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Saibaba Temple in Shirdi receives Rs 32 crores in Donations post Government’s demonetization step

Post demonitisation, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust has received a lump sum amount of around 31.73 cr in donations

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Shirdi (Maha), Dec 30, 2016: The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust at Shirdi  has received donations of  a sum of almost Rs 31.73 crore during the past 50 days post the government’s demonetization step, according to an official.

Sachin Tambe, one of the trustees of the Saibaba Sansthan said that these donations include Rs 4.53 crore in the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.80 crore in the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes denominations.

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During the last 50 days, the organization has received Rs 18.96 crore in donation boxes, Rs 4.25 crore, including Rs 2.62 crore through credit/debit cards, at its various donation counters, Rs 3.96 crore through bank demand drafts, Rs 1.46 crore in donations online and Rs 35 lakh through money orders, mentioned PTI.

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Cash donations were not all. The trust also received gold jewellery weighing nearly 2.90 kg worth around Rs 73 lakh and silver ornaments of 56 kg worth about Rs 18 lakh, he informed.

The trust also got Rs 3.18 crore from VIP devotees through darshan and aarti paid passes issued to them after November 8, Tambe mentioned.

In the last financial year, the famous Saibaba temple had received Rs 162 crore through donation boxes. This comes out to an average of Rs 44.38 lakh in a day.

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However, after demonetisation, the Sansthan received an average Rs 37.92 lakh donation in a day, Tambe added.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Google Assistant Can Now Help You in Making Charity Donations

"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

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The Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 devices for your home -- up from 1,500 this January, Google has announced.
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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.

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Google Assistant now helps you make charity donations. (IANS)

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.

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“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)