NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES 21.9.2011
The war of words over BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's remarks that PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti had praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a National Integration Council meeting grabs front page attention in most papers. "Did not praise Modi, fumes Mehbooba" writes the Hindustan Times. That the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also joined issue is evident from the Tribune headline "Sushma remark sparks Mehbooba-Omar slugfest".
The CBI opposing a plea in the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged role of Home Minister P Chidambram in the 2G spectrum allocation case is widely noticed. "2G case: CBI opposes probe against PC" reports the Times of India. However the Asian Age writes on its front page "CBI stand on PC does not convince SC".
The efforts made by the Prime Minister's emissary to meet with the people protesting against the Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu is prominently noticed in most papers. "Narayansamy meets protesters, blames local parties for fanning trouble at nuclear site" reports the Indian Express. The Times of India says "TN protesters fear Japan-type disaster" referring to the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis.
All the papers take note of the Planning Commission's affidavit in the Supreme Court on the poverty line. The Hindustan Times quotes the Plan panel as saying "Rs 31 per day enough for family of five". The Hindu reports the panel as saying that an individual income of Rs.25/- a day constitutes adequate "private expenditure on food, education and health".
In a special story, the Asian Age writes that a United Nations survey has found that 40 million civilians owned firearms in India and that 62 percent of murders by firearms are committed only in the three states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
And finally, Sachin Tendulkars suggestion that the one-day 50 overs cricket match be split into four 25 over innings is noticed by all the papers. "In letter to ICC, Sachin bats for split innings ODI's" says the Indian Express. The Times of India quotes him as saying "make one dayers two innings affair".