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Tinder Is Big in India---at Least With Men

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Yet like a handful of local dating apps in this traditionally conservative country, Tinder's biggest challenge appears to be getting enough women to sign on. In many parts of India, arranged marriages--as opposed to what Indians call "love marriages"--remain the norm, and dating in any form still carries a stigma, particularly for women. Indian women who have dabbled with dating apps complain they get overwhelmed by all the attention that comes with the surplus of men. "The barrage of messages that hits your inbox is like a swarm of locusts," said Anushree Majumdar, age 33, in Mumbai. She uses dating apps only occasionally, she said, and can understand why women are intimidated by them.



'Why I've used skin-whitening products'

BBC News

I used to be in the shower and scrub my skin to try and get rid of how dark I was.


This government bank to use made-in-India AI tool to help users - Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Andhra Bank has partnered with Floatbot to offer an Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant for online banking users. The AI chatbot named "ABHi" --made by Floatbot-- is integrated with Core Banking Servers (CBS) of Andhra Bank and will automate customer support for 5 crore Andhra Bank account holders. Floatbot will also develop a chatbot for over 20,000 internal employees of Andhra Bank to automate on-boarding and training. Floatbot is incubated at NASSCOM Center of Excellence DS-AI, an initiative of the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. "Floatbot has launched the chatbot for Andhra Bank after going through end to end security audit and a rigorous user acceptance testing (UAT). More than 50,000 queries were tested before the final sign-off," the company claimed in a statement.


India plans to introduce rules to ensure that matrimonial websites aren't used for dating

Mashable

The Indian government is planning to introduce a set of guidelines to ensure that the country's matrimonial websites aren't "misused" for anything other than the intent of marriage, and especially not used as dating platforms. The government has approved an advisory which will ask matrimonial websites to authenticate its users through legally verifiable identity and address proofs, and keep their IP address records. The new rules will require these matrimonial websites to "confirm the user's intent to enter in to matrimonial alliance" and that "the user information is correct". "We have approved the standards to check cheating on such websites," India's minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. The idea for regulating matrimonial websites was proposed last year, amidst complaints of cyber stalking, fake profiles and cheating.