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Indian Newspaper Day: 28 January

Published on January 29, 2024
Current Context: Indian Newspaper Day is celebrated every year on 28th January to commemorate the launch of the country’s first newspaper in 1780.
Indian Newspaper Day: 28 January
  • The first newspaper was called “Hicky’s Bengal Gazette”, also known as the "Calcutta General Advertiser".
  • It was started by an Irishman, James Augustus Hicky.
  • The day holds profound significance as it commemorates the pivotal role of newspapers in shaping public discourse, promoting democracy, and providing accurate and timely information to the public.
  • Newspapers have become integral to people’s morning routine and continue to play a vital role in enabling informed decision-making, empowering citizens, and sustaining India’s democracy.
  • The “Hicky’s Bengal Gazette” gained popularity during the British Raj for its impartial reporting and opinions.

Question:

Q.1 What was the name of the first newspaper in India?
a. Hicky’s Bengal Gazette
b. The Hindu
c. The Times of India
d. The Indian Express

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