Monday, October 31, 2011

Is it beginning of the end of Congress in Telangana? - The Times of India

Is it beginning of the end of Congress in T? - The Times of India: "The Congress high command may be under the impression that only a national party like it can give Telangana, but thanks to its lack of understanding of the ground reality or its condescending attitude to the whole issue, it is becoming increasingly evident that the entire region is virtually lost for the ruling party for many years to come."

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"Vettel is the champ, India the winner"


Front pages of most papers this morning have photographs of the Formula One Champion with his trophy. "Vettel is the champ, India the winner", writes the Hindustan Times
The other major story that makes the headlines this morning is Nira Radia, the high profile but controversial promoter of Vaishnavi Corporate Communications, announcing her decision to quit business communication consultancy and close down her offices. The Statesman and other papers have a front page photo of Nira Radia.

The Asian Age and Mail Today report that freezing conditions hit the US East Coast  on Sunday after a rare October storm wreaked havoc on air, road, and rail traffic. Mail Today says, days after flood waters submerged parts of Bangkok, New Yorkers are now facing the prospect of a White Halloween.

The Times of India writes about an international team of  scientists identifying stem cells that rapidly rebuild the tiny air sacs in the lungs called alveoli. This may pave the way for new treatment for people with damaged lungs. The Asian Age added that the International team at the Genome Research Institute, Singapore said the treatment could offer hope for heavy smokers, asthma patients, and those affected  by chronic lung-scarring.

Seven billionth baby coming today, writes the Tribune in a front page story. Projections of the worlds seven the billion baby to be born in India on Monday will be a symbol of the right of every girl to survive, said Plan International conducting the exercise. If everyone joined hands to form a human chain, seven the billion people would circle the Earth's equator about 175 times, and stretch to the Moon and back 9 times, writes the Times of India putting the staggering figure in perspective.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Over 7,800 people died in violent crimes in UP, Bihar last year - India - DNA

Over 7,800 people died in violent crimes in UP, Bihar last year - India - DNA: "Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have earned the dubious distinction of two most crime prone states, accounting for more than 7,800 lives lost in violent crimes in 2010."

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Red Bull Driver Mark Webber said the Greater Noida "Formula 1 track is 'probably the smoothest track in the world'


The Formula 1 extravaganza scheduled for today at the new Buddha International Circuit in Greater Noida, gets prime slot in the Press. "Sebastian Vettel starts first today" writes the Asian Age. "Sachin Tendulkar to wave the chequered flag at the India Grand Prix", reports the Statesman. The Hindustan Times writes that Red Bull Driver Mark Webber said the Greater Noida "Formula 1 track is 'probably the smoothest track in the world'.

"Stir Hit Maruti goes to Gujarat for its biggest plant" - headlines the Times of India. The paper adds - 'frustrated by recurring labour trouble in Haryana, the Maruti Board granted approval to purchase land in Mehsana district in Gujarat and is expected to invest 18,000 crore rupees for its new facility.

The Mail Today writes that India has appealed to France to support its plan for voluntary exchange of tax information by the International Community at the sixth G-20 Summit at Cannes, in a move to check black money.

'Team Anna says, core committee will continue' - reports the Hindu, adding that setting aside its inner contradictions and conflicts - the core committee has decided to stay united.

Several papers write about the concert in Gurgaon by the famous American heavy metal band, Metallica, getting cancelled. The Statesman reports that four members of the organising concern DNA Networks have been arrested on charges of cheating the public.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lovelorn tusker risks life to rescue fiancée


Most major newsdailies today have highlighted efforts to revamp Team
Anna. " Team Anna in for a major shake-up" headlines the Asian Age, as
the Pioneer reports "Embattled Anna hints at injecting fresh blood".

As the formula-1 racing event draws closer, excitement has risen to a
feverish pitch, and almost all newspapers have reported with
photographs on various aspects of the event. The Times of India
reports "F-1 concert crashes on turn-1 - angry fans vandalize Gurgaon
site after Metallica No Show" while the Hindustan Times adds "The
Grand Indian F-1 Party begins, minus the head banging". The Asian Age
reports "F-1 practice run hit as a stray dog sneaks in" and the Times
of India adds "Lap dog's day: Bookies bet on repeat".

The spectacular rise by 516 points by the Sensex yesterday has been
noticed prominently by many dailies. "Global trends RBI gives sensex,
rupee a leg-up". The Economic Times adds "Sketchy EU deal fuels
India's rally".

The Hindu Business Line reports that Air India may get rupees 23
thousand crore equity infusion over ten years. Cabinet will base the
decision on RBI view - while Oil Firms have been urged to extend three
months credit.

The Times of India says "PAC members attack CAG, say 2G loss estimate
based on fraud " and says that some members launched an unprecedented
attack on the government auditor saying its reports were "politically

In a lead page story the Mail Today reports "Congress gets all hands
on deck to shell Maya" and adds "Congress backs Ramesh to corner
Mayawati, support demand for CBI probe into NREGA scam".

The Indian Express it its front-page story reports "short on cash,
government eyes surplus with PSUs" and adds that "Ministers,
Departments told to report by November 15 excess money with PSUs after

"Britain re-writes rules for Royal Line of Succession" reports the
Indian Express "If William, Kate have a little girl; she will one day
be our Queen: Cameron at Commonwealth Meet".

And finally, the Pioneer reports "Lovelorn tusker risks life to rescue
fiancée" and notes that in an amazing display of bonding, a
"Cupid-struck" male captive tusker from Jaldapara forest range, in
north Bengal actually risked his life to protect his 'lady love' a
female captive elephant, from a wild herd of Jumbos.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Group has retained his position as the richest Indian with a net worth of $ 22.6 billion


India's rich are loosing wealth due to inflation and corruption scandals according to Forbes magazine which also says that the combined wealth of the 100 wealthiest is down 20% from a year ago. The Asian Age, Pioneer, Mail Today and other papers have covered this story. The Tribune adds that Mukesh Ambani, the head of Reliance Group has retained his position as the richest Indian with a net worth of 22.6 billion US dollars.

Food inflation shoots to 11:43%, the sharpest increase in six months write all the papers this morning. According to the Economic Times, Food prices may not come down from the current levels. Poor storage facilities and high transportation costs add to the spike in the festive season, opines the Indian Express.

Most papers this morning report that air pollution dips this Diwali but overall pollution levels worsen. According to the Indian Express, increased awareness and favourable Met factors led to the decrease in overall air pollution in Delhi post Diwali. "Delhi Government pats itself for lower air pollution on a windy Diwali", writes the Hindu. "Experts give credit to clear weather for lower air pollution, Noise pollution, however, shoots up", says the Times of India.

