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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Inspiration-This Indian professor from Canada has invented futuristic self-repairing roads for India

Nemkumar Banthia, a professor of Indian origin living in Canada, has come up with a technology that can be used to make roads that repair themselves. The roads built using this technology last longer and are cheaper to build. They are more sustainable from an environmental perspective too.Professor Nemkumar, after finishing his graduation from IIT Delhi, shifted to Canada 34 years ago. He is currently a part of the civil engineering department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) located in Vancouver. Since 2014, however, Nemkumar and his team have constantly been engaged in Thondebavi village, situated 90 km from Bengaluru, building a demonstration project to test this technology.

The road is about 60 percent less thick than a regular Indian road, and hence costs less in terms of materials. Most of the cement is replaced with flyash, leading to further lessening of the road’s carbon footprint. Explaining the road’s in-built crack healing to Hindustan Times, Professor Nemkumar said,“These are fibres that have a hydrophilic nano-coating on them. Hydrophilia means they attract water, and this water then becomes available for crack healing. Every time you have a crack, you always have unhydrated cement, and this water is now giving it the hydration capability, producing further silicates, which actually closes the crack in time.”

The professor said that the roads cost 30 percent less than the standard construction cost, and can last up to 15 years. According to Daily Hunt, this is a massive leap from the two year repair cycle most Indian roads suffer from. Apart from Karnataka, discussions are underway to implement the project in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh as well.

अंबिकापुर दूरदर्शन केंद्र में स्थापित 5 किलो वाट के 100.2 फ्रीक्वेंसी पर एफएम सेवा शुरू..

अंबिकापुर दूरदर्शन केंद्र में स्थापित 5 किलो वाट के 100.2 फ्रीक्वेंसी पर एफएम का शुभारंभ बुधवार से बतौर ट्रायल शुरू कर दिया गया है। इसकी रेंज 50 से 70 किमी बताई गई है। यूथ इंटक एफएम सेवा शुरू करने पिछले कई सालों से प्रयास कर रहा था। एफएम सेवा शुरू होने पर यूथ इंटक द्वारा गुरुवार को दूरदर्शन के अधिकारियों को पुष्पगुच्छ प्रदान करते हुए इस पहल का स्वागत किया गया। कार्यक्रम में यूथ इंटक प्रदेश उपाध्यक्ष शैलेंद्र प्रताप सिंह, अचिरांशु मिश्रा, अमित तिवारी, निकी खान, आशीष श्रीवास्तव, सौरभ फिलीप, एकलव्य सिंह, सोहेल आदिल, नितीश चौरसिया, सिकंदर, आतीफ रजा, बबुआ, नीरज, प्रिंस, सुमित, नवीन तिवारी, अंचल ठाकुर, अमित कश्यप, शारिक अली आदि उपस्थित थे।

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

Decades-old recordings of MSV digitised

A radio biography of veteran music composer M S Viswanathan was released in audio CD format by Prasar Bharti Archives on Wednesday, along with archival recordings of other notable yesteryear doyens veena maestro Emani Sankara Sastry , Carnatic vocalist Tanjore S Kalyanaraman, and orator Thenkachi Ko Swaminathan, who also served as assistant station director in All India Radio.

While recordings of M S Viswanathan, Emani Sankara Sastry and Tanjore Kalyanaraman were released as a set of three CDs, `Indru oru Thagaval' Thenkachi Swaminathan's 200 recordings of over 4 minutes each ­ were released in two parts. Film producer AVM Saravanan fondly remembered Swaminathan's humour-laced messages, commentary and punch lines from his celebrated 5-minute show on AIR, `Indru oru Thagaval', which ran every morning for almost 14 years. “I would listen to him every mor ning on way to my grandson's school and later during the day translate it for him in English. It was almost as though I heard the show twice,“ he said. M S Viswanathan's daughter Madhu Ashok, who recei ved his CD, recollected how AIR acted as the bridge between her and her father when he was travelling and kept her abreast of all his work. Bhushany Kalyanaraman, who was both S Kalyanaraman's wife and disciple, fondly remembered how he diligently strove to pass on his knowledge to the future generation and thanked him for creating an artist out of her. Emani Sankara Sastry's granddaughter Emani Keeravani received the CD of his recordings. The CDs were released by E Gayatri, vice chancellor, Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University . Chief guest Suresh Chandra Panda, IAS member (personnel), Prasar Bharti, lauded the agency's efforts to digitise decades worth of archives concisely and promised to bring to the fore many more works.


