Indian Bank to now provide IRCTC tickets online

It a first time from IRCTC. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) which till recently was the only online official website to book train tickets in India has now tied up with one of India' s top private bank (ICICI) to sell rail tickets online. With this agreement, ICICI Bank becomes the first bank in the country to offer such a facility on its website. So far all other travel websites use to redirect to the IRCTC website.

With this service now available from a trusted bank, any consumer can search for Indian Railways trains status, book an e-ticket, cancel a reservation as well as check their PNR status among others basis features. The website will display latest information for services including train options and ticket availability by connecting directly with the reservation system of the Indian Railways on a real time basis.

Click here to check out the ICICI Bank Site

This service can also be used by other bank users and you need not hold an ICICI account.

The service would also be soon available in our in-house Android App - "MyFavroiteApp', which is now available on Google Play Store.


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The journey of Android - from Cupcakes to Marshmallow

Android was born on November 5, 2007. Since then, it’s grown up to be one of the most dominant operating systems in the world.

Android 1.5 (Cupcake)
Android 1.5 was the first of its kind to get a codename, Cupcake. Stories revealed that Google wanted to launch this version as 1.2, but the company finally decided to make it a major revision and made it 1.5 instead.

Android 1.6 (Donut)
Android Donut was the OS that started making others forsake their Palm Pres and start taking Android more seriously.

Android 2.0 (Éclair)
The new SDK called Éclair was launched in October 2009 followed by a bug-fix version 2.0.1 in December 2009 and 2.1 in January 2010.

Android 2.2 (Froyo)
With Froyo, it was all about speed. The speed boost in 2.2 is fantastic, but what makes Froyo a truly great update is that it tightens bolts all across the entire platform. Android has evolved into a real product, on a totally different level than its first year

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Google released Gingerbread officially in December 2010. This version was designed for optimizing speed, memory and performance. The OS also included a new version of on-screen keyboard, worked on copy/paste option, etc.

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Coming hot on the heels of Gingerbread was Honeycomb, a version that Google admitted it had rushed out the door in response to Apple's launch of the first iPad in 2010.
Honeycomb was a tablet-only version, and Google never released the code to people who might want to install it for their mobile phones. Rushing this version out to market also meant the software wasn't at its best. For instance, support for Flash, a key differentiator between Android and iOS was never baked in.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ICS reoriented toward the mobile phone with an updated interface and the complete dissolution of hardware buttons. This means we finally got the actions bar and the ever-important recent apps button

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Had Google not introduce Google Play Services in Jelly Bean, this would not have been Android's biggest release ever. Google Play Services, while it didn't sound very exciting at that time, allowed Google to push out updates to Android's core components and to individual apps without needing to update the entire OS.

Android 4.4 (KitKat)
The Nexus 7 release on Halloween 2013 led to Google having some fun with its dessert naming convention. The company partnered with Nestle for KitKat. Version 4.4 made Android less of a memory hog, which meant the OS could run on devices that had lower RAM

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Google has touted Lollipop as its "sweetest release yet," with a host of major new features that truly launched Android into a modern-day OS. The UI was completely overhauled with Google's new Material Design aesthetic, showing apps in brighter, bolder colors and featuring smooth animations all throughout the OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow ) - Aug 2015
Marshmallow is the future of Android, and though it is still in developer preview mode. This version will also include a new memory tracker to help users find out which apps are eating up the most RAM, as well as quick fingerprint access to provide support for fingerprint sensors and access the Google Play Store with a single swipe of the finger.

What could be the next version of Android be named after ?? Ladoo ?   

Ratan Tata's list of funded startups in 2nd half of 2015

Since stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities at the Tata Group, Ratan Tata in his personal capacity has been funding new startups. Here is a list of startups funded by Ratan Tata in the 2nd Half of 2015.

Lybrate in July 2015
Ratan Tata invested a total $10.2 million along with Tiger Global Management and Nexus Venture Partners. Lybrate allows patients to anonymously communicate with doctors and medical professionals.

Ampere in July 2015
Ratan Tata made his first automobile startup investment in this Coimbatore based business along with Forum Synergies. Though the amount has not been revealed, yet the startup plans to use this to boost operations and hire more talent.

OLA Cabs in July 2015
Ratan Tata also invested an undisclosed amount in the online taxi portal. The nature or kind of investment too remained a hush hush except that this one is upon Tata’s personal capacities. Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder, Ola said, It is our honor to have Mr. Ratan Tata on board as an investor

Infinite Analytics in August 2015
The big data analytics startup got a Ratan Tata financial support along with existing investors like Nikhil Vora, founder of Sixth Sense Ventures. The company plans to use the funding for recruitment, boost present verticals and explore new regions for the business.

HolaChef in September 2015
Counted as Tata’s 14th investment, was an undisclosed amount in this food tech startup. Later, in an interview Tata told, “What I look at while investing in startups is the quality and intelligence of the entrepreneurs.

Abra in October 2015
The first investment of Tata in the global digital platform, this was a $14million fund raise along American Express. Abra starts its journey from U.S. and Philippines as a multi-country teller network for money transfer through mobile apps.

Crayon Data in November 2015
Ratan Tata also invested is a Singapore based startup Crayon Data, though the amount was not made public. The big data company founder Srikant Sastri said in a statement, "We are excited and honoured. To meet Ratan Tata and have our vision validated by him is an accolade in itself.”

UrbanClap in December 2015
The was the last startup funding by Tata in 2015, this one also had SAIF Partners and Accel Partners participating during the investment session. The startup aims to “create lakhs of new jobs for service professionals, thereby creating a new breed of micro-entrepreneurs.