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Jaipur: A translational catalogue of Indian language writing was launched in Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday. The catalogue will help publishers from all around the globe to pick up the literature work in Indian language and translate them in different languages.

Launched at the third edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM), The Global Rights Catalogue aims to increase the readership of literature in Indian languages.

The literature in vernacular language often does not receive credit as much it deserves and the only reason behind it is the lack of translation available, organizers said.

This will not only encourage the local languages but it will also help in getting the translation of foreign works and initiate an exchange of literature between different languages, organizers added.

To make it more successful, JBM has tied up with Daily Hunt, India’s one of the leading distributors of e-books.

Organizers said that daily hunt has almost 70000 books in 10 different Indian languages which make them the suitable partner for this initiative.

Sanjay Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, said “We discussed the possibility of commissioning a translation of 8 to 10 works in different languages, which is where Daily Hunt came in, with publications in over 16 languages and a reach across 1000 Indian cities”.

To begin it, three books published in Hindi and one book published in each of Gujarati, Rajasthani, Kannada, Bengali and Assamese are included in the catalogue.

The translated books are “Sur Ki Baradari” by Yatindra Mishra into “A blessed life”. The other book is Anu Singh Chaudhary’s “Neela Scarf” which is translated into “The Last Puff and Other Stories”.

Feminist author and founder of Zubaan books, Urvashi Butalia lauded JBM for this initiative and said that in India there is no such platform for Indian language literature to show on the world stage like this.

This initiative is an encouraging sign for Indian language writers as a lot of quality writings go unnoticed because of lack of the translation and readerships of vernacular languages.

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Microsoft's products will also support additional Indian languages as and when their IDNs and e-mail addresses become available in the future

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  • Microsoft announced support in Indian Languages for e-mail
  • There will be 15 Indian languages supported now
  • Indians will be able to use Microsoft in their local languages

Microsoft on Wednesday announced support for e-mail addresses in 15 Indian languages across its apps and services, including Office 365, Outlook 2016, Outlook.com, Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection (EOP).

Microsoft introduces 15 new indian languages to its support.
Microsoft introduces 15 new Indian languages to its support.

Indian users would be able to use local language e-mail addresses for Outlook accounts on their personal computers, the company said on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.

It would also allow users to seamlessly send/receive mails to/from local language e-mail addresses via Outlook client on PCs, Outlook.com in addition to Outlook apps for Android and IOS.

“Making e-mail addresses available in 15 languages is an exciting step to making modern communications and collaboration tools more accessible and easier to use for all,” Meetul Patel, COO, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

The Indian languages which will be supported include Hindi, Bengali, etc. Wikimedia Commons
The Indian languages which will be supported include Hindi, Bengali, etc. Wikimedia Commons

“We are making technology use the language of people and not requiring people to first learn the traditional language of technology,” Patel added.

The initiative is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to support Email Address Internationalisation (EAI) across its products and services eco-system and make technology accessible in local languages.

The languages being introduced are those that support Unicode — an international encoding standard for use with different languages and scripts.

Microsoft’s products will also support additional Indian languages as and when their IDNs and e-mail addresses become available in the future, making this feature forward compatible.

Microsoft launches 15 Indian languages in its support. VOA
Microsoft launches 15 Indian languages in its support. VOA

Last month, Microsoft announced the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to improve real-time language translation for Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages.

This technology would help users in getting results that are more accurate and natural while surfing the Internet across any website on the MS Edge browser, Bing search, Bing Translator website, as well as MS Office 365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype. IANS