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Nationalist Congress Party names Smita Patil as Women Youth President of Maharashtra

An arts graduate, Smita Patil has already carved a niche for herself by leading several agitations seeking prohibition, empowering women and girls

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  • The appointment comes at a critical time for Smita Patil, 24, as the state prepares for a mini-general election involving a majority of municipal corporations, councils and local civic bodies starting next month, NCP state President Sunil Tatkare said
  • Tatkare also indicated that the NCP was prepared for an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming legislative council and civic elections and awaited the Congress’ response
  • Suman, widow of the late Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil, was nominated by the NCP to contest the Tasgaon assembly seat and won it with a handsome margin

Mumbai, October 26, 2016: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday named Smita Patil, the eldest daughter of the late Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil, as the party’s state Women Youth President.

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The appointment comes at a critical time for Smita Patil, 24, as the state prepares for a mini-general election involving a majority of municipal corporations, councils and local civic bodies starting next month, NCP state President Sunil Tatkare said.

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NCP state President Sunil Tatkare. Youtube
 Tatkare also indicated that the NCP was prepared for an alliance with the Congress for the upcoming legislative council and civic elections and awaited the Congress’ response.

One of the most respected and young leaders in the state, Raosaheb Ramrao Patil passed away in February 2015, at the age of 58, after a prolonged battle with oral cancer.

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The lawyer-turned politician is survived by his wife, children Smita, Supriya and Rohit, and aged mother Bhagirathi.

Later, his widow Suman was nominated by the NCP to contest the Tasgaon assembly seat and won it with a handsome margin.

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An arts graduate, Smita Patil has already carved a niche for herself by leading several agitations seeking prohibition, empowering women and girls, and other social causes in the state since 2011. (IANS)

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Accenture, Grameen Foundation’s apps to boost women’s financial inclusion

Accenture Labs in collaboration with the non-profit Grameen Foundation has developed two artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)-based applications that can boost rural women's access to financial services

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Accenture releases app to empower women. IANS

Accenture Labs in collaboration with the non-profit Grameen Foundation has developed two artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)-based applications that can boost rural women’s access to financial services.

The apps — Emotional Analytics for Social Enterprises (EASE) and Grameen Guru — will be rolled out by Grameen Foundation India across 300 villages in the states of Maharashtra and Odisha, Accenture Labs said in a statement on Wednesday.

Leveraging AI and AR-based technologies, the applications will help users better understand financial products and services, enabling them to make informed choices that positively impact their financial and social well-being.

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This app will empower rural women. Wikimedia Commons

“This is a tremendous example of how technology can help bridge the vast cultural and educational divide in places like India, having a real impact on the way people work and live,” said Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs India.

EASE is an AI-based web and mobile app that helps microfinance advisors gain real-time insights into the emotional and cognitive status of their clients, based on video and audio inputs.

Helping to improve cross-cultural communication, the tool provides deeper insights on precisely what topics or keywords attract attention, or cause clients to disengage. On the other hand, Grameen Guru is a smartphone-based multilingual chatbot that leverages AR technology to help clients who cannot read and understand written material.

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Using the app, a user can hold their phone over a brochure that details available financing options, for example, and the Guru virtual assistant will pop up and prompt a conversation in the local language to explain the material.

“Barriers — ranging from illiteracy to a lack of bank branches in rural areas, coupled with a lack of confidence and access to information — hinder adoption for millions of low-income women in India,” said Prabhat Labh, CEO, Grameen Foundation India. The use of these new technologies will enable effective economic empowerment of women, he noted. IANS