Instant Messaging App imo Raises Awareness Among Millions in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

imo, a free video calling and instant messaging app, has taken slew of initiatives to raise awareness and…

imo, a free video calling and instant messaging app, has taken slew of initiatives to raise awareness and put a check on misinformation about COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts by imo were carried out at a global level. With a comprehensive dashboard furnishing verified information, the app has kept more than 20 million people apprised across countries such as India, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

Scores of users & government bodies take to imo app to dispel misinformation, provide assistance amid COVID-19

As part of its CSR initiative at the onset of COVID-19 outbreak, imo began to take steps aimed at easing the situation for its users. It collated real-time data from impacted countries and disseminated the same through a dashboard. Apart from it, the app also catered information such as prevention and control, government announcements, verified reports etc through different meta-authorized content topics. It further ensured to dispel misinformation and unverified information circulated across social media boards. The average daily exposure of the pandemic-related content was recorded to be more than 10 million.

It was due to this comprehensive approach and the app’s massive global outreach that even some government authorities took cognizance of the steps taken. The Information Communication Technology (ICT) division of the Bangladesh government launched a healthcare call centre on the app on April 29 to provide medical assistance to its nationals stranded in Saudi Arabia. Five imo numbers were included in the programme through which Bangladeshi expatriate could schedule consultations with specific doctors.

Talking about factors behind the app’s global popularity, imo spokesperson said, “A major reason for our wide acceptance is the ability to provide stable calls even in unstable or weak network areas. Compared to other IM applications in the market, users can save more than 20% mobile data while using imo for video calls and messaging. We are happy that our tech-powered innovations have helped people.”

Apart from aforementioned initiatives, the app has also made some key changes in its functioning to ease out things for personal as well as professional usage. Based on the requirements of the COVID-19 scenario, the app upgraded its multi-person audio and video call mechanism. As many as 20 people can get connected at once on an audio call and 9 people on a video call through imo. While this is particularly helpful in organizing office meetings in a work-from-home situation, it is also of use for those who wish to connect with their loved ones in these trying times.

About imo

imo is a global instant communication platform providing audio and video communication service, instant messaging and public service functions. The app enables users to stay in touch with family & friends, and share their life moments anytime from anywhere. Users can also receive global news, information, and enjoy other commercial services through the app. As a worldwide leading social platform, imo has established meaningful connections for over 200 million users with their families and friends.

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Sany Donates 1 Lakh N95 Masks & 5 Lakh 3 Ply Masks to Govt of Maharashtra through MIDC

Supporting the Government of Maharashtra in its fight against the COVID, Sany, a leading manufacturer of construction, mining & material handling equipment, heavy machinery and renewable energy solutions donated 1 lakh N95 masks & 5 Lakh 3 Ply Masks to Government of Maharashtra through MIDC. Mr. Deepak Garg, Managing Director, Sany South Asia & Sany India handed over the masks to Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra. Sany has been in the forefront in helping people during the lockdown by donating masks & PPE kits to various hospitals and people who have been working at the construction sites. Sany also provided food ration to the needy families who were affected due to the lockdown.

(Left to Right): Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra & Mr. Deepak Garg, Managing Director, Sany South Asia & India

Mr. Deepak Garg said, "We firmly believe that the fight against COVID should be a combined effort of the government, corporate houses/industries, healthcare professionals and the citizens in general. Within the company, we are adhering to all possible measures to ensure the safety of all our employees and stakeholders." Speaking about this initiative, he further added, "As a socially conscious company, we have taken this small but significant step in providing the N95 masks with an intention of keeping our corona warriors i.e. our doctors, nurses, paramedic staff, district administrators and police personnel safe from this deadly virus. I also need to applaud the commendable efforts taken by the health ministry in combating COVID. I sincerely hope that we become a corona free country soon."

Honorable Shri Rajesh Tope, minister of state for Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra thanked Sany for the donation of masks and advised Sany to keep doing such activities for the betterment of people of India.

Dr. P. Anbalagan, (IAS), CEO of MIDC said, "It's really commendable to see that companies like Sany stand united with us in our fight against this invisible enemy. By providing the N95 and 3 Ply Masks, they have helped the real life warriors who are in the frontline and vulnerable to this deadly virus. As far as protective measures are concerned, it is critical to maintain the constant supply of masks and PPE kits to ensure the safety of our frontline workers. Having said that, I urge more companies to come forward and lend their support in whatsoever way possible."

