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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

Why so few community radio stations in India?

“Author Anupam Chakravartty notes with disappointment that India, a huge radio loving country (especially during elections), has only 173 community radio stations, all told. In addition, he complains that universities or schools run most of them. Independent community based organizations only supervise 63, and most of these broadcast to remote rural areas.”

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Author: Matthew Lasar
Source: Radio Survivor