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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

आकाशवाणी रीवा- 17 अक्टूबर को स्थापना के 40 साल पूरे...


आकाशवाणी रीवा केन्द्र दिनांक 17 अक्टूबर को अपने स्थापना के 40 साल पूरे कर रही है | आप सभी को विदित हों कि रीवा केन्द्र की स्थापना 17 अक्टूबर 1977 को हुई थी |

20 किलोवाट के इस मीडियम वेव केन्द्र के प्रसारण को रेडियो श्रोता 1179 किलोहर्ट्ज पर सुन सकते हैं |

प्रसार भातरी परिवार की ओर से रीवा केन्द्र के स्थापना दिवस के अवसर पर आकाशवाणी रीवा परिवार को हार्दिक बधाई व शुभकामनाएं...!

Source : Jhavendra Kumar Dhruva

आकाशवाणी जलगॉव - 16 अक्टूबर को स्थापना के 41 साल पूरे...


आकाशवाणी जलगांव केन्द्र दिनांक 16 अक्टूबर को अपने स्थापना के 41 साल पूरे कर चुका है | आप सभी
को विदित हों कि जलगांव केन्द्र की स्थापना 16 अक्टूबर 1976 को हुई थी |
20 किलोवाट के इस मीडियम वेव केन्द्र के प्रसारण को रेडियो श्रोता 963 किलोहर्ट्ज पर सुन सकते हैं |
प्रसार भातरी परिवार की ओर से स्थापना दिवस के अवसर पर आकाशवाणी जलगांव परिवार को हार्दिक बधाई व शुभकामनाएं...!

Source : Jhavendra Kumar Dhruva


HAPPY DIWALI


Visit of Engineer-In- Chief (AIR ) On 15th Oct. 2017 to AIR Jodhpur (Rajasthan)




Engineer- In – Chief , All India Radio Shri C. B. S. Maurya while on the way back to Delhi after attending Conference of Engineering Heads Of North Zone, held at Jaisalmer on 13th &14th October-17 had short visit to High Power Transmitter Complex of Akashvani Jodhpur (Raj.) on 15th Oct. 2017 along with Shri P. N. Bhakta, ADGE (maint.), AIR Directorate and Shri A. K. Singh, ADGE (NZ-AVM) . Shri Maurya, E-in-C and ADGs appreciated the efforts of the Kendra for maintaining the system up to optimum level and interruption free broadcast of programmes from kendra . E-in-C particularly praised the efforts of the kendra to provide adequate cooling to equipments by making additional arrangement of cooling to avoid failures due to high temperature, as climate here being very hot .They also appreciated the overall maintenance & upkeep of the transmitting complex. E-In-C & ADGs had a brief interaction with staff and asked them to continue to work with the same spirit.

Dy. Director General Of AIR, Jodhpur (Raj.) Shri R. S. Tyagi along with Head of Programme Shri Ravi Dutta Mohata, PEX and Dy Director Engineering Sh R. K. Sharma welcomed the guest in a marwadi tradition with Turban & Garland . 

Sh Tyagi assured E-In-C that team will work with same spirit & enthusiasm and do best for broadcast of quality programmes uninterruptedly from AIR Jodhpur (Raj.)

Contributed By – R. K. Sharma, DDE ,AIR Jodhpur (Raj.),ddgairjdh@rediffmail.com

Glimpses of visit of F.Sheheryar,D.G. AIR to Radio Kashmir,Shrinagar




Contributed By : Shri Suryawanshi,Radio Kashmir,Shrinagar

Launching of New Programme on Migrant Workers "SAHAYATHRIKAN" by AIR Thiruvananthapuram



“SAHAYATHRIKAN” a new programme on Migrant Workers is being launched this Deepavali from All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram. The Migrant workers have become an integral part of overall development of the state. They are engaged in various sectors such as agriculture, construction and other industrial arena of Kerala. Majority of them come to Kerala with a hope of making a better living and escape their poor circumstances at their home state. 

This programme will highlight the problems faced by the migrant workers, their grievances and also their contribution towards the growth of Kerala in socio economic sector. It will also focus on the various welfare schemes formulated by Central and State Government for the welfare of migrant workers and also regarding their psafety and security, entertainment and education. 

This programme will be aired by the Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha stations of AIR between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm every third Wednesday of the month. Hindi Songs will be played on the remaining Wednesdays.

