Wednesday, May 24, 2017

அகில இந்திய வானொலி கடந்த நிதி ஆண்டில் ரூ.455 கோடி வருமானம் ஈட்டி சாதனை!

அகில இந்திய வானொலி கடந்த நிதி ஆண்டில் ரூ.455 கோடி வருமானம் ஈட்டி சாதனை!

State-owned broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) recorded a revenue of Rs455 crore in the year ended 31 March, surpassing its annual target of Rs450 crore.

All India Radio, owned by public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, had reported a revenue of Rs447 crore in 2015-16.

Via Alokesh Gupta

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AIR likely to launch new Dzongkha service for Bhutan

New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) National broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is likely to launch a new language service -- Dzongkha -- for Bhutan, a move seen to strengthen ties with the neighbouring country.

Dzongkha will take the total foreign language offering of AIR's External Services Division (ESD) to 16 which includes French, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, English, Pashto, Nepali, Tibetan, Urdu and Baluchi.

It will also broadcast programmes for Indian diaspora in 12 languages, including Gujarati, Malayalam, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Bangla, Telugu and Kannada.

"The plan has been approved for Dzongkha service. It will be launched soon. It is part of soft diplomacy," an official source said.

Bhutan, the first foreign country which Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited after assuming office in 2014, shares cordial relations with India and is a model for good neighbourly relations, he added.

Initially, the ESD will broadcast cultural programmes in Dzongkha language.

India and Bhutan have joint ventures in various areas, including hydro-electric power generation, education, trade, health and culture.

A one hour daily Dzongkha language service is proposed between 6.00 am and 7.00 am IST.

Either a transmitter in Kurseong, a hill station some 32 kms from Darjeeling in West Bengal, or in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, will be used to broadcast the new service.

The Ministry of External Affairs will help in hiring language professionals from Bhutan to run this service.

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

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