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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Prime Minister invites ideas from people on new Plan body  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited ideas on the new institution that would replace the panel through a special “open forum” created by the government.“We need a new body with a new soul. We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission,” Mr. Modi had said in his August 15 address.

On Tuesday he tweeted, “Inviting you to share your ideas on what shape the new institution to replace the Planning Commission can take. A special Open Forum has been created on my government website for suggestions on the new institution. Let the ideas flow.”

“We envision the proposed institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States,” he added.The tweet also had a link through which people can put forward their suggestions.

Among the first to react to the tweet was former MP and economist N.K. Singh: “Making Planning Commission a Reforms Commission casts a new obligation for initiating innovative ideas on economic and social reforms. No other government had the zest to restructure Planning Commission, which has outlived its utility and fallen out of sync with economic realities.”

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Muzaffar Ali Noted film-maker & Member Prasar Bharti Board conferred Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award

Noted film-maker and poet Muzaffar Ali was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana award on Wednesday.

The award, instituted by the All India Congress Committee in honour of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was presented to Mr. Ali by AICC president Sonia Gandhi and the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Jawahar Bhawan here.The AICC celebrates “sadbhavana diwas” every year to mark the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.

Hailing Muzaffar Ali as a “versatile artist, painter, filmmaker, poet and even a designer”, Ms. Gandhi said he truly deserved the honour. Dr. Singh said India and the world needed “more harbingers of peace and love as Muzaffar Ali”.

Praising Rajiv Gandhi for his liberal, tolerant and secular values, Dr. Singh expressed concern at the “recent rise of communal incidents” and said such incidents must not divide society.

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Former Patna Doordarshan and AIR Officer appointed State Information Commissioner Bihar

Former News Director Patna Doordarshan and AIR Patna  has been appointed State Information Commissioner of Bihar.

Governor D Y Patil administered the oath of office to newly appointed Information Commissioner Arun Kumar Verma in a simple ceremony organised in Raj Bhawan. A retired officer of Indian Informatrion Service (IIS) Mr Verma was appointed to the post on July 22 by Bihar government.

During his long career in information service, Mr Verma held important positions including Joint Director of Public Information Bureau (PIB). He was also the News Director of Patna Doordarshan and All India Radio, Patna.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, former chief minister Nitish Kumar, Speaker of Bihar Assembly Udai Narain Chaudhary, several cabinet colleagues of Mr Manjhi and senior officers of Bihar government were present on the occasion when the Governor D Y Patil administered the oath to Mr Verma. 

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Ask your Question? Transfer to North East: Special concession

At many of the field units of AIR/DD AOs or even HC/Accountant are not posted. The officers posted at these places feel handicapped in resolving administrative issues as there is no expertise available to guide them.. To extend help to such units  we are starting a new post wherein questions received  from these units will be sent to the experts available at major stations in our network and their replies will be posted on the blog periodically, so as to share and enrich the knowledge of all of us.
Question :
17.. For posting to and from North Eastern region on transfer there is special concession for transfer TA.  If the family of the officer accompanies him, he can draw the existing TA including cost of transportation of personal effects to his maximum entitlement irrespective of the actual weight carried.
Whether the same provision applies for Transportation of conveyance (Car/scooter) possessed by the employee? i.e. whether he can draw maximum entitlement irrespective of the actual weight carried?


1. ;- In view of situation mentioned in the question it is stated that the official is entitled of;-
                  a) TA for self and family as for transfer
                  b) Composite Transfer Grant in full and
                  c) Cost of transport of maximum entitlement of personal effect irrespective of the quantity actually carried.
                  For further detail kindly see rule 116 of FR-SR Part II of TA.

--Shri. Joginder Singh Mann, AO, New Delhi
2. This type of provision does not exist in respect of transportation of conveyance.
-Shri.Dinesh Kumar Singh, Asstt., IU, New Delhi

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Our Cultural Heritage -हमें जिन पर नाज़ है । - MANOJ KUMAR KEDIA

MANOJ KUMAR KEDIA, Resident of Giridih, Jharkhand, is a Grade ‘A’ Sarod artiste of AIR, Ranchi since 1994. He is a winner of 3 gold medals as Faculty Topper in M.Mus.(Sangeet Praveen) Prayaag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in 1992. 

