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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AIR, Vijayawada got the First Prize in the Category of Special Topic Documentary




All India Radio, Vijayawada got the First Prize in the Category of Special Topic Documentary "BAAPU BATALO" in Telugu for Akashvani Annual Awards 2014.Smt K.Vijaya Kumari, Retd.Sr.Gr. Announcer and Shri B.Jayaprakash Rao. Sr.Gr.Announcer are the Producers of Documentary.

Award ceremony was held at Vighyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 16.06.2017. This award was presented to Smt. K.Vijaya Kumari in the Hands of Hon.Minister of I & B Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State I & B Shri Rajyavardhan Rathore.

Contributed By:VENKATESWARA RAO MEKA,venkateswararaomeka2@gmail.com

Sri V K Bhaskaran-Daftry-Gr C-MTS,A I R Thrissur Retires on 30.06.2017.

Sri V K Bhaskaran-Daftry-Gr C-MTS: S/o Late V T Karappan,Varian House, Thachampilli, Veluthur PO,Kunnathangadi, Thrissur. He has started his career as safaiwala in A I R Thrissur on 03.06.1987.He has conveyed his "best wishes" to all staff members of Prasar Bharati.

Prasar Bharati Parivar wishes him  happy,healthy and peaceful retired life.

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Radio in the digital age


The radio industry is a very small part of the broadcasting universe. At Rs 2,300 crore, we comprise about 5% of the broadcasting sector in India. Its modest market share is probably the reason why the path to digitisation of radio is so poorly defined. Radio should be as much a part of our master plan for the ‘Digital India Vision 2020’.

Realising the vision of digital radio

As a media market, we have the best of both worlds: multiplicity of genres as well as diversity of languages. Radio is a powerful medium that gains from these advantages. It is not only interactive, but is also very local in nature and is free of costs, unlike cable and satellite television. There are many technologies we need to experiment with to realise the vision of digital radio in India, while remaining true to radio’s fundamental character as an interactive, free-of-cost, local medium.All said and done, radio is growing at a steady speed. While digital is growing exponentially, private FM radio in India is growing at a formidable 14.5%, and that is primarily because of FM expansion in tier 2 and 3 cities although the ad pie continues to be only 4%. This is not very encouraging; as internationally, in countries like the US, the radio ad pie is about 14%. However, we hope to see it grow to 7% in India by 2020.

The unfortunate thing is that the world has gone digital while we are still talking analog FM technology with a horizon spanning over 15 years. What I mean is, in this digital age, one of the biggest drivers for broadcast media is technological advancement, which could drive both content and revenue.For instance, the public service broadcaster, All India Radio, has introduced digital radio mondiale (DRM) transmitters. These are now capable of transmitting signals in analog, digital or even simulcast mode (that is, a mix of both analog and digital). This progressive technology has replaced 37 obsolete medium wave and short wave transmitters of AIR. However, private FM broadcasters are still operating on an analog FM technology and paying a huge licence fee for it.

Though the trend of AIR shifting to DRM is encouraging, the challenges faced by terrestrial radio from streaming platforms (web and mobile) cannot be ignored. The digital audio entertainment sector is fast changing. The likes of Saavn and Gaana are establishing themselves, and have become a major competitor to the radio industry today. While they are seamlessly interactive, they also offer on-demand
services, etc.

Tech and regulatory challenges

So, the challenge is not about one private FM player competing with another player; the challenge is the battle of FM players against the ever-changing technology around them. Listeners here have far more options to listen to their kind of music rather than FM radio through web radios, podcasts, audio-on-demand, etc.

iHeartRadio is another such global example that provides an all-in-one listening experience, bringing a variety of content to its listeners, be it music, news, talk radio, sports or comedy. Along with aggregating most US radio stations, iHeartRadio then distributes this content over the internet through web or mobile, whichever medium is desired by the digitised listener. Now this is something we need to experiment with in India and adapt to our conditions.

