Lokal is a news app that wants to bring local news to hundreds of millions of users in India in their regional languages. The company sees a large opportunity as there are tens of thousands of publications in India and several news aggregators that showcase the top stories from the mainstream outlets, but very few are focusing on local news and delivering it in a language that the masses can understand. The company is building a network of stringers and freelance reporters who produce original reporting around the issues and current affairs of local towns and cities. The app is updated throughout the day with regional news and also includes an “information” stream that shows things like current price of vegetables, upcoming events and contact details for local doctors and police stations.

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