Sept 23, 2016: Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar on Friday made an unusual, heart-warming request to millions of fans and music lovers planning to celebrate her upcoming 87th birthday next week.
She has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders.
“Every year, on my birthday, thousands of you send me flowers, sweets, cakes, greeting cards… This year, I humbly request you all, instead of sending me these things, that money and as much as you can give, please give it to our brave soldier brothers,” Lata said in a tweet on Friday.
Namaskar. Main aisa maanti hun ki mata,pita,guru, matrubhumi aur matrubhumi ke rakshak hamare veer jawan (cont) https://t.co/eQH38M6TPv
She said: “I believe that mother, father, teacher, motherland and the guardians of the motherland, our brave soldiers… Whatever we do for them, it is not enough. Our soldiers… who don’t think twice before sacrificing their lives for protecting our country… Because of them we are safe.”
“Hence, it is also our bounden duty to do something for them, whatever we can,” Lata said, adding that on her part, she has made a contribution for the newly-created Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties fund.
“I shall consider it a favour, if you all can, as per your capacity, make your contribution for this. I am confident I shall continue to receive your love, affection and blessings always. Jai Hind, Vande Mataram,” Lata, who will turn 87 on September 28, urged her fans.
Last Sunday, Lata had condemned the terror attacks in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir and demanded the strongest action against the perpetrators.
“I consider the Uri terror attacks as an example of cowardice… These perpetrators must be paid back in the same coin… That will be a real tribute to all our martyred soldier brothers,” said Lata, who has sung scores of immortal patriotic songs in her singing career. (IANS)
Google Assistant has added a simple way to contribute to good causes by using your voice on all your smart devices, including smart speakers like the Home.
Ask Google to “make a donation” in the US and it will let you pick a monetary amount and charity (from a group of recommended organisations). So long as you’ve enabled payments in Assistant, a contribution could be just moments away, reports Engadget.
To begin with, the user has to say: “Ok Google, make a donation”, or “Hey Google, donate to charity” to initiate the contribution process.
Google Assistant would then ask the user to name the organisation and suggest donating the average amount of $10, which users can customise or specify all such information at the beginning of the command.
“There are safeguards. On top of the payments requirement, you’ll still have to confirm a donation on your phone if you’ve used a smart speaker.
“That’s still faster than wading through a website, though, and it might be easier than making a donation through Google Play on Android phones (launched around the same time),” the report added. (IANS)