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Bangladesh govt to add 400,000 new Bengali words to Google Translate

The Bangladesh government has decided to add 400,000 new Bengali words to Google Translate on 26 March (Bangladesh Independence Day) reports PTI. 'Banglar Jonnyo Char Lakh' (400,000 for Bangla) has been organised by the Google Developer Group Bangla along with the State's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division. 4,000 people would be participating across 50 programs in Bangladesh to add Bengali words while more volunteers are expected to join from the US, UK, Portugal and Australia among other countries. In February this year, 65,000 Bengali words were added to Google Translate. Volunteers would be provided with 120 computers with high speed internet connections for this purpose, reports BDNews24. Dhaka University's Teacher-Student Centre will also be providing high speed Wi-Fi connectivity. Volunteers adding over a 1000 words will receive an e-certificate from Google. Google would also be publishing the number of Bengali words added to Translate on the same day. Users looking to volunteer can register here. Over the years, Google Translate has been adding support for Malayalam, Punjabi and Marathi along with Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, totalling the Indic languages count to 10. Globally, it supports 90 languages. Earlier this year, Google introduced a new lane guidance feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS users in India in Hindi. The Google Maps app would also provide voice-guided instructions, signalling the lane users should stay in, or move to, in navigation mode. In June last year, Google Translate released an updated version of its Android app…

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