Odisha’s only Urdu daily Akhbarnama celebrates 8th anniversary

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s first and only Urdu daily Akhbarnama celebrated its 8th anniversary, here on Tuesday.

The Odisha governor, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, graced the occasion as chief guest and State Panchyati Raj, Law and Housing minister Pratap Jena as guest of honour. Calcutta University professor Maqbul Islam was the chief speaker. Senior journalist Dilip Kumar Bisoi presided over the meeting, newspaper’s managing editor Sk. Riaj Mahammad gave the welcome address. Editor Sk. Siraj Mahammad graced the occasion.

Six eminent persons were honoured with Akhbarnama Award 2020 for their accomplishments. Mohammad Abdul Bari, Abdul Wasid Khan, Moulana Saiyed Naquibul Ameen Barquee Quasim, Salma Azmi Banu, and Sayeed Rehmani were conferred with the Awards by the governoThe Odisha governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal called upon the people to come out of their parochial feelings toward each other and make the society rich and prosperous.

Speaking on the occasion the governor called upon the people to come out of their parochial feelings toward each other and make the society rich and prosperous.

Speaking at the 8th anniversary celebrations of Odisha’s first and only Urdu daily Akhbarnama, here on Tuesday, the governor said that each one of us should spread our fragrance like the flowers which make no discrimination. it is politics which divides the society and it is the culture and language which unite people. He said language newspapers like Akhbarnama play a key role in building society.

“The creator of all of us is one. Some call him light, some ‘noor’ and some other ‘ prakash’. But it all means the same”, said Prof. Ganeshi Lal.

“We know them in different names like Iswar, Allha or Jesus . But they are all one. Similarly we know Gita, Koran or Bible in different names. But these are the same holy books.”

Gracing the occasion as honorable guest, the Odisha panchyati raj & drinking water, law and housing & urban development minister Pratap Jena said that Akhbarnama being the only Urdu news paper of the State, it has become a bridge between the Urdu speaking people, mostly Muslims, and the government.

Chief speaker Moqbul Islam of Calcutta University said that there is a lot of similarity between the Sufiana culture and the Vedanta.

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