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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Google campus in Mountain View, California September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

By NewsGram Staff Writer

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, after his question answer session at Facebook, visited the Google headquarters for an interaction with CEO Sundar Pichai, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

“It’s a visit to Google Guru, as the PM likes to call it, after the Facebook Q&A,” tweeted PMO India.

“A is for Alphabet. PM @narendramodi at @Google headquarters, with Larry Page @sundarpichai and @ericschmidt,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Received by Pichai with a handshake, Modi was given a tour of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Santa Clara, and their four critical projects and their value for Digital India. From ground level to global. @sundarpichai explains navigational, safety and other uses of Street View & Google Earth,” Swarup said.

Modi asked if Khagaul could be pinpointed on Google Earth. Khagaul near Patna is where the great Indian astronomer Aryabhatta had an observatory. Modi was also shown a zoom-in picture of the Ganga river in Varanasi via Google Earth. “A clear view of health. PM @narendramodi gets a view of Project Iris, smart lens that measure glucose levels,” Swarup tweeted.

At Googleplex, Modi also witnessed the start of a 15-hour hackathon or a marathon software coding session with some 150 Indian programmers looking to produce software and applications relevant to India for Modi’s Digital India and Skill India missions.

Hosted by the Indian IT industry trade body, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), along with a clutch of start-ups in India and the US, the hackathon is having a simultaneous session at Tech Mahindra’s Noida facility.

Later on Sunday night, Modi, who last year got a rockstar like reception at New York’s Madison Square Garden, would be hoping to recreate that magic at a community reception in San Jose.

More than 45,000 people have registered for free passes for the event at the 19,000-seat SAP Centre organised by an Indian American group.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Google Starts Showing Locations of Food, Night Shelters in Cities Across India

People can also enter the above queries into Google Search, or ask their Google Assistant on smartphones or on a KaiOS device

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The tech giant said it is working closely with state and central government authorities to surface the locations of these relief centres. Pixabay

Google on Monday said it has started showing the locations of food shelters and night shelters in cities across India on its services like Maps, to help people especially migrant workers find relief centers with ease.

The tech giant said it is working closely with state and central government authorities to surface the locations of these relief centres. “As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are making a concerted effort to build solutions that help people during these times of need,” Anal Ghosh, Senior Programme Manager, Google India, said in a statement.

“Highlighting the locations of food and night shelters on Google Maps is a step to make this information easily available to the users in need, and ensure they can avail the food and shelter services being provided by the government authorities,” Ghosh said.

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People can now find these locations in 30 cities at the moment on Google Maps, Search and Google Assistant. This will soon be available in Hindi, Google said, adding that the company is working towards making the facility available in other Indian languages over the coming weeks, as well as adding additional shelters in more cities across the country.

People can also enter the above queries into Google Search, or ask their Google Assistant on smartphones or on a KaiOS device. In the coming days, it will become even easier to access this feature, with features like quick-access shortcuts that will appear beneath the search bar on the Google Maps app, shortcuts on Google Maps on KaiOS feature phones, and food and night shelter pins appearing on the map by default when the Maps app is first opened, Google said.

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Google on Monday said it has started showing the locations of food shelters and night shelters in cities across India on its services like Maps, to help people especially migrant workers find relief centers with ease. Pixabay

“With the help of volunteers, NGOs, and traffic authorities, we hope to convey this important information to the affected people, many of whom may not have access to a smartphone or mobile device during this time,” informed Ghosh.

Google Maps is also offering user location data to help public health officials spot increase or decrease of movement across high-level categories of places � such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential areas.

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Health officials in India can go to the ‘COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports’ website, pick the country and download a PDF that charts the community movements. (IANS)