POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 12, 2015 AT 18:18 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 12, 2015 18:18 IST

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was the nodal agency for this year's 'Vishwa Hindi Sammelan' or the World Hindi Conference. With both the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her MOS  and former Army chief V.K. Singh in attendance, the conference assumed much importance. But while organisers sought to dismiss the resentment at keeping even Bhopal based Hindi writers outside, the community of  Hindi writers seem upset enough. These are some of the questions they have raised:

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 13, 2015 AT 19:41 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 13, 2015 19:41 IST

The Central Board for film certification in India has released a list of Hindi and English words that it does not want used in any certification category. 

The list has all the usual suspects; commonly used English cuss words and their Hindi counterparts. The list also includes an ambiguous ban on verbs that may have sexual connotations, violence against women, blooshed and anything that has double meanings. 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST

The Australian National Dictionary Center has named “shirtfront” its Australian word of the year. And, no,  it does not have anything to do with losing one's shirt, or even taking it off, as Mr Putin is often wont to do.

Shirtfront (Australian Rules) noun, "A fierce tackle, usually delivered by the shoulder to the chest of an opponent." verb, "The act of delivering such a tackle."—Oxford Australian Dictionary.

The first we heard of the word was when addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said,

"(as) the third head of the government you are listening to this week, I do not know how you are doing this. Maybe this is Prime Minister [Tony] Abbott's way of shirtfronting you."

Mr Modi was of course taking a potshot at the Australian Prime Minister who, earlier in October this year, had talked of his plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST

Dear Ms Smriti Irani,
Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD).

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports you as saying today that a controversy over German being replaced in KV schools has been created "deliberately" and that its continuation as third language would have been a violation of the Constitution.

"The schools were teaching German as the third language which was in violation of the Constitution, knowing that German is not a third language. We or the ministry or KVs [Kendriya Vidyalayas] could not have renewed the contract. I have taken oath under Indian Constitution and I will abide by it," 

Your ministry, madam, had last week decided to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in the KVs, arguing that the existing arrangement was against the three-language formula and "violated" the national policy on education.

We submit four things for your information and kind consideration:

1. The constitution does not say anything about the three-language formula.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 18, 2014 AT 00:42 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 18, 2014 00:42 IST

It was coyly described by Microsoft as " Stephen Elop's email to employees". 

And one wouldn't have been any the wiser about what this jargon-filled 1,100-word e-mail was all about, unless someone pointed out that its 11th paragraph was key:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 18, 2014 AT 00:42 IST, Edited At: Jul 18, 2014 00:42 IST
     
 
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