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A powerful earthquake with its epicentre in Nepal struck the country and its neighbouring countries on Saturday resulting in thousands of dead and extensive damage property. The State Governments and the Government of India is trying their level best to bring the Indians from the affected areas and have lend a helping hand to them in rescue operations and providing reliefs to the affected. Along with them, we have seen various tech and telcos have joined hand and have extended their support.
Google has the launched a new tool, “Person Finder: 2015 Nepal Earthquake“. Using this tool you can search for someone or provide details about the ones whom you are looking for. The service is also available via SMS.
Facebook has launched the Safety Check for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. “It’s a simple way to let family and friends know you’re okay. If you’re in one of the areas affected by the earthquake, you’ll get a notification asking if you’re safe, and whether you want to check on any of your friends.”, Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.
Indian Telecom companies have extended their hand in their way by offering discounted call rates to Nepal. MTS is sending out SMS to its customers stating, “Starting 11 pm, 25th April , MTS India is treating all calls made from its network to Nepal as local calls i.e Rs. 1/ minute. This is being done for the next 48 hours to support disaster relief efforts and to enable concerned callers to reach out to their friends and family”.
TATA Teleservices has mentioned that they will be charging @ 1 paisa/second for all calls to Nepal on the network between April 26, 2015 to April 28, 2015.
“As a small gesture during this hour of crisis, we have decided to offer all calls on the Airtel network from India to Nepal completely free of cost for the next 48 hours effective midnight, thus enabling customers across the country get in touch with their families and friends in Nepal,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement on saturday.
“BSNL announces to allow all calls to Nepal from its network (landline and mobile) as local calls for three days with effect from April 25, 2015 as a relief measure at a juncture of disaster occurred due to earthquake in Nepal,” BSNL said in a statement. “They can contact them from BSNL network at local call rate,” Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman-cum-MD, BSNL said.
“People have opted for different kind of plans. Those who have opted for per second billing plan will be charged as per their plan and those who have opted for per minute calling will be charged on per minute basis. So, now they can make calls to Nepal for about one paisa per second or Re1/minute,” Shrivastava said.
MTNL is also offering the same for the next three days starting April 26, 2015. Both Idea and Vodafone will be treating calls made to Nepal from their network as local calls until 10:00 hours of April 28, 2015.
We at Hitechup, are sending out their thoughts of peace and prayers to those affected by the earthquake in North India and Nepal.