Contributed By: Pillai Vinod ,AIR, Thiruvananthapuram,pillai.kumarvip@gmail.com




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blog Team felicitates Prasad for contributing 600 posts in a year



Prasar Bharati parivar blog volunteers met at AIR, Pune on 16th October 2017 to review the blog activities. The meeting started by felicitation of Shri Prasad Karadkar, EA, AIR, Pune who has volunteered lot of his time in composing and posting 600 posts in a year. He was felicitated with a bouquet by the hands of Smt. Sangeeta Upadhye, ADE and Administrator of blog. 

At the outset, Shri Ashish Bhatnagar, DDG(E), AIR expressed that - All good things must come to an End & Is it time to close this activity? He emphasized that it is a voluntary additional activity without any financial or personal rewards and hence the blog volunteers should never hesitate in choosing an exit route. Many of them have already invested hundreds of hours for this social activity without complaining about non participation/non contribution from others. He also remembered the vital contributions made by Smt. Neha Khare, Prashat Pehekar, Yogesh Hoshing, Prabhakar Varshney, Karunashankar Dubey etc who in past contributed to the blog activity. He also admired the efforts of the current team and told that it is their untiring efforts, which has made the blog so popular (around 24 lakh pageviews)

In the brain storming session which ran for almost two hours, the blog volunteers decided to continue the blog activity for some more time and strengthen it by writing to other Prasar Bharati blog members requesting them to volunteer their time for this social cause and contribute for the Prasar Bharati parivar blog.

Prasar Bharati parivar blog is an informal platform to share personal/family achievements and positiveness amongst working and retired AIR and Doordarshan employees. This is a voluntary activity carried out by handful retired and working employees belonging to various levels and disciplines.

Inspiration:Palakkad students invite Irfan Alam, who empowers rickshaw-pullers of Bihar


Inspired by a chapter on rickshaws in the curriculum, students of Government Higher Secondary School, Karimba, near Mannarkkad, have invited to their school the very person who made a world of difference in the lives of rickshaw-pullers.Irfan Alam, founder of the Patna-based Samman Foundation that won the World Bank’s Innovation Award for empowering rickshaw-pullers of Bihar, will interact with the students on Friday.

Sans any first-hand knowledge of rickshaws, the Plus Two students came to know about the harsh realities of rickshaw-pullers through a chapter in their English textbook.The chapter, A Three Wheeled Revolution, is a reproduction of an interview given by Irfan to Sujata Ramprasad in May 2010 that appeared in India Currents .“Inspired by the interview, we wrote a letter to Irfan to visit and interact with us. The interview helped us know about the difficult paths trudged by them. Irfan will reach Karimba on October 13 to interact with us,” said O.B. Anjana, school chairperson.

It is Irfan’s second visit to Kerala to address students. “He came to Kerala last year for a motivational speech at a coaching centre for entrance examinations in Pala. However, this is the first time he is reaching a rural school in the State,” said T. Biju, an English teacher at the school.Irfan said he would use the interaction to select a few bright students for providing support for their higher education.

Popularly known as the ‘rickshaw man from Bihar’, Irfan had won acclaim for his redesigned rickshaw and his work to improve the lives of rickshaw-pullers.

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Irfan evolved the idea of equipping rickshaws with music, magazines, newspapers, first-aid kits, refreshments, and advertisements to help the rickshaw-pullers.


Source : Vinod Kumar, Thiruvananthapuram

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Inspiration - Chetan, 12 year old Divyang Boy distributes Radios to Visually Challenged Brothers



Regional Marathi News originated from Akashvani Pune, this morning, carried the bytes of Chetan, a 12 year old, Divyang boy who set a unique example by distributing Radio sets to other visually challenged brothers (young boys). This Radio Distribution Program was held at Washim on the occasion of World Sight Day, and was captured by Akashvani Pune.

Chetan Uchitkar, himself visually challenged child is from Washim District of Maharashtra. He saves money received by him as Gifts on Birth Day and other occasions and uses them for such Social Activities.

