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New Delhi: Indian Railways will redevelop 400 stations with help from private parties, the government said on Thursday.

The decision was taken by the cabinet at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement said.Credits: https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAYQjB1qFQoTCOz_3MnT38YCFRMajgod1iwJkg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.wsj.com%2Findiarealtime%2F2012%2F07%2F31%2Fhow-to-make-indias-railways-safer%2F&ei=rKOnVez5H5O0uATW2aSQCQ&bvm=bv.97949915,d.c2E&psig=AFQjCNF2o-meyAQ7mHDdEWJH9ep141ji7g&ust=1437135693386404

The stations open for redevelopment are classified ‘A-1’ and ‘A’. These are located in metros, major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations across the country.

Interested parties will have to present their design and business ideas, including commercial development of real estate.

The decision assumes significance as it will allow private parties to take part in the redevelopment of stations.

“As the IRSDC (Indian Railway Station Development Corp) is able to undertake redevelopment of only a few stations, it was proposed to redevelop stations through invitation of open bids from interested parties,” the statement said.

(IANS)

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Google India introduces new products on advancement in machine learning for Indian Languages

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New Delhi, Apr 25, 2017: Aiming to bring a billion people online and make the web more useful for them, Google India on Tuesday unveiled new products on advancement in machine learning for Indian languages.

Google also announced that the neural machine translation is now available for nine Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

“Google wants to extend internet for every Indian. We have identified gaps that bar Indians from accessing the internet. There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020,” Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and SouthEast Asia, Google, told reporters here.

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He added that 300 million Indians access internet on smartphones. Anandan also spoke about Google’s tie-up with RailTel to provide high-speed internet at Railway stations.

The neural machine translation is available in Chrome and Maps to make the translation process seamless and refined.

The company said it does one billion translations everyday and 95 per cent of Google Translate has its usage outside of the US.

“Of over 500 million people who use Google Translate, most of the users are in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand,” it said.

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According to Google, neural networks initially took 10 seconds to translate but the company worked on it and brought down the time to 0.2 seconds in two months.

The company also launched “Gboard” in 22 scheduled languages in India. The users can now search words, meanings and even emojis in local language.

The keyboard now has a new feature by which text editing can be done on the go easily.

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The new Gboard comes with a feature that makes it easy to resize and reposition the keyboard according to a user’s need.

Goggle also unveiled Hindi dictionary in Google Search in collaboration with Oxford University Press.

It also shared findings from a new report by Google and KPMG India, titled “Indian Languages-Defining India’s Internet”.  (IANS)

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202 “sensitive” Railway Stations Identified for Installation of Integrated Security System (ISS) in India

The minister added that 96 railway stations have so far been provided with close circuit television (CCTV) cameras under ISS

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New Delhi, Dec 2, 2016: A total of 202 “sensitive” railway stations have been identified for installation of Integrated Security System (ISS), Parliament was told on Friday.

“Contracts have already been awarded for installation of ISS over 120 railway stations by 15 Zonal Railways and Metro Railway, Kolkata,” Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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The minister added that 96 railway stations have so far been provided with close circuit television (CCTV) cameras under ISS.

“Besides, 138 baggage scanners, 32 under-vehicle scanning system, 777 hand-held metal detectors, 213 door frame metal detectors and 89 bomb detection equipments have also been procured.

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“All the Zonal Railways have been advised for expeditious implementation of ISS at all the nominated stations,” he added.

The stations have been identified based on the recommendations of a Composite Security Plan Committee on Railway Security. (IANS)