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Google to bring Wi-Fi to 500 railway stations in India

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: As a part of the Digital India initiative, Google  announced its collaboration with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services to 500 railway stations. The news came after the Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters.

416529-sundar-pichai-narendra-modiDuring a tour of the Google campus, Modi was given a presentation of Google Earth in which the Ghats of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown.

Modi participated in Hackathon, under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise Apps which could be used by the common man in India.

Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai of Indian origin had announced the search engine giant’s initiative to provide Internet services to 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.

Pointing out the fact that the length of the Indian Railways is twice the distance between Earth and Moon, Pichai noted that 25 million people ride the Indian railways daily, which has 7500 stations. He also announced that Google will launch an Android app next month enabling users to type in 11 languages.

Noticing that technology has given new power to democracy, Modi urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.

“Today, everybody spends maximum time on the Internet… even when a child asks his mother to give him milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.

Pichai acknowledged India’s hunger for technology, which was reflected in India’s response to the launch of Google Chrome browser. India was the first country to adopt it in a major way.

Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to Modi.

Modi was also given a glimpse of Project Iris- a smart lens that measures glucose levels.

As his trademark, before leaving Google, Modi had a group photo with its top officials

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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)