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.

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