Mail Today and Asian Age write that, the IBM Corporation has passed a mile stone naming the first female Chief Executive in the Company's 100 year history. The selection of Virginia Rometty is also a statement about the growing influence of women in the top tiers of business.

AND FINALLY, the Pioneer and Times of India report that, British scientists have developed artificial blood in the laboratory which they say, is just two years away from being used for transfusion. Man-made blood created from stem cells will be free from infection and can be given to anyone regardless of blood group.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lull in Telangana stir is not victory for Centre | | | The New Indian Express

Lull in Telangana stir is not victory for Centre | | | The New Indian Express
The decision of the pro-Telangana government employees to return to work is indicative of the toll the agitation, with no immediate end in sight, is taking on the resolve and patience of its supporters. When a similar decision was taken by a section of road transport workers a few days ago, it was ascribed by the joint action committee to an official ploy to create divisions among the unions. While the charge may be true, the government’s recent decision to arrest a number of MPs, MLAs and other bigwigs, including K Chandrasekhara Rao’s son and daughter, must have also played a part in weakening the movement to some extent.

What's the most expensive mistake you've made? | Open thread | Comment is free |

What's the most expensive mistake you've made? | Open thread | Comment is free | "It's the old story: you spend a billion dollars on a house, get all set to move in and then you find there's a problem with the windows, which just ruins everything. India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, a businessman with an estimated worth of $27bn, isn't actually living in the 27-storey family home he had built in Mumbai. Rumours are that the building's interior does not conform with the ancient Indian architectural doctrine of vastu shastra – or that Ambani is not happy with the amount of natural light flowing into the property in the morning."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Man wins Rs.5 crore on KBC

The Hindu : News / National : Man wins Rs.5 crore on KBC: "Diwali came early for Bihar's Sushil Kumar as he has become the first person to win the full prize money of Rs.5 crore in the fifth season of popular quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)."

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Cities have more women today than ever


Pakistan returning to India, an Indian army helicopter that had strayed into Pakistan occupied Kashmir and the devastating earthquake in Turkey are the two stories that dominate the front pages of most papers today.

The Special CBI Judge's order on charges delivered in the 2G scam case are widely noticed in the papers. The Indian Express reports the court as saying "Raja erred in not following finance secy advice". The Hindustan Times quotes the court as saying "the law cannot be tweaked in the name of bringing private investment".

Senior BJP leader L K Advani denying reports that he would skip Bangalore on his anti-corruption rath Yatra are highlighted in most papers. " Will take yatra to Bengaluru, says Advani" writes the Asian Age. The Hindustan times reports him as saying "Yatra will go to Bangalore, no change in plan".

Many papers like the Hindustan Times, the Tribune and the Statesman report that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act is likey to be withdrawn from four districts of Jammu and Kashmir as the State government works on plans to revoke the Disturbed Areas Act.

The re-election of Bobby Jindal as Louisiana Governor in the United States is widely noticed. "Jindal sweeps polls, relected governor" writes the Times of India. The Pioneer says he won by a `landslide' trouncing 9 rivals grabbing 66 percent of the votes.

In a special front page report titled, "Cities have more women today than ever" the Times of India quotes data from the 2011 census that suggests that the population of urban women grew at a brisk 34 percent in the decade 2001-2011, the highest decadal rise since 1947.

And finally, the Hindustan Times informs us that Thadagati, a 102 year old Dalit woman in Tamil Nadu, displaying centenarian vigour has won a local body election in Madurai district.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Steve Jobs Biography: Excerpts From the Forthcoming Book

Steve Jobs Biography: Excerpts From the Forthcoming Book: "Numerous media outlets got their hands on the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biography Thursday, which won’t be released to the public until Oct. 24.

Below are excerpts of the book featured in news articles across the web.

Biographer Walter Isaacson — who will be interviewed on Sunday night’s 60 Minutes — had unprecedented access to Jobs as well as his family, friends, colleagues and adversaries for two years leading up to a few weeks before the Apple innovator died Oct. 5.

Pre-orders for Steve Jobs: A Biography spiked after Jobs passed away, hitting number one on Amazon‘s sales chart. The book will be available in hardcover, audio and ebook formats."

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Human Development Index rises by 21%, worries over health, sanitation continue


The Allahabad High Court's decision to set aside land acquisition in three villages and hike compensation for farmers in 60 others is the main news in many national dailies.  "Court saves Greater Noida homes, gives farmers a better deal" headlines Hindustan Times.  "All's well that ends well in Noida.  Home buyers heave sigh of relief" writes The pioneer.  The Hindu headline reads, "Noida land acquisition quashed: setback to Maya"
The Statesman, The Asian Age and many other dailies have quoted the Prime Minister as saying that Government is considering changing law to make private sector graft a crime.  The Times of India reports that a 24-hour anti-bribery helpline will be operational in 2 months.
The Tribune, The Times of India, The Asian Age and The Hindu have prominently reported on their front pages, Omar Abdullah's revocation of Army Law in some areas of Jammu & Kashmir.
Hillary Clinton's blunt message to Pakistan, "You can't rear snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours" forms the headline in The Tribune.
The second India Human Development Report 2011 has been widely discussed on the front pages of many papers.  "Human Development Index rises by 21%, worries over health, sanitation continue" is the headline in The Statesman. 
And finally, The Hindu has quoted Nepal Prime Minister Bhattarai as saying that his India visit has built trust. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

he was caught hiding like a rat in a drainage culvert, full of filth


The death of Muammar Gaddafi is the lead story in almost every paper. 'Dictator for 42 years, Gaddafi dies in a drain' writes the Times of India. Most dailies have a picture of an injured, dead Gaddafi, after his arrest in Sirte yesterday. The Tribune says 'he was caught hiding like a rat in a drainage culvert, full of filth'.

'Headley interrogation video clips released' is a Hindu headline. The Hindustan Times says that the 'FBI has yet to share Headley bank info with India - and the US silence on who funded his 9 recce trips makes Delhi suspicious'.

'Paid news claims first political scalp as EC disqualifies MLA' reports the Hindu, of UP MLA Umlesh Yadav. The paper writes of the historic verdict delivered by the EC, barring her from contesting for 3 years.

the front page of the Tribune and the sports pages of several dailies show Ravinder Jadeja, celebrating with MS Dhoni, 'India clinch thriller, seal ODI series' reads the caption.

