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Aching to know who the next Comedy Khiladi is? Tune-in this Sunday, 24th June, at 6.00 PM to witness the closure of this laughing riot of a show, only on Zee Kannada

After months of high dose laughter, Zee Kannada is all set to offer its final laughter capsule with the Grand Finale of its super-hit comedy reality show and competition – Comedy Khiladigalu Season 2!

For the first time in the history of the Kannada General Entertainment Channel market, Zee Kannada hosted a mammoth Grand Finale in Bijapur which witnessed by more than 25000 people attend the event from the town.

The first leg of the programme saw one of Zee Kannada’s most sought-after anchors, Master Anand, perform to some lively and popular retro numbers. The prestigious panel of judges Jaggesh, Yograt Bhat and Rakshita made a legendary entry onstage with some energetic performances.

The success of any show is measured based on the contestants who put their best foot forward every single time. The seven finalists included Appanna, Manu Madenoor, Mantanna, Sadhanandh, Suraj, Vani Chenaraya Patanna, Surya, Barkath Ali, Chidambar Raunchier and Raghu who received a roaring welcome as they entered the stage before their performances. With a total of four skits performed in groups, the ultimate winner was chosen based on fifty percent from SMS voting that was open to the public till 11.45 PM on 17th June, and the rest from scores awarded to each individual by the three judges. The highlight of the evening was that, of the four skits performed by the finalists, one was Raju Talikoti’s highly-acclaimed Kaliyugada Kuduka.

The biggest surprise for the crowd in BIjapur was Raju Talikoti himself, the Grand Finale guest of honor. One of Sandalwood’s favorite comedian hailing from this modest town of Bijapur, Talikoti left the audience with their stomachs aching from all the laughter with his act from his Kaliyugada Kuduka along with Jaggesh, who impersonated his character from the movie, Eddelu Manjunatha; this set the pace for an evening of laughter and mirth!

were highly humorous performances by Comedy Khiladigalu finalists – Appanna, Manu Madenoor, Mantanna, Sadhanandh, Suraj, Vani Chenaraya Patanna, Surya, Barkath Ali, Chidambar Raunchier and Raghu that left audience erupting in laughter and gasping for breath. These comedians were judged for their individual performance by judges as well as the audience through SMS voting.

Commenting on the grand finale, Raghavendra Hunsur, Business Head, Zee Kannada said, “Comedy Khiladigalu has proved time again to be our viewers’ favorite weekend show, thanks to the hilariously fantastic performances by our talented participants in the last two seasons. It is said that laughter is the best medicine and the second season’s grand finale amply proven that this show is truly a stressbuster! I hope our audiences enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed making it. We hope to be back soon with something bigger, that will be nothing short of fantastic!”

Tune-in to the Grand Finale telecast on 24th June at 6.00 PM to witness these finalists battle it out, leaving the audience erupting in laughter and gasping for breath, only on Zee Kannada 

Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Yahoo Mail for All

Introducing Our New Mobile Web Experience and Android Go App

By 2025, the number of global mobile internet users is predicted to expand​ by over 50%. We believe it is important to understand and meet the specific needs of this massive wave of new mobile users, and deliver the same first-class Yahoo Mail experience regardless of device, location, storage capacity, or network speeds.

As such, our team has been working to deliver on this promise of global access and equality and, today, we are proud to unveil two new major initiatives: 1. a completely modern Yahoo Mail mobile web experience, and 2. a new app optimized for Android Go phones.

In order to deliver a beautiful, high-quality Yahoo Mail experience no matter where you are in the world, it was critical for our team to make the mobile browser experience extremely fast and lightweight, while significantly improving current features. The difference between the old and new is striking.

The new, enhanced mobile browser experience shares many of the same features as the top-rated Yahoo Mail app with the added benefit of freeing up space, including:

Swipe through your inbox: ​The ability to take actions on emails quickly and easily by swiping right to mark as read​and left to delete.

Customize your look and feel: ​New color themes with light and dark backgrounds that allow you to personalize your inbox.

Get organized easily with folders: ​Beautiful sidebar menu with folders for easy organization.

