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INDIA: Cybercrime Response is Crucial to Cameron’s Agenda

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent three-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi- the first visit from an English premier in 20 years — is ripping across Asian subcontinent. Accompanied by the largest entourage of British business officials ever to travel overseas with a prime minister, Cameron had a myriad of things on his agenda. […]

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INDIA: China’s Passport to Trouble

China is at it again! Existing territorial conflict between New Delhi and Beijing over Arunchal Pradesh is no concern of the past. The controversial issue has been revived as China recently took matters into its own hands, launching new e-passports in which it showed the regions of Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin in J & […]

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INDIA: A Techno Solution forTouchy India/Pakistan?

The recent blowup of the Innocence of Islam and the detrimental effects that the provocative video (or is it a mere trailer?) is forcing many to question the power of technology. However, a new program in India may redeem hope that technology, the media, and entertainment can also be a proactive force in world politics […]

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INDIA: Cartoon Version of Free Speech?

How dangerous can a cartoon be? This seems to be the question many are asking themselves after Professor Ambikesh Mohapatra from the Jadavpur University was arrested for posting a political cartoon. The cartoon is a spoof in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Railway Minister Mukul Roy are featured talking about how to get rid of former […]

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INDIA: From Porn to Secret Cellphone Recording

There has recently been quite a bit of commotion during house sessions in India, and the Tamil Nadu Assembly has taken steps to alleviate the problem. Following recent cellular related scandals – one in which ministers in Karnataka were caught watching porn on their cellular device, and another recent incident when a DMK member was […]

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INDIA: Israeli Author Overstaying Her Welcome?

What happens when your visa expires and you refuse to leave India?  Ask Susan Nathan, a British-born Israeli writer who recently faced this problem head-on. After the expiration of her paperwork, Nathan was issued a deportation notice for violating visa rules by extending her stay in India.  However, the author’s deportation notice is suspected to […]

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INDIA: Sinful Irreverence?

The Anand Police Department has recently received complaints from Gujarat Christians. And no wonder. The uproar is targeting a monthly Catholic community magazine for its inclusion of a small black and white image of Jesus Christ holding a beer can in one hand and a cigarette in the other. It is Pavan Hurday Doot’s own […]

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INDIA: Death of a Great Pioneering Woman Photojournalist

On Sunday, India’s first female photojournalist passed away at a hospital in Vadodara, according to the Times of India, a leading English daily newspaper in India. Homai Vyarawalla, 98, had recently been hospitalized due to a fall from her bed. Vyarawalla was deeply admired and respected by many in India. She was extremely passionate about […]

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INDIA: Young People Tweet — #APositivePerspectiveOfIndia

As the stylized coding of a tweet might put it: #APositivePerspectiveOfIndia That was the whole point of the recent online conference that the Times of India is calling “the world’s largest tweetathon.” And the successful event looks like further proof, if any were needed, of the revolutionary innovative power of both the youth and social […]

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THAILAND: Do Tablet PCs Really Make the (First) Grade?

Many are speaking out against the Thai government’s “One Tablet PC per child” policy, which gives first grade students their own laptop at school. In an attempt to prove the soundness of their policy, the government chose five schools to partake in a pilot-study in which they were given 600 PCs to be distributed to […]

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THAILAND: Transfer of Censorship Powers to Police Criticized

The Ministry of Culture recently passed an amendment to the Printing Act of 2007 that makes the national police chief head of Thailand’s censorship board. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily newspaper, referred to this move as “a step backwards and aimed at empowering the government to take complete control of the media.”

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