Saturday, October 15, 2011

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.

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