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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Vijayawada: Day long shut down on Saturday brought normal hum-drum of life to a halt in Andhra Pradesh. The strike was initiated by YSR Congress over the delay in providing a special status to the recently bifurcated state of Andhra Pradesh.

Buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads while shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed in most parts of the 13 districts.

The left parties, students’ groups, traders, employees’ unions and people’s organisations announced their support to the shutdown call.

YSRCP workers took to streets in many towns since early morning. Raising slogans of ‘we want special status’ and ‘CM down down’, they staged sit-ins at APSRTC depots to prevent buses from coming out.

They also put up roadblocks and took out rallies to protest the failure of TDP-led government to get the special status from the Centre.

The shutdown evoked good response in both Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions. Communist Party of India (CPI) and CPI-Marxist also took out rallies in support of the shutdown.

Police arrested YSRCP leaders in Vijayawada when they staged a sit-in at the Nehru bus station. Former minister Parthasarthi and Vangaveeti Radha were among those arrested.

In Visakhapatnam, police arrested YSRCP leader Vijay Sai Reddy, a close aide of party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, and other party leaders and activists for blocking the road.

Police also arrested YSRCP legislators and other leaders and workers in the temple town of Tirupati. CPI and CPI-M activists took out a rally in Anantapur.

Protests were also held in Kadapa, Kurnool, Nellore, Guntur, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Srikakulam and other towns.

Leader of the opposition Jaganmohan Reddy said the Telugu Desam Party government had failed to get special status for the state though it shared power at the Centre.

He said the Centre should immediately fulfill the commitment as the delay in doing so had already led to loss of precious lives. Three persons have committed suicide over the issue. Another person died of heart stroke in Kurnool on Friday.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to immediately grant special status to the revenue-deficit state.

The then UPA government had promised special status while dividing Andhra Pradesh to carve out a separate Telangana state.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Microsoft Announces Indian Languages Support For e-mail Addresses

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 introduces Indian languages on various of its platforms. Wikimedia Commons
Microsoft introduces Indian languages on various of its platforms. Wikimedia Commons
  • 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