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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sh Mewa lal Security Guard AIR faizabad retires on 31.12.2014

Sh Mewa lal Security Guard All India Radio Faizabad retires on 31.12.2014 after his dedicated contributions of 21 years to the security of this sensitive station, He is Ex Service Man and shown the same discipline at this station entire his service period.All Staff ,officers and almost all casual staff were present in the farewell session, prayed for the best of remaining life ,all staff was really thankful to him.

Contributed by: Anil kumar Singh ,akus.2008@gmail.com

Dastak 2015 by DD Bihar





























DD Bihar is coming up with a perfect blend of quality Entertainment for its viewers in the name of Dastak 2015 to bid good Bye to 2014 and to welcome 2015. 

Name of the Programme - Dastak 2015 
Date of Telecast - 31/12/2014
Time of Telecast - 9.00 PM – 10:00 PM

Name of the Programme - Dastak 2015
Date of Telecast - 01/01/2015
Time of Telecast - 7.00 PM -10:00 PM

Top Most Artist:-
Vinay Anand, Sangeeta Tiwari, Suvi Sharma, Apoorva, Sima Singh
Indu Sonali, Kunj Bihari, Anand Mohan, Sumit Baba, Baraj Kishor Dubey, Sailesh Jamiyar.

We are available on:-

Dish TV-815, Airtel-632, Videocon-774, DD Free Dish-36, Darsh TV-185, Citi Cable-20.

Contributed By: Shri P.N.Singh,Director,DD Bihar,directorddkpatna@gmail.com

Let this New Year be one of Revival and Rejuvenation - New year wishes from CEO


Happy New Year to PB family. Let this new year be one of revival and rejuvenation of India's oldest broadcaster and full of achievements.

With my regards, 

Jawhar Sircar

नववर्ष की पूर्व संध्या पर आकाशवाणी भोपाल का विशेष कार्यक्रम “दस्तक नई सुबह की”

आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा आज रात 31 दिसम्बर, 2014 (बुधवार) 11.10 बजे से अर्धरात्रि के पश्चात् तक अर्थात् 12.05 बजे तक नववर्ष 2015 के स्वागत तथा वर्ष 2014 की विदाई पर केंद्रित एक विषेष कार्यक्रम “दस्तक नई सुबह की” का प्रसारण किया जाएगा। 
इस कार्यक्रम में आकाशवाणी द्वारा प्रसारित विषेष कार्यक्रमों की झलकियां, मध्यप्रदेष व देष में हुई समसामायिक महत्वपूर्ण घटनाओं तथा भोपाल शहर के जाने-माने प्रषासकों, प्रबुद्वजनों तथा महत्वपूर्ण हस्ताक्षरों से की गई बातचीत शामिल है। कार्यक्रम में वर्ष 2015 के आगमन और स्वागत तथा वर्ष 2014 की विदाई पर केंद्रित बच्चों से लिये गये उनके विचारों को भी शामिल किया गया है। 
कार्यक्रम का आलेख और प्रस्तुति सुश्री अमिता त्रिवेदी की है, जबकि कार्यक्रम में सूत्रधार सर्वश्री पुरूषोत्तम श्रीवास, अनिल मुंशी व सुश्री अमिता त्रिवेदी हैं।
योगदान—राजीव श्रीवास्तव, ब्लॉग रिपोर्ट—प्रवीण नागदिवे

“स्वस्थ भारत” AIR Bhopal पर कल से...

आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा कल 01 जनवरी, 2015 (गुरूवार) से स्वास्थ्य जागरूकता पर केंद्रित एक नया कार्यक्रम “स्वस्थ भारत” का प्रसारण आरंभ किया जा रहा है। यह कार्यक्रम सप्ताह के मंगलवार, गुरूवार व शनिवार के दिन प्रातः 09.30 से बजे प्रसारित किया जाएगा, यह 15 मिनिट अवधि का कार्यक्रम होगा।

योगदान—राजीव श्रीवास्तव, ब्लॉग रिपोर्ट—प्रवीण नागदिवे

Prasar Bharati: A ‘successful’ year gone by


Since 1995, Doordarshan has been trying to build bridges of communication with Indians living abroad and also to showcase its diverse culture, values and rich heritage to the world by launching its international channel.From March 2011, Doordarshan started availing of the service of ISRO's INSAT-4B in both KU band and C band. However, the inadequacy of not being able to locate any significant global partners to distribute and connect DD to homes overseas continued. Doordarshan did make renewed efforts through Indian Missions to distribute its international channel abroad, but it could make little progress in this last mile distribution, because of several reasons. On the other hand, countries like Japan, Germany, China, Russia and France, invested heavily to ensure a global reach for their international channels.

