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Kathmandu: A top Madhesi leader who suffered injuries in a clash between the agitating Madhesi Morcha and the police at the Biratnagar-Jogbani border last Saturday, was being flown to New Delhi on Friday for further treatment, a party official said.

Sadbhawana Party chairman Rajendra Mahto is one of the key leaders heading the over four-month-old agitation in Nepal’s southern plains by Madhesi political parties and ethnic groups of the Nepal Terai demanding amendments in the new Constitution which they deem discriminatory and ignoring their rights.

According to Manish Suman, the party’s general secretary, Mahto was taken from Nepal’s Dharan city, where he was being treated for his injuries, and flown to Kathmandu on Friday afternoon. He was scheduled to leave for New Delhi on an Indian Airlines flight, later on, Friday.

Mahto received injuries on his head and limbs. Two fingers of his left hand were broken in the clash.

Attending doctors said that though he has marginally recovered from his injuries, he is now suffering from high level of blood sugar and blood pressure.

He will be taken to Medanta in Gurgaon for treatment, according to Suman. Madhesi leaders have had a indifferent relation with India.(IANS) (image courtesy: Yahoo.com)

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Nepal Restaurant Replaces Its Waiters With Robots

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.

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A newly-launched restaurant in the capital of Nepal is using robots as waiters under the slogan, “where food meets technology”.

The Naulo Restaurant (“naulo” means new in Nepali) operates with the help of five robots, three named Ginger and two named Ferry, designed and manufactured by Paaila Technology, a Nepali company established by six young engineers, specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

“Naulo is the first digitalized robotic restaurant not just in Nepal, but also in South Asia. We believe that our robot is one of the most advanced service robots in the world which is user friendly and very easy to operate,” Binay Raut, CEO of Paaila Technology and Naulo Restaurant, told Xinhua.

The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables from where orders can be placed directly to the kitchen. After the dishes are ready, the robots collect them from the kitchen counter and serve the customers.

This is the first time in the Himalayan country that a restaurant has used “Made in Nepal” robots as servers.

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The restaurant has a menu implanted in digital screens on tables. Flickr

Raut, 27, who completed engineering studies in India and the UK, said: “We travelled to different countries including China and Japan to learn about the design, framework and operation of robots before launching it in Nepal. Now, our target is to introduce this Nepali innovation in the international market.”

Robot Ginger is powered with swarm intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, auto-dock ability, among others. The robot also cracks jokes and answers basic IQ questions in both English and Nepali.

Paaila Technology entered the hospitality sector after the operation of its first humanoid robot named Pari stationed in a branch of Nepal SBI Bank.

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Pari has been deployed in the digital branch of the bank known as inTouch branch, which functions as a source of information and guides customers. The robot started work by greeting customers with “Good afternoon. Welcome to Nepal SBI InTouch”.

Paaila Technology has spent around 15 million Nepali rupees ($134,568) on research and development in the last few years.

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