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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Vaidehi ,D/O Yogesh Hoshing ,E.A AIR Nashik,get married on 8th DEC 2019.

Vaidehi, daghter of Mrs Varsha and Yogesh Hoshing ,tied knot with Dheeraj ,son of Mrs Anuradha  and Venugopal Gosala on 9th DEC 2019 at BLVD Nashik. Yogesh Hoshing is working as Engg Asst at AIR Nashik.

Staff from  AIR Pune,AIR Mumbai,HPT Malad,Mumbai and AIR Nashik attended beautiful marriage ceremony at Nashik.

PB Parivar congratulate Shri Yogesh and wish Vaidehi and Dheerj a healthy, happy and prosperous married life.

INDIA vs. WEST INDIES 2 nd T 20 COVERAGE:AIR Thiruvananthapuram

AIR Thiruvananthapuram, did the coverage for AIR, of the 2 nd T 20 International, between India and the West Indies, played at Sports Hub Greenfield stadium Thiruvananthapuram on 8/12/2019. Set in the backdrop of lush greenery of Kerala, this magnificent stadium can be proud of it elegance and coverage facility. Though the result was not encouraging for the home side, the enthusiasts numbering over 50,000 enjoyed each and every moment of the game. AIR Commentary team consisted of Sri.Sanjay Aggarwal, who took VRS from service as PEX, doing the Hindi commentary in company of the seasoned English commentator, Dr.Milind Tipnis. The scorer was Sri.Ragit Sinha, PEX, AIR Patna and Sri.OmPrakash Sharma from Jaipur, was the statistician. They did an excellent job, bringing every minutest detail of the game to the listener, not missing out the milestones and scores. The AIR broadcast team comprised of S.Narayanan Nampoodiri, K.A.Sukumaran, Vishnu Sankar and V.Sureshkumar.

Contributed by :- Shri. Narayanan Nampoodiri ,PEX, AIR Thiruvananthapuram,

After Friend’s Son Gets Cancer, Mumbai Lady Grows Food Forest in 3×6 Ft Balcony!

Should everyone be growing their own food?

This question struck Saraswati Kuwalekar, the Deputy Director, News (IIS) at Doordarshan on a visit to a hospital, where she was meeting her friend’s son.

“He was 28 and had been diagnosed with cancer. I started reading up on it and found out that there is a rise in the number of people below 30 being susceptible to the disease. While factors such as genetics and environment increase the risk, the food you eat is equally important. What is the point of giving the best of everything to our children, if we fail to give them chemical-free food?” she exclaims.

Alarming facts about the life cycle of food⁠—from agricultural production through to eventual consumption⁠—prompted Saraswati to turn her gardening hobby into an opportunity to bring a change in her family’s lifestyle.

“I had no clue about growing food; my knowledge was limited to growing basic flowers. But I was ready to invest my time and efforts if it meant giving a healthy life to my kids and family,” says Saraswati.

There is another incident which pushed her towards this path.

“Thanks to my profession, I travel quite often. I was in a village in Maharashtra when I spent time with a farmer was growing food meant for the consumption of others, using pesticides. The ideal amount is 3 per cent, but he used nearly 30 per cent. Meanwhile, on a different patch of land, he was using organic methods to cultivate food⁠—but this was for his family!”

Disturbed by the incident, Saraswati enrolled for a farming course at Mumbai University and also met organic farming and gardening experts, Rajendra Bhat and Nandan Kalbag.

“I learnt the requirements of plants from Kalbag and Bhat taught me the basic concepts of organic farming. I conducted many trial and error experiments and finally came out with a chemical-free urban kitchen gardening method,” shares Saraswati, who also ensured that it was not time or space consuming.

A Mini Forest in the Balcony!

Saraswati has three balconies at home, and although the one she chose to grow plants in is smaller than the rest, it receives ample sunlight and ventilation.

“Soil provides only 1.5 per cent of nutrition to plants and the rest is from sunlight. While it was a challenge to grow food in a balcony which is just 3×6 feet, I did it! I started my experiments with french beans, lettuce and turnips. Of all the seeds I sowed, less than 50 per cent grew into saplings. And it took almost four years for french beans to grow,” says Saraswati.

She implemented mulching, multi-cropping and microflora⁠—the three rules of farming in the gardening process called ‘Own Grow’⁠—to ensure an edible forest in her small space.

