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Grab one last copy as Hindustan Times shuts Kolkata edition from Monday

By Bappaditya Paul

COME Monday, 09 January, India’s leading English daily, Hindustan Times, would discontinue its edition from Kolkata after a stint of about 16 years in the City of Joy.

Employees at the Kolkata office of the second most widely read English news daily in India received an e-mail from their Delhi headquarters on 04 January informing about management’s decision to stop publishing from the city.

This, the management wrote, was being done with the aim of investing into “Digital Future” which the company thinks would be more rewarding. Independent web portal Newslaundry reports that the company would also stop publishing the editions from Ranchi, Bhopal, and Indore from the same day.

The move comes about a year since the company started imparting training to its Kolkata editorial staff into producing and publishing news on digital platforms. For the past near two months or so, Hindustan Times Kolkata edition began to publish more news online and made reporters and copy editors to publicise the same on social media.

An editorial staff with the Kolkata edition said that ever since getting the e-mail, the 120-odd employees here were in utter anxiety, fearing that they might be sacked.

“We hear that the company would barely retain three to five reporters in Kolkata,” he said on conditions of anonymity. On Monday, an executive editor of the newspaper from Mumbai is scheduled to visit Kolkata to announce the downsizing and the next course of action.

The strength of the editorial team of Kolkata edition ~ including reporters and copy editors ~ is around 40. Some of them have already started approaching other English dailies published from the city for opportunities.

This is the first instance in India of any major newspaper stopping to publish print editions as the media world marches into a digital era where news is consumed more on the Internet.

Hindustan Times had started its edition from Kolkata in early 2000 and this was followed by a satellite edition from Siliguri the next year. The Siliguri edition, however, was discontinued within a year or so, but the Kolkata edition continued despite making losses year after year.

Until the announcement on 04 January, everyone associated with Hindustan Times in Kolkata used to believe that the company would never stop publishing from here as the city was once the base of the Birlas, who own the newspaper.

The unforeseen move probably also indicates at the dying ad revenue market in Bengal due to the absence of major industries in the state.

(Author is editor, NEWSMEN, Kolkata. This report first appeared on on 7 January 2017.)


In 145 yr history, Kolkata Dock records highest ever cargo

Cargo containers at Kolkata Dock. File photo.

Cargo containers at Kolkata Dock. File photo.

THE KOLKATA PORT TRUST (KoPT)-run Kolkata Dock has recorded an all-time high cargo handling in its 145-year history during the just concluded 2014-15 fiscal year.

The Kolkata Dock was commissioned in 1870.   

According to KoPT management, in 2014-15, the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) handled a cargo throughput of 15.282 metric ton, surpassing the previous highest record of 13.741 mt in 2007-08.

This new record is 18.7 per cent higher than the 12.875 mt cargo that the Kolkata Dock handled in 2013-14.

As against this, its counter part, the Haldia Dock handled 31.01 mt of cargo in 2014-15, up by 9 per cent from the 28.511 mt handled the previous year.

Haldia Dock is a deep-water dock located at Haldia in East Midnapore district and it too is part of the Kolkata Port, a Central government undertaking.

As regards the overall performance in 2014-15, KoPT chairman R P S Kahlon said that Kolkata Port has ranked 3rd amongst all major ports in India via-a-vis container traffic.

“Kolkata Port Trust as a whole handled 46.292 mt of traffic in 2014-15, recording 12 per cent growth over the 41.386 mt handled in 2013-14,” Mr Kahlon said in a statement.

“This includes, an all-time high rail-borne traffic of 27.10 mt as comaped to the 23.88 mt in 2013-2014.”