Kiran Bedi is splashed across most dailies, for all the wrong reasons. Papers had reported yesterday how she had overcharged institutions by inflating her air travel bills. 'Cong rejects Bedi's no personal gain defence' writes the Hindustan Times. 'She's cornered' says Mail Today. The Indian Express has given a specific example of how Bedi charged business class air fare twice for one flight, as she was invited to speak at two institutions in Raipur'. However, the Times of India quotes her as saying that the inflated bills were not for personal gain, but for educating children.

The Supreme Court just saved you from a dark Diwali. A Times of India headline reads, 'SC to BSES - If you can't run discom, clear out'.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dont strike, we have nukes: Kayani to US


Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's defence of the Comptroller and
Auditor General (CAG) in the wake of questions being raised about its
role and jurisdiction is highlighted on the front pages of many
papers. "Pranab defends CAG, says auditor acting within limits" writes
the Tribune in its front page lead. The Asian Age quotes Mr Mukherjee
as saying "No overstepping by CAG".

The Centre's response to a Supreme Court directive asking it to
explain the delay of over eight years in deciding the mercy plea of
Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar is widely noticed by the papers. "Can't fix
time limit to decide on mercy pleas, Centre tells SC" reports the
Hindustan Times. The Times of India quotes the Government as saying
"Courts cant fix mercy plea deadline".

A tender issued by the Indian Air Force to hire helicopters for
operations in forward areas comes under media scrutiny. "IAF goofs,
reveals Army border sites in tender" is the front page lead in the
Asian Age. The Times of India puts forward the Defence Ministry
perspective as it reports "Officials defend decision, claim nothing is
secret in era of google earth".

There is good news for people who have been taken loans from housing
finance companies. The Times of India reports on its front page that
the the housing finance regulator, the National Housing Bank has
banned imposition of penalties on prepayment of loans.

In international news, Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani's
comments in the backdrop of increasing tensions between the United
States and Pakistan are widely noticed. "Dont strike, we have nukes:
Kayani to US" reports the Hindustan Times on its front page. The Hindu
quotes Kayani as saying "Pakistan is not like Iraq or Afghanistan".

And finally, what is passed off as received wisdom may actually be
scientifically true. The Mail Today writes that Canadian scientists
have evidence that suggests that the brains of over 55 year old
persons are more experienced and efficient than those of the youth.

Theekhai: Telangana issue difficult, not insurmountable: PM

Telangana issue difficult, not insurmountable: PM: " Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said there was no question of any government inaction on the Telangana issue and while a solution was not impossible there were no quick answers either.

"There is no inaction. Efforts are being made to find a solution that will bring about a broad based consensus among all the various stakeholders," the Prime Minister told journalists onboard his special aircraft. "

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Manmohan, Sonia should make Telangana a reality by New Year: Advani

::The Hans India::
BJP leader L.K. Advani today accused the UPA government of going back on its promise and asked it to shun its “indecisiveness” to make the statehood dream a reality by New Year.

“I hope that in the year 2012 this long-held desire of the Telangana people will be fulfilled. By January 1, 2012, the dream of Telangana can be realised provided Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi take a firm decision and present the necessary Bill in the beginning of the Winter Session of Parliament,” he said.

From a single hashtag, a protest circled the world

From a single hashtag, a protest circled the world: "It all started innocuously enough with a July 13 blog post urging people to #OccupyWallStreet, as though such a thing (Twitter hashtag and all) were possible.

It turns out, with enough momentum and a keen sense of how to use social media, it actually is."

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Banswada byelection result a slap in the face of Cong: Advani


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"Government's next CAG headache: 'Mega losses in power deal'"


The resignation of two core members of Team Anna, is the lead story in many dailies. "Hisar Effect cuts other way, two members quit Team Anna citing its political turn" writes The Indian Express. The Statesman writes that the Anti-Congress stand taken during the Hisar bypolls campaign appears to have divided Team Anna.

The attack on Arvind Kejriwal, with a slipper hurled at him by a person, just as Kejriwal was to address a meeting in Lucknow on graft, prominently figures on the front pages of The Hindustan Times, The Statesman, The Hindu and The Times of India.

Hindustan Times has quoted Salman Khurshid as saying that the right to reject all candidates in a constituency was more practical than the right to recall elected representatives.

The top story in The Indian Express, headlined, "Government's next CAG headache: 'Mega losses in power deal'" reports that the CAG has alleged that the union power ministry gave "undue benefit" to Reliance Power Ltd. in projects in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.

The Asian Age writes that the Central Vigilance Commission has expressed concern at attempts by the government to dilute its mandate to check corruption in the higher bureaucracy.

The Statesman and The Asian Age have carried photographs on their front pages, of beaming Palestinians heading back home, and the released Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. "1 : 1,027 - Israel & Hamas swap prisoners" reads the headline in The Statesman.

The Tribune reports that China appears to have quietly discontinued the practice of issuing stapled visas to Indian nationals from Jammu and Kashmir.

And finally, Hindustan Times reports, in order to keep pollution levels low this Diwali, the Delhi government has decided to use Facebook to reach out to people, by creating a page titled, Dil se Diwali, which asks people to say no to crackers.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WTF:56460100000000000 gross collections ? Telugu cinema crazy !


Oosaravelli, Telugu film collections for the first week whopping 56,46,01,00,00,00,00,000.  But it is a mistake!

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Congress draws a blank in the bye- election


Congress draws a blank in the bye- election, writes the Hindu in a front page story with photographs of the Haryana Janhit Congress - BJP candidate who won from Hissar. "Bhajan Lal's son wins LS bypoll in Hissar" writes the Asian Age.

"For RTE' sake, PM writes to 13 lakh heads of school." The Tribune in an exclusive front page story writes about a letter written by the Prime minister to be read out on the 11th of November - Education Day, intended to encourage children and their parents and 60 lakh teachers to make extra effort to realise the Right To Education. The letter has been translated into 14 Indian languages to cover every geographical region.

Right to reject, recall on all party talks table says the Hindustan Times. The government said that activist Anna Hazare's demand for right to reject and recall elected candidates will be discussed at an all party meeting on electoral reforms.

Senior IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt lodged in Sabarmati Jail by the Narender Modi Government for 17 days on allegations of fabricating evidence to implicate the Chief Minister during the 2002 riots walked free on Monday after the local court granted him bail overruling reservation from the state government. The Indian Express and other papers report this story.

