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Mumbai: A new rule called ‘5/20’ was implemented and a controversy has surged up, following it.

The ‘5/20’ rule as it is been called,  decrees that new airlines like Vistara and AirAsia India must fly local for a maximum of 5 years along with the necessary securing of at least 20 aircrafts, before setting their feet abroad.

Tony Fernandes, CEO and founder of AirAsia Group Bhd, tweeted on Saturday: “Quite crazy 5/20 hasn’t been solved. Are owners of Indian airlines living in India. Naresh (Goyal), NRI”.

This is believed to be the reaction to Ratan Tata’s favoring of the 5/20 rule.

To explain the situation further, Fernandes was signaling to Federation of Indian airlines – which represents IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet Ltd. And GoAir – allegation that Tata is favouring the rule following self-interest and ownership issues.

Vistara co-owned by Tata Sons is essentially controlled from Singapore. Whereas, it is also worth mentioning that Air Malaysia is the largest shareholder.

AirAsia India, India’s largest airline founded by a London-based NRI, Naresh Goyal, is a joint venture in which AirAsia Bhd holds 49%, Tata Sons Ltd. 41% and the rest by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.

Under the Indian laws, a foreign company can own and invest up to 49% on any Indian airline, while an NRI can hold a full 100% share in an airline.

The Tata Sons refuted the allegations, claiming that the day-to-day operations and major decisions are taken by the board members, which comprises a wholesome part of Indian residents. And also that an essential share of the ownership rests with the Indian parties as per the Government’s requirement.

Whereas Fernandes replying to a tweet, said that he can see no reason why Malaysia should not be allowed to set up a joint venture with the Indian airlines. He also mentioned of an Indonesian airline that is already operating a Malaysian AOC (air operating certificate).

In a final tweet, Fernandes remarked: “People of India, your voice needs to be heard more. For too long, airlines have been controlled by a few. Mostly NRIs. Competition is needed”. (Input from agencies)

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  • Daddy Luthra

    i don’t know whether to trust this article or not, the article states “AirAsia India, India’s largest airline founded by a London-based NRI, Naresh Goyal, is a joint venture in which AirAsia Bhd holds 49%, Tata Sons Ltd. 41% and the rest by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.”; firstly naresh goyal is the founder of jet airways and not air asia india, secondly Air Asia India cant be called India’s largest airline with a fleet of 6 aircrafts and less than 10 destinations when Airlines like Indigo Operate with a fleet of over 100. These are just the basic facts about aviation in India i don’t know what you people are trying to portray.

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  • Daddy Luthra

    i don’t know whether to trust this article or not, the article states “AirAsia India, India’s largest airline founded by a London-based NRI, Naresh Goyal, is a joint venture in which AirAsia Bhd holds 49%, Tata Sons Ltd. 41% and the rest by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.”; firstly naresh goyal is the founder of jet airways and not air asia india, secondly Air Asia India cant be called India’s largest airline with a fleet of 6 aircrafts and less than 10 destinations when Airlines like Indigo Operate with a fleet of over 100. These are just the basic facts about aviation in India i don’t know what you people are trying to portray.

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Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Learn Hindi And Other Indian Languages

Apart from Hindi, using "Cleo" customers can respond to Alexa's English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other Indian languages.

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Amazon on Tuesday launched a new category of Alexa skills that would enable customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other Indian languages.

Using the new “Cleo” skill, Amazon allows users to teach Alexa more about Indian languages and culture by interacting with the voice assistant.

“During each round, Alexa will ask you to say at least five things in your language. She may ask you to say something specific in the chosen language or to just say anything at all,” the company said in a statement.

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Amazon Alexa. Flickr

The process of creating new languages for Alexa benefits data availability, computing power and machine learning, in which systems improve organically as they incorporate more data.

Cleo’s availability in India will help improve Alexa’s language model and help her to gradually speak in local languages, the company added.

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These skills can be accessed on all Amazon Echo devices as well as the free Alexa app for smartphones.

Apart from Hindi, using “Cleo” customers can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other Indian languages. (IANS)