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Airtel, FLO Launch Mobile App For Women’s Safety

The free-to-download app is available on Google Play store (Android) and will be available on App Store (iOS) soon

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Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on Sunday launched a mobile app, My Circle, to help women in case they face any problem or a panic situation.

The application is carrier agnostic which would work on phones with any telecom service network, both Airtel and non-Airtel, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

“My Circle app enables women to send SOS alerts to any five of their family or friends in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Bangla, Urdu, Assamese, Oriya, and Gujarati,” it said.

A woman in distress can send an SOS alert by pressing the SOS prompt on the app. It can also be activated by voice command through Siri on iOS, said the statement, adding that the voice activation through Google Assistant will soon be available on Android devices also.

Airtel and Huawei successfully tested the 5g network in India. Wikimedia Commons
Airtel launches women’s safety app with FLO. Wikimedia Commons

The app would instantly send the SOS alert along with the user’s location over SMS to the five contacts selected by the user and advise them to immediately reach out or respond to the emergency situation.

“The app operates by estimating the accurate location of the user which their family or friends can track real time on a link that is sent as part of the alert SMS,” it said.

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The free-to-download app is available on Google Play store (Android) and will be available on App Store (iOS) soon. (IANS)

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45% Indians Feel that Enough Steps are Not Taken for Women’s Safety: Survey

29% Indians feel women's safety should be focus in 2020

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A survey by YouGov reveals the developmental drawbacks and issues Indians feel should be in focus in the year 2020. Pixabay

Around a third of urban Indians (29 per cent) feel that safety for women should be India’s focus in 2020, said a new survey on Thursday.

The survey from YouGov also revealed that less than half of this number feel the economic condition (12 per cent) and job market (11 per cent) should receive attention in the New Year.

Not only do people feel women safety needs prominence, the survey also reveals that 45 per cent of the population were of the opinion that not much headway has been made in making areas safer for women.

According to the data of 1,011 respondents in India, higher number of Gen X (52 per cent) felt that measures for woman safety did not show any advancement in 2019 as compared to the millennials (40 per cent).

The study also shows that many feel economic conditions (39 per cent), political situations (35 per cent) and job scenario in the country (35 per cent) did not see any growth in 2019.

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Many Indians feel that women safety should be the prime focus in 2020. (Representational Image). Pixabay

However, over a third (35 per cent) said technological developments witnessed a positive shift in the past year.

The data also shows that happenings from the sports and entertainment world remained in the public eye throughout 2019, politics took precedence over them and the top three highlights of the year belong to this area

When asked what according to them was the most important political event of 2019, the revoking of Article 35A emerged on top (with 28 per cent saying it was the most important event).

However, when asked to choose the highlight of 2019 from a combined list of 20 of these political, cultural and sports events, a quarter (24 per cent) chose the revoking of Article 35A as the spotlight event, the study said.

This was followed by the Ayodhaya case hearing (18 per cent) and BJP’s victory in the general elections (17 per cent).

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Also, air pollution in Delhi remained in the limelight and is believed by a few (11 per cent) to be the greatest event of the year.

According to the survey, looking ahead at 2020, one in five (19 per cent) Indians said India’s space project- Chandrayaan 3 will be the biggest event of the new year. Another 16 per cent think the T20 World cup will be a highlighting event. (IANS)