Marathon Man at 100. A unique feat by Fauja Singh, Indian born British citizen who completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon at a 100 years of age earning a place in the Guiness World book of records-- The Times of India, the Tribune and other papers have front page photographs of this wonder man.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What Telangana says about our democracy - The Times of India

What Telangana says about our democracy - The Times of India: "Whether you agree with their demand or not, there is no denying the extraordinary commitment on display across Telangana. Lakhs of government servants have been on a strike for over a month, suffering loss of pay and ruining their Dussehra. Given the Centre's prolonged consultations and deliberations, the agitators are likely to miss out on Diwali too.

Their bid to intensify the agitation with a rail blockade has prompted the Andhra Pradesh government to come up with tough measures. Things could get worse in a situation where schools and colleges have been shut as teachers too have taken to the streets. Similarly, the involvement of bus drivers has disrupted public transport in Telangana and of coal miners has caused a power crisis in the whole of Andhra Pradesh and neighboring states. "

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Rail blockade: Telangana MP Vijayshanti, 2 legislators sent to jail - The Times of India

Rail blockade: Telangana MP Vijayshanti, 2 legislators sent to jail - The Times of India: "An MP and two Andhra Pradesh legislators from Telangana were on Sunday sent to jail for participating in 'rail blockade', which entered the second day on Sunday across the region, police said."

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Telangana on the boil again, with clashes & arrests and a 3-day Rail Roko call

 The dramatic surrender and weak-long judicial custody for former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, is among the lead stories in today's Press. "BS Yeddyurappa surrenders, sent to prison in Land Scam" is the top headline in the Hindustan Times. "Yeddy arrest robs BJP of graft halo" - is the Mail Today headline, while the Asian Age writes "Congress savours the irony of BJP leader LK Advani under-taking an Anti-Corruption Yatra, even as Yeddyurappa is taken in to Judicial Custody.
Mamata Bannerjee sounding an ultimatum to the Maoists in Junglemahal - saying they had 7-days to re-think their violent ways, also finds prominence on the front pages. The Indian Express writes - "Calling them 'Supari Killers', she asked them to join in the peace process". 
"Telangana on the boil again, with clashes & arrests and a 3-day Rail Roko call", headlines The Tribune. 
"House Panel to go for 'Rahul' Lokpal formula" - reports the Hindustan Times. The Parliamentary Panel examining the Lokpal Bill may propose that the Lokpal be made a 'Constitutional Body', as suggested by Rahul Gandhi. 
'Hazare for RTI Act review' - writes the Mail Today. The paper adds - The Prime Ministers hint about the need to dilute the RTI act found support from unexpected quarters. 
The Times of India reports that Khalistani militant Jagtar Singh Tara and his terror module present in Delhi, had surveyed at least 2 lower courts - Patiala House and the Karkardooma Complex in August and early October, and that security at all lower courts has been beefed up. 
And finally, Photographs of Rahul Gandhi at the Bhutan King's colourful wedding ceremony are splashed over several publications. The Hindustan Times writes that Rahul Gandhi, a close friend of the Monarch - Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck - was the only foreign guest at the family affair, and even joined the Royals in a traditional dan

Carrot to Jana Reddy

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pune: B'lore Based Techie Sets Ablaze Ex-Beau and his Fiancee

Pune: B'lore Based Techie Sets Ablaze Ex-Beau and his Fiancee

A Bangalore-based techie, who allegedly set ablaze her former beau and his fiancee at their apartment here on Thursday October 13, has been arrested by the Maharashtra police.

Anushree Kundra, a 30-year-old software engineer, has been booked for murder.

TELANGANA Hindu cartoon

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Singed PM wants to dilute RTI


Most national dailies today lead with Prime Minister's observations on the RTI Act. "PM wants relook at RTI 'grey areas'" writes Hindustan Times. The Indian Express headline quotes the Prime Minister as saying, "RTI helps but shouldn't hurt processes", and the headline in Mail Today reads, "Singed PM wants to dilute RTI."

Newspapers have widely reported, what is being termed as a "rift" in Team Anna. "Team Anna rift? Hegde takes dig at Kejriwal" is the headline in The Times of India, referring to Justice Hegde's observation on Arvind Kejriwal's remark that Hazare was above Parliament. "Anna distances from Bhushan's plebiscite tunes" writes The Pioneer. The Hindu states, "His views on Kashmir rankle Anna but Bhushan to stay in Team".

Many papers have carried on their front pages photographs of the 82-acre Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Park, inaugurated yesterday. "Mayawati opens Rupees 685 crore dream park in NOIDA", reports in The Statesman. The Indian Express quotes Mayawati as saying after the inauguration, that the Congress may try to foist Meira Kumar or Sushil Kumar Shinde, both Dalit leaders, for some time to split her vote base.

The Hindu, on its front page, reports that some Madhya Pradesh BJP leaders attempted to bribe journalists for favourable coverage of Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra. The paper refers to it as "cash-for-coverage scandal"

The top story in The Times of India reveals that the growth in demand for petrol has dropped below diesel for the first time in 15 years, as more people are opting for diesel cars.

The Asian Age has carried, on its front page, the news of the Supreme Court issuing suo moto notices to the Centre, ASI and UP Government to take urgent measures to save the Taj Mahal, which, according to experts, might collapse due to a weakening foundation.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Had Raja heeded PM's letter, there would have been no scam, says Supreme Court

Most newspapers this morning have front page photographs of the newly crowned queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema and the king of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, acknowledging the crowd after their wedding ceremony in Bhutan yesterday.

"SC slashes uphaar tragedy victims compensation'', writes the Hindustan Times. The Hindu adds that the families of the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court drastically reduced to half the compensation awarded to them 14 years after losing their loved ones.

"Had Raja heeded PM's letter, there would have been no scam, says Supreme Court", writes the Hindustan Times. Why was no action taken on Manmohan's letter to Raja asks the Supreme Court. The Hindu, the Mail Today and other papers have highlighted this story.

The Tribune, Pioneer, Indian Express and Times of India have front page photographs of the car packed with explosives that was found outside Ambala Cant railway station. Delhi escapes bloody Diwali with 5kg RDX haul in Ambala writes the Times of India. "Lashkar-Babbar Khalsa plot: Explosive Laden car meant for Diwali attack in Delhi, say cops", writes the Indian Express.

Cabinet clears digitisation of Cable TV Services writes the Indian Express, once approved the ordinance will make it compulsory for all cable operators in metros to digitize their services by March the 31st next year.

