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COVID-19 impact: Extension of concession period for toll road operators unlikely to provide adequate relief, says ICRA
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COVID-19 impact: Extension of concession period for toll road operators unlikely to provide adequate relief, says ICRA

Post-resumption of tolling, toll collections reached 30-35% of pre-COVID-19 levels in last week of April 2020, which subsequently improved to 50-55% in May 2020, it added.

Toll collections to see 13% drop due to nationwide lockdown; revival likely to be slow: CRISIL Research
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Toll collections to see 13% drop due to nationwide lockdown; revival likely to be slow: CRISIL Research

Over the long term - fiscals 2019-2024, CRISIL Research said it expects toll collections to bounce back to a healthier compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11-12% on the back of new road construction.

Reliance Infrastructure resumes toll operations at 10 road projects; puts in place safety measures for staff
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Reliance Infrastructure resumes toll operations at 10 road projects; puts in place safety measures for staff

As part of the government's initiative to restart operations in a phased manner, Reliance Infrastructure has resumed toll operations at its road projects from midnight of 20 April.

Nitin Gadkari sets 5-year road map: Plans to spend Rs 15 lakh cr on highways, globalise khadi and MSME products
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Nitin Gadkari sets 5-year road map: Plans to spend Rs 15 lakh cr on highways, globalise khadi and MSME products

Gadkari said that the priority for him will be "rolling out all stuck highway projects that include many of the IL&FS projects within 100 days".

Flipkart will let you haggle for the best deal during its Big Billion Day sale
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Flipkart will let you haggle for the best deal during its Big Billion Day sale

Each day, Flipkart promises to release two new products for its customers to haggle over.

Watch as DOTA 2's best players get thrashed by an Elon Musk-funded AI bot
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Watch as DOTA 2's best players get thrashed by an Elon Musk-funded AI bot

OpenAI, a startup funded by Elon Musk, has developed an AI bot for DOTA 2 that's managed to beat the very best DOTA 2 players in 1v1 matches.

Donald Trump retweets bot without a clue; Twitter suspends account linked to bot
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Donald Trump retweets bot without a clue; Twitter suspends account linked to bot

US President Donald Trump, who uses Twitter as a medium to disseminate authentic information to his followers, retweeted a bot and is yet to realise it.

Facebook's bots were shut down simply because the engineers forgot to make them talk in English
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Facebook's bots were shut down simply because the engineers forgot to make them talk in English

The experiment still served its purpose, the bots actually ended up coming up with very human like strategies for negotiating what they wanted.

Centre ready to give states Rs 1,000 crore for world-class 'busports' in 2,000 places: Nitin Gadkari
India

Centre ready to give states Rs 1,000 crore for world-class 'busports' in 2,000 places: Nitin Gadkari

Transport ministry ready to offer viability gap funding of Rs 1,000 crore to states for large world-class bus terminals in as many as 2,000 cities and towns

Super-shopper chat bots are poised to disrupt the ecommerce space
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Super-shopper chat bots are poised to disrupt the ecommerce space

Bots, powered by ample compute cycles and memory as well as the rapid advances in AI, will put substantial capabilities in the hand of the consumer.

Activist coder designs 'bot' that formats Trump's tweets as official White House statements
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Activist coder designs 'bot' that formats Trump's tweets as official White House statements

If US President Donald Trump's tweets were not enough, here comes a 'bot' that formats his tweets as official White House statements -- enough to jolt administrative officials who have tried to downplay Trumps Twitter habits.

Google introduces invisible reCaptcha to go easy on humans and hard on bots
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Google introduces invisible reCaptcha to go easy on humans and hard on bots

The invisible Recaptcha option validates humans in the background, without interrupting the browsing experience.

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is a concrete step to tackle the alarming botnet situation in India
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The Cyber Swachhta Kendra is a concrete step to tackle the alarming botnet situation in India

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra launched by the IT Ministry, will go a long way in tackling the prevalence of botnets in India.

State Election Commission is using Messenger bot to spread awareness about upcoming BMC elections
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State Election Commission is using Messenger bot to spread awareness about upcoming BMC elections

State Election Commission of Maharashtra is using Facebook and Facebook Messenger bot platform to engage Facebook users in Mumbai for the upcoming BMC elections.

Snapchat starts selling Spectacles from vending machines called Snapbots
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Snapchat starts selling Spectacles from vending machines called Snapbots

Snap Inc on Thursday debuted its video-camera sunglasses in its usual quirky style, setting up a big yellow vending machine on a beach boardwalk.

A UPA redux in road sector? Aggressive bidding may make projects highly risky
Business

A UPA redux in road sector? Aggressive bidding may make projects highly risky

Till August, 27 projects totalling 1,500 km were awarded through the hybrid annuity route

Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, a next generation AI assistant
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Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, a next generation AI assistant

Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, a next generation artificial intelligence natural language platform created by the same team that originally made Siri.

Telegram launches HTML5 based gaming platform powered by chatbots
Gaming

Telegram launches HTML5 based gaming platform powered by chatbots

Telegram says that there are hundreds of games being made for the platform by developers, but at launch, there are about thirty games ready to play.

A 19-year old's bot has overturned 160,000 parking tickets and saved millions in fines
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A 19-year old's bot has overturned 160,000 parking tickets and saved millions in fines

A 19-year old lad from UK has created a bot that’s succeeded in overturning over 160,000 parking tickets and effectively saving British motorists from $4 million in fines.

Elon Musk is building a robot for household tasks
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Elon Musk is building a robot for household tasks

OpenAI is making a household robot to use for testing emerging artificial intelligence technologies.