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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With English becoming the global language, Sanskrit, the mother of all languages, has been gradually fading away from the mainstream.

Doordarshan, however, is spearheading the move to preserve the language as our cultural heritage. It plans on taking steps to popularize Sanskrit among the masses. Starting July onward, the national broadcaster will present a weekly ‘Sanskrit News Magazine,’ aiming to present events from every corner of the world.

The much awaited programme will be divided into news, features and debates and will be conducted entirely in Sanskrit. As of now, the DD officials are studying trends and patterns regarding the use of Sanskrit across the country in preparation of the magazine.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Akshay Rout, Additional Director General (News), Doordarshan told a newspaper, “We are putting in the best efforts to get reporters, editors and anchors fluent in Sanskrit, on contractual basis. The half-an-hour program will be telecasted on weekends. We will finalize the name in the next few days.”The project comes in the backdrop of the success of a special half hour bulletin in August 2014 during the Sanskrit Week 2014.

Every morning, at precisely 6.55 A.M., ‘Varta,’ (also spelled as Vaarta) a news bulletin in Sanskrit has been broadcasted by DD for the last many years. Plans are underway to extend the duration of the program by at least ten minutes.

“We are examining the feasibility of the existing bulletins. Right now, it is a five-minute bulletin, which I think is too short. It is neither here nor there. We may extend the time once we have the necessary staff,” told A Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar Bharati to The Economic Times.

“The Sanskrit program will look at showcasing not just current affairs but also stories of interest from around the world, and more features will be added, depending on the interest it generates,” said a DD official.

The first Sanskrit bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) was broadcast in 1974, almost four decades after the national radio service started in 1936.

Remarkably, Sanskrit was the last language to be taken up by AIR’s news service division, much later than even Sindhi and Nepali.

‘Good News India,’ a weekly program, which showcases the transformation of the lives of people in the country, is also expected to be broadcasted soon, according to DD officials.

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Delhi Ranks First in Terms of Polluted Air among 10 Major Cities of the World

The grave situation can be understood on the basis of the 2018 global database report of WHO, which said that out of the 20 most polluted cities

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The air pollution level has increased so much that the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) had to declare a public health emergency and the Delhi government announced that all schools in the Capital will remain closed till November 5. Pixabay

Delhi ranks first in terms of polluted air among 10 major cities of the world as the air quality index (AQI) in the capital is at 450, which is dangerous.

According to airvisual.com, Delhi topped the AQI rankings while Lahore with AQI 356 is the second in the ranking followed by Dhaka (182), Krakow (165), Ulaanbaatar (162), Wroclaw (158), Guangzhou (157), Wuhan (153), Chongqing (152) and Kathmandu (151).

The air pollution level has increased so much that the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) had to declare a public health emergency and the Delhi government announced that all schools in the Capital will remain closed till November 5.

The grave situation can be understood on the basis of the 2018 global database report of WHO, which said that out of the 20 most polluted cities of the world, 14 are in India. Almost 20 lakh people in India die annually due to polluted air. Out of every four deaths due to polluted air in the world, one death is recorded in India. Delhi topped the ranking in that report too.

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According to airvisual.com, Delhi topped the AQI rankings while Lahore with AQI 356 is the second in the ranking followed by Dhaka (182), Krakow (165), Ulaanbaatar (162), Wroclaw (158), Guangzhou (157), Wuhan (153), Chongqing (152) and Kathmandu (151). Pixabay

The major reason behind the increasing air pollution in India is that various governments have failed to work on any plans to tackle the problem permanently.

On the one hand, people are dying due to poisonous air and on the other hand the political leaders are busy in finding temporary solutions to it.

A report of airvisual.com released in 2018 identified the sources and reasons of air pollution. According to the report, the air pollutants released from industries, homes and vehicles are extremely dangerous for health. Out of all the air pollutants, the micro pollutants affect the people most.

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Political statements and temporary solutions won’t be able to curb increasing air pollution, rather the government should come up with some permanent solution to it. (IANS)