Bengaluru, Sep 15 (PTI) Akila Urankar of Business Standard was today elected President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2017-18 at its 78th Annual General Meeting here.

She succeeds Somesh Sharma of Rashtradoot Saptahik, according to an INS press release.

Jayant Mammen Mathew (Malayala Manorama) is the new Deputy President, Shailesh Gupta (Mid-Day) Vice President and Sharad Saxena (Hindustan Times, Patna) is the Honorary Treasurer of the Society for the year 2017-18, it added.

S P Gaur is the Secretary General of the Society.

The members of the Executive Committee of the INS include L Adimoolam (Health & The Antiseptic), Ashish Bagga (India Today), S Balasubramaniam Adityan (Daily Thanthi), Girish Agarwal (Dainik Bhaskar, Bhopal), Samahit Bal (Pragativadi), V K Chopra (Dainik Asam) and Vijay Kumar Chopra (Punjabi Kesari, Jalandhar).

The other members are Vijay Jawaharlal Darda (Lokmat), Jagjit Singh Dardi (Charhdikala Daily), Viveck Goenka (The Indian Express, Mumbai), Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Dainik Jagran), Pradeep Gupta (Dataquest), Sanjay Gupta (Dainik Jagran, Varanasi), Mohit Jain (Economic Times), Sarvinder Kaur (Ajit).

Also among the members are C H Kiron (Vipula & Annadata), R Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), Rajul Maheshwari (Amar Ujala), Vilas A Marathe (Dainik Hindusthan, Amravati), Naresh Mohan (Sunday Statesman), Anant Nath (Grihshobhika, Marathi), Pratap G Pawar (Sakal), D D Purkayastha (Ananda Bazar Patrika), R M R Ramesh (Dinakaran) and K Raja Prasad Reddy (Sakshi, Vishakhapatnam).

The other members are Atideb Sarkar (Sananda), Rakesh Sharma (Aaj Samaj), M V Sreyamskumar (Mathrubhumi Arogya Masika), Kiran D Thakur (Tarun Bharat, Belgaum), Biju Varghese (Mangalam Weekly).

Rajiv Verma (Hindustan Times, New Delhi), Vinay Verma (The Tribune), Jacob Mathew (Vanitha), Bahubali S Shah (Gujarat Samachar), Hormusji N Cama ( Bombay Samachar Weekly), Kundan R Vyas (Vyapar, Mumbai), K N Tilak Kumar (Deccan Herald & Prajavani), Ravindra Kumar (The Statesman), Kiran B Vadodaria (Sambhaav Metro), P V Chandran (Grehalaksmi) and Somesh Sharma (Rashtradoot Saptahik) are also members of the Executive Committee.

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