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How social media is the saving grace for many, during this lockdown period

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According to a report shared by the market research firm Nielsen, social media activity experienced a whopping 50X surge in India in wake of the global pandemic, COVID-19. Also an important finding was, whenever Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the nation and made announcements related to curfew or lockdown, the intensity of the social media activity witnessed a huge jump.  In the first week of lockdown, Indians spent more than four hours every day on social media leading to an 87 percent increase in its usage in comparison to a week before lockdown. The positive side of this sudden increase in digital consumption of social media is that a lot of awareness campaigns were triggered on social media which helped people across the country to know about the essentials of the lockdown...

#TechFightsCOVID19: Cough detection based triaging tool for COVID19 suspected cases

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One of the most critical aspects to identifying the confirmed positive COVID19 cases, considering the paucity of COVID19 test kits is to be able to successfully screen the suspected cases for the PCR testing. The kAs app developed by Salcit Technologies, was originally developed as a screening aid for general respiratory issues in remote and rural areas. However, with the COVID19 outbreak, the possibilities of harnessing its capabilities as a prescreening and monitoring device for the pandemic was envisaged. If a particular zone has a large group of suspected cases, then the concerned authorities can tell the citizens to download the app and analyse the cough sounds via the App. It can then give them data on high-risk, medium-risk and low-risk candidates. These cough samples can also be se...

Looking to unlock your skills in the lockdown? Look no further

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The world has never seen a time like this. It is unprecedented. Most of us are almost confined, working from home. As the world comes to grips with this pandemic, it is totally upto us to turn this adversity to our advantage. Every crisis is an opportunity in disguise. Why waste this crisis? The time is just right to seize this opportunity to invest in ourself and upgrade our skills for accelerated growth. If you are wondering what would be the best skill to learn, hear this. In this fight against, technology is leading the way, especially AI. India is incorporating AI in frontline health care. The Ministry of Electronics & IT has recently launched a mobile app called, ‘AarogyaSetu’, an important tool in the fight against COVID-19. Using AI, this app will enable people to identify and ...

Official Notification on GST Due Date Extended for Taxpayers Relief

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In this pandemic and challenging time, everyone including taxpayers is facing a lot of trouble. To make things easy for them, the Government has extended dates for GST filings. On 07th April 2020, latest notification under GST has been rolled out in two parts Here we are providing the complete details of the same GST Dates Extended for Providing Relief to Taxpayers in COVID-19 In the same issue, Notifications 30/2020 to 36/2020 dated 03.04.2020, Circular No. 136/06/2020-GST dated 3rd April 2020 has been issued. Which states that 1. Normal Taxpayers filing Form GSTR-3B For taxpayers having aggregate turnover above INR 5 Cr. in previous FY return filing of the month Feb, March, April 2020 the due date is extended till 24th June 2020. Whereas, for May 2020, the extended due date for filing is...

COVID-19 Industry Disruption Shows Why Revised Goal Setting Is Crucial

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So, here we all sit at home, hunkering down as we wait out COVID-19 industry disruption. Of course, that’s a little simplistic, the front-line healthcare professional and service folks – grocery stores, municipal workers, food, construction, etc. – are still hard at work keeping us healthy, fed, and safe. Shout out to all of you.  Back to the immediate subject, though—this is what industry disruption looks like. Sure, there are more common instances of competitive industry disruption that we are used to and can understand more readily, but this is it at its most stark—sudden and total industry disruption. As I mentioned in a prior post, each industry disruption event grows the gap between those that have taken steps to transform their business and those that have taken few or tepid steps t...

#TechFightsCoVID-19: Virtual on-Boarding of new recruits amid corona-virus

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Havoc due to Coronavirus all over the world has increased the apprehension of jobs for both employees as well as employers. The current offer letter is into question, interns are being doubtful for their career. The future of thousands of people is on stake. Amidst all this, HR is coming out with great solutions with the help of the technology where they can obviate all these fears and can save the future of a plethora of people. There are many companies within industries where certain roles are crucial to be carried out. For example, Amazon plans to hire 1, 00,000 warehouse and delivery workers to match the online orders during the outbreak. HR is recommencing with all their HR functions such as recruitment, onboarding, payrolls even training and development. HR is preparing for virtual o...

Coronavirus Outbreak : Hotel Performance Analysis & Strategy to Accelerate Growth

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The COVID-19 outbreak that started from China has sadly brought the whole tourism industry to a sudden halt. As you know travel is one of the first things you choose in order to limit your stress when a crisis hits but in the last couple of weeks, many companies, as well as counties, have put heavy restrictions on social interaction aka social distancing and curb on travelling to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. In a time like this, what the hotel says and responds withholds significant importance to the future of the said property, and will directly impact the level of pain they will witness in their profit and loss account. Research Insights conducted by HSMAI and RateGain In order to assist hotels and help them with performance analysis and accelerate growth, HSMAI Asia Pacific...

Delivery Robots for Quarantine Areas

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While care management team in hospitals is leaving no stone unturned to fight against COVID-19 and heal all impacted, it is our endeavour to equip them with technologies which can support win battle #Wewillovercomecorona. Addverb technologies, under the make in India initiative, launched DYNAMO bot which can help remote quarantine facilities, isolated wards with contactless delivery of food, medicine, samples and more. SMHS as proud advanced partner of Addverb, is committed to implement this technology of care and support healthcare community win this battle against covid19.

#TechFightsCOVID19: Staqu Leads The Way In Assisting Enforcement Authorities In Tracking Essential Service Providers & AI based Community Screening

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India is currently under a complete lockdown as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of COVID19. The death toll has crossed 100 , and 4,500+ cases. When the lockdown was initially announced, there was considerable confusion over procurement of essential items and movement across towns and cities for medical emergencies, so the government authorities stated they would issue ‘curfew passes’ for those involved in the delivery and procurement of essential services and items. Gurugram-based startup Staqu was able to largely help with the rapid dispensing of e-passes, using AI. Another one of their landmark projects was with the UP Govt, which uses Staqu’s AI-based video analytics platform to monitor CCTV cameras in prisons across the state for thermal screening of the prisoners. Now, the...

Remote Work Playbook by ThoughtWorks

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ThoughtWorks has together a Remote Work Playbook to help the industry and our clients to navigate the transition to remote work. In the current health climate, the need to work remotely – while continuing to successfully deliver – is more pressing than ever before. At ThoughtWorks, the last two decades have allowed us to gain experience in remote working at a rather more leisurely pace. We’ve set up many cross-continental development teams, and we run most of our business with global teams. Many of us are used to working more from our home than any single ThoughtWorks office.  We’ve put together this document to try to pass on what we’ve learned, in the hope, it will be useful for those hurtling down that path now.  However, it is important to stress s...