Airtel Brings Long-Term Prepaid Plan For Rs 2,498 Offering 2GB of Daily Data for 365 Days

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The new Airtel Rs 2,498 prepaid recharge plan is now live on the telco’s website.

  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:57 AM IST

Airtel has launched a new prepaid plan for consumers looking for long-term validity. Priced at Rs 2,498 the plan offers a bunch of benefits including 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days. The plan also offers free Hello tunes and anti-virus protection for your smartphone. You also get free online courses for 28 days via Upskill with Shaw Academy.

Apart from the above benefits, customers get unlimited calls to any network, 100 SMS messages per day along with additional benefits like free Zee5 premium subscription, and Airtel Xstream Premium subscription. Customers also get Wynk Music prepaid subscription; and Rs. 150 cashback on FASTag.

Airtel also offers the Rs. 2,398 long-term validity pack which offers a similar validity of 365 days. This prepaid plan offers 1.5GB daily data, unlimited calls, and 100 SMS messages per day. It also offers similar additional benefits as the Rs. 2,498 prepaid plan including the 28-day free Upskill with Shaw Academy online courses. A similar Rs 1,498 prepaid plan also offers 365 days validity with unlimited calling and additional benefits, however, the data benefit is only 24GB in total, and SMS benefits include 3600 messages.

Reliance Jio offers a similar long term prepaid plan priced at Rs 2,399 offering 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days, unlimited calling to Jio numbers, 12,000 minutes of free calling to non-Jio numbers, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps. is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.,Brings,Long-Term,Prepaid,Plan,For,Rs,2,498,Offering,2GB,of,Daily,Data,for,365,Days,airtel,airtel,long,term,validity,&publish_min=2020-05-21T05:45:16.000Z&publish_max=2020-05-23T05:45:16.000Z&sort_by=date-relevance&order_by=0&limit=2

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Google is Offering Journalists Free Courses in AI, Machine Learning

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The course is available in 17 different languages on the Google News Initiative Training Centre.

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  • Last Updated: May 7, 2020, 4:16 PM IST

Google has launched a free training course in 17 languages to teach journalists around the world what impact can Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have on their profession. In a global survey conducted by Google last year about the use of AI by news organizations, most respondents highlighted the urgent need to educate and train their newsroom on the potential offered by machine learning and other AI-powered technologies.

“Improving AI literacy was seen as vital to change the culture and improve understanding of new tools and systems,” said Mattia Peretti, who manages the programme called journalism AI. The new training course is produced by Journalism AI in collaboration with VRT News and the Google News Initiative (GNI). They realized that more the newsroom at large embraces the technology and generates the ideas and expertise for AI projects, the better the outcome.

“This Introduction to Machine Learning is built by journalists, for journalists, and it will help answer questions such as: What is machine learning? How do you train a machine learning model? What can journalists and news organizations do with it and why is it important to use it responsibly?” said Google. The course is available in 17 different languages on the Google News Initiative Training Centre. By logging in, you can track your progress and get a certificate when you complete the course.

The training centre also has a variety of other courses to help journalists find, verify and tell news stories online. It’s a tough time for journalists and news organisations worldwide, as they try to assess the impact that COVID-19 will have on the business and editorial side of the industry. “With Journalism AI, we want to play our role in helping to minimize costs and enhance opportunities for the industry through these new technologies,” said Google.

At the end of the course, the users will find a list of recommended resources, produced by journalism and technology experts across the world, that have been instrumental in designing Introduction to Machine Learning. “After this course, and the previous training module with strategic suggestions on AI adoption, we are planning to design more training resources on AI and machine learning for journalists later this year,” said Peretti.


Amazon India is Offering Special Gaming Benefits for Prime Members

Amazon India has announced some special benefits for its Prime members. The e-commerce giant is offering some gaming benefits which includes free access to in-game content, upgrades as well as in-game currency. Some of the games include Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Words With Friends 2, Mafia City, and World Cricket Championship 2.

Members can also get in-game content for free when users sign in with their Amazon Prime account on mobile games including Black Desert Mobile and The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross. Amazon has released a dedicated microsite to list all the benefits for Prime members. Additionally these benefits will be listed on the Amazon app.

Amazon has also tied up with mobile game developers to host Prime-only tournaments for its members in India. “With the launch of Prime gaming, we continue to make Amazon Prime more valuable for members in India. We recognize the need for in-game content by mobile gamers to enhance their playing experience and are delighted to provide access to this content FREE to Prime members. We will continue to add new in-game content for other popular games, with frequent content refreshes,” said Akshay Sahi, Director & Head of Prime, Amazon India. He further added that the #PlayApartTogether initiative by World Health Organization (WHO) is a reminder that even while it’s crucial we keep our distance from one another given the prevailing global health circumstances, we can keep enjoying the games we love and stay connected with people online.

