India is set to restart the special Bangla radio service for Bangladesh after a gap of six years, the channel, renamed Akashvani Maitree will go live on June 28 in Kolkata in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
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The new Bengali Service will be using AIR Chinsurah 1000 kW transmitter between 0025 - 1740 UTC (0555-2310 IST) with a break in between for frequency change on 594 kHz (Morning and Noon) and on 1134 kHz (in the evening and night). This is not a simulcast of programs broadcasted via Kolkata A or Kolkata B. The current External Services broadcast over this transmitter will be heard in DRM (Digital radio Mondiale) mode.
The special Bengali service from AIR Chinsurah (1000kw MW) or Akashvani Maitree Channel will be inaugurated by Hon'ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on 28th June for the listeners in Bangladesh and West Bengal. The programs can be heard on 594 kHz MW at 0600-1430 IST (0030-0900 UTC) and 1530-2300 IST (1000-1730 UTC). The current External Service programs now b'cast will be aired in DRM mode on 604 kHz on the same transmitter.
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