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The Gaon Ki Awaaz project has found an echo far beyond Rampur-Mathura, the dusty Uttar Pradesh village, where it was launched in December last year.

The project, initiated by the International Media Institute of India, was used to illustrate how the new technologies are being tapped to take information to communities that did not have access to them earlier.

The reference was made by Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University London while delivering the Inaugural Address at a London hall on March 17.

In his thought-provoking address titled “Is ‘news’ over?”, Prof Brock described journalism as a “word wandering around in search of a definition” and spoke of “internet’s riches arriving on a mobile phone, equipping the poor with information which they haven’t had before”.

He illustrated his point by explaining how the villagers of Rampur-Mathura were benefitting from the new technology. “The villages may or may not have access to radio or television, but if they do, little of that news is local enough to matter. But everyone has a mobile phone, “ explained Prof Brock.

“A couple of people in each village, chosen as reporters, gather the stories. They may be thefts, fires, holes in the road, floods, births, deaths, prayer meetings. They record the stories in the local dialect and send them to an editor, who can filter and perhaps add in region-wide information on crop prices, weather forecasts or even advice on sanitation or childcare.

“A company in Hyderabad then sends the “news” back as a voice call. Thanks to speakers on phones, the twice-daily bulletins have become a social event.”

Prof Brock in his powerful address described “the trajectory of change” and its implications for the news industry.  The underlying thought in his 6,317- word address was that change may be upon us but it should not be allowed to sweep away the ideals of journalism.

Click to read the full address .

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There is hope for poor patients suffering from cleft lips. They can now get themselves treated by  The Smile Train recognized plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Sansthan. The Sansthan is located close to Misrikh bus stand. Besides the costs of plastic surgery, the Sansthan also pays the medicine and stay costs. The patients can register at the Sansthan between 10 am and 8 pm.

March11noon Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 12 noon on March 11.

Divyakar Pratap Singh
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

All schools, colleges, computer centres, girls organisations etc can apply for building grants under a Central government scheme. For details send a self-addressed envelope to Sachiv, Sanstha Paramarsh Kendra, E Block, Rajajipuram, Near Mini Stadium, Lucknow Montessori High School, Lucknow.

March10eve Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 5 pm on March 10.

Divyakar Pratap Singh
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

The Akhil Bhartiuya Bhojpuri Samaj has organised Holi Milan in the Rampur Mathura Mela Maidan on Wednesday evening . Radio and TV artistes have been invited to perform Bhojpuri programmes on the occasion. The well known magician Chirag is expected to regale the audience with his tricks. The Holi Milan is being conducted under the guidance of  Zila Adhyaksha of Bhojpuri Samaj Ram Chauhan.

march10noon Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 12 noon on March 10.

Priya Gupta
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

A youth was killed and another injured when the motorcycle on which they were going to Mahmudabad was hit by a sand-laden tractor-trolley near Khataura village on Sunday morning.  Kashi Ram was crushed to death when he fell under the wheels of the tractor. His friend Chandrasekhar flew off the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries.

March9noon Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 12 noon on March 9.

Divyakar Pratap Singh
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

Gautam Babu working in the DIOS office in Sitapur has informed that the “award blank” forms for High School practical examinations have arrived.  The school principals should collect these forms and submit them at the earliest in the Examination Section to avoid delay in the announcement of results.

March8eve Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 5 pm on March 8.

Divyakar Pratap Singh
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

Madhyanchal Bijli Vitaran Nigam has decided to waive off the surcharge on electricity dues of non-government industrial consumers. The waiver can be availed till March 31. For more details consumers can call 981590116.

march8noon Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 12 noon on March 8.

Priya Gupta
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

The UP Board has decided to lower the number of Maths and Hindi examination papers in Class Twelve from three to two from the 2012 session. A resolution to this effect was passed at the January 2010 meeting of the Board’s Examination Committee, according to Gautam Babu, who works in the DIOS office in Sitapur.

March7eve Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 5 pm on March 7.

Divyakar Pratap Singh
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

A review meeting is held on the second Wednesday of every month– designated as NREGA Nigrani Divas —  in Mahmudabad to assess the development work done under NREGA programme at the tehsil  level. The meeting also resolves disputes related to the work.

March7noon Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 12 noon on March 7.

Priya Gupta
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

Jheen Babu, MLA, while speaking at a welcome ceremony at the Gram Kanarkhi Ram Leela, said that village melas foster brotherhood in villages. Jheen Babu also invited the villagers to visit the mela being organised in his village Supauli from March 16 to 24. Earlier, Jheen Babu was welcomed by committee members, Pasanath, Nepal Singh and Shivnath Singh.

march6eve Listen to the audio bulletin broadcast at 5 pm on March 6.

Priya Gupta
Gaon ki Awaaz (Village Voice)

Audio bulletins

The Gaon Ki Awaaz bulletins, which are broadcast twice a day on mobile phones, are also published on this blog. You can find the audio files, which are in Avadhi dialect, arranged date-wise under their respective months. You can also browse the English translations of selected bulletins. These are filed under their respective categories.

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