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Monday, October 31, 2016

Obituary - Neeraj Goel DDG(E)(SM), DG:AIR expires in road accident

Cruel hands of destiny has snatched away from us, one of our brilliant, energetic young officer Neeraj Goel in a road accident near his home at Merrut, today, just few hours ago. He was on leave at home on 31.10.2016 and came out of house on his bicycle for petty purchase. Very near to his house, he was hit by a car and expired due to brain hemorrhage.

Neeraj was working Dy. Director General (E), Studio Maintenance Section at Akashvani Directorate, New Delhi. He had earlier worked at various sections of Directorate - M&C Section, IT Division etc. and had left a mark every where. He was Dy. Director General(E) of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar during the devastating floods of 2015 and had handled the situation bravely.

An officer of year 88 batch of IBES, Neeraj was full of life and vigour.  He was a product of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantanagar and was just 49 year old. His demise has shaken us all and has created a big vacuum at office and at home. He has left behind two daughters, wife and old mother. He was not just the pillar for his family but also for his four sisters. We pray to almighty to give strength to them to bear this irreparable loss and May departed soul of our friend Neeraj rest in peace. Please pray.

Shri Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar Bharati and Shri Jawhar Sircar, CEO Prasar Bharati have conveyed their heartfelt condolences on untimely demise of Neeraj.

Rajendra Srivastava Technician DDK Bhopal retires

श्री राजेंद्र श्रीवास्तव तकनीशियन , (एक्स सर्विस मेन ) दूरदर्शन से सेवानिवृत (भोपाल) होने पर सुखमय जीवन की कामना करते है.

Shakuntala Gautam PEX Akashvani Kanpur retires

आज दिनांक 31 अक्टूबर 2016 को श्रीमती शकुन्तला गौतम - कार्यक्रम अधिशाषी आकाशवाणी कानपुर ,अपनी शासकीय सेवा पूर्ति के कारण सेवा से कार्यमुक्त हो गयी ,विज्ञापन प्रसारण सेवा लखनऊ ईकाई उनके स्वस्थ ,सफल और दीर्घ जीवन की कामना करता है .....

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Krishna Kalpit DDG(P), Doordarshan Dte retires

श्री कृष्ण कल्पित, उप महानिदेशक(कार्यक्रम), दूरदर्शन महानिदेशालय, नई दिल्ली आज अपनी सरकारी सेवा से विमुक्त हो गए हैं। आज दूरदर्शन महानिदेशालय में इस अवसर पर उन्हें भावभीनी विदाई दी गयी। 

श्री कल्पित जी उर्फ़ कल्बे कबीर जी को मुक्त जीवन के लिये बहुत-बहुत बधाई

Source : Subhash Thaledi

Srinivasan Parthasarathy, Steno DDK Chennai retiring today

Shri Srinivasan Parthasarathy, who is retiring today, joined as a Stenographer, in All India Radio, Trichy in January 1982. After a stint of five years service at there, he came to Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai in September 1987 and till his superannuation day (31/10/2016) serving in the Administration Section. Shri Parthasarathy is a diploma holder in Siddha Medicine and a practitioner of it on permission. His native place is Mandikulam, a tiny village near Vilathikulam, in Tuticoring District. We pray to Almighty God a peaceful, prosperous & Happy retired life.

FTA kids channel Maha Cartoon TV to debut on Freedish on 1 Nov

 India’s first free-to-air (FTA) kids channel Maha Cartoon TV will launch on 1 November on Freedish, the free DTH platform of pubcaster Prasar Bharati. Maha Cartoon TV is already available on small cable TV networks in the Hindi-speaking market (HSM). The distribution footprint of the channel will be increased in the next few months. The channel is being launched by Teleone Consumers Product, a teleshopping company owned by the DV Group of Companies. Teleone already owns and operates a teleshopping channel, Teleshopping, and an FTA Hindi movie channel, Maha Movie. This will be the third channel from the company. The Hindi language channel is targeted at people aged 4–14. The content will include localised animated shows as well as international acquired content. The company is also producing content through in-house production team. The key shows on the channel include ‘Mooshak Gungun’, ‘Bal Chanakya’, ‘Panchtantra Stories’ and ‘Ciko’. The channel will also feature foreign content dubbed in Hindi besides movies for kids. ‘Mooshak Gungun’ is the Indian adaption of the classical cat and mouse chase show. ‘Bal Chanakya’ is based on an Indian kid with a sharp mind and a strong ability to overcome various obstacles with ease and composure. ‘Panchtantra Stories’ will be a compilation of short stories of the Panchtantra, showcasing India’s cultural heritage, wildlife and ecosystem. ‘Ciko’ is a knowledge-based series that will give viewers information about interesting facts. Apart from cartoon series, the channel will air interactive and educative programming. Towards this end, the channel will have a techno commercial show, ‘Techno Kids’, aimed at harnessing kids’ imagination and making great gizmos from day-to-day items for use in homes. The FTA channel is a result of two years of planning on various aspects of creation and compilation of programming for kids. The company said that it saw an opportunity in the FTA kids. Almost all kids channels are paid and mainly targeted at urban geography. DV Group CMD Darshan Singh said, “I relate to this audience as I come from rural area. I think this channel will be a great gift to rural kids, who do not have access to quality kids content. The channel is aimed at providing entertainment and knowledge to kids.” DV Group MD and founder director Vishvajeet Sharma added, “Today we have more than 20 pay kids channels but not one FTA kids channel. There is a huge opportunity in the FTA kids space, as kids form a large chunk of viewership base in rural India.”

