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Swachh Bharat Mission to Get Its Own App

The Urban Development Ministry announced on Thursday that it would launch a mobile app for citizens to post their complaints about garbage pile-up in their areas and seek timely redressal of their grievances. Named ‘Swachh City Solutions’, the proposed mobile and Web-based application will be developed in partnership with Bengaluru-based NGO ‘Janaagraha’ Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, to ensure timely ... Read More »

Kenya Taxi Rivalry Turns Violent Over Uber

When driver service Uber launched in Kenya’s tech-savvy capital, it was eagerly welcomed by many in Nairobi. But the taxi app has faced a violent backlash from traditional cab drivers angry at the new competition, with Uber drivers and cars attacked. “A car came in front of me, blocked my access from the exit. A few guys came out and ... Read More »

Raghuram Rajan Says MNCs Too Are Responsible for Tax Rows

Mumbai: Blaming multinational corporations squarely for tax controversies, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Thursday said their indulgence in avoidance and evasion results in prolonged legal battles. Addressing the issue of tax havens, Rajan wondered aloud as to what makes a bulk of intellectual property reside in Cayman Islands, quipping that no one has seen scientists in so ... Read More »

Tata Steel Edges Higher Despite Big Q3 Loss

Tata Steel took a one-time charge of Rs 711 crore on its European operations Tata Steel shares recovered, after falling 4 per cent on Friday, on hopes that the government would take steps to curb cheap imports in a bid to protect domestic steel manufacturers. Mumbai-headquartered Tata Steel had posted a net loss of Rs 2,127 crore in the December ... Read More »

Barbie, Now In Tall, Short And Curvy

Barbie’s latest makeover began in a big way last year, when Mattel released a broad assortment of dolls in a greater number of skin tones, eye colors and even facial structures as part of its Fashionistas line. When it comes to Barbie’s body, it will no longer be one size fits all. On Thursday, Mattel unveiled curvy, petite and tall ... Read More »

Scientists Have Discovered What Causes Resting Bitch Face

Queen Elizabeth has it. So does fashion designer Victoria Beckham. And actress Kristen Stewart — poor thing, she’s practically the poster girl. Among the slew of pop culture icons said to be afflicted with so-called Resting Bitch Face (alternatively known as Bitchy Resting Face), the vast majority are women, though Kanye West is among the male examples. All of them ... Read More »

Google Fiber Initiative Launched to Give Free Internet to the Poor

Google Fiber says it’s going to give away its high speed Internet service to thousands of low-income Americans across the country who can’t afford gigabit broadband. Starting with its Kansas City market, Google Fiber eventually plans to wire “select” public housing buildings in all of the cities where it operates, the company said. Service will be switched on Wednesday for ... Read More »

Mobile Internet Users to Hit 371 Million by June: IAMAI

Driven by higher adoption in rural India, the number of mobile Internet users in the country is expected to reach 371 million by June 2016, a report said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The report titled “Mobile Internet in India 2015”, was released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. “There were 306 million mobile ... Read More »

Vodafone Reports Sixth Quarter of Growth as Recovery Takes Hold

Mobile phone company Vodafone met expectations with a 1.4 percent rise in revenue in its third quarter, its sixth consecutive quarter of growth, as recovery in Europe gained pace. The world’s second largest operator reported organic service revenue of GBP 9.2 billion, in line with analyst forecasts, on Thursday and said it was on track to deliver full-year core earnings ... Read More »

India Ranks 36 in Global LTE Download Speeds, Up From 50 Last Year

The state of LTE network in India has improved over the past few months, but not by as much as one would like. The global rank of India moved up from 50 to 36 between Q3 2015 to Q4 2015, says a new survey. Despite the improvement in the rank, there’s plenty of scope for development in LTE network deployment ... Read More »