Amar Ujala felicitates awardees at the close of Shabd Samman's first chapter

‘Shabd Samman' was created by Amar Ujala group to recognize those who are working towards preserving the ethos of literature.


Hindi literature and works of literature in regional languages reflect the cosmos of Indian dreams and aspirations. There was a need for a platform to understand nuances of language as a reflection of changes in the cultural milieu. ‘Shabd Samman' was created by Amar Ujala group to recognize those who are working towards preserving the ethos of literature.

The first chapter of 'Shabd Samman' concluded on 31st January 2019 in Delhi in the presence of ex-President Shri Pranab Mukherjee who awarded the winners. More than 1200 titles were submitted to a panel of jury members comprising of stalwart writers –Gyanranjan, Manglesh Dabral, Vishwanath Tripathi, Prayag Shukl and Sudhish Pichauri who judged the submissions. The award was not only for recognition of books with a literary value but for works of literature with a deep understanding of cultural shifts.

Shabd Samman’s highest honour “Akashdeep” for overall contribution in literary the field was given to eminent critic Dr. Namwar Singh for Hindi Language and renowned artist-guru Girish Karnad for Non- Hindi language category. In the fiction category Manish Vaidya's collection 'Fugati Ka Joota' was recognized.

In the poetry category, the collection of R Chetan Kranti’s ‘Veerta par Vichlit' and in the non-fiction category Anil Yadav's book 'Sonam Gupta Bewafa Nahi Hai' was given the award. Under the first work category, Praveen Kumar's work 'Chhabila Rangabaaz ka Shahar' has been recognized. In the translation category, Gorakh Thorath was embellished with an award 'Dekhni' (original work Bhalchandra Nemarde).Each awardee was presented with a cash reward along with a specially designed sculpture by Shri Ram Suttar.

Commenting on the success of the first chapter of Shabd Samman, Yashwant Vyas, group advisor mentioned “India is a cauldron of various cultures and literature is the binding force of those cultural values. So as a Hindi media house it was a natural step to provide impetus to the works of literary stalwarts who are preserving the spirit of Literature, the true essence of a culture, hence Shabd Samman “

With the closure of the first chapter, Shabd Samman promises of more robust chapters in the coming years.

Jury Members:


Hindi Novelist and Short Story writer Pahal an influential literary magazine in the Hindi language is brought out by Gyanranjanji. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, critique and essays concentrating on issues of contemporary interest coming out with 3-4 issues since 1973.

In 2016 he was awarded Gyangareema Award.

His most noted works have been: Sapna Nahi, Kabaadkhana, Meri Priya Sampadit Kahaniya His characters are mostly influenced by reality and not illusion and are looking at bringing about a change in the society.

Manglesh Dabral

Manglesh Dabral is a prominent contemporary Indian poet who writes in Hindi. He has also been the editor of Jansatta, Sahara Samay and also National Book Trust as an Editorial Consultant.

He has published five collections of poetry, namely, Pahar Par Lalten, Ghar Ka Rasta, Ham Jo Dekhte Hain, Awaz Bhi Ek Jagah Hai and Naye Yug Men Shatru, two collections of prose Lekhak Ki Roti and Kavi Ka Akelapan, and a travel diary Ek Bar Iowa.

He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award given by Sahitya Akademi in 2000 for his poetry collection Ham Jo Dekhte Hain.

Vishwanath Tripathi

A Hindi writer, he has around 20 publications to his credit which include literary criticism, memoirs and poetry collection.

He was awarded: In 2014 - Moortidevi Award (The Moortidevi Award is an India literary award annually presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith). In 2013 - Vyas Samman a literary award in India by K.K. Birla Foundation Most noted work- Vyomakesh Darvesh (Biography and criticism of Hazari Prasad Dwivedi- a literary historian).