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Inspiration :आंध्र प्रदेश के डॉक्टर दम्पति ने चलाया स्वच्छ भारत स्वस्थ भारत का अभियान

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान से प्रेरित आंध्र प्रदेश के कृष्णा ज़ि‍ले की एक कहानी। कृष्णा ज़ि‍ले के छोटे से कस्‍बे चल्लापल्ली में दो डॉक्‍टर नित्‍य प्रति सड़कों की सफाई में लग जाते हैं। उनका सपना है - स्वच्छ, स्वस्थ और सुंदर भारत।चल्लापल्ली जिन विग्‍नना वेदिका पहल के अंतर्गत पदमावती अस्‍पताल के डाक्टर डी. आर. के. प्रसाद और उनकी पत्नी डाक्टर पदमावती कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ मिलकर सड़कों और नालियों की सफाई करते हैं, उन्होंने नये शौचालयों का भी निर्माण कराया है और लोगों को खुले में शौच के दुष्प्रभावोंकी की जानकारी देते हैं। वे नित्य प्रति लगातार दो वर्षों से ऐसा करते आ रहे हैं।

हम लोग सड़कों और नालियों को साफ कर रहे हैं। और सभी लोग मिलकर सब वही काम कर रहे हैं जो सफाई कर्मी करते हैं। यहां लोग अब जागरूक है कि जब हम अपने घर को स्वच्छ रखते हैं, शरीर को साफ रखते हैं तो अपनी सड़कों और पार्कों को भी साफ रखेंगे। हमने लोगों में सद्भावना को विकसित किया है।इस पहल के जरिए डाक्टर दम्‍पति मुख्य सड़कों पर खुले में शौच समाप्त करने, साफ-सफाई को लेकर छात्रों में जागरूकता पैदा करने और सड़कों के किनारे पेड़ लगाने में सफल हुए हैं। ग्रामीणों को प्लास्टिक की थैलियों का इस्तेमाल  नहीं करने के लिए प्रेरित किया जा रहा है।

हमने करीब-करीब तीन हजार पेड़ लगाए हैं अपने गांव के आसपास और ये स्वास्थ्य   चल्लापल्ली स्‍वयंसेवकों का सम्मिलित प्रयास है। हमने अपने लोगों को जागरूक किया और उन्‍होंने गंगूलावाली पलेम सड़क के आसपास खुले में शौच करना बंद कर दिया। इसके बाद हमने अपने गांव में 68 शौचालय बनाए और 130 शौचालय बनाने में मदद दी, इसका प्रभाव यह है आज गांव में खुले में शौच करना बंद हो गया है।डाक्टर दम्पति के प्रयासों को देखते हुए अमला अक्किनेनी नामक संगठन ने उन्हें  ग्रीन लीफ पुरस्कार  से नवाजा है। केंद्रीय शहरी विकास मंत्री एम. वैंकेया नायडू ने डाक्टर दम्पति  के कार्यों की सराहना करते हुए कहा कि ये पूरे देश के लिए प्रेरणा का स्रोत है।

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Remembering Begum Akhtar

Begum Akhtar was an outstanding Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra, and Thumri. She had earned the title of Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals). The year 2014 was devoted and observed as her anniversary year.Begum Akhtar real name Akhtari Bai Faizabadi was born in Bada Darwaza in Bhadarsa Bharatkund in Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh on October 7,1914 and breathed her last on October 30, 1974 at the age of 60 years.For her rare contribution in the field of music and singing, she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by Government of India. Her modulation of voice, matchless singing style especially of Urdu Ghazals of most reputed poets made her the most admirable singer.

Tough Training

Ms Akhtar was barely seven when she was captivated by the music of Chandra Bai, an artist attached to a touring theatre group. However, at her uncle’s insistence she was sent to train under Ustad Imdad Khan, the great Sarangi exponent from Patna (Bihar) and later under Ata Mohammad Khan of Patiala (Punjab). Later, she travelled to Calcutta (now Kolkata in West Bengal) with her mother and learnt music from classical stalwarts like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan of Lahore and finally she became the disciple of Ustad Jhande Khan.Her first public performance was at the tender age of fifteen. The famous poetess, Sarojini Naidu, appreciated her singing during a concert which was organised in the aid of victims of a Bihar earthquake of 1934. This encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm. She cut her first disc for then famous Megaphone Record Company. A number of gramophone records were released carrying her ghazals, Dadra, Thumris which instantly shot her into limelight and her popularity graph too sharply shot up.

