Saturday, March 25, 2017

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

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The assault of an Air India official by a Shiv Sena MP grabs front page headlines in most papers. The Times of India writes "Denied business class seat, Sena MP beats Air India official with sandal". Highlighting the national carrier's response, the Asian Age says "Air India files FIRs against Sena MP for hitting its staffer 25 times". The paper adds that he may be put on a 'no-fly' list.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's response to the reported remark by the Supreme Court on pensions to former lawmakers is widely reported. The Pioneer writes "Right of Parliament to decide who is entitled to government pension, says Jaitley".
The impact of the sealing of 36 slaughterhouses and retail meat shops in Uttar Pradesh is prominently noticed in the press. "Meat traders shut shop across western UP : Protest follows government's sealing of slaughter houses, shops" reports the Hindu on its front page. The Hindustan Times writes "No meat for animals at Kanpur zoo". The Tribune observes "Meat ban spoils Tunday kebabs' flavour".
Here's an interesting situation in a political party. "1 party, 2 factions, 3 symbols" writes the DNA on the AIADMK. The paper adds "In Tamil Nadu, Sasikala's group to contest as AIADMK Amma while Paneerselvam camp will call itself AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi)". On the symbols alloted to them, the Pioneer says "Hat for Sasikala, OPS gets power pole".
The Indian Express, in its front page lead story on appointments of judges to the Supreme Court writes "SC puts its foot down, rejects government's plan to veto postings on national security grounds".
And finally....some encouraging news regarding the development of prothetic limbs with a sense of touch. The DNA states "Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel".

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

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The terrorist attack in London is on the front page of all dailies today. "Year after Brussels terror hits London" writes the Hindustan Times while the Tribune says "London Bleeds".
"UP government bans pan gutkha in offices" reports the Pioneer. The Hindustan Times, referring to the UP Chief Minister's initiatives writes "Adityanath targets romeos, cow smuggling and gutkha eaters".
The Asian Age writes that in a bid to avoid a clash with the CBSE class 12 Board exams the civic polls for the 3 municipal corporation in Delhi have been postponed by a day to April 23rd.
The Indian Express writes "Jaitley counters critique - says" Yes we are making Aadhar Mandatory", while the DNA quotes the Finance Minister as saying that aadhar can check tax evasion and its biometric details minimise the chances of its misuse. In a related story, The Asian Age writes that the Centre will dissolve eight appellate tribunals including competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT), Employees Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal and copyright board among other through the Finance bill, 2017.
The DNA reports that the long wait is finally over, India's longest road tunnel is all set to be thrown open for public use next month. The Engineering Marvel is the 9 km long Nashiri tunnel on the Strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Under the headline "PM's gift for home buyers", the Pioneer writes that more people in the middle income group will get a rebate in interest on loans as the cap has been raised from 6 lakh rupees to 18 lakh rupees per annum.

Terror returns to London

Terror returns to London

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The Supreme Court saying that the long pending Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute should be resolved outside the court among all parties concerned makes for the front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "Supreme Court Chief Justice offers an Ayodhya solution roadmap- out of court" leads The Indian Express.The paper quotes Justice Khehar as saying "Issues of sentiments and religion ... the court should come in the picture only if you cannot settle it."
Writing on the continuing clampdown on cash transactions by the centre, the Business Standard says "Cash transactions limit lowered to 2 lakh rupees . Aadhar mandatory for filing I-T returns and PAN." "Violators face fine equivalent to the amount of transaction" writes the Business Line.
On BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the Hindustan Times writes " No graft, no riots, vows Adityanath." "Yogi meets PM Modi, Amit Shah and others on team portfolios" reports The Asian Age. The paper writes that the Chief Minister was greeted with cheers in the Lok Sabha and he pledged to work for all.
"Aadhar mandatory to file  I-T returns" informs The DNA.
On the Narada sting operation case The Statesman informs "Apex court backs High Court order on Narada probe."
"PSU's outperform private peers" states The Financial Express.The paper writes that low input costs help push net up 12.5% in Financial Year 16 (FY16), despite 7% dip in sales.
In a big relief to the  waitlisted passengers, The Indian Railways is all set to introduce an option of alternate accomodation (vikalp) to the passengers where they will have the option to select the next train within 12 hours where there are seats available in the same category of class reports The Pioneer.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ram Temple dispute issue of religion, sentiment, resolve outside court: SC

