Ritu Maria Johny

Multimedia journalist with Hindustan Times. Covers India, world, business and tech news with a keen eye for human-interest stories rooted in gender and culture.

Articles by Ritu Maria Johny

Google trims its mental health team, wellness head claims being laid off

Google laid off San Francisco-based Kristin Maczko, who had been with the company for the last 15 years.

Elizabeth Cha, former head of scaled programs in Google’s mental health team, also shared her experience of being sacked after 19 years of service. (file)
Elizabeth Cha, former head of scaled programs in Google’s mental health team, also shared her experience of being sacked after 19 years of service. (file)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 04:27 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Visakhapatnam: 7 things to know about new Andhra Pradesh capital

The largest and most populous city in Andhra Pradesh, it is also the second largest city on the east coast of India.

Tucked between the Eastern Ghats mountain range and the Bay of Bengal, it is often crowned as the ‘Jewel of the East coast’. (Official website of Vizag district)
Tucked between the Eastern Ghats mountain range and the Bay of Bengal, it is often crowned as the ‘Jewel of the East coast’. (Official website of Vizag district)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 03:40 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Internet hails woman who says she got job with 50% hike, days after being fired

The user - whose handle is @2020LawGrad - tweeted on January 25 that she was laid off after being informed that her personality was not a “fit”.

The woman, whose profile mentions that she is a defense attorney, added that her profession continues to “disappoint” her. (File)
The woman, whose profile mentions that she is a defense attorney, added that her profession continues to “disappoint” her. (File)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 01:40 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Budget 2023: What are the expectations of railway sector?

According to Sujjain Talwar, co-founding partner of Economic Laws Practice, with the expected entry of superfast Vande Bharat Express, upgrading of tracks may become the focal point.

Vande Bharat Express train connecting Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam during its flagging off ceremony on January 15, (PTI)
Vande Bharat Express train connecting Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam during its flagging off ceremony on January 15, (PTI)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:36 PM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Google lays off worker during parental leave: ‘Fired while feeding baby at 2 am’

Google laid off a lawyer, who had been working with the tech giant as an associate product counsel for the past six months.

Nicholas Dufau took to LinkedIn and wrote that he felt “
Nicholas Dufau took to LinkedIn and wrote that he felt “"acutely expendable” for being laid off during his parental leave. (LinkedIn)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 11:15 AM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

'Thank you, Nitin Gadkari': Anand Mahindra's tweet on this 'economic highway'

The chairman of Mahindra Group said that the Delhi - Mumbai expressway will provide a huge fillip to GDP growth.

Anand Mahindra appreciated transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the feat, (File)
Anand Mahindra appreciated transport minister Nitin Gadkari for the feat, (File)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 09:37 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

At 6.1%, India to be fastest-growing economy, projects IMF; China at 5.2%

India remains the fastest-growing economy in the world with the current estimates surpassing overall growth in emerging and developing Asia.

The global economy is estimated to take a plunge to 2.9 per cent in the next fiscal year. (File)
The global economy is estimated to take a plunge to 2.9 per cent in the next fiscal year. (File)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 01:18 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

After Google Map shows wrong route, iPhone 14's SOS saves two women in Canada

According to Dwight Yochim, a senior manager with BC Search and Rescue, this was possibly the first use of the feature in British Columbia.

A display of iPhone 14 smartphones at the Apple Inc. Regent Street store in London, UK. (Bloomberg)
A display of iPhone 14 smartphones at the Apple Inc. Regent Street store in London, UK. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 04:03 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

PagerDuty CEO quotes Martin Luther King Jr in layoff email, faces flak

On Twitter, users lambasted her for being “tone deaf”, and criticised her for using the word “refinements” instead of layoffs.

Shared on the company website, too, Tejada added that the moment reminded her of a Martin Luther King Jr. quote. (PagerDuty website)
Shared on the company website, too, Tejada added that the moment reminded her of a Martin Luther King Jr. quote. (PagerDuty website)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 04:01 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Aliens will go undetected if we don't cut down on space junk, say experts

Compared to 2019, the number of satellites have risen by four times with the current estimate being that over 8,000 machines are orbiting the Earth.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to launch 44,000 satellites for its Starlink internet constellation. (File)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to launch 44,000 satellites for its Starlink internet constellation. (File)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 02:36 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Google worker claims he was fired for rejecting female colleague's advances

Ryan Olohan claimed that Tiffany Miller groped him during a company dinner at Manhattan in December 2019.