And finally, Indias first Robotic assisted removal of a part of donors tissue was carried out in a hospital in Gurgaon. The liver transplant team at Medanta Medicity, used a robotic liver donor surgery to obtain 20% of the boy's uncle's liver to save the life of four year old Ziad. The robotic arms work through 5 to 10 mm small holes and patients recover faster than conventional surgery procedures. The Hindu, The Tribune and The Indian Express have covered this story.

Chief minister silences telangana ministers, MLAs with cabinet carrot


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests a Growing News Story -

Occupy Wall Street Protests a Growing News Story - "Splashed across the front page of the local newspaper here on Tuesday was the story of a 24-year-old Occupy protester named Keith Cuesta. He was not in New York, where some have been living in a park near Wall Street for nearly four weeks, but about 1,000 miles away in Tampa, where a small group of self-described “99 percenters” have decided to camp out in solidarity."

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Steve Jobs Dead: News Sites Devote Major Coverage To Passing Of Apple Visionary (PHOTOS)

Steve Jobs Dead: News Sites Devote Major Coverage To Passing Of Apple Visionary (PHOTOS): "Steve Jobs' death on Wednesday night immediately prompted wall-to-wall coverage on television and on news sites across America and around the world. Below, see how some news sites covered Jobs' passing."

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Centre cancels permit of four pesticides


The Delhi High Court acquittal of senior IPS officer R.K. Sharma,
prime accused in the infamous Shivani Bhatnagar murder case of 1999,
and of goons attacking senior lawyer and team Anna member-Prashant
Bhushan in his chamber, are the prominent stories in this morning's
Press. The Hindu writes that Life Termer R.K. Sharma was released from
Tihar Jail as the prosecution failed to prove charges against him. On
the Prashant Bhushan story, the Indian Express writes "For J&K views,
'Bhagat Singh Sena' goons beat up Bhushan".

"Give J&K more autonomy, say interlocutors", writes the Hindustan
Times on its front page. The panel submitted a roadmap for peace,
recommending autonomy for isolated regions, cross border interaction
and economic assistance.

The Economic Times headline reads "Centre cancels permit of four
pesticides" adding that the Agriculture Ministry has cancelled the
registration of certain pesticides manufactured by Dow Agro Sciences
India and some imported by Syngenta India over unethical practices.

The Hindustan Times writes that in one of its most damning charges in
the 2G scam, the CBI has alleged that former telecom Minister and
grand nephew of DMK Chief - M. Karunanidhi - had received 550 crore
rupees for forcing Aircel to sell out to Maxis Communications of
Malaysia. Maran had resigned from the Union Cabinet after his
interrogation in July this year.

The Mail Today reports in detail and with several photographs - of the
wedding of Bhutan's King - Jigme Khesar Wangchuck to Ashi Jetsun Pema,
a commoner whom he has known for some time. Bhutan is celebrating its
biggest event in a relaxed atmosphere and with minimalism, with
diplomats gathering from across the world.

With the inaugural Indian Grand Prix less than three weeks away, the
Sahara India Group has announced it's entry as a 42.5% equal stake
holder, along with liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lokpal to have constitutional status, more power than EC


The Hindustan Times and the Times of India lead with the Lokpal bill. 'Lokpal bill soon, PM tells Hazare' reads the Hindustan Times headline. "Lokpal to have constitutional status, more power than EC" states the Times of India.

On the flipside, the Mail Today writes 'Look who gains from Anna's poll campaign" as it features two tainted billionaire sons of former CM's of Haryana - Ajay Chautala, who has two cases against him and Kuldeep Bishnoi, who has been charged with attempt to murder. The Tribune, writing about the Hisar By-election, says 'Congress candidate poorest', while Chautala and Bishnoi's assets are in the range of 40-50 crore rupees, the Congress candidate Jai Prakash has just three crore rupees, says the paper.

The Indian Express, The Tribune and the Asian Age show Bihar Chief Minister and other Senior BJP leaders at a rally in Chhapra, Bihar at the start of LK Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra.

The arrest of Dawood aide Iqbal Mirchi by the London police features prominently on the front pages of Hindustan Times, Times of India, Statesman and the Indian Express.

'Shivani verdict today' writes the Hindu, of the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. The Express Newsline says that 'the former Haryana IGP R. K. Sharma had petitioned court against the life term awarded to him by the trial court in 2008.

The statesman and the Pioneer show prayer meetings organised in memory of Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, while the Indian Express has pictures of his final farewell.

The Economic Times reports of Blackberry services being disrupted for the second day across Asia and Europe, while in India, the problem has been resolved.

Next time you go fruit shopping, make sure that you buy guavas. The Times of India says 'humble guava packs healthiest punch.' A study has revealed that it has the maximum amount of anti-oxidants, reports the paper.

In this festive season - 'Diwali binge may give you the bulge' says the Times of India - as it lists the calories of various Indian sweets: Surprisingly the humble moti choor laddoo packs in the maximum calories - 240 a piece. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chinese ‘topless traffic conductor’ a hit on Internet | Deccan Chronicle

Chinese ‘topless traffic conductor’ a hit on Internet | Deccan Chronicle
A photograph of a Chinese ‘topless traffic conductor’ has become a hit on the Internet, with netizens praising his actions as ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘moving’.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ghazal King Jagjit Singh passes away - -

Ghazal King Jagjit Singh passes away - -: "Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh suffering from brain haemorrhage has passed away.
Singh, who underwent a brain surgery, was in the intensive care unit of Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. Singh was admitted to the hospital on September 18 after he suffered a brain hemorrhage."

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Brace for power cuts as plants are low on coal and water


Hindustan Times reports that it will soon be a crime for private companies and their officials to give bribes to and receive BRIBES from other private firms and employees. Private sector to private sector bribery can be a serious factor in undermining fair and reasonable competition.

The Statesman, The Asian Age, The Financial Express and other papers have reported the news item about the National Broadcasters Association expressing regret over Government's decision which empowers the I&B Ministry to decline the renewal of TV channel licences, if they are found violating the terms of Government programme code five times.

Road accidents in Delhi have fallen sharply this year, writes the Times of India in a lead story. According to the paper, as more vehicles were added to Delhi's roads each year there was a corresponding rise in road deaths in the past decade.

"More power cuts ahead" writes Mail Today. The papers adds that ahead of the festive season, power outages are set to peak today when the demand for electricity surges as offices and institutions reopen for work. The Delhi Government has finally acknowledged that it has a full-blown crisis on hand due to supply OF shortfalls. Most of the papers including the Tribune, have added that the power scene may remain grim for another week. "Brace for power cuts as plants are low on coal and water", writes the Times of India.