Never hunt for an email address: ​Auto-suggest your most frequent email addresses when you type the first few letters, so sending an email is faster than ever.

Infinite scrolling inbox:​ Scroll all the way down your inbox without having to hit “next” to see more emails.

Take quick action on emails:​ Easily delete, forward, reply and do more from the easy access toolbar once you open a message.

For convenience, you can add an icon to your home screen that links directly to the Yahoo Mail mobile browser experience. By introducing smooth transitions, an updated design, modern fonts, and native-like interaction animations, Yahoo Mail mobile browser takes what users love about our app experience and brings it to the web. If you’re already familiar with the app, using Yahoo Mail in your mobile browser will feel virtually indistinguishable, letting you jump right in without missing a beat.

In addition to the dramatic feature and design updates, what’s changed for Yahoo Mail on mobile browser behind the scenes is equally as notable. The architecture supporting the new browser experience is the same as our modern desktop tech stack,​which is developed on React and Redux.


The enhanced version is written in JavaScript and built using Node.js. The basic version of Yahoo mobile web is written in PHP and built using Apache.

The enhanced version uses AJAX. The basic version uses form submit for all user actions.

In the enhanced version, there are no reloads – all actions (e.g., deleting, marking as read, and marking as spam, emptying trash) are instant. The basic version reloads the page on every interaction.

The enhanced version is a fully interactive app-like experience. The basic version has limited interactivity.

In partnership with ICICI Lombard, and IMRB, India’s leading market research agency as knowledge partner, CNBC-TV18 will be honoring theleading professionals from the healthcare and wellness industry.

CNBC-TV18, India’s leading English business news channel along with ICICI Lombard, announces the 8th edition of the‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards.’ The awards will acknowledge and felicitate the best of medical and wellness service providers in the industry. The event will also serve as a platform that brings together leaders from private and government organizations, policy makers, dignitaries from sector affiliates as well as some of the most respected names from the healthcare fraternity. The innovators, change-makers and pioneers in the healthcare and medical community will be applauded for their contributions. The 2018 edition of the event is scheduled to take place on 21st June at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai.

Magnifying the legacy of the ‘Indian Healthcare and Wellness Awards,’ the 8th edition of the ceremony will also recognize and celebrate high-achievers in the wellness segment.With over 3,000 hospitals sending in their nominations this year, the popularity and the credibility of the awards in the sector can be adjudged by the sheer volume and high participation. In addition to the luminaries and dignitaries gracing the event, the awards will also host a prestigious jury panel comprising top names in the sector.

India’s leading market research agency, IMRB has joined hands with the property as the knowledge partner. Through their expertise as well as extensive field work carried-out in keeping with scientific methodology that captures consumers’ ratings and doctors’ ratings,leading names for the jury panel have been shortlisted. The esteemed jury comprises members such as, Mr. Kewal Handa, Chairman, Medybiz Pharma; Mr DG Shah, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance; Mr A Vaidheesh, MD & VP, South Asia, GSK Pharmaceutical; and Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman & Medical Director, Manipal Health Enterprise. The 8th edition of the awards will also be graced by a special invitee - Dr. Daniel Kraft, MD, Faculty Chair of Medicine & Neuroscience, Singularity University & Founder and Chair Exponential Medicine, San Francisco, USA,

A new category under the wellness segment has been added this year and the jury members for it include Mr. Ryan Fernando, Chief Nutritionist, QUA Nutrition; Ms Pooja Makhija, Nutritionist; Dr. Shikha Sharma, Nutritionist; and Ms. Leena Mogre, Nutritionist.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Joy Chakraborthy from CNBC-TV18 says, “With each edition of the ‘Indian healthcare and Wellness Awards’ we hope to recognise and felicitate the change-makers and innovators of the medical as well as healthcare community. The industry’s growth can be attributed to the visionaries who have brought about revolutionary changes and gone beyond the conventions of general healthcare and medical facilities. And with the awards we hope to provide a platform for these influential change-makers to be acknowledged for their efforts towards the growth of the industry. We are also excited to share that this year’s award categories will cover Centre of Excellence, General Service, Tertiary Care Hospitals and their work, which will be recognized under the wellness segment.”

