March 26, 2015: With an endeavor to fight the deadly infectious disease, tuberculosis, Radio Benziger rather took an innovative path of disseminating the information with the help of dramas, discussions and interviews and was rewarded for its out- of- box idea by the Kollam District TB Centre in Kerala on World TB day, on March 24.
Focusing on the issue, the Community Radio Station based in the southern part of India, produced a set of 10 radio programmes over a period of two and half months to make people aware of the TB treatment and its precautions, along with the help from district health officials.
"We tried to make the radio programmes as simple as possible, but at the same time our focus was to spread awareness within the community. Most of the affected people are migrants from the northern part of India and barely know Malayalam," said Ferdinand Peter, Station Director, Radio Benziger.
March 23, 2014: The Karmaveer Chakra awards which are promoted and instituted by the International Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) in partnership with the UN were given away in New Delhi on March 22. The awards were distributed during REX CONCLiVE-2015, an event organised every year to felicitate the unsung heroes who have been doing exemplary work in the society within their resource capacity. Over the years REX Karmaveer has become a highly coveted civil society and people's awards.
March 17, 2015: India’s Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley releasing a book at the 5th National Community Radio Sammelan, in New Delhi on March 16, 2015. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is also seen.
Congratulating innovators in the field of Community Radio, India’s Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting, said that the Right to Freedom of Speech truly belongs to the listeners.
The Minister said that Community Radio is being instrumental in furthering the idea that people exercise their right of expression to the fullest. “Radio was instrument of the past and it is also the instrument of future,” he said.
March 11, 2015: The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has sounded a call for global action for women.
“When you hold back half of our population, we cannot realise 100 per cent of our potential,” he said. “We have to fully respect and use the potential of all of our women.”
Ban praised the commitment of those present to gender equality, saying women had to be ‘front and centre’ in the world, especially on issues like peace and development.
“Progress has been too slow; uneven,” he said as he recalled that it was 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and sounding a rallying cry for the ‘step it up’ campaign to reach Planet 50:50 by 2030. Photo: Saurav Mukherjee/OWSA
February 25, 2015: A farmer is pictured protesting against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill by the Narendra Modi government on February 24 in New Delhi. Farmers from across the country assembled in the national capital under the leadership of noted Gandhian Anna Hazare who also led the massive anti-corruption agitation in New Delhi around three years back. The Opposition parties along with the key allies of the ruling government rallied the protesters to oppose the Bill which has been termed as anti-farmer by social activists and political parties. Photo: Saurav Mukherjee/OWSA