Prakash Javadekar Current Affairs - 2020

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Govt to launch Digital Radio by 2024

Centre government is planning to revamp ‘All India Radio’ officially known as ‘Akashvani’ by introducing Digital Radio in India by 2024, when the country will be technologically-equipped for it. The announcement in this regard was made by Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar at the 2019 Akashvani Annual Awards in New Delhi.

Significance

All India Radio is an institution which is a part of people’s lives in form of music, news or entertainment and with AIR news commanding huge credibility, as being one of the largest news gathering and dissemination apparatus in world, there is a needs for AIR to stay ahead of competition from private players. Therefore, once Digital Radio is launch by 2024, there will be more clarity as the audio of digital radio will be more clear, and with digital radio having higher reach Akashvani will be heard for longer range. There will also be four times more stations.

About All India Radio (AIR)

AIR was established in 1936 and is officially known as Akashvani since 1956. It is the national public radio broadcaster of India and is a division of Prasar Bharati, which is India’s largest public broadcasting agency. AIR is sister service of Prasar Bharati’s Doordarshan elevision Network.

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FM transmitters to be set up in Sashastra Seema Bal premises

Government of India has approved seven projects for setting up of FM transmitters in premises of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for strengthening FM coverage along Indo-Nepal border. The information in this regard was presented by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar to Lok Sabha.

The FM transmitter project would be installed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand, precisely for:

  • Bihar- Bathnaha (Araria), Narkatiaganj (West Champaran) and Sitamarhi
  • Uttar Pradesh- Gadaniya (Lakhimpur Kheri), Nanpara (Bahraich) and Maharajganj
  • Uttarakhand- Champawat

About Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

It is one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in India and is currently under administrative control of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Prior to 2001, SSB was known as Special Service Bureau (SSB).

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