On Jan 2 2021, the newsrack service has been shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it was time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

This is an archive of previously crawled content that will be kept around for a few weeks.



NewsRack was one of the receipients of the Manthan Award in the e-News category in August 2006.

Use of NewsRack's output

Besides regular visitors to the website, and besides use of NewsRack's RSS feeds by various individual users, NewsRack's output is also being used by (or linked to) the following websites (this is not an exhaustive list):

Articles about NewsRack


  • I've been just showing Newsrack.in to everyone I meet these days -- journalist colleagues, NGO types, academics. They can't believe how well it works. Great work coming from India. If I had a chance, I would again push for a (bigger) prize for Subbu Sastry's work like a year back ... using Newsrack pretty extensively!

    Frederick Noronha, Independent Journalist, Goa http://fn.goa-india.org

  • I find this extremely useful in sourcing, daily news from at least a dozen sources on a variety of topics of interest. It could be Bangalore, Birds of Bangalore, BMIC, Dams, etc. etc. Anyone can go and create their categories of interest and the only condition is that all your research will be publicly available for everyone to benefit from.

    Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group, Bangalore, http://esgindia.org

  • We at Arghyam have been using the Newsrack RSS feeds on our websites (http://www.indiawaterportal.org, http://www.arghyam.org) to generate news in the area of water. The India Water Portal is a comprehensive repository of information and tools related to the area of water. We have found Newsrack a very convenient tool to generate a timely topical news page, which enhances the value of the portal. We've found the feeds to have a high degree of relevance with essentially no maintenance required.

    The news section on the India Water Portal which is generated entirely out of feeds from NewsRack is: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/Network/News/

    Vijay Krishna, Product Manager, India Water Portal, Arghyam