Punjab Kesari

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Punjab Kesari (पंजाब केसरी)
Punjab Kesari header with the photos of late founders Lala Jagat Narain and Romesh Chander
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Publisher The Hindsamachar Ltd.
Editor Vijay Chopra (Jalandhar) and Ashwini Kumar chopra (Delhi)
Founded 1965
Political alignment Liberal
Language Hindi
Headquarters Jalandhar, Delhi
Circulation 1,159,489 Daily[1] (as of Jul - Dec 2015)
Website Jalandhar, Delhi

Punjab Kesari Group is a Hindi-language newspaper published from many centres in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi in India. It is owned by the Punjab Kesari group (The Hindsamachar Ltd.). It is one of the four newspapers started by the group; the other three are Hind Samachar in Urdu, Jagbani in Punjabi languages and Navodaya Times in Hindi languages from Delhi ( NCR ).

The newspaper was established by Lala Jagat Narain and later on his elder son Romesh Chander took over the reins. However, during the days of terrorism in Punjab, both were assassinated, in 1981 and 1984 respectively.[2]
During those days of terrorism, Punjab Kesari worked as the newspaper of masses with its news and editorials. From then onward in a bid to provide direct and regular help to the families of terrorism-affected people, the management also established Shaheed Parivar Fund for the cause.[3]

1974 : During The Emergency (India), undeclared censorship on press, when the power supply was discontinued, the newspaper was printed by the alternative arrangements with tractors on diesel
1984-92 : During the terrorism in Punjab, due to the continues threats and attack on media staff, the production, printing and distribution, every process was under strict police protection

Publication Centres[edit]

The newspaper has a daily circulation of approximate 15,71,000 copies which are printed from Jalandhar (since 1965),[4] Delhi (1983),[5] Ambala Cantt (1991), Palampur (2004), Ludhiana (2004), Jaipur (2006), Panipat (2006), Hisar (2006), Jammu (2007), Mohali (2008), Chandigarh (2009) and Shimla (2009).

Punjab Kesari Group[edit]

In 1948 the group came to existence with the publication of the Urdu-language daily Hind Samachar. Lateron with other daily newspapers Punjab Kesari (1965) in Hindi, Jag Bani (1978) in Punjabi and Navodaya Times (2013) in Hindi. The group publish from 13 centres- Jalandhar, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Palampur, Shimla, Hissar, Panipat, Ambala, Rohtak & Jammu from the states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The in total daily average readership is more than 1.40 crore.

The founders made The Punjab Kesari Group a mouthpiece against corruption, nepotism and misuse of power and a forum for redressal of people’s problems and grievances. The Punjab Kesari Group has been actively involved in the rehabilitation of terrorists victims the country over irrespective of religion or caste. From decades the group is continuing its drive of helping the families of the victims of the separatism and terrorism of the 80’s and 90’s from Punjab and J&K.

Hind Samachar (Urdu) : First published on May 4, 1948, Hind Samachar is the first newspaper of the group. Today it is published from Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Jammu.

Punjab Kesari (Hindi): Launched on June 13, 1965 with an initial print order of 3500 copies. Today, its circulation is 7,43,000 copies. Today it is published from Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Palampur, Panipat, Hissar, Jammu, Bathinda, Rohtak, Shimla.

Jagbani (Punjabi) : Launched on July 21, 1978, today boasts a circulation of 3,29,000 copies. Today it is published from Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Bathinda.

Navodaya Times (Hindi): A Hindi daily launched on August 6, 2013 from New Delhi now has a circulation of over 1,00,000 copies.

1.40 Crore Readers Punjab Kesari 7,43,019 Average Copies Jagbani 3,29,414 Average Copies Hind Samachar 22,316 Average Copies Navodaya Times 1,00,000 Average Copies TOTAL 11,94,749 copies

Punjab Kesari Internet[edit]

To reach the Indian millennial audience, 50 year old newspaper has presence over Internet as well. Two groups publish news on their respective websites from two different places in India, i.e., Delhi on PunjabKesari.com and Jalandhar on PunjabKesari.in.[6] The Jalandhar group also launched Yum on Facebook and Youtube, a food recipe video channel, directly competing with the market dominant Tasty (BuzzFeed). Yum is already number one in India followed by FoodMate and Scoopwhoop's Om Nom Nom. The Jalandhar group also launched Jugaad, a DIY video channel, on both Facebook and Youtube recently, competing directly with BuzzFeed's Nifty.

As per Alexa, a web traffic data and analytics, Jalandhar group's website PunjabKesari.in is ranked 918 in India and Delhi group's website PunjabKesari.com is ranked 10189 in India on Aug 9, 2017.

Prominent columnists[edit]



  1. ^ "Submission of circulation figures for the audit period July - December 2015" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ NT-Oct22,2013 The Struggle
  3. ^ 108th Shaheed Parivar Fund
  4. ^ Jalandhar Edition PunjabKesari.in
  5. ^ Delhi Edition PunjabKesari.com
  6. ^ http://www.printweek.in/features/interview-amit-chopra-punjab-kesari-17693
  7. ^ Daily Page 2 : Shekhar Gurera's Pocket Cartoon Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  8. ^ Tuesday Weekly Editorial : Poonam I Kaushik Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  9. ^ Monday Weekly Editorial : Vineet Narain Punjab Kesari 15/09/2014
  10. ^ Sunday Weekly Editorial : Virendra Kapur Punjab Kesari 14/09/2014
  11. ^ Tuesday Weekly Editorial : B G Verghese Punjab Kesari 16/09/2014
  12. ^ Friday Weekly Editorial : Kalyani Shankar Punjab Kesari 15/09/2014
  13. ^ PK Social Media, Jalandhar PKJ online
  14. ^ PK Social Media, Delhi Punjab Kesari (National)
  15. ^ AKC as MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra for Karnal