World Hindi Conference in Bhopal: IT firms to showcase Hindi softpower

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 18:10 IST
A Microsoft representative demonstrates smartphones with Hindi tools to Sushma Swaraj and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in Bhopal on Tuesday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT)

Hindi buffs have some reason to cheer! Multinational technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and C-DAC, are in Bhopal to tell people how they can effectively use the language while working on their computers and smartphones.

“Very few people know that now URL is available in Hindi with ‘.bharat’ domain in Devnagiri script. This and many other basic amenities have been developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing),” said Mahesh Kulkarni, coordinator of C-DAC, ahead of the 10th World Hindi Conference at Lal Parade Ground.

Talking to HT, Kulkarni said C-DAC has set the basic standards of encoding in Hindi including Hindi keyboard for the computers among others.

Other interesting innovations by Google would also help people using smartphones in the ‘rajbhasha’. Exhibition in-charge of Google, Praveen Das said the search engine has added Google input tools for Hindi users now. “Map of India has been translated in Hindi. Now all locations have been labelled in Hindi,” said Das.

Another interesting tool developed by Google includes ‘Word Lens’ that translate English words into Hindi by using camera. This app is useful for people who know only Hindi. The app translates English signboards, menu cards, signage at airport, malls etc.

“The person has to simply focus his camera on the signage and it will appear in English on the phone screen,” said Das.

A little more than a dozen stalls have been set at Lal Parade Ground were inaugurated on Tuesday by minister of foreign affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Hindi networking site ‘Mooshak’ launched

A Hindi networking site ‘Mooshak’ envisaged on the lines of popular English social media platform Twitter was launched on Tuesday. This new networking site is targeted at Hindi language buffs. The word limit on Twitter is 140, while in ‘Mooshak’ it is 500 words, the Hindi networking site’s chief executive officer Anurag Gaud said. ‘Mooshak’ can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

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