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Singapore: A top Indian origin engineer died at the age of 94. He was a great asset in the development of Port of Singapore Authority and the Changi airport. Moreover, his journey of life was about to get published through the book, Engineered For Success. A Vjiaratnam died yesterday.

Mr Vjiaratnam was born in 1921 in the northern Ipoh city of Peninsular Malaysia. He later moved to Singapore and went on to study civil engineering at Brighton College of Technology in Britain on government scholarship in 1950.

On return from Britain, he joined the then Public Works Department and played a key role in the formation of the Port of Singapore Authority in 1964. He also played an important role in developing Changi Airport.

Mr Vijiaratnam also played an important role in the port’s containerization programme, among other things, and rose to become its chief engineer.

He was also the first pro-chancellor of Nanyang Technological University, serving from 1992 to 2005.

Mr Vijiaratnam was the only Singaporean to represent the country in hockey, rugby, soccer and cricket. He played for about a decade from 1946.

He was part of the national hockey team that went to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He was also chairman of a local newspaper, Tamil Murasu for 10 years from 1995.

A chartered engineer, he became the first Asian to serve as vice-president of the Britain-based Institution of Structural Engineers.

Singapore National Olympic Council vice-president Tan Eng Liang, a water polo player who also went to the 1956 Olympics – said: “Vijiaratnam was exceptional in being able to play four sports at a high level, and that athletes today could learn from him. He was a role model in the way he was able to juggle both sports and a successful career.(IANS)(Image-wikipedia0

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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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