Manoj Kumar Kedia was inspired by his father Shri Shambhu Dayal Kedia to learn playing Sarod at the tender age of 7. He started learning Sarod from Prajanandy jee, Aacharya Rajaram jee, & Sri S.D.David of Maihar gharana. Later,in 1975, he became a disciple of Padmabhushan Ustad Ali akbar Khan. In 1979. He was under tutelage of Padmabhushan Annapurna jee (Guru maa). Also,he learned finesses of the art from Sarod Maestro Pt. Sunil Mukherjee. Manoj Kumar Kedia has performed in the Akhil Bhartiya Ravivasariya Sangeet Sabha in the yr.1994, ‘Aakashwani Sangeet Sammelan’ In 2005, ‘National Programme of Music’ in 2009 & in 2012. He also performed in Doordarshan & in the D.D. Bharati channel. Besides in the country, Manoj Kumar Kedia has also performed abroad such as in USA, Germany, China.

* Manoj Kumar Kedia is empanelled with Indian Councel Of Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Awards Received:- Sangeet Martand, Bharat Sewa Ratan, Yadu Bhatt Award, Kala shree Award, Rotary Sammaan,Samaj Gaurav, Saraswati Samman, Arjun Agarwal Award etc.

Notable Performences:-

* Pt. Kanthe Maharaj Sangeet Samaroh,Varanasi. 
* Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, Gwalior,
* Ram Krishna Mission,Kolkata, 
* Bangalore Kidney Foundation, Bangalore. 
* Sa Ma Pa Sangeet Sammelan, New Delhi. 
* Akhil Bhartiya Sangeet Sammelan, Allahabad, 
* Baba Allauddin Sangeet Samaroh, Maihar, 
*Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh, Varanashi. 
* Sangeet Natak Academy,Allahabad. 
* Praachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. 
* Aakashwani Sangeet Sammelan, Jaipur.D D Bharti. 
* Spic Mackay Programme at Raj Bhawan, Ranchi. 
* Spandan Foundation Bhavnagar,Gujrat. 
* India International Centre, New Delhi. 
* Salt Lake Music Festival, Kolkata.V D Paluskar Sangeet Samaaroh, Patna & Delhi. 
* D U Rashtriya Samaroh, Delhi.

Contributed by:-Shri Gourav Shikhar,
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आकाशवाणी के मथुरा केंद्र से श्री श्याम बिहारी (प्र. श्रे. लिपिक) 31 अगस्त 2014 को सेवानिवृत हो रहे हैं

श्री श्याम बिहारी मथुरा के ही मूल निवासी हैं | इन्होने अपनी सम्पूर्ण शिक्षा-दीक्षा ग्रामींण अंचल में पूरी करते हुए ग्रैजुएशन तक शिक्षा प्राप्त की | प्रारम्भ में इन्होंने, उध्योग मंत्रालय के सीमेंट कंट्रोल कार्यालय (दिल्ली) में, अवर श्रेणी लिपिक के पद पर दि. 03-02-1981 से दि. 31-03-1992 तक कार्य किया | तत्पश्चात रिडिप्लोयमेंट योजना के तहत, 1 अप्रैल 1992 को आकाशवाणी के आगरा केंद्र पर अपना कार्यभार ग्रहण किया और 1 सितम्बर 1994 को स्थानांतरित होकर आकाशवाणी: मथुरा केंद्र पर अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज कराई | मथुरा केंद्र पर इनका कार्यकाल कई मायनों में महत्वपूर्ण रहा | श्री श्याम बिहारी ने लगभग प्रत्येक सीट पर निष्ठा पूर्वक कार्य किया और अपनी लगन और मेहनत से अपने कार्यों की विशिष्ठ छाप छोड़ी | इनके व्दारा फाइलों में की गयी सटीक एवं स्वछ: नोटिग / ड्राफ्टिंग देखते ही बनती हैं | सोशिअल-वेलफेयर के कार्यों में निरंतर सक्रिय रहकर, अपने साथी कर्मचारियों की समस्याऔं को सुल्झाने में इन्होंने विशेष रुचि ली, इसलिये श्री श्याम बिहारी स्टाफ में अत्यंत लोकप्रिय रहे हैं| साथ में उचित समय पर उचित बात कहने से भी ये कभी नहीं चूके| श्री श्याम बिहारी की सेवानिवृति पर प्रसार भारती परिवार इनको शुभकामनाएं देते हुए, इनके सुखद पारिवारिक जीवन और दीर्घ आयु की कामना करता है| 

श्री श्याम बिहारी अपनी सेवानिवृति पर निम्न उद्गार व्यक्त किये हैं (Retiring Message) :

