How these organisations are using WhatsApp Communities to drive social change 

How does one manage 70,000 WhatsApp Groups, each of which is critical in an organisation? Well, that’s the challenge WhatsApp Communities hopes to solve — especially for organisations involved in India’s social sector. Take the example of Bengaluru-based Rocket Learning, which works with over one million parents and children in India. It hopes that WhatsApp … Read more

Pooja Vastrakar ruled out of T20 series vs Australia, uncapped Anjali in; Devika makes comeback

India allrounder Pooja Vastrakar was ruled out due to an injury as selectors on Friday picked promising uncapped left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia beginning on December 9 in Mumbai. Pooja, who led India C team in the Women’s T20 Challenger in Raipur, was “ruled out owing to an … Read more

Throats slit, elderly couple murdered in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district

An elderly couple in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district was murdered at their residence in Hosadurga town on Thursday evening, the police said. The police identified the deceased as Prabhakar Shetty (75), who ran an edible oil business, and Vijayalakshmi (65), residents of Vinayaka Layout in Hosadurga, 200 km away from Bengaluru. The incident came to light … Read more

Cloud over Bihar urban local bodies’ polls as BJP says government did not follow SC norms on dedicated commission

With the Election Commission of India announcing elections to urban local bodies in Bihar on December 18 and 28, the BJP has hinted that the polls may be caught up in a legal wrangle in the backdrop of the Supreme Court on November 28 saying that the state government’s Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) Commission cannot … Read more

Transformers Rise of the Beasts trailer: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee unleash beast mode in intergalactic brawl

For a while, it looked like the Transformers franchise would be sold for spare parts, but against all odds, the series is forging ahead. Paramount Pictures unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming seventh film in the franchise, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Introducing a new set of human characters and a bunch of returning … Read more

Auto sales are buoyant, but will demand sustain?

The passenger vehicles segment, comprising cars, SUVs and vans, closed November with sales of more than 310,000 units, making it the sixth straight month with sales crossing the 300,000 mark. December is expected to be yet another month of high sales as the industry works to improve deliveries and reduce the waiting period for cars. … Read more