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Sunday, March 26, 2017

पुरस्कारों से गौरवान्वित हौसलों की उड़ान !




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
रेडियो से जुड़ी एक साथ कुछ अच्छी ख़बरें मिली हैं।1974से प्रारम्भ होने वाले आकाशवाणी महानिदेशालय के वार्षिक पुरस्कार श्रृंखला के अन्तर्गत वर्ष 2016-17 के परिणाम के अनुसार आकाशवाणी इलाहाबाद के श्री अभिनय श्रीवास्तव,कार्यक्रम अधिकारी के एक कार्यक्रम “पुस्तकों के नव प्रतिबिंब” को स्पेशल टॉपिक डॉक्युमेंट्री वर्ग में सर्वश्रेष्ठ कार्यक्रम के तौर पर पुरस्कृत किया गया है | इसके निर्माण टीम में लेखक श्री धनंजय चोपड़ा ,कलाकार प्रीति मिश्रा , ऋतिका अवस्थी , अतुल कुमार यादव और सुनील थे तथा कार्यक्रम निर्माण में विशेष सहयोग दीपेंद्र सिंह सिवाच का रहा ।इसी क्रम में पूर्व में एन0ई0एस0आकाशवाणी शिलांग में और इन दिनों लखनऊ में कार्यरत श्री प्रतुल जोशी,कार्यक्रम अधिकारी को उनके इनोवेटिव प्रोग्राम "ऐसी भी ज़िन्दगी जीते हैं लोग" के लिए सर्टिफिकेट आफ़ मेरिट पुरस्कार मिला है।आकाशवाणी वाराणसी की झोली में श्री मोहन धनराज द्वारा प्रस्तुत नाटक "लकड़ी का पुल"पुरस्कृत हुआ है।

खुशियों का सिलसिला और भी आगे बढ़ा जब यह भी सूचना मिली है कि स्वच्छ भारत शार्ट फ़िल्म फेस्टिवल 2016में आकाशवाणी लखनऊ के सेवानिवृत्त संगीत संयोजक श्री हेम चन्द्र सिंह की "उड़ा परिन्दा स्वच्छता का " नामक शार्ट फ़िल्म की इन्ट्री को सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय तथा एन0एफ0डी0सी0ने संयुक्त रुप से प्रशंसित और पुरस्कृत किया है।

प्रसार भारती परिवार अपने इन कर्मयोगियों का अभिनन्दन,वंदन करते हुए उन्हें ,उनके हौसलों को सलाम करता है।

ब्लाग रिपोर्ट- प्रफुल्ल कुमार त्रिपाठी,लखनऊ;मोबाइल नं09839229128;ईमेलdarshgrandpa@gmail.com

Inspiration:Refusing to Retire, This Passionate Teacher Now Educates Trafficked and Abandoned Kids


Padmaja Ramamurthy, 60 years old, started her career as a primary school teacher in Bengaluru. Little did she know then that the profession she grew to love would not only change her own life but that of the hundreds of children she has taught. Now, at an age when most people have retired, she continues to work enthusiastically to nurture the hopes and dreams of children who have been forgotten by society.Her passion for teaching grew when she shifted to Kolkata. She began to discard traditional modes of teaching and engage students through projects, activities and technology.During her 13-year stint as a teacher, she worked with many different schools – including high-end private schools and poor government ones too.

She would give students projects to do, which would make the learning process more interesting. She used technology, audio-visual tools, multimedia, etc., to keep their interest alive. “In government schools one has to usually dilute even simple things to make the children understand concepts, while in private schools a different approach should be taken,” she says. After retirement, Padmaja did not give up on teaching. She started working with the APSA Dream School, which works with trafficked children.When Padmaja joined the APSA Dream School as an English teacher, she knew it would be a challenging task to help the kids clear exams in the subject as the students were mostly from Kannada medium schools. But her unique style of teaching has helped her students shine in the subject.

