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Dinakaran is a Tamil daily newspaper published by the Sun Group, owners of the Sun TV Network, Sun Direct DTH and the Indian Premier League Cricket Franchisee, Sunrisers Hyderabad. The newspaper was originally launched by a DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) party politician, K. P. Kandasamy. In 2005, Kandasamy’s son K. P. K. Kumaran, sold the paper to the Sun Group. Dinakaran today, is published by Kal Publications Private Limited which is part of the Sun Group. Kal Publications is wholly owned by Sun Group’s Chairman, Kalanithi Maran and his wife, Kavery Kalanithi. According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) of 2017, the newspaper, with a readership of 12.08 million, is the second most widely read Tamil newspaper, and ranks 14th in newspapers across languages, and is the 6th most read regional newspaper in the country.

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Dinakaran, the Tamil daily newspaper, is owned by Kal Publications Private Limited.
Kalanithi Maran, the Executive Chairman of Sun TV Network and the Chairman of the Sun Group, holds 95.35% shares and his wife, Kavery Kalanithi holds 4.65% of Kal Publications Private Limited. Husband wife duo owns 100% of Kal Publication Private Limited and through this company own Dinakaran.

The relationship between Kal Publications Private Limited and the Sun Group could be established through the Annual Report of Sun TV Network 2017-18, where Kal Publications Private Limited is listed under “Enterprises in which Key Management Personnel or their relatives have significant influence”. There is no document that specifies the exact stake the Sun Group has in Kal Publications Private Limited.

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Kavery Kalanithi

Kavery Kalanithi is the wife of Kalanithi Maran and the Executive Director of Sun TV Network Ltd.

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K.P. Kandasamy

was a politician from the state of Tamil Nadu. He belonged to the undivided DMK – Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party and continued with the party after the split it in 1977, creating the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) party. Kandasamy was the son-in-law of S.P. Adithanar, the founder of Daily Thanthi newspaper. When the DMK split in 1972, Adithanar crossed over to ADMK while Kandasamy stayed with the DMK and eventually founded Dinakaran in 1977.

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Ravilla Manu Ranganathan Ramesh

is the Managing Director, at Kal Publications Limited, the publisher of Dinakaran. He is also the Director in other Sun Group companies like Kungumam Publications Private Limited, Gemini TV Distribution Services Private Limited, Kal Holdings Private Limited, Sun Business Solutions Private Limited, Sun Distribution Services Private Limited, Sun Direct TV Private Limited. He is also the Director at The Indian Newspaper Society.

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Dinakaran Daily, No. 229 Kutchery Road,

Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

Tel.: 91-44-42209191 Extn:21240, 21241




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