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India has 2nd highest Google Glass owners : Survey
Report dated 21/10/2014 @ 4:23 PM
According to a survey by online travel firm Expedia, tech savvy Indians have emerged as the most hooked on gadgets globally with 95 percent saying their smart phones are 'critically important". Indians also lead in app booking and data roaming plans globally, and 75 percent have used their smart phone or tablet to book a hotel using a mobile app.
The survey highlights the maturation of Indian travellers who are fast moving up the ladder of travel apps and are no longer using conventional modes of bookings.
The survey was conducted this year among 8856 employed adults aged 18 years and older across 25 countries.
India has the second highest number of Google Glass owners at 6 percent after South Korea at 8 percent. India also has the highest number of smart watch owners globally. 85 percent of Indians also currently have and use a lap top, the fourth highest in the world after Denmark, Austria and Norway.
Diwali gifts for certain public sectors banned by Government
Report dated 21/10/2014 @ 2:34 PM
Each year public sector banks and insurance companies hire cabs to transport Diwali gifts ranging from fruit boxes to household goods, and park outside the department of financial services on Parliament Street. The car numbers would then be given to clerical and security staff who would go and collect their gifts.
This year however following a government diktat has banned the state-run finance companies from distributing Diwali gifts, the taxis are missing. Except for a Delhi based bank, that tried its hand at giving out the festival goodies, there have been no transgressions, officially at least.
For some banks instead of bulky gift baskets, gold and silver coins in small packets were given to some babus' offices. One bank executive said his employer spent around Rs.12 lakhs on gifts in Delhi during the season.
While there have been restrictions on gifts this season, banks are now devising other ways, such as off-site meetings for directors, and government nominees, which include fully paid trips with a spouse to tourist destinations, complete with an expensive gift.
Eleven Karnataka cities to get new names !
Report dated 19/10/2014 @ 4:51 PM
The Centre has approved renaming 12 Karnataka cities.
Bangalore will be renamed Bengaluru, Mangalore will be Mangaluru, Mysore will become Mysuru, Bellary will be Ballari, Belgaum will be Belagavi, Hubli will be Hubballi.
Other cities' new names are Tumakaru (Tumkur), Vijapura (Bijapur), Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur), Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Hosapete (Hospet) and Shivamogga (Shimoga).
The Karnataka government ministries and departments have given their clearance to the proposal as did Minister of state for home Kiren Jijiju, which will now be followed by a final clearance from home minister Rajnath Singh.
The state government mooted renaming the cities 9 years ago, but the UPA government put the issue on the back burner.
Missing in Spain - Indian Army officer declared absconder
Report dated 19/10/2014 @ 4:42 PM
Special forces officer Major Sharyf Bhonsle, who was serving as an Aide de Camp (ADC) to the Arunachal Pradesh government, had gone to Spain on vacation without informing the authorities and while on vacation there in August, he went missing. The Indian Army have declared him an absconder who has gone AWOL.
Initial reports suggest he was taking part in adventure games and injured himself, but no further information was received. The Madrid Indian embassy was also roped in but the officer could not be found. Sources say his family and his unit do not have any information on him.
Following this an Army court of inquiry set up in Bangalore declared him an absconder.
Sources say the case will now be handed over to the police in Arunachal, or Pune from where he hailed.
Dalit teenager burned to death over stray goat
Report dated 18/10/2014 @ 1:49 PM
Sai Ram, 15, who belonged to the Mahadalits the lowest caste in India's hereditary social system, was attacked in a village in Rohtas district of Bihar. He was first beaten mercilessly then set on fire and burned to death for letting his goat stray into paddy fields that belong to a high-caste farmer.
Police say they have registered a murder case against the farmer, who was arrested. They have also begun their investigation into the case.
The Bihar state chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, himself a Mahadalit, demanded swift action to bring those responsible to justice, and pledged compensation for the family of the victim. Angry members of the opposition Communist Party also protested against the attack.