The government today launched a new domain .भारत (dot Bharat) in Devanagari script. Initially, the domain will cover eight languages – Hindi, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali and Sindhi. All these languages are from the list of 22 languages registered in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.The main purpose of .भारत domain is to connect people with social media and provide content in Indian languages. It will help provide information to the general public in their own regional languages.
The domain was launched by Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The domain was developed by the joint efforts of National Internet Exchange of India and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.
The new domain would replace the commonly used domains like .com, .in, .net and others. This would also soon be followed by similar launches in regional languages like Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu and Bangala.