National Herald not to hit stand from tomorrow

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New Delhi, Apr 1 (UNI) The "National Herald," the mouthpiece of the Congress Party which was founded by Jawaharlal Nehru more than six decades ago, has announced 'suspension' of its publication with effect from tomorrow.

The publication of its sister Urdu publication Quami Awaz will also be suspended.

"We have suspended publication of the newspapers for the time being," AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora, who is also the chairman of the board of director of the newspaper, told UNI here today.

Asked if the newspapers would be revived, he did not give a direct answer, but said, "Let us think how to revive it and when to revive it." Mr Vora said a decision on the revival of the newspapers would be taken by the board of directors at its next meeting.

He, however did not say when the next meeting would be held.

He said almost all the employees had accepted a 'beneficial' Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) offered to them. "As far as I know, all the employees are satisfied with the VRS package offered." "The hope of the editor and the staff is that the newspaper will be revived in all its glory to perform its historic responsibility," National Herald Editor T V Venkatachalam said in a front page editorial.

"The hope is that the suspension of the publication of the newspaper will be only a temporary phenomenon," he said.

In this context, he recalled the revival of the National Herald in 1987 after a brief break by Rajiv Gandhi when he was Prime Minister.

"He (Rajiv Gandhi) saw the basic challenges before people and the government as addressing ourselves with redoubled vigour to the tasks of nation-building and improving the quality of life of our millions, the weaker sections, the poorest of the poor" Mr Venkatachalam, a veteran journalist, said.

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