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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar battling pancreatic cancer passes away at age of 63



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Panaji: Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was in critical condition due to pancreatic cancer, passed away here on Sunday evening.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at his private residence here on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63.

The condition of Parrikar, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals, in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then, turned “extremely critical” on Sunday, the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted.

The condition of Parrikar, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February last year and in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since then, had turned “extremely critical” on Sunday, the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted earlier in the day.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief.

“Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten,” he said in a tweet.

Other leaders, cutting across party lines, mourned his death.

“Shri Manohar Parrikar is no more. A sincere, honest & sensitive political activist. Was simple and down to earth, I learnt a lot from Shri.Parrikar. As Raksha Mantri his contribution to making the armed forces a modernised, lean & mean fighting machine will remain unparalleled, tweeted Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman.


Goa Chief Minister, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar passes away due to pancreatic cancer:


“Extremely saddened by the untimely demise of my good friend Manohar Parrikar ji. An epitome of impeccable integrity, a down to earth personality, the first IITian to become CM of a state, great son of India gone too soon… RIP my dear friend…,” Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa’s favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief,” tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “My condolences to the bereaved family of Shri. Manohar Parrikar. I met him only once, when he graciously visited my mother at the hospital two years ago. May his soul rest in peace.”

The first Bharatiya Janata Party leader to be Goa Chief Minister, Parrikar headed the state from 2000-05 and 2012-14, before joining the Narendra Modi government as Defence Minister from 2014.

The country’s first Indian Institute of Technology alumnus to serve as Chief Minister of a state, he assumed the mantle on four occasions from 2000, but could not complete a single full term in office.

He returned to state politics in 2017 to lead a coalition government headed by the BJP and continued in office despite his protracted illness and amid criticism from the Opposition and civil society, which had repeatedly demanded his resignation on health grounds.

A widower, Parrikar is survived by his two sons, Utpal and Abhijat, their wives and a grandson.



Namaste India! Alexa in desi avatar




NEW DELHI: Namaste, Alexa’s main hoon. Naam toh suna hi hoga. ” That’s Amazon’s Alexa for you, all ready to surprise the Indians in a desi avatar. Ask more, Kaisi ho aap (how are you?), and soon comes a blatant answer, Aapne pooch liya, bas dil garden-garden ho gayaa (you asked me for my well-being, and this moves me) to bloom like a garden).

Simply, said now you will be to interact with Amazon Alexa, task her with your daily alarms and chores or simply ask her to tell you jokes in the language that you use to chat with your friends and family.

Alexa can now understand commands such as “Bollywood ke latest gane sunao”, “cricket score batao”, “sher ki aawaaz sunao”, or “Alexa, apne baare mein batao”. “We are thrilled to bring a suite of AI advances in multi-lingual understanding so that customers can interact with Alexa in different regional variants of colloquial Hindi. We are grateful to Indian customers who contributed to Hindi development through the Cleo skill,” said Rohit Prasad, Vice President, and Head Scientist, Alexa AI, Amazon.

Rohit Prasad. Born in Ranchi, Prasad, 44, is vice president of Amazon’s world headquarters in the US is among the key personalities behind the birth of the successful and revolutionary voice assistant Alexa.

Prasad said that becoming local was the need of the hour as Indians quickly adopt digital technologies. “However, it was super challenging, especially due to the variations of words and pronunciations we have here. Hindi The dialect changes every 50-100 km.

Alexa arrived in India in 2017. Till date, she was able to understand and pronounce names of popular places, names, songs and more in languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Punjabi. With the new update, Alexa can now understand customers speaking to her completely in Hindi or Hinglish, in multiple contexts and varied regional accents and dialects.

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