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  • Government calls all-party meet on the UPSC CSAT issue August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has called an all-party meet on the UPS CSAT issue as there has been stiff opposition to the Centre's stand on it. Members of the Left, SP and BSP staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday opposing the government's stand on UPSC. Sources say...
  • UPSC CSAT review likely next year, Centre may go ahead with its proposal this year August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The government may decide to go ahead with its contentious proposal to take out the marks of the English comprehension test of the Civil Services Aptitude Test from the gradation process of the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Preliminary Examination this year. Sources say the move is...
  • Centre says UPSC CSAT made 'language neutral', Opposition sees red August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Monday said that the marks in English language comprehension skills in the Civil Service Aptitude Test would not be included in preparing the merit list but the opposition continued to raise objections, alleging discrimination against regional languages. Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh...
  • PM Modi calls meet on UPSC language row today August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: With no solution in sight to the row over the Civil Services Preliminary exam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting once he returns from Nepal, to resolve the matter. Home Minster Rajnath Singh and MoS Personnel Jitendra Singh will be present at the meeting. The...
  • Why protests against UPSC CSAT have failed to gather steam August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Even though several Union Public Service Commission Civil Service aspirants have been protesting against the alleged bias against regional and rural background students in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper in the preliminary examination, the agitation after a few days of high has failed to make a...
  • Centre says UPSC exams must be postponed if pattern is changed: sources July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: There may be some relief in sight for the UPSC aspirants protesting against the language bias in the Civil Services Aptitude Test. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the government is of the view that the UPSC preliminary examination dates should be postponed if the pattern is changed. Sources say...
  • Language bias: UPSC aspirants' exam preparation marred by protests July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: As protests against the Civil Services Aptitude Test refuse to die down, several aspirants are unsure about the fate of the exam. It's been days since admit cards were issued for the UPSC preliminary exam. The students who should've been preparing are instead on the streets, protesting against...
  • What the UPSC Civil Service Aptitude Test controversy is all about July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Preliminary Examination, which is the first step towards joining the top echelons of bureaucracy, has taken an ugly turn with the issue being diverted to the linguistic fight. The structure of the CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) is the...
  • Watch: UPSC aspirants intensify protests against language bias July 26, 2014

    UPSC aspirants have rejected the government's attempt to buy time and have demanded scrapping of the current format of Civil Services Aptitude Test. UPSC aspirants protested outside the RSS office on Saturday as well as in Mukherjee Nagar in the capital. NSUI students also protested at Jantar Mantar. ...
  • Language bias: UPSC aspirants reject government's attempt to buy time July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission aspirants have rejected the government's attempt to buy time. They are demanding scrapping of the current format of the Civil Services Aptitude Test. The government was forced to make a statement in Parliament on Friday, saying that the issue will be resolved in...
  • UPSC language row rocks Parliament July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Opposition on Friday created ruckus in Parliament over the issue of regional language aspirants having disadvantage in Civil Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during Question Hour following Opposition's demand for a clarification by no other than the Prime Minister or...
  • Jaya writes to PM, opposes Sanskrit week celebrations in schools July 19, 2014

    Chennai: Taking strong exception to CBSE's Sanskrit Week celebrations in schools under its ambit in August, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday said it would be appropriate to have organised a 'Classical Language Week' in each state based on its linguistic heritage. As per the communication sent by the...
  • Tamil Nadu firm on compulsory Tamil for school students July 17, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday indicated there would be no change in Tamil being a compulsory language in the syllabus for all school students from Class I to X as mandated by a law. During a debate on grant for School Education in the Assembly, MMK member...
  • Protests against 'bias' in UPSC Civil Services exam intensifies, rocks Parliament July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: After the government urged the Union Public Service Commission to postpone the Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2014 following protests by several aspirants from the Hindi medium , the issue was raised in Parliament on Wednesday. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha that no...
  • UPSC row hits Parliament, government assures no student will be discriminated July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: After the government urged the Union Public Service Commission to postpone the Civil Services Preliminary Exam, the issue was raised in Parliament on Wednesday. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha assuring that no aspirant will discriminated because of language. However,...
  • Government urges UPSC to postpone Civil Services Preliminary Examination July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has urged the Union Public Service Commission to postpone the Civil Services Preliminary Examination. The government said that the exams should be postponed till there is clarity on the syllabus. Students have been protesting against the exam saying there is a need to change the second...
  • We can learn new languages while we sleep July 2, 2014

    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 better...
  • Language row at JNU, students say 'forced to fill mess forms in Hindi' June 27, 2014

    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? June 20, 2014

    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 June 20, 2014

    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 caution,"...
  • Census dispels Hindi myth, only 25 pc in India claim Hindi is their mother tongue June 20, 2014

    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 June 20, 2014

    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 it enacted...
  • Hindi directive row: Jaya tells Modi to 'make sure English is used on social media' June 20, 2014

    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, 1976,...
  • Naqvi on promoting Hindi language June 20, 2014

    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 June 20, 2014

    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 promoted...
  • Promoting Hindi doesn't mean we are discouraging other languages: MHA June 19, 2014

    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 June 19, 2014

    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 Affairs...
  • Siddaramaiah cracks whip, decides to return non-Kannada files May 11, 2014

    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 May 6, 2014

    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 the...
  • BASIC, the revolutionary computer programming language, turns 50 April 30, 2014

    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 simultaneously...