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India needs to be self-reliant in defence, Manohar Parrikar says

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday sounded out the importance of self-dependence and need for indigenous efforts with regards to ammunition supply in attempt at consolidating India’s combativeness at the Engineers Conclave organized by the National Academy of Engineering and Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.

M_Id_442710_Manohar_ParrikarThe minister expounded his views on how a nation should be self-dependent in terms of energy, food or even the security of borders. “We require some critical equipment for the purpose of defending our nation,” said the minister, as quoted in an IBN-Live report.

Dependence on other countries should be the last resort.

Further, the minister talked of the Swacch Bharat campaign and Ganga cleaning mission and how it should have been started much before the BJP led-NDA government came into power considering the medical importance of the venerated river.

“Aspect of a clean and green India can generate power by itself. Our culture tells us that earth has enough to give you for your needs,” he said.

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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)