Reuters: Google’s India policy head Gulati resigns – sources

Reuters: Google’s India policy head Gulati resigns – sources. “Google’s head of public policy for India has resigned just five months after taking the job, two sources told Reuters, at a potentially critical time for the U.S. tech giant as it awaits the outcome of at least two antitrust cases in the country. The reasons for Archana Gulati’s resignation were not immediately clear.”

Inc 42: Mumbai Police Asks Google To Tweak Play Store Policy To Curb Dubious Loan Apps

Inc 42: Mumbai Police Asks Google To Tweak Play Store Policy To Curb Dubious Loan Apps. “The Mumbai Police has reportedly asked tech giant Google to bring additional safeguards and tweak its Play Store policy to curb the misuse of the app store by dubious loan apps. The city police found that the app developers and fintech companies that floated instant loan apps with Chinese links exploited a number of loopholes in the Play Store, ET reported.”

New York Times: In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities

New York Times: In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities. “Led by its founders, Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha, Alt News has criticized supporters and officials of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party for their statements targeting minorities. But in a reflection of the growing concerns about the independence and freedom of the news media in India, Mr. Zubair has landed in the authorities’ cross hairs.”

India is building a database for companies to train AI models: Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Mint)

Mint: India is building a database for companies to train AI models: Rajeev Chandrasekhar. “India is building a large database of anonymized non-personal data for Indian companies and startups that are using artificial intelligence (AI), said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state (MoS) for Electronics and Information Technology, at the Global Fintech Fest (GFF), an industry event, held in Mumbai on Wednesday.”

Outlook India: Bite Into A Slice Of India’s Architectural Diversity With These Digital Archives

Outlook India: Bite Into A Slice Of India’s Architectural Diversity With These Digital Archives . “From the Mughal empire to the Rajput kingdoms and colonisation, every age in Indian history has left behind an influence that can be assessed in the structures that dot our cities.” A well-annotated overview of four Instagram-based archives.

India Today: A pothole gets listed as a ‘historical Landmark’ in Bengaluru on Google Maps

India Today: A pothole gets listed as a ‘historical Landmark’ in Bengaluru on Google Maps. “A Bengaluru citizen named Nimo Tai brought netizens’ attraction to a new landmark of Bengaluru city aka a pothole. Tagged as the ‘historical landmark’, the pothole is named ‘Abizer’s Pothole’ and is situated in the Bellandur area of Bengaluru. The pothole even got 5-star ratings and reviews by residents on Google.”

TechCrunch: Google okays fantasy sports and rummy apps in India in a pilot

TechCrunch: Google okays fantasy sports and rummy apps in India in a pilot. “Google plans to run a pilot to permit daily fantasy sports apps and rummy games on Play Store in India, addressing a request from the local community that has long expressed frustration at the Android-maker for not welcoming services on its store in the world’s second-largest market that it allows in many parts of the world.”

Survivors of Partition Seek Closure Through an Unlikely Source: YouTube (New York Times)

New York Times: Survivors of Partition Seek Closure Through an Unlikely Source: YouTube. “Mr. [Nasir] Dhillon is the driving force behind Punjabi Lehar, a six-year-old YouTube channel that posts regular interviews with survivors of that traumatic episode. He says it has enabled a number of Muslims and Sikhs — including some who live in North America — to visit their ancestral villages, and has led to about 100 in-person reunions. Partition led to communal violence, mass displacement and the deaths of as many as two million people. Some of the young people who survived were separated from their parents or siblings.”

BBC: Glasgow Museums to return seven stolen artefacts to India

BBC: Glasgow Museums to return seven stolen artefacts to India . “Six of the items, including 14th Century carvings and 11th Century stone door jams, were stolen from shrines and temples in the 19th Century. The seventh object, a ceremonial sword or called a tulwar, with its scabbard, was stolen in 1905 from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad by his prime minister. He then sold it to the British general Sir Archibald Hunter. All of the artefacts were gifted to Glasgow Museums.”

IANS: Cabinet approves widening access to traditional knowledge digital library database

IANS: Cabinet approves widening access to traditional knowledge digital library database. “The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on Wednesday, approved a proposal to widen the database of traditional knowledge digital library (TKDL) for users. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said at a press conference that opening up of the TKDL database for users would help in providing greater access to Indian traditional knowledge.”

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations

Youth Journalism International: Preserving memories of the 1947 partition that divided India and Pakistan into separate nations. “Memories of the August 14, 1947 partition of India and Pakistan ‘nearly disappeared into the abyss of time,’ said the founder of an online archive dedicated to preserving oral histories of the time so that ‘history will not be forgotten.’”