Begum Akhtar’s good looks and sensitive voice made her to jump into a film career in her early years. When she heard great musicians like Gauhar Jan and Malak Jan, she decided to forsake the glamour of the film world for a career in Indian classical music. Her supreme artistry in light classical music had its deep roots in pure classicism. She chose her repertoire in primarily classical modes: a variety of raags, ranging from simple to complex. After the advent of talkie era in India, Beghum Akhtar acted in a few Hindi movies in thirties. East India Film Company of Calcutta ( Kolkata) approached her to act in “King for a Day” (alias Ek Din Ka Badshah) and famous Nal Damayanti in 1933.A rare feature was that she sang her songs herself in all her films. She continued acting for some years only. Subsequently, Begum Akhtar moved back to Lucknow where she was approached by the famous producer-director Mehboob Khan, as a result of which she acted in “Roti” which was released in 1942 and its music was composed by maestro Anil Biswas. “Roti” contained her ghazals which was one of the attractions of this poppular movie. All her film ghazals are available on Megaphone gramophone records. Beghum Akhtar, later on left and returned to Lucknow.

In 1945, Akhtaribai married a Barrister, Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi, and became known as Begum Akhtar. However, after marriage, due to her husband’s restrictions, she could not sing for almost five years and subsequently, she fell ill, that is when her return to music was prescribed as a befitting remedy, and it was only in 1949 that she returned to the music world. She sang three ghazals and a Dadra at Lucknow Radio Station. She wept afterwards and returned to singing in concerts, a practice that lasted until her death!Her voice matured with time, adding richness and depth. She sang ghazals and other light classical pieces, singing them in her inimitable style. She has nearly four hundred songs to her credit and was a regular performer on All India Radio. She usually composed her own ghazals and most of her compositions were raag based.

Urdu being the official language of Jammu and Kashmir, Begum Akhtar’s Ghazals and songs are frequently broadcasted on pressing public demands. She paid visits to this part of the country and regaled the audience with her sweet song and melodious Ghazals.


During her last concert in Ahmedabad she raised the pitch of her voice as she felt that her singing had not been as good as she had wanted it to be and she felt unwell. The additional demand and stress that she put herself under resulted in her falling ill and was rushed to the hospital.She died on October 30, 1974 in the arms of Nilam Gamadia, her friend, who invited her to Ahmedabad, which has become her final performance. But Begum Akhtar is still alive in the hearts of lakhs of fans for her matchless style of singing especially the Ghazals, Dadra and Thumri.\

Forwarded by :Jainender Nigam , PB Newsdesk ,

7th Pay Commission: Govt Gears Up To Notify Fatter Allowances

The government is gearing up to notify the fatter allowances shortly for implementation under 7th pay commission recommendations, after it’s got cabinet nod.
The committee on allowances proposed higher allowances from August 2016, which is likely to be accepted by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The government has to notify higher allowances for central government employees shortly and allowances will get increased from next month, the finance ministry officials told The Sen Times on Friday.The central government employees and pensioners got theirs arrears of basic pay and pension arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries and pension respectively. The hike in basic pay and pension has been made effective from January 1, 2016.The higher allowances will be paid after getting report from the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa.The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has been set up on July 22 for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.

The committee on Allowances met up with the deadline of four months given to it by the cabinet to submit the report. It’s however currently are waiting for Finance Minister’s call about submission its report.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the Finance Ministry asked to obtain report from the committee on Allowances and to prepare cabinet note in this regard.Union Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa also said beginning of this month, “A committee headed by me is currently examining the Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances and it will submit its report soon.”

“Allowances contribute 63 percent in the pay hike recommendation. When the allowance is not taken into consideration it will mean fewer amounts because the allowance which the commission proposed is very substantial. Accordingly, the central government employees get a little hike in pay now, so employees are pressing hard to issue it very shortly”, said the sources in PMO.The finance ministry officials also said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission.“The committee on allowances sticks with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances,” they confirmed.“The cabinet will also stick with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances like advances,” the finance ministry officials added.

“The higher allowances will be implemented with retrospective effect from August 2016 but the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016,” the finance ministry officials also said.“The committee on allowances proposed higher allowances from August 2016, which is likely to be accepted by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” they confirmed.“Moreover, arrears for higher allowances will be paid from August,” the finance ministry officials assured.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Doordarshan Agartala hosts NORTH-EAST Zonal Meet of Engineering Heads

Engineering Head Zonal Meet was organized by Doordarshan Kendra, Agartala at Agartala (Tripura) on 21st and 22nd October’2016. Venue was Conference Hall of Hotel Sonar Tori, Agartala on 21st October’ 2016 where all Engineering Heads of DDKs, HPTs, and DMCs of entire North- East Zone were present and interacted with Zonal Head on their various problems and issues related to Technical matters. Shri M.S.Ansari, ADG(E-NEZ) and other top brass of o/o ADG(E-NEZ), Guwahati were present.

