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Indian languages to be explored at four-day festival in New Delhi

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New Delhi: Tamil, Bangla, Marathi and Dogri are the four Indian languages to be explored in detail at the 5th edition of Indian Languages Festival – (ILF) Samanvay 2015, the four-day event starting from Thursday in New Delhi.

The event, from 26 to 29 November, scheduled to take place at the India Habitat Centre in the national capital aims to bring the best from the Indian languages to the forefront, I am in DNA of New Delhi reported.

‘Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’ is the centre theme of the four-day festival which will focus on a thematic exploration of ‘Insider/Outsider’ in the contemporary socio-political and cultural context of India.

The event will commence with the speech of the noted thinker Professor Aijaj Ahmad on ‘The Languages of a Union’. Besides, a tribute would also be paid to the late RK Laxman and his matchless legacy.

Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s novel Madhorubhagan would be honoured with the fourth ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman on November 28. Other eminent writers would also be facilitated at the event.

On November 28, Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s novel Madhorubhagan would be honoured with the fourth ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman. Also, Eminent Malayalam poet and translator Attoor Ravi Varma named the winner of the debut Vani-Samanvay Distinguished Translator Award will be felicitated.

The four-day festival will be marked by various Art works, workshops, volunteer sessions, conversations, book exhibitions and performances.

Click here for the schedule of the event that will begin at 6 pm Thursday.

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Google India introduces new products on advancement in machine learning for Indian Languages

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New Delhi, Apr 25, 2017: Aiming to bring a billion people online and make the web more useful for them, Google India on Tuesday unveiled new products on advancement in machine learning for Indian languages.

Google also announced that the neural machine translation is now available for nine Indian languages — Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

“Google wants to extend internet for every Indian. We have identified gaps that bar Indians from accessing the internet. There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020,” Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and SouthEast Asia, Google, told reporters here.

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He added that 300 million Indians access internet on smartphones. Anandan also spoke about Google’s tie-up with RailTel to provide high-speed internet at Railway stations.

The neural machine translation is available in Chrome and Maps to make the translation process seamless and refined.

The company said it does one billion translations everyday and 95 per cent of Google Translate has its usage outside of the US.

“Of over 500 million people who use Google Translate, most of the users are in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand,” it said.

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According to Google, neural networks initially took 10 seconds to translate but the company worked on it and brought down the time to 0.2 seconds in two months.

The company also launched “Gboard” in 22 scheduled languages in India. The users can now search words, meanings and even emojis in local language.

The keyboard now has a new feature by which text editing can be done on the go easily.

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The new Gboard comes with a feature that makes it easy to resize and reposition the keyboard according to a user’s need.

Goggle also unveiled Hindi dictionary in Google Search in collaboration with Oxford University Press.

It also shared findings from a new report by Google and KPMG India, titled “Indian Languages-Defining India’s Internet”.  (IANS)

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Southern Film Industry bags 18 National Film Awards

The six industries of the south -- Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani -- bagged a total of 18 awards

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Chennai, April 7, 2017: Southern films figured prominently at the 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday with “Pellichoopulu”, “Puli Murugan”, “Joker” and “24” bagging top honours.

The six industries of the south — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani — bagged a total of 18 awards.

In Tamil filmdom, critically-acclaimed political satire “Joker”, actor Suriya-starrer science-fiction thriller “24” and “Dharmadurai” bagged a total of six awards.

Raju Murugan-directed “Joker” bagged Best Tamil Film and Best Playback Singer for Sundara Iyer.

“24” pocketed awards for Best Production Design for Amit Ray and Subratra Chakraborty, Best Cinematography for Tirru and Best Visual Effects.

Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu won his seventh National Award for the song “Endha pakkam” from Vijay Sethupathi-starrer “Dharmadurai”.

Telugu industry bagged a total of three awards.

Indie romantic-drama “Pellichoopulu” was awarded the Best Film in the language, while “Shatamanam Bhavati” bagged the Best Popular Film award for providing wholesome entertainment.

Raju Sundaram bagged the Best Choreographer award for NTR-starrer “Janatha Garage”.

Malayalam industry bagged five awards including Best Film for “Mahesinte Prathikaram” and Best Actress for Surabhi C.M. for her film “”Minnaminungu – The Firefly”.

Adhish Praveen won Best Child Artist for “Kunju Daivam”.

Peter Hein bagged an award for Best Stunt Choreography, introduced for the first time, for “Puli Murugan”.

Superstar Mohanlal won a Special Jury award for his performances in films such as AA”Puli Murugan”, “Janatha Garage” and “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol”.

While Kannada industry bagged two awards, Konkani and Tulu industries pocketed an award each.

Best Kannada Film award went to “Reservation”, while Bapu Padmanabha won the Best Music Director award for the film “Allama”.

“Madipu” won the award for Best Tulu film and “K Sera Sera- Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem” was awarded the Best Konkani film. (IANS)

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State Funeral on Friday for Singapore’s Indian Origin Former President S R Nathan

Order of Temasek, one of the Singapore’s most prestigious awards, was awarded to S R Nathan in 2013

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S R Nathan Singapore president. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • S R Nathan is reported to have been suffered a stroke a few weeks back, coupled with a recent one which placed him in critical condition
  • He was the sixth and the longest-serving President of Singapore, held in office from 1999 – 2011
  • Order of Temasek, one of the Singapore’s most prestigious awards, was awarded to him in 2013

Singapore, August 24, 2016: 92-year-old Indian-origin former Singapore President, Mr. S R Nathan passed away on Monday. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks back, coupled with a recent one which had placed him in critical condition. He was under medical treatment for a while and died peacefully on August 22 at 9:48 pm at Singapore General Hospital.

He was the sixth as well as the longest-serving President of Singapore and served two terms from 1999 to 2011.

As a mark of respect, he will be given a state funeral on Friday and the State flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast till August 26, said the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore on August 23, said PTI reports.

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It is a big loss for the Singaporeans as well as the Indians. On Friday at 4:00 PM, the state funeral service will take place at the University Cultural Centre of the National University of Singapore, which will be attended by Nathan’s family, friends as well as former colleagues.

Dr. Tony Tan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Tony Tan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

On Facebook, present President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan mentioned, “Mr. Nathan had an outstanding career in public service. He rose from humble beginnings to become the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. Mr. Nathan also played an active role in uplifting the Indian community when he was Chairman of the Hindu Endowment Board and founding member of SINDA. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Nathan and Mr. Nathan’s family during this time of mourning.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief on his sudden demise. He said “Saddened by the demise of former Singapore President SR Nathan. Singapore has lost a distinguished leader who was widely admired.”

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Nathan’s body will lie in state at the Parliament House from around 10:00 AM on Thursday till Friday for the public to pay their last respects, said PTI reports.

S R Nathan, who lived with his wife Urmila Nandi, daughter Juthika, son Osith, three grandchildren and sister Sundari, was born on July 3, 1924, in Malaysia and later moved to Singapore. He started his career in the Singapore Civil Service, as a medical social worker. Later, he served as Singapore’s High Commissioner, Ambassador to the US and pro-chancellor of the National University of Singapore. He was also awarded one of the Singapore’s most prestigious awards, Order of Temasek in 2013.

– prepared by Riashe Chakraborty from NewsGram. Twitter: @itzriashe

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