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Press Trust of India (Hindi: प्रेस ट्रस्ट ऑफ़् इंडिया) (often abbreviated as PTI) is the largest news agency in India.[1] It is headquartered in Delhi and is a nonprofit cooperative among more than 450 Indian newspapers and has a staff of about 2,000 writers spread across 150 offices nationwide.[2] It took over the Indian operations of the Associated Press and Reuters soon after India's independence on August 15, 1947. It provides news coverage and information of the region in both English and Hindi.

It exchanges information with several other news agencies including 100 news agencies based outside India, such as Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, The New York Times and Bloomberg L.P.. Major Indian subscribers of PTI include Times of India, the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, the All India Radio and Doordarshan. PTI has a wide global presence with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Dubai, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, New York and Washington D.C..[3]

Press Trust of India is the only news agency in South Asia which operates its own communication satellite, an INSAT, to broadcast news and information.

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History of PTI

Time Event
1910 Birth of Associated Press of India, PTI's forerunner floated by K C Roy
1919 Reuters takes over operations of API but still uses API credit line
1945 API registered as a private limited Indian company wholly owned by Reuters
1947, August 27 Press Trust of India incorporated in Madras
1949, February 1 PTI begins news services, taking over operations from API but still maintains links with Reuters.
1953 PTI becomes a free agent, independent of Reuters
1976 PTI Economic Service is launched
1976, February PTI, UNI, Samachar Bharati and Hindustan Samachar merge under pressure during emergency to become 'Samachar'
1978, April PTI and the other three news agencies go back to their original units to restrart independent news operations
1980, July PTI Feature Service launched
1981, October PTI Science Service launched
1982, November PTI launches Scan, on-screen news display service
1984 PTI service launched for subscribers in USA
1985 Computerisation of news operations starts PTI service launched for subscribers in UK
1986, February PTI-TV launched
1986, April PTI-Bhasha launched
1986, August Experimental broadcast of news and pix via Insat-IB begins, Computer system made fully operational
1987, August Stockscan I launched
1987, October PTI photo service launched
1992, August PTI Mag launched
1993, August PTI Graphics service launched
1995, March PTI launches StockScan II
1996, February PTI invests for the first time in a foreign registered Company, Asia Pulse, which provides an on-line data bank on economic opportunities in Asian countries
1997, December PTI introduces photo-dial up facility
1999, March PTI celebrates Golden Jubilee. PTI goes on internet
2003, September PTI launches internet delivery of its news and photo services

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