This is the official page of International Radio Listeners' Friendship & Fraternity Club (IRLFFC) written and maintained by MITUL KANSAL.

The club will give the chance to become friends with listeners and Dxers in other countries. The club will serve as a platform to take part in discussions, dialogue, and exchange opinions with people in various parts of the world. For a while it was like a dream but now it is a reality. By joining together we can do a lot for our planet. For example, help to ensure peace on Earth and save the environment. The main task of our club is to get acquainted with listeners in other countries. I think in a country where you have friends there is no room for enemy. And lastly very important, the members will established and promote friendship, fraternity and mutual understanding among them and it will be a first step to maintain peace on our Earth i.e. our common home.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A visit to AIR Kurukshetra

-Mitul Kansal
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On the invitation of Mr. D. S. Rana, Station Engineer, All India Radio Kurukshetra, I with my father, got the opportunity to visit the station on May 28, 2012. AIR Kurukshetra is located behind the Kurukshetra Bus Stand. It is almost 5 K.M. away from the Pipli by pass. 

The station engineer was nice enough to discuss about the history of AIR. According to him, Radio broadcasts started in India in 1927 with two privately owned transmitters at Bombay and Calcutta. The Government of India took them over in 1930 and started operating them under name of Indian Broadcasting Service. In 1936, the name of the service was changed to All India Radio. Since 1957, it is known as Akashvani.
He also discuss about the difference between Shortwave, Medium wave and FM broadcasting and how these differences affects the quality, range and capability of each wave.  AIR Kurukhetra has played a vital role to bring awareness in listening of Indian music- classical, light, folk, tribal and western music.
The AIR’s external services broadcasts are meant to project a true and objective image of the country to listeners abroad and to explain the country’s point of view on matters of national and international importance. These broadcasts also try to acquaint foreign listeners with the working of the democratic system in India and stimulate interest abroad in the rich heritage of our art, culture and traditions and to highlight the progress achieved in different spheres of life.

In the very first verse of Bhagwad-Gita, Kurukshetra is described as DHARAMKSHETRA i.e. 'Region of righteousness'. Kurukshetra is a place of great historical and religious importance, revered all over the country for its sacred association with the Vedas and the Vedic Culture. It was here that the battle of Mahabharat was fought and Lord Krishna preached His Philosophy of 'KARMA' as enshrined in the Holy Bhagwad-Gita, to Arjuna at Jyotisar. Kurukshetra is intimately related to the Aryan civilization and its growth all along the sacred river Saraswati. It is believed that all the holy waters of all sacred rivers flow/converge into Kurukshetra's Sannehit Sarovar, at the time of Somavati Amavasya & Solar eclipse. It is believed that those who visit this area reside here, take bath in the tanks, or die in Kurukshetra go to heaven after death. The Mahabharata states that one who dies at Kurukshetra attains salvation after death. It is said that the Almighty God after having perfomed, divine, yajnas created the universe here. It is the land where the sage Manu penned his 'Manusmriti' and where learned 'rishis' compiled the Rig Veda and Sama Veda. Kurukshetra is named after King Kuru, who also performed a supreme sacrifice to bring prosperity to the land and his people.


Places of Interest in Kuruskhetra are Tomb of Sheikh Chehli, Kamal Nabhi, Jyotisar, Bharama Sarovar, Birla Mandir, Dharohar, Bhishma Kund, Kalpana Chawla Planetarium, Krishna Museum, Panorama, Sannihit Sarovar and Bhadrakali Mandir.


The climate of Kurukshetra is very hot in summer (up to 47°C) and cold in winter (down to 1°C) with rains in July and August. The city is well connected with NH1 and has much access by Road, Rail and Air. The journey is comfortable with various facilities provided enroute. Buses of Haryana Roadways and other State Corporations ply through Kurukshetra and connect it to Delhi, Chandigarh and other important places. The Airports close to Kurukshetra are at Delhi and Chandigarh, which are well connected by road and rail. Taxi service is also available. Kurukshetra is a railway junction, well connected with all important towns and cities of the country. The Shatabadi Express halts here.
Article courtesy: Mitul Kansal, 336/14 Near Markanda Printing Press, Shahabad Markanda, Dist. Kurukshetra, Pin 136135, Haryana, India.



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