Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First ever Radio4 child awards by UNICEF and AROI

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MUMBAI, September 7, 2015: UNICEF and Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) announced winners for the first-of-their kind Radio4child awards. The Radio4child awards honor selected radio jockeys (RJs) who have worked towards sensitizing the larger public through creative messages on Routine Immunization (RI).
The awards are a culmination of capacity-building workshops, conducted in 2014-15, by UNICEF for over 40 private FM and AIR journalists. UNICEF has engaged with district-level AIR radio professionals and partnered with AROI to create a holistic discussion on RI through the medium of Radio. AROI is an industry group which brings over 200 private FM stations together. The initiative has been supported by Speak for Change and Nagrik Foundation.
These awards were given in the presence of UNICEF Celebrity Advocate and popular actress, Madhuri Dixit.
The nomination categories included Best Public Service Announcement, Best Jingle, Best Radio Jockey Link, Best Creative Campaign, Best Message Clarity Award and Best Radio Spot for Government of India’s flagship Immunisation Programme, Mission Indradhanush.
Twenty one entries were received from leading radio stations across the country. The winners were picked by a select jury which included personalities from academia, media and radio.
The RJs participating in the workshops, came from nine focus states with the lowest Routine Immunisation rates –Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. During training, the RJs produced creative radio jingles and talk shows, to deliver critical messages on child health and RI.  More than 50 radio jockey mentions and 21 innovative jingles on the need for complete immunization were produced.
All India Radio and several private radio stations provided free space for airing the voices of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and offered platforms to children for voicing immunisation messages.
The awards ceremony comes in the backdrop of the just-concluded global ‘Call to Action Summit 2015’, which adopted the DELHI DECLARATION on ‘ending preventable maternal and child deaths’. The declaration was developed as an outcome of the high-level ministerial conclave, held in New Delhi as part of the summit.
“This is certainly a momentous day when private FM channels from across the country have joined hands for supporting the Government of India’s mission for ending preventable child deaths. I am certain that our partnership with UNICEF will go a long way forward to create awareness on this important health issue,” said Mrs. Anuraddha Prasad, President AROI in her inaugural address.
“Radio, as a powerful medium, is a crucial point of contact with the remotest and hard-to-reach populations. Today as we celebrate the awesome power of this medium, it shows us how “on air” activities can creatively communicate critical health messages,” said Caroline den Dulk, Chief of Communication, UNICEF
In a recorded statement to the guests, Dr.  Rakesh Kumar, Joint Secretary Health, shared, “Radio’s reach especially that of the public broadcaster, All India Radio remains unparalleled. The vision of engaging radio is also aligned to India’s ‘Call to Action for Child Survival and Development’ focusing on the need for creating synergetic efforts with all stakeholders, especially media,  focusing on innovative ideas and  practical solutions to empower every citizen with knowledge and information” .
UNICEF Celebrity Advocate, Madhuri Dixit said, “Each child should get proper nutrition, upbringing, education and Health care. I am honoured to be associated with the cause of Routine Immunization which will ensure a healthy future for children in the country,” said Madhuri Dixit.
The winners
Best PSA Award: Anadi, Radio FM, Bhopal.
Best Jingle Award: Shashi, RJ, Radio Mirchi, Patna.
Best RJ Link Award: Sangram, RJ, Radio Choklate, Bhubaneswar
Best Creative Campaign; Khanak, RJ, Big FM, Delhi.
Mission Indradhanush Best Radio Spot: Animesh, RJ, My FM, Raipur.
Best Message Clarity Award: Subhash and Shashi, RJs, Radio Mirchi, Patna
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Caroline Den Dulk, Chief of Communication and Advocacy,
UNICEF India, Mobile: +91 981 810 6093
Ms. Geetanjali Master, Communication Specialist,
UNICEF India, Mobile: + 91 981 810 5861
Ms. Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer,
UNICEF India: Mobile: +91 981 017 0289
Mr. Uday Chawla,
Secretary General, AROI 9811298869

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10th Global Advanced Management Programme 2015, USA
Disruptive Innovation & Open Business Models in
The Changing Global Landscape
Silicon Valley, California, USA : October 25 – 31, 2015
Greetings from All India Management Association!
