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If one’s mother is insulted then her children will definitely feel hurt

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Priyanka Chopra to soon collaborate with Amazon prime video. Flickr

-By Salil Gewali, Shillong

If one’s mother is insulted then her children will definitely feel hurt. This phenomenon has existed from the beginning of the civilization. I don’t consider it as a sort of chauvinism. If children don’t love their mother and a mother doesn’t love her children then it leads to decadence. So is the case with the country of one’s birth. Each individual should love his country and also respect his language and culture.  But I’m afraid, nearly just the reverse is being noticed of late in India. One who professes the love for the country then he/she is considered nerdy and so belittled by using a certain vocabularies, while those you doubt the sovereignty of the NATION then she or he is comforted, defended and honored. I think such development is disastrously treacherous. We have witnessed how a certain media has gloated when Arundhati Roy, who is the pride of the major cohort of elites, aggressively spoke against the present government in her recent interview with BBC. Her articles that regularly published by the top media persistently challenge not just the government but the very genesis of the civilization that flourished in this sacred land. Indeed,  no forces have hurt this nation so brutally than by people misled by the insanely biased intellectualism.

Again, yet another glaring instance being the recently launched episode of Priyanka Chopra. A Bollywood actress who has played a lead role in an US-based TV serial — ‘Quantico’, should have exercised her right discretion. But she did not. So she has quite earned the displeasure of her fans within the country and NRIs abroad. She has been widely criticized on the social media for agreeing to play in a serial which depicts an Indian planning to bomb Manhattan (USA) and then blame Pakistan for such hateful act.  Though it’s not proper to harp much on this but one is pretty sure that no conscious American will ever act in a film where his American fellow brother is shown as a “beggar” on the street of Bangladesh. No sensible Japanese will tolerate being shown as a lazybones leeching on people from other nations.  A Japanese cannot stomach this depiction since the native from Japan people are inherently active and self-reliant. Lord knows what brought Priyanka Chopra to play in a serial that her own native brother is depicted in a bad light.

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Arundhati Roy

Frankly speaking, what message does this actress want to send out to the citizens who hold her as their star?  Yes, a country could be a dead piece of land for such high-flying people but they should be a little considerate not to hurt their countless fans who are sensible living beings and who all track each step they take. All should agree that our celebrities should show more responsibility towards their loving fans, also towards the country of their birth. Let our actors’ acts and their spoken words be inspiring, not misleading.

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But very regrettably, these days just the contrary is happening. Particularly Bollywood stars who are synonymous with vulgarity, venality and bias have greatly misled our youths. They have deliberately trampled upon the social values by spreading the filth of debauchery. Even scared Indian households have been desecrated by airing a stream immoral TV serials by Ekta Kapoor and dirty films by father and daughter (Mahesh Bhatt and Puja Bhatt…..) and so on an so forth. In truth, the lust for money has made such celebrities stoop to the gutter level and they shamelessly do any dirty acts under the sky.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali

 

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Lockdown 4.0: Here’s How Celebrities Spend Time

Celebs have posted a glimpse of their quarantine on their social media handles

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Cricketer Virat Kohli's mantra this lockdown- Earn it. Dont demand it. Wikimedia Commons

By Aditi Roy

While we reach the fag end of Lockdown 4.0, in the past few days, celebrities have once again started posting a slice of life in quarantine on social media, as suggested by latest bollywood news.

From brand-new summer hair to chilling with their kids, the glimpses of their life is not much different than ours. Check out how some of your most-loved celebrities kill time.

Anushka Sharma

For actor-producer Anushka Sharma, nothing is better than watching her latest production, ‘Paatal Lok’ a gripping series on Amazon Prime.

Alia Bhatt

The chirpy, young actor trusted her haircut to an important member from her inner-circle; she’s all about eating well and being fitter after 60-days of lockdown.

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Actor Alia Bhatt is keeping herself fit and eating well. Wikimedia Commons

Malaika Arora

The ever gorgeous Malaika recently posted a fresh-faced pic of herself in a breezy kaftan, the outfit of the moment.

Shilpa Shetty

The svelte actress who is also a chef and a wonder-mummy is happy chilling with her son in lockdown

Radhika Apte

The talented actor opted for fresh hairdo. In quarantine, Apte is happy about “detachment” with her beautifully grown tresses and sports a “mushroomhead”

Rohit Sharma

The super-talended cricketer dug into his archives and shared a picture of himself with teammates Suresh Raina and Pragyan Ojha with the scenic backdrop of New Zealand while on tour 2009, while reminiscing about happy times.

