Countering the government’s claim that WhatsApp did not inform it about a privacy breach on the messaging platform, the company Saturday responded to a notice by the Ministry of Information and Technology, and said that besides a May notification, it had also sent a letter in early September about the privacy breach of 121 Indians by the Israeli software Pegasus.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Thailand’s capital, India made it clear that addressing its concerns over “unsustainable trade deficits” and its demands over access to the “services sector” hold the key for it to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. RCEP is an umbrella trade agreement involving 16 countries, which include 10 ASEAN countries and China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India.
In an order to the local police and administration, Madhepura District Magistrate Navdeep Shukla has warned against attempts by “mischievous elements from Muslim community (to) cause tension” during the ongoing Chhath festival. Frowning at the order, the state home department said it would look into the issue.
“India has compelling reasons for the abrogation of Article 370. But, so far, they have been put before the world so badly that it is Pakistan that has taken control of the narrative,” writes Tavleen Singh.
In Idea Exchange with The Indian Express, Union minister Kiren Rijiju talks about playing Pakistan, the “silent preparation” for 2024 Olympics, says sports is crucial for “alienated” regions like J&K, N-E, promises action on a sports education board after Parliament’s Winter Session, and confirms BCCI will be under uniform sports code.
India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma is in the midst of a stellar run as a batsman — from notching up five centuries at the World Cup in England to making a seamless transition as a Test opener against the Proteas. Amidst all the plaudits he has been receiving for his batsmanship, Rohit’s captaincy is an area that often gets overlooked.
Odisha’s Ganjam district, battered by three cyclones in five years — Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014 and Titli in 2018 — is taking the next step in disaster management through Swayamsiddha, a scheme that aims to impart rural women with life-saving skills and information in the event of a natural calamity.
Andaman delivery man Amrit Kujur recounts his incredible story of survival: of the 58 days he spent lost at sea, 28 of those “without food or water”, on a battered dinghy as the waves tossed it around from the Andaman Islands to Myanmar to Odisha coast. While Kujur’s is a story of human grit in the face of unimaginable odds, it has raised its share of questions and scepticism.