Doordarshan Current Affairs - 2020

Broadcasting Ban on Indian News Channels in Nepal

On 9th July 2020, except for the Indian State-owned Doordarshan’s news channel DD News, Nepal based Multi-System Operators have issued a broadcasting ban on all other Indian News Channels in Nepal.

Nepal Communist Party Accused Indian Media

Earlier on 9th July 2020, the Spokesperson of Nepal Communist Party Narayan Kaji Shrestha had accused Indian News Channels of broadcasting defamatory shows against the Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

As per media reports from Nepal, the decision to ban broadcasting of Indian News Channels by the Multi-System Operators was taken after one of the Indian news channels had broadcasted a show in which the Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is being linked with the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal- Hou Yanqi for preventing the Nepal Communist Party Government from collapsing in Nepal.

Past Instance of Nepal issuing Broadcasting Ban on Indian Channels

Back in November 2015, Cable TV Operators of Nepal has blocked 42 Indian Channels from broadcasting in Nepal. The 2015 broadcasting ban of Indian Channels was due to the Nepalese Government accusing the Indian Government of slowing or stopping cross border traffic along the Nepal Border.

Indian Government didn’t slow or stopped the traffic on purpose along the Nepal border, the stoppage or slowed traffic was due to protests in Southern Parts of Nepal by the Nepali Citizens due to the newly adopted constitution of Nepal.

‘Mahatma Lives’: UNESCO and DD to telecast TV Show on Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Doordarshan, country’s public service broadcaster has join hands to telecast TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

The objective of programme is to celebrate his ideas and teachings and how it has shaped the lives of people in India as well as around the world.

Key Highlights of ‘Mahatma Lives’/ ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ programme

It is an hour-long bilingual television programme that will feature rarely heard audio clips of Mahatma Gandhi. The clips include his speech from 1947, before Independence (i.e. before 15 August 1947), in which he addresses corporate leaders and exhorts them to give wealth for welfare of the society. Other clips include Gandhi talking about music and his speech on the caste system and eternal set of duties (Sanatam Dharam) on 7 June 1947.

These audio clips will remind countrymen vividly of Mahatma’s thoughts and philosophy, focusing specifically on education, culture and the sciences.

As per UNESCO programme will help discover/rediscover Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings about different themes and contemplate how Gandhi still remains the most influential person of 20th century who continue to inspires the old and the young today. It also shows how various aspects of Gandhi’s legacy remain relevant in todays’ times, not just to India but to world as well.

The programme will be telecast on 1 October 2019 at 10 pm and repeated on 2 October at 5 pm across the country on DD News. It will be jointly hosted by Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director, and renowned academician and historian Pushpesh Pant.