And finally, it is said that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away', but new researches say that eating the fruit may damage your teeth and force you to visit a dentist. Researchers at Kings College London found that eating an apple regularly can be up to four times more damaging to the teeth than carbonated drinks. The Times of India and Mail Today have covered this story.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

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Nobel for Arab Spring, African activists



The front pages of most national dailies show photographs of three women -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian President, who is Africa's first democratically elected President; her compatriot and peace activist, Leymah Gbowee, and Yemen's Arab Spring activist, Twakkul Karman -- who have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace prize.  "Nobel for Arab Spring, African activists", headlines Hindustan Times.  "Struggle for women's rights wins peace Nobel" writes The Hindu.
The Prime Minister's assertion that there would be no compromise on nuke safety standards, has been given prominent space on the front pages of The Tribune, The Asian Age and The Hindu.  "PM puts safety first; no letup in nuclear pursuit" headlines The Asian Age.
Under the headline "Congress targets Anna as RSS admits links", Mail Today has quoted Congress leader Digvijaya Singh as saying that his charge that the anti-graft agitation was propped up by the RSS had been vindicated, with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's admission that his outfit was actively involved in Anna Hazare's movement.
The Indian Express and The Pioneer carry photographs on their front pages of mangled remains of a vehicle carrying Sashastra Seema Bal jawans, three of whom were killed, in a Naxal landmine blast yesterday, in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. 
The Times of India reports the arrest of Wasim Akram Malik, for his alleged role in the Delhi High Court Blast. The Indian Express quotes his parents as saying that they had called their son back from Bangladesh, where he was studying, to aid in the investigations, yet he was arrested on the word of a jailed Hizbul operative.
Under the headline, "Entry norms tightened for TV channels", Business Line reports that this is being done to weed out non-serious players, both news and non-news.
And finally, there is some good news for mobile users.  The Draft National Telecom Policy 2011, likely to be announced next week, is going to propose doing away with roaming charges, writes Hindustan Times.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Headline News: Steve Jobs - the magic man who revolutionised technology

Steve Jobs: a man of contradiction and genius (guardian)
Apple Fans Mourn Jobs From Cupertino to Singapore (bloomberg)
Apple's Steve Jobs, father of Mac, iPhone, dies (cbs news)
Steve Jobs, Apple's visionary leader dies (Hindustan Times)
Steve Jobs dead at 56: his lifetime of impact on the world of technology (news)
World mourns the 'dreamer and doer' Steve Jobs (Times of India)
Steve Jobs was the entrepreneur I most admired: Richard Branson (DNA)
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, dead at 56 (Washingtonpost)
Steve Jobs, not just a geek but a god for designers (reuters)
Apple's Visionary Redefined Digital Age (nytimes)
How Steve Jobs changed capitalism (guardian)
Steve Jobs' Mantra Rooted in Buddhism: Focus and Simplicity (abc news)
Steve Jobs Was the Prototype for All the Famous Entrepreneurs Who Followed Him (reuters)
Steve Jobs' Death Spotlights Hard-to-Detect Cancers (fox news)
Steve Jobs' death likely to smash internet records (Times of India)
Steve Jobs 'single-handedly' created the digital music market (telegraph)
Digital age loses its leading light (thehindu)

The death of Steve Job the iconic co-founder of Apple is the lead in almost every paper. Mail Today calls him "the mastermind behind the i-pod, i-phone and the i-pad." The Pioneer refers to him as 'the magic man who revolutionised technology." 'An icon who revolutionised mobile communication, music, movies, made technology beautiful - and changed our lives - Jobs takes i-way to heaven - at 56, loses battle against cancer' is the Times of India headline.
The Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, who won the nobel prize for literature yesterday figures on the front pages of the Hindustan Times, Times of India and The Asian Age.
Its official. RSS admitting that it had actively participated in the Hazare led anti corruption agitation. 'RSS accepts it, says was part of Anna stir' writes the Hindustan Times, on its front page.
On the Delhi High Court blast, the Indian Express writes 'NIA picks up key conspirator'.
Celebrations of Dussehra yesterday are covered by most dailies, with pictures. 'City bids Maa Durga adieu with heavy heart', writes the Times of India, adding that 'Yamuna chokes on toxins as puja samitis flout norms'. The Pioneer reports of 3 students who drowned in the Yamuna during Durga immersions. The Express news line reports of a 7 year old who was killed as a piece of the effigy fell on her at Ramlila maidan.
Newspapers have reported on the J&K Chief Ministers increasing woes, over the custodial death issue. 'Omar interates he will not resign' writes the Asian Age.
The paper also asks 'Is Arunachal heading for prez rule?', referring to the ongoing political crisis in the state.
In international news - Sarah Palin dropping out of the 2012 U.S. President elections is reported by the Statesman.
The sports pages of newspapers feature the 19 year old boxer Vikas Krishan, who is the lone Indian left in the fray at the world championship in Azerbaijan. 'Hisar boxer aims for World Championship finals' writes the Tribune.
And finally - are you ready to wear a dress made of milk? The Times of India calls it 'healthy fashion' and shows the designer and microbiologist from Hanover, who uses milk yarn to make dresses, which are actually beneficial for health!

15 Lesser-known Facts about Steve Jobs

15 Lesser-known Facts about Steve Jobs: "Barely hours after the launch of the newest iPhone, the man behind the breakthrough device (and scores of other such deviceshas bid adieu to the world."

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Steve Jobs: The tragic loss of a visionary leader | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs

Steve Jobs: The tragic loss of a visionary leader | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs: "As a technology writer and enthusiast I’m finding it difficult to come to terms with the news of Steve Jobs’ passing. For as long as I can remember Steve Jobs has shaped the way I see, experience and understand technology. It’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be enjoying the diverse range of elegant, user-friendly and powerful products we use today without his incredible vision and determination to change the way we interact with computers."

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Apple announces death of Steve Jobs -

Apple announces death of Steve Jobs - ""We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company's board of directors said in a statement.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as CEO of the world's largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs » Nieman Journalism Lab

Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs » Nieman Journalism Lab: "If your Facebook feed is like mine, it has been full of complaints recently over the latest changes Facebook has made to its interface. People don’t like the Twitteresque status-update feeds. They don’t think Facebook should decide what “stories” are likely to be popular. They don’t understand the new friend groups, unless they are also on Google Plus and love its “circles.” In general, it seems that many people want to go back to the old way (which many hated when it first came out, too)."

