rise of over 25 per cent in its consolidated net profit for the quarter ended December 31 of FY2020-21 on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.

Alibaba's Tmall Global helps global SMEs open online stores

BEIJING: Alibaba Group's online marketplace Tmall Global has announced a string of service solutions to facilitate overseas small and medium-sized companies to open stores on its platform.

Yogi to launch App for self-employment, job industry

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government will launch the 'Udyam Sarathi App' on January 24 which will provide every information related to self-employment and the job industry at one click.

Pure Storage recognized as a leader in enterprise Flash Array storage category

NEW DELHI: Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the technology pioneer that delivers storage-as-a-service in a multi-cloud environment, today announced that TrustRadius has recognized FlashArrayTM for Best Customer Support and Best Usability. With a combined average trScore of 9.2 out of 10 and 335 verified customer reviews and ratings, FlashArray won in the Enterprise Flash Array Storage category.

Key data of over 3.25 lakh Indian users leaked in BuyUcoin hack

NEW DELHI: In yet another data breach, sensitive data of nearly 3.25 lakh users of India-based global cryptocurrency exchange and wallet, BuyUcoin, has been exposed on the Dark Web.

Tripura CPI(M) MLAs protest against 'Jungle Raj in BJP rule'

AGARTALA: The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLAs on Wednesday staged a protest for the first time after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Tripura in 2018. The left party staged the protest against the attacks on opposition parties, MLAs, MPs and other leaders.

Punjab's assets being looted by mining mafia under patronage of Captain: AAP

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) targeted Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh over the ongoing mining mafia in Punjab, stating that it was only under the patronage of Captain that the mining mafia was plundering Punjab's wealth and filling its coffers; while the former sitting in his royal farmhouse, was busy spending time with foreign friends. In a joint statement issued from the party headquarters, senior leader of the party and the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Legislative Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema and advocate Dinesh Chadha said that instead of declining, the mining mafia in Punjab was growing rapidly.

In saga of immigration, Indians travel from exclusion to Vice Presidency

NEW YORK: The first Indian recorded to have reached the shores of the US is a man from Madras (now Chennai), the area from where the family of Shyamala Gopalan, mother of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, hails.

Private LTE-5G infrastructure market to reach $5.7 bn in 2024

NEW DELHI: The private LTE/5G infrastructure market will grow from $945 million to reach $5.7 billion in 2024 as demand from mission-critical organisations are driving early investment, according to a new IDC report.

Former NSEL CEO Anjani Sinha held for fake trading

NEW DELHI: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police said on Monday that it has arrested former CEO of National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) Anjani Sinha for fictitious trading on the exchange and for creating false stocks.

Google providing $53 bn in benefits to businesses in Australia

SYDNEY: Fighting the Australian government over its news media bargaining code, Google has announced it providing businesses and users with a combined $53 billion in benefits every year in the country.

Cong's 12-hour shutdown call evokes partial response in Tripura

AGARTALA: The 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Congress in Tripura on Monday to protest against the alleged attack on the state's party president Pijush Biswas by "BJP goons", evoked a partial response.

Hasina unveils stimulus for rural marginalised people's improvement

DHAKA: The Bangladesh government has so far rolled out 23 bailout packages announced at different times since March 2020 to absorb the economic shock from the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite Covid, India serious for infra development: Modi

NEW DELIH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday performed the Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Project Phase 2 and Surat Metro project.He said that the Ahmedabad project worth Rs 17,000 crore is taking shape which shows that even during the Covid pandemic the country is working hard to give pace to the infrastructure development.

Farmers' stir: Fuel pump stations suffer losses at Singhu border

NEW DELHI: The ongoing farmers' protest along the Delhi borders against the farm laws has started affecting the business operations of the fuel pump stations located in the areas.

Seven Shops Gutted in fire incident, property worth lakhs damaged in Kupwara

KUPWARA: Seven shops have been damaged in a major nocturnal blaze that has broke out at around 11.15 p.m from a two-storey shop building in Iqbal Market Kupwara Town of North Kashmir's district Kupwara.

