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New Delhi: India’s only liberal party, Swarna Bharat Party’s(SBP) President Vishal Singh highlighted the critical importance for India to replace its outdated bureaucracy which is the legacy of the colonial times and which has had limited knowledge of governance.

He said that corruption would be eliminated entirely when the new bureaucracy will come and that be fully accountable for the results. He added that with the help of knowledge in the field of public choice theory and new public management in last fifty years, an entirely new machinery of government can be brought in force.

He said to achieve this there is a need for the appointment of senior officials by the relevant senior person. For example in the case of a secretary, the appointing authority would be either Prime Minister or Chief Minister. The appointment would happen on hire and fire contract basis which ensure total alignment with performance. These contracts dispense with all the unnecessary and dilatory processes which stop accountability to be ensured in the current system if the integrity of the appointing authority is assured.

The senior officials would be hired from the open market and would be paid well in the comparison to the private sector. These would be mainly the citizens of India. It would ensure that bureaucratic system consists high-quality capability, expertise and demonstrated capability.

Vishal Singh said, “Our party is committed to replacing all tenured civil services such as the IAS, with accountable public servants. This task has been undertaken in many advanced countries without much disruption. All it requires is political will. While we acknowledge that there is considerable talent in the current tenured services, the lack of appropriate incentives has delivered one of the world’s least efficient and accountable bureaucracies.”

Swarna Bhartiya Party’s manifesto includes an extensive discussion on this issue. Party’s President, however, pointed out that it is not enough to undertake this reform without other associated reforms. Importantly state funding of elections and in relations to political incentives and accountability, to let honest people enter politics consistently.

He highlighted the need for honest and committed political leaders without which a new machinery of governance will not be practicable.

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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