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The Hindu Cartoonscape: TELANGANA October 05, 2011

Anna's Lokpal gun on Congress head again


Photographs of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signing a landmark strategic pact dominate the front pages of most papers as many highlight the fact that India would train Afghan security forces under this pact.

The ongoing controversy over the arrest of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt by the Gujarat government continues to get front-page attention in most papers. "Give security to Bhatt, Centre tells Gujarat Govt", reports the Times of India. The Tribune and the Indian Express highlight on their front pages, Bhatt's rejection of a local court's proposal that if he went on police remand for 3-4 hours, and answer all their questions. The court would have heard his bail plea yesterday itself.

Anna Hazare's statement that he will campaign against the Congress in the forthcoming polls in five States if it didn't get the Lokpal bill passed in the winter session of Parliament is noticed in the press. The Mail Today observes "Anna's Lokpal gun on Congress head again".

The Hindustan Times, in a special front page lead writes, "Bengal Maoists offer one month ceasefire: Ask govt to rein in forces; experts say its a ploy to regroup". This story is also reported in the Asian Age, the Statesman and the Indian Express.

The Central Information Commission's move to protect RTI activists is widely noticed. The Times of India writes "CIC shield to protect RTI crusaders". Elaborating on the measures it proposes to take, the Hindu reports "Information sought by whistle blowers, since killed, to be made public".

The Pioneer reports that the Government has drawn up a 100 crore rupee plan to revamp Doordarshan's DD India channel which will showcase programmes like Incredible India and popularise the country as a tourist destination among foreigners.

And finally, in some good news for arthritis patients, the Times of India reports that British scientists as saying that just a jab could help arthritis patients grow new knee or hip joints and thus avoid replacement surgeries.

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Man ends life in Hyderabad; Telangana angle suspected - India - DNA

Man ends life in Hyderabad; Telangana angle suspected - India - DNA: "In what appears to be yet another case of suicide for the cause of separate Telangana, a 45-year-old man today hanged himself here, police said."

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Woman's life saved by fake breasts after husband stabs her in the heart in Moscow | Mail Online

Woman's life saved by fake breasts after husband stabs her in the heart in Moscow | Mail Online: "A Russian woman can thank her breast implants for a lot more than just her shapely figure.

The Muscovite was the victim of an attempted stabbing by her husband - but her life was saved when the knife stuck in her silicone breast.

Moscow surgeons have now operated the 40-year-old woman, according to an English language Pravda translation from the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper."

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

the cost of a vegetarian meal for two at a five star hotel in New Delhi



The J&K assembly dominates the headlines in several papers this morning, along with photographs of yesterday's violence between opposing political parties over the custodial death of a National Conference worker. "Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offers to be probed in the custodial death case" - reports the Mail Today. Quoting Omar Abdullah, The Hindustan Times writes - "Mehbooba's charges wild, will sue her".

The Planning Commission distancing itself from the controversial Rs 32 and Rs 26 cut-off for the urban and rural poor, is also highlighted by the Press. "No poverty line cap for social schemes, or food entitlement says Montek in a damage control exercise", reports the Hindu. The Mail Today writes that Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi is clearly back in action and making her position clear on key issues.

The Statesman carries a photograph of the President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil with her Swiss counterpart, reviewing a guard of honour on her current visit to that country. The paper adds that India & Switzerland have signed an MoU on financial dialogue, that is certain to have a bearing in the controversial issue of Indian black money stashed away in Swiss banks.

The Hindustan Times reports that China has intensified its focus on Arunachal Pradesh - or so called South Tibet, with the Peoples Liberation Army crossing the perceived Line of Actual Control in the Eastern sector, more frequently than ever.

''Sceintist wins Nobel 3 days after his death", writes the Hindustan Times. Canadian cell biologist, Ralph Steinman, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for his pioneering work on the immune system, died of pancreatic cancer last weak, which was diagnosed four years ago. His life was extended using a dendritic cell based immuno-therapy of his own design.

And finally, The Economic Times informs us that the world's cheapest Tablet Computer, made by Database, a company owned by a Canadian of Indian descent, will be unwrapped on Wednesday. Created for use by students, the Tablet will be available to colleges for what its creator, Suneet Singh Tuli says, is "the cost of a vegetarian meal for two at a five star hotel in New Delhi."

Telangana tailspin | The Asian Age

Telangana tailspin | The Asian Age

Of all the wounds that the Congress-dominated United Progressive Alliance has inflicted on itself in its second tenure (UPA-II), arguably the worst is the dithering over the burning Telangana issue. The thundering silence of the top leadership of the government and the Congress Party amidst tempestuous turmoil on the ground speaks for itself.

Time Running Out for Indian Government on Telangana - India Real Time - WSJ

Time Running Out for Indian Government on Telangana - India Real Time - WSJ: "Political leaders from south India’s Telangana region met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday to step up pressure on the federal government to carve out a separate state from Andhra Pradesh, as protests in the region entered their 21st day.

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V. Hanumantha Rao, a Congress party lawmaker in Andhra Pradesh, told television news channels that members of his party had asked the prime minister to decide on the Telangana statehood issue in a “time-bound manner.”"

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Telangana agitators attack 40 Andhra buses - southindia - Andhra Pradesh - ibnlive

Telangana agitators attack 40 Andhra buses - southindia - Andhra Pradesh - ibnlive: "The Telangana agitation turned violent on Monday with agitators attacking 40 private buses coming from different parts of coastal Andhra to Hyderabad.
Several passengers and policemen were injured in stone-throwing while some activists received blows in police lathi-charge at different places en route."

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Longest ever strike bleeds daily workers dry

Poor quality of students entering IITs: Narayana Murthy | Deccan Chronicle

Poor quality of students entering IITs: Narayana Murthy | Deccan Chronicle

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If medium is message, what is the message? - Analysis - DNA

If medium is message, what is the message? - Analysis - DNA: "Orissa. Sikkim. Andhra Pradesh. Manipur. Natural disasters struck the first two states. Floods in Odisha impacted 2.2 million Indian citizens. People lost lives.

Property was destroyed. Development washed away. Sikkim suffered an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. At least 100 people died. The loss in monetary terms is still being calculated, and expected to be in the range of tens of thousands of crores. You would think that there would be media outrage — why is it that after 60 years and crores of rupees we can’t build houses that aren’t washed away? That can’t withstand an earthquake. But, there was silence. In Andhra Pradesh and Manipur, citizens, political movements, and civil society have blockaded the lives and liberty of other citizens. Inhabitants of Manipur have been blockaded for two months."

