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  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 04:43 PM

President responding to people's wishes through Trilingual SL

Disna Mudalige / Ceylon Daily News
The 10 year national plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka provides the blueprint for the first determined effort by any administration since 1987 to seriously implement the provisions for a Trilingual Sri Lanka already available in the law with the passing of the 13th amendment to the constitution, said Presidential Adviser and coordinator of the Special Presidential Initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka, Sunimal Fernando.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 12:34 AM

In the shade

Deepa Ganesh / The Hindu
“On so many occasions, when we were looking for a Tamil book, we've had to really go hunting for it. A bookstore selling regional language books in a cosmopolitan city makes a lot of sense,” says Subodh. But it's a minority that reads and speaks in their mother tongue.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 05:49 PM

Trilingual kids who will never be tongue-tied

Iva Pocock / The Irish Times
MY FIRST experience of trilingual children was living in Sri Lanka in 2005, where many of the kids I met spoke Tamil, Sinhala and English. I was astounded when I realised that they could also read and write in these languages, a feat requiring knowledge of three completely different scripts – the Roman alphabet, Tamil script with more than 200 letters, and Sinhalese which has more than 50 characters.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 01:44 AM

Tamil language festival 2012 kicks off today

SINGAPORE - In conjunction with the Tamil language festival 2012, a host of programmes will be conducted throughout the month of April calling on all tamil Singaporeans to "Love Tamil, Speak Tamil".
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 11:52 PM

The Laguages of Sri Lanka: A Model for national unity

Devanesan Nesiah / The Island
In Sri Lanka, a three language policy would be the appropriate use of Sinhala Tamil and English with due flexibility in respect of medium of instruction in schools and the language of administration and record in particular localities. There are good educational reasons to encourage the use of the Mother Tongue (the home language) as the medium of instruction in the primary school
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:32 AM

Call to make Tamil compulsory subject for Indian students

Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz today proposed that Tamil be made a compulsory subject for Indian students in national schools to prevent erosion of the language in the younger generation.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 11:55 AM

Future promise drives english-medium trend

M Ramya / Times of India
While Tamil Nadu's retains its pride in the state's official language, school enrolment rates show a growing number of people in the state are choosing English-medium education for their children. Tamil-medium schools have steadily lost students over the past five years and schools with English as the medium of instruction have been taking in those students.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 01:38 PM

Bilingual dictionaries to promote India's mother tongues

Madhusree Chatterjee /
New Delhi : The campaign to preserve vernacular mother tongues and make knowledge accessible to students through translation across the linguistic arc has taken a big stride with a new bilingual dictionary series in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada from the source language, English.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 10:58 PM

Tamil Language Rights in Sri Lanka – Part II

Devanesan Nesiah / The
This part consists of Recommendations made over 13 years ago to the Official Language Commission (OLC) by a team headed by the writer and appointed by the OLC to conduct an Audit on the Use of Tamil as an Official Language in provinces outside the NorthEast. Although the Audit did not research the North or East, the Recommendations relate to the whole Island and include the use of Sinhala in the North and East.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 11:47 AM

Google+ Now Available In Nine Indic Languages; No Transliteration Support

Vikas SN /
While Google didn’t categorically mention the 16 newly included languages, we are quite certain that only Hindi was available during the launch of Google+. So with that assumption, the newly added Indic languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. (Correct us if we’re wrong). Users can change their Google+ language through their Google Accounts settings page.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 01:34 AM

Tamil Language Rights in Sri Lanka – Part I

Devanesan Nesiah / The
Sinhalese Language rights have been largely secured since the Official Language Act of 1956. I will therefore focus mainly on Tamil Language rights and, to a less extent, on English Language rights. It would be useful to begin with a brief historical outline.
  • Mar 04, 2012
  • 01:41 PM

Urdu and the bilingual Pakistani

Aakar Patel / The Express Tribune
There is a very attractive bilingual quality to the urban Pakistani because of his knowledge of Urdu. This comes out in Pakistan’s news television. The urban Indian reads and writes mostly in English, and so speaks a broken version of his mother tongue. In Pakistan, one is likely to find many more people who know Urdu almost as well as they know English.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 02:38 PM

Varsity centre works on apps for Tamil

Arun Janardhanan / Times of India
CHENNAI: Despite the government's effort to promote Tamil, the language has not found favour with the tech-savvy younger generation in the absence of a common Tamil computing platform. That might change with the SRM University working on applications that identify the grammar and structure of Tamil as a computing language as many applications do with English and some other foreign languages.
  • Feb 18, 2012
  • 02:28 PM

Trilingual Lanka, recipe for unity

Rasika Somarathna / Ceylon Daily News
The initiative for a Trilingual Sri Lanka will enable the country's youths to achieve cultural and socio - economic unity, former Indian President Dr Abdul Kalam said addressing the launch of the Trilingual Lanka initiative in Colombo on Saturday.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 10:50 AM

Indian languages losing their cyber-vitality

Jayadevan PK / Economic Times
Efforts at making Indic computing - creating scripts and software for Indian languages - easier have been taken up by the government, non-profit groups and language institutions but much ground needs to be covered. And if things don't happen fast, these languages will face virtual extinction.
  • Dec 15, 2011
  • 01:04 AM

