World Radio Day celebrated on February 13

13 February is observed annually as World Radio Day by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), since their international broadcasting services were established on this day. This is to bring to the forefront the significance of the medium in the personal lives of people. This year UNESCO aims to celebrate the role of radio in sports.

UNESCO has suggested various strategies to promote sports. It wants to invite local sporting teams from clubs and schools to play. Introduce more women broadcasters for sports and cover more women based sporting events. Facilitate talk shows based on sports and script a radio drama or documentary that caters to sports. Organize on air and on ground activities along with advertisers for the goodwill of sports and compose music that sings the glory of sports.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been an avid promoter of Radio through his programme, “Mann Ki Baath”. He wished all those who are associated with it. This includes those who work in the industry and all the listeners. He looks forward to it being used to educate, discover and entertain people.

Radio might be referred to as a humble cousin in the media industry, but in the recent part this has seen a surge in listeners, creativity and revenue. It is cost effective and provides a voice to people. Such a concept is seen through community radio, a platform wherein people from communities come together to discuss about cultural practices and issues that are relevant to their community.

All India Radio is a huge radio broadcasting enterprise in the world. It has radio stations, covering 92% of India and 99% of total population. Programmes are aired in 23 languages and 146 dialects.

Radio is a humble medium with a huge potential. This needs to be both understood and tapped.

New York’s museum commemorates Olympics with Korean art exhibition

The Winter Olympics is not only being eagerly awaited for excellent sports display, but also to witness a probable clearance between US and North Korea nuclear standoff. A probationary reconciliation among Seoul and Pyongyang is also expected.

Meanwhile, in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is commemorating this year’s Winter Olympics with an exhibition of Korean art. This collaboration is happening for the first time in the United States and is expected to attract a whole bunch of new audience.

The exhibition started on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and will continue till May 20, 2018. It is called the Diamond Mountains Travel and Nostalgia In Korean Art. The exhibition features almost 30 paintings of what is popularly referred to as the Diamond Acts in English. These paintings span from the 18th century to the present date. They are marked by the use of delicate ink, colors on silk, scrolls and painted screens. These art forms evoke a subtle magical sense, mixed with the mystical visual impression.

The exhibition’s spotlight will be on the 18th-century album from the National Museum of Korea by Jeong Seon, who inspired Korean painting by depicting native scenery, breaking away from the conventional art forms. Other notable art includes the works of Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith, which dated back to 1920.

It took 3 years to put together and come up with such an exhibition. Post this Bae Kidon, Director General of the National Museum of Korea expressed his hope for a future collaboration with the United States. US is hoping to come up with more such exhibitions.

High BMI and diabetes linked to cancer: Lancet Report

As many as 5.6 per cent of the new cancer cases in 2012 were caused due to diabetes and high BMI(above 25 kg/m2), according to a new Lancet study. The study analyzed 7, 92, 600 cases reported across 175 countries. It revealed that of the latest cases in 18 types of cancers, 5,44,300 attributable to high BMI, equaled 3.9 per cent of all cancers — almost double of the 2,80,100 cases accredited to diabetes (2 per cent).

 The findings are crucial for India- home to 62 million diabetics, and the global diabetes capital. The obesity cut-off for BMI has been slashed from the global 25 kg/m2 to 22 kg/m2, due to the proneness of Indians to obesity. Based on data collected by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, India reported 10,57,204 cases of cancer in 2012.During 2016-17, approximately  14.5 lakh cancer cases were registered by the National Cancer Registry.

 Former dean and professor of oncology at AIIMS, Dr P K Julka said, “Obesity is known to be a major risk factor for several cancers, including that of the breast. Obese people are also more prone to cancers of the uterus and gall bladder.’’

However, he stated that there were no Indian studies investigating whether low BMI cut-off for Indians, applicable for cardiovascular risks, hold true for cancer.

 Globally, 422 million adults have diabetes and 2.01 billion adults are obese. High BMI and diabetes are risk factors as high insulin and sugar levels, chronic inflammation, and deregulated sex hormones like oestrogen cause adverse effects.

 Percentage of cancers linked to diabetes and high BMI is expected to rise globally. Researchers approximate that proportion of related cancers will increase, on an average, more than 30 per cent in women and 20 per cent in men by 2025.

Sources: Indian Express, The Quint

Thimphu Prepares for annual Tshechu

In preparation for the much awaited Thimphu Tshechu, which begins next week, Thimphu Thromde has allocated 440 stalls to shopkeepers along the Norzin Lam. For each stall along the Norzin lam are charged Nu 1500 a day and stall at Changlingmithang will cost Nu.1000.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said Tshechu is not all about mask dances. “It is also about entertainment and social gathering to spend time with family and friends,” he said. “A person can go witness mask dances for few hours and then come back, shop and can go Changlingmithang to have lunch. We need to promote that sort of city life.”

He said that the thromde not only promotes Tshechu as an annual celebration but also for business opportunities. “However, we will not allow unethical things such as gambling and games involving darts and dices, as we have order from the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs to prohibit such activities.”

He said due to limited space thromde would not entertain any business person or shopkeepers which falls out of the Thimphu Vicinity.To manage waste thromde will deploy garbage trucks and road sweeping machines.

Traffic along the Norzin Lam will remain closed from September 29 to October 2

News Sources- Kuensel Online

In a $1.2 billion deal, Michael Kors buys Jimmy Choo

Pairing the perfect handbag with shoes is no longer a difficult task. Luxury fashion retailer, Michael Kors, announced that it has purchased British powerhouse, Jimmy Choo.

The deal is said to be for $1.2 billion, or £886 million, and is expected to catapult the diminishing sales of these high couture brands. Michael Kors, one of America’s and the world’s most affordable brand on the high couture shelf, has faced dipping sales over the years with a sizeable chunk of their consumer base opting for e-purchases, or more affordable retailers like Zara and H&M.

