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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Only 56.8 % of registered subscribers on private DTH active by Dec 2013: TRAI

Source: | By Team
Posted on : 29 Apr 2014 05:34 pm

NEW DELHI: Only 35.81 million subscribers of the six private direct-to-home (DTH) service providers are active out of a total 62.97 million registered subscribers, working out to around 56.87 per cent. The private DTH players include: Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Big TV, Sun Direct and Videocon d2h.
According to the Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for the quarter ending December 2013, a total of 782 private television channels and a total of 242 private FM radio channels were registered with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B).
This is apart from the FM radio and TV channels operated by Prasar Bharati. Doordarshan has 37 channels including DD Bharati and DD National besides four allied channels like..............

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DD, AIR to inform Amarnath pilgrims of procedures

Source: Business Standard | IANS  |  New Delhi  
April 28, 2014

The information and broadcasting ministry is planning to launch special awareness campaigns on Doordarshan and AllIndia Radio to inform people about the procedures to be followed during the Amarnath Yatra this year.

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka held discussions Monday on implementing an effective campaign for awareness among pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra that would be held June 28-Aug 10, according to an official statement.

The meeting was convened at the request of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, who is also chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board.

Julka discussed issues related to developing appropriate communication tools for..................

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Filling up of one post of Project Director in Prasar Bharati


Filling up of one post of Project Director in Pay Band 4 + Grade Pay of Rs.8700/- on deputation or from open market/Search mode on Contract basis.

Applications are invited in the Annexed pro-forma for filling up of one post of Project Director, Audio Visual, Archives in Scale of Pay - PB 4, Grade Pay Rs. 8700 in Prasar Bharati on deputation or from open market/ Search mode on Contract basis, as per following details:


The incumbent will be the Operational Head of the Prasar Bharati (DD and AIR) Audio-Visual Archive Division. He / she will be
responsible for:
  • Devising policy on fast-tracking consolidation, preservation and safekeeping (archiving) of content of Doordarshan and All India Radio, and supervising its implementation,
  • Identifying appropriate technologies and the updating of knowledge base, to keep abreast of global practices and systems in the domain,
  • Co-ordinating with personnel of the countrywide All India Radio & Doordarshan Archives set-ups at field stations, as leader,
  • Planning and organising training modules on archiving and refresher courses for station or Kendra level officials and AV archivists.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Broad categorisation of FM radio in India; Industry has seen double digit growth

Source: | Posted on : 24 Apr 2014 02:28 pm

BENGALURU:  The FICCI-KPMG Media and Entertainment Report 2014 (M&E-2014 Report) says that the private FM radio industry comprises network players (national, regional and metro-focused), single stations and some niche players. A broad categorisation of the FM radio industry is Private FM radio companies and Public sector companies.
The eco-system
Prasar Bharti operates All India Radio ('AIR'), India's public sector radio service. AIR's home service comprises 406 stations across the country, reaching nearly 92 per cent of the country's area and 99.19 percent of the total population. AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 146 dialects.
At present, AIR operates 18 FM stereo radio channels, called AIR FM Rainbow, targeting the urban audiences. Four more FM radio channels called, AIR FM Gold,............

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kanankumar appointed as Station Director

Source: | Hueiyen News Service
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Imphal, April 22 2014: M Kanankumar Singh, a Senior Grade Officer of IP(P)S, has been appointed as the new Station Director and Controlling Officer of All India Radio, Imphal since February 28, conveyed a press release from Prasar Bharati, AIR Imphal.

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LOL: Doordarshan to Sue Delhi Daredevils for Defaming Initials

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:46

Doordarshan, the TV network stuck in the 1990s, is not the most powerful, or the most popular brand in India. Most people would feel that DD stands for every brand that is old, boring and out of date. Its approval rating will probably not be very high, no matter who you ask.

But even this brand has realized that it could fall lower. We have heard that Doordarshan may be suing the Delhi Daredevils (also known as DD) for defaming the initials they both share.

We asked a top executive at Doordarshan why this was happening, and he shed some light on the case. He acknowledged that Doordarshan had been lagging behind every one of its competitors for decades, that it lacked on at least 7 fronts: programming,............

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Cabinet allows Prasar vacancies to be filled as per existing

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  
April 17, 2014

To allow public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to fill key positions, the Union Cabinet has given a go-ahead to an Information and Broadcasting ministry proposal which sought that individuals upto the age of 62 years be considered for these posts.

A highly-placed source said the tenure of current Prasar Bharati chairperson Mrinal Pande is about to end soon and another important position, Member (Personnel) has also been vacant for some time.

