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On India’s 71st Independence Day Google celebrated it with an Artistic Doodle

Google’s tricolor doodle on I-Day

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  • The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock
  • The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today

New Delhi, Aug 15, 2017:  To honor the  71st Independence Day of India today, the search engine giant Google displayed an artistic doodle.

The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock, all submerged in shades of saffron, green, white and blue. A brilliant interpretation of India’s Independence Day. The word ‘Google’ is displayed across the Parliament House, made out of ribbons of the Indian tricolor- saffron, white and green.

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According to PTI report, Google said in a statement “A unique paper-cut art style has been used to create a Doodle fit for the bold and colorful celebration of today’s events. The Parliament House depicted commemorates this day, this movement, and this triumph of independence.” The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik.

On previous Independence Day, Google dedicated a doodle to the historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.  Google’s way of showing respect for Independence Day with doodles for India in the past was done with the help of the Red Fort, various versions of the Indian flag, Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and Indian postage stamps among others.

On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian National Flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each Independence Day since then, the prime minister customarily raises the flag and gives a speech to the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today.

The Independence Day holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and cultural events. There is a national holiday on this occasion, and schools and government offices distribute sweets, but no official work is done today.


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Toeing Microsoft’s line which has asked governments across the world to regulate this technology, Google said facial recognition merits careful consideration.

“Like many technologies with multiple uses, facial recognition merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values, and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes,” Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Google, said in a blog post on Friday.

“We continue to work with many organisations to identify and address these challenges, and unlike some other companies, Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through important technology and policy questions,” informed Walker.

Earlier this month, Microsoft President Brad Smith said that given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019.

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“The time for action has arrived,” he said, adding that the industry must also exercise restraint while using this technology.

Microsoft is one of several companies playing a leading role in developing facial recognition technology.

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“These principles guide our decisions on what types of features to build and research to pursue. As one example, facial recognition technology has benefits in areas like new assistive technologies and tools to help find missing persons, with more promising applications on the horizon,” he added. (IANS)