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Hindi news feed launched in Hike

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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: On Monday, Bharti and SoftBank joint venture Hike messenger, launched a Hindi news feed in its app after seeing a hit of 100 million English news stories per week.

The news feed will allow users to access nuggets of news reports across politics, sports, entertainment, technology and other categories in Hindi.

“We have carefully studied content consumption patterns of our user base and Hike being an Indian app, we are happy that now our users can read news in Hindi.

Users can switch between Hindi and English news by tapping a button. We believe this is a step forward as we embark on our journey to bring India online in a locally relevant way,” said Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder of Hike.

Hike, which currently has 1.5 million users subscribed to its English news feed, said it would soon launch news feeds in other local languages which will aid the messaging platform to increase its user base in the country.

Currently, hike has 35 million registered users. Other popular rivals like Whatsapp and Viber have a user base of 900 million and over 40 million, respectively.


(With inputs from IANS)

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Hike messenger adds Marathi, Gujarati, 6 other Indian languages

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New Delhi: Now users of Hike messenger will be able to access the country’s second largest messaging app in native Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu after it announced a new update in this regard. The updated app with the support of these regional Indian languages has become available from December 23 and is live for Android phones.

Here are the new features:

  1. Multi-lingual interface: The users now will be able to select the language of the app as soon as they open it for the first time.

2. Multi-lingual keyboard: Another feature includes support to 9 languages by the app keyboard. The glide functionality that allows to swap between different keyboards and predictive text technology make it easy for the users to text in their own languages.

3. Native stickers: Those who like to express themselves in social platforms will appreciate Hike’s decision providing support for stickers in native languages, giving the user a new look.

“Today, we’re excited to launch hike in 8 local languages. For the first time ever millions of Indians will be able to seamlessly chat in their local languages only on hike,” Kavin Mittal, CEO and Founder, Hike Messenger, reportedly said.

With 70 million active users currently, Hike recently announced hike direct feature allowing users to share and chat with the internet.

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India’s scientific mission in Antarctica gets Rs 1051 crore ‘gift’

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

To strengthen India’s research base in Antarctica, the government today authorised the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa to acquire a Polar Research Vehicle (PRV) at the cost of Rs 1051 crore.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved acquisition of the Polar Research Vessel (PRV) in October last year at an estimated expenditure of over Rs. 1051 crore,” Minister of State for Earth Sciences YS Chowdary said.

He said the vessel is expected to contribute to India’s scientific expeditions and to sustain research at two Indian bases in Antarctica (Maitri and Bharti) and also dovetail research initiatives in the Southern Ocean domain in the proximal regions of the Antarctic continent.

“Taking into consideration the growing need of the scientific community to initiate studies in the frontier realms of ocean sciences, and the uncertainty in the charter-hire of polar vessels and the ever-escalating chartering costs it was decided to explore the feasibility of constructing and commissioning a polar research vessel which can cater to both the scientific and logistics aspects of the polar and Southern Ocean programmes,” the minister said, and added, that the PRV will give an expansion to our scientific activities into the Arctic and Southern Ocean.

“It could also widen the thrust on Arctic research disciplines, undertaken through Indian Station Himadri, in addition to providing a suitable research platform for other ocean research programmes,” Chowdary said.

Ever since the first Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica began way back in 1981, India has been managing the transportation of the expedition personnel and cargo to and back from Antarctica through chartered vessels.