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Hindi should be accepted as alternative to English, not to local languages, says Amit Shah
India

Hindi should be accepted as alternative to English, not to local languages, says Amit Shah

The home minister said when citizens of states, who speak different languages, communicate with each other, it should be in "the language of India", according to a statement by the Union home ministry

Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and R Ashwin feature in 2021 ICC's Test Team of Year but no Indian in ODI XI
First Cricket News

Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and R Ashwin feature in 2021 ICC's Test Team of Year but no Indian in ODI XI

Rohit featured as opener, Pant as wicketkeeper and Ashwin as the lone specialist spinner in the ICC Men's Test Team of the Year but no Indian was included in the global body's ODI XI for 2021.

The cultural harmony in My Universe makes it as distinctly BTS as definitively Coldplay
Entertainment

The cultural harmony in My Universe makes it as distinctly BTS as definitively Coldplay

Interspersing English and Korean lyrics, this love song sees the Asian K-Pop singing phenomena hold their own as Chris Martin-led Coldplay bring their distinct brand of grand pop-rock to the experience.

St. Stephen releases first cut-off list for undergraduate courses; interviews to be held online
India

St. Stephen releases first cut-off list for undergraduate courses; interviews to be held online

St. Stephen's College releases a separate cut-off list from the Delhi University that has 85 percent weightage, and the remaining 15 percent is based on online interviews

Explained: As Duolingo files to go public in the US, a look at the company’s trajectory over the years
Tech

Explained: As Duolingo files to go public in the US, a look at the company’s trajectory over the years

Duolingo is the most downloaded education app in the history of the App Store and in 2019 became the top-grossing education app worldwide.

Beyond BTS, how Friends has been a key learning resource for English language across the globe
Entertainment

Beyond BTS, how Friends has been a key learning resource for English language across the globe

Fans and educators on three continents echo the sentiment, saying that Friends is a near-perfect amalgam of easy-to-understand English and real-life scenarios that feel familiar even to people who live worlds away from Manhattan

English Language Day 2021: Date, significance and all you need to know
India

English Language Day 2021: Date, significance and all you need to know

English language originated in medieval England and has taken its name from the Angles -- a West Germanic tribe

Sahitya Akademi Awards 2020: Arundhati Subramaniam, Venita Coelho among winners
Arts & Culture

Sahitya Akademi Awards 2020: Arundhati Subramaniam, Venita Coelho among winners

The list includes seven books of poetry, four novels, five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages.

Oxford Languages' 2020 Word of the Year: An unprecedented choice that highlights linguistic effect of COVID-19 on English
Arts & Culture

Oxford Languages' 2020 Word of the Year: An unprecedented choice that highlights linguistic effect of COVID-19 on English

The 2020 report does highlight some zippy new coinages, like 'Blursday' (which captures the way the week blends together), 'covidiots' (you know who you are) and 'doomscrolling' (who, me?). But mostly, it underlines how the pandemic has utterly dominated public conversation, and given us a new collective vocabulary almost overnight.

What the epidemic of poor writing across media highlights about the vital role of editing
Arts & Culture

What the epidemic of poor writing across media highlights about the vital role of editing

We have always taken the English language and made it work for us, in an admirably jugaad-filled manner. Now, the lines are blurred. It's good writing vs appalling writing, and bad editing plays a major part in the latter.

Extraction movie review: Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film marries Hollywood grandeur with localised aesthetics
Entertainment

Extraction movie review: Chris Hemsworth's Netflix film marries Hollywood grandeur with localised aesthetics

Extraction embraces linguistic and ethnic diversity but fails to be a true-blue 'global' film by giving most of the Indian actors the shorter end of the stick.

United Nations marks English Language Day on 23 April, the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare
India

United Nations marks English Language Day on 23 April, the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare

According to the United Nations, English is one of the organisation’s two working languages, along with French. It has become the lingua franca in international relations for United Nations.

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'
Opinion

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect, biases as Indian govt saves its focus for 'classical languages'

Minority languages suffer from institutional neglect since India’s states, founded on the principle of linguistic nationalism, view these languages with suspicion. The Central Government, on the other hand, saves its focus for English and Hindi, the undeserving recipient of nationwide propagation.

Maharashtra govt considering to make Marathi language compulsory subject till Class 10, says Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
India

Maharashtra govt considering to make Marathi language compulsory subject till Class 10, says Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

'We all live in Maharashtra and every child should read and write Marathi properly', said Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar

Andhra Pradesh govt to amend AP Education Act 1982, proposes English as medium of instruction for Classes 1 to 6 in all state schools
India

Andhra Pradesh govt to amend AP Education Act 1982, proposes English as medium of instruction for Classes 1 to 6 in all state schools

Andhra Pradesh government is bringing in a Bill to give a legal shield to the proposal for conversion of all schools in the state to the English medium of instruction

As the Apostrophe Protection Society shuts down, a linguist expert imagines grammar without the 'much abused' punctuation
Life

As the Apostrophe Protection Society shuts down, a linguist expert imagines grammar without the 'much abused' punctuation

A supermarket or online apostrophe might come packaged in a jumbled set of other punctuation marks with no guidance as to how to use them – whereas a genuine APS apostrophe will come with its own provenance and will be made to fit precisely the context for which it is needed.

Watch: Class 12 Kerala student translates Rahul Gandhi's speech from English to Malayalam; wins over internet
India

Watch: Class 12 Kerala student translates Rahul Gandhi's speech from English to Malayalam; wins over internet

Gandhi was inaugurating a science lab in a school in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad on Thursday and asked students to volunteer for translating his speech from English to Malayalam when Safa Sebin, a Class 12 student stepped up

Andhra Pradesh shouldn't oppose Jagan Mohan Reddy’s push for English; its role in South's growth story is well-documented
Politics

Andhra Pradesh shouldn't oppose Jagan Mohan Reddy’s push for English; its role in South's growth story is well-documented

When India liberalised its economy in the 1990s, due to an English-speaking culture, the south was in a better position to reap the benefits of an era that saw a spectacular rise of India's entrepreneurial class

'Why only Gujarati?': Mamata Banerjee says JEE (Mains) must be conducted in all regional languages, warns of protests
India

'Why only Gujarati?': Mamata Banerjee says JEE (Mains) must be conducted in all regional languages, warns of protests

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the JEE (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever entry at Oscars, disqualified by The Academy for its predominantly English dialogue
Entertainment

Lionheart, Nigeria's first-ever entry at Oscars, disqualified by The Academy for its predominantly English dialogue

Lionheart helmer Genevieve Nnaji and filmmaker Ava DuVernay have criticised The Academy's decision to drop Lionheart from their International Feature Film category.