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  • 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...
  • Congress demands Punjabi language in UT Chandigarh offices 14-09-2013 11:24 PM

    Chandigarh: A delegation of Punjab Congress leaders on Sunday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded that Punjabi be designated as the official language for the administration in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The delegation, comprising Punjab CLP leader Sunil Jakhar and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, also demanded...
  • TISS Mumbai to celebrate linguistic diversity in India 21-08-2013 02:17 PM

    Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education is organizing The Indian Languages Mela in Mumbai to celebrate the linguistic diversity of daily experience and show how cognitive capacities are tied to that diversity. It will do so by undertaking research training, incubating research projects, supporting the production of new curricular...
  • Samsung Galaxy phones, Tab 3 to support 9 Indian languages 14-08-2013 11:24 AM

    New Delhi: Korean electronics major Samsung said its Galaxy range of smartphones and Tab 3 will support content and user interface in nine major regional languages of the country. While the Galaxy Grand, S4 and Tab 3 will support Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati from...
  • JNU VC condemns sexual harassment of girl by Bihar boy, assures strict action 06-08-2013 09:59 AM

    As another incident of attack on a JNU student came to light on Monday, the varsity's Vice Chancellor S K Sopory said such acts have no place in the university and prompt action will be taken against anti-social elements. A 20-year-old Spanish language student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University was...
  • China Radio International's Tamil service completes 50 years 03-08-2013 06:10 PM

    Beijing: The Tamil service of the state-run China Radio International (CRI) on Saturday celebrated its golden jubilee here, marking 50 years of uninterrupted broadcasting to various parts of the world besides India and Sri Lanka. CRI previously known as Radio Peking, broadcasts in about 56 languages including Hindi, Bengali and...
  • Modi's Twitter accounts now available in many regional languages including Urdu 01-08-2013 11:15 PM

    Ahmedabad: Aiming for a nationwide connect, BJP's election campaign committee chairman Narendra Modi now has Twitter accounts in almost all major regional languages including Urdu. Modi now has accounts in languages like Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Bangla apart from English. His nine tweets in Urdu have...
  • Device that translates sign language into text for deaf 21-07-2013 04:49 PM

    Washington: Researchers have developed a novel computer system that enables deaf people to translate gestures used in sign language into text. Using the new technology, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can simply type words and sentences using a keyboard and read those typed to them, researchers said....
  • Rajnath's remark on English: TMC takes a swipe at BJP and Congress 20-07-2013 11:45 AM

    New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh's remarks on English language have turned into an all out political war on Twitter. After the Congress hit out at Rajnath for saying English language has hurt the country, now the Trinamool Congress has taken a swipe at both the parties. TMC leader Derek...
  • Rajnath Singh says English hurting India, stirs controversy 20-07-2013 09:20 AM

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh has sparked a controversy by saying that English language has hurt the Indian culture. Rajnath Singh had on Thursday said that English has caused a great loss to the country by eroding its cultural values and restricting the growth of Sanskrit in...
  • US to continue with efforts to open a consulate in Tibet 29-06-2013 03:59 AM

    Washington: The United States would continue with its efforts to open its consulate in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, a State Department official has said as the top American diplomat in Beijing concluded his rare six-days trip to the region. "In terms of the potential for a consulate, that still...
  • Malayalam to be granted status of classical language 23-05-2013 08:50 PM

    New Delhi: Malayalam will soon be granted the status of a classical language. The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Thursday approved classifying Malayalam as a 'Classical Language', Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters. The benefits extended to Classical Languages include, two major annual...
  • PMK leaders should mind their language: Karunanidhi 04-05-2013 05:40 AM

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday told PMK leaders -- especially the jailed S Ramadoss -- to mind their language and requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to release him on humanitarian grounds. Asked about the arrests of S Ramadoss and his son and former union minister Anbumani...
  • Oracle fixes 42 holes in Java to revive security confidence 17-04-2013 10:09 AM

    San Francisco: Oracle Corp released a major security update on Tuesday for the version of Java programming language that runs inside Web browsers to make it a less popular target for hackers. The patch fixes 42 vulnerabilities within Java, including "the vast majority" of those that have been rated as...
  • Mayawati demands president's rule in Uttar Pradesh 17-04-2013 05:58 AM

    Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday demanded that president's rule be imposed in the state. At a hurriedly called press conference in Lucknow, Mayawati urged Governor BL Joshi to take note of "the breakdown of law and order" and recommend imposition...
  • Jaya urges SC to allow use of Tamil as official language in HC 07-04-2013 05:07 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the Centre and Supreme Court to reconsider their stand against authorising Tamil as official language in Madras High Court and said administration of justice needs to be taken closer to the people. A recent communication from the Centre had indicated that...