Prayag Shukl

Poet, art critic and fiction writer published nine poetry books, five collections of short stories, three novels, a book on art appreciation, Dekhna, and a book on Satyajit Roy, Ek Filmkaar kee Oonchai ये साहित्य अकादेमी का अनुवाद पुरस्कार, शरद जोशी सम्मान एवं द्विजदेव सम्मान से सम्मानित हैं

Sudhish Pichauri

सुधीश पचौरी के साहित्यिक योगदान के लिए इन्‍हें भारतेन्दु हरिश्‍चन्द्र सम्‍मान, हिन्दी साहित्यिक सम्‍मान और रामचन्द्र शुक्‍ल सम्‍मान से सम्‍मानित किया जा चुका है। केंद्रीय हिंदी संस्थान ने हिंदी आलोचना के क्षेत्र में अप्रतिम हिंदी सेवा करने के लिए उन्हें सुब्रह्मण्‍य भारती पुरस्‍कार से सम्‍मानित किया है।

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National Geographic launches new season of 'Science of Stupid'

Host Maniesh Paul to decode the science behind the most bizarre and viral misadventure videos

NatGeo Science of stupid

What’s the science behind some of the most jaw-dropping acts of stupidity? National Geographic is set to answer this in the brand new season of its funny and informative show – Science of Stupid. 

The new season will see host Maniesh Paul, enlightening viewers to the science behind misadventures of people – from motorbike crashes and trampoline mishaps to unexpected explosions and novice lumber jacking. The idea is to bring science in an interesting, quirky and easy to understand manner. Premiering on February 18, 2019, the show will take its viewers a step closer to all the scientific facts hidden in common and not-so-common experiences, and decode the science behind our everyday activities. 

Launched in 2014, Science of Stupid - a popular series designed especially for younger audiences - strives to make complex principles of science fun & easy to comprehend. With new and exciting set of videos, Paul will be seen guiding viewers through viral videos, offering them a crash-course in everything from gravitational potential energy to optimum trajectory with the assistance of custom-made animations and super slow motion cinematography. By revealing the science theories at play behind the peoples’ misguided adventurers, the show promises to be an extremely entertaining and educating treat for viewers. 

Commenting on the new season, Pawan Soni, Head – Programming & Marketing at the network said, “Science of Stupid has been one of the most popular franchises of National Geographic, appealing to both children and adults. The unique aspect of the show is that it gives viewers an in-depth comprehension of scientific concepts, while also entertaining them through humour. It also provokes viewers to be curious and ask more questions - so the viewers do not experience common misadventures themselves due to ignorance.” 

Additionally, having Maniesh Paul’s wit and humour to explain science-based facts makes the show even more fun and engaging. The show is definitely a must watch for children and families who are inquisitive to learn new things every day.”

Commenting on the new season, Paul said, “I am thrilled to bring to viewers yet another series of Science of Stupid. I obviously promise you a lot of jokes and laughter. But also a heavy dose of fun science theories and concepts. Thoda aur smart banoge yeh show dekh kar!”

I believe each season of the show comes with more excitement and context, making it bigger and better than the previous one. The show has received much appreciation from its viewers and a brand new season is a reiteration of its popularity.” 

The new season of Science of Stupid will premiere on National Geographic on February 18th and will air every Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm. The series will be available on Hotstar as well.

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Romedy Now and Penguin Random House India launch #LoveIsInTheStories

The digital series will bring renowned romance authors - Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and Novoneel Chakraborty to narrate stories of love


Romedy Now, the English Entertainment Channel launches #LoveIsInTheStories in partnership with Penguin Random House India (PRHI). The digital series celebrates this season of love, by connecting the world of books and movies, through the unifying theme of storytelling. Starting 9th February, this month-long Valentine’s special property will bring together the country’s four bestselling romance authors – Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and Novoneel Chakraborty to narrate stories of love, in this one-of-a-kind initiative.

While their written word has been read, and loved by millions, for the first time ever, they can be seen and heard, bringing their inimitable styles to narrate stories for their fans. Hosted on the Facebook Page of Romedy Now, each author will narrate a story on why we should first love ourselves, their favourite movie from V – Day line up on Romedy Now, a quick synopsis of their latest book and a very special session on their own love story.

Commenting on the initiative, Vivek Srivastava, EVP & Head - Entertainment Cluster, Times Network, said, “Romedy Now has always narrated the ‘Love. Laugh. Live’ stories by bringing the best of rom-coms to our viewers. We are extremely delighted to partner with Penguin Random House India (PRHI) for #LoveIsInTheStories, a unique celebration of movie and books. I hope this one of a kind initiative will bring forth the essence of storytelling instrumented through the most sought after romance novelists in the country.”

