Saturday, March 31, 2012

Anna is now part of School Syllabus


Most major dailies today feature reports on the Army Chief V K Singh. The Hindustan Times says " After Antony's white flag, Chief declares ceasefire" the Indian Express concurs stating " General takes a step back, alleges bid to create rift with minister", The Asian Age adds " CBI conducts raids, files Truckgate FIR"

The POSCO project hitting another hurdle has been highlighted by many news papers. "POSCO project hits pause again" reports the Hindustan Times, while the Asian Age notes "Green Tribunal halts POSCO, orders review" and adds that the National Green Tribunal has suspended the environmental clearance given last year.

The Asian Age reports with photographs, on the halting of Rajya Sabha polls as Rupees Two crore was seized from a car which belonged to the brother of an independent candidate.

The Tribune, the Hindu and the Pioneer have reported on their front pages on the jail term for Punjab Cabinet Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur. "Jagir kaur gets five year jail term for daughter's abduction, quits-acquitted of murder charge, but guilty of conspiracy in 12 years old case" reports the Tribune.

In a major revelation the Times of India, the Economic Times and the Mail Today have reported that the leading food manufactures are guilty of "large scale misbranding and misinformation" by claming that their food products contain zero trans fats even though tests show heavy doses of it.

The Asian Age reminds us that today the World Wild Life fund has asked people to switch off non essential lights of building, offices and houses to mark "Earth Hour" between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

And finally, the Hindustan Times reports "Anna is now part of School Syllabus" and adds that several schools in the NCR have included a chapter on the anti graft activist in their general knowledge text book for classes seven and eight.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Serial bomber chief embarrasses Government


The five nation BRICS SUMMIT, which culminated in the 'Delhi Declaration' yesterday, is given special notice on the front pages. "Brics will trade in own currencies, not dollar" writes the Asian Age. The Indian Express writes ' The Brics countries took baby steps towards facilitating intra- Brics trade and investment in local currencies. "China, the first among equals in BRICs, writes Hindustan Times.

The continuing battle of nerves between the Government and Army Chief also continues to find space on the front pages. "Government, General locked in war of attrition" is the top headline in The Pioneer. "Serial bomber chief embarrasses Government," writes Hindustan Times.

The Indian Express writes -- Former corporate Heavy weights who are now part of the government 'system' have asked the PM to streamline the Institutional Framework. "Rein in the Bureaucracy if you want us to deliver" -- reads the headline.

The Hindu writes that Darul Uloom Deoband has ruled that Talak given in a state of drunkenness is valid, and that after 3 'talaqs', a woman becomes illegal for her husband. The institution has also laid down conditions for remarriage.

The Times of India writes --- days after her Government's green signal to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said that the plant was expected to commence production in two months.

The Statesman, quoting a top Pentagon official writes "Pakistan has an 'addiction' to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly vis-a-vis India. This gets them in all kinds of trouble, and the USA has virtually given up efforts to change this mindset.

And finally, The Indian Express writes - She has been sweeping the road around her colony for five years, but now Prakash Wati, a safai Karamchari in the MC



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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Facebook offers Rs 1.34 cr package to Allahabad engineering student - The Times of India

Facebook offers Rs 1.34 cr package to Allahabad engineering student - The Times of India: "Social networking giant Facebook has hired an engineering student here for a fat annual pay package of Rs 1.34 crore, one of the biggest offers made to alumnus of any technical institution of the country."

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Desi netizens spend over 8 hours a day online: Survey - The Times of India

Desi netizens spend over 8 hours a day online: Survey - The Times of India: "A new survey has revealed that internet users in India spend an average of 58 hours a week online; that's more than half the time they are awake. What's even more interesting is that half the netizens interviewed admitted that they suffered from internet withdrawal within the first three hours of being cut off from the web."

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Antony throws bribe bomb back at chief


The twists and turns in the controversy over the Army Chief's revelation that he was offered a bribe by an equipment lobbyist, make for headline news this morning. "Antony throws bribe bomb back at chief". Says General V.K. Singh didn't want action taken against Tejinder Singh", reports Hindustan Times.

