Delivering his inaugural address, Virbhadra Singh congratulated the Board of Governors of The Tribune Trust for launching separate edition for its readers in the State which has fulfilled a long pending demand of the English newspaper readers in the State. He said that it was the oldest English newspaper in the region which was serving the people for the last over 125 years and maintained its credibility by presenting the news and views in a most effective manner while maintaining its credibility, authenticity, neutrality, impartiality and objectivity which were the greatest assets to any newspaper. He hoped that the bond, people of Himachal Pradesh had with the newspapers published by the Trust would get further strengthened.
Mr. Justice R.S.Pathak, President, The Tribune Trust, thanked the Chief Minister for launching the Himachal Edition and hoped that it would go a long way in strengthening the bond between the newspaper and the people. He said that it was the endeavour of the newspaper to provide greater momentum to the role which the newspaper performs in the life of the people of the State and to serve them more punctually, with greater efficiency and bringing regional and national news to them. He said that media was accustomed to speak of its power in shaping public opinion, providing the environment for the assimilation of growing knowledge and of determining ever the psychological mindset of the people. He said that newspapers were required to act fearlessly, truthfully and impartially it being the repository of a people’s faith, the comfort of their security and guarantor of their sound judgement.
Justice Pathak honored the oldest, 101 years old reader of The Tribune, Shri Amar Chand Sood, as Shri H.K.Dua, Editor-in-Chief read the recitation on the occasion. He also honoured other people associated with the Trust from different places of the state.
H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief, welcomed the Chief Minister and dignitaries and said that a long awaited moment had arrived to the people of Himachal Pradesh with the launching of a separate edition of the newspaper. He said that after partition of the country the newspaper was shifted from Lahore to Shimla and brought out from here for quite some time which had deeply rooted in the hearts of people and newspaper. He said that endeavour of the newspaper would be to rise to the expectations and aspirations of its readers in Himachal Pradesh.