An e-news-gathering initiative of the Kottayam Press Club has entered the Limca Book of Records. has been recognised as the first online news box.

The record finds mention in the communications section of the 2011 edition of the book, press club secretary Jacob K. Eapen and president R. Rajiv said here on Saturday.

The online facility was launched on October 6, 2009 by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma. It helps universities, social organisations, people's representatives, and others to upload their press releases. Registered clients can log in to the news box using their passwords, and the confidentiality of the matter will protected.

Media organisations and reporters can log in using their passwords and download the matter anytime, anywhere, making a big jump in the flow of information at the grassroots level. has tied up with Akshaya centres for uploading material from their respective areas.

The club authorities said a three-member team had been constituted to monitor the posts and ensure the effective functioning of the facility.