Language

  • We can learn new languages while we sleep 02-07-2014 05:51 PM

    London: Want to learn a new language but don't have the time? Do so while you're sleeping! Listening to other languages while you are asleep helps reinforce prior learning, a new study has found. The study conducted at the universities of Zurich and Fribourg has shown that German-speaking students are...
  • Language row at JNU, students say 'forced to fill mess forms in Hindi' 27-06-2014 07:38 AM

    New Delhi: After the government was hit by it, the language row has now erupted at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Left students leaders claim that all students including those from non-Hindi speaking states are being forced to fill mess forms in Hindi. The university says that it is running short...
  • Hindi first: Are Netas playing politics of language? 20-06-2014 08:10 PM

    Just hours after facing severe criticism for issuing directives to use Hindi for official communications on social media, the Union government has been forced to issue a clarification. The Ministry of Home Affairs clarified its stand that stating that the directive is only for Hindi speaking states. CNN-IBN takes calls...
  • Congress opposes Hindi push, warns of backlash 20-06-2014 04:04 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress on Friday attacked the government for directing officials to use Hindi in social media, warning that this will lead to a backlash in non-Hindi speaking states. "There will be a backlash in non-Hindi states, in particular in Tamil Nadu... The government is advised to proceed with...
  • Census dispels Hindi myth, only 25 pc in India claim Hindi is their mother tongue 20-06-2014 01:18 PM

    New Delhi: The newly elected BJP led NDA government's eagerness to promote Hindi on social media platforms has led to a controversy dividing the people on language lines. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has defended the Centre's decision to promote Hindi. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has...
  • Full text: The Official Languages Act, 1963 20-06-2014 01:00 PM

    THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963 (AS AMENDED, 1967) (Act No. 19 of 1963) An Act to provide for the languages which may be used for the official purposes of the Union, for transaction of business in Parliament, for Central and State, Acts and for certain purposes in High Courts. Be...
  • Hindi directive row: Jaya tells Modi to 'make sure English is used on social media' 20-06-2014 12:01 PM

    Chennai: The 'linguistic war' has got bigger with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa writing to the Prime Minister asking him to make English the medium of communication on social media and not Hindi as directed by the Home Ministry. "As you are aware, as per the Official Languages Rules,...
  • Naqvi on promoting Hindi language 20-06-2014 11:36 AM

    In a tweet written in Hindi, Naqvi cited that the Hindi needed to be promoted as it was increasing being perceived that only the English speaking were the intelligent lot. ...
  • Need to dispel the perception that only English speakers are intelligent: BJP 20-06-2014 11:09 AM

    New Delhi: Adding fuel to the ongoing 'linguistic war', Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that a person who speaks Hindi was considered illiterate while the English speaking populace was considered elite. In a tweet written in Hindi, Naqvi cited that the Hindi needed to be...
  • Promoting Hindi doesn't mean we are discouraging other languages: MHA 19-06-2014 02:45 PM

    New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has rebuffed DMK chief Karunanidhi's charges that it is treating non-Hindi speakers as second class citizens. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju clarified the ministry's stand over the matter by saying that the government was not promoting Hindi at the cost of...
  • Focus on India's development rather than 'promoting' Hindi: DMK to PM 19-06-2014 12:14 PM

    Chennai: Linguistic chauvinism seems to be rearing its ugly head in India once again. DMK chief Karunanidhi has lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government at the Centre for giving Hindi priority over other languages for official use. The veteran leader has criticised the directives from Ministry of Home...
  • Zones, not zone, of individual freedom

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    In his recent opinion piece titled "The Real Contest for India" in The Indian Express, Pratap Bhanu Mehta argues that, according to the Constitution of...

  • Democracy requires not the absence of government control but the absence of control by governments of “others”

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Democracy requires not the absence of government control but the absence of control by governments of "others". Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that the ...

  • Siddaramaiah cracks whip, decides to return non-Kannada files 11-05-2014 12:05 PM

    Bangalore: The Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has served an ultimatum to all bureaucrats on the use of Kannada in official work. He has instructed the bureaucrats to prepare all files in Kannada or face action. Speaking to IBNLive from Bangalore, he said, "I have returned more than 200 files which...
  • Kannada can't be compulsory medium of instruction in schools: SC to Karnataka 06-05-2014 11:19 AM

    Bangalore: The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement on Tuesday, struck down a Karnataka government order imposing Kannada language as the medium of instruction in all primary schools of the state. A Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court said that imposing the mother tongue as the medium of instruction violated...
  • BASIC, the revolutionary computer programming language, turns 50 30-04-2014 02:09 PM

    New Delhi: 50 years ago, BASIC - the computer programming language - was invented Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA. Short for Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, BASIC was the brainchild of two Dartmouth mathematicians, Thomas Kurtz and John Kemeny. At 4 AM on May 1, 1964, Kemeny and a student programmer...
  • Does your vote really matter?