On 22nd October 2016 the Venue was at Pragnya Bhawan, Agartala. Where Shri C.B.S. Mourya, Engineering-in-Chief and other dignitaries from Doordarshan Directorate, Eastern Zone and North East Zone were present and shared their valuable comments and experiences with the delegates/representatives from DDKs,DMCs, HPTs and CCW(both Civil and Electricals). Finally Shri J.S.Pathan, DDE of DDK, Agartala concluded the Meet with Vote of thanks. Shri Pathan and his entire team was behind this grand successful event.

Contributed by :- Shri. U K Sahoo, AE, DDK Agartala,

ZPCC Meeting North-East at Itanagar

Niti Aayog to vet performance of 500 autonomous bodies

The government has decided to focus on over 500 autonomous bodies -from the University Grants Commission and Jawahar Lal Nehru University to Delhi Development Authority, Prasar Bharati and CSIR -and has asked Niti Aayog to review the performance of these entities that have mushroomed over the years with little oversight. Sources told TOI that Niti Aayog has been entrusted the task as the government looks to cut down on wasteful expenditure. The number of central autonomous bodies has shot up from 35 in 1955 to 533 in 2012 and the Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) headed by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan had said these agencies guzzled a lot of cash, which some estimates suggest could be over Rs 60,000 crore annually .

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set up a high-powered committee headed by Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to look into the EMC's recommendations. The panel had suggested a slew of measures to reduce government spending which included recommendations to streamline expenditure and review grants made to autonomous bodies, and link at least a part of it to performance. A top government official said the commission was of the view that a meaningful review of the grants made to these institutions would lead to savings of around Rs 3,000 crore a year.A source said the UK had undertaken review of its 900 odd autonomous bodies. On the basis of the review, the number was pruned by 285 institutions, resulting in annual savings of around $2 billion.

While the EMC was set up amid much fanfare, little has been done to implement its recommendations as the government wanted a detailed analysis of the proposals. In the past too, governments have undertaken similar exercises -such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee government's attempt through the Expenditure Reforms Commission -but have shied away from taking tough decisions like winding up departments or abolishing posts. Usually, the bureaucracy comes up with arguments justifying continuation of the system and the political brass shows reluctance. Despite expectations that the Modi government would streamline functioning of the government, given that several ministries have become redundant, the administration has shied away from such decisions. 

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Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk,

Govt seeks professional help for DD revival

Fazed by private sector television channels’ stridency in terms of revenues and viewership in an increasingly digital India, the government is seeking outside professional help in “transformation of Doordarshan.” A tender has been issued by an organisation under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to look for a consultant to revamp Doordarshan into a leading public broadcaster that becomes a highly successful medium of mass communication. Amongst the objectives listed in the tender documents by the Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. (BECIL) a stated aim is to engage a consulting firm to support Doordarshan in achieving this “transformation goal by undertaking a comprehensive view on the projects and initiatives to be executed” by the Indian pubcaster. Pointing out that in the last couple of decades after introduction of cable television and technological changes in a country that’s now openly flirting with digital consumption of video and audio on multiple platforms, the government admitted DD’s monopoly days are over and it is not the target media for a large swathe of Indian population. “Given the potential television has, not just commercially but also as a means for socio-economic transformation, it's critical to revitalize Doordarshan and develop it into a powerful and commercially successful organization of mass communication,” BECIL said in a note enumerating the objectives for the project.

The consultant would have to undertake a comprehensive view on the projects and initiatives to be executed by Doordarshan, engage all stakeholders to arrive at trouble-spots and prepare a solution map for addressing those difficulties. The government is hoping that the consultant will identify in medium term goals for “quick wins” and further help Doordarshan develop a long-term strategic roadmap. The interested bidders are expected to send in their queries by 2 November 2016 and get responses in a pre-bid meeting on 4 November. The technical bids will be opened on 15 November at 1530 hours. Dates for presentations by bidders and opening of financial bids will be intimated later by BECIL. Interestingly, Minister of State for MIB Rajyavardhan Rathore few days back had admitted at a media conference that Prasar Bharati, DD’s parent, lacked adequate programming and marketing capabilities and was open to seeking help from private players. Doordarshan is one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world in terms of studios and infrastructure and claims to cover 90 per cent of the total Indian population --- a claim that, however, doesn’t aptly reflect in audience measurement data. DD, which offers 23 TV channels in various Indian languages, provides television, radio, online and app-based mobile services throughout India and overseas.

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Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainender Nigam PB Newsdesk,

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Gujarat’s Navratri Festival, is “A Circle of Ecstasy” that throbs non-stop for nine nights with millions of fantastically costumed devotees swaying in a fusion of dance and devotion. Although this festival is celebrated throughout India, nowhere it is performed with more panache and fervor than in Gujarat.
The significance of Navratri is offering devotion to “Goddess Amba (Durga)”, who is believed to exist in many forms. These Goddesses are believed to be known as "Shakti" as the tales narrate their power over killing of demons. This is also an agrarian festival for celebrating the fertility of earth.”GARBO is a symbol of Universe and the lamp inside is the light of universe. Therefore this festival has a special significance in Rural Gujarat also. The remotest corner of Gujarat turned into a dance floor during these nine days.  This year Doordarshan Kendra Ahmedabad moved out from the Studio and decided to telecast LIVE GARBA events from the different corners of Gujarat. Various Garba based programs were presented in a Garba bouquet “ Chundadiye Rang Layo” from 1st Oct to 10 th October, 2016. To give additional flavor to the content, Special Set was erected within DDK Studio to live comparing by inviting well known folk artist of Gujarat. “AARTIES” performed at famous temples of Goddesses of Gujarat were recorded which was an additional flower in GARBA bouquet. Garbas recorded in last years in DD Studio were repackaged and were presented in a special programme. A programme to demonstrate unique Dance Styles “GARBA STEPS” to the viewers added fragrance to the Garba Bouquet.

