Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Akashvani Maitree : All you NEED to know

The President of India Shri Pranab  launched  "Akashvani Maitree" Channel in a function organised at Raj Bhawan, in Kolkata today. The channel is a unique venture of All India Radio and is aimed at strengthening ties between the two neighbours India and Bangladesh.

Salient Features of Akashvani Maitree--a unique venture of All India Radio
  • Channel's uniqueness lies in sharing of content between Bangladesh Betar & Akashvani Maitree
  • It will be a common platform for participatory content creation between the two countries of India and Bangladesh
  • Aim of the channel is to strengthen cultural, economic, political & emotional bonding between India and Bangladesh.
  • This service is launched from a State-of-the-art Super Power Transmitter of 1000kw, installed at Chinsurah, West Bengal
  • Frequency of the channel is 594 kHz / 505 Meter
  • Duration of the channel will be 16 Hrs per day.

Akashvani Maitree will have two Transmissions per day:

1st Transmission : 6am to 2:30pm

2nd Transmission : 3:30 pm to 11 pm

At the launch, Hon'ble President of India said, 'Akashvani Maitree can be an important channel of communication between India and Bangladesh.'

Akashvani Maitree is proposed to produce & broadcast programmes as reality shows, music & quiz competitions, discussions where participants from both the countries can take part.

The channel will cover whole of Bangladesh and most of South East Asia.
All India Radio has also come up with a multimedia website in Bangla airworldservice.org/bangla . It is easily accessible through live streaming and caters to Bengali Diaspora world over besides listeners in Bangladesh.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

And the Medal goes to……. Sakshi Malik

India’s valiant woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India’s long wait for a medal at Rio Olympics by securing the Bronze in the 58 kg category, pulling off a startling 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the play-off.

Sakshi is now the FIRST INDIAN WOMAN WRESTLER to win an Olympic medal.

The 23-year-old Rohtak girl became the only fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12.
With her bronze Olympic medal, and her silver award at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Malik has now immovably settled herself as one of India's wrestling greats.

Meri 12 saal ki tapasya rang layi”, said an emotional Sakshi Malik, who took up wrestling at the age of 9, after her sensational win.

In her past achievements Sakshi has clinched silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Games and a bronze at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.  She is now the pride of India.

The country's sporting fraternity, led by iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, hailed female wrestler Sakshi Malik for clinching a historic bronze to end India's frustrating wait for a medal in the Rio Olympic Games. Tendulkar praised Sakshi for her resilience in the women's wrestling 58kg class and said that the country was proud of her feat.

"What great news to wake up to! #SakshiMalik, your resilience at #Rio2016 has made whole of India proud. Many Congratulations!!!" Tendulkar, who is also goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at the Rio Games, said.
The country celebrated the girl’s grit with open hands and now she is the Star of the country.
All India Radio wishes this brave woman wrestler many congratulations on behalf of the whole nation!

We are proud of you Sakshi!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Srikanth Kidambi enters quarter finals; will face Lin Dan in today's match

Indian badminton player Srikanth Kidambi progressed to the Quarter finals of the Men’s singles badminton event at the Rio Olympics, 2016 on Monday. He defeated World No 5 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark and left the nation spellbound with his performance.
Srikanth was persuading in his play with numerous attacks and created eminent smashes so as to win the game.

Srikanth Kidambi is currently the highest ranked Indian men’s player in the international circuit with a world ranking of 11 as of August 11, 2016. He won the Arjuna Award in Badminton in the year 2015.
The 23-year old badminton player hails from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, will now play against two-time Olympic winner Lin Dan on August 17, Wednesday at 6:00 PM.
All India Radio wishes all the best to this great shuttler for the Quarter Finals.

Jeeto Rio 

Keeping hopes alive, Sindhu storms into Semifinals!

Indian shuttler P V Sindhu displayed remarkable skills defeating world number two Wang Yihan of China in the badminton singles quarter finals at the 31st Summer Olympics Rio on Tuesday. Sindhu is now in the semi-finals of the badminton singles event.

With the paramount win, Sindhu has turned into the second Indian badminton player to enter Olympic semi-finals after Saina Nehwal accomplished the deed four years ago. She won the match in straight sets of 22-20, 21-19; thereby dominating her Chinese opponent with an aggressive play.

The 21-year-old Indian now stands just a win away from assuring India an elusive medal at the Rio Olympics. Having conquered world no. 2 Yihan, India's hopes, now rests on Sindhu who will face the winner of the last quarterfinal that will be between Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara on August 18 for a place in the gold medal encounter. She will now be playing in the semi-finals against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara on August 18, thursday. 
All India Radio wishes this ace shuttler all the best for the semi-finals.
Jeeto Rio.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

2 Indian Women Olympians who won hearts & achieved remarkable fête/ Small Town Wonders: Dipa Karmakar & Lalita Babbar

“I am happy that I did my job and finished fourth”: Dipa Karmakar (In a video posted by Dipa on her official Twitter account)

She won the hearts & is Nation’s hero!

