A road heat map from Didi’s big data traffic platform. Photo credit: Didi Chuxing, modified by Tech in Asia. The security at Didi Chuxing’s headquarters is surprisingly tight for a ride-hailing company. Every visitor going in and out of its Beijing office – an enormous block of blue-tinted glass – has to register their name, contact and work information, take a selfie, and be accompanied by office personnel. The security guards are vigilant, stopping me at entrances to ch...
NEW DELHI: Five days after the 41-day protest of farmers of Tamil Nadu in Delhi came to an end, the State government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that the cause of death of farmers was because of heart attacks, illness and in certain cases, personal reasons and not solely because of drought. In its affidavit, the State government heavily relied on the reports received from district collectors and said, “State government on humanitarian ground, sanctioned a sum of Rs 3 lakh to each...
(WASHINGTON) — House members have easily voted to approve a short-term spending bill that would avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight. The measure gives negotiators until next Friday to resolve final differences over a $1 trillion bill financing federal agencies through Sept. 30. That’s the end of the current fiscal year. While the vote was not over, the chamber was on track to overwhelmingly to approve the weeklong measure and send it to the Senate. Senators are expected ...
SRINAGAR: In a surprising development, the PDP-BJP coalition government on Friday removed Chief Secretary B R Sharma and replaced him with B B Vyas. The decision to remove Sharma as Chief Secretary of the State was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu, winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, today. The cabinet ordered posting of B V Vyas, 1986 batch IAS officer, as new Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said. Vyas was presently p...
FCC chief signals assault on rules from the days of Ma Bell used by Obama to guarantee net neutrality
President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown on Thursday, just two days shy of a deadline for Congress to reach a spending deal to avert temporary layoffs of federal workers. “We’ll see what happens. If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,” Trump told Reuters in an interview, adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded. Congress has until 12:01 a.m. ET (04:01 GMT) on Saturday to pass a b...
Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they don’t have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and will not seek to put their proposal on the floor on Friday. A late push to act on health care had threatened the bipartisan deal to keep […]
CHANDIGARH: In an unprecedented development, the Punjab unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its full support to the ruling Congress party on the contagious and long pending Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) issue, as well as other matters of vital interest to the State. A delegation of the BJP state unit, led by Union minister for social justice and BJP state president, Vijay Sampla, state vice-president Harjit Grewal and state secretary Vineet Joshi met Chief Minister Captain Am...
By Chris Sonderby, Deputy General Counsel Today we are releasing our latest Global Government Requests Report for the second half of 2016, which details the number of government requests we received for data, as well as the number of items of content restricted for violating local law in countries where our service is available. Government requests for account data increased by 9% globally compared to the first half of 2016, from 59,229 to 64,279 requests. About half of the data requests we rece...
WHEN he was running Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was famous for his energy. In a legendary clip of a company meeting that has received almost a million hits on YouTube, he charges onto the stage and launches into his “monkey dance”, before roaring into a microphone: “I love this company!” Mr Ballmer stood down from the software giant in 2014 and has new outlets for his drive. One is the LA Clippers, a basketball team he bought for $2bn. The other could not be more different: a project to cre...
Vietnam’s government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country’s laws from appearing on its platform. In February, communist Vietnam complained about “toxic” anti-government and offensive content on Facebook fb and Google’s YouTube and pressured local companies to withdraw advertising until the social media firms found a solution. Facebook’s commitment came during a meeting ...
(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills. It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped a demand for money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, the Trump administration is l...
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has directed its ministries and departments to ensure that no proposal for participation in a conference to be held China next month is cleared without the Centre's nod. The Centre sent a communication to all administrative secretaries in Haryana, asking the ministries and departments concerned to ensure that any proposal for participation in the conference are referred to the Ministry of External Affairs. The international conference on the "Belt an...
LUCKNOW:  In the biggest administrative reshuffle since it assumed power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government today transferred 84 IAS and 54 IPS officers including district magistrates and police chiefs.      While Civil Defence Secretary Manoj Mishra has been made Director of Culture, Special Secretary (Revenue) Karn Singh Chauhan has been sent to Jhansi as district magistrate, an official release said here. Prominent among those transferred included DM Luckno...
NEW DELHI: India seems to be inclined towards taking the humanitarian approach to save life of former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav as on Wednesday the Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad handed over an appeal by his mother against the death sentence and desired to meet him. Along with this India put in 16th request for consular access to Jadhav, who New Delhi alleges is in detention in Pakistan on “concocted” charges. “The High Commissioner to Pakistan today ...
Computer Village is the destination for everything tech related in Lagos. It is located in Ikeja and thousands of people throng there everyday to buy new devices, sell devices and even repair their spoiled gadgets. The boys in Computer village are also quite famous for their legendary scams too. I Once Purchased A Nokia (Fufu Packaged) Phone @ Computer Village…Baba Fake Phone…@rc1023fm — P R E Y E (@UnPreye) March 7, 2014   The Lagos state Government recently announced...
(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Two Venezuelan men died on Tuesday from gunshots at political demonstrations, bringing to 26 the number of fatalities around this month’s protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. The state prosecutor’s office said Orlando Medina, 23, was gunned down on a street in western Lara state during a protest local media identified as anti-Maduro. Luis Marquez, 52, died in the Andean state of Merida in the early morning after being ...
Washington is just days away from a government shutdown, a recurring threat that everyone dreads but no one is very good at avoiding. Democrats and Republicans in Congress are hurriedly negotiating a compromise to fund the government, a task that is fraught with perils and endangered by President Trump’s periodic interference. The spending bill will require 60 votes to pass through the Senate, and Republicans only have 52. That means Democrats and Republicans will have to agree on the ...
Members of Congress returned to session this week from a two-week recess, and they have quite a task ahead: less than four days left to avert a government shutdown. Federal funding expires at midnight on Friday, April 28, which is technically Saturday, April 29 —Trump’s 100th day in office. In order for the government to continue operating, both chambers of Congress and the White House need to approve an appropriations bill, or a spending bill. Although negotiations have been in th...
NEW DELHI: Israel’s Ambassador to New Delhi Daniel Carmon on Tuesday said that after 25 years of “low key, low volume” bilateral cooperation, he could feel doors were opening at governmental level, as India has overcome its hesitance to accept its relation with the Jewish nation openly. “Being not visible had its impediments. Defence Cooperation gave us the luxury to have low visibility, but cooperation has been low key low volume,” Carmon said at Dr. Shayama Prasa...