Sources said a Group of Ministers (GoM) had earlier recommended that..........

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Prasar Bharati’s woes on vacant key positions

Source: | By Team
Posted on : 19 Apr 2014 12:01 pm

NEW DELHI: The union cabinet has decided to maintain status quo in Prasar Bharati with regard to recruitment of people up to the age of 62 to allow the public broadcaster to fill key positions that have been lying vacant or are likely.
These include the posts of Member (Finance) who has put in his papers but whose resignation has not yet been accepted, Member (Personnel) whose tenure has ended, and Board Chairperson Mrinal Pande whose tenure is ending on 30 April.
The cabinet decision came on a proposal by the ministry of information and broadcasting.  
Interestingly, a group of ministers (GoM) had earlier recommended that............

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hema Malini, Jaya Prada’s films banned on Doordarshan

Source: The Free Press Journal
April 17, 2014, 10:50 am

Lucknow:  Films of stars Hema Malini, Jaya Prada, Nagma, Smriti Irani and Jaaved Jaaferi, who are all contesting Lok Sabha election, have been banned from being telecast on the national television channel Doordarshan, officials said Thursday.

After programmes and films were brought under the ambit of the model code of conduct, official said these will now be viewed as objects that influence voters.

Polling in parliamentary constituencies from where Raj Babbar (Congress), Nagma (Congress) and Jaya Prada (Rashtriya Lok Dal) are contesting have been completed, while polling is yet to take place in constituencies of Hema Malini (BJP), Jaaved Jaaferi (AAP) and Smriti Irani (BJP).

Poll panel officials said they had received several complaints that the film and television stars were getting undue advantages through their films and programmes in an election that should be a level playing field.

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Hema Malini, Jaya Prada's films banned on Doordarshan

Source: | IANS,
First Published: Thursday, April 17, 201

Lucknow: Films of stars Hema Malini, Jaya Prada, Nagma, Smriti Irani and Jaaved Jaaferi, who are all contesting Lok Sabha election, have been banned from being telecast on the national television channel Doordarshan, officials said Thursday.

After programmes and films were brought under the ambit of the model code of conduct, official said these will now be viewed as objects that influence voters.

Polling in parliamentary constituencies from where................ 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ads, films of celebrity contestants allowed on private TV channels, in cinema halls

Source: Times of India | Bharti Jain,TNN
Apr 15, 2014

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday allowed private television networks and cinema theatres to air films and commercial advertisements featuring actors who are contesting the election, but barred the state-run Doordarshan from telecasting such feature films.

In a communication sent to Prasar Bharti CEO; Director General, Doordarshan; and state chief electoral officers, the Commission said the telecast of films and commercials featuring actors and celebrities contesting these polls would not be restrained on private TV channels or in cinema halls. "However, telecast of such feature films (other than commercial advertisement) will not be allowed on Doordarshan during the period of the enforcement of model code of conduct, considering that Doordarshan is run on public funds," the EC said while asking action to be taken accordingly.

Among the filmstars in the fray in these polls are Hema Malini, Jaya Prada, Raj Babbar, Nagma, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha.

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DD Cannot Show Films of Actors in Poll Fray: EC

Source: Outlook | NEW DELHI | APR 15, 2014

Doordarshan cannot telecast films involving actors contesting the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission ruled today.

However, private T V channels and theatres are free to show such films, it said.

"Telecast of films other than commercial advertisement involving films actors who are contesting elections will not be restrained on TV channels or cinema theatres.

"However, telecast of such feature films (other than commercial advertisements) will not be allowed on Doordarshan during the period of the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, considering that Doordarshan is run on public funds," the EC said in an order.

CEO, Prasar Bharti and..................

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Channels except DD can show films of actors in fray

Source: The Economic Times | By PTI | 15 Apr, 2014

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan cannot telecast films involving actors contesting the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission ruled today.

However, private TV channels and theatres are free to show such films, it said.

"...telecast of films other than commercial advertisement involving films actors who are contesting elections will not be restrained on TV channels or cinema theatres.

"However, telecast of such feature films (other than commercial advertisements) will not be allowed on Doordarshan during the period of the enforcement of..............

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Friday, April 11, 2014

DD Podhigai facilitates interaction between voters and political leaders

Source: Times of India | Manish Raj,TNN
Apr 11, 2014

CHENNAI: As part of its special programmes on Lok Sabha elections, the regional channel of Doordarshan, DD Podhigai, aired a one-hour programme called 'Janvaani' in Tamil on Thursday.

The programme was an interaction between voters and representatives of various political parties. It was held at St Joseph College in Trichy.