National language policy: President wants total implementation

Chamikara Weerasinghe / Ceylon Daily News
Language policymakers and institutional leaders at state level are rapidly taking measures to elevate the status of bilingualism at public institutions, sequel to a call by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ensure 100 percent implementation of the country’s national language policy.
  • Nov 29, 2011
  • 04:30 PM

Supporting the Languages of India

Gerard M / Watching the Watchers
Many well educated people, people with a university level education are effectively illiterate in their own language. For them a Wikipedia in their own language does not tempt them to get involved. They do not have the skills even though it would not be that hard for them to learn to read and write their mother tongue. What really helps is that writing the Indic languages is helped in two ways; the scripts are really phonetic and InScript, the dominant keyboard layout for Indic languages, ensures that the same sound is always in the same place.
  • Nov 26, 2011
  • 10:16 PM

Bollywood learning new languages for the South

Ameya Chumbhale / The Economic Times
Don 2 follows in the wake of Ra.One in more ways than one. It is not just the next Shah Rukh Khan starrer. Much like Ra.One, it will also be dubbed and released in the southern markets, reflecting Bollywood's increasing efforts to encash on the film markets in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
  • Nov 25, 2011
  • 02:16 PM

Books for children launched

The Hindu
The Central Institute of Indian Languages launched its first set of multi-lingual books for children here on Thursday, with the release of various titles in Tamil-English. The colourful books, with plenty of visuals, have moral stories written by children and teachers. The books are part of an endeavour to promote reading in one's mother tongue. Speakers at the function highlighted the diminishing importance of mother tongue and other influences that are affecting the reading habit in children.
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 02:42 PM

Sri Lanka looks for national unification through language

MSN India
Colombo, Nov 24 (PTI) Sri Lanka has taken steps to address one of the main causes of the ethnic tensions which had led to the decades old separatist conflict in the island nation by motivating people to be trilingual, officials said. People will be encouraged to be conversant with Sinhala, Tamil and English under a national action plan.
  • Nov 12, 2011
  • 04:31 PM

Google Translate adds Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati to IPhone App

Microfinance Monitor
Google Translate has added five more Indian languages to its iPhone app — Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, and Kannada — making the treasure trove of its online free translation services to 63 languages.
  • Jul 28, 2011
  • 10:13 PM

Language Wise

Manoj More / Indian Express
Each class has more than 20-odd students. "These students are multilingual. They know English, Marathi, Hindi and then can speak fluent Tamil as well which gives them an advantage over hundreds of students in the city. A Class X student has an option to choose between Tamil and Marathi," says Paul.
  • Jul 16, 2011
  • 10:43 PM

Ending language discrimination

Ceylon Daily News
Although it took some time in coming, all right thinking Sri Lankans could take deep satisfaction in the fact that there is now parity of status for our national languages, Sinhala and Tamil. These are also the official languages of the land and the agencies of the state have no choice but to transact all their chores with the public in these languages.
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 09:13 PM

Google can now translate five Indian languages
Google has extended its translation services to five more Indian languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu - besides Hindi potentially increasing its reach to over 500 million people.
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

Redefining language

Sajitha Prematunge / Ceylon Daily News
Nearly 90 percent of Sinhala speaking people cannot communicate in Tamil and cannot communicate effectively in English. Whereas 70 percent of Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka cannot communicate in Sinhala. But the new Presidential initiative on a trilingual Sri Lanka plans to change this.
  • Jun 09, 2011
  • 12:55 PM

Sri Lanka MPs to receive Tamil language lessons

Colombo Page
June 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration has commenced a programme to provide education on Tamil language to the members of Sri Lanka Parliament.
  • Jun 06, 2011
  • 01:58 AM

'Tamil language and culture fostered and promoted well in Sri Lanka'

Ceylon Daily News
MP Azwer said that Sri Lanka provided the best atmosphere for the development of the Tamil langauge and Tamil culture in the world. State patronage is comprehensively provided for the growth of Tamil literature, art and culture in every part of the country.
  • May 19, 2011
  • 02:05 PM

Rights activists call for dual language policy

Daily Mirror
Christian and Hindu priests and Northern rights activists met National Languages Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara to discuss the problems and challenges faced by Tamil-speaking people in relation to the official language policy.’ The Sri Lankan constitution lays down that Sinhala and Tamil should be the official and administrative languages...
  • May 10, 2011
  • 05:09 AM

Pirivena Teachers stress need for learning Tamil language

Daily Mirror
It was necessary that the new generation of Buddhist monks in Lanka learn the Tamil language to help reconciliation between communities after decades of war, teachers of Buddhist scripture said.
  • May 07, 2011
  • 09:30 PM

Jaffna- War Tourism And Language Imposition

Dilrukshi Handunnetti / Sunday Leader
Visiting Jaffna, one cannot help but observe what the sudden influx of tourists is doing to a culturally conservative place- and how Jaffna’s primary language is being relegated to a backseat.