Minister presents Press Club's awards

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM MAY 9. The media should take the lead in creating awareness among people on the communal problems that are beginning to surface in the State and help them develop a secular persepctive, the Culture Minister, G. Karthikeyan, has said.

He was distributing the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club's journalism awards here on Wednesday.

Judiciary and the Fourth Estate were considered by people as the only hopes as far as truth and justice were concerned. Unhealthy competition among media was hence an undesirable trend, he pointed out.

The media should also think about where it should draw the line when competing for a higher readership share, Mr. Karthikeyan said.

The A. Sivaram award was won by Rani George (Malayala Manorama, Kollam), the K. C. Sebastian award by Sebastian Joseph (Malayala Manorama, Kozhikode), the Swadeshabhimani award by Joemon Joseph (Deepika) and the K. Madhavankutty award by K. P. M. Basheer (The Hindu, Kochi). The award for the best cartoon went to K. R. Gopikrishnan (Mathrubhumi, Kozhikode), the best news photography award to P. R. Rajesh (Deepika, Kochi) and the Minerva Krishnankutty award to A. S. Satheesh (Deepika, Kochi).

The first prize for the best in- house magazine, `Without Reserve' was received by N. P. Sinha, CGM (HRD), the Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai. The second prize went to Indian Oil Corporation's `Indian Oil News' and was received by N. Srikumar, Dy.GM (Corporate Communications), IOC. The third prize was won by `Shreyas' of Canara Bank and was received by V.A.P. Mallan, GM, Canara Bank Circle Office, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Press Club president, J. Ajithkumar, presided. The secretary, K. Sreekantan, welcomed the gathering and Thiruvallam Bhasi, joint secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.

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