Mumbai police to identify no selfie zones after Bandra drowning incident

Mumbai Police has initiated the process of identifying and marking certain spots in the city as ‘no selfie zones’ in a bid to discourage people from putting themselves at risk while photographing themselves, after three girls fell into the sea while clicking selfies.”We are in the process of identifying and then marking a few locations in the city where clicking selfies will not be allowed,” a senior police officer told PTI on Tuesday.

First augmented reality phone to launch in July

China’s Lenovo Group is ready to break into mature markets this summer with the launch of its new smartphone which sports ‘augmented reality’ features developed under Google’s Tango project, its chief executive said on Tuesday.The device, which was announced at the 2016 CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in January, will launch in July, Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing said in an interview at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Declining to give additional information he said that the phone will include Google’s Project Tango technology and more.Project Tango combines 3D motion tracking with depth sensors to give a mobile device the ability to know where it is and how it moves through an area, creating the potential to use augmented reality features on the phone.

 

Govt released ₹1.9k cr for solar schemes: Goyal

The Centre has released Rs 1,931 crore till January-end this fiscal under its solar programme to encourage use of the renewable source of power, Parliament was informed today.In order to expand the use of solar energy in the country, the government has launched several schemes and released Rs 1,930.94 crore in the current fiscal till January 31, 2016, New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Twitter launches Fabric on Android and iOS

Twitter on Tuesday launched a mobile application on the Android and iOS platforms for its mobile development toolkit Fabric. The app, which uses push notifications rather than sending mails, provides the health and all the important data of an app to the user. Fabric is currently centered around Crashlytics, Twitter’s tool for discovering issues with apps.

FIFA opens new $140 mn World Football Museum

Fifa has announced it will open a World Football Museum just two days after the presidential election to find Sepp Blatter’s replacement. The scandal-hit organisation plans to open the museum in Zurich on 28 February, despite significant controversy surrounding world football’s governing body.In December 2015, former president Sepp Blatter wasbanned from all football activity for eight years in relation to a payment made to former Uefa president Michel Platini. But the managing director of the museum thinks that will not affect the launch of the $140m (£97m) project.

Fast-acting anti-rabies drug set for India launch

The first fast-acting anti-rabies drug of the world, which instantly deactivates the rabies virus and provides immediate protection in severe dog bite cases, is set for a launch in India this year.The drug, rabies human monoclonal antibody (RMAb), has been developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and US-based Mass Biologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It has been found safe and effective during various phases of human clinical trials spanning nine years in India and abroad.

Rail Budget 2016: Passenger fares unchanged

Presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17 in the Parliament today, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that there will be no increase in passenger fares. Further, he announced a 33% sub-quota for women passengers in reserved categories, along with increasing the senior citizens’ lower berth quota by 50%. Also, disabled-friendly toilets will be introduced in 11 Class-A stations this year.

No service charge to be levied on card payments

The Union Cabinet today unveiled steps to promote electronic payments, including a direction to abolish payment of any surcharge or service charge on transactions done through the digital medium — either through cards or wallets. The move is the latest by the government to discourage cash payments and encourage more people to move to electronic payments. The Cabinet release outlined several short (to be implemented within a year) and medium (to be implemented in two years) term targets that will be met by various ministries towards pushing more electronic payments in the country.”This is a masterstroke by the government following last year’s [RBI] decision to roll out payment banks,” said Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Naval Exercise IBSAMAR 2016 between India, South Africa, Brazil kicked off in Goa

The fifth edition of exercise IBSAMAR between Brazil, India and South Africa kicked off on 19 February 2016 in Goa. The exercise will conclude on 29 February 2016.This is the first time that Exercise IBSAMAR is being conducted in Indian waters. All the previous editions were being held off South Africa.The primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.

 

India to host 3rd Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation

India, home to nearly 70% of the world’s tiger population, will host the next Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation. India is going to host Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation from 12 April 2016 to save tigers. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will the third such conference on tiger conservation to be hosted by India that will see the participation of all 13 tiger range countries (TRCs). They are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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