Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mamata Banerjee declines Jaitley's GST invitation, calls rollout a blunder

Mamata Banerjee declines Jaitley's GST invitation, calls rollout a blunder

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi's America visit dominates headlines this morning. "Heat on Pakistan as Trump, Modi pledge to fight terror together" leads Hindustan Times adding "Bonhomie on display, no resolution on H-1B, climate change". In a related story on the message from Washington The Economic Times writes "Salahuddin Edict Bolsters India's Line on Kashmir".
On the PM's Netherlands visit The Tribune writes "Netherlands backs India's early entry into NSG". The paper also quotes The Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying "Let's go Ducth in development".
Referring to China suspending the entry of Indian Pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra The Hindu says "China protests against incursion. Justifies turning away Indian Pilgrims".
The European Union fined  Google 2.7 billion dollars over search is the big story covered by most of the news papers. The DNA reports that Google lost its biggest regulatory battle yet, getting a record 2.7 billion dollars fine from European Union enforcers who say the search-engine giant skewed results in its favour to thwart smaller shopping search services.
The massive Cyberattack on global MNC's is also noticed by the papers. Several multinational companies said that they were targeted in a huge wave of cyberattacks which started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading to western Europe reports The Asian Age.
"Worlds first ATM turns 50" informs the Business Line adding that "Barclays bank had deployed the machine at its north London branch in 1967".
And finally, Oxford Dictionary gets a new last word "Zyzzyva". Well, The Times of India reports that Zyzzvya a genus of tropical weevils native to South America. The word replaces zythum - an ancient Egyptian malt beer  - as the Oxford English Dictionary's final entry. The name was apparently coined by US entomologist Thomas Lincoln Casey.


Hyderabad High Court issues notice to Civils 3rd ranker

Hyderabad High Court issues notice to Civils 3rd ranker

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit is one of the lead headlines across the major dailies today. "Modi meet: upbeat tech CEO's vow to step up India presence" says the Times of India, while the DNA writes "Trump says NAMOste to India".
In an exclusive story, the Hindu writes "I-T raid unearths huge bribes paid for gutkha sale in Tamil Nadu", adding that the IT department is seeking a further probe by the state government into suspected payouts to a Minister and top officials.
"SEBI cracks down on fake stock tips- writes to TRAI and Mumbai police to catch unauthorised SMS senders" reports the Business Standard.
In a special news report, the Hindustan Times opines "Laws set for a rejig as government readies new policy for women", adding that time bound disposal of matrimonial disputes, free education for girls from poor families, and better facilities for working women are some proposals of the new National Policy for Women draft, with the cabinet for approval.
Cautioning that a decade or two later, besides water and electricity crisis, India is going to face a crises of garbage disposal. With the country littering its waste without sufficient treatment and with 50 percent of its population living in urban areas by 2050 as per estimates, the volume of waste generation will grow by 5 percent per year.
And finally, in an interesting nugget, the Business Line notes that Vinegar, a versatile chemical found in every kitchen, may come to the rescue of plants in the times of drought. A team of researchers in Japan has found that external application of vinegar, which goes by the chemical name acetic acid, can prepare plants to fight droughts better.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Faridabad lynching: Villagers sport black bands on Eid as mark of protest