Dipa Karmakar missed an Olympic medal by a whisker but won Nation’s heart. She has become a pride and honour for the country with her grand performance at the 31st Summer Olympics, Rio. The brave and confident girl from the small state of Tripura, missed out on an Olympic medal by 0.150 points regardless of effectively executing the hazardous Produnova vault (15.266) in her second endeavour to secure 15.066 points by and large.
Nation united, cheered for the girl, internet is pouring praises and blessings for 23 year old Dipa Karmakar.

Her fourth place standing in the individual vaults final at the Summer Olympics, Rio is by far India’s best performance at the Olympics.
Dipa, the ‘Produnova Queen’  who came into limelight with her death vault, has created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the final on her debut at the quadrennial multi-discipline games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round.
All India Radio wishes this bright promising star of India all the very best in her life for her future endeavours.

Lalita Babar  made it to finals after 32years!

Lalita Babar: First Indian woman to qualify for an individual Olympic final since P.T. Usha in the 400 m hurdles in the 1984 Games.

Indian athlete Lalita Babar finished at 10th place in the finals of Women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase at the Rio Olympics 2016 on 15th August.
Lalita clocked nine minutes and 22.74 seconds.

The athlete hailing from Maharashtra overall ranked 7th.
All India Radio wishes this Record Breaking athlete all the best for her future endeavors.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

स्वतंत्रता दिवस की पूर्व संध्या पर माननीय राष्ट्रपति का संदेश नई दिल्ली : 14 अगस्त, 2016

