All India Radio Current Affairs - 2019

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23 July: National Broadcasting Day

National broadcasting Day is observed every year on 23 July across India. It is on 23 July in 1927, the 1st ever radio broadcast in country went on the air from Bombay Station under a private company called the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC). Thereby since 1927 radio has been an important part in people’s life in India.

Key Highlights

Background: First broadcasting in India began in July 1923 with programmes by Radio Club of Mumbai. Then according to an agreement of 23 July 1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) started organised radio broadcasting from Bombay station and eventually later on 8 June 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio (AIR).

All India Radio: Since it’s inception, it has been serving to inform, educate and entertain masses and truly living up to its motto – Bahujan Hitaya  Bahujan Sukhaya

Radio is only tool that has become a medium of entertainment along with news everywhere in India.

AIR Reach: India is the most diverse nation in World and All India Radio has 414 stations in 23 languages and broadcasts in 179 dialects thus making it one of the largest public broadcasting organisations in the world.

Way Ahead

On occasion of National Broadcasting day Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar highlighted that NDA government is working towards replacing one station by a four new stations and that via new technology the All India Radio service will reach more people through Medium wave (MW) and Frequency modulation (FM).

‘Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge’ book by Ashis Ray released

Celebrated cricket broadcaster Ashis Ray released a new book titled ‘Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge’. It the new book he has Ray penned down the journey of Indian cricket at the World Cups since the inaugural edition of WCs in 1975.

About ‘Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge’ Book

  • It is published by Bloomsbury.
  • It describes the readers about the beautiful journey witnessed by India ever since1975 when the West Indies won 60-over World Cup held in England.
  • It reviews all World Cup tournaments from year 1975 to 2015 as well as previews ongoing 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
  • The book records all matches played by India, since the World Cup inaugural (44 years ago) and also every semi-final and final regardless of whether India featured in them or not.
  • It provides details about the story of India’s turning point in One Day Cricket (ODI) held in Guyana when in March 1983 Indian team under Kapil Dev defeated previously unassailable West Indies in their own backyard.
  • In total nine chapters of book Ray has talked about all facets of Indian cricket with details of India’s performance in each and every World Cup and also about the controversies such as Greg Chappell’s controversial tenure as India coach or Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption scandal.

About Ashis Ray

  • He is the world’s senior-most active cricket broadcaster.
  • At the age of 24 in 1975, Ray made his debut as a Test match commentator on All India Radio (AIR).
  • He holds the merit of being World’s youngest Test match commentator.
  • During the BBC’s coverage of 1983 edition of World Cup match(in which India defeated cricket giants West Indies), he was the only Asian ball-by-ball commentator.