29 September 2023 15:15

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Shah Rukh Khan a.k.a Pathaan emerges as the clear favourite amongst kids by earning the title of Favourite Actor and winning the Favourite Movie category

Momos becomes the food of the generation, while Candy Crush Saga emerges as the Favourite Mobile Game

Nickelodeon – India’s leading kids’ entertainment franchise – continues to strengthen its position and setting new benchmarks in the industry with numerous category-first initiatives. The unprecedented success of the digital edition of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2022 received 1.7 million votes, the highest ever across all editions of KCA. This unparalleled response is a testament to its ability to engage and empower its young viewers across platforms.

Defying in-person limitations and allowing audiences to engage like never before, this year witnessed kids engaging with KCA through short and snacky content across platforms and screens. With the addition of newer categories, the fandom surrounding Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards grew tremendously and witnessed appreciation for socially trending categories such as Favorite Audio on Reels, Favorite Influencer, and Favorite Shorts. With ‘Kids Ki Choice, Kids Ki Voice’ at the core of it, the iconic Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2022, reiterated its focus on empowering kids with #It’sAllAboutYou.

With a phenomenal response received, Pathaan emerges as the clear favorite amongst kids by winning the Favorite Movie, and Shah Rukh Khan earns the title of Favorite Movie Actor for his role. Kiara Advani bags the title of Favorite Movie Actor (Female), while Hrithik Roshan and Madhuri Dixit are declared as Favorite Dancing Star (Male) and (Female), respectively. The Favorite Sportsperson title is once again won by PV Sindhu, along with a host of special awards being presented to Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aryan, and Bhumi Pednekar.

Following its Oscar triumph for Best Original Song, RRR’s infectious track Naatu Naatu continues to shine by winning the honor of Favorite Song (South) at the Kids’ Choice Awards 2022. Additionally, KGF 2 emerges as the Favorite Movie (South), while Rashmika Mandanna and Yash claim victory in the Favorite Movie Actor Female (South) and Male (South) categories, respectively. The beloved sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah maintains its winning streak by securing the title of Favorite TV Show for the eighth consecutive time, with Dilip Joshi once again taking home the award for Favorite TV Actor (Male).

Momos take the crown as the ultimate favorite food among the generation, while Candy Crush Saga claims the title of the Favorite Mobile Game. Adding to the excitement, Nickelodeon’s Motu Patlu steals the show as the Favorite Show on Kids Channel, with Motu himself being honored as the Favorite Indian Cartoon Character.

Speaking on the massive response received for Kids’ Choice Awards 2022, Sonali Bhattacharya, Head - Marketing, Kids TV Network, Viacom18, said, “With year-on-year successful editions of the Kids’ Choice Awards, Nickelodeon continues to be the ultimate platform that puts kids at the center of all that it does. This year’s edition garnered a record-breaking 1.7 million votes, proving that kids have been empowered to voice their choice. Our focus with Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2022 was to engage with kids on all platforms where they consume content. By tapping into these touchpoints, we were able to drive inclusivity and participation to this one-of-its-kind award. We are delighted with the response and thrilled that we could meaningfully entertain our young audiences.”

Taking its reach to new heights, the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2022, hosted by National award winner Varun Buddhadev, will have its largest-ever digital simulcast on June 28th, 2023. The entertainment extravaganza will be streamed across various network platforms, including Nickindia.com and Sonicgang.com, as well as the social media platforms of Nickelodeon India, Sonic Gang, MTV India and Colors. Kids can also tune into JioTV to join in on the excitement!

With an evening full of entertainment and slime, get ready to celebrate kids’ choices at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2022 on 28th June 2023.

Here is the complete list of those who won big at the 8th Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2022:

The prestigious TV9 Bangla Ghorer Bioscope Awards 2023 was bestowed for the first time with grandeur and enthusiasm on Saturday, 17th June 2023 at JW Marriott, Kolkata.

The event celebrated the exceptional talents and contributions of the Bengali television industry, OTT content creators, and YouTubers, showcasing the remarkable growth and creativity in the entertainment space. It brought together the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry, creating an unforgettable night of celebration and recognition. The event was graced by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. Followed by the renowned stars of Bengali Film Industry like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Rituparna Sengupta, Subhashree Ganguly, Raima Sen, Srabanti Chatterjee, Soham Chakraborty and many more who graced the red carpet, added a touch of elegance and excitement to the evening.