Virat Kohli

The dashing cricketer’s mantra this lockdown- Earn it. Dont demand it. Kohli is all about lifting weights and focussing on his strength while home sheltering.

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Actor Vicky Kaushal recalls his horse-riding days. Wikimedia Commons

Vicky Kaushal

The charming actor recently posted a picture recalling when horse-riding in the morning was a daily activity.

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Ranveer Singh

Actor Ranveer Singh posted a super cool picture of him sporting a “Rocky Balboa” printed upbeat t-shirt on Instagram.

Shikhar Dhawan

The hard-hitting batsman posted a collage of his young son and his own pic from past of similar age, with the loving caption, “The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” (IANS)

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From Being an Ordinary Voice To Becoming The Voice Of ‘Akashvani’~ Journey of Devki Nandan Pandey

In his lifetime, Pandey became an institution of news reading

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Devki Nandan Pandey is known as the "Father of News Broadcasting in India".

By Kashish Rai

Once upon a time, a voice echoed from the radio set and was known in every household~ This was Devki Nandan Pandey, a well-known news reader of his time.

Devki Nandan Pandey is known as the “Father of News Broadcasting in India”. He was a personality whose newsreading motivated the whole generation of broadcasters. Whenever one recalls his name even today, one only remembers him as a great exponent of the art of communication. Besides being a newsreader, Pandey also acted in films and television serials. Devki Nandan Pandey ji was also conferred with ‘Padam Shree’ Award for  All time great Hindi announcer in AIR (All India Radio).

In his lifetime, Pandey became an institution of news reading. His style of reading the news, the correctness of his pronunciation, the seriousness of his tone and the fluctuations in the pitch and context was enough to bring the listener to a thrill.

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  • Early Life

Devki Nandan was born in Kanpur. His father Shivdutt Pandey was a well-known doctor of his field. His father was a very kind hearted man who was available for patients 24X7 and was ready to treat any patient for free. Originally the Pandey family belonged to Kumaon. Perhaps this is the reason why  Devki Nandan had a “pahadi” touch in his voice.

Devki Nandan was never a bright student during his school days but he never failed in his class. He had a keen interest in traveling, playing and sports. He never liked textbooks but books, novels, stories, biographies and history books always attracted him. He got his early education in Almora, Uttarakhand. Almora is a city located above the Himalayan mountain ranges. Pandey’s father was an avid lover of books. Due to this, there was a good collection of books in their home which made Pandey interested in reading.

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Devki Nandan Pandey ji was also conferred with ‘Padam Shree’ Award for  All time great Hindi announcer in AIR (All India Radio). Wikimedia Commons
  • The Time When Pandey Realised His Passion

During his college life, Pandey’s English teacher Vishambhar Dutt Bhatt had great affection for him. He first recognized and appreciated the uniqueness of Pandey’s voice. He made his student feel his talent. Bhatt  started encouraging Pandey for theater. In Almora Pandey participated in several dozen plays which strengthened his confidence.

In the 60s, there were only two radios in a small place like Almora. One was in the house of Joshi ji, a school teacher, and the other was in the house of a businessman, Shah ji. The young Devkinandan Pandey would be thrilled to hear the news of the Second World War. He would leave all work everyday and go to listen to the news.

During those days, the two broadcasters of Germany radio were Lord Ho Ho and Dr. Farooqui. Both were excellent broadcasters. His voice always dominated Pandey’s heart and mind. In 1971, Pandey went to Allahabad to pursue his Undergraduate degree in B.A from Allahabad University, which was famous all over the Country.

In 1973, Pandey took up a government job in Lucknow and was selected as a radio artist for Announcer and Drama Artist on Radio Lucknow. This station was dominated by Urdu broadcasters. Pandey always believed that he got the study of this specific language and practice the nuances of correct pronunciation from Radio Lucknow itself. It can be clearly said that it was due to broadcasters like Devki Nandan Pandey that Hindi started to get respect in an English-oriented platform like Akashvani.

  • Journey of Becoming The “Voice of Akashvani”

Hindi News Division was established in All India Radio in the year 1949. It starred Alle Hassan (who was later considered the world-renowned broadcaster of the BBC Urdu service) Suresh Awasthi, Brijendra, Saeeda Bano and Chand Krishna Kaul. It was natural that the news readers of that time were required to come both in Hindi and Urdu. Alle Hassan’s Hindi reading was amazing. He was a very capable investigator and news reader. Initially, the original news was written in English, which the reader had to translate. Ashok Vajpayee, Vinod Kashyap and Ramanuj Pratap Singh were also forced to translate, but after a lot of struggle, they got rid of this problem and Hindi news began to be written in Hindi. It is also worth mentioning here that the role of Devki Nandan Pandey cannot be ignored in those who made him believe that Hindi broadcasting was in front of such English broadcasters like Melvin Dimelo and Chakrapani.

