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App for female commuters’ safety launched

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Kolkata: Female train commuters in distress can now seek immediate police assistance at the touch of a button – courtesy a mobile app R-MITRA launched on Friday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Designed in-house by the Eastern Railway (ER), the app – Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance (R-MITRA) – immediately sends alerts to the nearest Railway Protection Force (RPF) inspector as well as the Divisional Security Control Room (DSCR) providing location as well as the identity of the victim.

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The app can also be used to send photos of the assaulter as well as to communicate with the railway authorities through messages or call.Since the commuter will be on the move, the app will alert the RPF personnel at the next two stations. Using GPS and GPRS, the location of the woman in distress can be tracked in real-time at the DSCR.

It works both online and offline and is currently available for android users only – but the ER is working on extending the facility to IOS phones.Available now only to passengers of suburban trains services on Eastern Railway, the facility will be extended to other divisions as well as the South Eastern Railway.

Describing passengers safety as one of the biggest challenges of the railways, Prabhu said technology can help the national carrier in providing better security. “Railways carry about 2.7 crore to three crore commuters daily and having adequate police-commuter ratio is not possible. Technology has a large part to play in bridging the gap and we are happy to have developed this app in such a short span of time,” said Prabhu.

(IANS)

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Messaging App ‘WhatsApp’ To Bring Support for Animated Sticker Packs Soon

Recently, WhatsApp's new feature 'Disappearing Messages' was also spotted in the latest beta version 2.19.275 for Android

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Additionally, long-awaited dark mode feature on WhatsApp is finally ready for release and reportedly some of its users have already tested it. Pixabay

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp’s latest beta update for its Android has claimed that the latter might be bringing support for animated sticker packs soon.

WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates, spotted tracks hinting at the animated stickers in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android.

“All Stickers Packs received a server side update from WhatsApp! Open WhatsApp > Chat > Stickers button > Plus icon and you see “UPDATE” for all packs you have previously downloaded. Reasons of the update are actually unknown. Maybe some improvements,” WABetaInfo tweeted on Friday.

Recently, WhatsApp’s new feature ‘Disappearing Messages’ was also spotted in the latest beta version 2.19.275 for Android.

With the ‘Delete Messages’ feature, group admins will able to select a specific duration for messages on the group and once a message crosses the duration, it will be automatically deleted.

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Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp’s latest beta update for its Android has claimed that the latter might be bringing support for animated sticker packs soon. Pixabay

Initially, the new feature was expected to be available for both individual chats and group chats, but now the report claims that the feature will be limited to group chats only.

The ‘Delete Messages’ feature for group chats will make it easy for the admins to manage old messages and chats.

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Additionally, WhatsApp’s long-awaited dark mode feature is finally ready for release and reportedly some of its users have already tested it. (IANS)

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