Washington: Regional Indian languages such as Bhojpuri and Haryanvi may not have made it to India’s Constitution, but they have made it to an application form for selection to political positions with the US government.
About 20 Indian languages including Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Chhattisgarhi, Haryanvi, Magahi and Marwari have found a mention in the application form, brought out by the Barack Obama administration for filling up thousands of positions in the executive branch.
These are among 101 languages from across the world, listed in the form’s “international experience” section, where applicants have been asked to select those known to them.
Other Indian languages listed in the form are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Taliban to cease fire in Pakistan’s Swat Valley
Islamabad: The Taliban announced a 10-day ceasefire in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Sunday after freeing a Chinese hostage during peace talks with the government, while an abducted American remained missing.
Past peace deals with militants have failed, and any agreement this time could again spark US criticism that the talks merely give insurgents time to regroup. Pakistan’s government, however, insists it cannot rely on force alone to defeat the Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in regions bordering Afghanistan.