Times Network, part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, today announced the appointment of Mihir Bhatt as Chief Editor – IPs.

In his role, Mihir will spearhead efforts to create unique and content-rich offerings on all IPs of the network, in addition to his editorial and anchoring responsibilities at ET NOW. Based in Noida, he will report to Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW, Times Network.

Commenting on the appointment, Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW said, “We are delighted to have Mihir join us. The knowledge, expertise and experience that Mihir brings on board will further strengthen our IP offerings as a network. Having led an editorial team in a national channel, his understanding of content that influences, impacts, engages and inspires is very strong. Mihir is also a seasoned business news anchor and will enrich the star-studded anchor line up of ET NOW.”

Speaking on his new role, Mihir Bhatt said, “I am excited to be a part of the Times Network team. Having spent several years creating landmark content-led IP’s and innovating editorial outcomes, I look forward to harnessing my best efforts and strengths to create impactful and content rich campaigns.”

Mihir joins Times Network after a successful stint at Zee Business where he led the editorial team. He was instrumental in successfully creating marquee content properties for Zee Business such as Sensex Ka Sultan, Hunt for India’s Smart Investor, Market Excellence Awards and Zee Business Bull Run to name a few. As part of his editorial responsibilities, he designed and executed large-scale editorial activities for Zee Business such as GST Campaign, Gen Next Budget, Ministerial Conclave and Tycoons@Dalal Street.

RTÉ Ireland Earns Broadcaster of the Year Award and TBI Media UK, Production Company of the Year

2018 Grand Awards go to BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Guardian Australia, and TBI Media

New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards , honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs℠, announced this year’s award-winners at the annual Radio Awards Gala tonight at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse.

To view the full list, please visit: HERE.

“As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today,” Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals.

NYF’s Grand Jury awarded global networks and content creators from 31 countries. Trophy-winning Digital content, podcasts and audiobooks, live events, dramas and documentaries, breaking news coverage, multi-genre music specials, sound art, and promos from around the globe were celebrated.

For a complete list of the 2018 award-winning entries, please click HERE

The 2018 Grand Jury honored RTÉ Ireland with the prestigious title of Broadcaster of Year and TBI Media UK with Production Company of the Year. The BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Guardian Australia, and TBI Media each earned the distinguished New York Festivals Grand Award.

RTÉ Ireland was honored with the title Broadcaster of the Year for the fifth year. The network took home an impressive 8 Gold Trophies, 11 Silver, 2 Bronze and 15 Finalist Certificates.

Jim Jennings, Head of Content RTÉ, said: “I am delighted that RTÉ has been named New York Festivals’ Radio Broadcaster of the Year three times in the past four past years. The international competition is exceptional and those who have entered are all experts in their fields which makes this particular achievement a great honour for everyone in RTÉ. This is extremely important to us as a public service broadcaster. Across the board, from the acclaimed Documentary on One and Drama on One, to our Factual, Current Affairs, Arts, Music and Entertainment programs and Lyric fm, our production teams have demonstrated their capacity to compete and win against some of the largest and best of the world's broadcasters."

London’s TBI Media was recognized with the title of Production Company of the Year. “Born This Way” earned the Grand Award for both TBI Media and BBC Radio 2. The series chronicles the story of how gay people transformed pop culture over the past 50 years. TBI Media earned 2 additional Gold trophies, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 4 Finalist Certificates.

“The TBI team are thrilled with this year’s results in New York. 9 Finalists leading to a Grand Award, 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze are great. To then be ‘Independent Producer Of The Year’ again is fantastic. This is fundamentally down to the inspired team I’m lucky enough to work with having world class ideas and being given the chance to broadcast them on great platforms. It’s clear that the opportunities for audio producers globally have changed dramatically, even since the last NYF awards, and it’s inspiring to see so many producers and platforms winning awards this year who are clearly thriving as a result.” –Phil Critchlow CEO / Founder - TBI Media

“BBC Radio 1 Vintage” BBC earned the Grand Award (Best Digital Special Event) for their three-day digital radio station, featuring a compilation of archive material and vintage tracks 50 hours, 50 shows, celebrating the BBC Radio 1’s 50th anniversary. The network also earned 2 Gold trophies and a Silver.