AIMA’s Global Advanced Management Programme (GAMP) is one of the most sought after top management programme in India.
I am pleased to inform you that, after conducting successful programmes in China & USA, AIMA is organizing its 10th Edition of GAMP and 5th in the USA  under the theme “Disruptive Innovation & Open Business Models in The Changing Global Landscape” from 25 – 31 October, 2015 at the Silicon Valley, California, USA.The programme will be led by Prof Solomon Darwin, Executive Director, Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Senior executives today are facing increasing pressure to achieve profitable growth in a volatile economic and market scenario resulting from rapid changes in economic landscape, geopolitical shifts, new technologies, shortened product life cycles, cross-cultural communications, global competition and changing consumer behaviour. It is imperative that they stay current with the latest thought leadership, management insights and business expertise and also build new capabilities.
AIMA’s GAMP will address some of these emerging issues; provide insights into innovative approaches & economic / business trends in high-growth economies.
The participants would benefit from
  • Insights into the latest models and frameworks for understanding business problems
  • Strategies for identifying new opportunities and capitalizing on them
  • Rethinking business models and management approaches as a global leader
  • Deeper understanding of organizational dynamics to improve implementation of new initiatives/ideas
During one intense, transformative week, you will expand your business acumen in key areas as you benefit from the expertise of world renowned faculty. The programme covers Case Discussions, Presentations, Executive Panels and Site Visits to and interaction with the top management teams of proposed leading companies in US like Google; Tesla Motors; Intel; Standard Chartered Bank; Cisco Systems Inc; IBM Research; Johnson & Johnson; Pay Pal; Wells Fargo Bank; Stanford Medical Centre; UC Berkeley Campus amongst others.The learning experience will be very intensive and interactive and one that will have an immediate relevance and impact. Each participant will be asked to prepare a new and innovative Business Model for their company, under the guidance of Prof Darwin, during the one week course, which will be a key takeaway of the programme.
Upon the successful completion of the programme, participants will be conferred a “Global Advanced Management Programme” Certificate awarded by the All India Management Association. An additional certificate from Prof Solomon Darwin in his letter head as Executive Director, Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley would be awarded to the participant with an additional fee of US$ 500.
Please find enclosed more information on the programme and registration details for your perusal. Also, Please click the linkhttp://garwoodblog.corporateinnovation.berkeley.edu/indian-executives-seek-open-innovation-solutions/ to get a detailed coverage of the last edition of the programme.
I am writing to strongly recommend this programme to you and invite you to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity by participating and also nominating senior officials from your organisation to the Programme. As the seats are limited to 20, registrations would be accepted on first-come-first-serve basis.
The delegate fee per participant is US $ 8500, which will include the course fee, study material, cost of accommodation for six nights, company visits, lunches, dinners as per itinerary.  Please do confirm your participation at the earliest, so as to avail the Inaugural discount of US$ 750 per participant available on registrations, along with the delegate fee received latest by 15th September, 2015.
I do believe that senior officials from your organization would immensely benefit from the learning at the programme and look forward to receiving registrations from you at the earliest possible.
With warm regards,
Surajit Bit
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I wanted you to hear this directly from me:
Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.
It’s important for you to know a few key facts. My use of a personal email account was aboveboard and allowed under the State Department’s rules. Everyone I communicated with in government was aware of it. And nothing I ever sent or received was marked classified at the time.
As this process proceeds, I want to be as transparent as possible. That’s why I’ve provided all of my work emails to the government to be released to the public, and why I’ll be testifying in public in front of the Benghazi Committee later next month.
I know this is a complex story. I could have—and should have—done a better job answering questions earlier. I’m grateful for your support, and I’m not taking anything for granted.