Over the last one year, concerted efforts made by Prasar Bharati to locate viable global distribution platform to DD India has resulted in an agreement with Deutsche Welle (DW), the international broadcasting arm of the German public broadcaster for a slot on the DTH platform of EUTEL SAT Hotbird 13 B. It is an extremely popular DTH platform and in Europe it was the logical choice for DD India to launch its overseas services afresh. Hotbird 13B has a total number of 1543 TV channels of which 1117 TV channels are free-to-air. A total of 124 English channels are available on this satellite, prominent amongst which are BBC, CNN, CCTV, RT, France24, VOA TV, Euromans, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, etc. DD India will be in the basic package of the DTH service. The projection of India’s viewpoint to the global audience being a dire necessity, Prasar Bharati has found a suitable platform with DW on extremely favourable terms on reciprocal basis which is no mean achievement.Placing DD on Hotbird DTH platform will also give it full access to the Middle Eastern GCC countries, where Indians work and reside in large numbers. The telecast trials are likely in a few days and formal launching is expected shortly.

It was a feather in its cap and moment of honour for India when the Prasar Bharati CEO, Jawhar Sircar, was elected as vice president of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in 2014 with its presence in 63 countries, boosting its international presence.Doordarshan team has come up with new serials in the current year attracting more eye balls in the afternoon session of DD National creating a new record heralding resurgence of the public broadcaster towards fulfilling its mandate with renewed vigour away from market driven commercial initiatives. Meeting the aspirations of the people of Telengana, dedicated DD Yadagiri from Hyderabad and DD Saptagiri channels from Vijayawada for Seemandhra have become fully operational. Other major initiative was upgradation of four Hindi channels as 24 hours channels as DD Rajasthan, DD Madhya Pradesh, DD Bihar and DD Uttar Pradesh from the respective capital DD Kendras giving local look and feel enriching the telecast with regional flavour. The basic infrastructure to operationalise DD Kisan channel has been put in place by Doordarshan. Concerted efforts are on to enrich the channel in the coming year meeting the aspirations of all the agro-economic zones with due importance to related fields and provide wholesome content to the agrarian population of the nation. 
A major decision in 2014 was to optimise the huge advantage of Digital Terrestrial Transmitters from the four metros which are ready and from other important state capitals in cluster with ability to provide a bouquet of 20 attractive TV channels along with a combination of audio channels from each location with perfect digital output reaching the hand held smart devices equipped with tiny dongles or chips which are under field trials already. The technology is capable of live streaming content without buffering and circumventing 'server down' possibility fully.

Doordarshan was in news for amateurish display by some casual assignees highlighted in media exposed huge vacancies of creative professionals in Prasar Bharati and absence of a vibrant mechanism to service the HR functions for cadre restructuring, removal of service conditions related anomalies, conduct of regular departmental promotion proceedings, induction and appointment of creative professionals after strict professional evaluation. After Dr Surya Prakash joined as chairman, the proposal for Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board gained impetus and its establishment looks to be on course.Prasar Bharati chose to strengthen its popular Vividh Bharati network in the metros by simulcasting in FM mode. While Kolkata has already commenced its operation, other metros are awaiting the launch. AIR's 86 odd local radio stations across the country have already started simulcasting Vividh Bharati across the nation spicing up AIR's airwaves in the cause of uniting India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly Mann ki Baat – a heart-to-heart and intimate sharing of thoughts with the people living in every nook and corner of the country - is a shot in the arm for Prasar Bharati and AIR undoubtedly has emerged a clear winner in reaching the whole nation through all its channels. The programme has received spontaneous response from thousands of listeners spread all over the country including far flung areas. The broadcast has done the vastest disseminated public service through territorial, satellite and web modes.

While AIR has decided to webcast all primary channels from all its capital Kendras, it has started field trials of its most popular Vividh Bharati as part of its internet bouquet of FM Gold, FM Rainbow and Urdu Service.The dream of CEO Jawhar Sircar is to connect the whole of India through FM-station utilising its existing terrestrial towers all over the country for mounting FM antennas and cutting costs and simulcasting its primary service to ride over shortcomings of Medium Wave transmission.