LIVE GARBA were telecast from 9.30 PM to 11.00 PM on DD GIRNAR from “GMDC Ground, Ahmedabad” (State Level Garba event organized for nine nights by Gujarat Tourism) by deputing DDK, Ahmedabad “OB VAN” and from various place of Gujarat like Cara Garbi,Terwada, Bechraji, Junagadha, Chansama, Umiya temple, Ambaji, Surat, Rajkot & Ahmedabad by deputing two nos of MCU setup of DDK, Ahmedabad, This is for the second time in a row that Doordarshan has initiated for such extensive live telecast of this longest Dance festival. In absence of EFP Van ,this station made its own arrangement and deployed two nos of MCU Setup of DDK, Ahmedabad .The staff of DDK Ahmedabad worked day & night to left behind no stone unturned for quality output.  DD-Girnar has tried to present the unique dance styles of different Regions of Gujarat with the perspective of Community Participation where there is no bar of Caste-creed, Class, Age or religion.

 Initiative of “DD GIRNAR” is highly appreciated by the Viewers & Media. Kendra also earned revenue of more than 30 Lakhs.  For wide publicity of the programme big size "Banners" were placed on the MCU setups , OB Van ,Fly away & DSNG vehicle. The signal was also made available on you tube for internet users.

Contributed by :- Shri. A K Gupta, DDE & HOO DDK Ahmedbad,

भर गई झोली :प्रसार भारती से जुड़े कलाकारों की !

इतिहास को देखा जाय तो हमेशा से सुर्खियां बटोरता रहा है उत्तर प्रदेश ।इस हफ्ते जब इस सूबे के सियासी पार्टी का अंदरुनी घमासान उबाल पर था तो उसी बीच पहले तो 23अक्टूबर की शाम " यश भारती "पुरस्कारों की हुई घोषणा और फिर 24अक्टूबर को सम्पन्न बहु प्रतीक्षित उ.प्र.संगीत नाटक अकादमी पुरस्कार वितरण समारोह ने प्रसार भारती से जुड़े कलाकारों की झोली भर दी ।इसे संयोग ही कहा जाएगा कि इतिहास में पहली बार आकाशवाणी और दूरदर्शन से जुड़ी शख्शियतों को थोक भाव में पुरस्कृत किया गया है।उ.प्र.संगीत नाटक अकादमी के लखनऊ के गाडगे सभागार में सम्पन्न समारोह में राज्यमंत्री अरुण कुमार कोरी ने कला,संगीत और साहित्य से जुड़े 79लोगों को सम्मानित किया।इसमें रत्न सम्मान से सम्मानित लोगों में पं.छन्नू लाल मिश्र,उस्ताद सआदत हुसैन,अनिल रस्तोगी,जनाब विलायत जाफरी, (स्व.)मुद्रा राक्षस ,विदुषी सुलोचना बृहस्पति,सविता देवी,पं.राजन साजन मिश्र,पं. हरि प्रसाद चौरसिया,विदुषी एन.राजम और अनूप जलोटा शामिल थे ।अकादमी अवार्ड पाने वाली शख्शियतें थीं-श्री अफ़जाल हुसैन खां,गुलशन भारती,इक़बाल अहमद सिद्दीकी,अवधेश कुमार द्विवेदी,पद्मा गिडवानी,अमर नाथ मिश्र,शिवनाथ मिश्र,राम मोहन महाराज,गिरीश चन्द्र श्रीवास्तव,राम जी लाल शर्मा,विमल पंत,रीना टंडन,चितरंजन ज्योतिषा,मालिनी अवस्थी,पं.बी.बी.गोस्वामी,राज कुमार चटर्जी,वी.बालाजी,पं.म.मो.उपाध्याय,दिनेश प्रसाद,परशुराम यादव,आशा धस्माना,विनोद कुमार द्विवेदी,संतोष कुमार मिश्र,रविनाथ मिश्र,मीनू खरे,हैदर बख्श क़व्वाल,एच.बसंत,हरि प्रसाद सिंह,सुधीर नारायण,शोभा कुदेशिया,अचला बोस,केवल कुमार,अरुण कुमार भट्ट,कमला कांत,पं.हरि मोहन श्रीवास्तव,राजीव शुक्ला,अतुल यदुवंशी,अख़्तर हसन आदि ।इनमें से ज्यादातर आकाशवाणी की सेवा में अभी भी हैं या रह चुके हैं।कुछ वे भी हैं जो आकाशवाणी के विभिन्न केन्द्रों के ग्रेडेड कलाकार हैं और वे अनुबन्धित होते रहे हैं।प्रसार भारती परिवार इन सभी महानुभावों को बधाई और भविष्य में उत्तरोत्तर उपलब्धियां पाते रहने के लिए अपनी शुभकामनाएं दे रहा है।इसी प्रकार "यश भारती"के लिए जिन 54विभूतियों को अलंकृत करने की घोषणा उ.प्र.सरकार ने की है उनमें भी अनेक महानुभाव प्रसार भारती परिवार से जुड़े हैं।उस्ताद गुलफाम,पंडित विश्वनाथ,काशीनाथ यादव,साबरी ब्रदर्स,मो.असलम वारसी,अनुपमा राग,केवल कुमार(सेवा निवृत्त संगीत संयोजक आकाशवाणी लखनऊ और आत्म प्रकाश मिश्र(कार्यक्रम अधिकारी दूरदर्शन लखनऊ) आदि इस सूची में शामिल हैं।इन सभी को प्रसार भारती परिवार की बधाई और शुभकामनाएं।उत्सवों के इन त्यौहारी दिनों में प्रसार भारती परिवार की झोली में समाई ये उपलब्धियां किसी अमूल्य उपहार से कम नहीं हैं।
ब्लाग रिपोर्टर :- श्री. प्रफुल्ल कुमार त्रिपाठी,पूर्व कार्यक्रम अधिकारी,आकाशवाणी,लखनऊ ।मोबाइल 9839329128

