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Humanoid robot Sophia to arrive Nepal today

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KATHMANDU — Sophia, the first humanoid robot that was granted citizenship by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is all set to visit Nepal on Tuesday as a keynote speaker in a conference.

Sophia is part of the United Nations Development Programme’s conference on “Technology for Public Services/Development” on March 21 which is being organised to showcase how technology can offer possibilities of development in the country.

“As part of our efforts to facilitate discussions on how technology and innovation could contribute to better governance, and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP is organizing the conference where Sophia will be take part,” UNDP said in a statement.

“the conference is aimed at helping Nepal find ways to better using technology and innovation for advancing development in a changed federal context,” it further reads.

Sophia will deliver keynote address at the conference and will be followed by presentations from experts and innovators in the areas of inclusive economic growth, democratic governance and resilience.

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Sophia was built by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics in 2015. The inventor David Hanson claims that the robot is imbued with artificial intelligence and can recognise faces.

The humanoid robot’s face can reportedly mimic 62 human facial expressions and with a camera and Google voice recognition software Sophia can recognise the person she is speaking to.

Sophia, now two and a half years old, uses voice and face recognition technology combined with artificial intelligence to carry on conversations with humans. She was first introduced to the United Nations in October this year.

Sophia was interviewed onstage in a stilted conversation at the Future Investment Initiative conference and has been attending various seminars across the world.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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