प्यारे देशवासियो:
1.  हमारी स्वतंत्रता की 69वीं वर्षगांठ की पूर्व संध्या पर मैं देश विदेश में रह रहे अपने सभी बहनों और भाइयों को हार्दिक बधाई देता हूं।
2. अपना 70वां स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाते हुए, मैं हमारे स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के उन सभी ज्ञात और अज्ञात शूरवीरों को श्रद्धापूर्वक नमन करता हूं जिन्होंने हमें स्वतंत्रता दिलाने के लिए संघर्ष किया, कष्ट उठाया और अपना जीवन न्योछावर कर दिया महात्मा गांधी के ओजस्वी नेतृत्व से अन्तत: 1947 में अंग्रेजों को भारत छोड़ना पड़ा। 1947 में जब हमने स्वतंत्रता हासिल की, किसी को यह विश्वास नहीं था कि भारत में लोकतंत्र बना रहेगा तथापि सात दशकों के बाद सवा अरब भारतीयों ने अपनी संपूर्ण विविधता के साथ इन भविष्यवाणियों को गलत साबित कर दिया। हमारे संस्थापकों द्वारा न्याय, स्वतंत्रता, समता और भाईचारे के चार स्तंभों पर निर्मित लोकतंत्र के सशक्त ढांचे ने आंतरिक और बाहरी अनेक जोखिम सहन किए हैं और यह मजबूती से आगे बढ़ा है।
प्यारे देशवासियो:
3. मैं आज पांचवीं बार स्वतंत्रता दिवस की पूर्व संध्या पर आपसे बात कर रहा हूं। पिछले चार वर्षों के दौरान, मैंने संतोषजनक ढंग से एक दल से दूसरे दल को, एक सरकार से दूसरी सरकार को और एक पीढ़ी से दूसरी पीढ़ी को सत्ता के शांतिपूर्ण हस्तांतरण के साथ एक स्थिर और प्रगतिशील लोकतंत्र की पूर्ण सक्रियता को देखा है। राजनीतिक विचार की अलग-अलग धाराओं के बावजूद, मैंने सत्ताधारी दल और विपक्ष को देश के विकास, एकता, अखंडता और सुरक्षा के राष्ट्रीय कार्य को पूरा करने के लिए एक साथ कार्य करते हुए देखा है। संसद के अभी सम्पन्न हुए सत्र में निष्पक्षता और श्रेष्ठ परिचर्चाओं के बीच वस्तु और सेवा कर लागू करने के लिए संविधान संशोधन बिल का पारित होना हमारी लोकतांत्रिक परिपक्वता पर गौरव करने के लिए पर्याप्त है।
4.  इन चार वर्षों में, मैंने कुछ अशांत, विघटनकारी और असहिष्णु शक्तियों को सिर उठाते हुए देखा है। हमारे राष्ट्रीय चरित्र के विरुद्ध कमजोर वर्गों पर हुए हमले पथभ्रष्टता है, जिससे सख्ती से निपटने की आवश्यकता है। हमारे समाज और शासनतंत्र की सामूहिक समझ ने मुझे यह विश्वास दिलाया है कि ऐसे तत्त्वों को निष्क्रिय कर दिया जाएगा और भारत की शानदार विकास गाथा बिना रुकावट के आगे बढ़ती रहेगी।
5.  हमारी महिलाओं और बच्चों को दी गई सुरक्षा और हिफाजत देश और समाज की खुशहाली सुनिश्चित करती है। एक महिला या बच्चे के प्रति हिंसा की प्रत्येक घटना सभ्यता की आत्मा पर घाव कर देती है। यदि हम इस कर्तव्य में विफल रहते हैं तो हम एक सभ्य समाज नहीं कहला सकते। 
प्यारे देशवासियो:
6.  लोकतंत्र का अर्थ सरकार चुनने के लिए समय-समय पर किए गए कार्य से कहीं अधिक है। स्वतंत्रता के विशाल वृक्ष को लोकतंत्र की संस्थाओं द्वारा निरंतर पोषित करना चाहिए। समूहों और व्यक्तियों द्वारा विभाजनकारी राजनीतिक इरादे वाले व्यवधान, रुकावट और मूर्खतापूर्ण प्रयास से संस्थागत उपहास और संवैधानिक विध्वंस के अलावा कुछ हासिल नहीं होता है। परिचर्चा भंग होने से सार्वजनिक संवाद में त्रुटियां ही बढ़ती हैं।
7.  हमारा संविधान न केवल एक राजनीतिक और विधिक दस्तावेज है बल्कि एक भावनात्मक, सांस्कृतिक और सामाजिक करार भी है। मेरे विशिष्ट पूर्ववर्ती डॉ. सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन ने पचास वर्ष पहले स्वतंत्रता दिवस की पूर्व संध्या पर कहा था, ‘‘हमने एक लोकतांत्रिक संविधान अपनाया है। यह मानककृत विचारशीलता और कार्य के बढ़ते दबावों के समक्ष हमारी व्यैक्तिकता को बनाए रखने में सहायता करेगा.... लोकतांत्रिक सभाएं सामाजिक तनाव को मुक्त करने वाले साधन के रूप में कार्य करती हैं और खतरनाक हालात को रोकती हैं। एक प्रभावी लोकतंत्र में, इसके सदस्यों को विधि और विधिक शक्ति को स्वीकार करने के लिए तैयार रहना चाहिए। कोई व्यक्ति, कोई समूह स्वयं विधि प्रदाता नहीं बन सकता।’’