Source : Manoj Kshirsagar, News Reader, Akashvani Pune

Contribution for Life Time CGHS Card for Pensioners – Procedure to get a membership plastic card


CGHS Card for Central Government Pensioners – Contribution as above depending on the Last grade pay at the time of retirement. Choice is with the individual. One can apply for Life time card by paying 10 years contribution together or one can apply for one year, two years etc. by paying for that applicable period. The Plastic Cards (which are identity cards), would hereinafter be issued with validity till the pensioner beneficiary is entitled for CGHS benefits. In respect of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries, who have paid CGHS contribution for ‘Rest of Life’ CGHS facilities, the Plastic Cards would, hereinafter, be issued for ‘Rest of Life’.

The ownership of CGHS Card can be transferred in the name of spouse on submission of required documents. No extra payment to be made, in case of life time cards. However in other cases one has to pay 10 years subscription for life time card For example, if the spouse had contributed for seven years before he expired , balance payment for the remaining three years is to be paid for a life time card.

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India and Ethiopia to sign pact for exchange in TV and radio


India and Ethiopia are to sign an agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media”. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the agreement will harness the growing power of information, communication and media for information dissemination and enhancing outreach between the two countries for inclusive development. It will also enhance people to people contact through exchange programmes. It would also provide an opportunity for both the nations to share best practices and new innovations in the field of information, communication and media.

The agreement will encourage cooperation between mass media tools such as radio, print media, TV, social media etc. to provide more opportunities to the people of both the nations and create public accountability. The Agreement, through an institutional framework will facilitate the exchange of delegations, personnel between the two nations, providing them opportunities to learn from each other’s best practices, bringing in equity and inclusiveness.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Superannuation Function of ADP AIR Jodhpur, Anil Kumar Goel, PEX




A touching function was held on the occasion of VRS Superannuation of Anil Kumar Goel, AD ( P ) All India Radio, Jodhpur on 04-10-17. The function was graced by Deputy Director General ( Engineering ) Shri R S Tyagi, as per tradition Head of Office, Mr Tyagi, placed a turban on Mr Goel's head, on this occasion Shri R K Sharma, Director ( Engineering ), The new Programme Head Shri Ravi Dutt Mohta, Programme Executives Dr Shri K R Parihar, S S Ali, S L Panwar, Announcers, Duty Officers, members of Engineering wing, Administaration wing, CCW, were also present. Members from all the wings garlanded Shri Goel, and a Momento was presented to Shri Goel by Director Engineering, and a Transistor was presented to Shri Goel by Dr Parihar.

Out of thirty three odd years service rendered by Shri Goel, good Twelve years were spent in AIR, Jodhpur in different spells. Mr Tyagi, hailed the working of the outgoing officer and was assured by the team left behind who will bear the baton. In their speeches, members of staff remembered fondly the commitment of Shri Goel.

In the end Shri Goel thanked each and every member of the staff for their valuable support which saw him through successfully both professionally and personally.

Source and Information : Anil Kumar Goel,AIR Jodhpur , nostalgic58@yahoo.com

APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary: 10 things about the ‘People’s President’



The legacy of the late president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is more relevant than ever today. His words: “Dream, dream, dream” resound, two years after his death. He was an ace scientist and a missile technologist, but perhaps, he was best known as the ‘People’s President’ whose personality and humility were admired as much as his contributions to the country.

On Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary, here are 10 things to know about him: ......................

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......Dr Avinash Chander, former DRDO chief, recalled his association with the late president:

“The human side of Kalam’s personality was as legendary as his scientific acumen. One of the scientists working with us was suffering from a life-threatening liver disorder. Kalam went out of his way to get clearances for the scientist to be treated abroad,” . .....

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श्री जसविंदर सिंह ‘काईनौर’ आकाशवाणी चंडीगढ़ प्रमाणपत्र और नकद पुरस्कार से सम्मानित


प्रत्येक वर्ष की तरह इस साल भी आकाशवाणी चंडीगढ़ में हिन्दी दिवस मनाया गया। प्रत्येक वर्ष हिन्दी पखवाड़े में होने वाली हिन्दी प्रतियोगितायों में श्री जसविंदर सिंह, उच्च श्रेणी लिपिक भाग लेते आ रहे हैं और लगातार कोई न कोई पुरस्कार प्राप्त करते आ रहे हैं।