Forwarded By: Sivakumar Sankaranarayanan,

Hindi short film from Danish Iqbal, PB Parivar member is official selection in Filmingo film festival

LOST - Hindi short film from Danish Iqbal, our Prasar Bharati Parivar member is official selection in Filmingo film festival. Congratulations and best wishes from PB parivar. You can directly send your best wishes to Danish at or on his facebook Danish Iqbal

Friday, October 21, 2016

CD Release by Member(P) at Chennai

A function was organised by South zone archives to release five audio CDs of four artists at Chennai. Beloved Member(P) had released the audio CDs in a glittering function attended by many dignatories and listeners. The function was grand success.

Forwarded by: South Archives ,, Bhanu Prakash Ahirwar ,

INSPIRATION:When a Navy Aircraft Turned into an Air Ambulance and Saved an Auto Driver’s Life

A remarkable show of coordination between hospital staff, policemen and the Indian Navy saved an auto driver’s life by a successful heart transplant operation. The heart was carried from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi in record time and it was the first time a defence aircraft was used for such a purpose.For the first time, on Friday, a defence aircraft was used as an ambulance to conduct a rare rescue operation which revolved around carrying a heart from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi. This rescue operation was carried out to save an auto driver’s life.

When 46-year-old Neelakanda Sharma was declared brain dead at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, his family decided that they would donate Neelakanda’s heart. After operating on him for about five hours, a group of brilliant doctors were able to safely garner his heart at 6:10 pm.Struggling for his life in Lissie Hospital, Kochi, 47-year-old Mathew Achadan was chosen to be the recipient of this heart. However, the heart had to be transported in less than four hours, which would not haven been possible even on using the green corridor.It was then decided that the heart would be transferred by a defence aircraft and was carried to the IAF base in 18 minutes owing to the dedicated work of the police, hospital authorities and the Indian Navy. The heart was then carried on a Dornier, which took off immediately at 6:48 pm and landed at the naval base in Kochi remarkably at 7:29 pm.

At 7:34 pm, the ambulance took off with the heart to reach the hospital. Kochi’s traffic saw an awe-inspiring coordination with the ambulance as 200 brilliant policemen worked relentlessly to ensure that the ambulance faced no deterrence. The ambulance reached Lissie Hospital, which was 10 km away from the airport, in 8 minutes and 32 seconds flat. The operation on Mathew Achadan began at 8 pm.When the Ernakulam district collector called the Navy PRO for a chopper, the authorities said they would provide a Dornier instead, because the time period would then be cut down by 55 minutes. A Dornier was capable of reaching in just 35 minutes.

“The ischemic timing of a heart is four to five hours and a heart that has been removed should start beating in a new destination within that period or else we may not get the desired result. Luckily we were able to finish the removal in Thiruvananthapuram by 6.10pm and start transplanting by 8pm”

– Dr Joe Joseph, cardiologist at Lisie Heart Institute who was part of the operation, said to The Times of India.Headed by Dr. Jose Chacko Periyappuram, TBI salutes the team of doctors who conducted this transplant operation and the coordination of the policemen, the Indian Navy and the other hospital staff who made the operation successful as much as the doctors did.

Our Bright Children - Kum K.Sowjanya, daughter of Smt K.Sugunamma, AIR Vijayawada

Kum K.Sowjanya, daughter of Smt K.Sugunamma, MTS our colleague from All India Radio, Vijayawada has been awarded by " PRATIBHA AWARD 2016" by Andhra Pradesh State Government - with Gold Medal in Commerce and Management Degree Examination 2016 and cash award of Rs.20,000/- and Dell company Tab. In 2014 also She got Gold Medal and A.P.State Government Pratibha Award 2014" by Andhra.Pradesh Government.

PB parivar admire Kum K.Sowjanya for her outstanding performance in examination. PB parivar wishes her for better future.

Contributed by :- Shri. Venkateswara Rao Meka.

Prasar Bharati advisor reviews DD marketing and policies

Former Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Secretary and now Prasar Bharati advisor Sunil Arora yesterday asked Doordarshan to adopt the best policies of the industry, even as he approved the planned auction of slots on DD National. During a review meeting with Doordarshan where the director-general Supriya Sahu and other senior officials were present, Arora was apprised of the content mix, methodology of audience research and slotting process of the programmes. Arora also reviewed the marketing strategies and efforts being made to augment revenues for Doordarshan. He emphasised that DD should leverage the flagship schemes of the government to showcase the developmental initiatives.
Arora is considered as one of the favourites to succeed Jawhar Sircar as the chief executive officer of Prasar Bharati who demits office in first week of November 2016. In the interim, member (personnel) Suresh Panda has been asked to hold interim charge by the Board, subject to the final approval of MIB. Under the Prasar Bharati Act, a new CEO will be selected by a three-member high-level committee headed by the Vice-President of India.