Faridabad lynching: Villagers sport black bands on Eid as mark of protest

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit dominates front page headlines. On his meeting with American business leaders, The Times of India writes "GST a game-changer; invest in India, Modi tells top CEOs in US". Ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Modi, The Pioneer states "Trump calls Modi 'true friend' : PM, US Prez to discuss Nuclear pact, visa".
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation in his 'Mann ki Baat' programme aired on All India Radio yesterday, The Indian Express notes "On emergency anniversary, PM calls for eternal vigilance".
As the Presidential election comes close canvassing for votes by the two candidates has gathered momentum. On the NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind's efforts in this direction, The Asian Age states "Kovind in UP, seeks support of MPs, MLAs". The Times of India quotes the opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar appealing to legislators and saying "Vote according to your conscience". External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has weighed in in this contest with the Hindu reporting "Sushma targets Meira with Lok Sabha video of 2013 ; It shows then speaker interrupting Sushma's address".
In a special story on how visiting India may become more expensive for foreigners, The Hindustan Times notes "Foreigners coming to India to pay upto 50% more for visas".
A cable car accident in Gulmarg in Kashmir is prominently noticed on the front pages. "7 killed in Gulmarg cable car crash : Four of a Delhi family dead; 150 tourists stranded for two hours in mid air"" reports The Hindu.
Most papers report on the encounter between two terrorists holed up in a school in Srinagar and security forces. "DPS Srinagar siege ends, 2 terrorists gunned down" writes The DNA.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Facebook's WhatsApp is so huge in India that one app reached 9 million users without spending a dime

Facebook's WhatsApp is so huge in India that one app reached 9 million users without spending a dime

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Most papers have a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Portugese counterpart. As the PM heads to the U.S today, The Indian Express writes 'Dinner with Trump, red carpet welcome for PM.
The situation in Kashmir is cause for concern. 'Militants attack CRPF men in J&K, holded up in school. CRPF sub inspector killed' is The Asian Age headline. 'Cops unsafe, Separatists safest' writes the DNA, elaborating that 8 Hurriyat leaders get Z or Y security and 29 protect Mirwaiz alone. 'Terror looms over Yatra' says the Pioneer, adding that foreign terrorists swell the ranks in Valley ahead of the Amarnath Yatra.
Maharashtra farmers getting loan waiver is the lead in the Statesman. "Debts of upto 1.5 lakh rupees per farmer waived, 34000 crore relief in total' says the Financial Express.
The government giving nod for an international Airport in Greater Noida is widely covered by the press. The Times of India gives it prominence on the first page as it writes 'In 5 years, you could be flying from NCR's second airport'.
The Tribune and The Asian Age feature Palbinder Kaur Shergill who has been appointed a Supreme Court Judge in Canada. Kudos for Indians doing so well abroad!.
'L-G's order turns the heat on Kejriwal' writes The Hindu, seeking his prosecution in an alleged PWD Scam.
Good news on the Sports front. Hindustan Times page one plus features Kidambi Srikanth who will aim to win his second Super Series tittle in a row at the Australian Open today.
Mail Today calls Mithali Raj 'Super Woman' as it writes 'Mithali's Raj- Indian captain scores seven back to back  50's in record spree'.
The Times of India Sunday special in a news items titled 'Neem in your knickers' writes of eco friendly lingerie fashioned from fabric soaked in turmeric and dipped in neem, which is now being exported world wide.
And finally, 'Move over Raju the guide- the Phd travel expert is here' writes The Times of India, of intellectual tours becoming popular, and scholars and writers introducing travellers to Indian wonders.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chances of survival of child in borewell grim: Experts

Chances of survival of child in borewell grim: Experts

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Two lynching incidents in the country make top headlines this morning.
"Mob kills Kashmir cop near Srinagar mosque" reports the Hindustan Times. "Outrage as police officer lynched at J&K mosque" writes the Asian Age.
"Accused of carrying beef, teen killed in train" is the lead in the Times of India, of another lynching incident on a Mathura - bound train. "Train journey home after Eid turns fatal for brothers" states the Indian Express.
On the run-up to the Presidential Election, the Statesman reports "Kovind files nomination, vows to uphold dignity of Presidential office". On the Opposition fielding Meira Kumar as their candidate, the Indian Express notes  "Lalu, Nitish in war of words : Bihar ki Beti vs Opposition's losing strategy."
"China denies entry to Kailash via Nathu-La pass, MEA steps in" reports the Pioneer.
"Punjab amends law for liquor sale near highways" reports the Hindu. The Pioneer observes "Punjab to obey 'spirit' of law but removes highway hiccups".
"India's bread basket has no dough" is the lead in the Hindu Business Line, as 86 per cent of Punjab's farmers, including those with large holdings, are buried under debt.
"10 capitals among 30 new Smart Cities; Thiruvananthapuram tops list announced by Urban Development Minister" highlights the Pioneer.
"Cut-offs see a marginal dip across DU colleges" is a front page story in the Hindu. "DU cutoffs drop by up to 4 per cent in some courses" informs the Times of India.
And finally, "Supreme Court favours relaxing abortion deadline" beyond the current limit of 20 weeks, taking into account quality of life of the mother after pregnancy, notes the Times of India.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Massive outrage as police officer beaten to death

