Today, The Hindu launches its Kozhikode edition, with its own printing facility near Malabar's foremost city. This, our 17th printing centre and the third in Kerala, will facilitate smoother and more efficient distribution in the region, and the supply of copies printed to a later news deadline than now in Kozhikode City and its surrounding areas.

Determined to build further on its position as the largest-selling English language newspaper in the State, The Hindu is further stepping up coverage of the region, with more focus on local developments and concerns. This enhanced regional focus will be achieved without compromising on our cherished national perspective.

On this occasion, let me convey best wishes to our readers, old and new, in the region. We greatly value the trust and faith you repose in India's national newspaper, a newspaper which doesn't trivialise news and opinion, and doesn't serve up news that somebody else has paid for.

Have a great reading experience!

Siddharth Varadarajan

Editor, The Hindu