It also had a debate moderated by commentator Sumant Raman. Political leaders like Panrutti Ramchandran (AIADMK), Kovai Chezhiyan (DMK), K T Raghavan (BJP), A R Elango (DMDK), Jerome Arockiya Raj (Congress), D Lenin (CPI), Mohammed Ali (CPM), and G M Hashim (IUML) presented their views on various issues in the country and replied to the queries of voters.

"Jaanvani programme is an election special event to provide a platform to the voters so that they know the stand of political parties on crucial issues" said a press release.

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When Doordarshan was the only candidate

Source: Hindustan Times | Sona Sethi, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh
April 11, 2014

As I watch the Indian election fervour escalate from half a world away, I'm reminded of my growing years in India and how we looked forward to the elections every five years. No, it wasn't for any sense of patriotism or for the love of any one candidate.

It was primarily because of Doordarshan. We grew up before cable television made its spectacular entrance into the Indian living room. We belong to the Doordarshan era. The lone channel would telecast the best of movies while the ballots were being counted.

Many of us remember watching "Chupke Chupke", "Baaton Baaton Mein" and, of course, the quintessential Indian election movie, "Aandhi", that was rumoured to be based loosely on the life of the late prime minister Indira Gandhi.

The cable-TV generation probably cannot relate to us, the Doordarshan generation. They are...............

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Music to your ears

Source: The Financial Express | Sudhir Chowdhary
Friday, April 11, 2014

This wireless speaker offers high quality audio and is great for carrying to a party

In the eighties, a large number of Gulf returnees used to descend on the Indian soil with three key items in their baggage—a two-in-one, dry fruits and some amount of gold. Among these, a radio and cassette player-cum-recorder was a must-have; people used to listen to news and their choice of music on these portable audio systems. Mind you, we are talking about the pre-satellite television days when Doordarshan and All India Radio were the chief sources of entertainment and the once-in-a-week Chitrahaar and weekend Hindi movies used to be high on the priority list of viewers.

The Harman Kardon Go+Wireless wireless speaker will ship you back to that era; its big stainless steel handle bears a striking resemblance to the two-in-ones of those times. But in terms of performance and technology inside, this innovation from Harman International is vastly superior. It is a high performance, wireless speaker designed to work with a slew of Apple devices— iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) or.................

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Doordarshan's 'Best of Indian Cinema' series to screen 'Shevri', 'Kantatar' and other critically-acclaimed films

Source: IBN Live  | Apr 07, 2014 at 05:52pm IST

Date Time Film Star cast Director Awards won
23.03.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM Gaggara (Tulu) Suchendra Prasad, M.K. Mutt, Ratnanmala Shivadhwaj Shetty IFFI, Indian Panorama, Goa - 2009
24.03.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Khargosh (Hindi) Arhan Wilson,Gauri, Sumit Sharma, Garima Shrivastav Paresh KamdarFilm Festival Munich
30.03.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM Oruththi (Tamil) Poorvaja,Bala Singh, Ganesh Babu, Bharati Mani Amshan KumarIndian Panorama - 2003
31.03.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Akashathinte Niram (Malayalam) Nedumudi Venu, Indrajith, Prithviraj, Amala Paul Dr. Biju IFFI, Indian Panorama, Goa - 2012
06.04.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM One More (Hindi) Karan Sharma, Abbass Nordakh, Takspa Tsepail, Tashi Dawa Shivajee Chandrabhushan Fribourg International Film Festival - 2013
07.04.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Prohor (Bengali) Debashree Roy, Rajatabha Dutta, Shilajit Majumdar, Chaiti Ghoshal Subhadro Choudhury IFFI, Indian Panorama,2003 Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome - 2003
13.04.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM Shevri (Marathi) Neena Kulkarni, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Mita Vashisht, Ravindra Mankani Gajendra Ahire54th National Film Awards for 2006 Best Feature Film in Marathi
14.04.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Kanasemba Kudureyaneri (Kannada) Vijaynath Biradar, Umashree, Pavitra Lokesh, Sadhashiv Bramavar Girish Kasaravalli IFFI, Indian Panorama, Goa - 2010
20.04.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM Ko:Yad (Mising) Sewan Singh Yein, Tarulata Kutum, Bidur Mili, Diganta Panging Manju BorahNational Film Award,2012 Best Mising Film
21.04.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Kantatar (Bengali) Sreelekha Mitra, Sudip Mukherjee, Rudranil Ghosh Bappaditya Bandopadhayay Fribourg Int. Film Festival, Switzerland - 2006
27.04.2014Sunday at 10:00 PM Badha (Marathi) Uttara Baokar, Renuka Daftardar, Amruta Subhash Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar Indian Panorama
28.04.2014Monday at 11:00 PM Jaangfaai Joonaak (Assamese) Jitumani Deka, Ramesh Ch Gupta, Lakhi Borthakur, Anjali Bodosa Sanjiv Sabhapandit IFFI, Indian Panorama, Goa - 2011

As many as 104 award-winning and critically acclaimed films are being showcased by Doordarshan ..................


