Google helps Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk market go online

Updated 16 December 2012
0

Google helps Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk market go online

NEW DELHI: Over 2,500 businesses in the capital’s iconic Chandni Chowk market are now online with their own websites as part of an initiative by Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine. Google, as part of its ‘India Get Your Business Online’ initiative launched in November 2011, offers free websites and domains to small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country.
“With over 137 million Internet users in the country, an increasing number of users are now looking for local information online,” Google India VP and Managing Director (Sales and Operations) Rajan Anandan said at an event. Over 2,500 businesses in Chandni Chowk market are now online as part of an initiative by Google.
An initiative like this helps SMBs get started on the Internet, he added. “There are 47 million SMBs in the country, but only 4,00,000 have a web presence. Of this, only 1,00,000 have a decent quality web presence,” Anandan said. As part of the project, Google India and HostGator went to each shop in Chandni Chowk and built over 2,500 free websites for businesses operating from the market.
In addition to creating these websites, Google India has also launched a common website www.chandnichowknowonline.in to provide a directory of businesses from Chandni Chowk. Chandni Chowk is a hub of small and medium businesses in north India with over 5,000 businesses including suppliers, exporters and wholesalers, but very few own a website.


Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

Updated 19 June 2018
0

Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL: A Turkish rapper who faced 10 years of jail on charges of encouraging drug use in his lyrics was acquitted on Tuesday at the first session of his trial in Istanbul, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
Sercan Ipekcioglu, 27, better known by his stage name Ezhel, had been detained since last month after a court accepted a prosecutor’s indictment against him over his lyrics and social media posts, it said.
He denied the charges.
Ezhel, whose videos have racked up millions of views online, refers to smoking marijuana in some of his songs. In Turkey, the encouragement of drug use is punishable by law, as is the possession and sale of narcotics.
Dozens of his fans flooded the court house ahead of the trial, CNN Turk said. The hashtag #FreeEzhel was one of the top trending topics on Turkish Twitter.
“After four weeks of pre-trial detention, the judge took just 30 minutes to rule for rapper Ezhel’s release and acquittal,” said Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International, which followed the trial on Monday.
Some 20,000 Turks took part in Amnesty’s campaign for release of the singer, Gardner said.
Amnesty International has campaigned for journalists, singers and rights defenders jailed in Turkey as part of a government crackdown on the right to free expression which accelerated after a failed coup in 2016.