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Ola drives into New Zealand; India's 'porn ban' is not working

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posted on 7th November 2018
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Ola officially announced its entry into the New Zealand market with the launch of its operations in the cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Bengaluru-based unicorn and cab aggregator had announced it would launch operations in the country a few months ago. Earlier this year, Ola had launched in Australia and the UK. It operates in seven cities across Australia and claims to have over 50,000 drivers registered on its platform, having already completed more than two million rides.

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(L-R) Ankit Bhati and Bhavish Aggarwal, Founders of Ola


On October 25, Reliance Jio became the first ISP to block porn sites. Other telcos - Airtel, Idea, BSNL – soon followed suit. It is estimated that 35-40 percent of telco revenues come from traffic on porn websites. But, the Indian government wants to ban ‘adult content’ on the web. As a result, porn watchers have now come up with their own jugaad - from a mirror site of Pornhub to VPNs and alternative browsers. Is the porn ban really working? 

Image: PornHub


Ladies, you can now pee in a public washroom without worrying about the unhygienic state of public restrooms in the country. Thanks to Sanfe, an innovative bio-friendly pee device for just Rs 10 - invented by two IIT-Delhi students-turned entrepreneurs - women in the country will no longer have to worry before using a public toilet – be it in a metro, train or any other public space. 

Harry and Archit of Sanfe
Harry and Archit of Sanfe


Meesho, the Bengaluru-based social commerce platform that helps resellers and emerging brands build businesses using social media, has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round. The round was led by new investors Shunwei Capital, RPS Ventures and DST Partners. Existing investors SAIF Partners, Venture Highway, Y Combinator and Sequoia India also participated. 


The online ticketing market in India has recorded a quarterly revenue of $28 million, claims a RedSeer report. 50 percent of the industry revenue has been coming from movies. Tickets for live entertainment, such as sports events and concerts, are the next big category contributing significantly to the almost $330-million revenue the online ticketing industry generated in 2017. 


Tesla is finally set to expand into India! CEO Elon Musk revealed outlined the company’s expansion plans for the market in a tweet. Tesla may have a ‘partial presence’ in India by the end of 2019 and a bigger one in the following year, he tweeted. Musk wrote that Tesla could potentially have a partial presence in India by the end of next year, with "broader expansion in 2020".

Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk. (Image: Flickr)



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