Dr. Perla has been awarded ‘Karavaliya Kalpatharu’

Dr. Vasanthkumar Perla, Assistant Station Director and Program Head of Akashvani Mangaluru has been adored with ‘Karavaliya Kalpatharu’ award presented by Sneha Samskrutika Sangha, Bengaluru and Nethranjali Dance Academy, Hyderabad in a befitting function at Hyderabad. The function, ‘South Indian Cultural Festival – 2016’ was held at Sundaraiah Science Centre, Hyderabad on Sunday, 23th October 2016 and witnessed by a large gathering comprised both Kannada and Telugu people.

“Dr. Perla is working in the literary and cultural field since last 40 years and marked his footprints as a media person and as a writer and poet too. His works involve in the field of research, compilations and prose as well” said Shri Harikrishna Punarooru, past president of Kannada Sahitya Parishath, Bengaluru while presenting the award.Smt. Nagadeepika, well known Advocate of Hyderabad participated as chief guest and other scores of luminaries were present on the dais. The gathering was witnessed with day-long Classical Dances by individuals and reputed dance troupes of South India. 

Contributed by: K. Ashok, PEX, AIR, Raichur Mob: 9449259218

Literary Meet-P.G.Extension Centre-Periyaar University-Dharmapuri

The English Department of the P.G.Extension Centre of Periyar University Salem Tamil Nadu arranged for a special lecture on Radio communication on 26th October 2016 at Hamilton Hall of the centre. Shri.R.Murali Programme Executive AIR FM Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu was the chief guest and in his interactive session with the students he outlined a brief history of FM Radio and the tale of woe of the inventor Edwin Armstrong by a power point presentation and the nuances of the FM audiences. The students were eager to take up the Radio Jocs job. earlier Dr.Kruthiga and Dr.Govindaraj faculty members and Dr.Mohana Sundaram Director of the Centre Spoke on the occasion.

Conrtibuted by :- Ramani Murali, 

Govt lists cricket events whose broadcast feeds must be shared with Prasar Bharati

Government names all official one-day international, Twenty20 and test matches played by the Indian men’s cricket team as cricketing events of national importance. The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry on Tuesday named all official one-day international, Twenty20 and test matches played by the Indian men’s cricket team, semi-finals and finals of the men’s World Cup and International Cricket Council Championship Trophy as cricketing events of “national importance”. In a gazette notification uploaded on the official website of the I&B ministry, the government identified these as events of high public interest, which essentially means that the broadcasting rights’ holders of these events will have to share the feed for these with public broadcaster Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007. The law (in a 2012 notification) required private broadcasters to share live broadcasting signals of sporting events of “national importance” with Prasar Bharati simultaneously, to enable the public broadcaster to re-transmit the same on its terrestrial networks and direct-to-home networks. According to the notification, such matches “are considered to be of high public interest by the central government”.

Currently, Star India has the broadcast and digital rights for all cricket played in India through a deal with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The company had paid Rs3,851 crore in 2012, which gave it exclusive media rights to cricket matches organized by BCCI until 2018. Star also holds broadcasting rights for all events of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2015 to 2023. The government’s notification comes after the Supreme Court in May ruled that broadcasters of important sports events must remove all commercials, sponsor logos and credits before handing a clean feed of the event to Prasar Bharati, citing public interest. The dispute arose after Star India filed a case against Prasar Bharati when the latter demanded clean feeds from Star. Star had not removed its channel logo, and certain on-screen credits for the India-Australia-Sri Lanka cricket tri-series held in 2012. The new notification supersedes the one issued in 2012.

