animals
The Fight to Save the Last Swimming Camels on Earth

Near small fishing hamlets along the coast of northwest India, the blue-green sea is speckled with islands of mangroves. It’s as picturesque a setting as you’ll find, but on some days, the tranquillity is punctuated by a deafening sound: dozens of camels, like a fleet of furry ships, bleating and honking as they swim among the trees. Read More >>

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Supreme Court Restricts India’s Colossal Biometric Database

India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s sweeping biometric database does not violate privacy rights. But the panel of five judges did decide to place restrictions on the programme, according to the Times of India. Read More >>

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Airline Passengers Bleed From Ears and Nose After Crew Forgets to Pressurise Cabin

If you’re already nervous about flying, you may want to skip this story. Passengers on Jet Airways Flight 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur, India, recently had a terrifying experience after the flight crew forgot to pressurise the cabin. Dozens of passengers on the flight yesterday started bleeding from their ears and nose in a complete panic as they were gasping for air. Read More >>

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Report: Apple Restructuring Its India Sales Division After Weak iPhone Sales in First Half of 2018

Apple has been having a rough time in India including the loss of three key executives as it continues to struggle to beat single-digit market share in the country, which is the third-largest market for smartphones in the world, according to a weekend report in Bloomberg. Read More >>

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Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News

Facebook has been under fire in India following a string of lynchings that appeared to have been prompted by false news spread on WhatsApp. It’s become such an epidemic that the Indian government has demanded something be done. For now, Facebook’s solution involves running ads in local newspapers explaining how to spot fake news. Read More >>

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India Calls on WhatsApp to Stop the Spread of Hoax Messages That Have Led to Lynchings

WhatsApp is promising to introduce new features intended to prevent the spread of hoax messages in India following reports that more than one dozen lynchings have occurred in the country as a result of false rumours spread on the popular, Facebook-owned messaging service. Read More >>

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Indian College Puts Surveillance Cameras in Men’s Toilets to Deter Cheating

Law students in India were horrified to learn CCTV surveillance cameras had been installed in men’s bathrooms at Dharam Samaj Degree College. The college installed them in men’s toilets nearest the classrooms conducting entrance exams for law and business degrees. Read More >>

crime
Indian Police Say Conmen Used Fake Space Age Technology to Scam Investor Out of £157,000

A father-son duo in India were arrested after allegedly convincing a businessman to spend 14.3 million rupees (about £156,600) on their phoney Space Age tech. Authorities say the pair was previously arrested for allegedly selling “naagmani,” a mystical medicine that comes from snakes—making them literal snake oil salesmen. Read More >>

science
An Indian State Is Building a Massive, Blockchain-Based DNA Database

India’s eighth largest state is seeking to build a blockchain-based DNA database of all 50 million of its citizens. Read More >>

education
India’s Education Minister Slammed After Claiming That Evolution Is ‘Scientifically Wrong’

India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development—a position that oversees university education—wants the theory of evolution to be removed from school curricula. Needless to say, this stance isn’t going over very well with the country’s scientists, many of whom are asking the junior minister to retract his comments. Read More >>

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Full Access to India’s National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About £6

Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric database, is facing new allegations of compromise after local journalists reported paying the equivalent of £6 in Indian rupees for full administrative access. Read More >>

technology
Alphabet Swaps Project Loon Balloons for ‘Boxes’ to Bring Light Beam Internet to India

One of Alphabet’s crazier attempts to bring the internet to more rural and isolated areas was Project Loon. Using what is called Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC), Alphabet has sought to prove it’s possible to reliably send data wirelessly between balloons floating thousands of feet in the sky. However, the task of keeping balloons aloft indefinitely is tricky business, so for its next venture, Alphabet’s X team is taking the tech behind Project Loon and putting it in FSOC boxes that will be mounted all over the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Read More >>

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Woman With Leprosy Denied Pension Because She Doesn’t Have Fingers for India’s Biometric Database

Blind, disabled, and estranged from her family, 65-year-old Sajidha Begum has survived on a monthly pension cheque of 1,000 rupees (£11.53) in Bangalore, India. In August, however, the Indian government sent a letter to the leprosy hospital where she’s lived for over 10 years saying her pension was being taken away unless it was linked to a card from Aadhaar, the country’s controversial biometric database. But since leprosy has taken Begum’s sight and fingers, she has no way of submitting the necessary fingerprints and iris scans—and no prospective solution as she awaits help. Read More >>

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The Wayback Machine Was Quietly Blocked in India

On Tuesday evening, citizens of India were appalled to find that the Internet Archive had been blocked by a growing number of local ISPs. Instead of finding the Wayback Machine, users saw a message that is routinely used when the government restricts access to an online organisation. Read More >>

crime
If You Ordered a Rare Indian Root Online, It’s Probably Just a Dried Lizard Penis

The Hatha Jodi root is believed to bring good luck, allegedly because it looks like two praying hands. You know what also looks like two praying hands? Dried lizard penis. And poachers have noticed. Read More >>