The award show aimed to acknowledge and applaud the outstanding achievements of individuals and productions in the realm of Bengali serials, online streaming platforms (OTT), and YouTube. The event brought together renowned artistes, industry professionals, and esteemed personalities, making it a memorable night filled with glitz, glamour, and celebration. The award show recognized the immense impact and influence of television serials, Bengali OTT content, and Bengali YouTubers on the cultural landscape of West Bengal. The winners were selected through a meticulous process that involved a combination of audience voting and expert jury panels comprising industry veterans and experts. Highlights from the evening included captivating performances by leading artistes like Rupam Islam, Nachiketa, Sourendro-Soumyojit and many more. Celebrities and influencers dressed in their glamorous best were met with a flurry of flashbulbs and eager fans. The ceremony was hosted by the charismatic trio of Arpita Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee and Abir Chatterjee, who brought their signature charm and wit to keep the audience entertained throughout the evening. The award show featured a multitude of categories, encompassing various genres and formats. From Best Bengali Serial and Best Reality Show to Best Web Series and Best YouTuber, every facet of the industry was recognized and appreciated. The winners were selected through a rigorous process, with a panel of esteemed industry experts named Prabhat Roy, Anriruddha Roy Choudhury, Shankarlal Bhattacherjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Moon Moon Sen, Ratul Shankar, Ujjal Chakraborty, Arghakamal Mitra, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Joy Sarkar, Srijato, Debesh Chattapoadhaya, Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Aniruddha Chakladar and Abonti Chakraborty evaluating the entries based on creativity, originality, and impact. Among the notable winners of the night were renowned actors and actresses, talented directors, promising newcomers, and exceptional content creators. This award show will be telecast on TV9 Bangla on Sunday, June 25th at 06:00 pm.

MD and CEO of TV9 Network, Barun Das, stated in his address, “Art is the only man-made concept that unites people. Language, Religion Politics, everything is divisive, only Art unites beyond everything. TV set has brought Bioscope to the corner of the room. Another aspect of it is that the potential of Soft Power has increased manifold. It is a deadly weapon and with it a society can be steered towards one's choice. Now I think Film and Entertainment with this potent combination of Soft Power and unifying ability can elevate life to what extent! I am an eternal optimist. Always optimistic. Hopefully That day will come, and this Bengal will again guide the country. And through this we will relive the time when again it will be-What Bengal thinks today India thinks tomorrow.”

Shri. Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, said, "I think OTT has emerged as one of the biggest mediums during COVID-19 and it has bridged the gap between geographically disabled areas. I believe soft power doesn't have any boundary but the content in OTT is being watched by families so the issue of regulation I am keeping the query before you. Streaming content is being watched in other mediums rather than traditional means like TV, Indian content is getting more recognition now like the song 'Naatu Naatu' and the documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers' both have the Academy Award 2023. I congratulate the recipients in the different categories. It is a recognition of your contribution in the fields of art and entertainment. It is my absolute pleasure to stand before you and offer heartfelt congratulations to ‘TV9 Bangla Ghorer Bioscope Awards 2023’ their first-ever Award Show celebrating performances of Bengali TV serial & OTT shows and artistes. It is a one-of-a-kind award show since it is hosted by a Bengali News Channel honouring artistes.”



The ultimate fitness show for all fitness freaks

MY FM, the radio arm of DB Corp Ltd. is bracing up its existing line-up of pioneering content with the launch of “Healthwala show with Yasmin Karachiwala”. This is one-of-a-kind show featuring the very famous celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala that aims to revolutionize the way we approach fitness and well-being. Now, she is all set to share her fitness secrets with the world through this show, the show is on air across the entire MY FM network.

Yasmin Karachiwala is no stranger to the fitness world, having sculpted the sought-after and enviable figures of bollywood celebrities. With her expertise and profound experience, she has been instrumental in shaping the bodies of Bollywood celebrities such as Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Nora Fatehi and Vani Kapoor.
Listeners will discover exercises that strengthens muscles, pre-wedding and post-vacation workouts and important techniques to recover from pain. Furthermore, the show delves deeper into the fascinating topics such as alphabet workout, healthy recipes like Ota panettone and detox drinks. Additionally, it also covers stress management, personal hygiene tips pre and post workout sessions.

Speaking about the new show launch, Rahul Namjoshi, Chief Executive Officer, said, “This is another attempt from our side to provide a unique & engaging content for our listeners. Post covid it has become utmost important to keep oneself in great shape both body and mind, this show will help give tips to our listeners to upgrade their wellbeing and I am sure this content will resonate well with our listeners”

Synopsis: This report on News9 Plus OTT platform highlights grave health risks associated with consuming toxic vegetables, especially for children. Shockingly, 23% of tested samples exceeded the permissible limit of lead (Pb) contamination, with concentrations up to four times higher than the approved level of 2.5mg/kg. Urgent action is needed to protect public health and secure the well-being of future generations.

News9 Plus, the world’s first and only news OTT platform, has conducted an in-depth investigation to uncover alarming levels of lead contamination in vegetables sourced from the Yamuna floodplains. The story, which is now available exclusively on the News9 Plus OTT platform, raises serious concerns about the health risks associated with the consumption of these toxic vegetables, particularly for children.

