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TANA raising funds for new Andhra capital

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Washington: Telugu Association of North America (TANA), the oldest and the largest association of Telugu people outside the Telugu states, is raising funds for the development of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

TANA will accept donations from all non-resident Telugus who are interested in contributing to the capital fund and to the new ‘My Brick – My Amaravati’ campaign on the eve of the Foundation Ceremony for the new capital on October 22.

A campaign – My Brick, My Amaravati, has been launched at amaravati.gov.in for interested public to sponsor ‘bricks’ with each brick at Rs 10.

That web site, however, is not yet enabled to collect funds from people outside India, TANA president V Chowdary Jampala said.

There are many non-resident Telugus in North America that wish to make their share of contributions to the development of the new capital and participate in this campaign.

TANA, which has been raising funds for the development of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh from May last year will facilitate this and accept donations from anyone who wishes to donate to the current campaign, Jampala said.

TANA will present the amount collected to the government of Andhra Pradesh along with a list of all donors.

Donations can be made from the web site www.tana.org/donate and selecting ‘Capital Development Fund – AP’ from the drop-down box. It is estimated that each dollar of donation counts towards six bricks.

Donations through checks written in the name of TANA can be mailed to TANA, 26233 Taft Rd, Novi, MI 48374, the announcement said.

(IANS)

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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)