Thursday, December 14, 2017

PM spreading lies: 'Hurt' Manmohan seeks apology on Pak collusion charge

PM spreading lies: 'Hurt' Manmohan seeks apology on Pak collusion charge

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Curtains coming down on the high-voltage Gujarat poll campaign for the final phase of polling tomorrow, is highlighted in most newspapers today.
"Over to the Gujarat voter" headlines the Indian Express.  "Campaign ends in land, air and water; Gujarat set to vote" writes the DNA.  The Hindustan Times notes "Modi showcases Gujarat Model, Rahul talks of 'Zabardast' result".  The Times of India says "Modi's seaplane ride makes waves as Gujarat campaign ends".
"Inflation jumps to 15-month high, IIP falls to 3-month low" is the lead in the Statesman.  "Price Rise, Factory Output Give Economy the Chills" headlines the Economic Times.  The Asian Age observes "Costly fuel, food push inflation to 15-month high".
"Government to set up 12 special courts to try, 1,581 MPs and MLAs" is the lead in the Times of India.
'Doklam put strain on ties, India must learn lesson' the Hindustan
Times quotes the Chinese foreign minister, a day after meeting his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.  The Pioneer reports, "China building road near Doklam for year-round logistical support to PLA;  Works gained momentum after face-off ended".
"Paradise Papers: First set of Income Tax summons go out" to persons named in the global media offshore leak, reports the Indian Express.
"Restaurants, Hotels can sell Bottled water above MRP" the Hindustan Times cites a Supreme Court bench hearing a petition by the Hotels and Restaurant Association of India.
And finally, "Ice Age treasures found under the streets of Los Angeles".  The Hindu reports, as work on a subway extension progressed, fossilised remains of creatures that lived in the region about 10,000 years ago, have been discovered.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

There is massive undercurrent against BJP in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

There is massive undercurrent against BJP in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking an apology to the nation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for insinuating that he and other congress party members may have colluded with Pakistan makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "Pakistan stays at centre of Gujarat election battle" leads Hindustan Times. "Apologise for falsehoods and canards, Manmohan tells PM" writes the Times of India. The Asian Age quotes Pakistan as telling India "Don't drag us into your poll debates".
Writing on Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan quitting the legal profession The Tribune writes "Citing humiliation, senior advocate quits". "Humiliated Dhavan quits practice in  Supreme Court" says The Asian Age.
Rahul Gandhi being elected Congress President unopposed is the other big story today. "New Congress era begins as Rahul crowned president" states the Asian Age. "Elected unopposed he will formally take over on December 16", informs the Hindu. "Leadership change" is the caption under a beaming photograph of Rahul Gandhi in Financial Express.
All the papers carry reports and photographs of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tying the knot at a private ceremony in Florence, Italy on their front pages. "Band Baaja Baaraat for Virat and Anushka" quips the Pioneer.
"French nationals beaten, molested in UP; 8 arrested", says the DNA.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu suggested the automatic suspension of unruly law makers disrupting proceedings in legislature and naming them publicly for their behavior, reports the Hindustan Times.
"India, China, Russia call for joint action on terror; Delhi-Beijing talk to strengthen trust" informs the Indian Express.
And finally, rain cleans up Delhi's toxic air. Well the DNA reports that the pollution hit capital can now breathe better as it received showers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rahul Gandhi era begins for Congress

Rahul Gandhi era begins for Congress

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
"Pak trying to fix Gujarat polls : Modi" is The Asian Age headline. PM accuses Congress of being in cahoots with Pakistan but Congress says PM relying on rumours, says the report. The paper also reports of Rahul Gandhi formally taking over as Congress President on December 16th."Modiji is fixated on himself : Rahul" headline The Pioneer quoting the Congress Vice President as saying no matter what he says about me, I won't utter a single bad word about PM.
"Outrage in Hisar as 5 year old Dalit raped, brutalised with stick, killed" is a DNA headline, a chilling reminder of the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder in Delhi, 5 years ago. Haryana has recorded the highest rate of gangrapes for 3 years in a row, says the report.
Nitish Kumar, the Bihar CM, has pitched for a nation-wide ban on alcohol and has hit out at the Congress and left parties for not supporting the ban, reports The Tribune.
"Veejika Dera" - well that's no ordinary dera, but a group of self-motivated volunteers at Delhi's gurudwara Sis Ganj and 6 other places in Delhi. They take care of medical needs of the homeless with a team of 300 volunteers, that's a front page story in The Tribune.