The Yamuna River, spanning 52 kilometres in Delhi, houses a highly polluted stretch of 22 kilometres, extending from the Wazirabad barrage to the Kalindi Kunj barrage. Local farmers cultivate vegetables on these floodplains, utilising the Yamuna water for irrigation. Unfortunately, this practice has led to the vegetables becoming laden with toxins, including lead, a slow poison. These vegetables could make their way from the toxic floodplains to the kitchens.

Following the ground-breaking story 'White Froth, Black Truth', which the team uncovered in 2022, that shed light on the alarming pollution levels in the Yamuna River, News9 Plus took a step further by conducting an extensive investigation to assess the impact of this pollution on the lives of over 1 crore people residing in the vicinity.

To delve deeper into the subject, Nivriti Mohan of News9 Plus, the journalist uncovering the reality of the food on our plate, along with experts collected vegetable samples from the Yamuna floodplains as well as local markets and subjected them to rigorous lab testing for heavy metal contamination.

Speaking about the tests conducted at Delhi Test House, Suman Jha, the Quality Manager, highlighted the concerning results, stating, “Disturbingly, a significant 23% of the samples tested revealed shockingly high levels of lead (Pb) contamination, surpassing the permissible limit of 2.5mg/kg set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. In certain cases, the concentration of lead was found to be four times higher than the approved limit.”

Disturbingly, 66% of the samples with high lead contamination originated from two locations on the Yamuna floodplains: Yamuna Bank Khadar and Sarai Kale Khan. Additionally, 34% of the failed samples were obtained from local markets, all of which comprised green leafy vegetables. This suggests that due to their perishable nature, locally grown vegetables from the floodplains are being supplied to the local markets without the requisite scrutiny.

The investigation features ground reportage and expert analysis by environmentalists, scientists, medical health experts, and researchers. Contributors include Chandra Bhushan, President and CEO of iForest, Diwan Singh, an Environment and Yamuna Activist, Dr. CS Seth, Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, DU, Piyush Mohapatra, Sr. Programme Coordinator at Toxics Link, Dr. Rahul Bhargava, Haematologist at Fortis Hospital Gurugram, Dr. Sonia Lal Gupta, Neurologist at Metro Group of Hospitals, Dr. Ajit Saxena, Paediatrician, and Dr. Anshuman Kumar, Chief Cancer Surgeon at Dharmashila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.

The perspectives of local vendors and farmers have also been included in the analysis. The investigation has sought input from institutions like The Energy and Resources Institute to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issue.

The implications of this contamination are grave, especially for children who are most vulnerable to lead poisoning. Paediatricians and neurologists emphasise the potential long-term consequences, such as impaired cognitive skills, stunted growth, and even seizures or coma in extreme cases. Lead exposure in adults can lead to behavioural changes, lethargy, fatigue, memory issues, and more serious health problems, including various cancers.

Going forward, the investigation also offers a few solutions as suggested by these experts.

The alarming findings of the News9 Plus special investigation serve as a wake-up call for authorities, farmers, and consumers alike to take urgent action to safeguard public health and ensure the availability of uncontaminated vegetables in the market.

To watch the story, click on the link: https://www.news9plus.com/webseries/939C623D-8FB4-4F8B-BC4B-1ED863944EC5

It’s the first time in over 35 years that a non-journalist has been invited to vote on Epica Awards entries, which are normally judged exclusively by the press.

The AIJE – or AI Jury Experiment – will take place on the margins of this year’s Epica Awards. The results will not count towards the official prizes. The AI will be asked to make its judgements based on text: the summary of the creative idea that agencies are required to include alongside their entries.

This means that only the idea itself can be judged, not its execution. In this initial phase, the AI will restrict its focus to categories encompassing technique and digital mediums. The AI will be tasked with assessing each idea in relation to others within its designated category. The AI's assessments, performed over multiple iterations, are then averaged, ensuring a more robust and reliable evaluation of each concept's creative value.

The Epica Awards will publish the results alongside its official list of winners on December 8 2023.

Operations director Nicolas Huvé, who is behind the initiative, said: “AI is poised to revolutionize creativity, and as a creative award organization, we simply couldn’t turn a blind eye. After months of testing, we're confident that we now have a functional protocol, albeit for research purposes. Our experimental AI juror is not part of our main jury and we have no plans to replace our esteemed journalists. But it will be fascinating to see if the results have anything in common.”

Epica Awards editorial director Mark Tungate said: “Our press jury are keen to document topical events, and AI is the story of the moment. So it made sense for us to join the conversation. Epica has a history of innovation – we were the first creative awards show to launch a Use of AI category, for example. This experiment will be intriguing and fun. However, we believe humans are the best-placed to judge human creativity.”

Established in 1987, Epica Awards is unique as it is the only creative industry prize judged by the press. Today the jury brings together more than 200 chief editors and senior reporters from trade, specialist and mainstream titles in over 60 countries.

The Epica Awards are open for entries from July 1st to October 6th.

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