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The Wall Street Journal to shut its India edition, downsize India ops

The Wall Street Journal is downsizing its India operations and will pull the plug on its Indian edition, three sources have confirmed to MediaNama. The India website, http://www.wsj.com/india, will be merged into its global website. For the time being, its India focused blog, India RealTime, will remain. India Realtime has been scaled down over the past few months, sources told us. Anirban Roy, the Digital and News Editor (India) at WSJ confirmed to MediaNama that the coming Tuesday is his last working day with the publication, but declined to comment further. WSJ India's Bangalore operation, where a reporter was posted to report on India's tech and startup ecosystem, is also being shuttered, while the Delhi operations are being downsized, sources told MediaNama. Dow Jones & Company, which publishes the Wall Street Journal, hasn't confirmed or denied these specific developments, but they have shared details of their recently announced global restructuring and layoff plans, which have been included in this report. We'll update with more, in case Dow Jones responds with specific clarifications. Layoffs announced earlier this month "These closures and realignments do not reflect on the quality of the work done by these teams, but simply speak to the pressing need to become more focused as a newsroom on areas we believe are ripe for growth," Gerard Baker, Editor in Chief at WSJ, had said in a memo earlier this month, outlining the reasons behind changes being made globally by the company. WSJ had announced that it was shutting its Bahasa Indonesia website, and a…

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