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China’s remarks on Arunachal stir up a hornet’s nest ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Calling Arunachal a ‘huge dispute’ and an ‘undeniable fact’ spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Secretary, Hu Chunying has given the eternal border itch of the two nations a scratch again.
Talking to the media, the remark is seen as a reaction to India’s extension of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Arunachal Pradesh.
Although supporting Narendra Modi’s view that peace at the border has to be maintained to arrive at any mutually acceptable agreement, Hu’s remarks show the weight given to the border issue by China.
‘We have taken note of remarks made by Prime Minister Modi. China has always taken a positive attitude on the China-India boundary question.’ she said.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of Southern Tibet. Although the Communist nation says that the dispute is limited to just 2,000 Kms of Arunachal, India feels that the dispute is much larger in scope, 4,000 Kms after adding Aksai Chin region along with other western border areas.

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Developers Can Now Start Building Hindi Skills for Alexa in India

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018 (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon on Tuesday announced that developers can now start building Alexa skills for customers in India with the new Hindi voice model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers would get a headstart and submit skills for certification as the company prepare to offer engaging experiences for Alexa users in one of the most spoken languages in the country, the company said in a statement.

Commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for Hindi-speaking customers in India can request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create skills, or capabilities, for Alexa.

Amazon last year launched a new category of skill called “Cleo” that enables customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other languages. The idea was to improve Alexa’s language model and help her gradually speak in local languages.

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The lawsuit alleges Amazon of saving ‘voice prints’ of millions of children by unlawfully recording their conversations around Alexa-enabled smart devices. Pixabay

Apart from Hindi, users can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other regional languages.

Alexa is currently available in over 80 countries and speaks more than 14 language variants.

One can sign up for the first webinar on Hindi skill building scheduled on July 24. Developers in India who have their Hindi-language skill certified for publication in India before July 31 would receive exclusive early bird Alexa merchandise.

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Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, told IANS recently that the company is working on infusing regional languages capabilities in Alexa for the Indian market but these are early days.

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between. (IANS)