Massive outrage as police officer beaten to death

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The opposition picking former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as its Presidential Candidate is a lead story across papers today. "Bihar ki Beti" to be oppositions' Candidate for Prez Vs kovind says The Tribune while The Asian Age adds "JD(U) sticks to backing Kovind; Lalu calls it a historic mistake."
"Oxygen supply cut; 11 die in Indore Hospital" says The Times of India adding that 11 patients died at Indore's MY Hospital amid reports that the deaths were caused by a mysterious snapping of the oxygen supply for about 15 minutes between 3 AM and 4 AM yesterday.
In saddening news for preservation of history, The Asian Age reports that Mosul's trademark ancient and iconic leaning minaret known as the 'Hadba' was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries after desperate Jihadis blew it up while retreating from advancing Iraqi forces.
The Pioneer writes that following the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister's demand for a separate time  zone for the North East to improve work efficiency and save power, the government has initiated a study to assess the feasibility of having two different time zones in the country.
Under the Headline "A law, this time for Antarctica", The Hindu reports that preparing for a populous future in which Antarctica - the world's only continent without countries and citizens - may see more tourists, over exploited fisheries, disputes and crime, India is drafting a dedicated Antarctica policy and a law that is likely to be taken up in the winter session of parliament.
The Economic Times writes that SBI has been authorised to refer 3 steel companies - Essar Steel, Bhushan Steel and Electro Steel to the Bankruptcy court, raising the possibility that some of these companies could be merged, in an effort to return them to health.
And finally, in  news linked to the future of many students the The Hindu notes that the  Delhi University's first cut of list is set to be out today  and that over 2.5 lakhs students have applied.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Venkaiah Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become a fashion, draws flak

Venkaiah Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become a fashion, draws flak

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Most newspapers have pictures on their front pages celebrating world yoga day. Under the caption, "Yoga ga ga", The Tribune has a collage on its front page showing PM Modi, Presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind, a 98 year old yoga instructor  and soldiers at Siachen glacier performing yoga. Under the headline, "Om fills world as yoga stretches its reach", The Pioneer writes that "Om" reverberated from Machu Picchu in Peru and Great Wall in China to London Eye.
Another story tracked by most newspapers is the upcoming Presidential election. "Cracks in Opposition over contest, Congress pushes for Meira Kumar" is The Indian Express headline.
The Asian Age reports that the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has offered a 12 hour window on June 23 to schools to safely evacuate their students in Darjeeling.
The Times of India headline reads, "Companies reduce supplies ahead of transition to GST". The paper adds that shortages are unlikely, as most dealers are well-stocked.
The Hindu reports that former Justice C S Karnan, who was sent to jail yesterday, has had a long history of confrontation with his colleagues. The paper adds that documents reveal that many of the former judge's peers were so afraid of his threats that they wanted to seek voluntary transfer.
Financial Express reports that contrary to the banks' expectations, most of the money that moved into banks after demonetisation has stayed put. The paper adds that the banks had expected only 40% of the deposits to remain with them.
"SEBI joins RBI in fight against bad loans" is the Business Standard headline. The paper adds that the market regulator has provided takeover code exemptions for acquirers of stressed firms. Currently these exemptions were available only for banks.