Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"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.

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