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Radio active after the quake

The studio clock at the fifth-floor studio of Chautara’s Radio Sindhu was coming up to 11:56AM on 25 April. Announcer Ashma Syangtan of the popular Ramailo Selo program was introducing the last folk song before the noon news bulletin. Technician Guras Gurung was adjusting the sound levels on her console.

Suddenly, everything started shaking violently. Syangtan stopped mid-sentence. Computer monitors fell, the walls started cracking and there was dust everywhere.

“I immediately knew it was an earthquake,” Syangtan recalled, “we rushed out of the studio but the shaking was so strong that we had difficulty descending the five stories.”

Syangtan and Gurung saw debris and dust everywhere, frightened people and lots of wounded. People were wailing, and trying to dig into the ruins of their houses with their bare hands. Bodies lined the streets, the wounded were being carried off to the hospital.

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Author: Sonia Awale
Source: Nepali Times

Nepal Earthquake effect on community radio Radio Kairan 96.4 Mhz [Video]

The term Kairan in Nepali language refers to voice of people. Radi Kairan 96.4 Mhz came in to operation on September 16, 2013, in Bamti-Bhandar-4, deurali, at about 2750 m. height, the northern Himalayas of Ramechhap district. Within a short span of time of operation, Radio Kairan, the only community radio became best platform to tell the tales. And Radio Kairan was only trusting medium for getting information and news to villagers of nearly 36 isolated villages of Ramechhap, Dolakha, Solukhumbu and Okhaldhunga. Nearly 500,000 villagers living in the areas, who were deprived of access of government services, media including telephone and internet and other communication services, then had platform to have their say and tell their tales.

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Source: Indigenous Voices in Asia

Odisha government may support community radio

Community Radio Stations hold the key to development by bridging the information gap at grass-root level and empowering communities living in rural and outreach Odisha, opined the speakers of the two-day consultation workshop started in Bhubaneswar on May 23, 2015.

The consultation workshop, which followed the inaugural session, brought to fore the unique responses of already operational CRS in Konark and Jagatsinghpur in situations of emergencies during the 2011 floods in Puri district and the Phailin super cyclone of 2013.

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Author: Basudev Mahapatra
Source: HotNHitNews