Faiz Khan, Ayan Sheikh (second and third from left) and other TikTok users in Mumbai. Photo: Soumya Shankar

TikTok, iPhone: all you need to escape Mumbai’s slums – for 15 seconds

  • The Chinese-developed video-sharing app has more than 200 million monthly users in India, despite being heavily censored
  • Among its biggest fans are young, impoverished Muslims to whom fame, not fortune, is the most valuable currency
Topic |   India

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Faiz Khan, Ayan Sheikh (second and third from left) and other TikTok users in Mumbai. Photo: Soumya Shankar
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A woman is silhouetted by lit firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in Chennai. Photo: AFP

The explosive truth about the link between Chinese fireworks and India’s dim Diwali

  • Black market imports from China, confusing regulations and pollution concerns are undermining India’s fireworks industry
  • Industry sources say Diwali sales this year were down by 30 per cent
Topic |   China-India relations

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A woman is silhouetted by lit firecrackers during Diwali celebrations in Chennai. Photo: AFP
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