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Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainender Nigam PB Newsdesk,

Doordarshan DG appointed as new Vice President of ABU

Doordarshan DG Supriya Sahu has been appointed as the new Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. An official statement released by the public broadcaster said that it participated in the 53rd annual Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly, hosted by the Indonesian public broadcaster RRI, which concluded in Bali, Indonesia on 25th October. Ko Dae-young, President and CEO of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) was elected as as new President and Sahu joins the other two Vice Presidents of ABU, Hikaru Doumoto, Executive Vice President of NHK-Japan and Senol Goka, Director General of TRT- Turkey, the statement said. 

Both Ko and Sahu will start their term with immediate effect and will continue their service to the ABU for the next three years from January 2017. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, is a non-profit, professional association of broadcasting organisations having 280 members in 69 countries.

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainender Nigam  PB Newsdesk,

Friday, October 28, 2016

Sukanya Sengupta, the first female IBES officer to get charge of Engineer-in-Chief, AIR retires on 31.10.16

Smt. Sukanya Sengupta who had become the first female officer of Indian Broadcasting (Engineering) Service (IBES) to get the charge of Engineer in Chief, All India Radio, retires on superannuation on 31.10.2016. Smt. Sengupta was given the additional responsibility of current duty charge of the post of Engineer in Chief, All India Radio vide Prasar Bharati letter dated 05.09.2016.

Born on 28 October 1956, Sukanya Sengupta had joined All India Radio as UPSC Direct Recruit Group 'A' JTS officer of Indian Broadcasting (Engineering) Service on 22.10.1983. She got regular promotion to Junior Administrative Grade of IBES in March 2004. She was looking after the charge of Additional Director General(E), All India Radio for quite some time and had got her regular promotion vide Minsitry of I&B communication dated 11.08.2016 and she took over the charge on 12.08.2016.

Today (28.10.2016) is her Birth day. Prasar Bharati Parivar extends it's choicest best wishes to her on her birth day and for a peaceful and contended retired life.

Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2016 delivered by Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble MOS DNER,PMO, DOPT, DAE..

All India Radio's Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2016 culminated successfully at the National Media Centre, today. Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of State of Personnel Public Grievance and Pensions and Department of Atomic Energy and Space, delivered lecture on "Cooperative Federalism: Reconciling Regional & National Cohesion". This lecture will be broadcast on the National Hook Up, Rajdhani Channel (450.5 Mtrs MW 1666 kHz) & AIR FM Rainbow (102.6 MHz) and AIR FM Gold (106.4 MHz) channels on 31st October 2016. This lecture will also be available through live streaming of AIR FM Rainbow & AIR FM Gold through or by downloading All India Radio Live Mobile App for Android, iOs and Window platforms.

This lecture is a legacy which has been a continual process since 1955 and many eminent personalities have shared their thoughts based on the ideologies of the Iron Man, as Patel was fondly called and remembered. He was also the man who consolidated fragmented states of India and built one United Modern India. Sardar Patel was the first Information and Broadcasting Minister of independent India and this lecture series held every year is a tribute to the great visionary by All India Radio. Today, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh reflecting Patel's ideologies opened his speech with “The objective is to ensure that the Nation/ Republic and the respective States should share power without power getting concentrated at any level".

Chief Guest MoS Rajyavardhan Rathore said "Enthusiasm, patriotism of the young India promises more Sardar in the coming times"Today, through this lecture Dr. Singh brought the importance of Co-operative Federalism and how it is an integral part for the development and progress of a country. While discussing the nature and demand of time in 1950, he shared that framers of the Constitution refrained from using the term ‘Federation’ as it might have impeded the objective of unity and integrity of India, thus partition of the country probably called for a centralized federal union. So, adopting this type of structure was out of necessity, rather than choice. He further emphasised how present Government under the able leadership of Shri Narendra Modi is adopting and following the same principal. 

He even said that, “Indeed, Co-operative Federalism and introduction of GST will go down in history as the path breaking initiatives of the Modi Government.”Today’s lecture was in sync with the ideologies of Sardar Patel and his theories of united India. 

To hear the complete lecture, one can tune in to All India Radio on the above mentioned dates and time. 

Contributed By: Sunita Sahay,Media Interlocutor,Prasar Bharati,

CDC of ADG(E) to LK Pradhan & PN Bhakta

Shri LK Pradhan, Dy.Director General(E), Doordarshan Kendra Bhubaneswar has been asked to hold current duty charge of Additional Director General(E) (EZ), Kolkata.

Shri PN Bhakta, Dy.Director General(E), NABM, Delhi has been asked to hold current duty charge of Additional Director General(E) at DG:AIR, New Delhi as Additional Director General(E)(Maintenance).

Shri PP Bhattacharjee, holding current duty charge of Additional Director General(E) will look after AIR Resources on CDC.

Best wishes from PB Parivar.

Akashvani Varanasi Foundation Day Celebrations


Today is Akashvani Varanasi Foundation Day.  Celebrations were held on 27.10.2016, on the eve of the Foundation day. 

