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The  Dogri Regional News Unit of  Radio Station, Jammu  has come of age and celebrated  this week  its 47th Foundation Day.  The Dogri News section was set up on December 6, 1971 during the troubled time of Indo-Pak war. This RNU has gained immense popularity among the people, not only in the sensitive Jammu and Kashmir State but even across the borders in Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Pakistan.  It is one of 47 RNUs of All India Radio network in various regional languages across   the country. 

It may be mentioned that   presently  three news bulletins in  Dogri and two in Gojri are  put out  at optimal timings in the morning, afternoon and evening every day with maximum listenership. The staff celebrated today the Foundation Day of RNU  and   highlighted  the proud modernization and success  story of Dogri and Gojri news bulletins from  News Room  of  J&K State’s first Radio Station at Jammu and  recalled  its importance and public service as well as contribution.

To start with in  1971, the news bulletins, twice-a-day in Dogri language, was aimed to inform and educate the general masses about the true facts and clear the environment of rumours, infuse confidence and also counter poisonous propaganda from across our borders. The first bulletin in Dogri went on air on December 9, 1971 while the Gojri bulletin was introduced in 1980 and steadily growing in popularity among largest segment of our population with the passing time.

An eminent writer, Thakur Poonchi was the founding editor of Dogri News Unit, who worked  single-handedly and put in his best efforts.It may be recalled that noted editors of Regional News Unit of Radio Station, Jammu include among others: D R  Kiran, Kashmiri , Ajit  Singh, A K Handoo, Mohd. Yussuf Ganai, M.K. Wangoo, Balwant Singh,  Vijay Saqi,  Sanjit Khajuria, Neha Jalali and R. K Raina .  The News-caster conne with RNU, Jammu to name only few are : Lajya Manhas, Narendra Bhasin, Joginderpal Chhatarpal, , Dr. Veena Gupta, Vijay Sharma, Chanchal Narendra Bhasin, Bhanu, Sudershan Prashar, Parveen Kesar, Kuldeep Singh Jandriya, Nirmal Vinod, Jagmohan Sharma, Vijay Bajaj and others. Over the years, these bulletins created wide-spread awareness and are always appreciated by general public. The basic objective of these news-casts has been to give out all factual picture and win  public trust. Then the work in the Dogri news section was manual with very limited   staff members and few infrastructural facilities like computers and digital equipment. Now modern equipments are used for speed on spot reporting.

But it is noteworthy that the Dogri bulletins are listened with due attention and also discussed and   debated. It is worthwhile to mention that the news broadcasts by the RNU of Radio Station, Jammu has gained popularity and credibility   among the common masses. The modernization of reporting has taken place with introduction of professionals and adoption of modern technology and equipments. There are on-the-spot reporting, interviews, sound-bites in the news bulletins, and instant reporting of events and functions.  The case in point is the recent Panchayat elections reporting by the Radio Station, Jammu’s News Room (RNU).  

It was Maharaja Hari Singh who inaugurated  on December 1, 1947 the  Radio Station, Jammu to  enlist active public  participation in development process and also to effectively counter the Pakistan’s  virulent anti-India propaganda .It (RKJ) then operated from three classrooms of the Government Ranbir High School, Jammu with address at 6.30 pm by the then Maharaja Hari Singh.

A well-known Urdu writer Rajinder Singh Bedi was its officer–in charge from January 3, 1948.  This Radio Station has played a crucial role in the dissemination of news and views as also promotion and preservation of Dogri and other local languages as also our distinct cultural heritage.

In the recent years, there has been a great leap forward in the RNU with modernization and up-gradation of news gathering, editing in the News Room, high speed, transmission, with latest presentation and broadcasting techniques for effective impact. It is a fact that radio broadcasting is very effective and efficient medium of communication. It is noteworthy that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly choosen the Radio medium for his choicest Mann Ke Baat programme which is nearing now 50th broadcast with  widespread telling impact all over.

RNU of Radio Station, Jammu is playing a   pivotal role in the presentation of objective, true, accurate  and authentic news and views to the general public as a part of Prasar Bharati, a national public broadcasting service and upholding the standards of journalism.  It is expected that the Regional Dogri News Unit of Jammu will grow steadily in status and  strength winning the full confidence of the people in Jammu and Kashmir as also across the entire country.

