“Google Doodle honours Vikram Sarabhai, Father of India's Space Programme, on 100th birth anniversary - India Today” plus 2 more

“Google Doodle honours Vikram Sarabhai, Father of India's Space Programme, on 100th birth anniversary - India Today” plus 2 more


Google Doodle honours Vikram Sarabhai, Father of India's Space Programme, on 100th birth anniversary - India Today

Posted: 11 Aug 2019 11:23 PM PDT

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of the award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist and innovator Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai.

Remembered as the Father of India's Space Programme, Vikram Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad on this day in 1919. He attended Gujarat College and then went on to England to do his doctorate at Cambridge.

When he returned back to India after earning his doctorate, 28-year-old Vikram founded the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on November 11, 1947.

He also established the Indian National Committee for Space Research in 1962, which was later renamed as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He also dreamed of having an Indian satellite in space was realized when the Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975.

He believed in the idea that science and technology can be used as the levers of development. He was also one of the key players in convincing the Indian government of the importance of having a space program.

Dr Vikram Sarabhai was also the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He is also responsible for setting up many institutions in India including the Physical Research Laboratory, the Indian Institute of Management, and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology.

A crater on the moon was also named after him in his honour in 1973. Last month, ISRO launched its lunar mission with the Chandrayaan-2, in which the Vikram lander is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7.

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Google Doodle commemorates 73rd Independence Day with traditional motifs of Indian culture - India Today

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 09:46 PM PDT

As India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day, Google commemorated with a doodle that depicts the tradition and culture of the country. Created by Copenhagen-based guest artist Shaivalini Kumar, the doodle features traditional motifs including the paisley, an artistic illustration of the Parliament, Delhi metro as well as the Bengal Tiger - the national animal of India.

The doodle also features the LGBT pride flag apart from a Tricolour kite. A symbol of unity has also been included in the Google Doodle. Other patterns representing growth, purity and progress in India adorn the Doodle, meticulously crafted by Shaivalini Kumar.

Here's a picture of the Google Doodle:

Today's Google Doodle celebrates India's culture.

On the official page of the Google Doodle, today's doodle has been described as: "The Doodle depicts traditional motifs from Indian textiles evoking the complex yet harmonious "patchwork" of Indian culture, ranging from education, to the arts, to courage and compassion."

To celebrate Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the Tricolour at Delhi's Red Fort and also delivered his speech. Dressed in white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, PM Modi addressed the nation on several subjects including Jammu and Kashmir, armed forces, water conservation and floods in several states.

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Zomato Jabalpur Muslim rider row gets app 1-Star rating on Google Play Store - India Today

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 12:00 AM PDT

The controversy surrounding Zomato has had a negative impact on the food aggregator as users are rating it with one-star reviews on Google Play Store. Users aren't okay with the fact that Zomato features restaurants that serve Halal food despite asserting that: "Food doesn't have a religion".

Zomato embroiled itself in major controversy last week after a customer cancelled an order from the food aggregator upon being assigned a "non-Hindu rider" to deliver his food. The company, though, stood its ground and refused to change the delivery executive. And, thereafter, responded saying, "Food doesn't have a religion. It is a religion."

Zomato received a big round of applause for its response but was simultaneously criticised by certain sections. Several people also ranted against Zomato for serving Halaal food, adding that its response over the incident is largely hypocritical. Halal is associated with Islamic dietary laws, and meat processed and prepared according to the requirements.

Zomato, soon after, issued a statement to clarify the reason behind featuring restaurants that serve Halaal food:

Twitter wasn't pleased though and trended hashtags such as #BoycottZomato with many users uninstalling the app.

Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, who had cancelled the order, also spoke to India Today about the incident and said he requested that the rider delivering his food be changed because the "month of Saavan is on". He added that he will not order from Zomato henceforth.

A notice was issued to Amit Shukla by Jabalpur Police a day after the incident. Action will be taken against Shukla, Amit Singh, Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur said, if Shukla tweets against the ideals of the Constitution.

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