Ram Temple dispute issue of religion, sentiment, resolve outside court: SC

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Most papers have reported on their front page, The return of the two Indian clerics said to have gone missing in Pakistan. "Grilled in Pak over alleged RAW links, Dargah clerics return safely" says the TImes of India while the Hindustan Times writes "Nizamiddin clerics back in Delhi."
"BJP led government wins trust vote in Manipur" writes The Hindu.
Polls  done,   "Modi and Shah ready to rejig government and party" writes The Hindustan Times.
"After UP, Gujrat polls may be earlier, by June", opines The Asian Age, adding that the party hopes to cash in on the Modi wave ahead of 2019.
Under the headline "Birth of a Telecom Giant", The Business standard writes that facing , immense competition from  cash rich  Reliance Jio, The Vodafone and Idea merger would create the biggest Telco in the country, while the Pioneer writes "What an Idea ! merger with Vodafone makes it top mobile operator." The DNA adds that post the merger, Idea and Vodafone will stay separate brands.
Reporting that fresh graduates of engineering colleges might find getting a job tougher at large IT services firms this year, as the sector struggles with new business models, The Business Standard says that IT hiring could be down 40 percent this year.
The Asian Age write that Britain will be leaving the Europtean Union on March 29th, setting a historic and uncharted course to become the first country to withdraw from the bloc by March 2019.
The Tribune writes that even as Indian officials sat down with their Pakistani Counterparts yesterday to hold a meeting in Lahore of the Indus Water commission, the talks were positive, though parallel movements have arisen to raise tensions.

Yogi Adityanath's Rise: From A Gorakhpur Priest To Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Yogi Adityanath's Rise: From A Gorakhpur Priest To Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

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Yogi Adityanath becoming Chief Minister of UP is noted in all dailies today. "BJP government will make UP 'Uttam' Pradesh," The Pioneer quotes Prime Minister Modi. "Adityanath takes oath, vows to work for all of UP," headlines Hindustan Times. The Business Standard carries a photograph of the PM with the new Chief Minister, captioned, "The Monk who dons a new robe."
"Jats call off stir, but border points, central Delhi stay on alert," reports The Times of India. "Capital chaos averted," says The Pioneer.
"130-day Nagas' blockade of Manipur lifted," reports The Asian Age. The Hindustan Times says, "It is seen as the first major achievement of the newly formed BJP-led government."
"Railways reinvents the entertainment wheel, inching closer to the dream of providing entertainment directly on your personal devices such as Mobile phones and laptops while you are on trains and at Railway Stations," reports the Business Standard.
"Mumbai loses permanent status in the new BCCI constitution. North East states, U'khand, Telangana are full members," reports the Statesman.
"Cheteswar Pujara broke Rahul Dravid's record for the most balls faced by an Indian batsman in a Test innings." is a front-page story in DNA.
Composer Ilayaraaja serving a legal notice to singer SP Balasubramaniam, cautioning him about performing his songs without permission is reported by The Hindu. The singer, who is on a US tour, has accepted the demand.
And, finally, the Times of India reports that researchers in Duke University have come up with a new marker called "Intellectual Humility", a trait defined as the opposite of arrogance and conceit. People with intellectual humility are "open-minded...and though they have strong beliefs, they are willing to be proven wrong." Something we need to cultivate in large doses, isn't it?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

