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Prasar Bharati CEO insists on youth-targeted programmes


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kolkata: On Tuesday, Jawahar Sircar, the chief of India’s public service broadcaster Prasar Bharati, requested Akashvani Kolkata to start some youth-targeted programmes in order to popularize the All India Radio’s services in West Bengal. It is important to target the youth as they are the future of the nation.

He also put forward an idea to reflect on what the listeners want from radio services. Only when this idea is implemented can the listeners can be drawn back to the radio.

“One of the suggestions that I have for Akashvani Kolkata is to go for crowd-sourcing. By putting out a few questions on social media, we can get an idea on what programmes are in demand and what listeners would like to be introduced to. The trend can be realised through this,” Sircar said.

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Jawahar Sircar commissioned the DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) transmitter for the Kolkata-A radio service, one of the five channels of Akashvani Kolkata. The DRM transmitter allows the service to be broadcasted in digital as well as analogue mode. This further enables it to reach out to the south Bengal districts as well.

While launching the service, the Prasar Bharati chief also stressed on the five channels maintaining a distinct identity and showcasing a mix of both Bengali and other language songs. This is to ensure a wider range of listeners.

“Since it’s not just Bengali’s who reside here, we must also consider the other languages that are in use. Gradually, we must start thinking about what listeners want,” he said.

He further gave the example of AIR FM Rainbow which intends to broadcast programmes for the youth and thus lure in more listeners in that category.

“Get back the youth and use the internet,” he stated.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Ham Radio Operators to help Check Fishermen along West Bengal coast receive Weather Updates in the deep seas

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Kolkata, May 11, 2017: Ham radio operators will help check whether fishermen along West Bengal coast receive weather updates via radio broadcast in the deep seas, an operator said on Thursday.

A joint inspection for measuring the signal strength of All India Radio broadcast in the deep seas will be held on May 14 and 15 by the Coast Guard, AIR, state fisheries department, fishermen’s association, and ham radio operators.

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“Around a year back, 39 fishermen went missing in the deep sea. The reason was they didn’t hear the weather report on radio. We will investigate whether they are receiving these important transmissions,” Ambarish Nag Biswas of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) said.

Through ham radio one can talk across cities, around the world, or even into space, all without the internet or cell phones. Ham radio operators or hams can swing into action in times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, and assist disaster management agencies.

Biswas said the hams will also educate the fishermen on using the Very High Frequency (VHF) radio.

“Although every fishing vessel has a VHF Radio, due to lack of knowledge they are not maintained properly,” he said. (IANS)

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Amid Cash Crunch Pan-India, PM Modi asks Small Businesses, Labour to opt for Cashless transaction through Mobile Banking and Plastic Money

Modi told the country's labour population how adopting digital technology would help end their exploitation

NEW DELHI/INDIA, 16NOV08 -Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, India, speaks during the welcome lunch at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2008 in New Delhi, 16-18 November 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( by Norbert Schiller. Wikimedia

New Delhi, Nov 27, 2016: In his first monthly radio address after demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged small businesses and workers to embrace cashless transaction through mobile banking and plastic money.

“I would like to tell our small and micro businesses to take up this opportunity to enter the digital world. You too should download mobile banking applications, install POS (point of sale) machines for swiping cards,” Modi said in his customary ‘Mann Ki Baat’ speech on All India Radio.

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“In the way that large malls expand their business through use of technology, small businesses too can increase turnover by using simple user-friendly technology,” he added.

Modi told the country’s labour population how adopting digital technology would help end their exploitation.

“You have been exploited much…getting one wage on paper and another in hand. Besides, when you are paid every month, there is always someone outside the gates waiting to take a cut from your wages,” the Prime Minister said, addressing workers.

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“Under this new project (demonetisation), we want your salary deposited in the bank account so that faithful payment of minimum wage is assured,” Modi said.

“And you, in turn, can use your mobile phone like an e-wallet to make payments to your neighbourhood shops for your needs,” he added. (IANS)

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California: Radio signal coming from stellar system HD 164595 may be a sign of intelligent extraterrestrial life

The signals were coming from the Hercules constellation and based on the power of the signals and their frequency

Radio telescopes of the Allen Telescope Array are seen in Hat Creek, Calif. Image source: VOA

September 3, 2016: Let’s imagine having to point out to a close friend they hadn’t actually won the lottery. You’d probably feel almost as bad as they would.

Well, that’s where we are.

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Earlier this week, the web was aflutter with news that radio astronomers in Russia had picked up ‘surprisingly strong’ radio signals coming from a star cluster about 94 light years away.

The signals were coming from the Hercules constellation, and based on the power of the signals and their frequency, the buzz was that this be a message from really, really advanced aliens. Excited stargazers began throwing around phrases like “this could be a type II civilisation” and other such SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) arcana.

For clarity’s sake, civilisations can be classified by something called the Kardashev scale. It was created by an astronomer named — you guessed it — Kardashev, as a way to gauge the technological advancement of any civilisation.

Humans are almost a type I civilisation. That means we can store and use energy from our sun but still use fossil fuels. We’ll be classified as a fully type I when we go completely to renewable power.

A type II civilisation is one that can fully harness all the energy of their sun. That’s way beyond us, and since we’ve never found anyone else out in space, the Kardashev scale isn’t much more than a fun thought exercise. But it’s important in times like these because the strength of this mystery signal suggested an energy output on a stellar scale, far beyond us oil burners here on earth. That’s really cool, and a bit scary.

Bad news

And then, the Russians stepped forward and very thoughtlessly ruined everyone’s fun.

The news is a bit buried in a press release from the Russian Academy of Sciences. “…an interesting radio signal at a wavelength of 2.7 cm was detected in the direction of one of the objects (star system HD164595 in Hercules) in 2015,” it stated. So far so good.

And then this: “Subsequent processing and analysis of the signal revealed its most probable terrestrial origin.”


Turns out that “terrestrial” likely means a Russian military satellite that no one knew or realised was out there.

The Russian News Agency TASS spoke with Alexander Ipatov, from the Russian Academy of Sciences. “We, indeed, discovered an unusual signal,” he told TASS. “However, an additional check showed that it was emanating from a Soviet military satellite, which had not been entered into any of the catalogues of celestial bodies.”

So much for winning the lottery. (VOA)


2 responses to “California: Radio signal coming from stellar system HD 164595 may be a sign of intelligent extraterrestrial life”

  1. It may be legit, but probably the russian military industrial complex threatened them so they’d pretend it’s from earth. It’s always the same the elites don’t want us to know about any kind of possible life forms out there. I don’t believe this press release

  2. Maybe I’m wrong but probably the signla is legit but the some people are lying about it. I don’t know. I hope it’s real.