APSA runs a one year programme and offers various courses for trafficked and abandoned children. One of the programmes of APSA focuses on child labourers. “The children are often neglected or are orphans so we need to be very careful with them. We cannot be too harsh as they will not be able to learn and we cannot be too soft either, else they will take us for granted,” she says. Another programme of APSA focuses on children of construction workers and follows the pattern of a regular nursery school. Apart from this, APSA also concentrates on migrant children and focuses on bringing those kids to school who are left at home by the parents to take care of younger siblings. “At APSA, we get both the elder kid and the younger sibling who might still be a couple of months old. While the elder kid is encouraged to study, our team takes care of the infant. We have cradle facility, soft toys and many activities to keep the kid engaged,” she says.
Though Padmaja joined APSA as an English teacher, she took up the role of coordinator and plays a key role in implementing all the programmes.In the future, she wants to continue teaching and make APSA a model school for all the non-formal schools. In her free time she reads a lots o books, goes for walks and enjoys time with her family.

 


 

 

Aadhaar to be mandatory for getting Telecom connection

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has sent a notice to all telecom operators that all mobile phone subscribers — prepaid and postpaid — will have to be verified using e-KYC. The Telecom department has directed mobile service providers to finish the e-KYC re-verification of existing subscribers by February 6, 2018. The notice came after the Supreme Court said that all phone numbers in India need to have verified users.

The telecom operators will have to re-verify its existing users through Aadhaar. According to the DoT note, telecom operators will have to intimate customers through advertisements and SMSes.
 

Technology Updates:ATSC 3.0 Components: Where They Are and What They Do

ATSC 3.0, the advanced broadcast transmission methodology, is referred to as “a standard,” but in reality is a suite of standards that will all come together as one in the first half of 2017 if all goes as intended.

The Advanced Television Systems Committee standardization process involves several steps leading up to final approval, including “candidate” and “proposed” standard phases. Currently, there are 19 individual standards in the pipeline, with possibly one or two more to come—one on a digital return channel, and perhaps another on part of the middle-layer specification.

Currently, nine of the 19 individual standards in the process pipeline are “Approved:”

A/321, “System Discovery and Signaling” (the bootstrap layer), approved March 23, 2016.
Provides a universal entry point into a broadcast waveform.

A/322, “Physical Layer Protocol,” approved Feb. 9, 2017.
Describes RF transmission of physical layer waveform in a way that supports flexible configurations for possible future uses.

A/330, “Link-Layer Protocol,” approved Sept. 19, 2016.
Provides a path to deliver IP packets, link layer signaling packets, and MPEG-2 transport stream packets down to the RF Layer and back, after reception.

A/333, “Service Usage Reporting,” approved Jan. 4, 2017.
Defines a standard for service usage reporting.

A/334, “Audio Watermark Emission,” approved Sept. 9, 2016.
Specifies the VP1 audio watermark.

A/335, “Video Watermark Emission,” approved Sept. 20, 2016.
Provides a path for an ancillary data payload that can survive changes in codecs, data rate and transcoding.

A/342 Part 1, “Audio Common Elements,” approved Jan. 24, 2017.
Defines a common framework for ATSC 3.0 audio.

A/342 Part 2: “AC-4 System,” elevated Dec. 26, 2016, approved Feb. 23, 2017.
Standardizes the AC-4 audio system.

A/343, “ATSC Standard: Captions and Subtitles,” Dec. 21, 2016.
Defines the required technology for closed caption and subtitle tracks over ROUTE-DASH and MMT transports, including the content essence and the packaging and timing.

Ten more components are working through the Candidate Standard (CS) phase, when ATSC members not involved in the CS working group are invited to weigh in. Once approved, they’ll become Proposed Standards:

A/324, “Scheduler/Studio to Transmitter Link,” elevated to CS Sept, 30, 2016, the CS period ends March 30, 2017.
Specifies the protocol on the SFN interface from studio-side infrastructure to SFN of transmitters.

