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TLDR: Blinkit likely to merge with Zomato, Facebook charges less for BJP’s ads, Noida cops warn of ‘Kashmir Files’ cyber fraud, and more

Zomato and Blinkit to merge in a share-swap deal Zomato and Blinkit, previously Grofers, have signed a term sheet as a prelude to a merger, according to ET Now. The deal will be valued at around $700 million. Zomato will shortly apply for authorisation from the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the report said. Noida cops warn people not to click on 'Kashmir Files' link Noida Police have received information that cyber frauds are being perpetrated through WhatsApp under the guise of providing a link to the newly-released film "The Kashmir Files," according to Ranvijay Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Noida), as reported by The Print on March 16. Facebook charged lower rates for BJP’s election ads Facebook's algorithm favours the BJP over other political parties in terms of advertising agreements, as per a report in Aljazeera. The BJP was charged a cheaper rate for ads than its opponents in nine of ten elections, including the national parliamentary elections of 2019, which the BJP won. The BJP, its candidates, and allied organisations paid an average of 41,844 rupees ($546) to have an ad seen one million times on Facebook. On the other hand, the Indian National Congress, its candidates, and allied organisations had to pay 53,776 rupees ($702) for the same amount of views, roughly a third more. TRC and ad.watch contrasted the BJP and the Congress partly because they were the two parties that spent the most money on political ads. The BJP and its affiliates spent a total…

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