In India, another challenge is that high-end smartphones have done away with FM tuners altogether. Decision makers in the mobile industry view internet radio as the way forward. Their logic is simple: data brings in money while FM radio is free. This is an area of concern. The importance of terrestrial radio has to be properly understood beyond its rupee value.Besides regular programming and the entertainment that it provides, it has always played the age-old role in disaster management. I should point out here that India is one of the very few countries in the world wherein news is not allowed on private radio stations. This has had a very damaging effect both on the growth of radio as well as its impact. Local news is the lifeline of radio broadcasting.

In an ideal scenario, all strata of society should consume digital radio as a mass medium. However, in the current situation, the cost of digital receivers (upward of `13,000 per receiver) becomes an entry barrier for most listeners. In this context, the DAB transition in Norway is worth citing. Norway has switched from FM to DAB radio, through the ‘pop-your-phone’ route; with a simple dongle, every smartphone becomes a digital radio! I think we should consider learning from its experiment.

Nisha Narayanan is COO, Red FM


Forwarded By:Alokesh Gupta ,alokeshgupta@gmail.com

International Yoga Day Celebration at HPT , AIR Bambolim, Goa



International Yoga Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at High Power Transmitter, All India Radio, Bambolim, Goa on 21st June 2017 . Smt.Sheena Omprakash welcomed the Yoga instructor Shri Prakash Bandekar. Shri Prakash Bandekar, Yoga Instructor threw light on the importance of Yoga in day to day life in order to keep oneself healthy and happy. He also demonstrated few Asanas, which can be done by almost all people. The available staff members of HPT Bambolim participated in the event in which along with Shri CK Omprakash, DDG (E), Shri.PFA Pereira,AE, Shri RS Kamble,AE, Shri JA Cardoso,AE also performed asanas. The Session was successful.

Contributed By:Harikumar C P ,harikumar1970@gmail.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

A good trend set by Kochi Metro : Solar Power Enabled Metro Station



A 2.3 MW solar plant was successfully installed at Kochi Metro's Muttom Depot and is all set to begin operation.

This solar plant is a green initiative by the Kochi Metro Rail to meet a part of its power requirements through renewable energy.

This is the first of many solar projects planned for the city's metro network.

In the Kochi Metro's pipeline of renewable energy are more 2.3 MW solar plants planned across its 22 stations, followed by a larger 4 MW plant at the depot for which a Detailed Project Report is currently being prepared by Pune's World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE).

Source and full details : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/solar-panel-installation-completed-at-kochi-metro-stations/articleshow/58697251.cms

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NASA launches world’s smallest satellite designed by 18-year old Tamil Nadu student


India, on Thursday, created history after NASA launched the world’s smallest satellite, built by 18-year old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team. Named as Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the tiny satellite weighs around 64 grams. According to news agency ANI, the satellite was flown into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island.

With the launch of the satellite, India has created a global space record. Speaking to ANI, Sharook said that the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his team. “It’s a 3D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” he said.

Chennai: Students who built the world’s smallest satellite, rejoice after its launch. The satellite weighing 64 grams was launched by NASA.
The project was carried out under the supervision of Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of Space Kids India. Speaking to Times of India, Kesan said the satellite separated from the rocket 125 minutes after it took off. She further added the NASA will recover the satellite and will send it back to to them for recovering of the data. “Kalamsat fell into the sea. It will be recovered and NASA will be sending it back to us for decoding the data,” Kesan told TOI.

Describing the launch as “divine intervention”, Kesan further added that the 3.8 cm cube structured-satellite can fit in one’s palm and is fully 3-D printed. Equipped with nano Geiger Muller counter for measuring the radiation in space, the satellite is built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer. “Space is not unreachable… Space has got no boundaries and therefore, let’s all do research together and let’s conquer Mars soon,” Kesan was quoted by ANI as saying.

Best wishes on Eid-ul-fitr


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Obituary:पूर्व सीनियर ए.ओ.श्री ज्ञान प्रकाश पांडेय नहीं रहे !