8.  संविधान में राष्ट्र के प्रत्येक अंग का कर्तव्य और दायित्व स्पष्ट किया गया है। जहां तक राष्ट्र के प्राधिकरणों और संस्थानों की बात है, इसने मर्यादाकी प्राचीन भारतीय परंपरा को स्थापित किया है। कार्यकर्ताओं को अपने कर्तव्य निभाने में इस मर्यादाका पालन करके संविधान की मूल भावना को कायम रखना चाहिए।
प्यारे देशवासियो :
9.  एक अनूठी विशेषता जिसने भारत को एक सूत्र में बांध रखा है, वह एक दूसरे की संस्कृतियों, मूल्यों और आस्थाओं के प्रति सम्मान है। बहुलवाद का मूल तत्त्व हमारी विविधता को सहेजने और अनेकता को महत्त्व देने में निहित है। आपस में जुड़े हुए वर्तमान माहौल में, एक देखभालपूर्ण समाज धर्म और आधुनिक विज्ञान के समन्वय द्वारा विकसित किया जा सकता है। स्वामी विवेकानंद ने एक बार कहा था, ‘‘विभिन्न प्रकार के पंथों के बीच सहभावना आवश्यक है, यह देखना होगा कि वे साथ खड़े हों या एकसाथ गिरें, एक ऐसी सहभावना जो परस्पर सम्मान न कि अपमान, सद्भावना की अल्प अभिव्यक्ति को बनाए रखने से पैदा हो।’’
10. यह सच है, जैसा कि 69 वर्ष पहले आज ही के दिन पंडित नेहरू ने एक प्रसिद्ध भाषण में कहा था कि एक राष्ट्र के इतिहास में, ऐसे क्षण आते हैं जब हम पुराने से नए की ओर कदम बढ़ाते हैं, जब एक राष्ट्र की आत्मा को अभिव्यक्ति प्राप्त होती है। परंतु यह अनुभव करना आवश्यक है कि ऐसे क्षण अनायास ही भाग्य की वजह से न आएं। एक राष्ट्र ऐसे क्षण पैदा कर सकता है और पैदा करने के प्रयास करने चाहिए। हमें अपने सपनों के भारत का निर्माण करने के लिए भाग्य को अपनी मुट्ठी में करना होगा। सशक्त राजनीतिक इच्छाशक्ति के द्वारा, हमें एक ऐसे भविष्य का निर्माण करना होगा जो साठ करोड़ युवाओं को आर्थिक रूप से सशक्त बनाए, एक डिजीटल भारत, एक स्टार्ट-अप भारत और एक कुशल भारत का निर्माण करे। हम सैकड़ों स्मार्ट शहरों, नगरों और गांवों वाले भारत का निर्माण कर रहे हैं, हमें यह सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि वे ऐसे मानवीय, हाइटेक और खुशहाल स्थान बनें जो प्रौद्योगिकी प्रेरित हों परंतु साथ-साथ सहृदय समाज के रूप में भी निर्मित हों। हमें अपनी विचारशीलता के वैज्ञानिक तरीके से मेल न खाने वाले सिद्धांतों पर प्रश्न करके एक वैज्ञानिक प्रवृत्ति को प्रोत्साहन देना चाहिए और उसे मजबूत करना चाहिए। हमें यथास्थिति को चुनौती देना और अक्षमता और अव्यवस्थित कार्य को अस्वीकार करना सीखना होगा। एक स्पर्द्धात्मक वातावरण में, तात्कालिकता और कुछ अधीरता की भावना आवश्यक गुण होता है।
प्यारे देशवासियो:
11. भारत तभी विकास करेगा, जब समूचा भारत विकास करेगा। पिछड़े लोगों को विकास की प्रक्रिया में शामिल करना होगा। आहत और भटके लोगों को मुख्यधारा में वापस लाना होगा। प्रौद्योगिक उन्नति के इस दौर में, व्यक्तियों का स्थान मशीनें ले रही हैं। इससे बचने का एकमात्र उपाय ज्ञान और कौशल अर्जित करना और नवान्वेषण सीखना है। हमारी जनता की आकांक्षाओं से जुड़े समावेशी नवान्वेषण समाज के बड़े हिस्से को लाभ पहुंचा सकते हैं और हमारी अनेकता को भी सहेज सकते हैं। एक राष्ट्र के रूप में हमें रचनात्मकता, विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी को बढ़ावा देना चाहिए। इसमें, हमारे स्कूल और उच्च शिक्षा संस्थानों का एक विशेष दायित्व है।
12. हम अकसर अपने प्राचीन अतीत की उपलब्धियों पर खुशी मनाते हैं, परंतु अपनी सफलताओं से संतुष्ट होकर बैठ जाना सही नहीं होगा। भविष्य की ओर देखना ज्यादा जरूरी है। सहयोग करने, नवान्वेषण करने और विकास के लिए एकजुट होने का समय आ गया है। भारत ने हाल ही में उल्लेखनीय प्रगति की है, पिछले दशक के दौरान प्रतिवर्ष अधिकतर आठ प्रतिशत से ऊपर की विकास दर हासिल की गई है। अंतरराष्ट्रीय अभिकरणों ने विश्व की सबसे तेजी से बढ़ रही प्रमुख अर्थव्यवस्था के रूप में भारत के स्तर को पहचाना है और व्यापार और संचालन के सरल कार्य-निष्पादन के सूचकांकों में पर्याप्त सुधार को मान्यता दी है। हमारे युवा उद्यमियों के स्टार्ट-अप आंदोलन और नवोन्मेषी भावना ने भी अंतरराष्ट्रीय ध्यान आकृष्ट किया है। हमें अपनी मजबूत विशेषताओं में वृद्धि करनी होगी ताकि यह बढ़त कायम रहे और आगे बढ़ती रहे। इस वर्ष के सामान्य मानसून ने हमें पिछले दो वर्षों, जब कम वर्षा ने कृषि संकट खड़ा कर दिया था, के विपरीत खुश होने का कारण दिया है। यह तथ्य कि दो लगातार सूखे वर्षों के बावजूद भी, मुद्रा-स्फीति 6 प्रतिशत से कम रही और कृषि उत्पादन स्थिर रहा, हमारे देश के लचीलेपन का और इस बात का भी साक्ष्य है कि स्वतंत्रता के बाद हमने कितनी प्रगति की है।
