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World's first Braille smartphone for the blind made in India
Report dated 21/04/2013 @ 2:18 PM
Innovator Sumit Dagar announced that his company has created the world's first Braille smartphone. It is based on an innovative 'touch screen' that is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into touchable patterns.
Dagar's company is being incubated at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, on the IIM Ahmedabad campus. He is a post graduate from the National Institute of Design and is collaborating with IIT Delhi on making the prototype that is currently being tested at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.
The Braille smartphone uses Shape Memory Alloy technology, based on the concept that metals remember their original shapes. The screen has a grid of pins that move up and down as required. The grid has a Braille display where pins come up to represent a character or letter to form patterns in Braille.
All other elements are like any other smartphone.
UP government to gift cows to widows
Report dated 21/04/2013 @ 2:18 PM
Animal husbandry minister Rajkishore Singh has devised a scheme whereby they will gift cows to widows. The Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav approved the scheme and the modalities are to be worked on. Singh said high milk yielding cows will be bought by the animal husbandry department for the purpose. Though no budgetary provision has been made in the budget of 2013 - 2014, Singh is hopeful he can manage the resources from the CM.
The scheme is meant for rural areas only, where keeping a cow is easy. It will be manageable for them as fodder is easily available in villages. It will first be launched in one or two districts and later extended to other parts of the state.
The purpose of the scheme is that widows may earn some money by selling the milk.
There are nearly 16.66 lakh widows in the state who receive a pension of Rs.300 a month from the welfare department. The cost of a cow is estimated to be around Rs.30,000, making an estimated cost of almost Rs.5000 crore if all widows are to be gifted the cows.
Protests spread as Delhi residents fume over 5 year old's brutal rape
Report dated 21/04/2013 @ 2:16 PM
Protesters took to the streets again, this time over the brutal rape of a five-year-old and the insensitivity of police who tried to hush up the case by offering money to the child's parents and slapping young women protesters.
On the day the accused named Manoj Kumar was arrested from Bihar, protesters including a number of women's organisations clashed with police when they tried to enter police headquarters in central Delhi. One protester was detained. Protests were also held at the residences of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and a police station in east Delhi.
Security was tightened and armed police deployed at the homes of Shinde and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Doctors attending to the victim say her condition is stable.
Indians third on list of those who steal from hotel rooms !
Report dated 20/04/2013 @ 2:59 PM
According to a global survey, the top three nationalities who admitted to stealing from their hotel rooms are Colombians at 57%, Mexicans at 40%, and Indians at 38%.
Travellers from 29 countries took part in the survey that found the French, Canadians, Americans, Chinese and Swedish are also likely to steal from their hotel rooms. More than a quarter of Australian travellers also admit to stealing from their hotel rooms.
The most popular items of choice for the hotel pinchers are towels and linens for the Americans, Swedish, Italians, Hong Kong-ese, Canadians, Norwegians and Irish, while the Chinese are more selective and prefer to steal furnishings including lamps, clocks and artwork.
Guests from Denmark are the most honest travellers with just 12 percent admitting they have pinched hotel property, followed by the Dutch, Norwegians and Brazilians.
Punjab police officer tears clothes off woman
Report dated 20/04/2013 @ 2:55 PM
A woman in her 20s was summoned to a police station in Amritsar late one night to bring her husband's medications to him. He was behind bars for his alleged connection with an Amritsar NDPS case.
The woman said the Assistant Sub Inspector stopped her and allegedly tore her clothes and the other policemen beat her son when he protested.
The Punjab Congress women's wing, led by Vice President Nimisha Mehta took up the issue and staged a protest outside the police post calling for the ASI's dismissal and suspension of other police officers who forced the woman to compromise after she wanted to registere a complaint against the offending Inspector.