Introducing New Advisory Board Member - Mr Danfeng Li

We're proud to announce Mr Danfeng Li as one of our Advisory Board Members. 
Mr Danfeng Li is Chief Data Officer at Umeng+ and Director at Alibaba Group. 

His expertise in the field of data science, data analytics, machine learning and data mining will help Unihalt during the journey.

Microsoft hosts open source conference & hackathon for developers

Unihalt is ready to mingle (of course with the opportunity)!!!

The next hunt is at Hyderabad with a hot cup of tea in the morning at The Marriott Hotel with lots of fun and exposure. 
Unihalt is going to target a new upcoming event this March, the Openness Days that would take place for the two connected days, 21st and 22nd of March.  
Unihalt is stepping in for active participation at Openness Days which are to be conducted in Hyderabad at the Marriott Hotel. We feel it to be our pleasure acquiring a nice place in the crowd. The team would be there to take a pleasant look at the opening address by Minister of IT, Govt. of Telangana, Mr Jayesh Ranjan IT Secretary | IT, Electronics & Communication Department & Neeraj Gill, GM, Public Sector, Microsoft India. 

Day 1 i.e., Monday: March 21 2016 has been introduced to the audience as Open Hack which gives various platforms, a nice opportunity to prove their strength in the field with their training cum sessions.  
We feel proud with what we do, that has allowed numerous students and teachers to connect with each other and not to forget the parents. Offering a great means to the chain is a pleasure. 

Day 2 i.e., Tuesday: March 22 2016 has been introduced to be as an Open Day where there would be a chit-chat over technical mantras. With the Customer Insight as one of the openness, it would allow the audience to learn from the session. It is necessary to know what is going there in the customer’s picturesque of mind. To crack the right deal is when you crack the mind right, not the right mind. The other technical sessions at the event would allow to explore more in the field. 
Unihalt always looks up for such chances to dig through theevents like Openness Days. We have this opportunity to gain something out of the blue. Unihalt is all set to win the race and prove this chance-given-to-few at its best. 

We feel happy to announce that Unihalt has got selected to showcase their products at the event under “Tech Garage” category. The name itself is quite techy but we love it because we will be there as a part of it. Tech Garage is the category where innovative visions from across the technical communities would be presenting their state-of-the-art technical solutions. It is a great opportunity which has been offered only to a few start-ups and it is good to present that we are one of them. 

Various categories in the showcase zone are:

We look forward for your presence at the event!!

Happy Republic Day

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Happy Republic Day
Republic Day‬ honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime. ‪
Happy Republic Day
Here are some facts about Republic Day that every Indian must be aware of:
1. January 26, 1930 was earlier celebrated as India's Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day. It's the day India decided to fight for complete freedom.
2. After we achieved Independence on August 15 in 1947, our leaders wanted January 26 to be remembered in history as well. Therefore, the day was made to coincide with the day of Swaraj.
3. The first Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 1950, three years after we got independence.
4. Republic Day Celebrations are a 3-day long affair.
The celebrations end on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony.
5. The first R-Day parade at Rajpath was held in 1955.
6. A Christian song, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade. It is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite songs.
7. India's Constitution is the longest in the world. It has a total of 448 articles.
It is written in English and Hindi.
8. Drafting the Constitution was a herculean task. Dr B.R. Ambedkar took 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.
9. Our leaders took the best aspects from other countries' constitutions. The concept of liberty, equality and fraternity came from the French constitution while the Five-Year Plans came from the USSR constitution.
10. Before the Constitution came into force, India followed British Government's Government of India Act 1935.
11. A majority of national awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony.

A road to our children’s future.

India needs strict laws to reduce child fatalities in traffic accidents.

Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Unfortunately, the revelation about the safety of our children is not something we can be proud of. Every day, numerous children fall prey to road accidents. One cannot forget the tragic incident of March 4, 2013, when 12 children were killed and another eight injured in Jalandhar, when a truck collided with their minibus. On October 13, 2015, a school bus overturned in Uttar Pradesh, grievously injuring over 12 children.

This year, Children’s Day arrived amid statistics on the staggering number of children lost in road crashes. In 2014 alone, 16,901 children were killed in road crashes in India. This is nearly 675 per cent more than the reported deaths of children from all crimes against them put together. By the end of the day, almost 50 innocent children would have been killed in preventable road accidents.

The increasing number of incidents involving the deaths of children in road crashes reveals not only the lack of awareness but also the existing policy gaps with regard to road safety, especially the safety of vulnerable road users like children.

