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Tribune launches Jammu Edition
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 10
Continuing with its expansion plans, The Tribune today launched its Jammu edition at an impressive function at the General Zorawar Auditorium in the campus of the University of Jammu.

The edition was launched by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, in the presence of a galaxy of dignitaries, including the Trustees of the Tribune, Dr R.P. Bambah, Mr Justice S.S. Sodhi and Mr N.N. Vohra, the Editor-in-Chief, Mr H.K. Dua, and the General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari.

Bonhomie Marks Tribune Function

Newly sworn in Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffar Hussain Baigh interacts with Mr Justice S.S. Sodhi (left)and Mr N.N. Vohra (centre), Trustees of The Tribune, during the launch of the Jammu edition on Monday.
Newly sworn in Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffar Hussain Baigh interacts with Mr Justice S.S. Sodhi (left)and Mr N.N. Vohra (centre), Trustees of The Tribune, during the launch of the Jammu edition on Monday.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad (2nd from left) is received by the Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, Mr H.K. Dua (2nd from right), and trustees of The Tribune at the launch of The Tribune’s Jammu edition.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad (2nd from left) is received by the Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, Mr H.K. Dua (2nd from right), and trustees of The Tribune at the launch of The Tribune’s Jammu edition.
Dignitaries at the launching ceremony of The Tribune’s Jammu edition in Jammu on Monday.
Dignitaries at the launching ceremony of The Tribune’s Jammu edition in Jammu on Monday. — Tribune photo: Anand Sharma
Various dignitaries of the state attend the launching ceremony of The Tribune’s Jammu edition.
Various dignitaries of the state attend the launching ceremony of The Tribune’s Jammu edition. — Tribune photos by Anand Sharma

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister hailed the arrival of The Tribune in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He disclosed that his government was planning to announce an information policy.

Mr Azad said his government had also embarked upon a massive plan of building up infrastructure like roads, bridges, hospitals, educational institutions and powerhouses on a fast-track basis.

He said Jammu and Kashmir was passing through very difficult times due to militancy. He regretted that the development of infrastructure in the state could not keep pace with that of other states in the country.

However, Mr Azad added, there was a change for the better on the ground. The government was now focused on building up infrastructure.

The Chief Minister observed that "if the Press starts reporting facts conscientiously the world would become a better place to live in". It was the job of the print media to show the true picture of the society. It could play a crucial role in educating the people and providing them a clear picture of what was going on in the world around them.

Praising the contribution of The Tribune to the freedom struggle, Mr Azad pointed out that it was the first English language newspaper owned by an illustrious Indian, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia. He said, "some newspapers have remained closely associated with the freedom struggle of the country and The Tribune is one among them…it remained in the forefront of the freedom struggle articulating the aspirations of the common Indian masses".

Lauding the role of The Tribune in the country’s development after independence, he said, "it is a matter of great satisfaction that this newspaper continues to contribute significantly to the progress of the nation in the post-independent era as well".

He said The Tribune had not only sustained itself as a credible newspaper of the country but had has also grown in size and stature. "No wonder The Tribune happens to be the largest circulated English daily in North India", he remarked.

The Chief Minister asked the Jammu University to set up a Department of Journalism to provide manpower to the media industry. Besides providing professionals, he observed, it could also help in reducing unemployment.

Spelling out the role of The Tribune, Dr R.P. Bambah said the principles laid down by the founders had constantly guided the newspaper. Quoting the first editorial of The Tribune, he said, "as the mouthpiece of the people, the Tribune will be conducted on broad and catholic principles".

Assuring his full cooperation to the Chief Minister he said, "you have the honour of being the First Servant of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a convergence between your objectives and those of The Tribune. You have taken the responsibility to serve the people of your state and your country; The Tribune is also committed to protect the rights of our people and to make them aware of their responsibilities".

At the same time, the Tribune Trustee cautioned, "we are not only the voice of the people; we are also the voice for the people".

In his address, the Editor-in-Chief, Mr H.K. Dua, said The Tribune wanted to be in Jammu to get closer to the people of this region. He said the past experience had shown that while the governments had remained at a distance from and even indifferent and callous towards the people, The Tribune wanted to fill that gap. When the governments failed, the people looked towards newspapers like The Tribune.

Mr Dua expressed grave concern over the criminalisation of politics in the country. He said this was posing a danger to democracy in the country. It was in this regard that the role of newspapers like The Tribune became important.

The Editor-in-Chief said this was the seventh edition of The Tribune. The paper had already launched its Jalandhar and Bathinda editions. Besides, there were separate editions for Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. And now it was the turn of Jammu and Kashmir to have its own newspaper.

He pointed out that The Tribune was the only newspaper in the country which was managed by a public Trust and was not owned by a politician or a businessman. That was the reason why The Tribune had always been guided by public interest.

Later Mr Dua assured that The Tribune would provide internship opportunities to the students of the mass communication department to be set up in the Jammu University.

The General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari, proposed a vote of thanks.

Prominent among those who attended the function included the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Muzaffar Hussein Beg, the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Abdul Aziz Zargar, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Mr Taj Mohi-u-din, the Deputy Speaker in the state legislature, Mr Mohammad Akbar Lone, the Vice-Chancellor of the Jammu University, Mr Amitabh Mattoo, the Director General of Police, Mr Kuldeep Khoda, the Vigilance Commissioner, Mr Ashok Bhan, the Inspector General of Police, Jammu range, Mr S.P. Vaid, IG CID, Mr K Rajindra, former union minister, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta, former state presidents of the BJP, Mr Nirmal Singh and Mr Daya Kishen Kotwal, eminent journalist, Mr Ved Bhasin, and other distinguished people from a cross section of the society, including doctors, teachers, lawyers and students.

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Talwar: Pursuit of excellence to continue
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 10
The President of The Tribune Trust, Mr R. S. Talwar, in his message to the people of the state has assured that the newspaper would continue with its highest standards of professional ethics and excellence.

As Mr Talwar could not attend the function for personal reasons, he had sent a message, which was read out by the Editor-in-Chief, Mr H. K. Dua.

In his message, Mr Talwar said, “we have been thinking of launching the Jammu edition for quite some time and I am happy the day has come when we are able to do so.”

He said, “the people of Jammu and Kashmir have also been wanting The Tribune to start an edition from the State”. He pointed out, "The Tribune has for decades been covering the state of Jammu and Kashmir and enjoying a special relationship with the people in all the three regions — Jammu, the Valley and Ladakh. The new edition is bound to further strengthen this bond".

The President hoped, "the enhanced coverage of the State's affairs will help us to feel the pulse of the people better and report on their problems so that these can be attended to by the authorities".

He said, "I am sure, the warm response our announcement about the Jammu edition has evoked in the state will encourage The Tribune to do its duty better”.

Reiterating the mission of The Tribune, he said, "a newspaper's greatest asset is the trust of its readers, which The Tribune has always enjoyed during the 127 years of its journey. I am sure, The Tribune will continue to adhere to high standards of professionalism and values dear to us all".

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