Sunday, October 22, 2017

Probe assets of Jay Shah, says Lalu Prasad

Probe assets of Jay Shah, says Lalu Prasad

Newspapers Headlines
Most newspapers today have keenly tracked the pollution levels in Delhi-NCR a day after Diwali, post the ban imposed on the sale of firecrackers by the Supreme Court. "City cheats ban but pollution a bit less" headlines the Mail Today. "Delhi did its best but it wasn't enough, air still turned toxic" reads The Times of India's top headline.
The Hindu has front paged another story which says "Most pollution-linked deaths occur in India". Quoting an international commission's report, the paper says that out of 9 million premature deaths linked to pollution worldwide, a staggering 2.5 million deaths were reported from India in 2015.
Several newspapers have also front paged photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. "At Kedarpuri, PM lays foundation for five key projects" writes the DNA. The Times of India quotes the PM as saying "UPA didn't let me rebuild Kedarnath as Gujarat CM".
Reporting on the politically sensitive Bofors scam, the DNA, quoting Fairfax CEO Michael Hershman in its lead headline, writes- "What did Rajiv Gandhi have to hide (in Bofors case) ?"; 'should have ordered an inquiry'.
In a horrifying story of mob hysteria in Jammu & Kashmir, The Statesman reports "Mob tries to set youth on fire in Kashmir over 'braid-chopping". In another such instance reported from Delhi, The Asian Age says "Man objects to open urination, beaten to death".
The resignation of solicitor general Ranjit Kumar is keenly noticed in the newspapers today. The Asian Age writes "2nd top law officer quits, says reason is personal".
And finally, The Indian Express reports - come 2018 and India will get its indigenous nature channel "DD Prakriti" on the lines of Discovery and National Geographic channels, in order to promote nature conservation films by Indian filmmakers. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Over 60 killed as suicide bombings hit mosques in Afghanistan

Over 60 killed as suicide bombings hit mosques in Afghanistan

Newspapers Headlines
Most newspapers this morning except the Statesman are only available in their online editions as yesterday was a holiday on account of Diwali. Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating Diwali with army jawans is the lead in most online editions. "PM Modi calls jawans 'his family', celebrates Diwali near the LOC" reports the Hindustan Times. The Times of India highlights External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's special Diwali gesture for Pakistan nationals as it quotes her as saying "On Diwali, medical visa for all deserving cases that are pending." On Diwali celebrations in Delhi, the Statesman notes "Capital celebrates Diwali with fervour, lesser fireworks".
The Indian Express highlights the Kerala High Court's observation on inter-faith marriages in the backdrop of the campaign by various religious groups against what they describe as 'Love Jihad". The paper reports " Don't communalise inter-faith marriages, warns Kerala High Court". The Statesman quotes the high court as saying "All inter religious marriages not love jihad".
The Hindustan Times in its story captioned "5 pesticides that killed Maharashtra farmers may be banned for a month" writes that after reports of more than 30 farmers dying of pesticide poisoning in Yavatmal and some other districts of the state the government is considering banning the pesticides in five Vidarbha districts.
The Indian Express carries an exclusive interview with the Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir S P Vaid. The paper quotes him as saying "At least 160 militants killed this year, Kashmir needs political initiative".
The indictment of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Mohammad Safdar by an anti-graft court in a corruption case related to the Avenfield property in London.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How Google's quantum computer could change the world

How Google's quantum computer could change the world

Newspapers Headlines
The Home Ministry's communication to the states regarding the deployment of central forces is prominently noticed on the front pages of many papers. The Asian Age reports "MHA tells states : don't rely only on Central forces". The Pioneer caption reads "Central forces can't substitute State police, warns MHA". The papers add that this communication comes in the backdrop of a tussle between the West Bengal government and the Home Ministry over the deployment of central forces in Darjeeling.
The killing of a school teacher in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, a week after three militants were killed in a gun battle with security forces at his house, is widely noticed in the press. The Hindustan Times reports "Militants kill J&K teacher, leave note of 'revenge' for encounter at house". In another incident of violence in the state, the Statesman reports " Rioters pelt stones at Army patrol for rescuing alleged braid chopper from being lynched by the villagers; troops open fire to disperse mob".
On the killing of 22 year old folk singer Harshita Dahiya in Panipat in Haryana, the Times of India states "8 bullets pumped into singer, Tihar inmate prime suspect". The Pioneer quotes the singer's sister as saying "My husband killed Harshita".
Writing on the ticket distribution process for the forthcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, the Tribune notes "BJP ticket for 12 new faces ; 3 Congress deserters make it too ; Sonia to decide on 1 family, 1 ticket".

Rahul Gandhi okays Revanth Reddy’s entry into Congress

Rahul Gandhi okays Revanth Reddy’s entry into Congress

Newspapers Headlines
Pollution control plan in Delhi ahead of Diwali, is highlighted by many newspapers this morning.
"Tough measures in place to check Delhi pollution" leads the Hindustan Times. "Pollution panel bans diesel gensets in Delhi till March 15" is The Times of India headline. "Cracker Ban Fires up Black Market" with merchants providing doorstep deliveries of fireworks, defying the Supreme Court ban, is a Mail Today exclusive.
Included in the Graded Response Action Plan, "Parking may cost you 4 times more" is the lead in The Pioneer. "500 rupee fine for drivers honking inside ISBTs, 100 rupee fine for conductors shouting destinations" informs the paper.
"Dark Dhanteras in city as gold sales dive by 35 per cent" reports The DNA.
'We must take pride in our heritage' The Asian Age cites PM Modi.
"After Sangeet Som, Yogi tune: Taj built by blood, sweat of India's workers, sons" is the Indian Express lead. The Asian Age states "Yogi plans Agra visit in bid for damage control".
"BJP slams Congress on report that Bhandari paid for Vadra travel" writes The Indian Express, on fugitive arms dealer, Sanjay Bhandari buying air tickets for Robert Vadra. The paper also reports "Air ticket probe hits dead end, agency says got cash".
The Pioneer informs, for the first time in India's electoral history, the entire Himachal Pradesh poll staff will be paid online.
On the death of an 11-year old girl in Jharkhand, the state's PDS Minister questions his own government's Aadhaar drive, that renders ration cards not linked to Aadhaar, ineligible, highlights The Indian Express.
And finally, "Eating out could get cheaper as GST may be cut to 12 per cent" says The Times of India.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Malta journalist Caruana Galizia: Anti-corruption warrior