For optimal space usage, she planted two or more seeds in one pot and even ventured into vertical gardening.

“An advantage of sowing 3-4 different types of crops in one pot is that it helps in keeping the pests away—they get confused about which plant to chew on! Like this, I developed around 12 combinations of multi-cropping over a period of time,” she adds.

Next, she layered (or mulched) the soil with leaves and twigs to promote microbial activity and beneficial worms. It also helped her suppress the growth of weeds and maintain humidity in the soil. As for microflora, she allowed all kinds of microbes, fungi and bacteria on her plants.

\“Microflora converts the nutritional elements in the soil to food for plants. They also prevent the need to use chemicals. From ladybugs, termites, earthworms to caterpillars, there are several microbes in our balcony. For the bad ones, I resort to garlic as it is an effective pest repellent because of its smell,” informs Saraswati.

Thanks to the ecosystem that she has developed in her balcony, Saraswati spends only 10 minutes every day for approximately 130 plants. She grows leafy vegetables, tomatoes, herbs, brinjal, dragon fruit, and so on.

In addition to gardening, she also prepares her own organic fertiliser from kitchen waste.

To spread her expertise among people, Saraswati has started a website and social media pages along with her daughter, Prajakta.

“It can be tough to maintain a garden with no time and space, but we wanted to encourage people to grow their food or at least practice composting. So on our pages, we try to build conversations around it by posting our methods and even answer queries,” Prajakta tells TBI.

In a city like Mumbai, which is seeing uninterrupted horizontal and vertical development, and green spaces shrinking by the day, Saraswati’s gardening method could certainly be a long-term solution.

Credit : The better India

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

आकाशवाणी उस्मानाबाद ने मनाया चौबीसवाँ वर्धापन दिन।

आकाशवाणी उस्मानाबाद का वर्धापन दिवस बड़े ही धूमधाम से हर्षोल्लास के साथ मनाया गया। इस अवसर पर आकाशवाणी आनंद मेला का आयोजन किया गया।

Shashikant S/O Shri.Deoram Nangare, carpenter, AIR Pune got married .

Shashikant son of Shri.Deoram Nangare, carpenter, AIR Pune got married on 2-12-19.

PB Parivar congratulate Shri.Deoram nangare and wish Shashikant and Varsha (newly married couple) a healthy, happy and prosperous married life.

श्री संजय कुमार शर्मा, आशुलिपिक ग्रेड-१ आकाशवाणी रायपुर के ज्येष्ठ पुत्र श्रेयांश को एम.बी.ए. डिग्री प्रदान

श्री संजय कुमार शर्मा, आशुलिपिक ग्रेड-१ आकाशवाणी रायपुर के ज्येष्ठ पुत्र श्रेयांश शर्मा ने इंटरनेशनल इंस्टिट्यूट आफ मेनेजमेंट एण्ड स्टडीज़ पुणे से एम.बी.ए. की पढ़ाई की । 07 दिसम्बर को आयोजित दीक्षांत समारोह में उन्हें डिग्री प्रदान किया गया ।

द्वारा योगदान : संजय कुमार शर्मा, आशुलिपिक ग्रेड-१ आकाशवाणी रायपुर 

Kalyana Chakravarty son of Programme Head AIR Vijayawada Smt.Sailajarao & Sri J.Syamalarao,IAS got married.

Kalyana Chakravarty son of Programme Head AIR Vijayawada Smt. Sailajarao & Sri J.Syamalarao,IAS got married on 08/12/19.The marriage took place in Hyderabad.

PB Parivar congratulate Smt. Sailajarao & Sri J. Syamalarao and wish Kalyana Chakravarty & Rishmita (newly married couple) a healthy, happy and prosperous married life.

Contributed by:-Monali Thakre, TREX, AIR Hyderabad.

Inspirational:15-YO Hyderabad Girl Celebrates Birthday Right, Plants 150 Trees!

150 trees when she is 15, 300 when she is 30 and, 800 when she is 80! In this manner, Kavya promises to plant ten times her age in trees every birthday.

