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Dish Network to Introduce Five South Asian Channels
High School Students Win $25K Prize

Dish Network to Introduce Five South Asian Channels

Dish Network today announced the expansion of the nation’s largest South Asian television lineup to 77 channels with the launch of ETV Bangla and ETV Telugu and the upcoming launches of ETV Marathi, STAR Majha and ETV Kannada.

ETV Bangla (Ch. 590) is available on Dish Network in the United States in both the Bangla Mega Pack for $29.99 per month or the Prabasi Bengali Pack for $19.99 per month. The entertainment-focused channel from the West Bengal state of India features drama, non-fiction, reality, devotional, movies and music-based programming 24 hours per day. ETV Bangla also airs children’s shows and special events.

ETV Telugu (Ch. 585) is also offered by Dish Network in the United States in the Telugu Pack for $29.99 per month. The channel offers a wide variety of entertainment programming from the Andra Pradesh state of India, including dramatic series, reality shows, music-based shows, movies and more.

ETV Marathi (Ch. 670) and Star Majha (Ch. 618) will soon join Dish Network’s new Maha Package for $19.99 per month – the only Marathi language programming package in the United States. ETV Marathi delivers Marathi speakers a schedule of top-rated, in-language shows focused on a variety of different topics including reality, drama, religion, movies, music and children’s programming. Star Majha is a premium news channel from the Maharashtra State of India, focused on delivering up-to-the-minute reports on the latest happenings in India and the world.

ETV Kannada (Ch. 905), which will be offered in the Kannada Mega Pack for $19.99 per month, is a premium Kannada-language entertainment channel from the Karnataka State in India. The 24/7 channel features all things entertainment, from popular TV series, movies and music to children’s and reality shows.

“Dish Network offers some of the most-watched programming from India, and the addition of these five channels confirms our position as the undisputed leader in delivering the most South Asian channels and the widest variety of Indian content in the U.S.,” said Chris Kuelling, vice president of international programming.


High School Students Win $25K Prize

(Above): High school students show their winning prize during the TiE Young Entrepreneurs global competition.

In its second year, the TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs) global competition was hosted by TiE Carolinas at Research Triangle Park, Cisco in North Carolina.

TYE is a TiE Global initiative where a business course curriculum is taught in several TiE Chapters around the world, culminates in an international business competition for young high school students.

Participating teens devoted their weekends for six months to learn about entrepreneurship, business models, finance, marketing, law, leadership, and presentation skills. Winning regional teams from Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Seattle and San Diego, and Delhi traveled to Carolinas to present their business plans in person. London and Rajasthan teams were able to present via Cisco TelePresence. Team coaches, chapter managers and volunteers cheered on their teams from their remote locations.

Geetha Ramamurthy, founder and chairperson of the TYE Global Program explains the vision behind the TYE, “TYE’s bigger cause is social development. We are committed to create and nurture future generation of entrepreneurs or leaders and make positive contribution to not only building a strong network of youth within the TiE organization but also serve its communities and the business ecosystems.”

“Pitching a business idea to an investor is one of the hardest forms of communication,” commented Sidd Chopra, founder of Speed Speak, who emceed the global awards ceremony.

In a amazing race, four teams emerged!

First Place co-winner: HelioHauls, TiE Carolinas-HelioHauls has developed a cutting edge solar auxiliary power system to provide a high performance solution for the idling problem. First Place co-winner: Betes Band LLC, TiE Austin-The Betes Band is a “brandable” wristband that monitors blood sugar levels accurately enough to eliminate the need for pricking monitors.
Second Place: Illumination Corporation, TiE Boston. With the Portanova, customers get the power of an outlet charger with the portability of a smart phone case. Third Place: Lavacro, TiE Delhi. Lavacro’s mission is to revolutionize the laundry experience for a customer through innovative services and technologies.

Madhu Beriwal, one of the judges at the competition summed up the TYE experience saying, “It was a rewarding, uplifting, and amazing experience for me. I was impressed by the caliber of innovation evident in the ideas, the rigorous grounding of the idea in business realities, and the poise and confidence of the young entrepreneurs. I believe that there are two strong pathways to success as people, communities, and nations – education and entrepreneurship. What I saw at the TYE completion gives me hope for the global future.”

In the coming year, 17 TiE Chapters from 4 continents are expected to conduct the TiE Young Entrepreneurs program. These locations will include 9 cities from the US and Canada (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Raleigh, Denver, Seattle, San Diego, Vancouver and Washington DC), 6 cities from India (Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad), Melbourne, Australia, and London, UK.

For more information, please visit www.tie.org.



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