The informal chat between Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani in Seoul, is also noticed in the press. "Manmohan, Gilani see trade and power propelling bilateral relations", read a Hindu Headline.

"Beant assassin to hang on Saturday, Punjab government seeks clemency", reports the Times of India. Hindustan Times writes that - A court in Chandigarh reaffirmed its earlier order to hang Beant Singh's killer Balwant Singh Rajoana on March 31st, even as Chief Minister Badal rushes to Delhi to seek clemency.

"Nuclear protest leaders blink, call off their fast at Koodankulam", headlines the Indian Express. The paper adds that the protestors have indicated their willingness to hold talks and that work at the plant was resumed after a seven-month impasse.

The Times of India writes that, "Petrol could cost 15 rupees less if Delhi follows Goa's lead, by doing away with sales tax on petrol.

And finally, the Tribune writes, "Meet 'Daria-i-Noor', the 'Koh-i-Noor's' little known sibling. Details found in an 1840 document reveal that the sister diamond - 'Ocean of Light' was quarried from the Golconda mines and also became part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's famous treasury, and was confiscated by the East India Company. The diamond is said to be currently in a vault of a Bangladeshi Bank, says the paper.

CAG may not alter Rs 10.7 lakh crore loss report on 'coalgate' - The Times of India

CAG may not alter Rs 10.7 lakh crore loss report on 'coalgate' - The Times of India: "Official auditor CAG may not alter the Rs 10.7 lakh crore loss to exchequer it had projected in the draft report on allocation of coal blocks in 2004-2009, but is likely to replace the term "loss" with a more acceptable usage "unintended benefit"."

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Popcorn is healthier than fruits


Army chief drops bribe bomb government orders cbi probe " writes the Hindustan Times. Most leading news paper have carried this story. The Hindu adds that the army chief General V.k. singh has claimed that he was offered a bribe of 14 Crore rupees for purchasing 600 sub standard trucks. Both houses of Parliament were rocked by the sensational charge.
Tough cop busts Mining Mafia Writes Mail today on its front page. According to the paper Bharatpur New IPS officer. Vikas Kumar hatched the daring dawn police swoop on Nagal Village in Bharatpur, 185 km from Delhi to unearth large scale illegal gravel stone mining activity.
The Government has increased interest rates on a range of popular post office saving schemes, Writes the Economic Times and Hindustan Times. In a related story,small saving schemes will fetch a higher return from the next fiscal by up to 0.5%.
Two days before the visit of the Chinese President to Delhi, a 27 year old Tibetan activist attempted self immolation during a protest at Jantar Mantar writes the Pioneer. Most papers have photographs of the activist on fire. He managed to run 50 metres past horrified onlookers before collapsing in a ball of fire with 90% burns.
The Tribune and Times of India report that Popcorn is healthier than fruits. A university of Pennsylvania study has found that the hull of popcorn has the highest concentration of the anti-oxidant polyphenol and fibre. Popcorn may be the perfect snack food as it is 100% unprocessed food grain if it is not dipped in butter and salt reports the finding.

Telangana issue rocks Parliament again

Telangana issue rocks Parliament again: "The demand for separate statehood for Telangana that triggered two suicides in the last two days rocked Parliament on Monday leading to repeated adjournments of both Houses.

Amid reports of one more person dying and another battling burn injuries after he attempted to immolate himself in support of the Telangana state cause, placard-carrying TRS, TDP and Congress members from the region trooped to the well of the Lok Sabha demanding creation of a separate state. "

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Another immolation in AP for Telangana cause | Deccan Chronicle

Another immolation in AP for Telangana cause? | Deccan Chronicle
In what appears to be yet another suicide for the cause of separate Telangana, a man in his 30s, set himself ablaze reportedly shouting 'Jai Telangana' slogans in Public Garden at Hanamkonda near here on Monday.

