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New Delhi: Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was called by Vice-president Hamid Ansari on Friday to present the first world Sanskrit Award of India. India has decided to bestow the first world Sanskrit Award of India on her.

“Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be travelling to India to receive the first world Sanskrit Award which has been granted on her by the government of India,” said Wadhwa, who was accompanying Ansari during his visit to Thailand.

Before leaving for home, Ansari called on Princess Sirindhorn at the Sra Pathum Palace this morning and inspected the Chitralada Project inside it.

Hers will be among the several visits by top Thai leaders expected this year including Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.

“There is an invitation to the Prime Minster of Thailand to visit us this year. We have also extended an invitation to Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to visit India at mutually convenient dates and he will be hosted by Vice President,” Wadhwa said.

“We also look forward to the visit of deputy prime minister and defence minister to India at the invitation of our Defence Minister. So that is the fourth visit that we expect…” he added.

Over 600 Sanskrit scholars from 60 countries participated in the five-day conference last year which was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Wadhwa also lauded Thailand for successfully hosting the 16th World Sanskrit Conference.(inputs from agencies)(image courtesy: rmaf.org.ph)

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

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Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)