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Google Doodle pays tribute to India’s first feminist S J Phule

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New Delhi, January 3: Google dedicated a Doodle on Tuesday to mark the 186th birth anniversary of India’s 19th century social reformer Savitribai Jyotirao Phule, considered the first feminist of the country.

Savitribai K. Patil was born on January 3, 1831, in a rich and influential farming family and at the age of nine was married off to the 13-year old Jyotirao Phule.

She was taught to read and write by her husband and when she turned 17, the couple founded India’s first school for girls and women in Bhidewada, Pune.

It started with just nine girls from different castes enrolled as students – but it became a historic step when female education was considered taboo in the orthodox Indian society prevalent then.

The Phule couple – who had no children of their own – launched a crusade against social discrimination based on caste and gender, and sparked the flame for women’s equal rights during the British ruled India.

At a time when women had no say in anything, Savitribai’s campaign covered child marriages, child widows, rape victims becoming pregnant, the practice of ‘Sati’, educating women and fighting for equal rights for all women.

The colourful Doodle shows a simple Savitribai spreading her sari ‘pallu’ wide to encompass women from all sections of society for education and empowerment.

The simple ‘Goodle’ (Google Doodle) shows a group of demure women assembled outside what could be a school for education in a skyblue starry background which also doubles as her blouse.

Over the next few years, the Phules set up 18 more schools across the state of which Savitribai became the teacher, headmistress and principal.

Nearly 18 decades later, the Maharashtra government renamed the Pune University as ‘Savitribai Phule University’ as a tribute to the Phule’s sheer courage and pioneering efforts in the field of education, women empowerment, social reform and gender equality.

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Google doodle celebrates December global festivities

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New Delhi, Dec 18: Google on Monday announced the arrival of the festive season of December with a series of interactive doodles marking the global holiday season. The series will continue till January 1, 2018.

December means family and holiday travel, and Google’s — ‘Tis the season — features a new series about a family of birds travelling south.

Two penguins, a “pair of slippery-footed siblings”, have been introduced with a set of seasonal candles. They are “excited to spend time with their warm-weather relatives”, a toucan and a parrot, according to Google.

“Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see what kind of fun this feathery family has in store,” the post said.

The first slide shows the penguin-siblings telephoning their parrot pal living in the more vibrant, tropical region.

Google is celebrating this year's December Winter Festivities with a series of Doodles about a pair of penguins' holiday to visit their warmer-weather relatives.

The second slide shows the penguins packing their suitcases inside their icy igloo for a trip to meet their friends.

The doodle’s final panel includes a past photo of the reunited family as well as a pile of wrapped gifts that hint at the series’ next installments — December 25, Christmas Day; December 31, New Year’s Eve and finally, January 1, New Year’s Day — that will pick up the penguins’ adventures as they travel to warmer climates to enjoy.

The Google Doodle was born in 1998 when the search engine founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google. It was a message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival.

The company has since decorated the logo to mark cultural moments.

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Apple raises iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike

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New Delhi, Dec 18: After the central government increased the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first manufacturer to hike prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE.

“As expected, Apple has increased the iPhone prices. The interesting thing now is to see how the Indian Apple community react to this,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research, told IANS.

iPhone X lovers will have to shell out Rs 92,430 for the 64GB variant, which was earlier available for Rs 89,000.

The 256GB variant will now cost Rs 1,05,720 from the earlier price of Rs 1,02,000.

An Apple official had told IANS last week that the government’s decision to hike the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets, is a statutory industry-wise hike.

The iPhone 8 will now be available for Rs 66,120 (64GB variant) and Rs 79,420 for the 256GB variant.

The iPhone 8 Plus will cost Rs 75,450 for 64GB variant and Rs 88,750 for the 256GB varient.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives from the government to begin assembling more handsets in the country.

Industry analysts had said that Apple had two choices after the customs duty hike — either to increase the prices or start assembling more in the country.

Apple is currently assembling iPhone SE model at its Bengaluru facility with Wistron Corporation, its Taiwanese manufacturing partner.

Domestic and some China-based manufacturers will not be affected as much as most of them are assembling a lot in the country and just need to rev up their assembly lines, Pathak added.

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Twitter to begin penalising hateful, abusive accounts: Report

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San Francisco, Dec 18: Aimed at reducing hateful content on its platform, Twitter will start penalising accounts from Monday that include “hateful imagery and display names”, or those who “use username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour”, the media reported.

According to a report in ReCode late on Sunday, “for Twitter, the two new restrictions are attempts to combat rampant harassment and abuse on the site”.

Twitter announced new guidelines covering abuse, hateful conduct, violence and physical harm in November.

Facing criticism over the years for its poor handling of “abuse”, Twitter “updated” its rules in October and November, clarifying its policies on graphic violence, spam and self-harm, among others.

The changes are part of revamp to Twitter’s policies surrounding online abuse.

The biggest updates on the platform include abusive behaviour, self-harm, spam and related behaviours, graphic violence and adult content.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also announced plans to act more aggressively on violence and sexual abuse.

In an internal email which was obtained by Wired.com, Twitter’s head of safety policy in October emailed members of its Trust and Safety Council on new rules to promote free speech and curb violence and sexual harassment.

“We hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them,” Twitter said.

“We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target,” the email read.

“If the account appears to be dedicated to posting non-consensual nudity then we will suspend the entire account immediately,” it added.

On hate symbols and imagery, it said: “At a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media (similar to how we handle and enforce adult content and graphic violence)”.

On violent groups, Twitter said it will take enforcement action against organisations that use or have historically used violence as a means to advance their cause.

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