The Pioneer

Who are we ?
The Pioneer group, owned and led by our editor-in-chief Dr Chandan Mitra (CMYK Printech Limited), has a well-rounded expertise in the publication business. The Pioneer is one of the oldest national papers in the country, a heritage that we are proud to have inherited and added to while keeping in sync with modern readership. The newspaper (which now has eight English editions and two Hindi editions) has been the first national paper to introduce colour editions, revolutionise layouts, conceptualise a separate Sunday edition and develop its news website. Over the years, we have diversified into other media platforms and opened a magazine and book division.

Our first coffee table book was for Thapar University, documenting its history and modern relevance through a readable and pictorial spread. This was an achievement because we tested a new area, education. It allowed us to spread our wings in the coffee table book making format.

We completed a Coffee Table Book called The Edge of 50, focussing on top 50 entrepreneurs of Delhi, in collaboration with Invest Care Pvt Ltd in 2013. The same year we produced an international coffee table book for ARUNACHAL TOURISM which is expected to widen the tourist potential of this beautiful and naturally blessed state (Arunachal Pradesh) by presenting a unique visual narrative. A second edition has been reprinted.The other books are on the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism and on Uttar Pradesh being a template of modern India.

Our first venture was Darpan inflight magazine of Alliance Air, with exclusive focus on the Northeast, that being the biggest footprint of Alliance Air at the time. Since Indian Airlines already had its own long-standing inflight magazine, Swagat, we adopted a fresh approach of personalised stories on the ground, going to places that were never mentioned in guidebooks, savouring an experience with the thrill of a new find and thinking out of the box with evocative photos and graphics. An anecdotal, experiential, graphic style in our written and photo travelogues gave us an edge at a time of internet and TV where new information was constantly flooding our consciousness.

Such was the success of Darpan, that it began to be circulated on the erstwhile Indian Airlines along with Swagat. And it was because of its success and many special editions that we got to produce Namaskaar, the inflight magazine of Air India.

Yes we redefined inflight reading, so much so that we were chosen to bring out Rail Bandhu, India’s first onboard magazine for premier trains across the country —Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. This is our ongoing project along with Exotica, the travel and wellness magazine that is currently available in all hotel rooms and lounges of four major hotel chains countrywide — the ITC group, Taj Vivanta and Gateway hotels, the Intercontinental Lalit and the Hyatt Regency chains. In between we had briefly produced Salute, a commemmorative magazine of defence personnel.



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Cutting the cord

26 Mar 2017 | Kushan Mitra

The advent of online streaming services that can stream content directly to your television screen is making the argument for cutting the cable connection more and more convincing, believes Kushan Mitra Is it time to cut the cable? In the past year and a half, online television streaming services Hotstar Premium, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have launched their services in India. There is also Voot from Viacom18 and Sony LIV...

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Azam Khan demands nationwide ban on cow slaughter

28 Mar 2017 | pns | Lucknow

Apparently miffed over the campaign of the newly elected BJP government against the illegal slaughter houses and cattle smuggling, the senior Samajwadi party leader and former minister Azam Khan has demanded all India ban on cow slaughter and also urged the muslims to stop eating beef. Azam Khan in a statement in Rampur on Monday said ``why cow slaughter is still legal in states like Kerala and West Bengal...

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