Indian Newspapers Society (INS) has appointed regional chairpersons and new heads of various committees for the year 2004 –05. The society has appointed Indira Raj Khewa of Sentinel as the chairman of the newly created North East regional operations, which was earlier part of the Kolkata region. And, Aniruddha Lahiri of Anand Bazaar Patrika is the new chairman of the Kolkata chapter.
Girish Agarwal of Dainik Bhaskar, Pratap G Pawar of Sakal, KN Shanth Kumar of Deccan Herald and Chairman of ABC, BB Shah of Gujarat Samachar, T Venkatram Reddy of Deccan Chronicle, Atul Maheshwari of Amar Ujala, Manoj Kumar Santhalia of New Indian Express, Gulab Kothari of Rajasthan Patrika and Jose Thomas Pattara of Deepika have been respectively made chairpersons of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Kerala regions respectively. RN Gupta of Tribune, Suresh Balakrishnan of Hindustan Times and Tariq Ansari of Mid-Day have been appointed as regional chairpersons for respectively Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai.
INS has also announced the names of the newly appointed chairpersons of its various committees. I Venkat of Enaadu has been made chairman of the Advertisement Committee, while Mammen Mathew of Malyala Manorama heads the News Print Committee. The other newly appointed chiefs of INS committees for the year 2004-05 include Vijay Darda of Lokmat (Building, Finance and Staff Committee), MJ Akbar of Asian Age (Press Freedom Committee), M Venkatraman of Economic Times (Technology Committee), N Murali (Negotiation Committee on Advertisement Matters), Shobhna Bhartiya of Hindustan Times (Event Committee), Bharat Kapadia of Chitralekha (Project Print Committee), Sunil Dang (Small and Medium Newspapers Committee), Ashish Bagga of India Today (Periodical Committee) and M D Veerendra Kumar of Matrabhoomi (Industrial Relations and Legal Affairs Committee).