Avitha Vijay has developed a handful of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad at the age of 9
She is all set to become the youngest visiting developer of WWDC
Smartkins Animals is one of her apps that is created for children
It’s true that age is not a factor affecting talent or potential. A 9-year old Indian-origin girl from Australia, Avitha Vijay, has proved it right. While most of the 9-year kids are trying to begin their life, she has not only developed ambitions but also succeeded to achieve them.
This little wonder, at the age of 9, has already developed a handful of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Recognising her potential, she has been invited by the US-based technology to its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in San Francisco. With this invitation, she is all set to become the youngest visiting developer of WWDC.
According to Indiatimes, Avitha has created apps for both Apple iPhone and iPad. Smartkins Animals is one of her apps which are created for children. It helps them to learn and identify the names and sounds of 100 different animals. Another app that she developed helps the children to learn the different types of colours that exist.
Building an app involves a lot of activities like prototyping, design, and wireframing, UI designing, and finally coding and testing. People who work on coding really find this thing confounding that a 9-year girl is able to do it as they know how difficult it is.
“Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it,” said Avitha.
Initially reported by The Fortune, she had the dream of building a mobile app when she was just seven years old. Anvitha spent a year in accumulating knowledge about coding on various platforms and then at the next step, she managed to learn the basics of programming. Now after two years, she holds a position which most grown-ups would have desired for.
According to the Deccan Chronicle report, most of this year’s visitors are below the age of 18—120 out of 350 global recipients to be precise. Another part of good news is the increasing participation of women; this year 22 per cent of the total scholarship winners are girls.
She said that it has always been her dream to attend WWDC, and mostly importantly, meet Apple CEO Tim Cook in person.
While most of the kids of her age have started to develop ideas, she has not only developed appreciable ideas but also worked hard to transform them into apps. Anvitha is not done with the creation and has a desire to make many more.
-prepared by Pashchiema, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said almost 80 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in India are asymptomatic or at best with very mild symptoms, according to Covid-19 pandemic in India updates.
In an exclusive interview to IANS, the Health Minister said, “Even today, in almost 80 per cent of the cases of COVID-19, which are being reported in India, the patients tend to exhibit either nil or mild symptoms. These patients are mostly contacts of confirmed cases. Interestingly, had it not been for our contact tracing efforts, and if left to their own in isolation, these patients may not have even remembered or reported their infection.”
Harsh Vardhan, who has recently been elected the chief of WHO’s Executive Board, was answering a query on whether asymptomatic patients who are potential virus carriers and who can take the virus deeper into rural India are causing worry to the government.
He said, “I am aware about WHO’s mention of some laboratory-confirmed cases that are truly asymptomatic. It is equally true, that as on date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission.”
However, he added that recently, more symptoms like headache, muscle pain, pink eye, loss of smell, or loss of taste, intense chills, rigors and sore throat have been included in the list of COVID-19 symptoms by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. “It will require more studies before these symptoms are finally included in our list in India,” he quipped.
He added that the new symptoms were very subjective and vague which might go unnoticed, might not be remembered by the patient and, thus, might even go unreported. “Moreover, if for a moment we talk of testing such asymptotic patients, identification of all these asymptomatic cases will require repeated testing of 1.3 billion population which is a resource expensive exercise for any country and is neither possible nor recommended,” the Health Minister said.
He emphasized on priority-based and targeted testing and said that it will be helpful in detecting more cases of COVID-19 and curbing the disease. “With our efforts at sustained and quality assured scaling up of the testing facilities, I am sure, we shall be better placed for maximum case detection,” he concluded. (IANS)
Europeans have a horrifying record regarding human rights violations. Germany is well known for an unprecedented, systematic holocaust of Jews and gypsies right in the middle of Europe only 80 years ago. Yet Britain, France, Portugal and others were as brutal with equal or even higher number of humans killed in their colonies. Their victims count many millions and many of them were Indians.
The Arabs, Turks and Mongols, too, have a horrifying record regarding human rights. The number of victims killed also goes into many millions, and many of them were Indians.
The Muslims invaded India already over thousand years ago and were as brutal as ISIS in our times. Unspeakable torture and beheadings were done on massive scale. Even the supposedly benign “Akbar the Great” slaughtered Hindus in huge numbers. The collective sacred threads of the Brahmins massacred by him is said to have weighed 200 kilogram. Can one even imagine such incredible injustice and brutality to civilians and priests? Thousands of temples were destroyed. Hindu women were sold into sex slavery. Hindus even had to open their mouth and receive gratefully the spittle by Muslims sitting on horses, and slaughtering cows was seen as “noblest deed” because it was so painful for Hindus, is recounted in “Legacy of Jihad” by Andrew Bostom.
The brutality experienced by Hindus was so horrendous that, even in independent India, they hardly dare to complain when they are subjected to cruel discrimination. It is painful to read comments whenever Hindus are killed or raped by Muslims: “This won’t make news, as the victim is only a Hindu”. It is so sad, but understandable after what they have gone through for over thousand years. They had no way to get justice; had to bear their suffering silently.
