Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites

Muslim Mirror: An Indo-American’s pursuit for vanishing Islamic heritage sites. “Chennai: Mr. Siraj Thakor, from Toronto, Canada, has undertaken the monumental task of creating an online database of all the Islamic Heritage Sites of India. He likes to preserve it digitally and make it available to all to cherish the Islamic past of this great country. Mr. Siraj is looking for volunteers to assist him with the information on Islamic Heritage Sites in India.”

The Wire Science: Is the Google Maps Island off Kochi Really an Island?

The Wire Science: Is the Google Maps Island off Kochi Really an Island?. “According to The News Minute, the tourism development organisation had also been aware of the mass’s existence for ‘four years’ and that its members hadn’t seen it ‘growing in size’. However, Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, a geo-analytics expert at WRI India, tweeted on June 18 that ‘the mystery holds no water’.”

The News Minute: Google Maps shows ‘underwater island’ in Arabian Sea near Kochi, experts to probe

The News Minute: Google Maps shows ‘underwater island’ in Arabian Sea near Kochi, experts to probe. “A bean shaped ‘island’ in the Arabian sea, a little distance away from the west coast of Kerala’s Kochi, seen on Google Maps satellite imagery, has perplexed many. The reason? Though the island-like formation seems to be about half the size of west Kochi or Pashchima Kochi, no ‘visible’ structure that is even remotely close to an island has been observed in the sea.”

Business Insider India: Karnataka government issues legal notice to Google after search results showed Kannada as the ‘ugliest language’ in India

Business Insider India: Karnataka government issues legal notice to Google after search results showed Kannada as the ‘ugliest language’ in India. “Kannada as answer to a query in Google on ugliest language in India sparked an outrage on Thursday and the Karnataka government said it would issue a legal notice to the tech leader, while that reply appeared to be a gaffe. With people expressing their indignation and leaders cutting across party lines slamming Google, it quickly removed Kannada ‘as the ugliest language in India’ and apologised to the people saying the search result did not reflect its opinion.”

Arab News: India warns of clampdown on social media firms over failure to follow new rules

Arab News: India warns of clampdown on social media firms over failure to follow new rules. “Companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have reportedly failed to abide by rules highlighted in the Gazette of India on Feb. 25 under intermediary guidelines and digital media ethics code regulations….the rules state that leading social media firms must appoint a resident grievance officer, a chief compliance officer, and a nodal contact person, and are required to document how grievances were filed and settled.”

Platform launch: Qoruz launches India’s first comprehensive influencer search engine (The Tech Panda)

The Tech Panda: Platform launch: Qoruz launches India’s first comprehensive influencer search engine. “The search engine, termed Qoruz Search, gives access to India’s largest database of hundreds and thousands of influencers, including celebrities, macro, micro and nano influencers for free across Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. Advanced features like filters, detailed analytics, insights and campaign planning tools will be available for a small license fee.”

India Express: Government must be transparent about its plans for the National Archives of India

India Express: Government must be transparent about its plans for the National Archives of India. “The absence of public consultations and the aggressive pursuit of the Central Vista project during a national crisis raises important questions not just about the future of historical research, but about the state’s responsibilities towards its citizens. The curtailment of access to public spaces as part of the project also bears on the proposed changes to the National Archives Complex and the students, workers, bureaucrats, tour guides, local and international researchers who work in and around the complex.”

India Today: Social media influencers will now have to add labels for paid content, new guidelines out

India Today: Social media influencers will now have to add labels for paid content, new guidelines out. “The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has released new guidelines for social media influencers who upload content on various social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. According to the new guidelines, influencers will now have to add a disclosure label to clarify if a post includes paid advertisements.”

Krishi Jagran: Indian startup collaborates with Google. org to deploy Artificial intelligence to prevent crop damage

Krishi Jagran: Indian startup collaborates with Google.org to deploy Artificial intelligence to prevent crop damage. “Agriculture supports 70% of rural households in India, with 80 percent of smallholder farmers (those with two hectares or less) accounting for the majority . Cotton, India’s third-largest agricultural output after rice and wheat, is cultivated by approximately 6 million people. It’s prone to pests in particular: A particularly ravenous-type insect killed half of Maharashtra’s cotton crop in 2017, the country’s second-most populated state. Wadhwani AI, an Indian non-profit firm, has partnered up with Google’s philanthropic arm in its first endeavor in Asia to assist farmers avoid such tragedies and thereby enhance crop yields and revenues.”