As a part of the series, Romedy Now will host a special Valentine’s Day contest on channel’s social media handles encouraging fans to share their ‘#LoveYourself’ stories. Each author will pick their most favourite story from among the entries and the selected can win an incomparable experience of spending quality time with the author.

Watch the best romance novelists share their stories of love with #LoveIsInTheStories from February 09, 2019 on



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Mazhavil Manorama announces season 5 of dance reality show D4Dance- ‘D5 Junior’

MMTV has not officially announced a date for the program commencement, but the show is expected to air in April

Mazhavil Manorama D5

Mazhavil Manorama has announced that the 5th season of their dance reality show D4Dance- ‘D5 Junior’. This season’s iteration will feature 16 kids who will battle it out over 70 episodes for the ultimate prize – to become this year’s biggest dance icon. The much anticipated show will feature 3 eminent judges with exceptional reputation in the field of dance and entertainment – Prasanna Master, Miya George and Paris Laxmi.

With the momentum built-up over 4 seasons of the contest, the announcement of the new season has caused much buzz already, with audition centres across the country experiencing a very high footfall. In the coming weeks the auditions will be conducted across UAE.

Although MMTV has not officially announced a date for the program commencement, the show is expected to air in April.

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HISTORY TV18 to premiere ‘Battle Factory’ on Feb 16

The show will give a preview of the engineering mastery that goes into making bullet-proof helmets, fuel bladders and Zippo lighters


HISTORY TV18 will be launching its new show ‘Battle Factory’ as a 14-part series to be telecast every weekend from February 16 at 9.30pm.  

Each episode will be a story in itself and will feature never-before-seen factories that are secretive and kept hush-hush. It will give a preview of the engineering mastery that goes into making the bullet-proof helmets, fuel bladders and Zippo lighters. 

Every item’s manufacturing process is shot using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for a look and feel that really brings the machines and process to life. ‘Battle Factory’ gives unprecedented access and reveals how these items are manufactured right before the viewers' eyes. 

The programme also tells the viewers how there is no room for errors when lives are at stake along with intricate details on how these factories manufacture some of the ultra-modern vital gear armies around the world. 

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Sutra Tech Labs showcases its AI-powered Social CMS at Startup Grind Global Conference

Web 3.0 will help businesses re-target prospects on the basis of cognitive learning using Artificial Intelligence


Sutra Tech Labs, showcased Sutra Networks, it’s proprietary Web 3.0, AI-powered Social CMS at Startup Grind Global Conference, a Google for Startups Programme. 

The company was recently shortlisted as one of the world’s Top 50 Innovative and Disruptive StartUps.

The product drew immense interest from investors and visitors. Multiple follow-up meetings have been setup for a detailed evaluation. Gaurav Garg, founder of Sutra Tech Labs, was given a stage to pitch his innovation at Fox Theatre amongst an elite assembly of silicon valley investors and tech mavericks.

‘Social’ is the new language used by marketers, and understood by customers. However, existing digital assets (website and mobile apps), are still not social. Sutra Tech Labs envisions a future where every business owner would upgrade their digital assets into native Social Networks, and own the consumer data, analytics and affinities. 

This would help businesses to retarget prospects on the basis of cognitive learning using Artificial Intelligence. Sutra Networks helps create a white-labelled Social Network in just 15 minutes. Business owners can request for customised designs, personalised algorithms, as well as integrate other API based services to their Social Networks, and use the very best of applied technology.

The vision, the idea, and this futuristic solution resonated extremely well with the Investor and StartUp community, and accepted widely with a descent applause.

Garg said, “Ten years back generic Social Networks like Facebook were fantastic, because they were organic and relevant, but now they are all about sponsored content. Subscriber newsfeeds are too cluttered with irrelevant content now and decreasing time spent and lack of stickiness on these social networks are testimony of the same.”

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Republic Bharat gets 73 million impressions in first week of launch

With stories like #MamtaBlocksCBI and #ShardaStings, Republic Bharat has secured 2nd position in West Bengal


Republic Bharat registered 73 million impressions in its first week. Republic Bharat’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami’s own 7pm debate show, 'Poochta Hai Bharat', has got the highest reach in the genre.

Bharat’s focus has been on big stories like #MamtaBlocksCBI and #ShardaStings, which not only got the channel several impressions on social media but have also secured Republic Bharat the 2nd position in West Bengal.

