London: Vijay Rana, who worked for the BBC Hindi Service for over two decades and produced pioneering programmes that were widely followed in India and elsewhere, will be honoured at the 9th World Hindi Conference in Johannesburg for his contribution to the language.

Organised by the Government of India in association with a local organisation, the Hindi Siksha Sangh of South Africa, the event starting tomorrow is expected to be attended by over 700 Hindi poets, writers, scholars and journalists from various countries.

Rana, now the editor of the web-based radio service, nrifm.com, will be honoured for promoting and popularizing Hindi language through journalism.In the mid-1980s, Rana produced a weekly environment programme, which is considered to be one of the first environment radio programmes in Hindi.

His programmes included a series on smoking called Dheema Zahar (Slow poisoning), and another on the state of elderly people in India.Rana said he dedicated his award to millions of BBC Hindi listeners and BBC veterans such as Kailash Budhwar, Onkarnath Srivastava and Bhagwan Prakash.

(Agencies)

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