Telegram or Signal? Welcome to the illusion called data security

NEW DELHI: As millions shun WhatsApp and download new chat platforms in search for a secure experience, mind you that security is nothing but an illusion and there is no guarantee that Telegram or Signal may not be hacked in the future, especially when nation-state actors with highly sophisticated tools and huge resources are on the prowl.

Will agitate against complex, arbitrary GST system: CAIT

NEW DELHI: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced that it will launch a nationwide movement against the present Goods and Services Tax (GST) system which it claims has become "extremely complicated" because of several "arbitrary" amendments.

The Turbulent Presidency: 13 books on the Trump era

NEW DELHI: Donald Trump began and served his term as US President amid controversy, polarisation and general ignorance. He is set to leave office under the shadow of an unprecedented second impeachment, with the country reeling under a devastating pandemic, its society bitterly divided and its international credibility at its lowest ebb. What do we make of it?

Biden releases plan for first 10 days to 'unTrump' US

NEW YORK: US President-elect Joe Biden has announced a masterplan for his first 10 days in office to "un-Trump" the country and focus on the battle against Covid-19, the economy and immigration.

Scrap the Chandigarh electricity privatization process -AIPEF

CHANDIGARH: All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the
Punjab Governor who is also Chandigarh administrator to
scrap the process for Chandigarh electricity privitisation.

Facing scrutiny, WhatsApp defers new data privacy policy

NEW DELHI: Facing intense criticism worldwide and now a court case in India, WhatsApp has deferred its new data privacy policy and no one will lose his or her account from February 8 for not accepting the updated terms of service, the Facebook-owned platform said on Saturday.

iGaming India: Top International Games Bolstering US$60bn Industry

The incredibly rapid rise of smartphones and mobile internet connections across India has swiftly introduced new international industries to a large portion of the population. India boasts the second-largest, largest untapped, and one of the fastest-growing internet populations in the world, and so, many internet-based businesses are looking to get a foothold in the market.

CAIT moves SC against WhatsApp, Facebook

NEW DELHI: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Saturday filed a petition in the Supreme Court with the prayer to direct WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policy which is encroaching upon various fundamental rights of the citizens granted by the Constitution of India.

Rahul, Priyanka join Cong protest against farm laws in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday joined a protest march here to show solidarity with the protesting farmers, and walked towards Raj Niwas which houses the residence and office of Delhi's Lt. Governor.

Facebook sues 2 developers for scraping users' data

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has sued two developers in Portugal for scraping user-profiles and other data from its website.
Using the business name "Oink and Stuff," the defendants developed browser extensions and made them available on the Chrome store.

LA County sees nearly 2,000 Covid-19 deaths in a week

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles County, the most populous in the US, recorded nearly 2,000 Covid-19 deaths in one week as the virus is "running rampant", local health officials said.
The county, home to 10 million residents, on Thursday reported 17,323 new confirmed cases and 287 fatalities, pushing its cumulative infection tally to 975,299 with 13,234 deaths, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported in a daily release.

Biden highlights growing economic divide in US

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has highlighted a growing economic divide between those few people "at the very top" and the rest of America, calling on further relief to provide financial assistance to those who need it the most.

Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company bags Janaagraha City Governance Awards: Brahm Mohindra

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) has won the 'Janaagraha City Governance Awards', 2020 under Best Civic Agency category for 'Municipal E-Governance Project' in India.

Trump denounces violence after second House impeachment

NEW YORK: After the US House of Representatives made history impeaching him for a second time, outgoing President Donald Trump has finally denounced unequivocally the January 6 Capitol violence by his supporters as he faces a Senate trial and legal action when he leaves office in six days.

Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company bags Janaagraha City Governance Awards, 2020 as 1st runner up: Brahm Mohindra

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) has won the 'Janaagraha City Governance Awards', 2020 under Best Civic Agency category for 'Municipal E-Governance Project' in India.

Jaipur builder arrested for duping investors

NEW DELHI: A Jaipur-based builder has been arrested by Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing for cheating investors by taking money from them for plots in the Rajasthan capital, police said on Wednesday.