Guru Nanak cried out to the Supreme, and it is part of the Grant Sahib, “Having lifted Islam to its head, You have engulfed Hindustan in dread… Such cruelties they have inflicted and yet Your mercy remains unmoved….Oh Lord, these dogs have destroyed the diamond-like Hindustan.”
The British colonial masters were not less brutal. Their disdain for the natives was incredible. Winston Churchill is on record saying that he “hated Indians” and considered them a “beastly people with a beastly religion”. Celebrities like Charles Dickens wanted the Indian race ‘exterminated’ and considered them vile savages and Max Mueller wanted them all converted to Christianity.
Britain looted and reduced the formerly wealthiest country of the world to painful poverty, where during their rule over 25 million people starved to death, 3 million as late as in 1943 in Bengal.
The crimes of the British colonialists are, like those of the Muslim invaders, too numerous to list. They tied Indians to the mouth of canons and blew them up, hanged scores of them on trees, and even just after over one million Indian soldiers had helped Britain to be victorious in the First World War with many thousands sacrificing their lives, General Dyer gave orders to shoot at a peaceful gathering in Amritsar in 1919 where thousands died. An old coffee planter in Kodagu told me that even in the early 1950s there was a board in front of the club house in Madikeri. It read: “Dogs and Indians not allowed”.
Can anyone imagine the pain those Indian generations went through, having arrogant, often uncouth ruffians looting their land and despising them as dogs?
How could Europeans and Arabs be so cruel to other human beings? The reason is that they saw themselves as superior and others not quite as human.
Religion played a big role in making them feel superior. Both Christianity and Islam teach their members that only their religion is true and that the Creator will reward them with eternal heaven, but will severely punish all those who do not follow their ‘true’ religion. If God himself will torture them eternally in hellfire, why should his followers be good to them? Wouldn’t it mean siding with God’s enemies and betraying Him?
But on what basis do they consider only their religion as true and themselves as superior? The reason is that the respective founder of their religion allegedly said so. No other reason exists and no proof. On this flimsy basis, Christians and Muslims treated other human beings most inhumanly, believing they are destined for hell while they themselves are God’s favorites and will go to heaven. This brainwashing in the name of religion happens even in our times and its effect is still not questioned and analysed.
Yet today, neither white Christians, nor Arab or Turkish Muslims are constantly reminded of those terrible crimes of their forefathers. “The present generation must not be held accountable for the sins of their fathers”, is however not applied to Hindus and especially not to Brahmins. Media keeps hitting out at them as if they had been the worst violators of human rights in the past. Hinduism is portrayed as the villain due to the “horrific and oppressive” caste system.
Anyone, who knows a little about history, knows that this is false and malicious. The structure of Hindu society into four varnas or categories is mentioned in the Vedas and depends on one’s aptitude and profession – Brahmins, who memorise and teach the Vedas, Kshatriyas, who administer and defend society, Vaishyas who supply the society with goods and Shudras, who are the service sector. The varnas are not fixed by birth in texts like Bhagavad Gita or Manusmriti. But the British themselves cemented ‘castes’ (a Portuguese word) in their census and then turned around and accused Hindus of their birth-based, fixed caste system.
There was however one more category which the whole world has been told about and which is used to the hilt to despise Hinduism. They were the untouchables who do unclean work, like handling dead animals, cleaning sewers, etc. The fact that other varnas avoided touching them is still made a huge issue of in the West. In fact it is portrayed, as if this practice made Hindus the greatest violators of human rights and makes the millions tortured and killed by Christians and Muslims pale in comparison.
Yet there is no proof that even one of those untouchables has been killed for doing unclean work. Higher castes may indeed have looked down or still look down on those whose job involves dirt, which is unfortunately a human trait in all societies. It has nothing to do with Hinduism. Most people are aware that such work also needs to be done.
There is in all likelihood another angle regarding “untouchability”, which the British did not realize: Ayurveda knew already 3000 years ago that invisible germs can cause serious illness and those dealing with cadavers and dirt are more likely to carry and spread those. However, the British didn’t know about this fact till only some 150 years ago, when Louis Pasteur claimed that germs cause sickness. (By the way, Google describes this discovery as “crowning achievement of the French scientist”, and avoids mentioning India’s ancient Ayurveda).
Now in today’s time of “social distancing” due to the Corona Virus, we know that not touching others is a precaution to prevent potential infection and has nothing to do with discrimination. The British could have given Hindus the benefit of doubt that they avoided physical contact with certain people due to caution. But since the British didn’t have the advanced knowledge about harmful germs they could not see the possible reason behind it.
Since Independence, the caste system is officially abolished and discrimination against lower castes is a non-bailable offense. Yet the West still makes a huge issue of the caste system and untouchables. Why? Was this the greatest crime the British could find against the “natives” and therefore exaggerated it tremendously?