प्यारे देशवासियो:
13. हाल के समय में हमारी विदेश नीति में काफी सक्रियता दिखाई दी है। हमने अफ्रीका और एशिया प्रशांत के पारंपरिक साझीदारों के साथ अपने ऐतिहासिक संबंधों को पुन: सशक्त किया है। हम सभी देशों, विशेषकर अपने निकटतम विस्तारित पड़ोस के साथ साझे मूल्यों और परस्पर लाभ पर आधारित नए रिश्ते स्थापित करने की प्रक्रिया में हैं। हम अपनी पड़ोस प्रथम नीतिसे पीछे नहीं हटेंगे। इतिहास, संस्कृति, सभ्यता और भूगोल के घनिष्ठ संबंध दक्षिण एशिया के लोगों को एक साझे भविष्य का निर्माण करने और समृद्धि की ओर मिलकर अग्रसर होने का विशेष अवसर प्रदान करते हैं। इस अवसर को बिना देरी किए हासिल करना होगा। विदेश नीति पर भारत का ध्यान शांत सह-अस्तित्व और इसके आर्थिक विकास के लिए प्रौद्योगिकी और संसाधनों के उपयोग पर केंद्रित होगा। हाल में की गई पहलों ने ऊर्जा सुरक्षा में संवर्धन किया है। खाद्य सुरक्षा को बढ़ाया है और हमारे प्रमुख विकास कार्यक्रमों को आगे ले जाने में अंतरराष्ट्रीय साझीदारी का सर्जन किया है।
14. विश्व में उन आतंकवादी गतिविधियों में तेजी आई है जिनकी जड़ें धर्म के आधार पर लोगों को कट्टर बनाने में छिपी हुई हैं। ये ताकतें धर्म के नाम पर निर्दोष लोगों की हत्या के अलावा भौगोलिक सीमाओं को बदलने की धमकी भी दे रही हैं जो विश्व शांति के लिए विनाशकारी सिद्ध हो सकता है। ऐसे समूहों की अमानवीय, मूर्खतापूर्ण और बर्बरतापूर्ण कार्यप्रणाली हाल ही में फ्रांस, बेल्जियम, अमरीका, नाइजीरिया, केन्या और हमारे निकट अफगानिस्तान तथा बांग्लादेश में दिखाई दी है। ये ताकतें अब सम्पूर्ण राष्ट्र समूह के प्रति एक खतरा पैदा कर रही हैं। विश्व को बिना शर्त और एक स्वर में इनका मुकाबला करना होगा।
प्यारे देशवासियो:
15. उन सभी चुनौतियों के लिए जो हमारे सामने हैं, मेरा प्राचीन देश के रूप में हमारी जन्मजात और विरासत में मिली क्षमता में पूरा विश्वास है जिसकी मूल भावना तथा जीने और उत्कृष्ट कार्य करने की जिजीविषा  का कभी दमन नहीं किया जा सकता। अनेक बाहरी और आंतरिक शक्तियों ने सहस्राब्दियों से भारत की इस मूल भावना को दबाने का प्रयास किया है परंतु हर बार यह अपने सम्मुख प्रत्येक चुनौती को समाप्त, आत्मसात और समाहित करके और अधिक शक्तिशाली और यशस्वी होकर उभरी है।
16. भारत ने अपने विशिष्ट सभ्यतागत योगदान के द्वारा अशांत विश्व को बार-बार शांति और सौहार्द का संदेश दिया है। 1970 में इतिहासकार आर्नोल्ड टॉयनबी ने समकालीन इतिहास में भारत की भूमिका के बारे में कहा था, ‘‘आज, हम विश्व इतिहास के इस संक्रमणकारी युग में जी रहे हैं, परंतु यह पहले ही स्पष्ट होता जा रहा है कि इस पश्चिमी शुरुआत का, यदि इसका अंत मानव जाति के आत्मविनाश से नहीं हो रहा है तो समापन भारतीय होगा।’’ टॉयनबी ने आगे यह भी कहा कि मानव इतिहास के मुकाम पर, मानवता की रक्षा का एकमात्र उपाय भारतीय तरीका है।
प्यारे देशवासियो:
17. मैं इस अवसर पर, हमारे सैन्य बलों, अर्द्धसैन्य और आंतरिक सुरक्षा बलों के उन सदस्यों को विशेष बधाई और धन्यवाद देता हूं जो हमारी मातृभूमि की एकता, अखंडता और सुरक्षा की चौकसी तथा रक्षा इन्हें कायम रखने के लिए अग्रिम सीमाओं पर डटे हुए हैं।
18. अंत में मैं एक बार दोबारा उपनिषद का आह्वान करता हूं जैसा कि मैंने चार वर्ष पूर्व स्वतंत्रता दिवस की पूर्व संध्या पर अपने संबोधन में किया था। यह भारत माता की तरह सदैव जीवंत रहेगी :
    ‘‘ईश्वर हमारी रक्षा करे
    ईश्वर हमारा पोषण करे
    हम मिलकर उत्साह और ऊर्जा के साथ कार्य करें
    हमारा अध्ययन श्रेष्ठ हो
    हमारे बीच कोई वैमनस्य ना हो
    चारों ओर शांति ही शांति हो।’’
    जय हिंद!


