Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Government bends but Anna wants more: Hazare insists on CBI under watchdog


Provisions of the much-debated draft Lokpal Bill that was finally cleared by the Cabinet yesterday night are analysed and highlighted by today's papers. "Cabinet clears Lokpal Bill: PM in, CBI out", is the Times of India headline. The Hindustan Times headline reads, "Government bends but Anna wants more: Hazare insists on CBI under watchdog".

A second day of protest in the Indian Parliament on a ban on the Bhagavad-Gita in a Russian court also received prominence. "Settle Gita controversy, Krishna tells Russian Government", writes Hindustan Times.

The Times of India reports that in the runup to framing country's first guidelines on the matter of mobile towers, an Inter-ministerial Committee has said that electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers must be brought down to one tenth of the existing levels.

The Asian Age and the Hindu carry impressive photographs of INS Virat and INS Shankush submarine arrayed with smart rows of sailors during the Presidential Fleet Review. The Hindu quotes the President as saying, "Today the Indian Navy is one of the most capable in the region and destined to grow ever further."

Hindustan Times quoting a report in Washington's New York Times writes that President Zardari's return to Pakistan could just be a cameo appearance for his wife Benazir Bhutto's death anniversary on December the 27th, after which he might leave Pakistan for good.

And Finally, The Statesman cautions, "Neglect Parents and go to Jail!". The paper says that the Uttarakhand Government has extended a helping hand to senior citizens and cleared a Bill which provides for maintenance of 10,000 rupees, and a month's imprisonment for children who neglect their parents, despite being financially well off.

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