Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, the Urdu daily from the Sahara Group, has joined the online brigade with the launch of e-papers for all its editions on February 5, 2007. Currently, the paper is present in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Patna and Hyderabad. From now on, people will be able to access the paper online from any part of the world.
When contacted, Aziz Burney, Head-Urdu Media, Sahara Group, said, “This move has been initiated as we want a global reach.”
The e-papers will be available free of cost. However, Burney didn’t rule out the possibility of making them paid in the future, but he refused to put any time frame to that.
The text of the e-paper would be in Urdu, however, the gist would be available in English too. Plans are afoot to make the text available in Persian and Arabic languages too so as to make the paper comprehensible for the people residing in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Sahara will be launching its Bangalore edition by the end of this month, followed by a Srinagar edition. Following that the Urdu daily will be available in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh too. Ads have been running in the paper for a week now to create awareness of the new ventures.