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Earthquake jolts northeastern India, at least 5 dead and 100 injured

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RANCHI/IMPHAL/GUWAHATI: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake jolted Manipur where at least five persons were killed and 100 injured, reportedly as it hit northeastern India early Monday morning at around 4:36 am.

There is large-scale damage in Imphal with many houses reporting huge cracks. Walls of many building have also collapsed.

The epicenter was in Tamenglong district, in Manipur according to the Indian Meteorological department whereas state government officials said the epicenter was at Noney village in Tamenglong around 35 km from Imphal.

Principal Secretary Suresh Babu said that the government is assessing the situation and providing all help to the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that an NDRF team has been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake. “Spoke to Rajnath Ji, who is in Assam, on the situation arising due to the earthquake & asked him to oversee the situation,” PM Modi tweeted. The Prime Minister’s office also tweeted saying PM Modi is continuously monitoring the situation in the Northeast. “He spoke to Arunachal Pradesh CM Shri Nabam Tuki,” the office tweeted.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, currently in Guwahati, also felt the earthquake in the country’s highest Zone V earthquake risk zone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to oversee the situation and tweeted about his presence.

Assam, Manipur, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Bihar are the states where tremors are reported. A few people on social networks said they’ve seen cracks appearing in many buildings.

Imphal’s famous women’s market building has been damaged along with some buildings that were badly damaged even as people rushed out from their houses in the quake-hit areas. Several household objects fell and broke as the ground shook for more than a minute, says Shivachandra Singh, an Imphal resident. Works minister Ratan Khumujam today assessed the situation.

“I felt someone was waking me up. When I woke up, I felt it was a strong tremor,” Sudhir Kumar a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand said. No phone calls were received to  the officials in the state’s disaster management department. In Guwahati, people were seen running out their homes towards open spaces.

The compound wall of Congress MLA N Biren Singh’s official residence at Kangla pat collapsed. Singh told that assessment of the damages is being made by the government.
India, in May, had previously witnessed a massive earthquake that shattered Nepal into pieces, which rattled the country by a powerful tremor with a magnitude of 7.4 today at 12:35 pm near Zham, 22 km away from China and Nepal border. Slight effects of the quake were also observed in India. Newsgram covered the story and below is the link with detailed information:

Massive 7.4 earthquake again wobbles Nepal and North Indian region

(IANS)

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IIT Guwahati Developing AI-Enabled Chatbot Named “ALBELA” to Teach and Support First Year Students of EEE

Earlier we did the trial runs of the chatbot, and started using from this academic session onwards

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We have been working on its development since last 7 months with a team of dedicated 7 research scholars of the department. Pixabay

In a bid to promote learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI), a team of postgraduate students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, along with their faculty members are developing an Artificial Intelligence-enabled chatbot named “ALBELA” to teach and support first year students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE).

“We have been working on its development since last 7 months with a team of dedicated 7 research scholars of the department. Earlier we did the trial runs of the chatbot, and started using from this academic session onwards.

“The response from the students has been overwhelming and we hope that this will become the new normal in near future. Prof. Rohit Sinha, Head EEE Department, and the team IBM have extended their continuous support for this activity,” Praveen Kumar, Professor, Department of EEE, IIT Guwahati, said in a statement.

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In a bid to promote learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI), a team of postgraduate students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, along with their faculty members are developing. Pixabay

The chatbot would help students find their class schedule, tutorial schedule, and examination queries via a AI-based chat window. Students at times may hesitate to approach an instructor regarding their queries, but with this chat-based system students can clear their doubts, both technical and non-technical, according to the institution.

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“The team is developing the analytical problem solving skill. It will be helpful for the students to learn how to solve analytical problems related to the course. Within next one year, we will extend it to biomedical signal processing, electrical machine courses, said Samarendra Dandapat, Professor, Department of EEE at IIT Guwahati. (IANS)