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.

 
User: fredericknoronha Topic: Wikipedia
Category: Wikipedia
Last updated: May 12 2019 02:00 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Push to ban Sci-Hub pirate website will blunt Indian research projects, warn academics 24.12.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Many, particularly those without institutional affiliations, say it would be near-impossible to do what they do if not for the website.
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Do you know how Everest's height is calculated? 22.12.2020 Rediff: News
For one, triangles are involved.
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Artificial intelligence stands at odds with the goals of cutting greenhouse emissions. Here’s why 18.12.2020 Scroll.in
Training an AI model generates as much carbon emissions as it takes to build and drive five cars over their lifetimes.
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Gauhati HC stays environmental clearance to Oil India for drilling inside Dibru Saikhowa park 8.12.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The park is one of the two ecologically fragile areas flanking the Baghjan oil field, where a massive blowout took place in May.
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In these stories, Salma lifts the veil on the realities of being a woman in patriarchal societies 7.12.2020 Scroll.in
The story ‘The Trap’, excerpted from Salma’s short story collection, ‘The Curse’, translated from the Tamil by N Kalyan Raman.
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UP police stop inter-faith marriage in Lucknow citing ‘love jihad’ law 4.12.2020 Scroll.in
The police action was based on complaints from members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing youth outfit founded by Chief Minister Adityanath.
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India orders Wikipedia to remove map showing Aksai Chin in China: Reports 3.12.2020 Scroll.in
The government has reportedly invoked Section 69A of the Information Technology Act that empowers the Centre to block public access to any information online.
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Government Asks Wikipedia To Remove Link Showing Wrong India Map: Report 3.12.2020 NDTV News - Top-stories
The government has asked Wikipedia to remove a link from its platform that has shown an incorrect map of Jammu and Kashmir, according to sources.
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Govt orders Wikipedia to remove India's incorrect map 3.12.2020 Rediff: News
The matter had been flagged by a Twitter user, who highlighted that the Wikipedia page on India-Bhutan relationship had incorrectly depicted the map of Jammu Kashmir, and asked the government to take action.
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Marrying a person of choice is a fundamental right, says Karnataka High Court 2.12.2020 Scroll.in
A software engineer had moved the High Court, seeking the release of a woman he wanted to marry.
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Counterpoint: Government has not misled Parliament on wildlife decline 18.11.2020 Scroll.in
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change responds to an article on the status of India’s bird population.
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Ramachandra Guha: A tribute to ES Reddy, the father of my journey as a Gandhi scholar 8.11.2020 Scroll.in
For this South African activist-scholar, courage and wisdom went hand in hand with compassion and rectitude.
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‘Conversion just for the sake of marriage not acceptable,’ says Allahabad High Court 30.10.2020 Scroll.in
The judgement noted that the woman who filed a writ petition was a Muslim and converted to Hinduism just a month before she got married.
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In photos: David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ goes behind the scenes of the classic movie ‘Citizen Kane’ 22.10.2020 Scroll.in
Gary Oldman plays Herman J Mankiewicz, who fell out with Orson Welles over the movie’s screenwriting credit.
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FCRA challenge for foreign think tanks in India 28.9.2020 Rediff: News
Funding challenges are not limited to just one think tank. Several scholars say that access for conducting research and getting foreign funds has become a major hurdle for think tanks, with the government raising many questions regarding such inflows. As a result, many think tanks are keeping a low profile and becoming less prolific.
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Can this artificial intelligence program replace writers, journalists and poets? 26.9.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The language generated by GPT-3 sounds as if it had been written by a human.
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Global wildlife populations have declined by 68% since 1970, says WWF report 11.9.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The ‘Living Planet Report 2020’ said that human activity was the major reason for the dip in biodiversity population.
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‘If the internet was your teacher’: YouTube, Wikipedia come to life in this Teacher’s Day video 5.9.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
‘My name is com, Google dot com...Log out of your arrogance and listen to me carefully.’
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Elon Musk Is Begging His Followers To Trash Him On Wikipedia 17.8.2020 NDTV News - Top-stories
"Please trash me on Wikipedia, I'm begging you," - a bizarre request by any standards, but this is exactly what Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of Tesla, wants you to do
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Notes scribbled in a 14th-century musical treatise trace Aurangzeb’s journey from Delhi to Kashmir 3.8.2020 Scroll.in
The handbook has relevance beyond the world of Arabic and Persian musicology.
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