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MSG2 – The Messenger Music Release
Aims for 3000 plus screen release worldwide, says Saint Gurmeeet Ram Rahim Insan

The music album of Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s forthcoming film, “MSG 2– The Messenger” was released on Tuesday in a glittering ceremony. The film features the MSG as a director, actor, writer, music composer, lyricist and singer. The music rights of the film have been taken by T series, which was represented by Ajay Kapoor and other senior level executives. The co-actors including Arpit Ranka and several well known Bollywood personalities were among the attendees for the event. MSG’s daughters Honeypreet Insan and Charanpreet Insan are debuting in the film, while they have also worked as creative directors. His youngest daughter has performed a duet along with MSG. Arpit Ranka, one of the villains, gained prominence playing Duryodhana in the recent version of the epic Mahabharat. The album, which consists of songs “Party Dhoom Dham Se”, “MSG – The Messenger”, “Haseen Vadiyon mein”, “Sapnon Mein aana tera”, “Aaaja donon pyaar karen” and “Hula Hula”
The album is expected to break records on online portals like Flipkart and Amazon on its pre-booking as was the case of the previous film album that had broken records upon its launch. MSG2 – The Messenger is already creating a lot of buzz for its songs.  There are six songs in the film and all the songs have been sung by the Saint himself in different voices. The first two songs Party Dhoom Dham Se and MSG-The Messenger are trending popularity charts and fuelling twitter mania and getting lots of response online.   In the every album, MSG has shown a remarkable talent to sing in different voices and genres with mind blowing ease. As for Party Dhoom Dham Se, it is possibly the grandest canvas for any song shot anywhere in the world with a crowd of 1 Lakh 71 thousand plus   for over a period of three days.
The event was grand as MSG made his entry in an awe inspiring custom designed vehicle flanked by motorcycle escorts. Saint Ram Rahim said at a press conference. “I would like to congratulate the entire team who have done the hard work for the album and the film. And the biggest salute to the almighty who made this possible,” he added. On a pointed query MSG said that a large release nationally and worldwide on over 3000 plus screens was being planned by the producer Hakikat Entertainment.
The film, which features Guruji along with a sea of talented debutants, will release on September 18th.
About the Music album
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim innovates by singing in different voices in MSG2-The Messenger
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insan’s upcoming sequel, MSG2 – The Messenger is already creating a lot of buzz for its songs.  There are six songs in the film and all the songs have been sung by the Saint himself in different voices. The first two songs Party Dhoom Dham Se and MSG-The Messenger are trending popularity charts, fuelling twitter mania and getting lots of response online.
MSG has shown a remarkable talent to sing in different voices and genres with mind blowing ease. The song Rooh Nashiyayi, has a rich sensuous variant that can be termed as extremely romantic. Hule Maale Gili Chila, is a tribal song based on folksy tribal beats. Then there are melodies like Sapnon mein aana tera and Haseen vadiyon mein that are soothing, soul stirring melodies.
Says Saint Insan who is the not only the director and music director, “I have never received any kind of training in music. But what I want to draw everyone’s attention to, is that with the power of meditation, it is possible to receive amazing grace from God that makes me do everything with ease. If I can do it, so can anyone else.”
The shooting of the song Party Dhoom Dham Se was done over three nights and MSG would perform his popular numbers to regale the audience as the shooting would come to a close at around 6 am every morning. The film crew would have from Bombay would always ask him one question, after such a back breaking schedule, where do you get the energy from? “God”, is always his favourite one word answer.
It certainly seems a miracle that the Saint actually goes from the lowest octave to the highest octave nonstop when he sings on stage.
Synopsis of film
The tribal and aboriginal inhabitants have lived a primitive life for centuries. MSG2-The Messenger, the upcoming film will be based on a train of true events that were set in motion when MSG took it upon himself to reform them. But will they? Set in an original backdrop, the movie captures the brutality of their life – from ruthless murders of the innocents, to feeding themselves on raw flesh! There is no limit to their callous behavior and coldblooded activities!
