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Dhaka: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured that India is committed to promote sustainable development. However, She urged the developed countries to do their bit if the world has to be pushed towards more supportable production and consumption patterns.

“While India is determined about its commitment to promoting sustainable development for its people and do its fair share for global sustainability, it is equally important to ensure sustained and greater international flow of financial and latest technological resources to the developing countries,” Mahajan said at the South Asian Speakers’ Summit here.

The developed countries should take the lead in rapidly moving towards sustainable consumption and production patterns, she said.

Mahajan said schemes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India would give the country a leg-up in achieving the sustainable development goals.

“India has always believed that there cannot be any sustainable development without nurturing the nature. The issues of food security, health, quality education, gender equality, etc., have always remained high on the developmental agenda of India,” she said.

The international community should redouble its commitment to ending poverty and hunger and to set the world on a path of sustainable and inclusive development the larger goal of which were intertwined with the issues of regional connectivity and cooperation, she said.

“South Asia has not only a shared history but also a shared cultural legacy. As such, South Asia’s geographical and economic complementarities can be used to improve the lives of peoples in the entire region,” she said.(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