Sunday, September 25, 2011

WTF: "Opposition's role is to oppose, ministers enjoy my confidence"


Most newspapers have carried Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address to the UN General Assembly as their lead story. "India's growth can expand global economy: PM at UN" is the headline in Hindustan Times. The Asian Age headline reads, "PM asserts India's world vision". The headline in The Times of India reads, "PM slams West for using force to change regimes", and The Financial Express quotes him in its headline as saying, "Slowdown should not lead to protectionism."

News related to the 2G spectrum scam is highlighted on the front pages of many dailies. "Sonia rebuff leaves PC high and dry" reads the headline in Mail Today, referring to Sonia Gandhi's "disinclination" to meet Chidambaram before discussing the issue with the Prime Minster. The Indian Express quotes the Prime Minister in its headline as saying, "Opposition's role is to oppose, ministers enjoy my confidence".

Most dailies have reported, on their front pages, a Delhi court's pronouncement in the case related to the 2010 murder of Dalits in Mirchpur, Haryana. "15 convicted in Mirchpur killing case" headlines The Hindu. Hindustan Times, under the headline, "All 97 acquitted of murdering Dalits", writes that while 82 of them were acquitted by the court and 15 were convicted, none was found guilty of murder. The paper reports that the court blamed the police for "shoddy investigation" and for giving in to political pressure.

The shooting down in Odisha, of a BJD MLA and his personal security officer by Maoists, has been prominently reported in dailies. The Tribune writes that the MLA had been confined to a wheelchair since he was attacked by some people in 2004.

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