LANGUAGE

  • 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,...
  • Government calls allparty meet on the UPSC CSAT issue August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has called an allparty 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 CNNIBN 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...