पंजाब सरकार के सिंचाई विभाग में सर्वेयर के पद से इस्तीफा दे कर आकाशवाणी में आने वाले श्री सिंह की बेशक पंजाब से संबंधित होने के कारण मातृ भाषा पंजाबी है लेकिन उन्होनें लेखन का कार्य साल 1989 से हिन्दी भाषा से ही शुरू किया था। बाद में उन्होनें पंजाबी में लिखना शुरू किया। फिर उनकी रचनाएँ पंजाबी, हिन्दी के अखबारों और पत्रिकायों में प्रकाशित होने लगीं। साल 2001 में आकर उन्होनें अपने नाम के साथ अपने पैतृक गाँव ‘काईनौर’ जोड़ लिया और जसविंदर सिंह ‘काईनौर’ के नाम से जाने जाने लगे। लगभग 15 संयुक्त पुस्तकों में उनकी रचनाएँ प्रकाशित हो चुकी हैं। उनकी अपनी मातृ भाषा में एक मूल पुस्तक ‘पंजाबी सभ्याचार और रीति रिवाज’ साल 2003 में प्रकाशित हो चुकी है। इस पुस्तक में उन्होनें पंजाबी संस्कृति और लोक धारा से संबंधित बहुत से पक्षों को संक्षेप रूप में पेश किया है। इस में बच्चे के जन्म से पहले ही शुरू होने वाले रीति रिवाजों से लेकर मनुष्य की मृत्यु होने के बाद भी चलने वाले रीति रिवाजों को शामिल करने के साथ साथ पंजाब के मेले और लोक विश्वासों की जानकारी भी बढ़िया दी गई है। पुस्तक का ज़्यादा संबंध शादी और उससे संबंधित लोक मनोरंजनों के पक्षों की पेशकारी से है। पंजाबी सभ्याचार के रौणकीले/मनोरंजन पक्षों को लेखक ‘काईनौर’ द्वारा बहुत ही स्वादिष्ट/मनोरंजक ढंग से पेश करने के लिए पाठकों द्वारा इस पुस्तक की काफी सराहना की गई।

श्री काईनौर द्वारा उर्दू के स्थापित लेखकों की रचनायों के पंजाबी अनुवाद भी अखबारों में प्रकाशित हो चुके हैं। आकाशवाणी दूरदर्शन के ब्लाग पर भी वह अपनी रचनाएँ भेज कर योगदान दे रहे हैं। विशेष मुलाक़ात के दौरान उन्होनें बताया कि उनका भारतीय संस्कृति (Indian Culture) के विषय पर अंग्रेजी में एक पुस्तक प्रकाशित करने का इरादा है। भगवान करे, वह अपने इस इरादे में भी सफल हों। स्वभाव के अच्छे और कम बोलने वाले श्री सिंह अपने कार्य को निभाने के लिए हमेशा समर्पित रहते हैं। कार्यालय का काम संतोषजनक करते हुए श्री सिंह अपनी लेखनी के ज़रिए अपने परिवार, गाँव के साथ साथ अपने विभाग आकाशवाणी-दूरदर्शन का नाम भी रौशन कर रहे हैं। विभिन्न संस्थायों द्वारा उनको सम्मानित किया जा चुका है। आकाशवाणी के प्रशासनिक व लेखा शाखा में 30 साल की सेवा के बाद अब वह मुख्य लिपिक/लेखाकार के पद पर पदोन्नत होने वाले हैं। हम आशा करते हैं कि हमारे प्रशासनिक सदस्य, नेक इंसान और लेखक श्री जसविंदर सिंह ‘काईनौर’ हमारे केंद्र आकाशवाणी चंडीगढ़ में ही पदोन्नत हो जाएँगे।

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AIR Madurai Radio documentary on Dr. Kalam Memorial at Rameshwaram scriptted by neighbour of Dr. Kalam













AIR Madurai has produced a Radio documentary on Dr.Kalam Memorial at Rameshwaram. This is on air at 10hr on 15-10-17 over the Primary channel network of Tamil nadu. Sri. Xavier Rajappa has scripted the documentary. Mr. Rajappa is a neighbour of Dr. Kalam and a Retiered Head Master at Rameshwarm.

AIR wants External Affairs Ministry to fund its foreign services

With the central government laying emphasis on its external relations particularly with neighbouring countries, the Standing Advisory Committee of All India Radio has decided to work in tandem with the External Affairs Ministry with regard to its reaching out to other countries through its broadcast services. The Committee, which met yesterday after 34 years (the last meeting was in 1983) and for the first time after Prasar Bharati came into being in 1997, took various decisions which will enable greater interaction between the External Affairs Ministry and the pubcaster. AIR External Services director Amlanjyoti Mazumdar told Radioandmusic that the meeting, held at the initiative of AIR, was chaired by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting additional secretary Jayashree Mukherjee through the Committee is headed by the MIB Secretary.

