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Ambani-Piramal wedding: Beyoncé sings at A-list Indian event

Image copyright Instagram/Beyonce Image caption Beyoncé showed off her outfit on Instagram US singer Beyoncé has performed as part of the lavish festivities at the latest extravagant Indian celebrity wedding. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week. Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and figures like Hillary Clinton. It comes on the heels of several recent Indian weddings competing for glamour, excess and attention. The Ambanis themselves recently attended…

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Facebook to check Indian political ads in build-up to vote

A Facebook logo is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook Inc – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving…

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Grab invests $100 million in Indian hotel startup OYO: source

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Grab office in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su (Reuters) – Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab has invested $100 million in Indian hotel-reservations startup OYO, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Both companies are backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T). The investment by Grab is part of the $1 billion fund raise OYO announced in September in a bid to grow its business in India and China, and expand into new international markets. Grab’s investment takes capital raised…

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Grab in talks to invest $100 million in Indian hotels startup Oyo: ET

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Grab office in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su (Reuters) – Singapore-based ride hailing firm Grab is in advanced talks to invest $100 million in Indian hotel-reservations startup Oyo, the Economic Times reported on Monday, citing two people briefed on the matter. Grab is expected to close the deal in the next few days, the report bit.ly/2KOtHkz said. The proposed investment is part of Oyo’s ongoing $1 billion funding round and will be made through A1 Holdings Inc, an entity controlled by Grab,…

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Raids mounted on fake Indian tech support centres

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bogus support calls typically claim to find problems with Microsoft Windows More than 50 people have been arrested in India for their alleged involvement in fake security warning scams. The New York Times said that Delhi police made the arrests during raids on 26 call centres linked to the scams. Software giant Microsoft helped police trace who was behind the large-scale operations. It said it received more than 11,000 calls per month about fake security warnings and that many people lost significant sums…

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The Indian princess who became a South Korean queen

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook The South Korean first lady, Kim Jung-sook, is in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where she is visiting the ancient city of Ayodhya. Ayodhya, which is best known as the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram, also however, holds special significance for some South Koreans – many believe they can trace their ancestry to the city. This belief comes from several historical Korean stories which tells the story of an Indian princess – Suriratna – who…

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Smartphones emerge as bright spot for Indian manufacturing

NOIDA, India (Reuters) – Smartphone-maker Lava is a small player in India’s booming mobile communications industry, but it has become a poster child for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious effort to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing. A worker tests a Lava mobile handset at its manufacturing plant in Noida, India, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Just a few years ago, Lava imported cheap phones from China. Now it builds its own devices at two factories on the outskirts of New Delhi that employ about 3,500 people, and…

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The day out that reunited an Indian boy with his family

Image copyright Mansi Thapliyal Image caption Hassan Ali spent nine years in different children’s homes in India Fifteen-year-old Hassan Ali was on his way to an amusement park outside India’s capital Delhi in July when his memory was jogged by something he saw. He was on a bus with more than 50 boys from different children’s homes in the city. Hassan had run away from home nearly a decade ago. And ever since he had been unable to recollect enough details to find his way back – until now. He…

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The Indian women abandoned because of mental illness

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearly 14% of Indians are mentally ill and at least 10% of those need immediate intervention. Mental illness is often neglected in India because of stigma and poor care. But women are the worst affected and are mostly abandoned by their families, writes Raksha Kumar. Ramaa (whose name was changed upon request) turned 45 on 20 August 2018. Her birthday is one of the few details she remembers from what she calls “her past life” – when she lived with her husband and two…

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