Fellow citizens:
1. On the eve of sixty-ninth anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to all my brothers and sisters in the country and abroad.  

2. As we celebrate our seventieth Independence Day, I respectfully bow to the heroes of our independence struggle - known and unknown - who fought, suffered and sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. When we gained independence in 1947, nobody believed that India will survive as a democracy. Yet, seven decades later, one and a quarter billion Indians with all their diversity have proved those forecasts wrong. The strong edifice of democracy built by our founding fathers on the four pillars of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity has withstood several threats from both within and without and has grown from strength to strength.  

Fellow citizens: 
3. This is for the fifth time that I speak to you on the eve of Independence Day. In the past four years, I have seen with some satisfaction a stable and progressive democracy in full play with peaceful transfer of power from one party to another, from one government to another, and from one generation to another. Notwithstanding the different hues of political thought, I have seen the ruling party and the opposition coming together in pursuit of national agenda of development, unity, integrity and security of the nation. In the just-concluded session of Parliament, the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for the introduction of GST amidst non-partisan and quality parliamentary deliberations is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity.  

4. In these four years, I also saw with, some disquiet, forces of divisiveness and intolerance trying to raise their ugly head. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly. The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me the confidence that such forces will remain marginalized and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted.  

5. The safety and security that we provide to our women and children determines the well-being of the state and society. Every incident of violence against a woman or a child inflicts a wound on the soul of the civilization. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society if we fail in this duty. 

Fellow citizens: 
6. Democracy is more than a periodic exercise of choices to elect the government. The great tree of liberty requires constant nourishment through the institutions of democracy. Disruptions, obstructionism and un-mindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and Constitutional subversion. Polarizing debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse.  

7. Our Constitution is not only a political or legal document but also an emotional, cultural and social contract. My distinguished predecessor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had said on the eve of Independence Day fifty years ago and I quote: “We have adopted a democratic Constitution. It helps us to maintain our individuality in the face of mounting pressures for standardized thinking and acting…….. Democratic Assemblies serve as safety valves for social tensions and prevent dangerous explosions. In an effective democracy, its members should be willing to accept law and lawful authority. No man, no group can be his or its own law giver” (unquote).  

8. The Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state. It has established the ancient Indian ethos of “Maryada” as far as Authorities and Institutions of State power are concerned. The spirit of the Constitution has to be upheld by adherence to this “Maryada” by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties.  

Fellow citizens: 
9. One unique feature that has held India together is our respect for each other’s cultures, values and beliefs. The very essence of plurality lies in cherishing our heterogeneity and valuing our diversity. In the networked environment of today, a caring society can only be developed by harmonizing religion with modern science. Swami Vivekananda had once observed and I quote: “What is needed is a fellow-feeling between the different types of religion, seeing that they all stand or fall together, a fellow-feeling which springs from mutual respect, and not the condescending, patronizing, niggardly expression of goodwill” (unquote).   

10. It is true, as was pointed out in a famous speech made on this very day 69 years ago by Pandit Nehru that in a nation’s history, moments come when we step out from the old to the new, when the soul of a nation finds utterance. But it is also important to realize that such moments are not strokes of luck that come upon us by surprise.  A nation can and must strive to create such a moment. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams. Backed by strong political will, we have to create a future which will economically empower six hundred million youth, build a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India. As we build an India of hundreds of smart cities, towns and villages, we must ensure that they are humane, hi-tech and happy places leading to the creation of a technology-driven but compassionate society. We should promote and reinforce a scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking. We must learn to challenge the status quo and refuse to accept inefficiency and slipshod work. In a competitive environment, a sense of immediacy and some impatience is a necessary virtue.  

Fellow citizens: 
11. India will grow, only when all of India grows. The excluded ones have to be included in the development process. The hurt and the alienated have to be brought back into the mainstream. In this age of technological advance, machines are being pitted against men. The only way to survive this is to acquire knowledge and skills, and learn to innovate. Inclusive innovations linked to the aspirations of our people can benefit a wide spectrum of society as well as preserve our diversity. We as a nation must nurture creativity, science and technology. Here, our schools and institutions of higher learning have a special responsibility.  

