Technology as an enabler in the social sector

There are hundreds of NGOs in India that are striving to make a measurable impact for the greater good. But running an NGO comes with a number of challenges – of which raising funds is a major one. Other issues linked to this are getting volunteers on board and maintaining a long-term relationship with them. Unfortunately, this sector has lacked substantial transparency, and not all NGOs are involved in serious work with large-scale impact. Technology has helped organisations take a step in the right direction and has enabled ease of…

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Snow, ice and slippery travel to precede next round of Arctic air in midwestern US

Snow and ice will sweep through the midwestern United States into Wednesday ahead of the next blast of Arctic air poised to arrive late this week. The same storm that blanketed the interior West with a fresh round of snowfall to start the week is sweeping through the Central states. The storm produced blizzard conditions over the High Plains of Colorado during Monday night to Tuesday morning. A small home was blown over amid blizzard conditions in Cripple Creek, Colorado, the Cripple Creed Fire Department said on Facebook. One person and two…

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Aye Finance Raises $10 Mn To Boost Micro-Lending Portfolio In India

Fintech lending company Aye Finance has raised $10 Mn (INR 71.32 Cr) in a debt funding round from global impact investment manager, responsAbility and Northern Arc, through the issuance of non-convertible debentures. This is the twelfth debt funding round raised by Aye Finance so far. The company has raised a total of $102.25 Mn (INR 727.5 Cr) as a combination of equity and debt funding since its inception in 2014.  The venture is equity funded by four venture capital funds including SAIF Partners, CapitalG, Accion International and LGT. With this…

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The 6 best places to travel in February 2019

Although, not necessarily a big month for travel, you can still strike some great deals. So if you want to know the best places to travel in February, here are our suggestions February is a month of carnivals in many countries and festivals in others. It’s also a great time to explore some of the planet’s less visited spots, and take advantage of the off-season… Oh man — Oman Oman is one of the best places to experience Arab culture — Shutterstock Oman’s winter ends in February, and while you’ll never have to worry…

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3 Things To Get If You Want To Travel In Style

The Swirlster Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Swirlster has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Travel in style to make heads turn wherever you go Winter is here! And apart from the glorious fact that we get to indulge in some winter fashion, another thing we are thrilled about is that this is the perfect weather to those places which were too hot to travel to in summer months. So a weekend trip or two is not a bad…

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WhatsApp Had 779M Downloads In 2018. Here Are The Other Top Apps Of 2018

Uber is tops in more than one category, Facebook absolutely destroys the social competition, and Wish got more app downloads than e-commerce giant Amazon. Those are just a few of the insights from Apptopia’s most downloaded apps of 2018 list. The single most-downloaded app of 2018? That would be WhatsApp, Facebook’s other global messaging platform, with more than 779 million downloads between iOS and Android. The only other app that even came close is the casual game Helix Jump, with more than 334 million installs. Top global app downloads of 2018,…

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Duped With Tourist Over Work Visas, 14 Indians Stranded In Saudi Arabia

Twelve of the 14 stranded in Saudi Arabia are lodged in the jails of the nation (Representational) Shimla:  Fourteen Indians are stranded in Saudi Arabia with most of them in the country’s jails after two local travel agents allegedly sent them to work in the Middle East nation on tourist visas, police said. Now, their tourist visa has expired and they do not have work visas, they added. Of the 14 people stranded in Saudi Arabia, 12 hail from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district while two are from Punjab. Twelve of…

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Purdue University Takes Giant Leaps In Democratizing Higher Education

When Neal Ottinger looks up at the sky, he sees more than clouds and stars – he sees the future. Like many other kids in America, the 21-year-old student always wanted to be an astronaut. But life wouldn’t make things easy for him. “Studying to be an aerospace engineer is very challenging academically, and not only that, pursuing a career in space exploration can be extremely expensive,” he says. “A lot of kids aren’t able to afford it.” Getty These stories are all too common. America is facing a major…

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Realme C1 arrives tomorrow in the Philippines

Realme C1 was introduced back in September as the company’s most affordable phone to date. It was initially priced below $100 in India and Indonesia, but due to the poor performance of the Indian currency, it’s price was slightly increased since. The entry level smartphone is now making its way to the Philippines and will arrive tomorrow, December 5, at the online retailer Lazada. The Realme C1 will be launched in a flash sale with a PHP5,490 price tag, which is pretty much the same cost as other markets –…

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Samsung issues hotfix update in second Android Pie beta for Galaxy S9

Samsung has just issued a hotfix update to the second Android Pie beta on Galaxy S9, launched yesterday. It is only 90 MB in size and patches two significant issues that slipped in the major release. Users complained about losing mobile data connection and having trouble launching some apps. To get the Pie beta that moves to One UI on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you must be part of the Samsung Members program (also known as Samsung+ in the United States). Through the dedicated app you can see…

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