Monday, December 11, 2017

PM Modi says Pakistan meddling in Gujarat polls

PM Modi says Pakistan meddling in Gujarat polls

A LOOK AT TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The coverage of the first phase of elections in Gujarat yesterday, dominates the headlines of most news papers today. "Big turnout kicks off battle for Gujarat", declares The Times of India, while the Asian Age notes "With 68% turnout, Modi claims historic win" The Pioneer adds "EC orders probe into allegations of EVM tampering via WiFi, Bluetooth in Porbandar." The Statesman reports "Election commission says Congress charges of EVM tampering is baseless".
The confessions of the murder of his mother and sister by a Noida Teenager has also been reported prominently "Noida boy used bat, Pizza cutter to kill - was upset after Mom hit him, felt sister was loved more: Cops", reports the Times of India. The Hindustan Times adds " The teen used a pair of scissors and Pizza cutter to disfigure the faces of his mother and sister after killing them".
The a significant report, The Hindu notes " 24 years on, OBC workforce in Centre still short of Mandal mark", It adds that as of January 2017, the number across cadres is far below the mandated 27%.
The Hindustan Times in a front page report informs that India's top private business schools are likely to get a bigger say in admissions, fees and curriculum with the government planing to grant more freedom to them to do so in move that is both a recognition of their performance and an enabler to help them to do even better.
The Times of India reports that the IIT Kanpur administration has revealed after an internal probe that a few hundred bright students use drugs on the campus and the district magistrate has been alerted about the "alarming situation".
According to the DNA, a Jawan of the CRPF sprayed bullets from his AK-47, killing four of his colleagues and injuring one in Basaguda, Chhattisgarh, after a scuffle.
The Times of India reports that at yesterdays passing parade at the Indian Military Academy at Deharadun, a proud parent Barnana Gunnaya, who till recently worked as a daily wager, earning rupees 100 per day, saw his son commissioned as an Army officer after spurning a high paying US job and a shot to study at an IIM to "follow his heart and serve the country.".

Sunday, December 10, 2017

"Like A Magician, PM Modi Tries To Divert Attention": Rahul Gandhi

"Like A Magician, PM Modi Tries To Divert Attention": Rahul Gandhi

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Voting for the first phase of assembly elections in Gujarat and the Delhi Government canceling the license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh dominate front page newspaper headlines today.
"Half Gujarat decides today" is the lead headline in the Indian Express. Describing the Prime Minister's poll pitch, the Hindustan Times writes "Aiyar gave my 'supari' in Pakistan says Modi". The Pioneer reports "Don't insult PM, Rahul tells cadre".
The alleged medical negligence by Max Hospital in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh for erroneously declaring a 22-week old premature baby dead gets widely reported. "Baby's death, EWS gaps, dengue: Delhi Govt scraps Max Hospital's license" headlines the Indian Express. The Times of India also gives Max hospital's version  "Hospital punished for individual's error". Writing on the same, the DNA says "Fate of patients, staff hangs in the balance".
The Hindu, in a top headline, observes "India gets admission into Wassenar Arrangement". The paper highlights that this will boost New Delhi's chances of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Reporting on a significant step by Pakistan, promptly welcomed by India, the Statesman observes "Pak allows Jadhav to meet mother, wife on 25 Dec". The Hindu states "Indian official also permitted to travel with them, as requested by New Delhi".
Another story prominently covered across newspapers is that of the government's proposal to take over troubled real estate firm Unitech. "Govt takes over management of Unitech in "public interest'" headlines the Times of India. The paper adds " Govt will appoint 10 new directors by December 20".
Most papers also take note of the Supreme Court's observation on the gender question in the laws on adultery. The top headline in the Asian Age reads "SC will re-examine validity of 157 year old Adultery law". The Tribune describes it as "Why penalise only men for adultery: Plea in SC".
And finally, The Times of India quotes an interesting revelation from a British study - "For Youth, print trumps web news".  The paper says 'millennials spend 65% of news-reading time on reading the print editions'.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

