PM Modi announces launch of Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, invites startups, tech community to participate !!

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 4 announced that the  launch of a challenge to facilitate members of the Indian tech and startup community in creating world-class ‘Made in India’ apps. “To help our start-up and tech community achieve this objective, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology along with Atal Innovation Mission are coming up with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation challenge. This shall run in two tracks: Promotion of Existing Apps and Development of New Apps.” The challenge aims to promote those who may have the  such a working product or if feel they have the…

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Zoom speaks up on rival JioMeet sharing the same features, UI design !!

From the time the lockdown started across the globe, video conferencing platform Zoom witnessed an unprecedented spike in usage. And it made sense, people were working from home and they needed a platform to easily coordinate all those important office meetings, teachers and professors needed to conduct classes and the list goes on. Zoom encashed on this opportunity so well that other video-conferencing platforms like Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp etc started adding features to keep up. These included increasing the number of people allowed to chat at a time, backgrounds etc. Many…

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Indian govt launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge to promote existing apps, launch new one !!

Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and MyGov in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog has announced the Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and startups. Working towards the aim of creating an AatmaNirbhar Bharat, this competition will promote existing apps and also help develop new ones. In the first leg that has been launched today the best Indian apps that are already being used by citizens, and appear to have the potential to scale up and become world-class apps in their own categories,…

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India races to release first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine by August 15 !!

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for clinical trials of indigenous vaccine for the coronavirus disease. BBIL is using the virus strain isolated at ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune to develop the vaccine. The clinical trials will be held in 12 institutes across the country. The ICMR has asked these institutes to fast-track clinical trials of the vaccine as it is being considered as one of the “top priority projects” which are being “monitored at the…

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‘The enemy has seen your fire and fury as well’: PM Modi in address to soldiers in Ladakh !!

Ladakh: PM Modi said that the resolve for self-reliant India is strengthened because of the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers. On a visit to Ladakh designed to deliver a loud message to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told soldiers posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that the courage they had demonstrated had sent a message to the entire world. Addressing soldiers of the XIV Corps deployed in Ladakh, PM Modi said tales about their valour were being spoken in every house across the country. “The enemy has seen…

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WhatsApp releases host of new features: 5 things you need to know !!

WhatsApp is finally getting the much-awaited features. The company on Wednesday announced that the Facebook-owned messaging app will finally be getting the Animated Stickers, QR codes, Dark mode for web and desktop, improved video calls, and disappearing status feature for KaiOS. The features will be rolled out for both Android & iOS apps in the coming weeks. Days before its release, Wabetainfo the WhatsApp features tracker, had informed the users that the company is testing the QR codes feature and working on the Animated stickers feature. Another highly anticipated feature…

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World UFO Day: Here are five of the most famous ‘flying saucer’ sightings !!

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) have captured people’s imagination for thousands of years. There are myths and legends, stories and folklore all woven around the experience of sighting “something” in the sky. Because it is merely “something”— a disk, a flash of light, an object the shape of nothing ever seen before— it is classified as a UFO. UFOs are more often than are not associated with aliens, since legends have it that these flying objects are being flown by, again, “someone” or “something”. This mystery surrounding UFOs has endured since…

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Indians flock to desi apps after ban on TikTok, 58 other China-linked apps !!

Desi TikTok rivals like Chingari, Mitron, Bolo Indya and Roposo are seeing huge surge in downloads ever since the ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps. Chingari app registered 500,000 downloads in just 72 hours. Even before the India ban on Chinese apps, homegrown alternatives to TikTok were making news. With the ban in effect these desi TikTok rivals are seeing huge surge in downloads and users. TikTok was massively popular in India especially since it catered to even the smallest places across the country. TikTok has been removed from…

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ICC chairman Shashank Manohar steps down after two stints !!

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar on Wednesday stepped down after two tenures at its helm. The ICC Board met today and agreed that Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume all the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected. The process for the Chairperson election is expected to be approved by the ICC Board within the next week. ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “On behalf of the ICC Board and staff and the whole cricket family, I would like to thank Shashank for his leadership and everything he has…

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Spotify Premium Duo Expands Worldwide, Costs Rs. 149 in India !!

Spotify is expanding the availability of Spotify Premium Duo — a subscription built for two people, usually couples — to 55 new markets including India, it said Wednesday. Spotify Premium Duo will cost Rs. 149 per month in India, $13 (about Rs. 980) in the US, and £13 (about Rs. 1,220) in the UK. If you haven’t used Spotify Premium in the past, you’ll get a free month of Spotify Premium Duo. And if you have tried Spotify Premium previously, you can easily switch to Duo on Spotify.com under the…

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