Akashvani, Kohima introduces Pochury dialect in news & other programmes

Kohima: Programme to be broadcasted on primary channel at 639KW and FM Tragopan FM 103MH at 11:35 AM

BY | Thursday, 1 June, 2023
Akashvani, Kohima adds Pochury dialect in news (PC: @airkohima2/ Twitter)

Nagaland now have 15 local dialect news bulletin and programme broadcasted by the Akashvani, Kohima with latest addition of Pochury dialect which was launched here in Kohima on Thursday.

During a programme held to commemorate the launching, Siewatho S. Nyusou, Vice President, Kohima based Pochury Hoho and Deputy Director, Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Nagaland remarked that the introduction of Pochury is an affirming of identity of the Pochury people who even as a tribe of Nagaland had experienced many instances of disregard in the past. This landmark occasion for the Pochury people, he expressed will “unify the tribe emotionally and will help in preserving and developing the dialect of the tribe.”

He also mentioned that it will benefit the relationship with other tribes which will help Pochury to greater heights.

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ADP & Head of Programme (HOP), LK Mulony thanked the Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting for the new programme addition and acknowledged the Director General of News Services Division, All India Radio, New Delhi whose visit to the state last year in October has been remarkable in ensuring the introduction of the dialect.

The programme head also informed that the programme can be heard on the primary channel at 639KW and FM Tragopan FM 103MH at 11:35 AM. Mulony also said that by 1 October 2023, the dialect news will be extended to 30 minutes.

News Editor, AIR, Asonuo urged the Pochury people to be keen listeners of radio programmes and to give constructive feedback and suggestions.

Asonuo requested all the dialect readers, that, unlike any other media, News broadcast from Akashavani, has already made a benchmark for itself- for its accuracy, factual reporting, and credibility, and as a news reader cum translator, they are weighed with responsibilities and information that they are going to disseminate which should be properly translated since the listeners are mostly from the rural areas where newspapers and other medium of information are not easily accessible.

Vizhula Nyusou, Casual Pochury Dialect Reader was the first to air the Pochury Programme. The programme was also aired on the NewsOnAir app.

With the addition of Pochury dialect, the total number of language news broadcasted by Akashvani Kohima will be 15 local languages apart from the English and Nagamese news broadcast.

Short speeches were also delivered by Programme executive Rachel Shimray and News Editor, Asonuo, and S Udaiyar, DDE/HoO.

The dedicatory prayer was delivered by Dr Z Mosa Tsang, Pastor, Pochury Baptist Church, Kohima and Programme Executive, Vemücho Chüzho was the leader of the programme. Programme executive Abino Lasuh delivered the Welcome Address.

DG Akashvani says utmost importance is attached to local language for better & fruitful communication

Director General of Akashvani, Dr Vasudha Gupta expressing happiness over the launching of Pochury Dialect as a daily news and programme wrote in a message that it is “a great achievement of Akashvani as we attach utmost importance to local languages for better and fruit communication.”

The DG urged the Pochury people to be keen listeners of Akashavani programmes as they have a lot informative and life changing content.

With the inclusion of Pochury dialect, Akashvani Kohima will now have 15 dialects in news and other programmes.

Gupta further asked people for their prompt feedback so that we can serve them better.

Advisor for New and Renewable Energy, NSDMA, Government of Nagaland Z. Nyusietho Nyuthe in a message thanked all the past and present leaders who have worked tirelessly for our Pochury community.

“Today as we have achieved our aspiration as a tribe to have news broadcast in our own dialect, let us strive together to uplift our people socially, economically and educationally,” the advisor said.

Nyuthe also acknowledged the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, Dr. L. Murugan, Union Minister of State, Information and Broadcasting, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India for the timely intervention in fulfilling the aspirations of the Pochury community.

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