The committee was "revived and reconstituted" as part of the revamping process of the External Services Division (ESD) of the public broadcaster. The committee represents various stakeholders of public diplomacy like ministries of external affairs and home affairs as well as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Mazumdar said that under Section 12(4) of the Prasar Bharati Act 1990, the ESD has to be funded by the External Affairs Ministry. However, ESD has so far been funded from the internal resources of the pubcaster. This matter was also taken up at the meeting, where it was clearly stated that channels like Voice of American or Germany’s Deutsche Welle or the external services of Canada were funded by the foreign affairs departments of those countries.

Mazumdar said the issue was never raised when the government was funding All India Radio and Doordarshan, but had become important after Prasar Bharati came into being as an autonomous organization. One of the issues discussed in the meeting was how to counter the increasing penetration of foreign radio broadcast in the country, particularly in the north eastern states, sources said. It was pointed out that at a time when the government is keen to reach out to the neighboring countries, AIR did not have a service for Bhutan. A strategy for broadcasting outside India like in Myanmar and Tibetan Autonomous Region was also discussed during the meeting, they said. The role of Indian missions abroad to enrich the programme with country-specific inputs was also discussed in the meeting, the sources added.

Source and Credit :- http://www.radioandmusic.com/biz/radio/air/170926-air-wants-external-affairs-ministry-fund-its-foreign

TRAI to host open house discussion on Digital Radio Broadcasting


An Open House Discussion is being held later this month on the Consultation Paper issued earlier this year on Digital Radio Broadcasting by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The paper on the subject had been issued on 10 July 2017 and several responses have been received by TRAI, including a detailed reply from the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium – India welcoming the concept and pointing out various advantages of the technology for both terrestrial and satellite radio broadcasting. The OHD will be held in Delhi on 25 October 2017.

The paper had been issued even as TRAI noted that All India Radio is active in implementation of digital radio in MW and SW bands but there is no initiative in FM radio space either by public or private FM radio broadcasters. Since FM is primarily used for analogue transmission, TRAI had said that it appeared as if the frequency allocations under these policy guidelines are only for analogue transmission. Analogue FM technology can provide only one channel per frequency. Therefore, existing FM radio channels provide limited services to their listeners. In addition, analogue radio broadcasting is facing competition from emerging technologies and other platforms like webcasting, podcasting and internet streaming etc.

In view of this, the TRAI had suo moto issued the consultation paper on “Issues related to digital radio broadcasting in India”. Late last year, TRAI had commenced a similar exercise in digital terrestrial television. Interestingly, both DTT and digital radio broadcasting has been the domain so far of the pubcaster Prasar Bharati. At the outset, TRAI has noted that radio is a prevalent source for providing entertainment, information and education to the masses due to its wide coverage, portability, low set-up cost and affordability.

At present, terrestrial radio coverage in India is available in Frequency Modulation (FM) mode and Amplitude Modulation (AM) mode (Short Wave and Medium Wave). All India Radio (AIR) along with private sector radio broadcasters are providing terrestrial radio broadcast services throughout the country transmitting programs in AM and FM frequency bands.

AIR has 420 radio stations (AM & FM) that cover almost 92 per cent of the country by area and more than 99.20 per cent of the country’s population. Private sector radio broadcasters transmit programmes in FM mode only and presently operate through 293 radio stations. Private sector radio broadcasters are licensed to operate in FM frequency band (88-108 MHz). In Phase-I of FM Radio, the government auctioned 108 FM radio channels in 40 cities. Out of these, only 21 FM radio channels became operational and subsequently migrated to Phase-II in 2005. Phase-II of FM Radio commenced in 2005 when a total of 337 channels were put on bid across 91 cities having population equal to or more than 300,000 of 337 channels, 222 channels became operational. At the end of Phase-II, 243 FM Radio channels were operational in 86 cities.