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Centre prevaricates over Telangana

The Times of India reports that P C Chacko, Chief of the JPC probing the 2G scam has said he could not see any incriminating material in the finance ministry's note to the PM on the 2G scam. Home Minister Chidambaram and Finance Minister Mukherjee had working difference on the controversial note.
The Statesman reports the CBI is still probing the role of Anil Ambani as part of its investigation into the 2G scam adding that he has not been given a clean chit yet.
Mail Today says that much to the relief of her party and her government, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi made her first public appearance yesterday after her surgery two months ago. The paper adds that it may serve to end the government's policy drift on politically sensitive issues such as corruption, 2G scam and Telengana.
The Pioneer, under the headline, "Centre prevaricates over Telangana", writes that even as TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao chose to take his party's fight to the national capital by staging a dharna at Rajghat, Centre said it is not an easy decision and it needs more consultations to resolve the issue.
Hindustan Times reports a Defence Ministry probe that has blown the lid off a 1500 crore rupees land scandal in Jammu & Kashmir wherein private parties were allowed to buy more than 200 acres of land near sensitive military installations, saying this could have serious security implications.
The Tribune writes that during Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia's meeting with the PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh opined that the plan panel must clarify the poverty line issue before the controversy rakes up further.
"Indian Navy springs deafening surprise on Somalia pirates" under this headline, the Pioneer says the Indian Navy has gone non-lethal with a vengeance with use of alarm and imported long-range acoustic devices with language options to successfully stun the brigands into submission.
The Asian Age writes that in an important ruling, a three-judge HC bench has said that the police is well within its rights to take sample fingerprints and specimen handwriting of an accused without prior permission from a magistrate and this is admissible as evidence.
And finally, The Statesman reports that another glass ceiling has been broken in the Indian Army with a mother of two, Shanti Tigga, becoming the first woman jawan.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Telangana stir may force govt to reopen talks

The conclusion of the BJP's two day national executive meeting is prominently noticed on the front pages of most papers. "Gear up to face polls any time, Sushma tells BJP workers" reports the Hindu. The Pioneer adds "Dont lose way with infighting, graft charges, cadre told". Commenting on the absence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa at the meet, the Mail Today writes " Modi-Yeddi absence only dissonant note in party's unity chorus".
The decision of an Ahmedabad court to send suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt into judicial custody after rejecting demands for a police remand is highlighted in all the papers. "Bhatt goes to jail, wife sees threat to his life from 'police under CM'" reports the Indian Express.
The Hindustan Times, the Indian Express and the Hindu report that the Central Vigilance Commission and the Central Bureau of Investigation have opposed Team Anna's proposal to bring them under the control of the proposed Lokpal but would like their chiefs to be made members of the anti-graft watchdog.
The government's response to the ongoing agitation for a separate Telangana state is widely noticed. "Cong top brass buys more time on Telangana" reports the Statesman on its front page. The Times of India writes "T-stir may force govt to reopen talks".
In international news, the death sentence handed out to Mumtaz Qadri for assassinating Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province is widely covered. The Hindu reports that Qadri's supporters have announced rewards for killing the judge who gave the verdict.
Can you imagine Delhi's central vista Rajpath turning into a racing track? All papers carry pictures of a racing car zipping down Rajpath watched by thousands of spectators - a teaser, ahead of the inauguration of the Formula 1 grand prix at Greater Noida at the end of this month.

Advani’s dig at UPA: If all’s well, who are the three idiots | Deccan Chronicle

Advani’s dig at UPA: If all’s well, who are the three idiots | Deccan Chronicle: "Having a dig at Law Minister Salman Khurshid for claiming ‘all is well’ in the wake of the controversial 2G note, BJP veteran L. K. Advani on Saturday referred to Aamir Khan's recent movie, asking if that is so then ‘who are the 3 idiots’ in the government.

'All is well' was a hit song in Khan's film '3 Idiots'. Khurshid had responded ‘All is well’ when questioned about reports of a rift between senior Cabinet ministers Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram following the Finance ministry note that suggested that Chidambaram, the Finance Minister in 2008, "

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Centre needs more time to decide on Telangana

Facebook Is Tracking Your Every Move on the Web; Here's How to Stop It

Facebook Is Tracking Your Every Move on the Web; Here's How to Stop It: "Over the weekend, Dave Winer wrote an article at explaining how Facebook keeps track of where you are on the web after logging in, without your consent. Nik Cubrilovic dug a little deeper, and discovered that Facebook can still track where you are, even if you log out. Facebook, for its part, has denied the claims. Regardless of who you believe, here's how to protect yourself, and keep your browsing habits to yourself."

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'Dhaula Kuan is the feared zone'


A varied fare of stories have found space in the front pages of the dailies today, with most papers giving prominent coverage to the arrest of Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Calling it a 'surprise development', the Hindu says that Bhatt, who caused a flutter with his affidavits against Narender Modi, was arrested on a complaint lodged some three months ago. 'IPS Bhatt held for false affidavit', says the headline in the Pioneer.

The cabinet clearing the Mines & Mineral (Development & regulation) bill 2011, gets front page space in the Tribune and the Hindu. The Tribune's headline says 'Cabinet okays draft mines Bill', and writes that it is being seen as a major move towards reform of a sector that is rife with illegal activities.

'Modi skips BJP meet, tongues wag' is a front page item in the Hindustan Times. The paper writes that Modi's conspicuous absence from the party's two day national executive was attributed to his displeasure over L.K. Advani's efforts to project himself as BJP's candidate for PM's post. Writing on the patch up between Pranab Mukherjee & Chidambaram, the same paper's headline reads 'Govt says all is well but opposition keeps powder dry'.

On the cash for votes issue, the Hindustan Times writes that BJP MP Ashok Argal faces arrest after Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar gave her nod for his prosecution. The Hindu headline says 'Delhi Police crime branch clueless on cash-for-vote trail'.

Mail Today's top story reiterates the capital's reputation of being an unsafe city for women, with South Delhi emerging as an area of darkness, according to the results of an online poll taken by 50,000 Delhites. The Hindustan Times on the same subject says 'Dhaula Kuan is the feared zone'.

And finally, the latest to fall victim to credit card fraud is billionaire industrialist Birla, according to the Statesman & the Hindus Business line.

Cong continues to grapple with Telangana crisis, protests on - Hindustan Times

Cong continues to grapple with Telangana crisis, protests on - Hindustan Times: "The Congress continues to grapple with the contentious issue of carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh with consensus eluding the party on splitting the state.

After her return from abroad following surgery, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday chaired the party's first core group meeting that had Telangana on its agenda."

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