Malta journalist Caruana Galizia: Anti-corruption warrior

TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounding the BJP's election bugle in Gujarat makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. The Tribune quoting the Prime Minister writes "Development vs dynasty in Gujarat poll". "PM woos Gujarat, vows all GST hurdles will go. Dares Congress to fight polls on development plank" leads the Asian Age.
Writing on the political assets of India's seven national parties, Hindustan Times writes "BJP richest party, Congress not far behind in watchdog report."
Referring to JNU student Najeeb Ahmad who is still untraced after he mysteriously went missing from his hostel, DNA writes "Delhi High Court scolds CBI over inaction in Najeeb case."
"No berth for Shivpal, Mulayam Singh Yadav in Akhilesh's executive council" informs the Pioneer.
"This Diwali, Delhi will breathe what it bursts" leads Hindustan Times. The paper forecasts that the city can have best post Diwali air in four years if firecracker use is reduced.
Writing on the spectrum auction the Financial Express says "Inter ministerial group seeks to soften blow to telecom companies. Favours more reasonable reserve price, wants method to reflect international best practices."
"Satyarthi demands National Tribunal for children cause" says the Statesman. DNA quotes President Ram Nath Kovind as saying "Tough for kids to speak over abuse".
Referring to the Aarushi case DNA writes, "Talwars return home to sea of emotions" adding "wait of four years and 20 days finally ends for dentist couple"
"Vaastu fails, man drags agency to court" reports the Hindu. The paper says there were no positive changes even after Karnataka man spent five lakh rupees to redesign home.
Password, you said?, Wi-Fi is still unsafe! Well, the Times of India says, your password protected Wi-Fi connection could be vulnerable to trespassing. Researchers claim to have discovered a weakness in a Wi-Fi security protocol called WPA2 that leaves password-protected Wi-Fi connections open to cyber-attacks and manipulation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Talwars walk free after nearly four years in jail

Talwars walk free after nearly four years in jail

A LOOK AT TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
"IMF Chief now lauds GST, demonetisation" headlines theDNA. The Paper quotes the IMF Chief saying that this has resulted in a "little bit of a short term slow down.
The Pioneer reports that with Diwali just 4 days away-Delhi's air pollution is now in severe darkest red zone.
"Jakhar's Gurdaspur stunner" headlines The Tribune referring to the stunning victory of Punjab Congress Chief, Son of a former Minister Balram Jakhar in the Gurdaspur by election by a margin of 1.93 lakh votes.
A section of people in Madhya Pradesh are against crackers-- No not necessarily due to pollution but due to the fact that they have images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on them which is insulting.
The Asian Age reports on the detained Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Sayeed as close to walking free as Pakistan drops terror charges on him.
The Delhi Police are haunted by the growing number of suicides in their own ranks. On an average one suicide a month due to depression and anxiety. High stress levels, erratic working hours and thankless nature of the job are some of the issues reports the Mail Today.
Some other stories covered by newspapers are:- Yet another RSS worker being hacked in Kerala/ Scientists to develop pollution free crackers/ More farmers in Yavatmal affected by pesticide poisoning/ Film maker Lekh Tendon passing away/a Punjabi NRI Satwant Singh improving the walls, toilets, and libraries of Indian government Schools.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bypoll cheer for Cong. as Jakhar sweeps Gurdaspur

Bypoll cheer for Cong. as Jakhar sweeps Gurdaspur

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar sharing the stage in Patna finds place in the Hindustan Times, DNA and The Asian age. Modi unveils plan to make 10 government and private universities world class, lays foundation in Bihar for project worth 3000 crore rupees writes The Pioneer.
BJP braces for toughest Gujarat polls in 15 years says The Asian Age, adding that Rahul Gandhi's recent rallies in the state have evoked a positive response.
'SIT releases sketches of Gauri's killers' of the Bengaluru journalist who was gunned down about a month ago, states The Hindu Activism may have led to Gauri's murder says the Mail Today.
'Delhi may breathe easier this Diwali' writes The Times of India on its front page. Experts say, clear skies, dry winds and cracker ban to help, adds the paper.
Kejriwal's stolen car found abandoned in Ghaziabad is widely covered by the press.
The Hindustan Times in its Sunday Special writes about 'the festival of lights burning bright at the blind school' in Delhi titled 'All the lights they can not see, the paper says for the 400 visually impaired students of the Blind Relief Association, Diwali brings a mix of feelings and memories.
"High Court pulls up CBI over falsification of evidence' says The Statesmen, of the Aarushi case. "Talwars will not come out of jail before Monday informs the Hindustan Times, because their documents could not be processed.
"Football mania in Kolkata, says The Indian Express as the Under-17 World Cup fever grips the city as it braces for the final match on the 28th of this month.
70 per cent crop loss feared due to rains, veggie prices to soar", reports The Times of India. Some papers report of doubling of Onion prices already."
And finally, talk of being multi-faceted. The DNA writes about Former Diplomat Nirupama Rao who retired after serving as India's ambassador to US. She is all set to release her album of songs, some even written and composed by her.