A/331, “Signaling, Delivery, Synchronization, and Error Protection,” elevated Jan. 5, 2016, updated Sept. 21, 2016, CS period ends March 31, 2017.
Specifies the technology and procedures for service signaling and IP-based delivery over broadcast, broadband and hybrid networks.

A/332, “Service Announcement,” elevated Feb. 15, 2017, currently at ballot as a Proposed Standard.
Defines a standard for announcement of services in an ATSC 3.0 broadcast.

A/336, “Content Recovery in Redistribution Scenarios,” elevated Jan. 26, 2017, currently at ballot as a Proposed Standard.
Specifies methods for receivers to recover content available from a broadcaster, but not delivered directly to the receiver through the RF signal.

A/337, “Application Signaling,” elevated Jan. 19, 2017, CS period ends July 19, 2017.
Specifies mechanisms for signaling the properties of applications, and for delivering activation notifications synchronized with a time base.

A/338, “Companion Device,” elevated Jan. 20, 2017, currently at ballot as a Proposed Standard.
Specifies the communication protocol between an ATSC primary device and an ATSC companion device.

A/341, “Video—HEVC,” elevated Nov. 24, 2015; updated Jan. 17, 2017, currently at ballot as a Proposed Standard.
Describes the video coding constraints on ITU-T Rec. H.265|International Standard ISO/IEC 23008-2 HEVC.

A/342 Part 3: “MPEG-H System,” elevated Dec. 27, 2016, currently at ballot as a Proposed Standard.
Standardizes the MPEG-H Audio system.

A/344, “ATSC 3.0 Interactive Content,” elevated Dec. 29, 2016; the CS period ends  June 29, 2017.
Defines the details of an environment required for broadcaster’s HTML5 applications to run.

A/360, “ATSC 3.0 Security and Service Protection,” elevated Oct. 28, 2016; the CS period ends March 31, 2017.
Specifies the mechanisms for security and service protections in ATSC 3.0 systems.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Visit of Mrs. Anuradha Agrawal,ADG(E) (R&D) at AIR VADODARA






It is a matter of great delight for all staff members of All India Radio, Vadodara that Mrs. Anuradha Agrawal, ADG(E) (R&D) has inspected the station on 24th March 2017. Recently, AIR Vadodara has renovated the Reception Hall at the Entrance of the office. This new reception hall has been inaugurated by Mrs, Anuradha Agrawal, ADG (E), in the presence of Ms. Meenakshi Singhvi, DD(E) / HOO and all staff members of AIR Vadodara. While addressing the staff members she inspired all to contribute their best for the department. The staff members were motivated by her encouraging words.

Contributed By:KIRTI KUMAR Chourey ,kkc1367@gmail.com

“Perunna Thomas kathakal”,a great writer retrieved from oblivion

“Perunna Thomas kathakal” cover

Former Defence Minister A.K.Antony releasing the book by handing over the first copy to Prof M.K Sanu,noted critic. 

D.Pradeep Kumar addressing the audience.
“Perunna Thomas kathakal”,a collection of short stories by the late Perunna Thomas, one of the great short story writers in Malayalam, forgotten since half a century , was released recently in Kochi by former Defence Minister A.K.Antony by handing over the first copy to Prof M.K Sanu,noted critic.This book was compiled by D.Pradeep Kumar, writer and Assistant Director Programme,All India Radio,Manjeri,Kerala.

