Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Commemorative Postage Stamp released on 'The Times of India' on 13/11/2013

India Post released a stamp to commemorate 175 years of The Times of India on 13th November 2013. The Times of India (TOI) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper. In 2008, the newspaper reported that with a circulation of over 3.14 million it had been certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (India) as the world's largest selling English-language daily, ranking it as the third largest selling newspaper in any language in the world. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2012, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 76.43 lacks (7.643 million). This ranks the Times of India as the top English daily in India by readership. It is owned and published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 

The Times of India was founded on 3 November 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce in Bombay, during an intermediate period between the Mughal and British Raj. Published every Saturday and Wednesday, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was launched as a semi-weekly edition by Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar, a Maharashtrian Reformist. It contained news from Britain and the World, as well as the Indian Subcontinent. The daily editions of the paper were started from 1850 and in 1861, the Bomay Times was renamed as The Times of India after amalgamation of three more newspaper. In the 19th century, this newspaper company employed more than 800 people and had a sizeable cirulation in India and Europe. After India's independence the owneership of the paper passed on to the then famous industrial family of Dlmiyas and later it was taken over by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Kunal Jain group from Bijnore, UP. 

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