"What an honour and a joy to pick up this prestigious award which marks 50 years of Radio 1 playing a pivotal role in music, entertainment and popular culture,” said Ben Cooper, BBC Radio 1 Controller.

“Am I going to die in here?” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Campus was in the spotlight earning the Grand Award (News & Documentary). The podcast chronicled the story of Syrian émigré Mohammad Al Masalma whose fight for freedom during the 2011 revolution led to his arrest and detainment by the Syrian regime. The entry also earned a Gold trophy and the UNDPI Silver Award.

Guardian Australia’s “The Reckoning” (Best Digital Documentary) earned the Grand Award for their documentary exploring Australia’s child sexual abuse royal commission’s five-year examination of crimes against children. “The Reckoning” also earned a Gold trophy.

“It's thrilling to see The Reckoning win both the Gold and Grand awards. The podcast dealt with child abuse in institutions and it can be easy to turn away from these stories, to think that it all happened in the past and it couldn't happen again. The most important thing we can do is ensure their stories are never forgotten and put pressure on governments, churches and other organisations to be held accountable,” said Miles Martignoni, Podcast Producer, Guardian Australia.

As digital listenership explodes, on-demand audio continues to engage listeners with accessible spoken entertainment. Trophy winning audiobook entrants include: Penguin Random House Audio UK with 3 Gold trophies, 2 Silver, and 4 Finalist Certificates; Hörbuch Hamburg/SWR with a Silver trophy, and Radio Mirchi India earned a Bronze and a Finalist Certificate. Podcast entrants earning recognition include: BBC, BBC Radio 4, BFBS Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Elbow Productions, 30 for 30 ESPN Films, ICI Radio-Canada Première, Intelligence Squared US Debates, Radio New Zealand, Swedish Radio, TBI Media, and WNYC Studios.

Gold-wining documentaries provided a distinctive view and voice including: “Bing Crosby in 'The Road to Rock 'n' Roll' - From Final Solution to Audio Revolution” Magnum Opus Broadcasting/ BBC Radio 2; “Vocal Chords in Conversation with Peggy Seeger” Athena Media; “A clash of identity in Germany” DW; and “A Day In The Sun” SiriusXM.

Dramas and Mini Series were in the winner’s circle. Gold trophy winners include: “The Hours” Corporation for Independent Media/BBC Radio 4; “The Tempest - Theatre as a Journey to the Core of Man.” An acoustic Performance” RBB; “Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures (Vol 2)” B7 Productions Ltd; “Blood on Satan's Claw” Bafflegab Productions; and “Tumanbay” Goldhawk Productions/BBC/Panoply.

Gold trophy winning Music and Sound Art entries include: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” New York Philharmonic; “Bruce Springsteen: Long Walk Home” Lonesome Pine Productions; “Magic Soul” TBI Media; “Illuminations” Deutschlandradio; and “PALIMPSEST - a sound biography” Naleppa Audio Productions.

News and Talk/Interview programs provided a diverse scope of information on issues from around the world. Gold winners include: “Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature Series 17 programs” Bioneers; “Dying Young” Radio Television Hong Kong; “The Kalb Report” National Press Club; and “Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam - 50 Years Later” Westwood One. Westwood One also earned the Silver trophy for “America in the Morning.”

New York Festivals, with the United Nations Department of Public Information, established the United Nations Awards in 1990 to honor programs highlighting global concerns of interest to the UN. Annually, the United Nations Department of Public Information convenes a panel to honor radio broadcasting that best exemplifies the ideas and goals of the United Nations. Their selections are awarded the prestigious United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Award. Recipients of the 2018 UNDPI Award: “The Current - ISIS on your doorstep” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Gold Award, “Am I going to die here” Campus, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earned the UNDPI Silver Award, and “That's When My Childhood Ended: Youth Radio Reports” Youth Radio USA earned the UNDPI Bronze Award.

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