Prominent journalist and trade unionist Perunna Thomas,a close associate of the iconoclastic story writer Vaikkom Muhammed Basheer, was one of the most read and criticised writers for about three decades since 1945.He abruptly abandoned writing due to the demise of his only daughter in 1965,at the peak of his literary career and died unsung in 1980.He started writing short stories laying bare the moral turpitude of the clergy,nuns and priests in the monasteries and churches. Known for its denigrating , deconstructive and acid tongued style,his short stories were lauded by some prominent critics as a ‘rebel’s gospels’,while the orthodox termed them as ‘Satanic verses’.Running in to several editions,his short stories are noted for their poetic prose and stream of consciousness narrative style,which has surpassed time.Aval(1945), Karutha edukal(1949), Patelum Chiruthayum(1953) Ente cheethakkathakal(1954), Mishihathampurante valarthappan (1955),Pazhamayute prethangal(1955), Karthavinte aliyan(1955), Daahikkunna rosappoov(1957),Enikku dahikkunnu(1958) Karthavinte aliyan, Daahikkunna rosappoov(1957),Bhranthumoshanam(1968) are his books.

The book releasing function was presided over by Prof K.V Thomas M.P.Former Governor of Maharashtra K.Sankara Narayanan,former M.P Tampan Thomas ,veteran CPM leader M.M Lawrence,P.T.Thomas M L A and others spoke.D.Pradeep Kumar welcomed the gathering. This 728 pages voluminous book was compiled after a 5 year long research. Except some opening pages f his first short story collection “Aval” published in 1945,all of his writings were retrieved.A study on his writings along with a lengthy biographical sketch too were included.The forward note was written by noted critic Prof M.Thomas Mathew.

This book has created a history of sorts in Malayalam literature ,as a complete collection of a short-story writer,relegated to oblivion,is brought out after about 50 years of his last publication.He has been retrieved and reinstated in to Malayalam literature from the dust bin.

Contributed By:D. PRADEEP KUMAR ,ADP dpradeepkumar2@gmail.com

Doordarshan plans to launch kids channel in FY18: Supriya Sahu

 After almost a decade of back and forth, Doordarshan’s kids channel finally will become a reality. The pubcaster is preparing the ground work to launch its free-to-air (FTA) kids channel in FY18. “We have not decided on the launch date for the channel because there is a lot of groundwork that needs to be done. We are aiming to launch the DD kids channel in FY18,” DD director general Supriya Sahu told TelevisionPost.com on the sidelines of a panel discussion at the FICCI Frames 2017. DD is looking to work with content producers on a revenue share basis. It is looking at 1000 hours of content. It will have a lean and efficient team. “We are looking at multiple models like commissioning a few programmes, airing programmes on time-sharing basis or on revenue-sharing basis. The content should be contemporary and very deeply rooted in our ethos,” Sahu said.

It is also creating a content think tank comprising stakeholders from the industry. The think tank will help the pubcaster to chart its course on the content front. Besides sourcing content from private players, DD is also developing its own concepts. “We have thought of innovative concepts like DD Kids Conclave. We will also have content around wildlife, Swachch Bharat, environment and climate change. These are very new concepts,” Sahu informed. She also averred that the launch of a DD kids channel will be a great opportunity for Indian IPR. DD will also tie up with the National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual effects, Gaming and Comics, which is being set up by the MIB in Mumbai. Sahu said that a DD kids channel is an idea whose time has come. Globally, most public broadcasters have a kids channel. “We have done our background work where we have prepared the concept note, which is under discussion with Prasar Bharati and the MIB (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting). The Prasar Bharati board has been sounded about this and they are very supportive of the idea,” she added. 
While the channel is still at a conceptual stage, Sahu said that the pubcaster will leave no stone unturned to procure the best content. What has also given DD the confidence to launch the channel is the emergence of its own free direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish, which is growing at a breakneck speed even giving its pay competitors a run for their money. “It will be an FTA channel and it will be available on Freedish and all other private networks as it will be a must-carry channel. The need for this channel is being felt even the MIB is feeling it strongly. All stakeholders feel this is the right time to launch the channel,” Sahu stated. While DD has a strong platform, it is looking to marry that with equally strong and quality content. “We have our own facility, we have our own platform. We are sorted as far as platform is concerned. What we need is good content,” she asserted. Sahu highlighted that kids is the third most viewed genre after general entertainment and movie channels, which makes it extremely critical for DD to be in this segment. “There is demand from Freedish consumers for a kids channel,” she said. Meanwhile, DD has digitised 19 of its 1,460 analogue terrestrial transmitters. This will allow the pubcaster to provide 10 channels to consumers in 19 cities for free on their smartphone. The channels can be accessed even without any internet connectivity. “DD can decide on making its own channels available or the private ones,” Sahu noted. 
Source & Credit http://www.televisionpost.com/television/doordarshan-plans-to-launch-kids-channel-in-fy18-supriya-sahu/