Story of the good ol' television

Source: The Hindu | Preetha Kadhir
April 8, 2014

Television has invaded our lives so much that hardly a day goes by without it. Preetha Kadhir traces its journey in India..

The elections are starting today and most of us are following the happenings across the length and breath of the country, thanks to minute-to-minute updates on the grand idiot box. It would only be apt to trace the humble beginning of the television at this point.

Television’s introduction in India happened in September 15, 1959 in Delhi. It was an initiative by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which gave the Indian government 20,000 U.S. dollars and 180 Philips TV sets. It is hard to believe that initially programmes were broadcast twice a week for an hour a day. The topics were mostly educational such as community health, citizens’ duties and rights, traffic, road senses etc.

Two years later, a school educational project was included. So far, the operations were...................

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Daily soaps are graveyard for actors: Bhanu Uday

Source: The Indian Express | Press Trust of India |

Mussorie | April 7, 2014 1:14 pm :


Bhanu Uday, 33, who will be seen in Doordarshan's tele-series 'Ek Tha Rusty II ', considers small screen as an acting workshop.

Bhanu Uday, best known for his role in TV crime series ‘Special Squad’, says he will never do a daily soap because it makes an actor monotonous.

Uday, 33, who will be seen in Doordarshan’s tele-series ‘Ek Tha Rusty II ‘, considers small screen as an acting workshop.

“I only do short-term stuff on TV. Since I am not an avid TV viewer, I feel that daily soaps are graveyard for actors. It takes out all their creativity.

“I took up ‘Ek Tha Rusty II ‘ because it gives me the..........

Mrinal Pande inaugurated Hindi website of U. S. Embassy ,in India

Source: | Posted by Abdulrajak Hebbalkar at 9:07 AM
The U.S. Embassy in India on 5th April,2014, inaugurated its Hindi website. Mrinal Pande, Chairperson of Prasar Bharati, was Chief Guest at the event, which featured remarks by U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell and interactive displays highlighting the Embassy’s Hindi website ( and the Span Hindi Magazine web portal (

The launch of the U.S. Embassy’s website in Hindi is “another step forward towards linking us even deeper to India’s cultural heritage,” said Ambassador Powell. She added. “India and the United States have a bright future”.

“This launch reflects a bold, strategic way in which the United States is communicating and connecting with the people of India,” noted Walter Douglas, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Mission is on Twitter in Hindi @USAHindiMein.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Light music Concert "Bazm-e-Ehsas"at Jaipur

Source: Akasvani Doordarshan Parivar | Sangeeta Upadhye
Posted on 06 April, 2014
at 9:22 AM



In an era where fusion and new age music dominate the current Indian music scenario, All India Radio, Jaipur, upholding its objective of being India’s public broadcaster, in order to promote the traditional Indian music yet again, brought together top grade light music artistes Ahmad Hussain - Mohamad Hussain, Jitender Singh & Dr. Radhika Chopra, on Sunday, 30th Mar 2014 in "Bazm-e-Ehsas", a light music Concert, organized for the ghazal lovers of the Pink city. It was an amazing evening enjoyed by the music lovers of all age groups, who attended in large numbers along with their families and friends.

Govt sites go young

Source: Hindustan Times | Medha Shri Dahiya, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 05, 2014

Puhleez’, ‘Hell, yeahhh!!’ — did you ever think you would see such slangs on sarkari online platforms?

Recent posts by Delhi Traffic Police and Doordarshan on social media have taken people by a pleasant ­surprise, who are terming it "pretty cool".

"I would never imagine myself ­following Doordarshan! But their ­attitude is so cool," says Swati Singhania, a law student at Delhi University, after she saw DD National 1 give a cheeky, befitting reply to someone who called art films on Doordarshan ‘boring’.

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'Ek Tha Rusty II' soon on TV with actors from Sikkim

Source: Business Standard | IANS  |  Mussoorie  
April 5, 2014

"Ek Tha Rusty II", the second season of popular TV series "Ek Tha Rusty" is all set to return to the television screen, this time with two female actors from Sikkim.

The shoot of "Ek Tha Rusty II" is currently underway here, and it will be telecast on Doordarshan from June with 52 episodes.