This is not to say that people of higher castes didn’t or don’t look down on lower castes, but the demonization of Brahmins is most unwarranted, as Brahmins are least likely to harbour hatred for others due to their strict rules for sadhana which requires them to keep a very high standard of mental and physical purity. Yet evangelicals, NGOs, international media, Muslim organisations, they all are after them and Hindus in general. They attack them for “atrocities” which never even happened, while the unspeakable atrocities, which were perpetrated upon them, are ignored. It’s a classic case of noticing the speck in the brother’s eye, but not the beam of wood in one’s own eye.
They got away with it for too long, because Hindus didn’t react. The meekness of Hindus was legendary. They were even called cowards. Yet in recent time, Hindus are becoming more assertive. They realize that the constant attacks on them are malicious, and that they are being fooled in the name of secularism because neither Christians nor Muslims can be secular. They are by nature communal because they need to make their community spread all over the world.
It is time to call out this blatant insincerity. When a head of state, like Imran Khan, accuses the Modi government in a tweet of “moving towards Hindu Rashtra with its Hindutva Supremacist, fascist ideology”, he better looks at his own country and his own ideology. A Hindu Rashtra with its inclusiveness and freedom are any time better than the exclusive, supremacist ideologies of Islam and Christianity, which force human beings into a strait-jacket of blind belief and several Muslim states threaten even today those who want to get out with death sentence.
Personal loans are one of the most popular financing solutions available today. What makes a personal loan so attractive is that it is a collateral-free option – you don’t have to pledge any security to avail of the money.
You can apply for a personal loan and get the money you need with relative ease. Moreover, lenders offer small- and big-ticket personal loans coupled with flexible tenors, allowing you to draw funds for your needs and repay your dues comfortably through EMIs.
Nonetheless, taking a personal loan comes with the responsibility of paying it back and this means understanding what factors into the cost of borrowing. You must also know about the application procedure and whether the approval time matches your funding requirements.
For a breakdown on these key elements including the application process, EMI, tenor, and interest rate, read our handy guide on everything you need to know about personal loans:
Applications for a personal loan can be made online – on the lender’s website or offline – at your lender’s branch. The online mode may be a preferred option as you avoid physical contact and enjoy faster and more convenient processes.
For instance, here is the procedure to get a Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan.
Apply online and fill up your personal, financial and employment information
Select the loan amount (principal) and tenor (repayment duration) to get instant approval
Submit the documents to a representative who will reach out to you
Get the funds transferred to your bank in 24 hours or less
Bajaj Finserv also offers you an online eligibility calculator for personal loans, to help you apply for funding as per what your current debt-to-income ratio permits. Using it, you can get a glimpse of the personal loan amount you are eligible for instantly.
Documents required and eligibility criteria
In most cases, you need to be employed at a reputed public or private organisation, meet the minimum monthly income criteria, and have a good CIBIL score, ideally 750 or above, to get a personal loan. Any resident Indian between 23 and 55 years of age can get a personal loan from Bajaj Finserv.
To prove your eligibility, here are the documents you must typically submit:
Employee ID card
Salary slips of last 2 months
Bank account statements of the last 3 months
Interest rate, tenor, and EMI
When you borrow a sum of money (principal), you commit to paying it back over many months (tenor) at a rate of interest. Your dues are spaced out over the length of the tenor equally, and you pay a monthly amount called an Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI).
To see how the principal, tenor and interest rate affect your EMI, use a personal loan calculator. This tool will greatly help you plan for repayment. To make a prudent decision, it is good to note some rules of thumb.
Firstly, your EMI is always proportional to the principal and interest rate. If either of these go up/down, your EMI will change likewise. However, while your EMI reduces as the tenor increases, your net interest payments increase side by side. Hence, it is apt to pick the shortest tenor possible.
Part-prepayments and other charges
While evaluating the cost of borrowing, consider the effect of part-prepayments. When you make one, you pay off a portion of the principal early and this reduces your remaining EMIs. The amount saved is substantial when you are in the early phases of repayment, as here the interest component of EMIs is more.
However, lenders charge you a fee for this facility. While calculating whether a pre-payment can help you save big, make sure you pay attention to this charge. In addition, it is well worth inspecting the other fees and charges associated with your personal loan, as these affect the total cost of the loan. These include processing fees, secure fees, bounce charges, penal interest, and statement charges. Knowing every charge upfront is key to enjoying a default-free repayment journey. Bajaj Finserv promises cost-effective fees and charges and no hidden costs to make your borrowing experience hassle-free.
Now that you know the various elements of a personal loan, make an informed choice by evaluating your need for finance and reading the fine print. Choose a lender that offers fast disbursal, has simple eligibility criteria that you can easily meet, charges a competitive interest rate on personal loan, is transparent about all related charges, and helps you apply and receive the loan 100% online. It’s also important to know of personal loan variants that may help you meet your needs better while making repayment more affordable during a cash crunch.
Once such example is the Flexi Hybrid Personal Loan offered by Bajaj Finserv, which allows you more flexibility by extending credit, from which you can withdraw funds based on your needs, and pay interest only on the amount utilised. By choosing the interest-only EMI facility, you can pay EMIs that are up to 50%* lower for the initial part of the tenor.
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