In Phase-III expansion of FM radio, 966 FM radio channels are to be made available in 333 cities. In the first batch of Phase-III, 135 private FM Radio channels in 69 cities were auctioned in 2015. Out of these, 96 FM Radio channels in 55 cities have been successfully auctioned. In the second batch of Phase-III, 266 private FM Radio channels in 92 cities were auctioned in 2016. Out of these, 66 FM Radio channels in 48 cities have been successfully auctioned. As on 31March 2017, 293 FM radio stations have been made operational in 84 cities by 32 private FM Radio broadcasters.
In order to encourage radio broadcasting for the specific sections of society, the government has allowed setting up of Community Radio Stations (CRS). CRS typically broadcast in FM band with low power transmitters restricting its coverage to the local community within approx 10 KM. There are 206 operational CRS at present. Radio signals on FM are presently transmitted in analogue mode in the country. Analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting when compared with digital mode is inefficient and suffers with operational restrictions as discussed below :
Transmission in analog mode is susceptible to Radio Frequency (RF)
Interference resulting in poorer reception quality.
Only one channel per transmitter is possible.
Spectrally inefficient as frequency reuse is limited and radio channels require more spectrum per channel.
Signal quality may suffer in portable environment such as moving vehicles and on handheld devices.
No flexibility to provide any Value Added Service
Digital Radio Broadcasting has existed since quiet sometime around the world. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recommendations have described four major standards for broadcast of digital radio which are DAB, ISDB-TSB, HD Radio and DRM.

Countries around the world are moving towards digital radio broadcasting by drawing the roadmap for switchover to digitisation broadcasting on the selected digital radio broadcasting standard. In keeping with the pace of deployment of digital radio around the globe, the Government in 2010 took a decisive step forward for transition from analogue radio services of AIR to digital mode of transmission. AIR conducted rigorous trials over the years and adopted the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard for low frequency band (MW and SW). It has initiated digitization of its MW and SW radio network in three phases. It has recently concluded phase-I of digitisation of its network with deployment of 37 digital (DRM) transmitters throughout the country, which are now operational and is now in the process of launching phase-II of the DRM project by offering full features/services from these DRM transmitters and further improving service quality. In phase-III, AIR will complete transition of its radio services to the digital DRM platform, further improving the number and quality of radio services and extra features for the listeners, while also saving large amounts of transmission power every year. According to policy guidelines for Phase-III expansion of FM Radio broadcasting services through private agencies of 25 July 2011 issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the maximum number of FM radio channels permitted in Category A+, Category A, Category B, Category C and Category D including ‘Others’ cities are 9, 6, 4, 4 and 3 respectively.

The questions posed by TRAI are:
Is there a need to encourage or facilitate introduction of digital radio transmission at present? If so, what measures do you suggest and in which market?
Is there a need to frame a roadmap for migration to digital radio broadcasting for private FM broadcasters? If yes, which approach, mentioned in para 4.7, should be adopted? Please give your suggestions with justification.
Should the date for digital switch over for radio broadcasting in India need to be declared? If yes, please suggest the date with suitable justification. If no, please give reason to support your view.
Is present licensing framework or regulatory framework is restrictive for migration to digital radio broadcasting? Please explain with justification.
Should single digital radio technology be adopted for entire country or choice of technology should be left to radio broadcasters? Support your reply with Justification.
In case a single digital radio broadcast technology is to be adopted for the entire country, which technology should be adopted for private FM radio broadcasting? Please give your suggestions with detailed justification.
How issues of interference and allocation of appropriate spectrum allocation can be settled in case the option to choose technology is left to radio broadcasters?
Should the permission for operating FM channel be delinked from technology used for radio broadcasting? If yes, please provide a detailed framework with justification.
Should the existing operational FM radio channels be permitted to migrate to digital broadcasting within assigned radio frequency? If yes, should there be any additional charges as number of available channels in digital broadcasting will increase? Please provide a detailed framework for migration with justification.
Should the future auction of remaining FM channels of Phase-III be done delinking it from technology adopted for radio broadcasting? Please give your suggestions with detailed justification.
In case future auction of remaining FM channels of Phase-III is done delinking it from technology, should the present auction process be continued? If no, what should be the alternate auction process? Please give your suggestions with detailed justification.
What modifications need to be done in FM radio policy to use allocated FM radio channels in technology neutral manner for Radio broadcasting?
What measures should be taken to reduce the prices of digital radio receivers and develop ecosystem for migration to digital radio broadcasting?

Source and Credit :- http://www.radioandmusic.com/biz/regulators/trai/171013-trai-host-open-house-discussion-on-digital-radio

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