"It is a continuation of 'Ek Tha Rusty I' and this time, Doordarshan has commissioned me with 52 episodes. So this time we are taking three stories of Ruskin Bond,.............


Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebration Of Sajibu Cheiraoba In Raj Bhavan, Bangalore 2014

Source: | Dr. Moirangthem Jiban Singh
Friday, Apr 04, 2014

Even if we Manipuri Meitei put up in any corner of the world our costume, tradition and custom will always remain the same embedding to ourselves. "Kajenglei, Centre For Manipur Arts And Culture, Bangalore" has celebrated "Sajibu Cheiraoba (Ugadi) with "Dr. H. R. Bhardwaj, H. E., the governor of Karnataka" on Sunday, the 30th March, 2013 sponsored by Doordarshan Kendra-Bangalore, Raj Bhavan-Bangalore, All India Radio, State Bank of India and Vijayavani Kannadigara Dhawani.

Most of the people in this world reminisce this special Manipuri Culture and Festival on this day.

Thougal Jagoi : Sajibu Cheiraoba In Raj Bhavan, Bangalore 2014
Figure 1: Thougal Jagoi : Sajibu Cheiraoba In Raj Bhavan, Bangalore 2014

As a Manipuri we are always being an ideal for others. In fact, "Manipur" is the only state in the north east of India which stands out with its enormous culture, custom, tradition, language and...........

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HC seeks Centre's reply on plea against Shunglu panel report

Source: Business Standard | Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi
April 3, 2014

The Delhi High Court today sought response of the Centre on a plea by UK-based satellite service provider SIS Live for setting aside of the Shunglu committee report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) to the extent it adversely affects the company.

SIS Live, which provided broadcast services to Prasar Bharati for CWG 2010, contended before Justice Manmohan that adverse comments have been recorded against it by the V K Shunglu High Level Committee and the findings have affected its reputation.

The company has said that the adverse findings were recorded without giving it a hearing and..............

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Aamir Khan - The National Icon of ECI for 2014 General Elections

Source: | By Team
Posted on : 02 Apr 2014 12:07 pm

MUMBAI: The Election Commission of India has nominated Actor, Aamir Khan as the National Icon of Election Commission of India in connection with the upcoming National Elections in 2014.

The National Broadcaster’s of India – Doordarshan is entrusted with the job of making this campaign and in this regard a shoot was organized to record Actor, Aamir Khan’s message at Doordarshan’s Mumbai Kendra on 27th April 2014, under the guidance of Shri Mukesh Sharma – Addl. Director General Programming, West Zone.
This campaign makes voters aware to..............

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Broadcasting woes

Source: | By Brigadier (R) V.A.M. Hussain
 Posted on : 02 Apr 2014 07:39 pm

Brig. (Retd.) V.A.M. Hussain

“If we are to transform India, a realist or ‘Patelist’ engagement with the rest of the world is what we must implement; engaging the world from strength while recognising reality for what it is, foreswearing hubris and belligerence”, remarked Shiv Shankar Menon during the Patel Memorial Lecture of All India Radio last year. India in effect continues with Sardar Patel appreciation against taking the Kashmir issue to the United Nations and has been successful in averting international manipulation in our internal affairs.  In the recent past, reports appeared in sections of the press that our neighbours are active in rolling controversies and possible resentment for rehabilitating surrendered militants via Nepal. Yasin Bhatkal's revelation of Nepal remaining the favoured nation for transiting members of the Indian Mujahideen further fuelled diplomatic irritation.
The most disturbing vilification campaign alleging torture of Nepalese people whipping up local sentiments and a number of FM stations with content paid up by vested interests and mixing attractive Bollywood stuff in Nepal are psy weapons that merit the nation's intervention. Gorkhas of Nepalese origin have shared triumphs and sorrows battling in all theatres of operations as part of the glorious Indian Army. As of today, there seems to be no coordinated trans-border broadcast policy to air either views or the stand point of the nation. India’s National Public Broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, continues to be sub-optimally utilised.
After Independence and up to the eighties, the External Services Division of AIR functioned in close coordination with MEA through...............


India proposes global convention on no-first use of nuclear weapons

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) | World News
2nd April, 2014   |   02:52 PM

NEW DELHI, April 02 (KUNA) -- In a bid to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday proposed a global convention on no-first use of nuclear weapons, state run All India Radio (AIR) reported.

While addressing a seminar on a "Nuclear Free World: From Conception to Reality" here in New Delhi, AIR quoted the prime minister as saying that that if all states possessing nuclear weapons recognise and are prepared to declare it, "move to the establishment of global no-first use norm can be quick".

"In many ways it can open the ways to gradual reduction and...............