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.


Thapar University
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 segment.

The Edge of 50
Our first corporate coffee table book was called “The Edge of 50”, focussing on top 50 entrepreneurs of Delhi, in collaboration with Invest Care Pvt Ltd.

In Search of Solace
We have produced a one of its kind 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.

Daughters of Jharkhand
We have been commissioned a theme book called  Daughters of Jharkhand. It is a research oriented project on the socio-economic development of growth indices and empowerment of the girl child in a tribal society.

8 Fold Path
The Pioneer’s coffee table book division knows no bounds. We undertook a spiritual and environmental padyatra (metaphorically combining inner purification and outer cleanliness) with HH Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of the Drukpa lineage of Himalayan Buddhism. We recorded a unique project of mainstreaming spirituality in daily life with this book.

Uttar Pradesh/The Growth Factory
The then State Government of Uttar Pradesh commisioned two books on development indices to our group. The Growth Factory has got to be the most comprehensive compendium of development in Uttar Pradesh and its emerging potential. The best on-ground reckoner of where things stand today in India’s crucible.

Agra-Lucknow Expressway

The Making of the Country’s Longest Road

A relevant tracker, this one is a collector’s edition, to be cherished and looked back at for deriving lessons in fruticfying India’s superhuman infrastructure projects. A record of one of modern India’s most stunning engineering feats.



Our first venture was Darpan, the 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. In between we had briefly produced Salute, a commemmorative magazine of defence personnel. Our ongoing project is 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.



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Globe Trotting

21 Jan 2018 | Agencies

67 Afghan force members freed from Taliban Kabul: Afghan security forces have freed 67 soldiers and police officials from a Taliban-run jail in Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said on Saturday. The rescue operation was launched in Baghram district and 20 of the freed hostages were taken to neighbouring Kandahar province...

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17 platoons, 12 tableaux to capture denizens’ eyes this R-Day

22 Jan 2018 | PNS | Ranchi

Attractive and colourful tableaux showcasing the development of the State made on different frontages and over 17 platoons reflecting their charisma are again set to steal the show on Republic Day here at Morhabadi Ground. Presenting the glimpse of modern and developing Jharkhand, this R-Day as many as 12 tableaus of different government departments will enthrall the denizens...

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