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Agro-met Advisory Services for the Farmers in India

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By Sarita Brara

New Delhi, Oct 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Weather Forecasting Service was introduced by the India Meteorological Department for the benefit of farmers even before independence in 1945. It was broadcast over All India Radio in the form of Farmer’s Weather Bulletin (FWB). For a very long time programmes like Krishi Darshan aired by All India radio were the only source of information for farmers across the country. The programme had become so popular that that one of the varieties of rice was in fact named as Radio Rice. But times have since changed. The profile of the farmers is fast changing and with the revolution in the IT sector the dissemination of information  to farmers  too  is taking  multi-channel routes. SMS and voice messages on Mobiles are the latest techniques to reach out to the farmers. According to the Agromet scientist K.K Singh, over 25 lakh farmers are benefiting from this service.

42 Years of the Internet Enabling the World Wide Web in 22 Indian Languages: W3C India Office

By Alkesh Tyagi

The author is Deputy Director (M&C)

New Delhi, Sep 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The internet has completed 42 years of its existence on 2nd September, 2011. The generation that has not seen other means of communication than internet is grown up now. They find it easy to communicate online with their peers but when it comes to communicating with people using other Indian languages than English they find themselves clueless. Now this hindrance in communication will be over soon.

The Government committed to the goal of ‘Internet for All’, in close co-operation with other stakeholders has taken several steps in this direction. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) India Office, one of such steps, was formally launched on 6th May, 2010. A 2-day Conference on World-Wide-Web: Technology, Standards and Internationalization was held in New Delhi to mark the launching. On 15th September 2011 W3C India Office Workspace was inaugurated at Electronics Niketan, CGO Complex. The establishment of New W3C India Office space gives it a permanent entity and would play more active and crucial role in proliferation of W3C standards among ICT industry and users to make India truly knowledge based society.

ROKU launches ROKU-2 Streaming Internet Digital Video Player with Online Gaming and Bluetooth

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Saratoga, CA, Aug 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Roku launched their next-generation DVP, named quite simply "Roku 2" designed to impress even the most demanding streaming fans in the world. The new Roku comes with a re-designed remote that lets users play games as easily as they watch movies. It also offers more ways to enjoy Netflix, and is greener. Roku-2 is also smaller, faster and more energy-efficient.

Roku is offering free shipping on Roku 2 for a limited time on Roku 2 XD and their flagship Roku 2 XS.

Roku 2 brings out the best in Netflix. Users can crank up the movies in surround sound with Dolby Digital Plus (passed through via HDMI). Or dial the volume down and turn on handy English subtitles. Both of these features are available on many Netflix streaming titles.

Washington Bangla Radio is currently the only Bengali Radio Channel available on Roku. ROKU owners can add Washington Bangla Radio for free to their ROKU channel line-up by visiting the ROKU Website using the internet web address or by entering the WBRi free Bengali ROKU channel key code MUQXX to add WBRi after logging into their ROKU account.

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The enhanced remote features Bluetooth technology. With Bluetooth, users don’t have to point the remote directly at the Roku 2 unit to command it. So whether they are controlling Netflix from the kitchen or Pandora from around the corner, Roku 2 will respond instantly - even from over 30 feet away.

Recent Successful Missions of India's Space Program

New Delhi, Aug 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C17) in its nineteenth flight successfully launched GSAT-12 communication satellite on July 15, 2011. This is the eighteenth successive successful flight of PSLV which has once again proved its versatility and reliability GSAT-12 Communication satellite with a mass of 1410 kg at lift-off, has 12 Extended C-band transponders and has been successfully placed in Geosynchronous Orbit. GSAT-12 will enhance space based applications in the area of tele-medicine, tele-education and disaster management support.

Tech Guru Electronics Gadgets Review on IBN Lokmat

New Delhi, July 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / OPENPRESS) There have been quite a few gadgets with some great features that have been launched in the Indian markets in the last few weeks. This week, Tech Guru helps you decide just which smartphone, or tablet or a budget phone you should go for. It is time for some exciting reviewing of gadgets like Samsung Galaxy Pro, LG Optimus Black, Nokia E6 and E7, tablets like the HTC Flyer, Apple iMac 21 laptop and budget phones like Micromax Van Gogh, Wynncom OGO, MVL Sizero and MVL Connect. Catch this fun-filled episode exclusively on IBN Lokmat on Saturday, 23rd July 2011 at 7.30 pm.

