Jajpur:29/5/18; ‘Sambad’ is not simply a newspaper, it’s a harbinger of change. Whether it is presenting unbiased news or fearless journalism, it has always discharged its responsibility. It has never compromised with its editorial policy. It has given equal weightage to news pertaining to ruling party or opposition. It has brought issues to the notice of the government through its regional editions. Known as the people’s voice, Sambad doesn’t belong to any political party or group. It is a newspaper of common people, eminent personalities present during the launching of Jajpur edition of Odisha’s No 1 newspaper opined.
The regional edition of Sambad comprising of Jajpur and Keonjhar was launched yesterday evening at Brahmani Hotel in Jajpur Road.
“While the newspaper industry is currently going through difficult times, the decision to launch Jajpur edition is a bold act. There is a compulsion behind it. People are now-a-days so much interested to keep abreast of what’s happening in their locality that there is no option than to launch an edition,” Sambad Editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said in his address.
Referring to credibility of newspapers, Patnaik said: “Political parties, chief ministers and prime minister are trying to gain control over newspaper houses. For this, they aren’t even hesitating to use money and legal powers. This won’t be able to suppress the voice of people in longer run. Truth will surface some day. So, the people in power should accept independent voices.”
On this occasion, Padmashree Tulasi Munda, writer Ramachandra Behera, sprinter Dutee Chand, dancer Maguni Kuanr, President awarded Sarpanch Annapurna Dehury, social activist Kiran Shankar Sahu, Buddhist researcher Dr Nrusingh Charan Sahu among others were felicitated.
Several awardees failed to make it to the event for which their kin represented them on their behalf. The eminent persons are: world-renowned cardiologist Dr Ramakanta Panda, mountaineer Swarnalata Dalai and litterateur Achyutananda Pati.
A special issue of the newspaper was released on this occasion.
Sambad’s Managing Director Monica Nayyar Patnaik, DGM (News) Bhabani Shankar Tripathi, CGM (News) Arabinda Das, Jajpur District Correspondent Sangram Singh, Editor (Features) Dr Gourahari Das, Editor (Editorial Page) Ranjit Guru, COO Kamalakanta Mohapatra, DGM (HR) Baijayanti Kar, Editor (Publications division) Asit Mohanty, Ama Odisha (Co-ordinator) Swaraj Mishra, Sambad Sahitya Ghara state coordinator Subhashree Lenka, Jajpur AGM (News) Dr Pradeep Mohapatra, Cuttack edition manager Sushil Pradhan and other senior members of the Sambad Group were present on the occasion.