Prasar Bharati Current Affairs - 2019

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Prakash Javadekar releases patriotic song Watan for Independence Day

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar released a patriotic song titled Watan in New Delhi to mark the occasion of Independence Day 2019. The special song has been created by public service broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) and Prasar Bharati for Independence Day.

About Watan Song

It pays tribute to New India, to the bravery and valour of armed forces and to martyrs of country. The song will add colour and fervour to celebrations of 73rd Independence Day of India.

The song highlights several path-breaking initiatives of government such as vision and determination behind recent successful launch of Chandrayaan 2, India’s second lunar exploration mission.

It has been sung by famous Bollywood singer Javed Ali and has been penned by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and music composed by Dushyant.

Song is being broadcasted by all  stations and kendras of Akashvani and Doordarshan.

Copyright Free: It has been made free of copyright by Doordarshan and Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for all FM stations, entertainment, news TV channels, social media and all other communication platforms to ensure that more citizens of country enjoy and share song.

DD India channel to be available in Bangladesh, South Korea

In bid to boost India’s relations with its neighbours, the government has entered into agreements with Bangladesh and South Korea to broadcast DD (Doordarshan) India channel in two countries and their state channels will be shown on DD Free Dish in India.

Key Highlights

Bangladesh Agreement: As per the agreement inked with Bangladesh, Indian government has decided to show BTV World, a channel owned by Bangladesh TV, on DD Free Dish which will be available for viewers of Doordarshan (around 35 million households) in India. Also, DD India would be made available in Bangladesh for being viewed by Bangladesh’s citizen.

In this regard a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed between Prasar Bharati and Bangladesh TV (BTV) on 7 May 2019.

South Korea Agreement: Indian government has also approved Prasar Bharati (India’s Broadcasting agency) proposal for making available KBS World, a 24×7 South Korean channel (English) for Indian viewers and simultaneously South Korean people would be able to view DD India in their country.

Significance: This move is part of a robust cultural exchange in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East policy and also marks an important watershed moment with respect to strengthening of ties between two countries. The step is also in line with importance of building mutual cooperation with neighbouring countries.