Contributed By:Jainender Nigam,PB Newsdesk & Social Media,news.prasarbharati@gmail.com

Dr.Rafeeq Masoodi former ADG:DD at Kashmir University "Sount"..Spring Festival


Spring Youth festival Sount-2017 concludes at KU

Srinagar, March 24: Spring Youth Festival Sount -2017, organized by Department of Students Welfare (DSW) University of Kashmir to provide a platform for students to exhibit their talent concluded here on Thursday. During the four-day festival hundreds of students from various colleges, 45 teaching Depts of Kashmir University and from other Universities of the valley competed with each other in different categories which included events in debate, elocution, poster making, collage, painting, cartoon making and on-spot photography.

While felicitating the awardees during the valedictory ceremony held at KU`s Gandhi Bhawan auditorium S.P Traffic Srinagar Sargun shukla (IPS) said “Such festivals provide an opportunity to the youth to showcase their talent and at the same time helps in cross fertilization of innovative art, ideas and thoughts.” Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan, Dr Rafeeq Masoodi who presided over the valedictory session said in his remarks “Our students do not lack talent. They are a repository of innovative and creative ideas and it is our job to nurture their talent and provide them a proper platform where they can showcase their skills and this enormous talent.”

Congratulating the participants of the festival Dean Students Welfare KU Prof Fayaz Ahmad said “it was the dedication and the seriousness of the students which encouraged us to conduct the event with complete success and I look forward to youth participation at KU at various levels in future as well.” On the concluding day of the festival a debate competition on the topic ‘Women make better politicians than men’ was held which was evaluated by a 3-member jury which included former DDG Doordarshan Dr Rafeeq Masoodi, Prof Nasir Mirza from MERC and Ozair Nissar Liaison Officer KU.

The proceedings of the session were conducted by Shahid Ali Khan Cultural officer KU and Organizing secretary of the festival The first position in debate was bagged by Mahoor Mifta Shaw from Business School, KU while as Kaneez Mariyam from Department of Law KU and Mah Nashit Uzma from Central University of Kashmir secured second and third positions respectively. In elocution Beenish Mehraj from Department Law KU secured first position whileas Mohammad Shahkar Mearaj from DDE KU secured second position. The third position in this category was won by Mah Nashit Uzma from Central University of Kashmir. In cartoon competition first position went to Zaid Bhat from Institute of Music & Fine Arts KU whileas the second and third positions were bagged by Anis Rasheed Wani and Arbila Fayaz Mir both from Institute of Music & Fine Arts. In the category of poster making first position was won by Afifa Faiz from Institute of Music & Fine Arts whereas Mohammad Manan Khan from IUST, Awantipora and Nowbahar Khan from Central University of Kashmir bagged second and third positions

In collage making first position was won by Naurina Shabnam from GDC Nawakadal whereas the second and third positions were bagged by Muheeb Firdous from GDC, Bemina and Rukaya Rashid from GDC, Pampore. In painting Naurina Shabnam from GDC Nawakadal bagged the first position and Farah Naaz from GDC Nawakadal secured second position. Third position in this category went to Saba Altaf from Institute of Music & Fine Arts KU. In the category of photography Faizan Irshad from GDC Bemina secured first position. Zaid Bashir from GDC Bemina secured second position while as Touseef Khan from Institute of Music & Fine Arts KU secured third position.

Contributed By:Rafeeq Masoodi ,rafeeq_masoodi@yahoo.co.in

Friday, March 24, 2017

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