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United Nations backs India’s concerns over black money, calls for action on recovering money hidden in safe havens

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

“Track down and recover black money hidden in safe foxhole,” called out a group of law officials in a major United Nations meeting, which concluded on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

The 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice stated that it’s high time to take effective steps to track, recover and confiscate “money and other assets that have not been accounted for and are found in safe havens.”

The group also proposed that the freezing can be carried out “in accordance with domestic law” and can also be “non-conviction-based.”

It is notable that the meeting, which was attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and the chief legal and law enforcement officials from all over the globe, kind of advocated India’s concerns over black money.

On the other hand, the meeting also focused on amplifying international cooperation and finding for nations “ways of affording one another similar cooperation in civil and administrative proceedings for confiscation purposes.”

“I am happy to note that this Congress has endorsed the need for greater international cooperation to effectively deal with critical issues such as unaccounted black money stashed in safe havens, money laundering,” said Gowda welcoming the Congress’ proposed actions to deal with the grappling issue of Black Money.

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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)