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UAE to introduce four Indian languages in driving tests

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Come September, people living in UAE will be able to choose from four Indian languages, including Hindi to give their driving tests.

Besides the three existing languages, aspiring drivers can opt Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Bengali, Chinese, Russian or Persian languages for giving both theory tests as well as eight mandatory lectures.

The tests which are currently conducted in English, Urdu and Arabic will be offered in seven more languages by The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) from September.

Arif Al Malek, director of Drivers Training and Qualifications at RTA, was quoted as saying by Gulf News, “We will be having text on screen as well as voice over in 11 languages, which the candidate can listen to through headphones. In case a person cannot read, a voice will read out the questions and then the candidate can choose the correct answer from multiple options available.”

The tests, which include mandatory lectures and knowledge tests, are required to obtain a driving licence. The computer-based knowledge test needs to be passed by every candidate before moving on to the practical driving classes

The 30-minute test includes the text on screen and the voice over.

Al Malek said that lectures in some of these languages were already available, but they will be upgrading their system soon to conduct the lectures in a more organized manner so that every candidate has thorough knowledge of what it takes to drive on roads.

“For this we will ensure candidates are taught in the language of their choice,” Al Malek further added.

The move to introduce new languages has brought much cheer to the driving schools in UAE.

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Snapchat Launches its Beta Test Version in Eight New Languages

While Snapchat lost users because of its much reviled redesign, the company stressed that it ultimately resulted in 30 per cent more people watching its exclusive stories and shows

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In its efforts to reach more users, photo-messaging app Snapchat has launched a beta test version in eight new languages, five of which are Indian, the media reported on Wednesday.

The new languages being tested are Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Malay, Vietnamese and Filipino, evidently focusing on the Indian market.

The turn of events is interesting after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, in April 2017, infamously said that “poor countries” like India and Spain were of no interest to him for business expansion.

“This is our first Beta containing eight new languages! If you’re fluent in any languages listed below, try changing your device language to check them out,” web portal Social Media Today quoted Snapchat as saying on the beta description.

The company has urged beta testers to report issues with screenshots to help make the launch of these languages “awesome”.

The official release date of the new languages support, however, remains unclear.

It is also not known whether the beta is being tested by Android users, iOS users or both.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

A 2017 Google report suggested that India would have nearly 536 million internet users accessing content in languages other than English by 2021.

“India, the second most populated nation on Earth behind China and the second biggest smartphone market in the world, has become a key growth region of focus for social media apps in recent times, with Facebook now serving more users in the country than in the US.

“India is also the second biggest market, in terms of users, for both Instagram and LinkedIn. It then makes sense that Snapchat looks to make India a bigger focus,” the report said.

Also Read- Google Launches a Free App ‘Bolo’ For Kids in India

In October 2018, Snapchat hired Raheel Khursheed, former head of news partnerships and government for Twitter India, as its first executive to head operations in the country.

In February, the photo-messaging app claimed that it had added 186 million daily users in the final three months of 2018, ending a streak of two consecutive quarters of declining users.

While Snapchat lost users because of its much reviled redesign, the company stressed that it ultimately resulted in 30 per cent more people watching its exclusive stories and shows, the media reported. (IANS)