Drink 2 cups of tea daily. Beverage ups pregnancy chance by 27%


Maoists in Odisha releasing one of the two kidnapped Italians is the lead news today. Most papers have published photographs of the Italian tourist Claudio Colangelo, talking to reporters after his release at Sorada village. 'Fate of two hostages, including BJD MLA, unknown', reports the Tribune.
The Hindu and the Tribune show Anna Hazare during his day long fast at Jantar Mantar yesterday.  'No takers for team Anna's Parliament barbs' under that headline the Pioneer writes that Anna fails to muster strong crowds. 'Anna wants FIR against 14 ministers' says the Statesman; and the Asian Age lists these ministers.
The Financial Express and The Asian Age have a picture of Dr Manmohan Singh and the South Korean President greeting each other at Seoul, where the PM has gone for the nuclear security summit.
Sachin Tendulkar figures in most dailies today. 'Sachin blasts query on retirement plans and keeps options open for the next world cup' writes Mail Today. 'Sachin raring to go' says Hindustan Times.
An interesting editorial in the Tribune titled 'Petrol for Peace' talks about India agreeing to export petrol, gas and diesel to Pakistan. The paper calls it 'a significant development from various angles' and writes that the Trade will help cement Indo Pak ties.
Planning to buy a Maruti? Well, the prices of its cars have been hiked by upto 17,000 Rs because of the excise duty hike, report the Hindustan Times, The Hindu and the Financial Times. This hike will affect all models, including the Alto and SX4 write the papers.
Tea has many benefits, we all know that. And we can add one more to the list now' Want baby? Drink 2 cups of tea daily. Beverage ups pregnancy chance by 27%' writes the Times of India, quoting researchers at Boston University.
Want to know the size of your brain? Get an idea now by counting your friends! Hindustan Times writes of a study by Oxford University which says that 'brain size decides friends count'!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Maruti Suzuki India said it would invest 1,700 crore rupees to set up a diesel engine plant at its Gurgaon facility by 2014


The kidnapping of BJD MLA - Jina Hikaka by the Maoists - and collapse of the ongoing talks to secure the release of two Italian hostages - is given prominence in the Press. The Indian Express writes "Maoists abduct tribal Odisha MLA - who boldly took them on." "Naxal infighting worsens crisis" headlines the Pioneer.

'Aam Aadmi faces the Big squeeze' headlines Hindustan Times. Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee saying that the government could take some 'difficult decisions' in the months ahead indicates that oil firms are considering an increase in the prices of automobile and cooking fuels. The increase could be as early as next weak, adds the paper.

Almost a year after he launched his campaign for a Jan Lokpal, social activist Anna Hazare will return to Delhi's Jantar Mantar, for a one day token fast. "Cops gear up for Anna stir today" - writes the Asian Age.

In a quiet, yet significant, exception to its transit policy for Indian goods - For the first time, Pakistan opens the Karachi Port to let India send wheat to Afghanistan, reports the Indian Express on its front page.

A day after the Government ruled out any decontrol of diesel prices, the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India said it would invest 1,700 crore rupees to set up a diesel engine plant at its Gurgaon facility by 2014, reports the Financial Express.

The Hindu : Student ends life for ‘Telangana'

The Hindu : Today's Paper News : Student ends life for ‘T': "A 21-year-old student set himself ablaze reportedly shouting ‘Jai Telangana' slogans in front of the Kakatiya University Arts College here on Saturday afternoon and succumbed to burns a few hours later.

According to witnesses, Lunavath Bhojya Naik, a second year MBA student in a private college, went behind the Arts College auditorium and doused himself with petrol. Later, he set himself on fire and came running onto the main road. Shocked students and passers-by tried in vain to douse the flames. When the police arrived, he was said to be shouting slogans before falling down."

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Sex-starved marriages boosting divorces: HC | Deccan Chronicle

Sex-starved marriages boosting divorces: HC | Deccan Chronicle: "Increasingly fed-up with ‘sex-starved’ marriages, more and more couples were seeking divorces these days. This was observed by the Delhi High court while upholding a man’s plea for divorce on the grounds of mental cruelty as his wife was refusing to have sex with him."