For Prasar Bharati, creative dynamism has remained a challenge with innumerable competitors in the field. But its new team is optimistic to accomplish its mandate as a national public broadcaster to inform, educate and entertain the masses at home and abroad and achieve conspicuous deliverables in the new year.
AIR has become the torchbearer of the Prime Minister’s clarion call for ‘Swachh Bharat’ i.e. Clean India mission through its extensive campaign so that it becomes a truly peoples’ movement and the Prime Minister’s dream of clean India by 2019 becomes a reality. To lend support to the mission, AIR launched extensively several programmes on all its channels, in a variety of formats. The objective is to bring about attitudinal changes and behaviour modifications in the way of life of people while making them aware about environmental hygiene and cleanliness.

Apart from promos, jingles and slogans on the theme, a multi-episode serial in Hindi entitled ‘Des ApnaUjla-Ujla’ has been launched w.e.f. 2 October 2014.The yeoman service rendered by All India Radio (Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu) during the recent devastating deluge, which helped in saving hundreds of lives, connecting families, keeping the morale and spirit high of the population hit by the worst ever natural calamity and prevention of outbreak of epidemics in the aftermath of the disaster, have all come for lavish praise from every quarter including the Chief Minister of J&K and the cabinet secretary to the government of India. AIR’s uninterrupted service during this unprecedented disaster became all the more laudable as all other sources of information like print media and other electronic channels had come to a grinding halt in the State during those trying days.Similarly, AIR’s role in effective disaster management communication during the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations at the time of recent Hudhud cyclone in the Andhra coast and particularly Vishakhapatnam also won accolades.

Vividh Bharati, the old faithful, is avidly listened to even today in the face of stiff competition from rival media, especially private FM radio stations. Described as All India variety programme (Akhil Bharatiya Panchrangi Karyakram), it was initially radiated on two high-power shortwave transmitters at Mumbai and Chennai. Later, the service was progressively extended to 37 centres. Today, it is a veritable national service owing to its country-wide reach, with several stations/transmitters carrying the service:-
Exclusive/dedicated Vividh Bharati Channels 37
Local Radio Stations (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) 65
100 Watt FM Relay Centres 82
Almost all these stations operate on the FM mode. Till recently, in the four metros, the service was available only on the emaciated medium wave transmitters. AIR has recently launched dedicated FM transmitters in the metros as well. Availability of the service on 102 FM transmitters, not to mention the 100 watt FM relay centres, has further enhanced the exposure to Vividh Bharati, owing to proliferation of FM receivers, car radios and mobile devices. To begin with, Vividh Bharati was an urban phenomenon. Today, it is able to penetrate deep into the country side and is an ideal vehicle for those eager to capture the rural markets.
The fact that Vividh Bharati simultaneously reaches a vast section of people of all hues creates a psychological bond of togetherness, building up cohesion and common values.
The year 2014 is the 75th anniversary year of external broadcasting in India and the 50th anniversary of its Urdu service. The External Services Division (ESD) is truly the extended arm of foreign policy and public diplomacy. The traditional modes of shortwave and medium wave transmission have been largely replaced during the year by FM and internet radio bringing about a turnaround during the year. The highlights of the revamping of the ESD are:
Enhancing the level of engagement with the MEA particularly the External Publicity/ Public Diplomacy Division on an urgent basis, MEA will carry details of important programmes scheduled for broadcast in the General Overseas Service (GOS), the flagship service of ESD in English as well as other services in their bi-monthly magazine ‘India Perspective’.
Modernisation efforts of ESD like creation and maintenance of multi-media websites with live internet radio and Radio on Demand components. Trial runs for the websites have been completed and GOS has already been informally hosted and ready for launch.
ESD has also created three round-the-clock web radio portals, featuring live streaming of all the services. These have also been tested and ready for formal launch.
With a view to reaching out to the Indian diaspora and involving the PIOs in the development agenda of the nation and making them true brand ambassadors for the country, multi-media websites for the Indian language services of ESD like Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Tamil and Urdu are being developed, with content specifically designed to the respective target areas.
General Overseas Service is targeted to the English speaking listeners all over the world with the exception of USA, Canada, South-America and the Caribbean. To reach these uncovered areas, a dedicated multi-media website ‘airworldservice.org.in’ has been launched during the year. The programmes of GOS are also available on the web radio portal of ESD. A GOS programme on Gandhian Philosophy has recently won the best programme award for the year 2014.