12. We often celebrate the achievements of our ancient past but it would be wrong to rest on our laurels. It is much more important to look to the future. It is time to join hands to cooperate, innovate and advance. India has had remarkable growth in recent times, often growing above eight percent per annum over the last decade. International agencies have acknowledged India’s status as the fastest growing major economy in the world and recognized major improvements in indices of ease of doing business and logistics performance. The start-up movement and the innovative spirit of our young entrepreneurs have also attracted international attention. We must build on our strengths so that, this lead can be sustained and furthered. A normal monsoon this year gives us reason to cheer, unlike the past two years when below normal rains created agrarian distress. The fact that despite two consecutive drought years, inflation has remained below 6 percent and agricultural output has been stable, is a testimony to our nation’s resilience, and to how far we have progressed since Independence.

Fellow citizens: 
13. Our foreign policy has shown considerable dynamism in recent times. We have reinvigorated our historic bonds of friendship with traditional partners of Africa and Asia Pacific. We are in the process of forging new relationships based on shared values and mutual benefit with all countries, especially our immediate and extended neighbourhood. There will be no stepping back on our “neighbourhood first policy”. Close bonds of history, culture, civilization and geography provide the people of South Asia with an extraordinary opportunity to carve out a common destiny and to march together towards prosperity. This opportunity must be seized without delay. India’s focus in foreign policy will remain on peaceful co-existence and harnessing technology and resources for its economic development. Recent initiatives have enhanced energy security, promoted food security, and created international partnerships to take our flagship development programmes forward.   

14. The world has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on the basis of religion. These forces apart from killing innocent people in the name of religion also threaten to disturb geopolitical divides, which could prove disastrous for world peace. The inhuman, mindless and barbaric modus operandi of such groups have been visible in France, Belgium, United States, Nigeria, Kenya and closer home in Afghanistan and Bangladesh recently. These forces now pose a danger to the entire comity of nations. The world will have to fight them unconditionally and in one voice.  

Fellow citizens: 
15. For all the challenges that we see in front of ourselves I have a great belief in our innate and inherent capacity as an ancient country whose soul and jijivisha- the will to live and excel can never be suppressed. Various forces external as well as internal have tried to smother this soul of India over millennia but every time this soul has emerged more powerful and more glorious having neutralized, assimilated and incorporated every challenge that it faced. 

16. India through its unique civilizational contribution has repeatedly conveyed the message of peace and harmony to the trouble-torn world. In 1970, historian Arnold Toynbee had the following to say about India’s role in contemporary history. I quote: “Today, we are still living in this transitional chapter of the world’s history, but it is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning, will have to have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race” (unquote). Toynbee further went on to say that at the cross roads of human history, the only way of salvation of mankind is the Indian way.

Fellow citizens:
17. On this occasion, I convey my special greetings and gratitude to the members of our armed forces, paramilitary and internal security forces who are at the fore front of guarding and preserving the Unity, Integrity and Security of our motherland.     

18. In the end, I would once again invoke the Upanishads as I had invoked in my first address on the eve of Independence Day four years ago. For this invocation shall live forever, as will Mother India: 

 “May God Protect us; 
 May God Nourish us; 
 May we Work Together with Vigour and Energy; 
 May our Studies be Brilliant; 
 May there be no Hostility amongst us; 
 May there be Peace Peace Peace.” 

Jai Hind. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

India in Men’s Hockey Q-Finals after 36 years

It is to be seen if Indian Men Hockey Team will script history or not at 31st Summer Olympics Rio, 2016? After a gap of 36 years India has made it to the Quarter Finals, it was in the 1980 Moscow games they had reached stage 8 and had won their "last" Olympic title. 
Once again, with luck in their favour, India has moved up to the Quarter Finals, even after losing yesterday's group match with Netherlands by 1-2. They gained points as match between Argentina and Germany was held draw by 4-4. India is now on the third spot in the Pool B standings, with six points from four matches. Their next and last match of the pool is with Canada, on Friday. Even if they lose against Canada in their last group match on Friday they will make it to the last eight stage.
All India Radio wishes the Indian Hockey Team all the best for the coming matches.

Jeeto Rio

India makes it to Quarter Finals in Hockey and Lawn Tennis!

After a gap of 36 years, Indian Hockey Team sealed their place in the quarter finals. The Country's hope rest high on mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna. 

Payal Choudhary brings Day 6 and Indian Olympians

Indian shuttlers had a mixed day as singles players Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth made a remarkable start to their campaign, but women's doubles duo Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa and men's doubles pair Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy lost their matches.

India’s mixed doubles duo Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna started off with a win,defeating Sam Stosur and Jonathan Peers of Australia in straight sets.

After 1980 Olympics, India made it to the Quarter Finals even after losing to Netherlands by 1-2. India is now on the third spot in the Pool B standings, with six points from four matches. Even if they lose against Canada in their last group match on Friday, they will make it to the last eight stage.