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Divorce to be quicker, wives to get assets share


An all party meeting of Rajya Sabha members at the Prime Minister's residence on the Lokpal bill - is highlighted in the Press. "To push Lokpal Bill through, Government may dilute its own bill", is the top headline in the Hindustan Times. The setting up of Lokayuktas could be made 'optional' instead of 'mandatory', adds the paper. The Hindu writes about Anna Hazare urging the Center to withdraw the bill, which he says is 'weak' to effectively tackle corruption.
"Divorce to be quicker, wives to get assets share", headlines the Indian Express, adding 'Cabinet clears changes to marriage laws, allows courts to waive the six months wait for a divorce'.
"Lok Sabha polls may be less than one year away, hints Mulayam", headlines the Times of India. The paper writes that Samajwadi Party supreme Mulayam Singh Yadav once again raised the possibility of mid-term polls, when he urged his party men to stay focused on their work as Lok Sabha Elections could be less than a year away. 
The Asian Age writes that thousands of farmers in Jharkhand have started receiving payments in their bank accounts, for centrally sponsored schemes, through the Unique Identity or Aadhar Number delivery mechanism under the UID Authority. The impact is visible. In 2010-11, 1,300 crore rupees were paid through MGNREGA wages in Jharkhand and the number of active beneficiaries was above 2 million.
"Pakistan seeks petrol and India says yes", is on the front page of the Hindu. Pakistan has asked for immediate supply through the land route, and India may supply petrol from Bathinda in Punjab where a new refinery is about to be commissioned.

Living together before marriage no longer increases chances of divorce | Mail Online

Living together before marriage no longer increases chances of divorce | Mail Online: "While moving in together before marriage used to signal a couple would later divorce, this is no longer the case, a study has found.

Engaged couples living together are now just as likely to stay married for 15 years as those who only share a home after their nuptials, according to the study carried out by the Centers for Disease Control

This contrasts with earlier studies that found living together without a wedding ring in sight signalled low chances for a successful marriage."

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Friday, March 23, 2012

lowly dhania fights arthritis better than drugs

Today's Newspapers Headlines

The partial rollback of rail fare hike makes front page news. "Mamata gets her way again' is the Statesman headline. "TMC completes its revenge, Roy rolls back much of Dinesh budget' writes the Indian Express. The Pioneer says that Mukul Roy has withdrawn the hike in fare in sleeper, ordinary second class, AC Chair car and AC 3 tier.

India voting for resolution aginst Sri Lanka is covered prominently today. "India joins West to vote against Lanka on war crimes"is the Tribune headline.

The CAG trashing the coal block losses report as misleading is covered extensively by many papers. "Govt. gets a breather as CAG denies report" writes  the Economic Times".

The Hindustan Times leads with the Norway kids saga - "Mom claims abuse, Norway won't hand over kids to uncle' reads the paper's headline, adding that Sagarika has accused her husband of violence and is seeking embassy protection.

On the ongoing Karnataka row, "Gowda submits resignation to Gadkari, Yeddy comeback likely" says the Statesman.

The Indian Express has a picture of distraught Bangladeshi players after their two run defeat. 'History eludes Bangladesh", writes the Times of India.

The Adarsh society asked to surrender building to the Defence Ministry is reported by the Hindu. The paper writes that the Bombay High Court has asked the society to do so.

The sensex plummeting by 405 points finds places on the front page of the Hindustan Times and the Financial dailies.

Do joint pains trouble you? The Express Newsline writes of an AIIMS study which says that "lowly dhania fights arthritis better than drugs".