Mr. Subhedar, Joint CEO of MIDC, said, "With the entire country living under the threat of this fast spreading virus, the need of the hour is to follow preventive measures like wearing a mask. This becomes mandatory for our corona warriors who are more vulnerable in contracting COVID-19. Sany's gesture of providing masks will go a long way in keeping our corona warriors safe and healthy."

Sany has adopted a number of initiatives, both online and offline to promote a healthy and safe atmosphere for their employees. Offline measures like work from home and onsite measures like thermal screening and proper sanitization are being practiced to ensure safety. Online measures include "SANYtization", which is a digital initiative to promote awareness amongst the whole community through social media channels.

About Sany India

Sany India was incorporated in 2002 and offers the widest range of Construction Machinery in India & South Asia. In 2012, Sany India invested more than INR 500 crore to develop infrastructure for R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Inspection, Testing and Service at their manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune. Through this facility, the company operates in four Business verticals viz: Excavator, Heavy Equipment, Concrete Machinery and Renewable Energy. Presently, Sany India offers products like excavators, truck mounted cranes, all terrain and rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, transit mixers, batching plants, boom pumps, trailer pumps, piling rigs, motor graders, pavers, compactors, reach stackers, rubber tyred gantry cranes, rail mounted gantry cranes, mining equipment, wind turbine generators and many more. The company has already established a strong network of around 25 dealers across India to cater to the growing demand and provide support to all its customers & associates. Sany has more than 12000 machines delivered on ground, contributing to infrastructure development projects in India & other South Asian countries. Owing to its widest product range, superior build quality, service commitment, innovative solutions, and global expertise, Sany India has achieved market leadership in various construction equipment segments. With Government of India's focus on infrastructure development and modernization, the company is poised for tremendous growth.

About MIDC

MIDC was established in 1962, under M.I.D. Act 1961 as the premier industrial infrastructure development agency of Government of Maharashtra. It has one of the largest industrial land banks amongst all the Industrial development corporations in India. Through 16 regional offices, MIDC manages its 289 industrial complexes. Standing true to its corporate Philosophy "Prosperity to all through Industrialization" MIDC built 289 Industrial Areas with 66273.82 hectares of land. (Approx.) MIDC has also developed specialized parks for different industrial sectors including IT, BT, Special Economic Zones.

Fiona Diamonds Campaign #RealHeroes – #RealDiamonds of India Creates a Storm on Social Media

Fiona Diamonds campaign "Real Heroes - Real diamonds of India" appreciates and expresses gratitude as a society to the true heroes of the coronavirus battle. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the course of our lifestyles drastically over the last few weeks by affecting people across the globe. This has not just cooped us all up in our houses but also made us ponder upon several things. One being the fact that, during a crisis as such, one can truly identify the real diamonds amongst us, the true heroes; the frontline workers.

Fiona Diamonds - Ring

NGOs, BMC Department, Healthcare professionals, public servants, essential service workers are at the front end of this battle fighting it out with the pandemic up close, placing their lives at risk from time to time to ensure that the rest of us remain safe and sound at home. The campaign puts forth the idea that out of respect for these warriors, the absolute least we can do is stay at home and observe the quarantine guidelines. Fiona Diamonds appreciates few Corona Warriors by sending them souvenirs as a token of love.

Fiona Diamonds - Earrings

Mr. Suresh Agrawal of NGO Vishwas said, "Trying times like these are the true tests of humanity. This pandemic has been difficult for everyone and for some the blow has hit the hardest. While we take all precautions to keep the virus at bay, while the government, doctors, scientists work on a bigger level to get rid of this problem, it is our responsibility to stay at home and flatten the curve, to look out for people that may need our help, the people that aren't as privileged as us."

Parag Agrawal, Co-founder and CEO of Fiona Diamonds said, "It's a long and tough battle against the pandemic and those brave hearts are putting forth all their energy into keeping the rest of us and the world at large safe. We can do our bit by helping people in need and most importantly while maintaining social distance and staying at home and most importantly, saying thank you to all those warriors there."

"85 BEST employees and workers have been affected due to the coronavirus and up until now just about 25 have recovered and gone home. However, our recovery rate is gradually increasing. A lot of patients are asymptomatic but we still need to be cautious and that's why about 600 people in total have been asked to maintain quarantine. We are positive that we will soon get over this situation," said Dr. Anil Singal, CMO, BEST.

Ashok Raghunath Gaikwad of MCGM said, "We are all fighting against the virus, especially the people on the frontline that are dealing with it up close. We are ensuring disinfection and sanitization in all areas, especially the slums which are hotspots due to failure of maintaining social distance. I would request anyone who is hearing this to take precautions and maintain the prescribed social distance at all times for the safety of yourself and us all."