To avail the benefits, all you need to do is download any of the listed games for Prime members on your Android or iOS device. After downloading the game, you need to look for a banner highlighting the Prime benefits. Tap on the banner and login with your Amazon account on the pop-up screen. You should be redirected to a new page from where you need to allow access to your Amazon account and claim the rewards.


Health Ministry Offering Real-Time Covid-19 Answers on Twitter Via @CovidIndiaSeva

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has introduced Covid India Seva, a Twitter handle that aims to offer fast, real time responses to user queries about Covid-19 related topic. The handle was announced by union health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, who stated that on the @CovidIndiaSeva handle, “experts will share authoritative public health information regarding Covid-19 swiftly at scale, helping to build a direct channel for communication with citizens.”

The channel is being hosted on Twitter Seva, which is specifically designed for such tasks. The Covid India Seva handle will work as an official digital hotline of sorts, through which individuals can seek help from government authorities. Twitter has further claimed that its multi-lingual platform (in which Hindi is the second most used language after English) will help the government reach out to a wider volume of users and answer their queries. This can further help curb any Covid-19 related misinformation on Twitter, by providing an official information channel for users to interact with.

Twitter India, on this note, has said that it is attempting to upskill government employees to better use its platform as part of Covid-19 response management. Twitter has already offered official Covid-19 helplines at a state level for the governments of Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, and along with the convenience of the format of seeking help, has further underlined that “tweeting with your query does not require you to reveal any private or sensitive information such as contact details, identity documents, personal health records, etc.”

Further highlighting the platform’s role through the Covid-19 pandemic and nation-wide lockdown, Mahima Kaul, public policy director of Twitter India, said in a statement, “To navigate this global health crisis, we need a collaborative approach between the government and our industry. Our work has never been more critical and our service has never been in higher demand. People from all parts of the country are taking to Twitter to be equipped with the quality information from authoritative sources.”

The Twitter handle for Covid India Seva is now live, and can be accessed in all supported Indian languages by simply tweeting to @CovidIndiaSeva.


Airtel and Bharti AXA are Offering Insurance Products Covering COVID-19

The ongoing Coronavirus lockdown has led to a shutdown of a variety of services and at times like these, one can never be too cautious about their health. Making use of the opportunity, Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance, to offer new health insurance plans for providing financial protection against COVID-19. According to a release, two different health insurance plans have been announced under the partnership. Both the products are available for Savings bank account customers of Airtel Payments Bank with no pre-medical check-up required, and who are not suffering from COVID-19 or its symptoms.

The first one is the Bharti AXA Group Health Assure which offers a lump sum benefit of Rs 25,000 while the second one is Group Hospital Cash which provides daily benefit starting Rs 500 per day. The Bharti AXA Group Health Assure Policy comes with a fixed cover offering 100 percent sum insured as a lump sum if the policyholder is diagnosed positive for COVID-19 or gets quarantined in a government hospital or military facility/establishment. In case, the policyholder is diagnosed negative after being quarantined for at least 14 days in a government hospital or military facility/establishment, he or she will be entitled to 50 percent of the sum insured. The policy offers protection for COVID-19 from day one of the purchase and can be purchased at a price of Rs 499 for a fixed sum insured of Rs 25,000. It can be availed from the Banking Section of the Airtel Thanks App or by visiting the nearest active Banking Point of AirtelPayments Bank.

The Group Hospital Cash Policy provides per day fixed allowance on hospitalization with Enhanced ICU Cash. Under this policy, depending on the plan, a customer is entitled to a fixed per day benefit of Rs 500 or Rs 1000 paid for each day of hospitalization, up to a maximum of 10 days. This benefit doubles, if the policyholder is treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A customer can claim the benefit, if hospitalised for minimum 24 hours. After the initial waiting period of 30 days from the first policy inception date, Group Hospital Cash covers pre-existing diseases and specified conditions. The product also provides coverage for a policyholder who is hospitalised for treatment of COVID-19. It can be purchased from any active Banking Point of Airtel Payments Bank and will be soon available under the banking section of Airtel Thanks mobile app.

Anubrata Biswas, MD and CEO, Airtel Payments Bank, said, “We are delighted to offer insurance products designed to provide financial protection during the current outbreak of COVID-19. With our technology platform and deep distribution reach, we will be immediately able to offer this product to millions of customers at this hour of need. We wanted to ensure health protection for our customers in the challenging times and, therefore, partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer health products that are easily available. These products affirm our commitment to empower every Indian with digital, contextual and timely solutions.”