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Forwarded By :- Shri. Jainender Nigam, PB NewsDesk

Indefatigable talent

Multifacted Dusi Dharmarao has documented the cultural history of North Andhra and also improved access to education in the region.Good writing, they say, reveals feeling, refines events, locates importance and intensifies the experience of living. Writings of Dursi Dharmarao - a prolific writer, essayist, lyricist, poet and social worker - belong to that rare category. This septuagenarian has been a tireless chronicler of the cultural history of North Coastal Andhra and that of Srikakulam district in particular, for over half a century.A retired lecturer in Telugu, for him life is about making an impact not making income. Born and brought up in Dusi, a dinky village known for the presence of erudite Vedic scholars in Srikakulam district, his tryst with letters took place quite early in life. His musical and cadenced expression is no different. His grandfather Dusi Jagannatham had conceived and formulated ‘Turupu Bhagavatham’ that evolved into a distinct rural art form in its own right. Thorough exposure to its live performances and its varied and cadenced articulations ( daruvulu ) of different characters infused in him a flair for musical expression. It led him to learn and gain mastery over art of playing the harmonium. It helped him make a foray into theatre and compose music for a good number of theatrical performances and dance ballets. He is an approved lyricist for AIR and Doordarshan. Imbued with a poetic turn of the phrase, his lyrics unveil bucolic charms of north coastal Andhra in its romantic shades.Dusi Dhramrao has more than a dozen and half publications to his credit on diverse cultural facets of north coastal Andhra. His Rasa Tarangini, a huge compilation of essays on a wide range of folk art forms as well as literary and musical aspects of this region, is a commendable work. An authority on the history and culture of Srikakulam district, his enduring works ‘ Srikakulam: A story on stone’, ‘History and Culture of Kalinga Andhra’, ‘History and Culture of Srikakulam District’ make an interesting reading. A globetrotter, his travelogues are no different. Folk arts of Uttarandhra, he says, need to be protected and preserved for posterity as they form rich and colourful strands in the cultural tapestry of Andhra PradeshAs the convener of Srikakulam chapter of Indian National Trust for Art Cultural Heritage (INTACH) New Delhi, he was instrumental in restoration of Upanishmandiram – a library of ancient works in Srikakulam.

Working in rural areas made Dhramarao conscious of the lack of access to education among villagers. When he found an elementary school at a small village Matham Sariapalli which catered to 34 surrounding villages in the 1960s, he resolved to get it upgraded to high school and collected the required fund from village folks, even knocking on almost every door in the villages. This, he did with a Petromax light during nights along with a few like-minded villagers who are otherwise busy in agricultural activities during the day. This indefatigable worker refuses to hang his shoes even at this age and is now actively doing his Ph.D in Telugu literature on the classical poets of north coastal Andhra.Folk arts of Uttarandhra, he says, need to be protected and preserved for posterity as they form rich and colourful strands in the cultural tapestry of Andhra Pradesh.
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Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam ,PB News Desk,

Celebrating young music talents

Regional finals of the Kerala edition of M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards 2016 in Kochi on October 21. The regional finals of the Kerala edition of M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards 2016 – Voice of the Year, organised by The Hindu and music label Saregama, and dedicated to her fans across the globe will be held at TDM Hall on Durbar Hall Road here on October 21. Celebrated in the memory of the iconic singer, the event is a fitting tribute to the queen of Carnatic music, who was admired and adored across the world not only for her divine voice but also for her generosity and simplicity. Carnatic music is an integral part of south India’s cultural heritage, and the award seeks to preserve and promote it.

It will be presented to young Carnatic vocalists and aims to provide the next generation of classical singers an opportunity to exhibit their talent and win the prestigious ‘Voice of the Year 2016’ award. The five finalists for the regional finals of the Kerala edition of the event are Abhirami Ajai (recipient of M.S. Subbulakshmi Yuva Sangeetha Ratna Award 2016 and playback singer in Malayalam and Tamil films), Anand K. Raj (accredited All India Radio Grade B artiste, winner of several awards in Carnatic music, scholarship awarded by CCRT), Bhagyalakshmi G.R. (winner of awards at district level and State school youth festivals, regular performer in Chembai Sangeetholsavam), Devika Balasubramanian K. (winner of Gandharva Sangeetham junior and senior editions, awarded for Carnatic and Light Music at the Kerala CBSE State Youth festivals), and Harisankar K.S. (winner of AIR Classical competition held in 2008, accredited Grade B artiste of All India Radio, presented with the title ‘Ragaratnam’). The five short-listed participants for the Kerala edition of the event will perform live before a panel of eminent judges. The winner will earn a place in the grand finale to be held in Chennai onNovember 13. The programme will start at 6 p.m.

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Forwarded By :- Shri. Jainender Nigam, PB NewsDesk 

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