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Pudhari is a popular Marathi daily, printed in three centers and distributed in Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka. It is the leader in Kolhapur and Western Maharashtra and the third-largest Marathi newspaper daily in the entire state of Maharashtra. Alongside Satyawadi, it is one of the two oldest surviving newspapers in the state.
Journalist Palagummi Sainath has accused Pudhariof publishing paid news in 2009 on the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan. In 2016, Pudhari's publisher, Pudhari Publications, invested in new color printing and design technologies. In 2018, the editorial office of Pudhari was attacked with stones by Pune protesters.
Some years ago as Kolhapur's leading Marathi daily, Pudhari, was attempting to make inroads into Pune, it ran into some fierce resistance by the Sharad Pawar-family-owned Sakal group of newspapers. Pudhari's young owner-editor, Yogesh Jadhav, had then told me rather wryly, 'When we were in school, the history books told us that Pune had once upon a time belonged to the Peshwas. Now our children will grow up thinking Pune is owned by the Pawars!'
Kolhapur-based publishers of Marathi daily Pudhari, Pudhari Publications, has commissioned ten mRC-3D cameras supplied by QI Press Controls (QIPC), the Dutch specialist in measurement and control systems for the printing industry. [...] With the help of all these systems, Pudhari Publications expects to make savings in paper, ink and energy, to improve the quality of the final product, to speed up the production process and to ramp up productivity in the plant. In addition to its print works in Kolhapur, the company has two other plants.
Lokmat and Sakal lead the pack in Maharashtra. The next 3 players, Punya Nagari, Pudhari and Loksatta are the challengers. They are unable to match the delivery of the Top 2, but their inclusion (at card rates), by way of partial substitution, does improve delivery, as well as the efficiency of the media plan. [...] Lokmat and Sakal unquestionably dominate the 'Desh' region, while Pudhari, Punya Nagari and Tarun Bharat make the challengers list. Their readership is significant, but cannot replace that of the leaders.
"Satyawadi and Pudhari, the only two surviving news-papers from the Princely past were more of 'loyalist'. [...] Pudhari launched as a weekly in 1937 by the Kolhapur news Association, was turned into a daily in 1939. Due to financial crises, the association handed it over to G. G. Jadhav in 1943 (Pudhari 7-3-43).
Journalist P. Sainath reported on the problem of paid news as it manifested itself on the eve of October 2009 assembly elections in Maharashtra. He highlighted a series of complimentary reports on the then Chief Minister of the state, Ashok Chavan. A total of 15 separate editions of three large newspapers carried absolutely identical content as news reporting, with each newspaper attaching a different byline of its correspondent to it. The three newspapers in question, the Lokmat, Pudhari and Maharashtra Times, were competitors.
While in Pune agitators attacked the gate and a cabin at the district collector's office and damaged some light bulbs in the premises, protesters threw stones at the office of ex-chief minister Ashok Chavan-controlled newspaper Satyaprabha in Nanded and broke its window panes, police said. Stones were also allegedly pelted at the office of another Marathi daily Pudhari, located in the same area, they said.