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Google Play Music is now available in India

Google has finally launched its Play Music store in India. The company announced a slew of new products related to India yesterday, but the local launch of its music service was not among them. Nevertheless, a number of eagle-eyed Google fans in India noticed that the service came online for them today — Google later confirmed the launch in a statement. While the Play Music store has launched, there are …

How you can help India's first free public library for the Tibetan exile community

Earlier this year, I wrote about a wonderful library project that Tibetan friends in India are putting together for a Tibetan exile community there, with the support of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here’s an update from my friend Phuntsok Dorjee, who is one of the organizers. The Dalai Lama speaks to his followers at the Gaden Jangtse Thoesam Norling Monastery in Mundgod, 2014. REUTERS …

Clothing Regulations Are Just an Excuse to Control Women

In my country of India, the Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma recently asked foreign women to self-regulate their behavior when visiting “for their own safety.” New welcome kits given to all foreign arrivals, he said, now include safety advice for women such as advising them to not wear skirts or … Continue reading Source link

Indian acid attack survivor takes to the catwalk at New York Fashion Week – video

Acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi makes her catwalk debut on the opening day of New York Fashion Week on Thursday. She was invited to take part by FTL Moda, a fashion production company committed to challenging industry stereotypes of beauty. Wearing at full-length dress by Indian designer Archana Kochhar for her catwalk appearance, Reshma tells Reuters she wants victims of acid attacks to be viewed …

India’s Livspace raises $15 million for its online home design platform

India-based home design and furnishing company Livspace has closed a $15 million Series B round which will be used to fund an expansion into new cities. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, which also included participation from Jungle Ventures and Helion — all three are existing investors. This new round takes Livspace, which was founded in December 2014, to more than $27 million from investors …

Dramatic Flipkart Townhall Highlights Indian Startup Trauma

BENGALURU, India — India’s largest online shopping service is heating up, and not in a good way. Flipkart’s regular Friday townhall grew tense after employees incensed by hundreds of job cuts openly accused management of betrayal. Taken aback, chairman Sachin Bansal countered that the departures stemmed from poor performance and he lost his job as chief executive for the same reason. The co-founder admitted the company …

Meesho wants to make selling through WhatsApp more efficient and less painful

WhatsApp may have over one billion active users each month but it continues to frustrate the many small businesses that rely on it for sales but suffer for its lack of advanced features. Messaging services like Line, WeChat and even Facebook Messenger have become platforms that let business users get dedicated usernames and accounts, manage group chats, set up stores and use bots for communication, all while WhatsApp remains basic. The company only …

India’s WhatsApp rival Hike raises $175M led by Tencent at a $1.4B valuation

India has a new tech unicorn. Hike, a four-year-old messaging app, today announced that it has closed $175 million in funding led by new investors Chinese internet giant Tencent and manufacturing firm Foxconn. The Series D round values the company at $1.4 billion, founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal confirmed to TechCrunch. Tencent, the company that pioneered messaging with WeChat, is the big name here, but existing investors Tiger …

Mumbai Beach clean-up highlights marine waste epidemic

The shocking amount of marine waste washed up on Mumbai’s Versova Beach led UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh to publicize a long-term cleanup project. Mountains of garbage, mostly plastic, have been hauled away by thousands of volunteers. The project is now in week 44. More interesting coverage online at #MumbaiBeachClean report this ad Between April and July, Iran’s …

After China, India looms as Uber’s next battleground

Ajay Chopra Crunch Network Contributor Ajay Chopra, co-founded Pinnacle in his living room and grew it to a multi-billion dollar public company before becoming a venture capitalist with Trinity Ventures. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Earlier this month the ride-sharing world faced its first major shakeup when Uber announced that it would sell its China business to primary competitor Didi for an ownership …