And finally, as navratras begin today, the Delhi Times gives you the   options of how to feast in these 9 days of fasting!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dad says mom is to blame


The new twist to the Norway kids' custody row is covered by many papers today with the children's father endorsing the action of the Norwegian authorities. A Hindustan Times headline says, 'Dad says mom is to blame'. The Times of India reports that Anurup Bhattacharya files for separation from wife.
A major rail accident on the day the Railways got a new Minister is reported in papers. Hindustan Times says, 'New Minister takes oath, Railways battles old demons.' The Asian Age writes, 'Mukul's 1st day: 15 killed in UP', and the paper adds 'Safety is minister's big test.' The paper further says that speculation is rife that Roy will roll back the fare-hike, at least for lower classes.
Strong resistance from within has forced the BJP leadership to reconsider its decision to support NRI Anshuman Mishra's aspirations for a Rajya Sabha seat from Jharkhand, reports the Times of India. Hindustan Times headlines it as, 'Storm in BJP over RS ticket.'
Most papers prominently cover the Supreme Court dismissing the Union Government's review petition in the Vodafone case. The Statesman writes 'After SC rebuff, government refunds money to Vodafone.' The Economic Times reports that Centre may issue a fresh demand notice to Vodafone after the Finance Bill is enacted by Parliament.
'Reconsider stand, Sri Lanka tells India', under that headline the Hindu reports that External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna received a call from his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris from Geneva, seeking India's support, even as the PM told Parliament that India was inclined to vote for the US sponsored resolution.
Kingfisher Airlines deciding to suspend its international flights from the 25th of March, and further curtail domestic operation is reported by Mail Today. The Economic Times writes, 'Kingfisher Teeters as DGCA Loses Faith'.
And finally, the Hindu Business line reports that State Bank of India's old home loan borrowers have a reason to rejoice, as the bank allows them to switch to new, lower rates. The Economic Times says, 6 lakh to benefit, and millions with mortgages could also gain, if rivals match the gesture.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hard racer Mallya may be grounded


    The UPA government successfully defeating opposition amendments to the Motion of Thanks on the President's address to Parliament is prominently noticed on the front pages of many papers. "With DMK and SP on board, govt staves off crisis in Lok Sabha" reports the Tribune. The Hindustan Times writes "Congress gets allies aligned".
    The resignation of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi and the swearing in of his successor Mukul Roy today gets wide attention in the papers. "PM regrets Trivedi exit; Roy swearing in today" reports the Statesman while the Pioneer writes” Mukul to drive Rail from today".
    Most papers take note of Samajwadi President Mulayam Singh Yadav ruling out the possibility of joining the UPA government. "No question of joining UPA govt: Mulayam" reports the Asian Age. The Times of India says "Mulayam in no rush, plays hard to get".
    The CBI's submission to the Supreme Court in the Pathribal killing case in which seven people were allegedly killed in a fake encounter by army personnel in Kashmir twelve years ago is highlighted in many papers. "Pathribal killing were murders:CBI to SC" reports the Hindustan Times. Similarly the Indian Express writes " Pathribal encounters cold blooded murder:  CBI to SC".
    A study on international arms transfers done by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is widely reported in the papers today. "India pushes China behind to be world's largest arms importer" reads the Tribune headline. The Hindustan Times points out that the five largest recipient countries are all Asian states including Pakistan, South Korea and Singapore.
    On the business pages, Kingfisher Airlines is again in the news. "Hard racer Mallya may be grounded" reports the Mail Today as it writes that the DGCA has summoned Vijay Mallya to personally present a clear picture of the airline and that the cash strapped airline faces the prospect of getting its license cancelled.

