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Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed every year across India on November 12 year to commemorate first and last visit of Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) of All India Radio Studio (AIR), New Delhi in 1947. On this occasion, artistes of Akashvani Bhawan, Delhi performed Vaishnav Jan Toh and other bhajans and school children performed Rabindra sangeet.
Gandhiji had visited AIR studio to address displaced people from Pakistan who were temporarily settled in Kurukshetra, Haryana after partition of Indian subcontinent. It was his first and last live broadcast. In this broadcast, Gandhiji had decided to convey his message through radio, as he couldn’t visit refugees of Partition stationed at Kurukshetra in Haryana. This day was instituted in 2000 as Jan Prasaran Diwas (Public Service Broadcasting Day) after it was conceptualised by Suhas Borker, Convenor of Jan Prasar. This day seeks to spread Gandhiji belief that aim of media was public service. Accordingly, he used to run several newspapers and understood power of media. He was completely against commercial ads and believed that only those non-commercial ads should be accepted that serve some public purpose.
Homegrown smartphone maker Micromax has appointed Vikas Thapar as its Vice-President for Finance.
In his new role, Thapar will be responsible for strengthening the company’s asset and revenue base. He will also responsible for steering external relationship developments with key partners including bankers, investors, equity partners and the government.
He will also look after company’s financial and management accounting, financial resourcing and fund syndication, and group operations.
Prior to this appointment, Thapar was executive director at Avocado Management Services. He also has worked with Bharti Airtel, One97 Communications (PayTm) and Morepen Laboratories
- Micromax is consumer Electronics Company with the business of manufacturing of Mobile phones, Smartphones, Tablet Computers and LED Televisions.
- It is headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. It was started in 2000 as an IT software company and worked on embedded platforms.
- Later it started manufacturing low cost mobile and featured smartphones. Micromax is the tenth largest handset seller in the world as of Q3 2014.