"Won't Ape BJP, Won't Respond To Its Abuses," Says Rahul Gandhi

"Won't Ape BJP, Won't Respond To Its Abuses," Says Rahul Gandhi

Newspapers Headlines
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's derogatory comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi dominate front page headlines. The Times of India writes "Aiyar calls Modi 'neech' ; suspended from Congress". The Indian Express observes "Linking neech to caste, PM says: Teach them a lesson on voting day".
The government's decision to extend the December 31 deadline for linking Aadhar with bank accounts is prominently highlighted on the front pages. The Tribune quotes the government as saying "Deadline for linking Aadhaar to be extended till March 31".
The horrific and brutal killing of a man in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district is widely reported. The Statesman notes "Man sets Muslim labourer ablaze, raves against 'love jihad' in viral video". Highlighting a shocking detail on the incident, the Indian Express quotes the police as saying "As he killed and burnt, his teen nephew filmed hate murder".
All the papers take note of the National Green Tribunal or NGT's ruling against the Art of Living or AOL foundation. The Pioneer quotes the NGT as saying "Sri Sri's AOL damaged Yamuna riverbed".
The news of the crash of an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV in Chinese territory is keenly tracked in the press. The DNA reports "Flashpoint, as India asks China to give back drone". The Asian Age writes "Army orders probe into crashed UAV as Beijing demands explanation".
The Bombay High Court has weighed in on the Padmavati film controversy as protests and threats have delayed its release. On the threats made to artists in the film, the Hindustan Times quotes the Court as saying "Do you want a situation where people can't voice their opinion?". The Hindu reports the Court as saying "India cutting a very sorry figure".

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time magazine names #MeToo 'silence breakers' as person of the year

Time magazine names #MeToo 'silence breakers' as person of the year

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
The Supreme Court deciding to continue the final hearing of the Ram janmabhumi Babri Masjid case on February 8th next year, makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "Supreme Court fixes February 8 for final Ayodhya case hearing. Rejects demand to put off proceedings untill 2019 poll", writes The Tribune.
Referring to the Mid-term review of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP),  Financial Express  leads "Government gives exporters eight thousand four hundred crore rupees package". The paper also adds that the government raised the incentives under MEIS, SEIS by two percentage points, Focus on MSMEs and Labour intensive sectors.
Writing on the election campaign in the state of Gujarat The Hindu says "Cyclone threat derails Gujarat poll campaign".
The Times of India quoting the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) writes, "Bad air can damage a child's brain permanently". In related stories, The Pioneer writes "Delhi's toxic air wears out Sri Lankan pacer" adding that the "Capital may lose winter tests as BCCI considers IMA suggestion". "DDCA 'med-test' says OK to play, players vomit. Pacer Shami among those falling prey to pollution on field", states DNA.
In another story, DNA writes that the Delhi government will soon prepare a legal framework to track the 'loot' and 'criminal negligence' by private hospitals in the capital.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that she would re consider the cap on the education expenses of children of martyrs, reports The Tribune.
And finally, The 'Men in Black' film like memory blanking is for real. Well, Mail Today reports that researchers have developed a way to prevent artificial intelligence from thwarting human control. The new system acts like a 'forgetting-mechanism' for artificial intelligence that could prevent robots from taking over the world.