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Google Translate added 24 new languages including 8 languages from India

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The Assamese language is now supported by Google Translate. Google Translate has been updated with 24 new languages, according to the internet giant. There are eight Indian languages among the 24 languages, including Assamese, Meiteilon (Manipuri), and Mizo. In addition to these three languages, Google Translate now supports Sanskrit, Bhojpuri, Dogri, Konkani, and Maithili. Google Translate currently supports 133 different languages. Google announced the news in a tweet.

After six years of persistent efforts by Assamese people from over 22 countries around the world, and a plea from the previous DGP of Assam Police to take up the issue in a mission mode, the language was finally recognised. The Assamese language is now recognised by Google as well.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister, expressed his joy and delight. He shared, “Delighted that @Google has added Assamese in its language-translation tool among the 24 new languages incorporated, 8 of which are native to India. This will promote more research on the beautiful language & popularize its use across digital platforms.”

During the epidemic, Assam Sahitya Sabha (ASS) president Kuladhar Saikia, a former IPS officer and ex-DGP of the Assam Police, issued a global call to Assamese speakers to go on a mission mode and provide more resources in the Assamese language to gain a spot in Google Translate.

He said, “The contributions of Assamese language resources have been significant in the last two years while the number of such contributions crossed 5.5 lakh.”

In the Northeast, Assamese is spoken by around 25 million people, whereas Meitei is spoken by about two million people and Mizo is spoken by about 8,30,000 people. According to Shikhar Kumar Sarma, a community volunteer and lecturer at Gauhati University, the new language on Google Translate will benefit a larger population. He also stated that substantial translation systems in Indian languages should be created at the federal level for public usage.