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India-Mauritius bilateral relations: Highlights in 2015

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Anup Kumar Mudgal, Indian high commissioner to Mauritius, on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic day talked about the progress and improvement taking place in the bilateral relations of India-Mauritius since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last year.

Here are some of the important points from his talk on this matter.

  • There was an increase in the visits of high-level political level leaders from both the countries. Sushma Swaraj visited Mauritius on the 180th Anniversary of the arrival of Indian Indentured Labourers. PM Modi followed her on the occasion of Mauritian National Day.
  • Both countries came together to have a joint commissioning of the offshore patrol vessel Barracuda.
  • The construction of World Hindi secretariat started.
  • Agreements related to Ocean Economy, health, and culture, among others took place.
  • Mauritian PM Sir Anerood Jugnauth participated in the main event on 21 June at SVICC and launched a Special IDY Commemorative Cover and he also visited India in October.
  • Mauritius held the Festival of India in March which gave the glimpse of Indian art and culture.
  • Mauritius also hosted events like International Ramayana Conference, 3rd World Urdu Conference, International Regional Hindi Conference, Antarashtriya Bhojpuri Mahotsav, and International Conference on Tamil Diaspora.
  • Two Mauritian Hindi scholars were given the prestigious award, “Vishwa Hindi Samman” at the World Hindi Conference in Bhopal in 2015.
  • Mauritius was included in the list of the country whose nationals are entitled to receive E-tourist visa.

He further hoped that bilateral relations between both the countries get stronger than ever this year. He said that the government expands to diversify the economic and commercial relationships. and continue the trend of political and cultural visits, intellectual seminars. He said he believes that India and Mauritius relationship is based on the people to people contact.

India and Mauritius have  historic ties and the country has a lot of Indian influence in terms of culture, religion and  other areas. 48 percent of the population in Mauritius is Hindu.(Inputs and Image from-defimedia.info)

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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