Union Government on 27 August 2014 launched a new domain, Dot Bharat (.भारत) in Devanagari script in New Delhi. Initially the domain will cover eight languages like Hindi, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali and Sindhi. The included languages are from the list of 22 languages that has been included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
Purpose of the domain dot Bharat
• Creation of the domain .Bharat is aimed to connect people with social media and provide contents in regional languages, especially to those who are not conversant with English.
• The domain will provide information to people in their own regional languages which will help in promotion of e - governance
The domain was launched by Union Communication and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The website with this domain would also in bringing revolutionary changes in economic activities at least of rural India resulting in creation of business opportunities and jobs for almost all sections of the society.
The domain was developed by the joint efforts of National Internet Exchange of India and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. For creation of the domain, they have worked on it for last two years.
Comment: The newly domain Dot Bharat (.भारत) would replace the commonly used top domains like .com, .in, .net and others. It would also give a push to creation of website content in local languages as well.
Where: in New Delhi
When: 27 August 2014