Olohan’s lawsuit accuses Google of taking no action despite knowing that “Miller’s harassment stemmed from his rejection of her sexual advances”. (AFP)
Olohan’s lawsuit accuses Google of taking no action despite knowing that “Miller’s harassment stemmed from his rejection of her sexual advances”. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 11:30 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Uber CEO Dara was ready to reject the job offer until Spotify CEO said this…

In a recent interview with LinkedIn CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that his first reaction to the Uber job was “Heck no!”

The former CEO of Expedia was approached to lead Uber when the company was battling multiple allegations of sexual harassment and an FBI probe, among others. (Bloomberg)
The former CEO of Expedia was approached to lead Uber when the company was battling multiple allegations of sexual harassment and an FBI probe, among others. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 11:57 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Why Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget 2023 likely to avoid populist measures

In the last 20 years, only two out of four full-year budgets presented before general elections had a significantly higher chunk on rural spending, compared to defence and infrastructure.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the halwa ceremony ahead of the lock in process of the Budget preparation in New Delhi. (ANI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the halwa ceremony ahead of the lock in process of the Budget preparation in New Delhi. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 10:01 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Zuckerberg's Meta gearing up for more layoffs? This report suggests so

As per the report, Zuckerberg thinks that several layers of management are a waste of resources.

In November 2022, Meta said that it will let go of 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees. (File)
In November 2022, Meta said that it will let go of 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees. (File)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 05:12 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

2023 BMW X1 launched at 45.90 lakh: Check key features

It will be locally produced at the BMW group plant in Chennai.

BMW cars on display during the launch event of BMW X1 SUV in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)
BMW cars on display during the launch event of BMW X1 SUV in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 04:00 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

‘Not Switzerland or Kashmir’: Nagaland min shares stunning pics from this state

Comparing it to popular tourist spots like Switzerland and Kashmir, the BJP state president tweeted that the photographs were from the newly built Chighu Resort at Anini in Arunachal Pradesh.

The picturesque visuals were captured in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.(Twitter)
The picturesque visuals were captured in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.(Twitter)
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 12:34 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

This 45-year-old Biotech CEO spends $2 million a year to be 18 again

Bryan Johnson even has a machine to monitor the number of erections at night, which are reportedly similar to a teenager’s.

Bryan Johnson's day starts with two dozen supplements and a green juice with creatine and collagen peptides. (Twitter/bryan_johnson)
Bryan Johnson's day starts with two dozen supplements and a green juice with creatine and collagen peptides. (Twitter/bryan_johnson)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 09:15 AM IST

Republic Day 2023: From Beijing to Dushanbe, how the diaspora marked 74th R-day

From Maldives to Australia, members of the Indian community shared glimpses from their Republic Day celebrations.

The cultural programme organised by the Indian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Twitter/@IndianEmbRiyadh)
The cultural programme organised by the Indian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Twitter/@IndianEmbRiyadh)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 05:51 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Google employees in California may no longer enjoy free massages. Here's why

Out of 1,845 employees fired from the tech giant’s headquarters in California, 24 massage therapists were part of the Mountain View office.

From paid maternity and paternity leave to free meals, Google’s incredible perks for its staff were no secret. (File)
From paid maternity and paternity leave to free meals, Google’s incredible perks for its staff were no secret. (File)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 03:09 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Republic Day 2023: Women riders debut on BSF camel contingent

While a total of 24 women underwent training to ride on camels, 12 women hailing from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, were chosen for the parade.

