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Namaste India! Alexa in desi avatar

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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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Hyderabad based GVK Group reportedly under government scanner

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Mumbai: The GVK Group, which is in locked in a legal battle with the Adani Group on stake sale in its flagship Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), on Tuesday said it has received a notice from the corporate affairs ministry (MCA), seeking some details about the airport operator.

This comes at a time when the Hyderabad-based diversified GVK Power & Infrastructure Limited, which owns 50.5 percent stake in the MIAL, is in the process of hiking its stake in the airport arm by acquiring 23.5 per cent additional stake from Bidvest and ACSA.

The MCA notice, according to sources, is based on a whistleblower complaint to MCA with regard to alleged ‘diversion of funds’ from some of the GVK Group companies.

MCA has initiated an inspection of the books of 11 entities, which include GVK Power & Infrastructure, Mumbai International Airport, GVK Jaipur Expressway Pvt and GVK Power. It has also ordered an inspection of the books of Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt – the under construction airport at Navi Mumbai.

These companies are located in different jurisdictions — Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Rajasthan and Mumbai — of the Registrar of Companies and MCA has sent a physical inspection letter to each of these companies, sources said.

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