(Starlines Syndicate Service)

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SRINAGAR: Entrepreneurship is no more a business choice becoming a growing trend in Kashmir. The young generation of Kashmir are more into this trend. Though start up is a good platform to nurture ones talents and capabilities and some of the entrepreneurs have shown tremendous growth in this field. The ongoing trend of the Cafe’s that is growing rapidly in the valley especially Srinagar where a cafe can be seen at almost every corner.  It is good that the youth are investing their time in something productive but at the same time it should not be only to follow the crowd and that's exactly what is happening nowadays.   

Entrepreneur choices seems to be confined to opening up a cafe or a restaurant while having many different options that could be worked on.  Talking about the cafes and restaurants, the focus is more on the theme and the interior designing of the place rather than the quality of food.  Those places are more of the artistic value than taste. It is important to maintain the place and to make it look attractive but the main priority should be the food and this is where almost every cafe and restaurant are lagging behind.  

Maybe the people visit these cafes and restaurants for the themes they are based on but at the end it is the good food that will attract customers and make them visit the place again and again. Though some places are quite fine but still lack the essence of a w call a good Cafe or restaurant. Mainly because of the compromise that is being made on the quality and taste of food available at these places.   

"After visiting a cafe ,I personally realized  that these places  are more pleasing to the camera, food comes after that which somewhere tastes good and somewhere okay okay, " said Shaista, a boutique owner.   Evidently, social media plays a significant role in publicizing and promoting all these cafes and restaurants even most of the cafe's gain customers through social media only where the pictures are posted, tags used especially on Instagram adds to the publicity of the places.  

"Recently I've been to some of the cafe's here and one thing I noticed is that these cafe's are involved in building a status on social media through their interiors and are less bothered about the Main part of the place which is food, it’s a disappointment ," said zulaikha mir, a fine art student.  However, young entrepreneurs have excelled with their entrepreneurial brains and have been successful enough with their start-ups, let’s hope food Quality gets better from good.

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SRINAGAR: Women in Kashmir have always proved themselves in every situation of life. They have a specific purpose of their own, and these purposes can be effectively reached only by them. In present generation, women of Kashmiri love to work independent and have their own name in the society. They are taking responsibility of themselves and achieving big in this world. They are stepping towards bold career choices.

Girls are educated and are set free to achieve their goals .In villages young girls learn knitting , threading , tailoring at a very young age and now they are making it commercial and making money out of it . With the opportunity of gaining modern education, women in Kashmir go for religious education as well. These Women have taken so much responsibilities on themselves that they cannot be considered as a burden anymore.

Kashmiri Women have achieved so much on her own that she deserves to love and honored by her every person of this. The women in Kashmir were valued in homes and now are esteemed outside their homes as well.  Talking about Roles and responsibilities of a women the Kashmir News Bureau team interviewed two powerful and extraordinary ladies of Kashmir Saafena Baig who is the president of female Wing PDP, and Nuzhat Gul who is Secretary Golf Club Kashmir . 

While discussing the Status of a women in Kashmir, Saafena Baig said, “Kashmiri women have many responsibilities and are successfully meeting them which is a good thing and the younger generation girls are taking bold professions like journalism. With that I want them to consider politics as an option of career and get involved more in decision making field which can bring tremendous changes in society" . “Through violence we will not get anything, so women has to play a important role to watch their wards.” She added 

With time and awareness women are allowed to maintain a strong status in society. Empowering women has always been a topic globally, women in Kashmir has been practically seen working on empowering themselves nowadays, with so many female achievers in the valley. While talking to Nuzhat Gul regarding responsibilities of women, she said, “It is the biggest responsibility of a girl to understand how superior she is in this world. Women is a multitasker , she plays every role very well. Be that a Role of a Daughter, mother, sister or wife. And now women is no more inferior than men in career. Women must take more and more part in Male dominating fields or professions and they can do better than men in any field with a bit of confidence. Women must start focusing on their self development and achieve the best for herself in this society " . 

The role, status and responsibilities of women in Kashmir at this point have attained higher felicitation and appreciation for themselves in the society . She is now capable to demand her freedom in the society.  Women in Kashmir meets her responsibilities with so much dedication and have maintained a better social status. Everyone must respect women and her achievements and support her in fulfilling her responsibilities and those who disrespect women or deem them definitely has a lesser or lower function or role to play in the Human Society.