YouTube will be available offline in India in the coming weeks. This means you can download YouTube videos when connected to a high speed network, and watch it later without using Internet connection
Soon Indians would be able to download and store YouTube videos on their mobile phones. While launching its Android One platform, Google said in the coming weeks YouTube would be available in India for offline usage.
“Within the coming few weeks, much of YouTube will be available offline in India. This is huge, and our users will really, really like this. You can download a video once, save it to your phone, and watch it again and again,” said Caeser Sengupta, Product Management Director at Google during the launch event.
This means one can download a video, while online, and watch it later without the data connection. Exact details of this offer are not available. According to media reports, this download would be free of any cost (except data charges) in India. However, it is not clear, if this offer would be free for limited period because Google reportedly is launching its subscription service at $9.99 per month.
The government announces a slew of projects for the NE region
General VK Singh, Minister of Development for North Eastern Region (NE region) said today that enabling infrastructure shall be provided to develop external markets for agricultural produce from NE region. Steps are being taken to ensure that 10% non-lapsable funds earmarked for the North East are actually utilised for the region, said General VK Singh. Each project is being reassessed in terms of utility, money already spent he said in the context of committed liabilities exceeding Budget. He however conceded that the progress on rail links in the last 10 years has been very tardy, and impetus being given to this now. “We want the Trans-Arunachal Highway to be completed at the earliest,” added General VK Singh.
There is no hindrance in getting funds released from line Ministries or for getting things done for the North East, emphasized General VK Singh. “We are placing a special emphasis on infrastructure; liaising with shipping, civil aviation and transport ministry,” General VK Singh said.
He said that the government is discussing with the Railway Ministry the possibility of expediting ongoing rail projects on Rail corridor in NE region. To make air connectivity viable, a holistic approach was needed in the NE region, he added. Pricing of flights will have to be formulated so that it is affordable, General VK Singh suggested.
Among other promises from General VK Singh, the following are important: There is going to be a Centre for Entrepreneurship development in Jorhat University. Discussions with people in MSME sector; the government's aim is to promote the MSME sector in North East. JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) has come up with a proposal for a hostel for 1200 students of North East. Rural, economic and adventure tourism are aimed to be promoted in the NE region. Looking at tourism and knowledge of the North East are to be priority areas. There are talks with food processing ministry to establish a cold chain in the NE, and to develop irradiation facilities. The government aims to transform the whole of North East into an organic hub, which can service the rest of the country as well as world.
General Singh said that he is looking at the entry of private players like Apollo Hospitals (in Guwahati) in health sector. He is also looking at Medicity in North East; where we can have one medical college, one dental college and other ancillary facilities.