Jimmy Choo, started in 1996 in a market where shoes did not toe the line. With daring designs and revolutionary styles, a frenzied, loyal consumer base was found, with the likes of the late Princess Diana, Emma Stone, Kate Middleton, Kendall Jenner and Michelle Obama sporting them on the red carpet. They went up for sale in April and finalised with Michael Kors this week.

This deal comes just a month after luxury handbags and accessories giants, Coach and Kate Spade drew a buy-out deal worth $2.4 billion, bringing the affordable high fashion game to a far more competitive edge.


News Sources – The New York Times, Forbes

Strong Script saves Salman’s Tubelight from going off

Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu, Om Puri, Mohammed   Zeeshan Ayyub.
Director: Kabir Khan
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

As the Bollywood tradition goes, 2017 also witnessed actor Salman Khan celebrating Eid with his fans with his latest venture ‘Tubelight’. The Salman-Kabir Khan actor-director duo famous for Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, delivered another film for ‘Bhai’ fans to enjoy during the festival.

The movie claimed to be an emotional and family watch by the star is set in the backdrop of the 1962 Indo-China war and tries to portray the consequences of war on not only the soldiers’ lives but also the lives of their loved ones who are left behind waiting for their return.

Salman Khan has been trying to reinvent his image with projects like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and now Tubelight. The 51-year-old actor has attempted to venture far from his hero image to the vulnerable character of a man with the innocence and understanding of a child. The film, an official adaptation of the 2015 Hollywood film ‘Little Boy’ puts Salman in the role of a brother Lakshman, determined to bring back his younger brother Bharat, portrayed by Sohail Khan, who has gone to fight the 1962 war.

The chemistry between the Khan brothers manages to come out beautifully in some moments, but also becomes a drag many times. The awkward stance of Sohail Khan is clearly visible in the film, who doesn’t look at ease with his character. Playing a mentally-disabled character, called Tubelight by everyone around him, Salman is somewhere able to make up for his otherwise expression less face.

The makers of the film possibly tried to use the adorable child actor formula to add to the charm of the film again;eight-year-old Matin Rey Tangu failed to capture everyone’s audience unlike Harshaali who had managed to outshine even Salman in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

The scripting and camera of the film manage to win hearts to quite an extent. Scriptwriters Kabir Khan, Parveez Sheikh and Sandeep Srivastava deserve all the appreciation for the political commentary included in the film. Statements like “I don’t need a certificate to prove that I am an Indian” by Chinese actress Zhu Zhu who plays Matin’s mother clearly takes a dig at the constant certification of patriotism being awarded in our country recently. Mocking the concept of the person shouting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ the loudest to be the real Indian, again proves to a very smart and much needed take on the pitiable definition of nationalism gaining popularity in our nation. Lens work done by Aseem Mishra beautifully captures places like Ladakh and Manali, at the same time managing to recreate the 1960s aura.

The message of inclusiveness and Gandhian ideals and making friends with the enemy, although sounds cliché but comes out very innocently and beautifully on the screen. The acting definitely disappoints, but the script manages to save the film to some extent. The first half is far more engaging as the second becomes a bit of a drag. The female actors in the film aren’t able to leave their impact, while the supporting cast including Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Narayan and Yashpal Sharma as Major Tokas manage to do justice to their parts.

The cameo of Shah Rukh Khan comes out as a surprise but doesn’t really impress. The music of the film is way too loud, the songs are shot very well and manage to convey the emotions of the moments, but the makers could have possibly toned the sound a bit down as it unnecessarily overshadows the film.

The film being the late veteran Om Puri’s last, stars him in a fatherly role and plays out as a poetic eulogy to the legend.

*Spoiler Alert*

The symbolism in some of the scenes such as the one where Lakshman spreads Bharat’s ashes in the river with the latter’s soul running forward and mixing with the ashes comes out very strongly and conveys the emotions spot on. Although the scene is a copied one, it still plays out strikingly and creates a mark on the audience’s minds and hearts.


Overall, the simplicity in the approach and the attempt by Salman Khan to depict the naivety works out to some extent, although the scope of improvement is very much there. It might have been interesting if more emphasis could have been on child actor, still the film passes on as a one-time watch

Google doodle celebrates hero from forgotten times

New Delhi, January 3: Google India today celebrated India’s first female social reformer Savitribai Phule’s 186th birthday dedicating their doodle. The doodle portrayed a motherly figure of Savitribai protecting the women of India in her arms. She is the first Indian to have her doodle in 2017.

Regarded as the pioneer face to the Social Reform Movement for her work against cast and gender based discrimination in Maharashtra; Savitribai has given India a lot in terms of women’s education and welfare.

Born on January 3 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra, Phule is regarded as one of India’s first generation feminists for her significant contributions in ensuring equal opportunities for education under the British Raj.

In 1848, she opened a school for girls from different castes along with her husband Jyotirao Phule in Bhidewada, Pune. At that time she was welcomed with stone pelting in the orthodox Pune society.

In 1854, three years before the Sepoy Mutiny, she established a shelter for the widows and in 1864 built an accommodation to provide space for child brides, who were casted away by their families.

Although forgotten by the patriarchal writing of history, Google’s Art and Culture Platform, in partnership with feminist publisher Zubaan Books has been doing its bit to challenge this highlighting the achievements of people like Savitirbai in their new series of virtual exhibitions.

With over 1800 works of art and photographs sourced from 26 cultural institutions across the country, the viewer is introduced to grassroots activists, poet, scientists bearing rich history of women in India.

Sources: Hindustan Times, Scroll

Image source: google India