LANGUAGE

  • Different languages spice up Delhi assembly oath-taking February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: The swearing-in ceremony of the Delhi assembly on Monday witnessed a colourful mix of languages including Punjabi, Maithli, Urdu, English and even Sanskrit much to the liking of those present in the house. While the majority of the 67 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members took oath in Hindi, some...
  • Make Bengali the second official language: Bangabhasi Samity February 22, 2015

    Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Bangabhasi Samannay Samity (JBSS) demanded the state government to accord their mother tongue Bengali as second official language and also formation of Bengali Academy in the state. Hundreds of community people under the banner of...
  • Few takers for Indian languages in the US February 21, 2015

    Washington: Despite the Indian economy's rapid growth and the increase in Indo-US ties, Indian languages follow a path less travelled as few students take them up for study in the US, according to a new survey. The Modern Language Association (MLA) has released its quadrennial language enrollments survey of foreign languages...
  • Not only Hindi, Twitter rolls out #hashtags in 11 other Indian languages February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: While Indians have been tweeting in languages other than English for quite some time now (Twitter announced Hindi support back in September 2011) one of the most talked-about Twitter features - the #hashtag - didn't lend itself to native Indian scripts. Until now. On February 15, when India beat...
  • Learning Chinese language is now as easy as playing video games. Here's how January 31, 2015

    Hong Kong: Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone - hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached. Yet gripping the German journalist's attention was not Candy Crush, but one...
  • 'Making India' review: The book is an courageous attempt to explain the modern Indian English literature January 30, 2015

    It is at times good to find a piece like 'Making India' which gives a broad insight from Historical events that lead to the contemporary developments. The Modern Indian history is an outcome of various happenings that took place in 18th and 19 century and Prof Makarand Paranjape, the author...
  • 'Leviathan,' Ida' among Foreign-Language Oscar contenders January 15, 2015

    London: Five movies that tackle the cruelties of existence with humanity and humor are finalists for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. The finalists announced Thursday include director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan," a tragic parable of small-town Russian corruption; Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," in which an aspiring Polish nun confronts dark truths...
  • Ideas 2015: Clean, disciplined lawmakers January 9, 2015

    Intolerance, bigotry, threatening the Nehruvian Idea of India 2014 ended on the note where the line blurred between fringe and mainstream actors and custodians of our Constitution. Our MP's came up with hate speeches and praises for the man who assassinated Gandhi. Experts say a strong government at the Centre...
  • 'Goodbye to Language' top pick of NYC film critics January 4, 2015

    New York: The National Society of Film Critics has chosen the 3-D movie 'Goodbye to Language' as the best picture of 2014 in their 49th annual awards meeting in New York City. Society members gathered at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Saturday to vote, choosing French director Jean-Luc Godard's 70-minute film...
  • Colonial 'mentality' hampering Hindi: VK Singh December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Hindi is not getting its proper due as the "mentality" that developed out of "imperialism" continue to persist among Indians, Union Minister General (Retd) VK Singh said on Saturday. The Minister of State for External Affairs said that US is developed, as the country had discarded "imperialist practices" like...
  • Nagraj Manjule's 'Fandry', Geethu Mohandas's 'Liar's Dice' out of Golden Globe race December 12, 2014

    Los Angeles: Acclaimed Indian films "Fandry" and "Liar's Dice", which were among the 53 motion pictures approved for Golden Globe consideration in the foreign language category, are not part of the final nomination list for the 72nd edition of the awards ceremony. Nagraj Manjule's Marathi film "Fandry", revolving around an "untouchable"...
  • Can we pause to reflect ... what do learners really want? November 29, 2014

    (*in writing this reflection, I must thank the thousands of learners who, in the last three decades, gave me an opportunity to learn with them in their classrooms) The 21st century is seen by many as an age of initiative, innovation, and interactive learning. The debate among 'adult' decision makers...
  • Can German be continued as third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas for current academic year: SC asks Centre November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court stepped in over the row over Sanskrit replacing German in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools across the country on Friday. The SC has asked the Attorney General if German can continue as a third language for this academic year only. The matter will come up for hearing...
  • Smriti Irani invited for German envoy's 'satsang' November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: German Ambassador Michael Steiner is organising a 'satsang' on his birthday on Friday to which he has invited Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani, a gesture that comes in the midst of a raging row over government replacing German with Sanskrit in Central schools. Steiner, who is organising the...
  • Trinamool Congress ups the ante, decides to skip another all-party meet called by Venkaiah Naidu November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A day before the winter session of Parliament, the Trinamool Congress has upped the ante as it has decided to skip the all-party meet called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday. The TMC will skip another all-party meeting called by MoS Personnel on the UPSC language...
  • Chennai: 200 people protest against attack on Physical Education teacher in Loyola school November 22, 2014