As the story unfolds, a devastating drought in the area leaves these pitiless souls to deal with the grave situation on their own. MSG ie Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, who plays himself, enters as the real life, selfless social reformer. In his pursuit to change the law of the jungle that prevails, he soon realizes the task isn’t a cakewalk. And that triggers a conflict of epic proportions. Also, these folks’ grudge against the civilized lot only strengthens by the day, owing to an age-old secret, which is shrouded in mystery.
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan being the determined reformer that he is, shoulders the responsibility to bring life to this lifeless and heartless place. In this mission, his devoted, trained disciples help him achieve the goals. After a roller-coaster battle, things settle and the uncivilized tribals undergo major soul and behavior makeovers, thus turning into the civilized lot.
But that’s not all. The real villains, who were invisible earlier jump into the fray. Those who were the direct beneficiaries of the lack of progress of the tribals had conspired to keep them in a backward state. Those enemies are much bigger and far more powerful. Action, high drama and suspense keep people on the edge of their seats in this racy, musical flick.
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Anirban Lahiri becomes first Indian to make International Team for Presidents Cup
Anirban Lahiri has accomplished yet another glorious feat for Indian golf as he becomes the first Indian to secure a place in the International Team for the Presidents Cup scheduled to be played in Incheon City, South Korea, from October 8 – 11, 2015.
The Presidents Cup, a biennial event, played between the United States of America and the International Team (Rest of the World minus Europe) is one of the two biggest men’s team competitions in international golf besides the Ryder Cup which is played between USA and Europe.
Lahiri, currently ranked 40th in the world, made the grade on merit as an automatic qualifier thanks to his seventh position in the International Team standings. The top-10 players earned automatic spots in the team.
Anirban, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader and a two-time winner on the European Tour this season, had last month etched his name in golden letters in the annals of Indian golf with a top-5 at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. It was the best-ever result for an Indian at a Major.
“I can’t describe the feeling because growing up you look up to events like the Ryder Cup and feel terrible about it as you can’t be a part of something like that. But thankfully, we have the Presidents Cup for us to aim for and it is an achievement to make the team,” said Lahiri.
“I know Jeev (Milkha Singh) was really close to getting in one year when he was in the world’s top-50 and unfortunately, he couldn’t due to injury. It would have done a lot of good for golf, not just in India but in Asia.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the International Team. It’ll be a massive boost for golf in the region. You get so many eyeballs and everybody in America will be watching. To be a part of something historic like that is extremely special. All I want to do is make sure that I get a point for the International Team,” added the 28-year-old Indian, who has seven international titles to his credit.
As Anirban heads to Korea for his Presidents Cup debut, he will be encouraged by the fact that he had a successful outing at his first international team event, the inaugural EurAsia Cup in 2014. Lahiri made a huge contribution to Team Asia’s tantalizing come-from-behind 10-10 draw with Team Europe at the EurAsia Cup.
Lahiri’s teammates in the International Team will include the likes of Major champions Jason Day (Australia), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) and other leading international stars such as Branden Grace (South Africa), Marc Leishman (Australia) and Danny Lee (New Zealand) as well as fellow Asian superstars Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand). Captain Nick Price (Zimbabwe) will name two Captain’s picks later on Tuesday.
The U.S. team will consist of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Chris Kirk, with two more Captain’s (Jay Haas) picks to be included.
The Presidents Cup, being played in Asia for the first time, will be held at the esteemed Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo IBD, Incheon City. The USA has dominated the event since its inception in 1994, having won on eight out of 10 editions. The International Team’s only victory came in 1998 while there was a tie between the two teams in 2003.
Uttam Singh Mundy, Director, PGTI, said, “We at the PGTI congratulate Anirban for becoming the first Indian to earn a place in the International Team for the Presidents Cup. Anirban’s latest achievement is a result of his exceptional performances around the world in recent years. This landmark moment for Indian golf would contribute in further popularizing the sport in the country. The PGTI’s sustained efforts in providing a robust domestic structure at home, aim at producing more such champions who follow in Anirban’s footsteps in the coming years.”

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