India's golfers Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia scored three-over 74 and 71 respectively in the opening round.

India's participation in women's archery events came to an end with the elimination of both Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi at the pre-quarterfinal stage.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Silver lining of Day 5 Rio Olympics: Manoj Kumar

·         India ended day five of Rio 2016 Olympics on an optimistic note as boxer Manoj Kumar won his first round against London Olympics bronze medallist) Evaldas Petrauskas in the men’s light welter weight 64kg category on Wednesday.
·         In what was savagely challenged session, Manoj won 2-1 notwithstanding a forceful play from Petrauskas in each of the three rounds.
·         In the first round, Manoj utilized his long range to counter Petrauskas' forceful style of boxing. The short proximity strategy didn't help Petrauskas as the judges ruled cycle one to support Manoj.

Shiva Thapa, the third Indian boxer in Rio 2016 Olympics, will begin his campaign on Thursday in the bantamweight category.
All India Radio wishes All the Best to The Boxing Contingent of India.


Rio Olympics Highlights: Day 5

Drizzles of hope for India as Pugilist Manoj Kumar, Women Archers Deepika Kumari and Bombayala Devi Laishram, qualified for pre-quarters and moved to second round of elimination.

But medal drought still lingers.

Payal Choudhary takes you through highs and lows of Indian Olympians on Day 5

In the Women’s Individual Recurve Bombayala Devi Laishram defeated Laurence Baldauff of Austria in 1/32 elimination round and Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia in 1/16 elimination.
Deepika defeated Georgia's Kristine Esebua, 6-4 in the 1/32 elimination round and Italy's Sartori Guendalina 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination.

Indian Olympian Avtar Singh lost to Misenga Popole of the Refugee Olympic Team in the men's 90kg elimination Round of 32.

Ringster Manoj Kumar's remarkable win over lightweight bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in the opening round of the light welterweight (64kg) category was one of India's biggest hopes on Wednesday. Manoj dominated all three rounds to carve out a 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 verdict and move to the pre-quarterfinals. He triumphed with 2-1 in the hard-fought battle in which he had to hold his ground against the intense attacking vibe displayed by Lithuanian Petrauskas in all three rounds.
Manoj to face fifth seed Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the pre-quarters scheduled for Sunday.

Monday, 8 August 2016

'Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge..' : 6 Interesting facts about Chandrashekhar Azaad

    1.    Chandra Shekhar was born on July 23, 1906 in Madhya Pradesh to Pandit Sita Ram Tiwari and Jagrani Devi
    2.          Chandra Shekhar joined the Non-Cooperation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi at the tender age of 15.
    3.    On being arrested and produced before the Magistrate, young Chandra Shekhar gave his name as 'Azad', his father's name as 'Swatantra' and his residence as 'Jail'. The magistrate sentenced him to 15 lashes of flogging. The title of Azad stuck thereafter.
    4.      After withdrawal of the non-cooperation movement, Azad was attracted towards revolutionary activities. He later joined the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA).         He was involved in the Kakori Conspiracy (1926), the attempt to blow up the Viceroy's train (1926), the Assembly bomb incident, the Delhi Conspiracy, the shooting of Saunders at Lahore (1928) and the Second Lahore conspiracy.
    5.          On February 27, 1931, in the Alfred Park, Allahabad,after a stand-off with the police, Chandra Shekhar ‘Azaad’ , fired at his own temple and lived up to his resolve that he would never be arrested and dragged to gallows to be hanged.
    6.           His only poetic composition:

                          'Dushman ki goliyon ka hum samna karenge,
                               Azad hee rahein hain, azad hee rahenge'
                                             is famous even today

    Bend it like Dipa!

    Indian gymnast and sensation Dipa Karmakar created history as she became “The First Indian” to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her “Debut” Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the Qualifying round in the Summer Olympics, Rio De Janeiro, 2016.

    7 things you should know about Dipa:

    • ·         Ms. Dipa who is country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Rio Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ' Produnova' vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.
    • ·         Hailing from Agartala, Tripura, Dipa started practising gymnastics when she was 6 years old.
    • ·         She was trained by veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi, and he has been her coach since then from the very beginning.
    • ·         She had flat feet when she first enrolled into gymnastics.
    • ·         At the age of 14, she won the Junior Nationals that were held in Jalpaiguri.
    • ·         Since the year 2007, Dipa holds 77 medals including 67 gold, in state, national and international championships.
    • ·         She is the expert in the most strenuous “Produnova” which is the vault that consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults.

    All India Radio wishes all the best to this rising sensation of India and conveys good wishes on behalf of the whole nation!
    Jeeto Rio.