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Rs.33 cr raised by Google through internal donations for NGOs in India

Google has raised over Rs.33 cr to aid NGOs working relentlessly in India during the deadly second wave of COVID-19. Apart from providing funds to NGOs like GOONJ, GiveIndia they are also showing over 2,500 testing centers and 23,000+ vaccination centers on maps. On YouTube, a piece of authoritative information set in the form of a playlist has been created. Last month it announced Rs 135 cr for urgent medical supplies i.e oxygen, equipment, etc.

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Fake COVID-19 vaccine registration SMS circulating

Amidst the crisis, a fake message has been circulating that affects android users by gaining entry into their phone’s contact list. It has been identified by at least 5 different alterations. Once opened, the message carries a link that installs an app and sends SMS to all contacts of the device. It has been advised to use only the official links to register for Covid vaccination. Also, the use of anti-viruses and switching off 3rd party downloads have been advised.

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Flipkart to exempt traders from storage fee, cover insurance

Flipkart said it will waive off the money paid by sellers that use Flipkart warehouses and cancelation fee. It will also cover the hospitalisation and consultation fees for traders between INR 50,00 to INR 300,000. To maintain relationships with almost 300,000 traders, Flipkart will also increase the window for seller protection funds to 30 days. Flipkart is making efforts to make capital easily available to traders during these challenging times.

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Koo adding features to make resource availability easier for COVID patients

As the need for resources during the pandemic has increased, social media has proved to be a boon, connecting those in need to resources. Koo, India’s twitter-like platform with 60 lakh users, is adding features to make it easier for people to find oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors, and ventilators. The social media platform, with features to increase the visibility of plasma donors, is also working on vaccine availability information, said CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna.

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Accenture pledges ₹185 cr for COVID-19 relief efforts in India

Accenture has pledged ₹185 cr for pandemic relief efforts in India, in addition to its ongoing investments. Rekha M Menon, Chairperson, and Senior MD, Accenture India, in a blog post said ” … Additionally, we will be augmenting existing hospitals with beds and ICUs and setting up portable hospitals.”  The IT firm has started telemedicine, care-at-home services, virtual childcare, mental health support, etc for their two lakh employees and their families in India.

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Capgemini to donate Rs 50 cr for building medical infra in India

Capgemini has committed Rs 50 for the building of additional medical infrastructure in India to provide treatment for the patients infected by the second wave of Covid-19. The money will be spent on building ICU facilities, oxygen plants, etc, and go into relief operations. Capgemini is in talks with the state govt to set up medical facilities in the cities where it has a presence. “This contribution will be in addition to our CSR statutory fund in India, said CEO Aiman Ezzat.

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Telangana to deliver COVID jabs using drones on experimental basis 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has allowed the Telangana govt to deliver COVID-19 vaccines using drones on an experimental basis. DGCA has granted the state a conditional exemption from the UAS Rules, 2021 for a period of one year to conduct “experimental delivery of vaccines using drones within visual line of sight (VLOS) range.” VLOS is considered to be a distance of just 450 mt in conditions when minimum ground visibility is 5 km.

Google is saving over $1 bn a year by WFH

Google’s parent company Alphabet has saved $268 mn in expenses due to the drop in company promotions, travel, and entertainment, during the first quarter of 2021, “primarily as a result of COVID-19.” By end of the year, if the saving continues then, it would be over a $1 bn. In the year 2020, Alphabet’s advert and promotional expenses reduced by $1.4 bn, due to falling in spending, paused or rescheduled campaigns, and switching events in digital-only formats due to COVID-19.

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E-com firms doubles-up hiring following rising demand, staff testing positive

Ecommerce firms in India, after seeing an MoM spike of 25-30% in orders following the second wave of COVID,  plans to extensively hire delivery and supply executives to match the demand and replace those tested positive of the virus. Some of the companies, to match the demand and fill the gap created by the infections, plans to double the recruitment. Besides, they have intensified testing, and pushing the authorities for quick vaccination rollout for the workforce.

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