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· August, 2015

Stories about India from August, 2015

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

Students Push for Alcohol Prohibition in Southern India Street Protests

"The protests against the prohibition of alcohol are a great move. If Tamil Nadu government bans the sale of alcohol, it will be greatly appreciated by the general population."

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

“We Will Choke You”: How Indian Women Face Fatal Threats on Facebook While Trolls Roam Free

One Facebook user threatened to choke her. Two days later, on August 4, Inji Pennu's Facebook account was suspended.

#NepalQuake: When Human Trafficking Is not Earth-Shattering And More Needs To Be Done

Post-earthquake, an overwhelmed Nepali state struggles to develop a long-term vision to tackle the vultures of human trafficking within and beyond its borders.

Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards

"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"

A Holiday Too Delicious to Resist

Twitter users from the Indian state of Odisha have launched a campaign to dedicate an entire day to their state delicacy, a dessert known as Rasagola.

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