PIB introduces SMS alerts for mediapersons, revamps website

NEW DELHI: Mediapersons who want to be alerted about press releases relating to their own beats can now get SMS alert from the Press Information Bureau which is the Government’s main information agency.

Mediapersons wanting this service have to register with the SMS service.
This was stated after Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting CM Jatua launched the newly designed website of the PIB.

The Minister said the newly designed website would enable media persons to access information promptly. This would facilitate timely flow of information for important events taking place within the Government. 
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Director General (M&C) Neelam Kapur said though the website remained the most widely surfed information website, it had become necessary to introduce tools for providing quick, accessible quality information to the user, especially those belonging to the media.

Some of the key features that had been introduced in the new website included the new colour scheme for the web-site, faster user friendly search system and placement of Urdu releases on the Home Page. She said a number of media persons were accessing high resolution print quality photographs and the rich archival material available on the site for their professional duties.

I&B Secretary Raghu Menon, Special Secretary Uday Kumar Varma and senior officials of the PIB and the Ministry were present during the function.

The web-site was first launched in 1998. The new features also include a soothing three-colour pattern corresponding to the colours of the national flag.

Arrangement of elements has been standardized across pages. Different elements (such as facilitations of journalists) have been grouped together.

Urdu releases are also displayed on the Home Page in addition to English and Hindi releases/features. Hindi content is now available in UNICODE. This font system will obviate the need for font conversion and will be editable/viewable across platform and browsers.

A segment has been added for video content. At present video content is being generated through Live Web-cast of cabinet briefings and President‘s /PM‘s speeches at national events.

Search has been made faster and more user friendly.

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