“This is a brilliant start. Republic Bharat has a reach of seven crore plus in Week 1,” said Goswami.

Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands said, “The Republic team has worked hard to deliver a reach of 73 million in the first week of its launch. It’s a very good start and will give them an opportunity to build their reach and market share in the coming weeks as the news genre sampling is very high in the run up to the elections. The Hindi genre is seeing the entry of a strong brand after a gap of 6 years.”

Vikas Khanchandani, CEO Republic Network said, “We are extremely happy that Republic Bharat has opened the charts with a massive 73 million reach in its maiden week. Our distribution and content teams have worked very hard to give us this fantastic start within the mass reach genre. I am extremely confident that with this magnificent start the channel will move into the top slot much faster than I anticipated. I am extremely grateful to our audiences and partners that have helped us with their support and acceptance within the Hindi news category.”

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Vijay TV stars to visit 3 Tamil Nadu cities from Feb 15 to 17

Celebrities like Andrews, Dheena & Shivani to entertain the audience 


A host of Vijay TV stars are set to visit Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu from February 15 to 17.

Stars like Andrews, Dheena of ‘Kalakka Povathu Yaru’ fame, Shivani of ‘Pagal Nilavu’, singers, Jodi stars, and many more celebrities will come together to entertain the audience. They will present games and several performances. 

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Rishtey to launch social comedy series ‘Hum Saaf Saaf Hain'

The show will air on Rishtey starting 16h February 2019, every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Hum Saaf Saaf Hai

Emphasising on the importance of sanitation and hygiene in the country, leading Hindi mass entertainment channel Rishtey is soon to launch a new finite series called ‘Hum Saaf Saaf Hain’. The 14-episode finite series, ‘Hum Saaf Saaf Hain’ is a social comedy that trails the journey of an undercover government official who goes from village to village checking up on the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The show will air on Rishtey starting 16h February 2019, every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Commenting on the initiative, Shri. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary-Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation said, “Under the inspirational leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) has become a people's movement, revolutionizing sanitation in rural India. We are poised at the brink of achieving an ODF India, with 5.5 lakh villages and 600 districts already declared free from open defecation. The need of the future is to sustain these outcomes through continuous efforts made to reinforce the messages of safe sanitation and cleanliness. I am very happy that Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Limited and HDFC Limited are supporting the Swachh Bharat Mission and have produced "Hum Saaf Saaf Hain" - an entertainment-packed show for the full family, that carries the message of sustained sanitation in families and communities. My congratulations to the entire team.”

The show promises to be a family entertainer which will not just tickle their funny bones but also enlighten them on the importance of sanitation and hygiene. The show will highlight issues such as ‘Swacchagris’, toilets for the differently-abled, women’s safety and hygiene, ODF Plus and more with the twist of humour to engage the audiences.

Speaking about the initiative, Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC said, “The Swachh Bharat Mission launched by the Government of India in 2014, was a much-needed initiative to make India open defecation free over a 5-year time frame. As a flagship and successful programme of the present Government, the Swachh Bharat Mission has not just built sanitation infrastructure but also focused on creating awareness and behavioral change amongst people. Recognising the strong inter-linkage of sanitation & hygiene with socio-economic factors such as healthcare, sustainable communities and gender dignity, Sanitation has been one of HDFC’s focus areas since 2014 for its CSR programmes. We have partnered with experienced organisations across India, which are deeply connected with the communities they work in. HDFC is happy to partner with Swachh Bharat Mission - Grameen and Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Limited for an innovative television series, which uses entertainment as an educative medium to impress the importance of good sanitation practices amongst India’s rural population. I wish all the teams success for this venture.”

Speaking about the importance of socially inclined content, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO & MD, Viacom18 said: “India is at the precipice of becoming open defecation free and at Viacom18, we believe that the media & entertainment industry plays a crucial role in changing behaviour and mindsets towards safe usage of toilets. Hence, be it through films such as Toilet Ek Prem Katha, shows such as Navrangi Re! and even with our flagship CSR program Chakachak Mumbai, we have mainstreamed the conversation on sanitation in living rooms and film theatres. With Hum Saaf Saaf Hai, we further intend to engage viewers in entertaining content while also creating awareness on safe sanitary practices.”

