Current Affairs: New AIR Channel Akashvani Maitree Launched

Akashvani Maitree - Bangla Chennel service can be heard both in India and Bangladesh

AIR Akashvani Maitree Channel
  • President Pranab Mukherjee launched AIR Akashvani Maitree Channel, the radio service in Kolkata (23.08.2016). 
  • Akashvani Maitree will showcase Bangla culture and heritage.The first-of-its-kind service can be heard both in India and Bangladesh. 
  • Mainly in Bengali, the service will provide a platform for content creation and sharing of cultural heritage between the two countries. 
  • The service will be broadcast in India and Bangladesh on 596 Khz for 16 hours daily. 
  • Maitree will relay special programmes on Bangla literature and culture, Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti - or, music of Bangladesh national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam - quizzes, sports programmes, Bengali recipes, and programmes on socio-economic and agricultural issues of the region, among others. 
  • A state-of-the-art 1,000 KW Digital Radio Mondiale transmitter has been installed in Chinsurah in West Bengal to enable the service to be broadcasted across the length and breadth of Bangladesh.
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