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The Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act, 1973

( ACT NO. XXIII OF 1973 )

Short title and commencement
1. (1) This Act may be called the Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act, 1973.
(2) It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on the 28th day of August, 1973.
2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “authenticated declaration” means a declaration made and subscribed under section 7 and authenticated or deemed to have been authenticated under section 12;
(b) “book” includes every volume, part or division of a volume, and pamphlet, in any language, and every sheet of music, map, chart or plan separately printed or lithographed;
(c) “document” includes any painting, drawing, photograph or other visible representation;
(d) “editor” means the person who controls the selection of the matter that is published in a newspaper;
(e) “form” means a form contained in the Schedule;
(f) “newspaper” means any periodical work containing public news or comments on public news, and includes such other class of periodical works as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare to be newspapers;
(g) “news-sheet” means any document other than a newspaper containing public news or comments on public news;
1[(gg) “Press Appellate Board” means the Press Appellate Board constituted under section 2a.]
(h) “papers” includes a document, leaflet, newspaper, news-sheet and poster;
(i) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;
(j) “press” includes a printing press and all machines, implements and plant and parts thereof and all materials used for multiplying documents;
(k) “printer” means the person who owns or keeps in his possession any press for the printing of books or papers;
(l) “printing press” includes all engines, machinery, types, lithographic stones, implements, utensils and other plant or materials used for the purpose of printing;
(m) “publisher” means the person who, in any manner whatsoever, undertakes, is in control on, or is responsible for the publication of any book or paper, and includes the proprietor of the publishing concern;
(n) “unauthorised newspaper” means any newspaper in respect of which there are not for the time being valid declarations under section 7;
(o) “unauthorised news-sheet” means any news-sheet other than a news-sheet published by a person authorised under section 21 to publish it; and
(p) “unauthorised press” means any press other than a press in respect of which there is for the time being a valid declaration under section 4.

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    Clause (gg) was inserted by section 2 of the Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. VIII of 1991)
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