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The naming of Gorakhpur MP and mahant of Gorakhnath peeth, Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister designate of Uttar Pradesh, is the major news story in Today's Press. "BJP picks Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh" - is the top headline in The Sunday Times. "Focus on Mandir in run-up to 2019" - reports The Asian Age.
"Missing Indian Clerics traced in Pakistan" writes The Statesman on its front page. DNA writes "Clerics were in Pakistan intelligence custody, to return tomorrow.
"Captain orders clean-up operation - VIP culture to end, cartels to face action" - reports the Sunday Tribune. Proposing an overhaul of the Political, Administrative and Police setup in Punjab, the Captain Amrinder Singh Government in its first Cabinet meeting, has decided to end VIP culture and to bring in a legislation on 'conflict of interest', wherein the Minister's or MLAs could be unseated on being found to have business interests in their official capacity.
Business Standard reports "Government asks 10 banks to cut staff benefits for capital: Finance Minister wants banks to get commitment from Trade Unions.
Troops at Paris' Orly airport shot dead a man who tried to grab a female soldier weapon yesterday, triggering a major security alert that briefly shut down the airport, leaving thousands stranded, reports The Asian Age.
The Indian Express reports that the University Grants Commission (UGC) clarified on Saturday that it is not withdrawing its financial support to the Centre for study of Social Exclusion and Inclusion Policy set up in different universities. It also said that the letter, purportedly received by Jawahawlal Nehru University earlier on this issue, was a forged document and that all 35 Centres will continue to receive funds.
And Finally, Sunday Times informs us of the remote Tsimane tribe living deep in the Bolivian Amazon region, that is found to have the healthiest arteries ever studied,  with an 80-yrs-old tribal having the same vascular age as a American in the mid fifties. The tribals survive on a diet low in saturated fats and high in non-processed food.

From controversial comments on SRK to Mother Teresa: 9 times UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath was a rabble-rouser

From controversial comments on SRK to Mother Teresa: 9 times UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath was a rabble-rouser

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The Calcutta high Court ordering CBI probe into Narada sting is one of the top stories covered by newspapers this morning. "Court orders CBI to probe Narada sting" leads Hindustan Times. The paper writes that it is a setback for Mamata,  the Bengal Chief Minister points finger at BJP, Trinamool Congress set to challenge high court directive in top court.
"Trivendra Rawat BJP pick for Uttarakhand. Oath taking today, stiff competition for ministerial berths" reports the Statesman.
Referring to the lack of clarity about who will be selected Chief Minister of UP the Times of India opines "Suspense over UP CM lingers ahead of announcement today" adding "Mechanised abattoirs to shut from Sunday midnight.
Writing on the Congress party in Goa DNA says "Goa defections heat up Delhi. One more Cognress MLA quits in state. Digvijaya Singh blames party leaders for the fiasco".
On the Calcutta High Court judge the Pioneer writes "Karnan defies warrant, to sue Supreme Court for 14 crore. Bengal DGP, with 100 cops delivers bailable warrant to Calcutta High Court judge".
The Asian Age carries a photograph on its front page of President Pranab Mukherjee presenting an honorary Doctor of Literature to MS Swaminathan, the renowned geneticist and administrator, at Mumbai university.
On the non-performing assets (NPA) crackdown the Indian Express states "Governement asks PSU banks to do forensic audit of defaulters".
Five cities with diverse geographical and climatic conditions will be the first to start using plastic bank notes of rupees 10 denomination, with the Centre approving  a field trail, reports the Hindu.
The Pioneer in an interesting story writes that the war between the Indian Foreign Services and Indian Forest Service officers over the usage of the acronym IFS for their respective cadre is escalating by the day as both have staked claim to IFS.
And finally, Is Whatsapp keeping you up way past your bedtime? Well, The Times of India reports according to a study by Nimhans Bangaluru, has revealed that the use of internet for Facebook and Whatsapp is making people put off sleep by more than one and a half hours (100 Minutes) everyday.