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Home Minister Shinde says he will crush electronic media !
Report dated 26/02/2014 @ 2:06 PM
While addressing a party workers' rally in Mumbai, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde targeted electronic media for its ongoing vilification campaign against Congress, and went to the extent of saying such media should be crushed.
Shinde later clarified his statement and said he blamed social media for the flare-up in the Northeast and contended that students from there who settled in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were targeted in the wake of a sustained campaign in the social media.
Shinde also rebuked the electronic media for consistently acting against Congress, referring to a series of poll surveys that said owing to the pro-Modi surge in the country it will be difficult for the UPA to retain power.
One senior Congress leader said they believe all the surveys were manipulated and have no substance.
Audio-bridge technology to help Modi talk to supporters worldwide
Report dated 24/02/2014 @ 2:52 PM
In the run up to the parliamentary polls, prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has introduced a blitzkrieg that will involve audio conferencing enabling him to interact with thousands at a time - live!
Last July Modi tested the system in Bihar when he hooked up with over 1500 party workers using the technology. Now, he will use the web-based audio bridge to connect with thousands of mobile handsets simultaneously, while a team of experts will moderate conference calls where up to a dozen people will get to pose questions to him.
Given his busy schedule, Modi will make the most of the technology platform when he is not travelling. Last November US president Barack Obama used a similar platform to connect with thousands of supporters to elicit support for 'Obamacare'.
Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi joins Aam Aadmi Party
Report dated 22/02/2014 @ 6:27 PM
Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi has joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
Gandhi, 78, who is the son of Devdas Gandhi and maternal grandson of C Rajagopalchari said he likes that the party is vehemently opposed to corruption. He had contested against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from Amethi, and has expressed his willingness to contest on a party ticket.
Google introduces online imagery of Indian heritage sites
Report dated 21/02/2014 @ 2:30 PM
Google, in association with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has introduced Google Street View, the first 360-degree online imagery of 30 iconic Indian heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Agra Fort, on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute.
According to Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India, Google is committed to helping preserve and showcase cultural heritage across the world, and with India's unique wealth of heritage and iconic historical monuments they have been privileged to work with the ASI to collect and produce the imagery that will help make India's heritage and culture more accessible to people at home and abroad.
Google says it will shortly announce the launch of more Street View imagery for other Indian heritage sites as well.
20,000 people killed on Indian railway tracks in 2013
Report dated 21/02/2014 @ 2:17 PM
Minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury confirmed that 19,997 persons died on railway tracks across India in 2013, and 163,645 people were prosecuted for trespassing last year.
Chowdhury said the railways have decided to eliminate all unmanned level crossings gradually, by closing some of the crossings and by constructing road over-bridges and road under-bridges. Passenger awareness programmes are also being organised about the fatalities of crossing railway tracks, and regular announcements are made through public address systems at important railway stations, urging passengers to use the bridges and avoid crossing the railway tracks.
The Railways realised Rs.3.64 crore in fines from people trespassing on railway lines.