The problem is not only visible human factors, such as a lack of respect for pedestrians and rash driving, but also the current legislative framework that doesn’t incorporate comprehensive provisions for ensuring a safe commute for children. For instance, the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, doesn’t necessitate the use of child restraints in four-wheelers, which can be extremely effective in reducing injuries and deaths. Regarding two-wheelers, although the act provides for protective headgear for both driver and pillion rider, it doesn’t lay down the much-needed standards for child helmets and the provision, therefore, is hardly implemented vis-a-vis children. Moreover, the act gives state governments the power to make additional rules in this regard and several state motor vehicle rules have further diluted helmet requirements by specifically excluding children from the category. The Central legislation is completely silent on ensuring safety of children in non-motorized transport, which is the more frequently used mode of transport for thousands of children.

It’s surprising that a country which has eradicated polio and eliminated neonatal tetanus in the last one year has failed to protect its children from preventable road deaths. If policymakers and the public act together, this epidemic too can be eradicated. There’s a lot to learn from international experiences.

The “safe routes to school” programs in the US and UK, and the iWalks Club in Canada are noteworthy initiatives that make roads travelled by children safer and accessible by improving the infrastructure and limiting motor traffic in school zones. We must take simple, yet effective measures, such as reclaiming neighborhood streets for children, in order to prevent tragic incidents of children being mowed down by rash traffic. Places frequented by children, specifically near schools, parks and at specified times of day, should be identified as “child zones” and a duty should be imposed on all drivers to strictly obey traffic rules, including lower speed limits. School buses should be put in special categories of vehicles with stricter procedures for issuing of licenses and compulsory training for drivers. Since children mostly travel accompanied by adults, it’s important to make institutions like schools and adults accountable for ensuring the safety of children on the road, including safe commutes to school. Last and most important, the legislative framework should take child safety into account by ensuring stricter penalties for traffic offences involving children and ensuring compliance with minimum safety standards.

The government has started taking measures in these directions through the current deliberations on the road transport and safety bill. Although the final contours of the draft bill are not known, we hope that it will address the crucial concern — children’s safety during commute — in a comprehensive manner. We need to prioritize the safety of our children on roads by introducing strong and comprehensive legislation in the upcoming winter session
of Parliament.

Kher is a member of Parliament and Tewari is the founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation


Can’t sleep till daughter gets home: CM Arvind Kejriwal - Indian Express

The priority is to ensure that when a girl steps out of her home, she is not harassed, Kejriwal said.

“Though I am the CM, I worry. If I am so concerned, I can understand the feeling of a common person in Delhi,” Kejriwal said at a consultation on the Charter of Women’s Rights Bill, 2015.

Highlighting his government’s absence of control over Delhi Police, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday invited suggestions on giving more teeth to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), while sharing his own worries as the father of a young girl in the city.
“My daughter studies at IIT-Delhi and sometimes takes the Metro home even at 11pm. Until she gets back home, our hearts beat faster. Nobody can sleep until she is home. The Metro station is about 2 km from our home. We send a car to bring her back. Though I am the CM, I worry. If I am so concerned, I can understand the feeling of a common person in Delhi,” he said at a consultation on the Charter of Women’s Rights Bill, 2015.

“The problem in Delhi is that there is no democratic control over the police. The police is under the central government, which means practically no control. They don’t listen to anyone. I had a long discussion with Swati (Swati Maliwal, chairperson of DCW) and she identified 21 grave cases of crime in which an FIR ought be registered immediately. The police say, ‘We won’t file FIR, do what you like’,” he said at the meet organised by the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC).
He said they sought opinion from lawyers and were told the DCW could approach a magistrate to order investigation in cases under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
“How many 156 (3) cases will the DCW file? The police will thrust 200-250 cases on them and the DCW will spend its life filing cases under 156 (3). I would therefor urge all of you to figure out what powers the DCW should be given. We will do it immediately. Whatever you suggest, we will bring a bill in the next session. We need practical, legal and implementable ideas,” Kejriwal added.
He said if it was for the DCW to ensure that the rights deliberated in the charter of women’s rights bill are available, it would have to be strengthened.
The priority is to ensure that when a girl steps out of her home, she is not harassed, Kejriwal said. It is important to make women and their families feel safe when they are out on the streets of Delhi, he added.
Delhi is set to become the first state to implement the recommendations of the Justice J S Verma Committee, constituted after the December 2012 gangrape in the national capital.
The Charter of the Women’s Rights Bill, 2015, that the DDC placed in the public domain on August 5, also made Delhi the first state to take a policy decision that specifies equality before the law for every woman “irrespective of sexual orientation”.
Others present at the event included Justice Leila Seth, Supreme Court lawyers Vrinda Grover, Aparna Bhat and Karuna Nandy, Amod Kanth of NGO Prayas and Prof Mrinal Satish of National Law University.