PB Parivar extends it's choicest best wishes to all serving and former officials of Akashvani Varanasi

Source : Kishor Verma

Inspiration-How Shirish Apte Rejuvenated A Traditional Water System In Maharashtra

A tractor taking the silt from the malguzari tanks to the nearby farm lands. This silt is rich in Nitrogen and Phosphorus content and is used as manure in farms. Due to the use of this silt farmers has reduced the use of fertilizers in their farms.Caught in between the Malguzaars (the local Zamindars or landlords) and the state government, the Malguzari tanks were eft to die many years ago. Read how a lone Malguzaar spearheaded their revival in 2008.Malguzari tanks were ponds made for water harvesting by the Malguzaars, who were Zamindars/tenants in eastern idarbha, Maharashtra two centuries ago.These tanks provided water for irrigation and also increased the availability of fish for local consumption.Before 1950, the Malguzaars constructed, owned and maintained these water tanks but things changed after that when the Malguzari/Zamindari system was abolished. The state government took ownership of these tanks and started collecting water tax on whichever lands they irrigated. This angered the Malguzaars and prompted them to file a case in the Supreme Court saying that they were the rightful owners. The Supreme Court agreed with them but didn’t lay down conditions for who should maintain these tanks. More than 1000 tanks in the Vidarbha region bore the brunt of this decision and went unmaintained since then.

In 1983, an independent committee ruled that the tanks, which were of great significance to modern irrigation projects, were indeed the government’s responsibility to maintain. But no one took heed of this and the tanks remained unmaintained until 2008 when Shirish Apte entered the picture.Shirish Apte, an Executive Engineer of Minor Irrigation division of Bhandara also belonged to a Malguzaar family. He had always had a great interest in water conservation and decided to initiate the process of rejuvenating these tanks. With monetary support from the government, he started this work.

The first tank that was restored in 2008 was the Janbhora Malguzari tank located 35 kms away from Bhandara. The first step was to de-silt the tank to remove the fine sand and earth that is carried by moving water and deposited as a sediment. The community got together and de-silted the tank. After the de-silting was completed, the boundary wall of the tank was strengthened. The work was fully completed in 2009 – 2010. This rejuvenation work has resulted in recharging groundwater levels and has also increased agricultural output and fish production in the area Employment levels have also increased because of this. The benefits of the Jambhora Malguzari tank to the region has prompted the district administration to restore another 21 Malguzari tanks in Bhandara.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better. The revival of the Malguzaari tanks has shown that there are cheaper and simpler methods for water conservation than the construction of big dams. Smaller projects such as this aren’t as expensive to implement and more importantly, the buy-in from the community and the ownership that the people feel can’t be replicated with bigger state-run projects.

DDK Mumbai - 8th Ryan's IAFA

Apart from the Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao, one could see the likes of Madam Grace Pinto, Ryan Pinto Pahlaj Nihlani, Gajendra Chauhan, Dr Mukesh Batra, Bharat Dhabholkar, Aruna Raje, Dheeraj Kumar, Mrunal Kulkarni, AK Bir, and others from the Film and TV industry at the 8th Ryan's IAFA held at DDK Mumbai....

SourceMukesh Sharma

Tejinder Varshney ADP DDK Allahabad retires on 31.10.2016

Farewell to Dr(Mrs) Tejinder Varshney ADP, Doordarshan Allahabad retiring on 31.10.2016

Source : Kamal Kumar Varshney

दूरदर्शन मुजफ्फरपुर की हिन्दी गृह पत्रिका

Microsoft launches cybersecurity engagement centre in India

                                             Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
US tech giant Microsoft has set up a cybersecurity engagement centre (CSEC) in the Delhi-NCR region that will help it work with partners to identify and respond to cyber threats in the country.The India centre, which is the seventh such facility for the company globally, will function as a satellite to Microsofts Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU). While Microsoft declined to comment on investment details, it said the company invests about $1 billion annually in the area of security research, innovation and development. The company ran a year-long pilot out of its Gurgaon office, under which its team met with over 100 organisations in the country. Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said,

The CSECs mission is to help build a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for India’s digital transformation. It will works towards fostering deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organisations for this Based on those conversations, the team observed three common IT environment issues (which are also the highest cyber security risks) plaguing organisations in India — un-managed/unregulated IT assets usage, poor knowledge of cyber hygiene and inability to timely monitor, detect and remove cyber threats.

We believe security of critical information is imperative for our corporate customers, just as it is vital to ensure security and privacy of citizen data and transactions. Our first investment towards this was setting up our local data centres in India last year, and now launch of the CSEC, he said.The other cyber security centres operated by Microsoft are located in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, China, Berlin and Washington DC. Asked about the size of the India centre, Pramanik said,While the India team itself will be a compact one, the centre will be operated in affiliation with the Redmond DCU team and comprises over 100 legal and technical experts worldwide. Well leverage these resources to support the India cybersecurity environment.The centre is also expected to help the company collaborate with government organisations to quickly and reactively address cyber threat and cyberattacks.

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