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New York: India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the slowdown in the Chinese economy is not going to impact his country and India could become the “additional shoulder” the global economy needs to stand on.

“We are not a part of the Chinese supply chain,” he said here Monday. Therefore, “we are not impacted.”

He said that China’s slowdown did, however, affect Indian stock markets and the currency. But he did not see the fallout from China extending beyond them.

China, which had played a role in world economic growth, was now having an adverse effect globally, he said. After China “the world needs additional shoulders to stand on” and India could provide them he added.

Jaitley was speaking Monday at the inauguration of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University.

The global economic situation will be a challenge for India because it was beyond its control, he said. “The new normal is living in a period of turbulence and volatility,” he said. International crises used to come up every ten years or so, but now they were occurring more frequently, he added.

 

(IANS)

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Echo Input- New Device by Amazon Now Available in India

The device adds to the Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Sub family of Amazon products

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Amazon on Thursday announced the availability of its new device — Echo Input — that would enable users to add Alexa support to their existing speakers via an audio cable or Bluetooth, for Rs 2,999 in India.

The device features a four-microphone arrangement to allow users to talk to Alexa from across the room using the Alexa app that is available on both, iOS and Android, the company said in a statement.

Using the device, users would be able to add their speakers to a new or existing multi-room music group and adjust volume parameters using voice commands.

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“With Echo Input, we are giving users even more options to choose the best Echo device for their needs and adding it to your existing speakers is the easiest way to begin your voice-first experience with Alexa,” said Jayshree Gururaj, Director, Amazon Devices.

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The device adds to the Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Sub family of Amazon products.

The company also announced that in addition to Amazon Prime Music, Saavn and TuneIn, users can listen to music from Hungama and Gaana as well, which are now available on Alexa starting Thursday.  (IANS)