P V Chandran of the Mathrubhumi group was elected President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2015-16 at its annual general meeting held here. Chandran, who succeeds Kiran B Vadodaria of Sambhaav Metro, is the Managing Editor and one of the whole-time Directors of the Mathrubhumi group looking after 'Grihalakshmi', an exclusive magazine for women. Somesh Sharma of Rashtradoot Saptahik is the new Deputy President of INS while Akila Urankar of Business Standard is the Vice President and Mohit Jain (Economic Times) is the Honorary Treasurer. V Shankaran was elected Secretary General of the Society.
The 41-member new Executive Committee includes K Balaji(The Hindu Weekly), Vijay Kumar Chopra (PunjabKesari, Jalandhar),
Viveck Goenka (The Indian Express, Mumbai), Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Dainik Jagran), Sanjay Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Varanasi), R Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), Naresh Mohan (Sunday Statesman), M P Veerendra Kumar (Mathrubhumi), Hormusji N Cama (Bombay Samachar Weekly) and Ravindra Kumar (The Statesman).
About Indian Newspaper Society
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) (formerly Indian and Eastern Newspaper Society) acts as the central organization of the Press of India, an independent body authenticating circulation figures of newspapers and periodicals in India. It is an organization which plays a major role in protecting and promoting the freedom of press in India. The society was founded in 1939. Its headquarters are at Rafi Marg, New Delhi. INS membership comprises the owners, proprietors and publishers of print media who discusses and suggest various measures to the government regarding the problems related to the newspaper industry. It is a kind of pressure group which works to protect the interest of newspaper industry in particular and print media in general.On February 27, 2014, the Society marked its Platinum Jubilee with a celebration at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, was Chief Guest and gave away commemorative plaques to extant founding members - Bombay Chronicle, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Statesman, The Times of India and The Tribune. On this occasion, President Mukherjee was also presented the first copy of a book "Threescore and Fifteen - The Story of the Indian Newspaper Society" written by INS president Ravindra Kumar.