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Nadda urges ICMR to endorse, boost research on traditional medicinal system

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda addressing a gathering. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
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New Delhi: Speaking about the importance of the traditional medicinal system on Tuesday, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said there was a need for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to endorse India’s traditional medicinal system and boost research on the subject.

“We have a vast traditional knowledge and this needs to be incorporated in a holistic manner. ICMR need to go for cutting edge research and attract the best talent in the country which would be dedicated to research,” said Nadda.

Nadda was speaking at a function to felicitate 43 scientists for their work in various areas including communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, and various other medical and bio-medical fields.

The minister also asked ICMR to list at least 10 major pressing challenges in the field of healthcare in India and find the local solutions to those challenges.

“These suggestions will enable healthcare to become holistic and truly meaningful,” he said.

Talking about the felicitation of scientists, Nadda said: “The awards will boost the morale of the recipients and inspire other scientists to consistently work towards making innovations more affordable.” (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