The association has been orchestrated by INS-BE Viacom18, the brand solutions division under media conglomerate Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. The division in the past has successfully engaged with Arunachal Tourism, Himachal Tourism & Odisha Tourism along with prestigious associations with the Ministry of External Affairs & DARPG under PMO.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation in partnership with HDFC Limited, a leading financial conglomerate, ‘Hum Saaf Saaf Hain’ is being produced by Colosceum Media. The lead actor of the show is the –humorous and witty – Rajesh Kumar, known for his popular stint as Rosesh Sarabhai. He will be seen playing the main character of ‘Hero Bhaiya’ who is a government clerk in his mid-thirties, finally getting a chance to fulfill his long-term dream of being a spy. The stellar cast also includes Gulki Joshi who will be seen playing the character of Archana- an ambitious school teacher and Shashi Rajan who will essay the role of Gobind among others.

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Tata Sky ShortsTV to showcase Oscar-nominated short films all through Feb

Starting February 10th, every evening at 9pm, the channel will premiere a short film previously recognised by the Oscars


To celebrate Oscar season this month, Tata Sky ShortsTV has planned a power-packed schedule filled with carefully curated Academy acclaimed shorts.

Starting February 10th, every evening at 9pm, the channel will premiere a short film previously recognised by the Oscars. The shorts will come from varied genres (live action, animation and documentary) and will include titles such as The Voorman Problem, Bear Story and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, among others.  

Tata Sky ShortsTV will also air a special Oscar marathon on the day of the Oscar ceremony (February 24th) with back-to-back Oscar films and interviews with Oscar nominated filmmakers.

Commenting on the initiative, Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International Ltd, said, “The Oscars is one of the most awaited events by film audiences across the globe each year. ShortsTV has been bringing the Oscar Nominated Short Films to cinema and TV screens around the world for over a decade and we’re thrilled to be bringing them to Indian TV audiences for the first time.”

Speaking on the occasion, Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer, Tata Sky said, “Tata Sky ShortsTV is India’s first ever curated platform for short stories and films. Delivering on the promise of offering the best content to subscribers, premiering the prestigious Oscar recognized short films brought to India by ShortsTV, was an irresistible choice.” 

The broadcast of previously nominated Oscar shorts on Tata Sky ShortsTV comes ahead of the theatrical release of the 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts Films in Indian cinemas, details of which will be announced soon. The 2019 release will be the first time the Oscar Nominated Short Films will be screened in Indian cinemas and will give Indian short film fans the opportunity to see the latest Oscar nominated shorts on the big screen.

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Tata Sky brings special programming lineup for Valentine's Day

Special content for couples and singles alike will be on Tata Sky’s value-added services – Tata Sky Theatre, Tata Sky Dance Studio, Tata Sky Cooking, Tata Sky Fitness

This Valentine’s Day, Tata Sky brings a treasure trove of special content for couples and singles alike on Tata Sky’s value-added services – Tata Sky Theatre, Tata Sky Dance Studio, Tata Sky Cooking, Tata Sky Fitness etc.

Here are some of the highlights: 

Tata Sky Theatre

Watch Sonali Kulkarni and Milind Phatak in a romantic comedy cinematic Play – White Lily & Night Rider. Two 30-something individuals build virtual online identities and fall in love with each other. But when they decide to meet in person, things don’t quite go as planned. The play uses humour and irony to highlight the difference between real and online personalities of people which often leads to mismatched expectations.

Tata Sky Cooking

Homegrown and celebrity Chefs that like Chef Shipra Khanna, Chef Pankaj and Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi share delectable recipes to pamper yourself or to woo your loved ones. Watch how to prepare Delight-O-Coffee, Strawberry Crush, etc – easy to make delectable desserts.

Tata Sky Dance Studio

Indulge in a fun dance learning session from the comfort of your homes as popular Bollywood Dance choreographer, actor and dancer - Savio Barnes teaches Boogie Jive and Salsa for couples.

Tata Sky Fitness

A healthy mind and body are everyone’s fitness goals and this Valentine’s Day Tata Sky helps you to get fit and healthy with your better half. Sunaina Rekhi a yoga expert and teacher to many celebrities like Director Anurag Kashyap conducts a partner yoga session on Tata Sky Fitness to give subscribers new #CoupleGoals and a fabulous reason to spend quality time and get fit together.


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