मूलत:शाहजहांपुर के निवासी दूरदर्शन लखनऊ के पूर्व सीनियर ए.ओ.श्री ज्ञान प्रकाश पांडेय का कल रात लखनऊ में निधन हो गया ।वे 66वर्ष के थे ।लखन ऊ मे आज गोमती नदी के किनारे स्थित बैकुन्ठ धाम में उनका अंतिम संस्कार सम्पन्न हुआ।उन्होंने प्रसार भारती में सेवा की शुरुआत आकाशवाणी गोरखपुर से की थी और इलाहाबाद में लेखाकार भी रह चुके थे।गांधी फ़ैज ए आम कालेज,ए.बी.रिच इंटर कालेज(शाहजहांपुर)डी.ए.वी.डिग्री कालेज(लखन ऊ),सेंट एंड्र्यूज डिग्री कालेज,गोरखपुर विश्वविद्यालय (गोरखपुर)और लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय उनकी शिक्षा के केन्द्र रहे।वर्ष 2011में वे दूरदर्शन लखनऊ से सेवानिवृत्त हुए थे।अत्यन्त मिलनसार,कुशल और आध्यात्मिक रुचि वाले पांडेय जी जब सीनियर स्टेनो के रुप में आकाशवाणी गोरखपुर में पदासीन थे तब वर्षों तक मुझे उनका सानिध्य मिला था।वे गीता वाटिका, गोरखपुर के विख्यात संत राधा बाबा के प्रिय थे।उनके निधन से प्रसार भारती ने लेखा विभाग के एक पुरोधा को असमय खो दिया है।प्रसार भारती ब्लाग पूरे प्रसार भारती परिवार की ओर से उन्हें अश्रुपूरित श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता है और शोक संतप्त परिवार के प्रति संवेदना व्यक्त करता है।किसी कवि ने ठीक ही कहा है;
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जन्म मृत्यु एक है,
यही सही विवेक है।।"

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Meet the Doordarshan sign language interpreter who also started a cafe run by deaf people


Smriti Nagpal has founded Atulyakala, an organisation that aims at increasing employment opportunities for the deaf. She has also opened the Hearken Cafe at Shahpur Jat, where only deaf people are employed. Chances are that you have seen her on TV. She is a sign language interpreter working tirelessly for the emancipation of people with hearing disability. Her name is Smriti Nagpal, and she is an interpreter for the news bulletin for the hearing impaired at Doordarshan. The Delhi-based volunteer of the National Association Of Deaf (NAD) has a story that showcases a burning desire to serve the society. She learnt the sign language to communicate with her two deaf siblings. Smriti’s encounter with a deaf artist, who couldn’t land a job despite a master’s degree, inspired her to start Atulyakala – an organisation that aims at increasing employment opportunities for the deaf by aiding their education and spreading awareness about sign language. To avoid fund-raising struggles, Smriti decided to base Atulyakala on a ‘for profit’ model by directly connecting charitable donations to the sale of products.

For better employability, Atulyakala also opened up a lifestyle brand and design house, and a cafe in Shahpur Jat called the Hearken Café that is run by deaf employees. What started as a small scale organization now has branches in Portugal and Denmark too, and has received many prestigious awards like India AfricaYoung Visionary Fellowship and the Nelson Mandela - Graca Machel innovation award. From being part of the 2014 Republic Day parade as the sign language interpreter (It was the first time in 64 years an interpreter was used) to Atulyakala’s collaboration with famous musicians to write songs for the deaf, the organization has come a long way and is bound to inspire and motivate people all around the globe.

Source & Credit :- http://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/meet-the-doordarshan-sign-language-interpreter-who-also-started-a-cafe-run-by-deaf-people/story-19P0jOegB100txJK3PPOeI.html

Forwarded By :- Jainender Nigam , PB Newsdesk & ​Prasar Bharati ​Social Media

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