To augment reception quality of cross-border and neighbourhood services targeted to South-East Asia and some countries in the East Asia from Chinsura (West Bengal) and to Pakistan, Afghanistan and some CIS countries from Rajkot, transmitters were upgraded. This will go a long way to support the new initiatives of the Central Government to strengthen its relations and engagement with the countries in the neighborhood and also undertake counter-propaganda and perception management programmes in a more effective manner. The News Services Division (NSD) of All India Radio is one of the world’s largest news gathering and dissemination apparatus.

Harnessing mobile technology, NSD launched free AIR news SMS service to the public in several regional languages viz. Asamese, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sanskrit and Tamil, besides English. The number of people registered for the Service has crossed 5 lakhs, with nearly 80% opting for the regional languages.Substantially increased its presence on the social media, reaching out audiences far and wide. Popularity of AIR’s Facebook page can be gauged by the fact that the number of likes increased from 7 lakh in May, 2014 to 17 lakh in November, 2014. 

Twitter handle @airnewsalerts is also gaining momentum day by day, from 2,15,000 followers in May, 2014 to 3,70,000 in November, 2014.

To further strengthen its reach, NSD joined another online audio platform sound cloud in May 2014. Sound cloud is an audio platform which is used in over 200 countries and has a global reach of 317 million per month. Within short span of time, it has become popular and has nearly 5.4 lakh plays so far, with an average of around 20,000 plays and 800 downloads per week.

To lend support to the Mann Ki Baat programme, NSD has been carrying content of the PM’s speech in all bulletins, national as well as regional, the later carrying the regional language version. SMSes, based on the content, are sent in several languages to the people who had registered for the service. A special static home page was created onwww.newsonair.nic.in with a link to take people directly to live webcast page of ‘Mann Ki Baat”. A special window was created for the webcast of the speech, uploading the text of the address on the website. PM’s speech was live tweeted both in Hindi and English simultaneously. What is more, it was posted on Sound Cloud, generating unique plays within a short span of time reflecting its appeal.

A variety of CDs based on the prized possessions in the treasure trove of AIR’s archives was prepared, released and uploaded on AIR’s Youtube. Significant among these CDs are the audio cuts of Mahatma Gandhi, Bharat Ratna and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Marian Anderson and Dr. Martin Luther King (Jr.).

CDs based on recordings of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel are ready, with refurbishing in its final stage.CD containing recordings on various subjects by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is being prepared. Refurbishing of these recordings is in final stage.

300 hours (approx.) fresh recording received from AIR stations have been digitized with detailed metadata. 3000 hours (approx.) of archival recordings have been deep archived with detailed metadata in Storage Area Network (SAN).

AIR has a humongous network of 590 transmitters serving 414 stations, covering virtually the entire population of the country.Under an ambitious digitalisation programme, 31 old medium wave transmitters and five shortwave transmitters have been replaced by new DRM transmitters.
Archival facility was setup at Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai, facilitating digitalization and restoration work.

Under the Special Package for J&K and North-East, several new FM transmitters are being installed.Modernization and automation of existing Regional News Units.

The dream of Prasar Bharati to connect whole of India through FM-isation, utilising its existing terrestrial towers all over the country for mounting FM antenna cutting costs and simulcasting its primary service to ride over shortcomings of medium wave transmission, especially the dwindling number medium wave receivers, is fast becoming a reality through a phased progamme launched by AIR.

While AIR has decided to webcast all its primary channels from all its capital stations, it has started live streaming, on a trial basis, to take field trial of its most popular Vividh Bharati service as part of its internet bouquet of FM Gold, FM Rainbow and Urdu Service. This has helped in taking the service to listeners overseas, especially the Indian diaspora, clamouring for it.

Brigadier (Retd) VAM Hussain,Prasar Bharati principal adviser.

