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Sartaj Aziz fixates on Kashmir as core agenda for Indo-Pak talks

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By NewsGram staff writer

Islamabad: In yet another attempt to bring the Kashmir issue, Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said Pakistan would hold talks with India only if the Kashmir issue was on the agenda.

Sartaj-AzizHe is geared up to present a dossier of supposed Indian interference in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

Recently, the NSA level talks were cancelled by Pakistan as India rejected its demand of meeting the separatist leaders from the valley and making them a party to the dialogue process in direct or indirect way.

Talking about the necessity of dialogue on the Kashmir issue, Aziz claimed that entire world had supported Islamabad’s stance that the two countries need to hold dialogue on all the outstanding issues including Kashmir.

It is apparent that in times when the country is reeling under internal issues as well as pressure from India producing evidences of Pakistan sponsoring terrorism as a state agenda, Sartaj Aziz is trying to shift focus from the main issue of terrorism.

India recently claimed that Pakistan was giving shelter to dreaded terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. This claim was rejected by Aziz and he said a befitting reply would be given to India on this.

The advisor said a meeting between Pakistan Rangers’ chief and commander of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) would be held in New Delhi on Wednesday. He said the meeting is aimed at reducing tension along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Pakistan NSA made sure that he blamed India on everything that was wrong with Pakistan as he regretted that India’s policy was anti-Pakistan. The advisor made it clear that the issue of the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement will be raised at the meeting.

He also announced that Pakistan would present a dossier on Indian interference in the country at the UN.

(With inputs from IANS)

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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)