    Chennai: More than 200 people including teachers staged a protest outside the Loyola Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam on Saturday after a Physical Education teacher was beaten up by a mob. The mob had claimed that the teacher attacked a student for speaking in Tamil. However, school authorities have...
  • Foreign languages to make way for Sanskrit: Is this a regressive move? November 21, 2014

    Sanksrit Shiksha Sangh asked the government to teach Sanskrit or any modern Indian language instead. The sangh is expected to write to Prime Minister and HRD Ministry and will take strong action if their issues are not addressed. ...
  • It is unfair to keep German as the third language: HRD Minister November 21, 2014

    Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani said that she is not aware of any Supreme Court notice. She further justified government's order on German and said, "it's unfair to keep German as a third language. German is a foreign language and it is being taught as a foreign language." ...
  • Why campaign on sexual offences in English language: HC November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday slammed the city government on its move to run the campaign mostly in "English language" to educate the common masses on sexual offences and the stringent punishments it invites. A division bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Sunita Gupta asked that when...
  • Centres will be set up to promote Hindi: Smriti Irani November 7, 2014

    Agra: The government plans to set up centres for Hindi studies across the country with a view to promote the language, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on Friday. "There is a need for expansion and popularisation of Hindi and for this, new centres will be set up," she said at a...
  • Google launches Indian Language Internet Alliance; showcases Hindi voice search November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Google has announced the creation of Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA), in partnership with leading Indian technology and content companies, to promote the growth of of Indic-language content on the Internet. Network 18 is one of the founding members of this initiative and is represented by IBN Khabar...
  • Hyderabad: People protest against gangrape of girl in varsity November 3, 2014

    Hyderabad: People are out on streets of Hyderabad protesting against the alleged gangrape of a student in a varsity. Womens activists and ABVP members condemned the incident and demanded steps be taken to ensure safety of women. A student at the English and Foreign Languages University was allegedly gangraped and...
  • All India Radio launches free news SMS alerts in five languages September 19, 2014

    New Delhi: After the launch of its English language free news SMS alerts, All India Radio (AIR) on Friday launched a similar service in five Indian languages Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched the free news SMS service of AIR News...
  • Assam government promises panel to help include Assamese script in Unicode September 16, 2014

    Guwahati: A broadbased committee will be constituted to study in detail the computational intricacies of Assamese writing script in the Unicode standard, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. The committee comprising linguists, IT specialists, language technologists, domain specialists, IT experts from universities, Information Technology and Cultural Affairs Departments would go into the...
  • Hindi, regional languages must be encouraged: Pranab Mukherjee September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the use of Hindi and regional languages must be encouraged. Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of 'Hindi Divas' at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he said, "The constitution provides that Hindi should be developed in such a way that it should reflect...
  • HC refuses to interfere in four language formula in Puducherry September 14, 2014

    Puducherry: Refusing to interfere with the fourlanguage formula in the union territory of Puducherry, Madras High Court said English would continue to be the link language for transaction of official business and in the interest of public service. According to language policy of Puducherry, Tamil will be the official language...
  • PM Narendra Modi's address to students on Teachers' Day riles rivals, but Centre defends diktat September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: After the opposition parties, some state governments and schools raised objections to the Centre's move to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech live on Teachers' Day and made it compulsory for the students to listen to it, the Human Resources Development Ministry on Monday clarified that the directive...
  • Modi visits 136yearold school in Japan, calls himself 'the oldest student' September 1, 2014

    Tokyo: Keen to upgrade the educational standards in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited a 136yearold school here as a "student" to understand the academic system of Japan which could be replicated back home. He also invited teachers from here to teach Japanese language in India and proposed online...
  • CISF to study body language for sharper vigil at airports August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: In order to reduce the security screening time for fliers at Indian airports, CISF has directed its personnel to train themselves to study the body language of air passengers and cut down drastically on the existing system of manual checking of tickets. As part of efforts to make...
  • UPSC aspirants prepare to boycott prelim exams scheduled on Sunday August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The hardest hit in the UPSC language row has been aspirants preparing for the exam. While many are lagging behind in preparations, some have even decided to boycott the exam and stage a walkout from the examination hall. After a rigorous round of protestations, lathi charge and detainment,...