The ‘mahila praharis’ squad marched from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort through Kartavya Path during the parade. (Twitter/stc bsf jodhpur)
The ‘mahila praharis’ squad marched from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort through Kartavya Path during the parade. (Twitter/stc bsf jodhpur)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:31 AM IST
By | Written by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Republic Day 2023: PM Modi pays homage to bravehearts at National War Memorial

PM Modi observed two-minute silence as a homage to the supreme sacrifices of the armed personnel in protecting the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 10:18 AM IST

Elon Musk changed Twitter name to ‘Mr Tweet’ and this might be the reason why

On Thursday, Musk tweeted with a laughing emoji that he had changed his Twitter handle to ‘Mr. Tweet’.

A Twitter user later revealed the inside joke in Musk’s latest attempt at being silly. (File)
A Twitter user later revealed the inside joke in Musk’s latest attempt at being silly. (File)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 09:21 AM IST
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

Woman, whose app-themed resume got her Spotify job, laid off

In April last year, Emily Vu was hired as a PM intern with Spotify after her green and grey coloured resume went viral on Twitter.

 On Wednesday, Emily Vu posted her viral resume and wrote,
On Wednesday, Emily Vu posted her viral resume and wrote, "…I'm heartbroken that my time at Spotify was cut so short." (Twitter/whoisemvu)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 03:46 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Republic Day 2023: How to watch President Murmu's address to nation today

The regional channels of Doordarshan will telecast the President's address in local languages, too.

President Droupadi Murmu's Republic Day address will be broadcast from 7 pm on All India Radio (AIR). (File)
President Droupadi Murmu's Republic Day address will be broadcast from 7 pm on All India Radio (AIR). (File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 04:20 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Google sacks married couple with 4-month-old baby; woman was on maternity leave

A former marketing manager at Google, Allie went on parental leave soon after the birth of her first child in 2022.

On January 22, Google’s parent company Alphabet said it would lay off nearly 6% of its staff or 12,000 employees. (File)
On January 22, Google’s parent company Alphabet said it would lay off nearly 6% of its staff or 12,000 employees. (File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 01:02 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Anand Mahindra hails Sonam Wangchuk as a ‘climate hero’. Here's why

The education innovator is on a mission to protect the “eco-fragile” Ladakh and had announced a five day “climate fast” at Khardung La.

Anand Mahindra had met Sonam Wangchuk and his wife Gitanjali in April 2022. (Twitter/Anand Mahindra)
Anand Mahindra had met Sonam Wangchuk and his wife Gitanjali in April 2022. (Twitter/Anand Mahindra)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 10:54 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Republic Day 2023: Ban on flying objects; check dos and don'ts at Kartavya Path

Delhi Traffic Police also requested citizens to contact the nearest officer if they spotted any suspicious objects or activity.

The ban on aerial objects was put in place by the Delhi Police for 29 days - from January 18 till February 15. (ANI)
The ban on aerial objects was put in place by the Delhi Police for 29 days - from January 18 till February 15. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:27 AM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Budget 2023: What are different kinds of budget presented by Centre?

According to the differences in revenue and expenditure, the budget is categorised into three main types - balanced, surplus and deficit.

For the past five years, the government has released the union budget on February 1. (File)
For the past five years, the government has released the union budget on February 1. (File)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 04:15 PM IST
By | Edited by Aryan Prakash

‘24*7 job, no work-life balance’: Zomato posts 800 vacancies amid mass layoffs

In a LinkedIn post, Goyal shared that the company is hiring across five positions.

Many users pointed out the irony of mass hiring two months after the company laid off nearly 3 per cent of its staff, and called it a “marketing gimmick”. (File pic of Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal)
Many users pointed out the irony of mass hiring two months after the company laid off nearly 3 per cent of its staff, and called it a “marketing gimmick”. (File pic of Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:40 AM IST

Influencer makes reel on highway, fined 17K by Ghaziabad Police

Vaishali Chaudhary Khutail, who boasts over 6.5 lakh followers on Instagram, is seen striking several poses beside her car in the clip, while other vehicles pass by.

The Ghaziabad Traffic Police took note of the video after it went viral and invited criticism from social media users. (Screengrab from Instagram/vaishali_chaudhary_khutail)
The Ghaziabad Traffic Police took note of the video after it went viral and invited criticism from social media users. (Screengrab from Instagram/vaishali_chaudhary_khutail)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:42 AM IST
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