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Radio brings people closer, says Modi on World Radio Day

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New Delhi, Feb 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who connects with people across the country through his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme conveyed his greetings on World Radio Day.

“On World Radio Day, I convey my greetings to all those associated with the world of radio, which includes those working in the industry and the listeners,” he said in a statement.

He hoped this medium of communication will always remain a focal point of learning, discovering, entertaining and growing together.

Modi also shared his experience with radio, saying that it brings people closer and he has been continuously experiencing this through “Mann Ki Baat”.

The Prime Minister also shared the links of all episodes of “Mann Ki Baat” in which he speaks about ideas shared by people speaks on variety of themes.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani also conveyed her greetings on the occasion.

“Greetings on World Radio Day. One of the most powerful modes of communication, Radio has touched our lives in more ways than one. Whether it be listening to Prime Minister’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ or songs on the go – Radio brings colours of life to the fore through the power of voice/sound,” she said in a tweet.

Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes and offering new ways to interact and participate.

India’s National Broadcaster and also the premier Public Service Broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR), is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the number of languages of broadcast and the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves. AIR’s home service comprises 420 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92 per cent of the country’s area and 99.19 per cent of the total population. AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 146 dialects, according to the website.

Radio, a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium, is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people — the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

UNESCO has called on all radio stations around the world to showcase the beauty of sports in all of its diversity.

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Alliance Air operates proving flight to Kochi naval air base

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New Delhi/Kochi, Aug 18 (IANS) State-run Air India’s subsidiary — Alliance Air — has operated a proving flight to the Kochi naval base as an option for rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala.

“As an exemplary initiative to fly out stranded people, AI’s subsidiary Alliance Air operated a non-commercial proving flight on an ATR (turboprop) to Kochi’s naval base with a team of DGCA, AAI and Flight Safety officials,” Air India said in a statement.

“This whole exercise is aimed at confirming the feasibility of having Alliance Air operate more flights to Kochi’s defence airbase with turboprops to evacuate passengers.”

The development comes as the state reeled under torrential rain and the worst floods in the recent past.

The grim situation has left the state with only two operational civil airports at Thiruvananthapuram and Calicut, as operations at Kochi airport have been suspended till August 26 on account of rising water levels in the operational area.

The civil airport in Kochi is severely flooded and would be closed till August 26.

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Congress MPs, MLAs to donate month’s salary to flood-hit Kerala

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Randeep Singh Surjewala

New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress on Saturday demanded that floods in Kerala should be declared a “national calamity.”

All elected representatives of the party would donate one month’s salary towards relief efforts in the state, it said.

The decision to donate salaries was taken at a meeting of Congress general secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi had earlier in the day urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as “a national disaster.”

Briefing reporters after meeting of Congress office-bearers, party communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government should come forward to help Kerala where over 180 people have died and property worth over Rs 3,000 crore has been damaged due to floods.

“It was decided that all Congress MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Congress MLAs across India and party MLCs will donate one month’s salary, which will be sent through the AICC for relief measures in Kerala,” Surjewala said.

He said it was also decided that all Congress governments will come forward to help the people of the state.

Surjewala said Punjab government has already donated Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Relief Fund and JD-S and Congress- government in Karnataka has also donated Rs 10 crore to the relief measures. The government in Puducherry has also donated Rs 1 crore.

He said special relief committees will be formed in adjoining states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu apart from Puducherry. Material collected by Congress workers will be sent to the people of Kerala.

Surjewala said the party also noted with concern the grave situation due to floods in Karnataka and some other parts of the country.

“Modiji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief. The Prime Minister must rise above party-politics and come forward to help Kerala, Karnataka and other flood-affected states. The Prime Minister should declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,” Surjewala said.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides in Kerala have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some hundreds of relief camps.

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Sidhu hopes Imran Khan’s victory proves good for India-Pakistan ties

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Navjot Singh Sidhu

Islamabad, Aug 18: Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that he hopes ties between New Delhi and Islamabad will improve after his “friend” Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister.

Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the notable guests invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad.

He was also seen hugging Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa prior to the ceremony.

Praising Khan while speaking to the state-run PTV, Sidhu said: “A new morning is here in Pakistan with a new government which can change the destiny of the country.” He hoped that Khan’s victory would be good for the peace process between the two neighbours.

“I have come to Pakistan on my friend’s (Imran) invitation. These are very special moments,” he had said after arriving in the country on Friday.

“Athletes and artists erase distances (between countries)… I have come here bearing the message of love, and prayers for Pakistanis.”

“Hindustan jeevey, Pakistan jeevey!” Sidhu chanted as he welcomed the “change” in the country brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led government.

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