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Rapper wins award, gets heckled, throws drink at crowd, security steps in

Rapper wins award, gets heckled, throws drink at crowd, security steps in

Entertainment
Slowthai has caused controversy after confronting a member of the audience at the NME awards.The British rapper had been giving an acceptance speech when a spectator's comment appeared to anger him. He threw his drink into the crowd before jumping down to argue with the person before being restrained by security. Image: Katherine Ryan called Slowthai a "sweet boy" Earlier in the ceremony Slowthai had asked host, comedian Katherine Ryan, to smell his cologne and referred to her as "baby girl".As he left the stage, Ryan joked "thank you Mike from Love Island" - adding that he is "younger than my babysitter". ...
WhatsApp pay gets NPCI nod to expand UPI project to 10 million users

WhatsApp pay gets NPCI nod to expand UPI project to 10 million users

Finance
Bengaluru: Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has received permission from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to expand its pilot United Payment Interface (UPI) services to 10 million users, according to Nandan Nilekani, the architect of unique identity database Aadhaar and UPI. Nikelani was speaking at an IIT Industry Conclave event on Friday. WhatsApp’s payment feature, called WhatsApp Pay, is designed to run on UPI — developed by the NPCI — which allows users to pay others or do business transactions through their bank accounts. WhatsApp has been running a pilot for one million users and has struggled to get a full-fledged licence since the rollout of the project in 2018. On Friday, a media report said that NPCI has allowed WhatsApp to increase that to 10
Censorship claims emerge as TikTok gets political in India

Censorship claims emerge as TikTok gets political in India

Technology
Ajay Barman, 22, is a fading TikTok star in India. Not because he is past his prime, but because - he alleges - he's been "shadow banned" for uploading videos on Hindu-Muslim brotherhood on the popular video creation and sharing platform. Shadow banning is the act of partially blocking content so it doesn't reach the platform's entire community of users. It will not be obvious to the user that the creator's content is not being promoted. TikTok has traditionally shied away from political subjects, but Mr Barman built a strong following of just under a million by performing and uploading 15 second skits on the theme of Hindu-Muslim unity at a time when many in India fear the two communities are being driven further apart. His most...
MDR fee waiver: Jan Dhan’s mascot gets a jolt

MDR fee waiver: Jan Dhan’s mascot gets a jolt

Finance
More than 90% of Indians have a mobile phone now, but hardly anyone could talk without interruptions, reflecting the poor quality of a service that comes almost for free. Something similar is brewing in the payments industry. Unlike telecommunications that’s ruled by three giants, the payments industry is littered with a few Goliaths and many Davids who thrive in an ecosystem that has the potential to draw hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments and make life easier for the billion-plus Indians. Just in 2019, fintechs received $ 2.6 billion in funding. The proliferation of fintech companies under the umbrella of Reserve Bank of India-blessed National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) achieved in the past five years what 45 years of nationalisation of banks could not – financial incl
Horse racing 2020 gets underway with Kentucky Derby preps

Horse racing 2020 gets underway with Kentucky Derby preps

Sports
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Because last year in horse racing was so much fun, let's do it all over again -- perhaps with new protocols ensuring safer racing everywhere and a clean trip for everyone, preferably over a fast track, in the Kentucky Derby. And, speaking of the Kentucky Derby, we're off and running on the road to the 146th running of the Run for the Roses, set for May 2 under the Churchill Downs Twin Spires. The first qualifying race of the year is in the books with another set for Saturday. Bast is the class of the weekend's biggest test for 3-year-old fillies, the Sana Ynez a Santa Anita. With the cold-weather areas of North America deep into winter, much of the racing attention focuses on Florida and California, where Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita have graded stakes on both turf and...