Forwarded By: PB Newsdesk,prasarbharati.newsdesk@gmail.com

आकाशवाणी भुज के कार्यक्रम अधिकारी डॉ उमर समा 31-12-2014 को होंगे सेवा निवृत

दिनांक 31-12-2014 को आकाशवाणी भुज के कार्यक्रम अधिकारी डॉ उमर समा दीर्घकालीन सेवा के बाद सेवा निवृत हो रहे है. डॉ समा ने अपनी कारकीदी आकाशवाणी में उद्घोषक के रूप से शुरू करने से पहेले वकालत करते थे. बाद में उन्हों ने संघ लोक सेवा आयोग की परिक्षा पास कर के १९९१ में कार्यक्रम अधिकारी बने और बाद में संचार माध्यमो के कायदे कानून पर अपना शोध निबंध सौराष्ट्र यूनिवर्सिटी से डोक्टर की उपाधि प्राप्त की. उन्हों ने अपने सेवा काल के दौरान आकाशवाणी के राजकोट, आहवा, गोधरा एवं भुज केन्द्रों पर कार्य किया. मूल रूप में उन्हों ने नाटक-रूपक विधा से सराहनीय कार्य किया और आकाशवाणी वार्षिक पुरस्कार से भी सम्मानित किया गया. संचार माध्यम के कायदे कानून की उनकी किताब भी प्रकाशित हुई है और उन को तत्कालीन राष्ट्रपति डॉ. कलाम साहब से सम्मानित किये गये. ऐसे कर्मशील, निष्ठावान साथी को आकाशवाणी परिवार की ओर से ढेर सारी शुभकामाए करते हुवे उन के अच्छे स्वास्थ्य की कामना करते है.

योगदान :वसंत जोषी,सहायक निदेशक(का.),आकाशवाणी वड़ोदरा

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Sri Kanhai Halwai in AIR Lucknow Canteen Retires on 31.12.2014.

श्री कन्हाई लगभग 10-12 वर्ष की उम्र में अपने घर गोरखपुर से रूठकर गौहाटी चले गये। वहाँ से वह जोरहट गये और वहाँ के इंजिनियरिंग काॅलेज में हलवाई का कार्य विधिवत सीख कर कैज़ुअल रूप में 10 वर्षो तक कार्य करते रहे। जोरहट छोड़कर उन्होनें तीन साल आकाशवाणी डिब्रूगढ में भी कैजुअल हलवाई के रूप में कार्य किया।

दिनाँक 01.08.1980 को इनका आकाशवाणी  डिब्रूगढ में हलवाई पद हेतु इन्टरव्यूह हुआ, उस समय श्री यू.एल.बरूआ, आकाशवाणी  के महानिदेषक थे। दिनाँक 01.09.1980 को इनकी हलवाई पद पर नियुक्ति हुई। घरेलू परिस्थितिवष इन्होने वर्ष 1983 में अनुरोध पर वहाँ से अपना स्थानांतरण आकाशवाणी  लखनऊ में करा लिया। तब से आज तक (31.12.2014) आकाशवाणी  लखनऊ में हलवाई पद पर कार्यरत रहे। लखनऊ में स्थानातरण के उपरान्त कैंटीन में इन्होने तमाम व्यंजनों जैसे समोसे, पकौडी, ब्रेड पकौडेे एवं प्रत्येक  शिफ्ट  में खाने की व्यवस्था को सुचारू रूप से चलाया। परन्तु     ततपश्चात  स्टाफ की कमी हो जाने के उपरान्त यह व्यवस्था चाय नाष्ते तक सीमित हो गई। इन्होने आकाशवाणी लखनऊ में अपने कार्य व्यवहार से सबको प्रभावित किया तथा कैंटीन को सुचारू रूप से चलाने में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दिया। श्री कन्हाई ने आकाशवाणी  के सभी स्टाफ का अपने कार्यो एवं व्यवहार से दिल जीत कर हलवाई पद का मान बढ़ाया जिससे सभी उनके कायल हो गये। उन्होनें सिद्ध किया कि पद कोई भी हो अगर ईमानदारी, लगन व्यवहार से उसे किया जाये तो वह बहुत महत्वपूर्ण  हो जाता है।आज दिनाँक 31.12.2014 को श्री कन्हाई इस केन्द्र से सेवानिवृृत्त हो रहे है। इनकी सेवानिवृत्ति के उपरान्त इनकी सेवायें सदा यह केन्द्र याद रखेगा।

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


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Architect of autonomy for AIR DD breathes his last



Veteran journalist BG Verghese, who in 1975 won the Ramon Magsaysay award for outstanding journalism, died on 30 December, aged 87. Verghese, a former editor of the Hindustan Times, passed away at 6 p.m. at his son's residence, a family member said. The former information advisor to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi leaves behind wife Jamila and sons Vijay and Rahul. 