Sonam Wangchuk, an innovator and education reformist, recently tweeted about a girl in Hyderabad who pledged to plant trees on her birthday. What is unique about her decision is that the number of trees would be ten times the birth year being celebrated.So, this year, as she turned 15, she pledged to plant 150 trees. “Planting 150 trees may not be a very significant relief to the environment considering the rampant deforestation across the world. But if each one of us plant the number of saplings even two times our age, it can bring a huge difference. We have the potential to leave clean air for future generations,” says Kavya Shah who celebrated her 15th birthday on 29 November. Inspired by Wangchuk’s latest initiative—‘I Live Simply’ (ILS), the Hyderabad born girl purchased 150 saplings of guava, of which she planted 25 and distributed the rest among her friends and relatives as a return gift.

The Spark of Inspiration

“I met Wangchuk sir when he was in Hyderabad during the ILS meet. He led a very inspiring discussion on creative ways to work for the betterment of the environment and suggested to plant more trees. I really loved the idea of planting trees 10 times the number of my age,” Kavya, a student of class 10.The entire Shah family began Kavya’s birthday by planting trees in public places including roadside areas, parks close to their house and even in Kavya’s school.
Kavya and her mother, Charmi even entreated their family and friends to participate in the initiative.“Many parents called us the next day and praised the gesture which became an interesting way to educate kids about why trees are our lifeline. Our friends and family told us about how they planted 147 saplings at home and outdoors. As Mr Wangchuk said, kids are the end army and they have to decide how they want their future to be through their actions,” says Charmi.In addition to the plantation drive, the family used compostable plates and steel cutlery to make the celebrations eco-friendly and drive the ‘say-no-to-plastic’ message home, informs Charmi.

Kavya’s inspiration speaks

Lauding Kavya’s efforts, Wangchuk tells TBI, “When there are challenges, we need to form new traditions. As an individual, you may not be able to stop them, but the least you can do is to plant a tree and make up for what we have destroyed. Kavya’s efforts are very positive and encouraging and what better occasion than birthdays. With trees, breathe life into the ecosystem. I hope this new tradition travels across the world.”Kavya’s efforts show that celebrations need not be enjoyed at the cost of the environment. Kudos to her for setting an example for her contemporaries especially in light of the response that Wangchuk’s tweet is garnering.“Great initiative. I will also start with my son. He is going to be five in March,” replied one of his followers.

      I hope it snowballs into a bigger initiative. Fingers crossed.

Monday, December 9, 2019

AIR News Jammu celebrated 49th foundation day.

The Regional News Unit of All India Radio Jammu  celebrated its 49th foundation day.The strategically important News Unit was set up in 1971 to counter the malicious propaganda dished out by Radio Pakistan and to make people aware about the ground realities about 1971 Indo-Pak war.  The News Unit has become a household name in Jammu, providing people with authentic news and its analysis.

On its foundation day today, the News Unit broadcast a one hour special live phone -in- programme in which former celebrated News Readers Narendra Bhasin and Chanchal Bhasin and Head of the News Unit, Ramesh Kumar Raina interacted with callers and shared their experiences. The callers hugely appreciated the contribution of the News Unit and its growth in the last five decades in the promotion of local culture and providing people with credible and timely news and information.Complementing the News Unit, Advisor K K Sharma said, “It has tremendously contributed in the growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir and is countering fake news and propaganda from across the border by presenting authentic news and its analysis. He further said that the News Unit has helped a great deal in promoting welfare and developmental initiatives of the Government in the last five decades.

The Principal Director General of News, All India Radio New Delhi, Ira Joshi complimented the News Unit for playing a vital role in countering Anti-India propaganda from across the border and reaching out to every corner of the erstwhile J&K state with facts and news.Started with a Dogri bulletin, the Jammu News Unit of AIR has made rapid strides in reaching out to people with credible news and information and at present, five News Bulletins including three in Dogri and two in Gojri language are broadcast on daily basis. Apart from daily news, counter propaganda commentary, FM Headlines and various other current affairs programmes based on current affairs and social issues are also being produced by the News Unit on daily basis.


Contributed By : Shri. Jhavendra Kumar Dhruw, Raipur ,

zonal programme co-ordination comittee,ZPCC meeting was held at Jaisalmer,Rajasthan

Zonal Programme Co-ordination Committee, ZPCC Meeting was held at Golden city Jaisalmer under the Leadership  of Additional Director General, Shri Neeraj Agrawal.

Blog Report : Sri Ashish Bhatnagar, DDG(E), AIR PUNE

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