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9th June 2020

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Contactless air travel app by IItians

A group of IIT-Guwahati students has developed a mobile application for seamless & contactless air travel not only during the current pandemic but also during non-crisis situations. The aim of the mobile app Flyzy, developed as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines, is to provide contactless boarding, keeping in mind the easier baggage drop, manageable parking, better shopping experience & providing necessary updates during the whole journey, IIT-Guwahati said in a release. Developed by a group of three B Tech students -- Deepak Meena, Hansraj Patel and Arjit Singh -- under a startup, the app also has a smart UI assistant that helps elderly people to use it easily. Other features of the application include real-time flight notifications, universal web check-in portal, check-in baggage status and map of the airport The passengers can shop from the airport using the app and can make payment as well, besides they can either opt for the takeaway or gate delivery option. It also supports multi-currency payments. The founders believe that the application will help the aviation industry save money as the process will become automated, faster and easier. The company provides an end-to-end service at a low infrastructure cost and is already in the process of talking to the authorities for implementing the application at some airports.

Contactless air travel app by IItians

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New Zealand along with 8 countries eliminates Covid-19

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New Zealand along with 8 countries eliminates Covid-19.

Even as the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus, with cases crossing the 7 million mark, including 402,699 deaths, New Zealand on Monday announced it had eliminated the disease after health officials said the last known infected person had recovered. Just over 1,500 people contracted the virus in New Zealand, including 22 who died.It has been 17 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand, during which time an additional 40,000 people have been tested, and Monday also marked the first time since February when there has been no active cases. Besides New Zealand, 8 other smaller nations have successfully managed to stamp out Covid-19: Montenegro, Eritrea, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Holy See, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fiji, East Timor.
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Sundar Pichai's inspiring speech for students

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Sundar Pichai's inspiring speech for students

Google & Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai had a special message for the graduating class of 2020, urging them be open, be impatient, be hopeful. "If you can do that, history will remember the Class of 2020 not for what you lost, but for what you changed.You have the chance to change everything. Whether it was the class of 1920 that graduated into the end of a deadly pandemic or the class of 1970 that graduated in the midst of the Vietnam War, and even the class of 2001 that graduated a few months before the 9/11 attack in the US. In all cases, they prevailed. The long arc of history tells us we have every reason to be hopeful. So, be hopeful. Its very conventional for every generation to underestimate the potential of the following one. It's because they don't realise that the progress of one generation becomes the foundational premise for the next. And, it takes a new set of people to come along and realise all the possibilities." he said. YouTube hosted a star-studded livestream yesterday with the likes of former US President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Korean pop group BTS, singers Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
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"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." ~ Jim Rohn

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