Devki Nandan Pandey used to merge himself with events at the time of the news broadcast and this was the reason why his reading style touched the hearts of millions of listeners. There was a magical touch in his voice. Sometimes it seemed that the radio set started trembling with Pandey’s voice.

Today, when TV channels are flooded and FM radio stations are encroaching life through their own live broadcasts, to remember Devki Nandan Pandey in itself is a Blissful feeling. Amid lack of technology during that time, Pandey made himself a household name on the basis of his unique voice.

The news of the death of Sardar Patel, Liaquat Ali Khan, Maulana Azad, Govind Vallabh Pant, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Jayaprakash Narayan reached the whole country in the voice of Pandey. In-spite of being retired, Pandey was specially invited to the Delhi station of All India Radio to read the news of the sudden demise of Sanjay Gandhi.

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In his lifetime, Pandey became an institution of news reading. His style of reading the news, the correctness of his pronunciation, the seriousness of his tone and the fluctuations in the pitch and context was enough to bring the listener to a thrill. Pixabay
  • Leaving Behind a Legacy

Devki Nandan Pandey got offers from international broadcasting organizations like Voice of America due to recognition of his outstanding work in India, but his love for his beloved land India stopped him from doing so. Pandey realized the popularity of his personality on the day when Mrs. Indira Gandhi once invited the staff of All India Radio to her residence to hear her problem.

When Mrs. Gandhi was introduced to Pandey, she smiled and said, “OK, So  you are our nation’s news voice?”. Former Information Broadcasting Minister Vidyacharan Shukla once embraced Pandey after hearing Pandey’s name.

Regarding the new news readers, what Pandey had to say was doing something with reverence, honesty and hard work and always being aware of  the current events.

 He believed that the more you listen and read the better you will be able to speak. Never copy a style. If you tell any mistake, accept it by bowing it and have a feeling of favor towards the person.

 Make the habit of reading innocent and thoughtful; Confidence will come and identity will be created.

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Today, Devki Nandan Pandey is not in our midst, but whenever the news broadcasts on radio will go on, his name will continue to be known as the peak of this genre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Facebook Put 50 Million Warning Labels on Misleading COVID-19 Posts in April

Facebook flagged 50 million posts related to the pandemic

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Facebook flagged 50 Millions pandemic related posts in April. Pixabay

Amid mounting pressure to keep a check on fake news related to COVID-19, Facebook has said that it put warning labels on about 50 million pieces of content related to the pandemic during the month of April.

The content was flagged based on around 7,500 articles by Facebook’s independent fact-checking partners, the social networking giant said on Tuesday.

Facebook said it also removed more than 2.5 million pieces of content for the sale of masks, hand sanitizers, surface disinfecting wipes and Covid-19 test kits since March 1.

The social networking said Artificial intelligence (AI) is a crucial tool to prevent the spread of misinformation, because it allows the company to leverage and scale the work of the independent fact-checkers who review content on its services.

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Facebook said it also removed more than 2.5 million pieces of content. Pixabay

Facebook works with over 60 fact-checking organizations around the world that review content in more than 50 languages.

“Since the pandemic began, we’ve used our current AI systems and deployed new ones to take COVID-19-related material our fact-checking partners have flagged as misinformation and then detect copies when someone tries to share them,” Facebook said in a blog post.

“But these are difficult challenges, and our tools are far from perfect,” it added.

In its fifth ‘Community Standards Enforcement Report (from October 2019 through March this year), on Tuesday, Facebook revealed in detail how its automated tools and technologies are curbing hate speech, adult nudity and sexual activity, violent and graphic content, and bullying and harassment on its main platform as well as Instagram.

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Action taken on content related to adult nudity and sexual activity on Facebook increased from 30.3 million pieces of content in Q3 2019 to 38.9 million in Q4 2019, primarily driven by a few pieces of violating content that were shared widely in October and November.

In Q1 2020, content action increased to 39.5 million. Facebook said this was due to improvements in its technology for detecting and removing content that is identical or near-identical to existing violations in our database.

Action taken on bullying and harassment related content on Facebook decreased from 2.8 million pieces of content in Q4 2019 to 2.3 million in Q1 2020, due to a reduced and remote workforce in late March as a result of COVID-19. (IANS)