The Kumbh mela takes place every 12 years at the confluence of the rivers – Ganges and Yamuna – at Prayag in Allahabad. It is believed that a third river Saraswati (which has since dried up) used to flow into the confluence during ancient times. The Mela will go on for two months and will conclude on Maha Shivaratri on March 10.
The Maha Kumbh is specially unique this time as it is taking place after a cycle of 144 years. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.
India gets the cheapest tablet in the world. The much hyped low-cost tablet nicknamed Aakash (meaning ‘sky’ in Hindi) will be made available to school students at a subsidized price of $35, ~ Indian Rs 1750.
Aakash is a collaboration between the Indian government and a small British-based company DataWind.
What does it feel like living in India ? Are the roads of India chaotic as they seem ? Do animals live on Indian roads ? Rest assured, India is all that and more. In fact, “The Times of India” newspaper – which purportedly has the largest number of print subscribers among all English newspapers in the world, has carried a full-page cartoon on its front page illustrating ‘A day in the life of India’.
Indians are finally going to get the eagerly awaited mobile number portability which allows cell phone users to change their operators while retaining their existing numbers.
This means, if you are, for example, an Airtel user, and wish to change to Idea Cellular, your cell phone number remains the same.
Google India in partnership with a few Indian music portals has rolled out a service which allows you to search for, and listen to popular Indian music.Currently, only Hindi songs are available, though songs in other Indian languages will be gradually included.
The music portals – In.com, Saavn.com and Saregama are the partners in this melodious venture.
Note that you need Flash player plugin installed in your web browser to listen to music.
If you are in India, do visit google.co.in/music and search for your favorite Hindi song. Chances are you will find it.
Script Converter is a Google Labs product that allows the user to read a web page in a script of their choice. For example, if you can understand the English language but do not know how to read in English, then Google Script Converter could be a great help for you.
A virtual credit card is a unique online payment solution that offers you complete security while shopping on the Internet. It is a one time use only card and once created is valid for only 24-48 hours from the time of its creation. What is more, you can decide the spending limit of your virtual credit card by adding only so much amount that you intend to spend online.
Virtual Credit Cards do not have a plastic existence and are created to be purely used online.
Bhuvan is a geoportal that provides medium to high resolution satellite imagery of virtually the entire India over the internet. You can “fly” around using mouse and keyboard on a simple desktop computer with virtual globe in front draped with IRS images over Indian region. Many other features are built in, including 3D terrain and information on many thematic data.
Did you know, in India, a country of over 1 billion people, there are 18 major spoken languages and over 1600 regional dialects? Even though Hindi is the official language, many people in India do not speak it at all. Hindi is spoken by about half the population, mostly in North India. Most Indian native languages have their own script.
Some of the major languages are Hindi, English, Oriya, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
The situation as it were, if you wanted to type an email or text in any non-English language, you need special software or plug-ins. The following is a list of software which allows you to type in your own native language.