Monday, March 19, 2012

world's first Pashmina goat


Dinesh Trivedi calling it Quits as Railway Minister is a lead story in today's press. "Didigiri snuffs out Trivedi" is the top headline in Mail Today. "Dinesh Trivedi finally derailed" - writes the Statesman.
Delhi boy - Virat Kohli - pulverizing Pakistan's bowling, to score 183 runs and keep India alive in the Asia Cup, is also highlighted by the Press. The Asian Age writes - 'Kohli hammers Pakistan' - giving a photograph of 'the man of the match.' - "India's new Viru", is the Times of India's turn of phrase.
Intense activity for release of two abducted Italian nationals in the forests of Khandhamal in Odisha, is also seen on the front pages. The Statesman, quoting home secretary UN Behera writes - "the two tourists are safe and unharmed."  The paper says, hectic back-channel efforts are underway, at a time when ties between India and Italy have come under stress - over the killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines, a month ago,
"Sexual harassment bill to cover domestic help", reads a Hindustan Times headline. The Protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace Bill, 2010 introduced in Lok Sabha did not include the domestic helps, and their inclusion now would benefit about 47.5 lakh women registered as domestic workers in India, says the paper.
The Hindu Business Line says that bullion traders are unhappy over the extension of one per cent excise duty on unbranded precious metal jewellery, announced recently in the Budget.
AND FINALLY, The Tribune writes that Dr. Riaz Ahmed Shah, a veterinary scientist at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, whose team cloned Noorie, the world's first Pashmina goat, says it took two years to clone Noorie, but the next one is expected to take birth just six month later.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

After Gandhi and Patel, Modi third Gujarati on Time cover


The Rail Budget fiasco dominates the front pages of most newspapers 'Trivedi refuses to resign' says the Statesman. 'Minister wants sack order in writing, TMC not obliging' is the Times of India headline. 'Congress trying to strike a deal with Trinamool - seeks support on rail fare hike in return for favours in Rajya Sabha polls' writes the Hindu.

Newspapers have also reported of the crisis which continues in Uttarakhand. 'With Congress firm on its choice of Vijay Bahuguna as the Chief Minister, Rawat now wants pound of flesh' writes the Hindustan Times. The paper adds that he has demanded a Rajya Sabha seat for his wife and posts for loyalists.

There seems to be no end to the violence in Damascus. The Asian Age shows a picture of the devastation caused by the twin blasts, which occurred yesterday. '27 dead, over 100 hurt' writes the paper.

'After Gandhi and Patel, Modi third Gujarati on Time cover' says the Pioneer. But the Asian Age writes that praising Modi's development in the state and speculating whether he can be the Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014 has evoked a mixed response in the NDA constituents.

The story of 18 year old Nadeem Shaikh from Mumbai in the Times of India is truly inspiring. What sets Nadeem apart from other teenagers, is that he was born without both his arms, and he uses his feet to write his exams, which he is adept at now.

And finally, after Sachin's 100th ton, there is 'another 100' writes the Statesman. The paper features a picture of Manohar Aich, who turned 100 yesterday. Called Pocket Hercules jokingly, Aich became. Mr. Universe in the short group in the early fifties. 4 ft 11 inches tall Aich is shown in a carriage, with all his supporters.

7 germiest public places | Fox News

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cruel Budget aims to be kind


Details, opinions and analysis of the Union Budget presented yesterday by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, cover the front pages. "Balancing Act" - headlines the Statesman, "Zero risk Budget" writes Mail Today.  'Finance Minister shied away from announcing any major reforms in the Union Budget and focused more on fiscal consolidation, analyses Asian Age, and "Face it Life's got a lot more taxing", headlines The Times of India.
Sachin Tendulkar also occupies center stage in the Papers. His magnificent 100th hundred at Mirpur yesterday has congratulatory messages pouring in and his photograph on every front page. "On budget Day, Sachin scores" writes the Economic Times. "Well TON Sachin !" says the Pioneer. However, the Indian Express writes "Tendulkar reaches where no other man has been before but despite Sachin's hundred, India lost to Bangladesh on Friday and now face an uncertain future in the Asia Cup.
Congress defers decision on Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi - writes the Statesman, putting key ally, Mamta Banerjee's demand for his dismissal on hold.
If there was a clean political winner in the budget, it was Nandan Nilekani, explains the Times of India. The paper adds while he might still have to fight the bureaucracy over his various plans, the signal from the top was clear - that Nilekanis plans will become central to the subsidy schemes and will become the framework for payments under different schemes.
Suffering from chronic joint problems but afraid of replacement surgery? writes the Tribune. Fret not, as scientists claim to have developed an implant, made from sugar-based material which encourages the patients own tough fibrous tissues to form a new kind of joint providing a cushioning barrier between the small bones in the hands and feet.
The Times of India has an inspiring story on page 6. One chilly night in Delhi, Anshu Gupta saw a young girl clinging to a dead body for warmth. The disturbing scene made him quit his job and set up Goonj, an organisation that gathers and distributes over hundred tons of material each month. Gupta says, his work is about providing some dignity to the most deprived.

