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No power, no fans, no AC: The villagers fighting to survive India's deadly heatwaves

The Download: India’s deadly heatwaves, and the need for carbon removal

The residents of Nagla Tulai, a farming village in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, have always had to endure hot summers, but the past few years of punishingly cruel heat have tested their strength. This May it hit 49°C (120°F), the highest India has recorded in 122 years. Since then, local news reports …

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The delivery apps reshaping life in India's megacities

The Download: India’s delivery apps, and covid vaccines for young children

From 7 am until well past dusk, seven days a week, N. Sudhakar sits behind the counter of his hole-in-the wall grocery store in the south Indian city of Bangalore. Packed floor to ceiling with everything from 20-kilogram sacks of rice to one-rupee ($.01) shampoo sachets, this one-stop shop supplies most of the daily needs …

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India Isn't Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

Where technical solutions can’t be used, there are still administrative controls that could help, she adds—like frequent breaks for people working under heat wave conditions. The body has another protective mechanism—exhaustion—that tells you to rest when overheating, but workers may not always have the opportunity to stop working, she says. In such cases, Venugopal recommends …

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India Isn't Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

Where technical solutions can’t be used, there are still administrative controls that could help, she adds—like frequent breaks for people working under heat wave conditions. The body has another protective mechanism—exhaustion—that tells you to rest when overheating, but workers may not always have the opportunity to stop working, she says. In such cases, Venugopal recommends …

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The Fight Against Robocall Spam and Scams Heats Up in India

The Fight Against Robocall Spam and Scams Heats Up in India

Indian phone users may not have to wonder who that “unknown” caller is for too much longer. Regulatory changes being considered might help them avoid that pesky telemarketer and the annoying call from a bank customer care executive trying to sell insurance. In an attempt to combat the plague of spam calls, India’s telecom regulator …

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VPN Providers Threaten to Quit India Over New Data Law

VPN Providers Threaten to Quit India Over New Data Law

VPN companies are squaring up for a fight with the Indian government over new rules designed to change how they operate in the country. On April 28, officials announced that virtual private network companies will be required to collect swathes of customer data—and maintain it for five years or more—under a new national directive. VPN …

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