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youth in the sector, etc.  The annual lecture       for  authentic  news.  AIR broadcasts
                    was organized by the All  India Radio as            programmes in 23 languages &  179
                    a mark of respect to Sardar Vallabhbhai             dialects.
                    Patel, India’s first Minister of Information    ●  Digital  Radio  Round  Table  Conference
                    & Broadcasting.                                     was organized by Digital Radio Mondiale
                 ●  Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister             (DRM) along with Broadcast Engineering
                    Shri Narendra Modi approved the way for             Consultants     India    Limited     (BECIL)
                    conducting the auction of 683 channels in           on 31st January, 2017. Digital  Radio
                    236 cities in subsequent batches.   The             technology would  provide listeners  with
                    auction  will  usher in  new/enhanced               significantly  improved  audio  quality  and
                    experience of FM radio in more cities.              service reliability  at an affordable price.
                    With the complete roll- out  of  FM  Phase-         All India Radio has already completed the
                    III  auctions,  all  the 29 States and 6 out        technical installation and upgradation of
                    of the 7 UTs (except Dadra & Nagar                  37 powerful transmitters in the first phase
                    Haveli)  will  be covered by private FM             of Digitization of Radio Broadcast.
                    radio broadcasting.  This is also likely to
                    generate direct  and indirect  employment       ●  During a meeting held on 27th February,
                    to more than 10,000  persons on a pan               2017   in    New  Delhi  between  Shri  M.
                    India basis. These auctions will  yield an          Venkaiah Naidu,  then Minister  for
                    estimated revenue more than  `1,100                 Information & Broadcasting and Ukrainian
                    crore.                                              delegation led by Mr. Iurii  Artemenko,
                                                                        Member of the Parliament of Ukraine
                 ●  The Ministry switched off the analog signals        and Chairman of the National  Council
                    in Phase III  Urban Areas. ‘Authorized              of Television and Radio Broadcasting of
                    officers’  under  Sec  11  of  the  Cable  TV       Ukraine, it was conveyed that the Ministry
                    Networks  (Regulation)  Act,1995 can                of  Information &  Broadcasting would
                    seize the equipment of the Multi System             extend all  possible support to promote
                    Operators (MSOs)/Cable  Operators, if               exchange programmes  between  public
                    they continue to carry analog signal in             broadcasters of the two countries, content
                    Phase III urban areas after 31st January,           creation,  screening and distribution  of
                    2017.                                               films.

                 ●  Doordarshan          Sports        organized    ●  Secretary (I&B) Shri N.K. Sinha addressed
                    Doordarshan  Sports Conclave 2017, the              “The Cable  and Satellite  Broadcasting
                    first  ever  televised  conclave  of  its  kind,    Association of Asia (CASBAA)”  2017 at
                    under the theme “Celebrating Sports in              Macau on 7th November, 2017, wherein it
                    India”, to discuss future of Indian Sports.         was conveyed that technology is critical for

                 ●  Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, then Minister for           Communication and Content. During the
                    Information & Broadcasting, presented the           address, various  important  issues  were
                    Akashvani Annual Awards on 16th June,               mentioned which included the vital  role
                    2017 in different categories of programmes          of  Public  Broadcaster  and the changing
                    namely plays, documentaries,  musical               media landscape.
                    production, children’s   choral  singing,       ●  14  short  films  were  produced  by
                    Lassa Kaul Award for National Integration,          Doordarshan on success stories of various
                    Yuva     Vani,    Innovative     Programme,         Flagship schemes of the Government which
                    Programmes on Farm &  Home  and Dr.                 had positively impacted people’s lives and
                    Rajendra Kumar Talib Award for  best                had brought a transformational change in
                    CBS Centre. The Minister also stated
                    that All India Radio (AIR) reflects India’s         the country. New website of Doordarshan
                    diversity and is the first choice for people        News was also launched(http://ddinews.

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