Bhubaneswar, May 15: Argus News, which has been ruling the Odisha’s digital news platform for over three years now, on Saturday made its satellite launch.
Union Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman who graced the occasion as chief guest launched the channel through virtual mode.
Noted Odia writer Padma Shri Dr Pratibha Ray and eminent poet Padma Shri Purnamasi Jani also graced the auspicious launching ceremony as guests.
In her inaugural address, Sitharaman spoke about her ‘emotional connections’ with Odisha and appreciated the Jagannath culture that upholds the concept of women empowerment and universalism.
She also focused on objective reporting and truthful dissemination of information with perfect language.
“We must take care that the information is disseminated with all accuracy and chaste language that is understood by the common people. I believe Argus News will deliver as per the expectations of the people,” the Minister said.
Sitharaman also appreciated the sculptural splendours of Odisha. “I do admire the sculptural wonders of Odisha. Here, the sculptors infuse life into the stone through their artistic excellence,” said.
Padma Shri Dr Pratibha Ray said Argus News must focus on the basic principles of journalism.
“Truthfulness, fearlessness, positive outlook and impartiality are the basic requirements of ethical journalism. Argus News has always believed in these principles and I hope it would continue with these mantras,” she observed.
Poet Purnamasi Jani, while reciting a devotional song, blessed the Argus News family.
Argus News Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Jena, explained the three years’ inspiring journey of the organisation from its digital avatar to the satellite version. He expressed satisfaction that the channel got the love and affection of millions of people for its objective and grassroots reporting.
“Argus News has always given equal importance to all. We give importance to the Chief Minister (CM) sitting in Lokseva Bhawan and the Common People (CM) living in the remote villages of the State. For us, common people’s issues are important. We will continue with a mission to serve the people with right information,” said Jena.
Thousands of eminent people got connected with the launching ceremony through digital platforms like Zoom, Facebook and Twitter.