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Facebook to create mobile app for Clean India

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, on his maiden trip to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss digital expansion in the country, and proposed that the world’s largest social networking site wants to work with the government for ensuring better education and healthcare facilities. The Facebook CEO and Modi, who has a huge following on Twitter, discussed a wide range of issues revolving around the innovative use of Facebook to serve the people. The Prime Minister also informed Zuckerberg about the Swachh Bharat Mission. It may be recalled that Modi shared his “‘Why Clean India” (before) and “My Clean India” (after) photographs along with a video on Facebook on October 3. Zuckerberg, one of the world’s youngest billionaires, said Facebook would help in the creation of a mobile app for Clean India and that it would be launched soon. They also talked about Modi’s Digital India mission, with…

Malala, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai have been awarded the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Satyarthi has been at the forefront against child labour since the 1990s. His organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ has rescued over 80,000 children from trafficking and slavery. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the two have won for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. “Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.  He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights,” added the committee about the Satyarthi’s contribution. On Malala’s contribution, they said, “Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example…

Unsafe Delhi : 5,841 children gone missing this year

The Delhi Police has drawn up a list of cases of children gone missing since January this year after three-year-old Jahnvi Ahuja went missing from the India Gate lawns on September 28. Police also said they will increase vigil in vulnerable areas like border pockets and urban villages like Bawana and Narela. According to police, between January 1 and September 30 this year, 5,841 minors (below the age of 18) have been reported missing. Of these, 2,637 were boys and 3,204 were girls. Police said that 3,927 of the 5,841 minors were traced while 1,914 were not. Moreover, on an average, a total of 15.6 children in Delhi go missing everyday, of which 9.5 are girls and 6.1 boys. In the vulnerable age group of 0-8 years, 2.37 children go missing everyday, of which 0.73 are girls and 1.3 are boys. A senior police officer said police presence will be…

Nokia to shut down Chennai plant

Telecom gear maker Nokia will shut down its Chennai plant from November 1 as Microsoft has terminated mobile purchase agreement from the the factory and it is left with no business. “Microsoft has informed Nokia that it will be terminating the manufacturing services defined in the agreement with effect from 1 November 2014. In absence of further orders from Microsoft, Nokia will suspend handset production at the Sriperumbudur facility from 1st November,” Nokia said in a statement. In September 2013, Nokia announced it would sell its devices and services (D&S) business, including assets in India, to Microsoft for $7.2 billion by March 2014. The deal was completed on April 25 but Chennai facility could not be transferred to Microsoft because of legal issues related to tax demand by Indian government. Nokia started manufacturing in Chennai in January 2006 and exported to markets including in the Middle East and Africa, Asia,…

Skype to block local voice calls in India

Internet-based calling service Skype will stop delivering calls on landline and mobile phones in India from November 10. The Microsoft-owned company did not give any reason for this move. In a statement, Skype said that : Users will not be able to make calls to phones in India if they are based in India. Skype calls to other countries are still enabled for India-based users. Those outside India can make calls to landline and mobile phones in India. Skype is offering to fully refund the users who have been affected by this announcement. The company has also apologized to them in a statement. VoIP services like Skype allow users to make calls on phones via the internet. Government regulations do not allow such companies to make internet-based calls originating from India. Therefore, such companies reroute the calls (made by India-based users) internationally, thus circumventing the law. It is not yet clear…

Satyamev Jayate aim to change the game

The premiere of the third season of Satyamev Jayate saw Aamir Khan take up the cause of sports in India with an aim to change the game. The episode cast the spotlight on achievers from all ranks of society, from villages to cities, and on organizations and individuals who had helped talent blossom irrespective of the athlete’s background. Among them, some of the most inspirational stories were that of footballer Akhilesh Paul and nine-year-old pro golfer Shubham Jaglan. Sports lawyer Rahul Mehra also spoke of the need of a sports law to ensure the equal and fair promotion of every sport by the government. Predictably, tweeters were in prime form on Sunday morning, sharing their views on the episode and its featured guests. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted about the show. Source: IndiaTimes

Asian Games: India finishes with 57 medals

The 17th Asian Games drew to a close with an enthralling cultural extravaganza on Saturday after 15 days of action at the end of which India managed to stay inside top 10. World sports powerhouse China topped the medals table for the ninth time with another staggering haul of 342 medals, which included 151 gold, 48 less than what they pocketed at home four years ago in Guangzhou. India finished eighth in the medals table with a total haul of 57, comprising of 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze. The medal count went down but Indian sports still had lots to celebrate with the men’s hockey team coming good after a long time to strike gold even as the legend of MC Mary Kom got bigger in a mixed Asian Games campaign for the country’s athletes in Incheon, South Korea. Pistol shooter Jitu Rai and freestyle grappler Yogeshwar Dutt…

Modi launches ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign

Wielding the broom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the country’s biggest-ever cleanliness drive that is expected to cost over Rs 62,000 crore, asserting that the “Swachh Bharat” mission is “beyond politics” and inspired by patriotism. Debunking criticism that his government has been taking credit for every achievement, the Prime Minister acknowledged the efforts of all previous governments to make India clean. “All the governments in this country have made one or the other effort to do this work. Several political, social and cultural organizations have made efforts in this direction. I greet all those, who have worked,” Modi said in his 25-minute address at Rajpath, where he formally kicked off the five-year-long campaign that will cover 4,041 statutory towns. Administering a pledge to people to make India clean, he said that this task is not the responsibility only of safai karamcharis or the government but of all the 125 crore Indians. He said that Thursday’s campaign should not be seen as a…

Bangalore is India’s Most Vegan-friendly City

Bangalore, which boasts of a wide landscape of restaurants and eateries, added another tag with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) naming it the “Most vegan-friendly city in India.” In a release on Monday, PETA attributed the tag to pro-vegan initiatives which “reflect the growing hunger for meat-free and dairy-free dining. Apart from local all-vegan menus, the launch of such menus in popular hotels and restaurants has earned the city the label. Vegans are vegetarians who do not eat eggs or dairy products. In addition to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, various groups and forums that campaign for animal rights are active in the city, the PETA release said, including a guide to vegan restaurants, shops and cafés. “According to Google trends, searches for the word ‘vegan’ are on the rise across the country, and most of them come from Bangalore,” the release added. PETA will send Mayor…

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Bidding farewell to Orkut

Orkut, Google’s first foray into social networking, is closing down today. Announced three months back, Google is going to shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, on September 30 to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Orkut was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses. Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India, was launched early in 2004 – the same year that Facebook, now the world’s No.1 social network, was founded. The company said it would preserve an archive of all Orkut “communities” that will be available from September 30. “If you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account,” Google said. After Orkut shuts down on September 30, you will not be able to log in to…

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