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Celebrate the glory of Independence Day with CNN-IBN

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New Delhi, August 11, 2009

CNN-IBN, India's No.1 English News channel brings a special patriotic and entertaining line up of special programmes as the country completes 62 years of Independence this 15th August. The special programming line-up includes CNN-IBN’s most definitive bi–annual nationwide poll in partnership with Hindustan Times, ‘State of the Nation’ which returns in its 8th Edition along with many other specials like ‘India Rocks- Children of Change’, ‘Rewind to 47’, ‘Secret Kitchen Flavours of 47’, ‘The 1947 Quiz’ and a special episode on CNN-IBN’s popular initiative Citizen Journalism ‘The Citizen Journalist Show’. The shows will be aired through this week and on 15th August.

Celebrate the glory of Independence Day with CNN-IBN
CNN-IBN’s flagship bi-annual nationwide poll
‘State of the Nation’
returns for its 8th edition this Independence Day on
'Changing Attitudes in Urban India'
. The poll looks at finding answers to the debate whether Indian society is ready to shake of its conservatism. The poll findings will be revealed throughout the week in half hour special episodes at 10.00 PM and will culminate into a one hour special on 15th Aug at 8.00 PM.

‘India Rocks’ also returns with its 8th edition, with a special theme on Children of Change. The special episode will bring together children from various parts of the country to recite a poem. The poem will be based on a change these children want to bring in the country. ‘India Rocks- Children of Change’ will be aired on August 15th at 7:30 PM on CNN-IBN.

‘Rewind to 47’ is a very special show on people who were around in 1947 and what was life like way back then. The show will have celebrities like Dev Anand, Zohra Segal, Alyque Padamsee, Ruskin Bond, Soli Sorabjee, Milkha Singh, Narendar Singh Sarila (ADC to Lord Mountbatten) The former King of Travancore, Saraswati Rajamani (oldest surviving female soldier in Netaji’s Indian National Army) amongst many others. The show goes on air on 15th August at 12.00 PM.

CNN-IBN’s popular foodie Bikramjit Ray returns with special episode of Secret Kitchen Flavours of ‘47 that will take viewers through what happened on the 14th and 15th of August 1947 in Delhi. From visiting the oldest movie hall, Regal to chatting with the oldest living member of Gymkhana club about his memories to finding out what was cooked at Karim’s and even digging out recipes that were available on the menu at quality restaurant on 15th Aug 1947 the show will explore the real taste of India in 1947. The show goes on air at 1.30 PM on 15th Aug.

Other shows on CNN-IBN include special Citizen Journalist Show on the 15th of August that will have relatives of the army men turning CJ and highlighting cases where the sacrifices by officers didn't get sufficient significance or compensation. The show will be aired at 11.30 AM on the Independence Day. CNN-IBN will also air a special show ‘1947 Quiz’ that will be aired through the day starting 7.00 AM from various schools across Delhi.

On popular demand CNN-IBN will again telecast the special show ‘Heroes of India’. The show will feature a day in life of the NSG commandos with Indian cricket team’s modern day legend Sachin Tendulkar and the popular Harbhajan Singh. The show will capture the stars performing various drills with the NSG commandos.

Speaking about the special programming on Independence Day, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief- IBN18 Network said, "As we country completes 62 years of Independence, CNN-IBN is all set to give the discerning viewers an unforgettable viewing experience taking them back in time to 1947. Our wide-range programming on the Independence Day is especially designed for viewers which will present news and views with a touch of entertainment. We are certain that our viewers will find the special shows refreshing, thinking and forward looking".

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