Verghese headed the group set up by the then Information and Broadcasting Minister L K Advani during the Janata Party rule in 1977 to work on an autonomous All India Radio and Doordarshan. The Verghese Committee recommended setting up Akash Bharati as an autonomous trust.

Born on 21 June 1927, he was a veteran journalist. He was editor of the leading papers The Hindustan Times (1969–75) and The Indian Express (1982–86).In 1975, he received the Ramon Magsaysay award for outstanding contribution to journalism. Since 1986, he has been associated with the New Delhi think-tank Centre for Policy Research. Verghese attended The Doon School. He then studied Economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and pursued a Master's degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. While at Doon, Verghese edited The Doon School Weekly.

Verghese started his journalistic career in The Times of India. He was information adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1966-69 and wrote her speeches. Subsequently, he joined as editor, Hindustan Times, but he lost his post for criticising Indira Gandhi during the dark years of the Emergency. His integrity in those years earned him immense respect and he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award that year. Immediately afterwards, he contested Lok Sabha elections in 1977 from Mavelikkara in Kerala but lost.
A crusader for civil rights, Verghese has long worked on problems of development. He was also on the Editors Guild of India Fact Finding Mission after the Gujarat riots, 2002. He has written extensively on developmental issues. Waters of hope (1990) and 'Winning the future (1994) discuss managing the Himalayan watershed. Design for tomorrow(1965), India's North East resurgent and Reorienting India: Rage, reconciliation and security (2008) are other books with a progressive theme. He is also the author of Warrior of the Fourth Estate (2005), an acclaimed biography of Ramnath Goenka, owner of the Indian Express. In October 2010, he published his autobiography First Draft: Witness to Making of Modern India, which discusses the steady degradation of democratic processes during the tenures of Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv.


Forwarded by : Jainender Nigam

For more BG Verghese Writings and Commentaries - Visit www.bgverghese.com/

Wish happy retirement life to our elder colleagues


Following are some of our friends( as per information sent by their stations) who will be superannuating from AIR & DD on 31.12.2014 after giving in their valuable contributions to the organization. 

1. Smt. Bharani Sekar, AE                  DDK, Mumbai            
2. Shri. Ravi Prakash, PEX                  DDK, Mumbai           
3. Smt. Rajani G. Gaikwad, SD           AIR, Mumbai         09833495860
4. Shri. A.D. Kale, PEX (I/P)             AIR, Pune                
5. Dr. A.V. Patil, SD                           AIR, Mysore          
6. Shri. Ravi Magotra, PEX                 Radio Kashmir, Jammu  
7. Shri. Dilip Vanjani, S. Guard           AIR, Satara  

These officers have given 30-35 years of their prime life to the organization and their contributions have helped AIR and Doordarshan stand as proud public broadcasters of the country. We thank these officers for their services to the organization and wish them a happy retired life.

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Compiled by: Shri.Suryakant S.Kadam, AIR Pune, suryaskadam@rediffmail.com

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES FOR NEW YEAR FROM DDK, BHUBANESWAR






To bid farewell to the year 2014 and to welcome New Year 2015, Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar will telecast the following programmes on DD-Odia for the entertainment and information of the viewers.
Name of the Programme - Farda-2014 (Important News Events Round the Year-2014) 

Date of Telecast - 31/12/2014 
Time of Telecast - 7.02 PM 
Name of the Programme - Smrutire Smrutire (Important Programmes telecast Round the Year-2014)

Date of Telecast - 31/12/2014 
Time of Telecast - 8.30 PM 
Name of the Programme - Nua Rangare Nua Barasha (New Year Eve Programme) 

Date of Telecast - 31/12/2014 
Time of Telecast - 9.00 PM 
Name of the Programme - Nua Rangare Nua Barasha (New Year Eve Programme) 

Date of Telecast - 01.01.2015 (Repeat) 
Time of Telecast - 9:30 PM 
Name of the Programme - New Year Junction 

Date of Telecast - 01.01.2015 
Time of Telecast - 3.02 PM, 7.30 PM (Repeat) 


Contributed By :- Shri. Pranabandhu Behera. DDK. Bhubaneswar ;pbbehera60@gmail.com

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