“ मैंने सदैव विनम्र भाव से, दिये गये कार्यों को लगन और कर्तव्य निष्ठा से पूरा करने का प्रयास किया है | कार्य-स्थल पूजाघर है और कार्य ही पूजा है, इस सिधांत का मैंने सदैव पालन किया | मैं जानता हूं कि, मैंने एसा कर किसी पर कोई एहसान नहीं किया बल्कि बदले में भरपूर वेतन और अन्य सुविधाएं पाईं साथ में अपने सहकर्मियों और अधिकारियो से सम्मान और प्यार भी पाया | वेतन और अन्य सुविधाऔं से परिवार का भरण पोषण व विकास तो हुआ ही साथ में प्रतिष्ठा भी मिली | मैं अपनी सेवा निवृति के अवसर पर, सम्पूर्ण आकाशवाणी परिवार (प्रसार भारती) के सुखद और उज्जल भविष्य की दिल से कामना करता हूं | बहुजन हिताय - बहुजन सुखाय, के स्लोगन के अनुसार हमारा यह विभाग निरंतर प्रगति करता रहे, इस इच्छा के साथ, आपको नमस्कार करते हुए विदा लेता हूं | सेवा के दौरान यदि मैंने कोई गलती / भूल/ त्रुटि की हो तो उसके लिये मैं क्षमा प्रार्थी हूं |

Contributed by: Shri Rakesh Sharma,

'Hello Doon', FM station for visually-impaired seeks to expand reach

An ambitious FM channel which was launched in Dehradun to showcase the broadcasting talents of visually-impaired people may soon spread its wings to Himachal Pradesh or Tamil Nadu.

An initiative of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), the FM channel, 'Hello Doon', became operational about two years ago.

The institute, which functions under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, is now mulling an expansion of its services in the rest of the country as part of efforts to open the doors of the world of broadcasting to more visually- impaired persons.

"My first priority would be to set up something similar in either Tamil Nadu or Himachal Pradesh, where we have our regional centres, so that the message goes out about the excellent broadcasting talents of blind people," NIVH Director Anuradha Mohit told PTI here.Noting that the Dehradun-based 'Hello Doon' channel was an experiment to showcase the talents of visually-impaired people, she said there are plans to launch new FM channels in 2015-16.

"That will be some time in 2015-16... It takes a long time to start a radio station. There are so many formalities to be completed... I have included it in my programme for 2015-16," she added.
'Hello Doon', available on 91.2 MHZ, has completed two years. Programmes on this station are largely created by visually-impaired students.
That apart, the institute is also offering a one-year training course in radio journalism for visually-impaired persons.

"Our morning transmission is looked after by a visually impaired candidate who qualified for the one-year course. Two of our programmes are completely made by visually-impaired artistes. One of the programmes, 'Sangeet Shiksha', has completed almost 300 episodes on Hindustani Classical Music," Mohit said.

She stated that steps are being taken to make the FM channel self-sustainable by getting sponsors.

Technology Updates

Students demonstrate their prototype
 radio software bridge to public
safety officials from six counties.
They were summer interns at
 Griffiss-based New York State
Technology Enterprise Corp.
Engineering students show technology may solve some radio problems

A new summer student project at New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. ended with the successful demonstration of technology that could solve some radio communications problems for emergency responders around the state.
During the demonstration in Oswego, the interns used the software bridge to communicate via VHF/FM radio with Oswego County’s public safety radio system.The demonstration was attended by public safety officials from six member counties of the Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium.

Public safety communications problems have been in the news since the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks when, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, emergency responders from various departments in New York City were unable to communicate using different radio systems. During the 13 years since the attacks, federal and state governments have explored various solutions to public safety interoperability problems, which exist nationwide. In New York state, local emergency responders and state agencies currently use various types of radio systems, many of which cannot communicate with other systems

“Because the technology the students demonstrated is based on open-source software, it could provide a low-cost and very adaptable solution to interoperability problems across New York state,” said Walsh. “The software is free, it runs over standard hardware, and the solution is very adaptable. Down the road we would like to boost the bridge so it could eventually accommodate the transmission of video and data as well as voice communications.”

NYSTEC’s prototype solution could be installed in current infrastructure for emergency communications and activated remotely when needed.

The company says it plans to involve future paid interns in other projects. For 10 years not-for-profit firm has been helping government and institutional clients plan and manage the acquisition, implementation, upgrade and security of information technology systems. Headquartered in Rome, NYSTEC also has offices in Albany and New York City. The company currently has 85 employees.

All India Radio (DRM) [2] 9950 kHz received in London, UK

We have had reports that one UK shortwave enthusiast has been able to receive AIR’s DRM broadcasts on his tablet. Where and how have you heard DRM broadcasts? Let us know


• Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
• The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecomunications Standards Institute).
• The DRM Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian. UPDATED VERSIONS
• The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises. Listen here.

Source & Credit:-DRM Newsletter, August 2014

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