Printing and publishing of newspapers and periodicals within India are governed by the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 and the Registration of Newspapers (Central) Rules, 1956.

       According to the Act, no newspaper or periodical should bear a title which is the same or similar to any other newspaper or periodical already being published, either in the same language or in the same State, unless the latter is also owned by the same person.

       In order to ensure compliance of this condition, the Government of India has appointed the Registrar of Newspapers, also called the Press Registrar, who maintains a register of newspapers and periodicals published in India.

       The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India is headquartered in New Delhi, and has three regional offices at Calcutta, Mumbai and Chennai to cater to the needs of publishers in all corners of the country. Addresses of the offices and the areas under the purview of each are given below

                           ADDRESS                                                                                         AREA COVERED

                  1. The Office of RNI,                                                 Entire country. For cirulation,

                      Headquarter                                                           verification the following states.

                      West Block 8, Wing 2                                                Jammu & Kashmir,

                      R.K.Puram                                                               Himachal Pradesh,

                      New Delhi - 110 066                                                  Punjab, Haryana,

                      Phone No.2610 7504/26108432                                 Chandigarh, Delhi,

                      Fax No.26176553                                                     Uttar Pradesh,

                                                                                                    Madhya Pradesh



                 2.  The Regional Office of RNI                                          West Bengal, Bihar,

                      MSO Building, Block 'DF',                                            Orissa, Sikkim, Assam,

                      2nd Floor, PO:CC Block,                                             Nagaland, Manipur,

                      Salt Lake, CALCUTTA-700064.                                    Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh,

                      Phone No.337 8494                                                   Mizoram, Meghalaya,

                                                                                                  Andaman & Nicobar Islands,


                  3. The Regional Office of RNI                                          Maharashtra,

                      A - 1 Wing, Ground Floor,                                          Gujarat, Goa,

                      New C.G.O. Complex                                                 Daman & Diu,

                      CBD Bela Pur,                                                           Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

                      New Mumbai - 400 614.

                      Phone No.27572953


                   4.The Regional Office of RNI                                          Tamil Nadu,

                      B Block, B Wing, 1 Wing                                             Andhra Pradesh,

                      (B-2-B), CGO Complex,                                              Karnataka,

                      Rajaji Bhavan,                                                          Kerala

                      Besant Nagar,                                                          Pondicherry,

                      CHENNAI - 600 090.                                                  Lakshadweep.

                      Phone No.24911275.


       The Press Registrar is assisted by a Deputy Press Registrar and four Assistant Press Registrars  one each at the headquarters and the regional offices. There is also a Senior Circulation Officer and five Circulation Officers  two at headquarters and one each in the regional offices  to assist the Press Registrar in assessing the circulation claims of newspapers.