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Smartphones are in huge demand at the moment and with some brilliant choice of brands in the market, the consumers are sure to have a tough time in deciding which one to buy. The new Samsung Galaxy Pro is a large 2.8-inch touchscreen Android mobile with a QWERTY keypad .It is a business series mobile phone with touch and type feature for fast and convenient communication. Other choices are the LG Optimus Black, a super sleek smartphone with a NOVA display that lowers power consumption by 50%, the Nokia E6 - a QWERTY 3G business mobile phone and Nokia E7 which features an 8 MP camera with HD video, a suite of Microsoft and free GPS navigation. The HTC Flyer is another addition to the wide range of tablets available in the market. Its features include a 5MP camera in the rear that can shoot an HD video at 720p, an MP3 player, a crisp display and some real loud stereo speakers. The new Apple iMac models are to die for and are an addition to the wonderful range of products that Apple has to offer.

Opera Mini users in India to Have Access to High-Definition Mobile Video Games from UTV Indiagames

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, July 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Opera Software today announced its association with UTV Indiagames, an integrated game developer-publisher across mobile, online and the Interactive Television, to offer gaming content on Opera Mini Speed Dial. Opera Mini users in India can enjoy the most sought-after games as well as other products from the gaming company, on the go.

With this one-click access, Opera users will get full access to an exciting collection of premium quality games, from puzzles to action and strategy, developed by UTV Indiagames, anytime anywhere. To add on, there's a special treat for all the movie buffs: your favourite movie star avatar will appear in various movie-based mobile games that are offered by the company. And not restricting the package to games alone, there will be a range of attractive wallpapers, exciting music and videos, all lined up for users to explore.

Facebook Meets TV on New Online TV Channel

New Zealand, March 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus/PRWEB) Today TVNZ launches U, a ground-breaking new channel which integrates online social networking with broadcast content for the first time on New Zealand screens. U is a commercial free-to-air digital online TV channel which features a mix of real life and factual entertainment programming and is aimed at all Kiwis aged 15-24.

The channel kicks off with our first ever episode of U live - a live daily interactive entertainment music show hosted by Connor Nester, Rose Matafeo and Tim Lambourne. Packed with giveaways, guests and entertainment news, no two shows will be the same. U live airs every day between 4pm and 7pm.

India on Path of Self Reliance with Organic Farming

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March 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Twenty eight years old Prakash Dhamala has successfully taken the baton of farming from his parents at Sauney, Singtam under West Pandem constituency and today is one of the progressive farmers in Sikkim.   In his earlier days, Dhamala used to assist his family members to cultivate ladyfinger, beans and ginger on a small scale at their 1.5 acres farmland. Adding a new chapter to his assistance, he took over the farming responsibility in 2002 and first attempted to cultivate cucumber, snake gourd and bitter gourd.  In 2010 alone, he harvested 130 quintals of cucumber, 35 quintals of snake gourd, 27 quintals of bitter gourd, 19 quintals of ridgegourd, 16 quintals of ladyfinger and 5 quintals of beans fetching him Rs. 1.5 lakhs as profit.

Market Information at Farmers’ Fingertips in Inida: A New Initiative by NABARD

New Delhi, Feb 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Timely decisions often make a vital difference to the final results. This is an oft quoted management dictum that is more often followed in default! However farmers in Tamil Nadu have decided to improve their decision making skills with the active cooperation of the National bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Very often it is the absence of critical information that prevents decisions being made in any timely manner. This is very much so in the matter of agricultural products that are extremely perishable. The farming community very often has to confront some vital questions which has a bearing on their livelihood such as to when should I harvest, at what price should I sell my products, what are the optimal ways in which I can boost my crop productivity, whether favorable weather conditions can be expected or not etc etc!

Improving Weather Forecasting Services in India

By Dr. Shailesh Nayak
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. Of India

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