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Will Hindi strengthen integration of Northeastern States with National mainstream ?

As India borders several countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal; therefore the development of the northeast state is vital

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Agra, November 2, 2016:  The promotion of Hindi Language in northeastern states will strengthen the process of integration of the region with the national mainstream, said Mizoram Governor Lt Gen (retd) Nirbhay Sharma on Wednesday.

“Hindi language will strengthen the process of integration of the northeast region with the national mainstream,” he said after releasing a Hindi-Mizo dictionary published by the Central Hindi Institute here, mentioned the PTI report.

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Sharma further mentioned, “the growing popularity of Hindi globally has facilitated socio-cultural connectivity. With improved relations with Bangladesh now, Mizoram is on its way to play more significant role in future.”

As India borders several countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal; therefore the development of the northeast state is vital, said Sharma. He mentioned “post independence, there was just 50 kilometre of rail network in the state, but now better rail-road connectivity has led to efficient mobility and opening up more prospects for development of the entire region.”

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Director of the Central Hindi Institute, Nand Kishor Pandey said, “work was going on to publish 40 dictionaries in different languages, of which 10 have already been published.”

According to PTI report, he said, from non-Hindi speaking areas, more students were joining various courses to learn Hindi, which was growing globally as well as becoming a language of the market.

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“Mizoram students were keen to learn Hindi and demanded that the state-run Hindi Training College in Aizawl be taken over by the central government to provide better teaching facilities,” he added.

According to PTI, at the Central Hindi Institute, students from the northeast, Orissa, southern states and more than 35 countries were studying Hindi.

– prepared by NewsGram Team with inputs from PTI.

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Northeast is Fast Emerging as the new Start-up Destination, Says Minister Jitendra Singh

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship

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Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh claimed that the area was fast emerging as the new start-up destination for youngsters from all over India, an official statement on Monday.

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential, he said, according to a DoNER Ministry statement.

Citing an example, he said in certain areas of Northeast, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, “while almost 40 per cent of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price”.

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During an interaction with youngsters, Jitendra Singh also pointed out that many new airports coming up at Pakyong (Sikkim), Itanagar and Shillong, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of doing business.

“Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast is the medical and healthcare sector.

“For years, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead,” he said. (IANS)

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Is English Language Dividing People in India?

English Language in India is a status quo as it provides a sense of superiority in people over the non-speakers and has also segregated the society into upper and lower class

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  • English medium schools are preferred over the government schools in India
  • Despite the mother language of India is Hindi, it is looked down upon whereas English spoken in India is deemed as a status quo
  • People who speak the English language in India are assumed to belong to the superior class over the others who don’t

July 5, 2017: Indians have always been class conscious which they feel comes from their language and the credit goes to our past rulers – “The British”. This is where the obsession with the English language comes from. In India, especially Northern India, a person’s smartness and the background is judged not by his skills or behaviour but by his fluency in the English language. This class division on the basis of language is more commonly adopted by females for whom speaking in English provides a superiority complex to their personality.

However, English proficiency helps a person in many ways, for example, getting a job in an MNC is possible only if you are really good with this language, it helps the drivers and shopkeepers to converse with foreigners in English and it helps Indians who travel abroad. For this reason, people prefer to send their children to private English language schools rather than government schools where English is regarded as the students’ first language followed by Hindi, their second language. It is a fact that in most of the private schools, it is compulsory for students to study Hindi language only till 8th grade whereas it is the 12th grade for the English language.

For a child to learn good English, it is essential to send him/her to a good school and getting admission in a good school is no less than a rat race. A very good support of my statement above is the movie “Hindi-Medium” in which the director was successful in showing what the parents go through in getting their child admitted in a good English-medium school. It was shown that the parents are well aware of the fact that their child can find it difficult to adjust to the society if he/she is unable to speak proper English. In another movie called English Vinglish, the characters have displayed that the child gets embarrassed to take her mother for parent teaching meeting as she is unable to converse in English.

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It is unfortunate that the people who speak their native language get uncomfortable in social gatherings and parties where the majority of the people are communicating in English. We Indians are of the mindset that if someone speaks in English, they must be very well educated and from a decent family background whereas the same opinion does not withstand for someone who converses in the Hindi language. We should not forget that language was created by humans for providing ease at communication and not for the division of the society.

– by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: @Hkaur1025

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393