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AIR Pune Creates History With India's First Braille News Bulletin

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on January 5, 2016 at 5:52 PM
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 AIR Pune Creates History With India's First Braille News Bulletin

India has the world's highest population of blind people. Over the years, blind and visually impaired people have conquered most fields and have served effectively in the civil services, government, private companies, banks, education sector, etc.

In the first of its kind in the history of All India Radio's Marathi news bulletins, a visually impaired newsreader read out the morning bulletin on Monday, January 4, 2016.

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The second half of the regular regional news bulletin at 7.10 a.m. was typed out in Braille script and visually impaired Dhanraj Patil read it out during a live broadcast in Maharashtra to Marathi audiences. It also marked the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of reading and writing by the blind.

Later, following the successful broadcast, Patil - who earned distinction as the first Marathi blind newsreader - was warmly congratulated by friends and admirers at the AIR Regional News Unit.

The Pune Blind Men's Association cooperated in the venture, considering the close bonding of visually impaired people with the audio medium. Special arrangements were made in the studio for the special broadcast.

Source: IANS
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