GUWAHATI, April 1 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit today underlined the need to maintain the ethics of journalism. Despite there being stiff competitions, temptations of sensationalism should be checked, he said, addressing the concluding function of the platinum jubilee celebrations of The Assam Tribune and the golden jubilee celebrations of its sister publication the Dainik Asam at the Pragjyoti � ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa here.
Praising the high standard maintained by The Assam Tribune, the Governor said that as a reader he finds this newspaper one of the best in the country. The Assam Tribune played a major role in the country�s freedom struggle, he said.
He stated that he needs The Assam Tribune along with his morning tea. �Without The Assam Tribune, I don�t take tea. I am addicted to The Assam Tribune, which is a wonderful paper, not less than any national paper of the country,� he said.
On the Dainik Asam, Purohit hoped that it would teach him Assamese within the next two years. He exhorted the journalists connected with the Assam Tribune Group of Publications to be bold in criticising the wrongs of even the rulers.
Addressing the function, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that it is time for positive thinking. Improved quality can bring about peace in society. The State needs quality people to bring good governance and hence he said he is making appeals to the teachers to produce quality students.
Sonowal also mentioned the enormous contributions made by the Assam Tribune Group of Publications to the State�s society. The founder of this group RG Baruah had not only contributed to the development of media in this part of the country, but also made remarkable contributions in the fields of sport and culture. His contributions will be ever remembered, he said.
In her welcome address, director of the Assam Tribune Group of Publications Babita Rajkhowa reaffirmed the resolve of the newspaper group to continue with its endeavour to maintain the high standard of its publications.