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Inquiry confirms assault on scribe for speaking Hindi in Goa

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Panaji:  A year after a local journalist accused two police officials here of misbehaving with him just because he was a Hindi-speaking non-Goan, an internal police enquiry confirmed the allegation.

In the report, Superintendent of Police (Crime) Kartik Kashyap said, on Saturday, that “journalist Mukesh Kumar was dealt in a biased manner which might have been (the case) because he was speaking in Hindi”.

Mukesh Kumar, who worked as a reporter with a local cable news channel had complained to the police in December last year that Inspector PK Vast and Sub-Inspector Vikram Naik verbally abused him and roughed him up for looking and sounding like a Hindi speaking person from outside the state.

The incident happened at the Panaji police station. Mukesh Kumar had sought police help after he was threatened by four or five people.

Police officials PK Vast and Vikram Naik, have maintained that the charges against them were false.

SP Kartik Kashyap said it seemed that others involved in the brawl with Mukesh Kumar were given “preferential treatment”, but it did not appear that Inspector Vast had physically assaulted him.

Filed with the Director General of Police, Kashyap’s report also says that the two police officials had been “verbally advised” to show restraint with members of the media and other visitors by the Deputy Inspector General of Police.(IANS)(image courtesy: c2.staticflickr.com)

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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)

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