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Wherever you are in the world, chances are your national political establishment likes to call your vote sacred. There's probably no end to people advising...

  • No point voting for people who know only Kannada, says Karnataka CM 28-03-2014 03:47 PM

    Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has courted a fresh controversy by urging the voters to send only people who know more languages to the Lok Sabha. During his election campaign in Mandya, Siddaramaiah asked the voters to re-elect sitting MP and famous Kannada heroine Ramya. He said that the JDS...
  • Facebook unveils Hack, a new PHP-based programming language 22-03-2014 01:30 PM

    New York: It is called Hack but it has little to do with hacking. It is a new programming language designed by Facebook that lets programmers build complex websites and other software quickly and without many flaws. "We can say with complete assurance that this has been as battle-tested as...
  • Finnish woman, whose gibberish talk video 'What languages sound like to a foreigner' is a viral hit, is Internet's new star 20-03-2014 01:17 PM

    A 19-year-old Finnish supermarket cashier with millions of Internet fans of her language imitation YouTube video is heading for America hoping her gibberish hit will open up a new career. In two weeks, Sara Maria Forsberg's 'What languages sound like to a foreigner' has drawn more than 9 million viewings,...
  • Why are the MPs from Karnataka not opening their mouths in Parliament?

    Local Vocal |  Vasant Shetty
    Of late, after the civil-society driven anti-corruption movement caught the imagination of the educated middle class, there have been wide spread debates about the educational...

  • Include Sambalpuri, Ho languages in Constitution: Patnaik to Centre 02-03-2014 09:28 AM

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take steps for inclusion of Sambalpuri/Kosali and Ho languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. "Sambalpuri/Kosali is the mother tongue of about 75 lakh people spread over 10 contiguous districts of Western Odisha....
  • World Mother Tongue Day: Time for India to implement a multi-lingual policy

    Local Vocal |  Vasant Shetty
    Anecdote 1: It was a state run bank situated in a lower middle class locality of South Bengaluru. Several middle aged women, looking confused, were...

  • South Africa's SMS service plans rollout in 11 Indian languages 10-02-2014 07:07 AM

    Johannesburg: South African mobile instant messaging service Mxit, launched in India a fortnight ago, plans to rollout its service in 11 regional Indian languages within the next six months. "At the moment, India is our number one growth market," Mxit chairman Michael Jordaan told the weekly Sunday Times in Johannesburg...
  • 3 Bangladeshi journalists sent to jail over 'false' report 17-01-2014 07:49 PM

    Dhaka: Three senior Bangladeshi journalists of a pro-opposition newspaper have been arrested for publishing a "false" report that Indian forces had helped the government contain violence during the recent controversial polls. Detectives raided the office of Inqilab, a Dhaka-based Bangla-language daily, on Thursday and picked up the three journalists. They...
  • President gives certificate of honour to language experts 17-01-2014 07:12 PM

    New Delhi: The US-based academician Robert P Goldman who translated epic Valmiki Ramayan into English and noted indologist George Cardona were given certificates of honour by President Pranab Mukherjee for their contribution to Sanskrit at a function on Friday. Goldman and Cardona were among 57 proponents of Sanskrit, Pali/Prakrit, Arabic...
  • 'Fake' sign language interpreter at Mandela event says he suffered a schizophrenic episode 12-12-2013 02:05 PM

    A South African sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating gibberish during a memorial to Nelson Mandela defended his "champion" performance on Thursday, but said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage. The interpreter, identified as 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices in...
  • Political parties may face action for using abusive language: EC 29-11-2013 07:56 AM

    New Delhi: Taking serious note of the "plummeting" levels of political discourse during the ongoing Assembly polls in five states, the Election Commission has put all parties on notice and warned of action for repeated use of "intemperate and abusive" language while campaigning. "The Commission desires to put all political...
  • 'Huh' may be a universal word, has similar form and function the world over 11-11-2013 03:15 PM

    London: 'Huh' may a true universal word that unites people across the globe in their confusion, a new study that examined languages from around the world suggests. A word like 'Huh?' - used when one has not understood what someone just said - appears to be universal: it is found...
  • Indian Army officers take Mandarin course 22-09-2013 10:38 PM

    Sonipat: A four-week training programme in Mandarin language for Indian Army officers concluded here last week, the organisers of O.P. Jindal Global University said. Eighteen senior army officials took part in the programme focused on honing Mandarin language skills of the participants, the private university said in a statement. The...