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Can he lead India? Narendra Modi on Times cover page - Hindustan Times

Can he lead India? Narendra Modi on Times cover page - Hindustan Times: "Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi figures on the cover of the forthcoming issue of Time magazine which praises him in an article for development of the state he has been ruling for over a decade but wonders if he can become the Prime Minister.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Share of agriculture in GDP declines to 13.9% in 2011-12


Specualtion over the possibility and timing of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi's exit from the union cabinet after Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Prime Minister in this regard dominates the front pages. The Hindustan Times says "Congress puts Trivedi sacking and Mamata on hold". The Asian Age writes "Trivedi may go after Budget". The Statesman specualtes "Trivedi may go by weekend".

The swearing in of Akhilesh Yadav as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is widely noticed. Highlighting the fact that most of the 47 ministers sworn in are Mulayam Singh loyalists, the Times of India reports "Akhilesh's cabinet but Mulayam's men".

With the Economic Survey 2011-12 being tabled in Parliament yesterday, the papers draw attention to different highlights. The Hindu quotes the Survey as saying "Need for urgent reforms as corruption, civil society activism delay decisions". Writing on the findings of the survey the Pioneer reports "Share of agriculture in GDP declines to 13.9% in 2011-12". The Economic Times says "Survey rides high on hope: Growth pegged at 7.6% for financial year 13".

The death of Baby Falak, who had got the whole nation worried after she was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi with critical injuries two months back is prominently noticed. The Times of India lead says "Two year old Falak leaves for a better world".

And finally, if you have always dreamt of owning a pashmina shawl, you could be a step closer to realising your dream....the Mail Today reports that scientists in Kashmir have successfully cloned a Pashmina goat which could lead to mass production of the prized wool.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Numbers tell only part of the story for Indian great


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Political developments in Uttarakhand where a section of the newly elected Congress legislators is opposing the selection of Vijay Bahuguna over Harish Rawat as the new Chief Minister, dominate the front pages of most papers. "Revolt erupts in Uttarakhand as Rawat denied CM post" says the front page lead in the Times of India. Questioning the longevity of Mr Bahuguna's government The Pioneer describes it as a "Pyrrhic vijay for Bahuguna".
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's request to UPA allies Trinamool Congress and DMK to withdraw the amendments they have moved to the President's speech is widely noticed. The Times of India writes "Cooperate on President speech: Congress to allies". The Indian Express reports "Again, Pranab appeals to UPA ally TMC: Don't give Opposition a handle".
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filing a chargesheet in connection with the Delhi high Court blast last September is prominently noticed. Highlighting the intentions of the alleged mastermind Wasim Akram Malik, the Indian Express reports "Leaderless Jihadi Wasim wanted to save Afzal Guru, says NIA". The Mail Today says "HC blast was Hizbul threat to judiciary".
With former UP Chief Minister Mayawati filing her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections; her declared assets are highlighted in most papers. "Maya assets shoot up by 24 crore rupees in just 2 years" reports the Hindustan Times. and the Times of India writes "Maya assets doubled to 112 crore rupees as CM".
In a front page exclusive, titled "Baba black Sheep", the Mail Today reports that the Enforcement Directorate has uncovered dubious overseas transactions by Baba Ramdev running into several crores of rupees.
And finally, a different kind of music to our ears...The Hindu's Business line reports how two brothers in a local market in Beijing have been selling flutes made from bamboos and Chinese panpipes from carrots. And a show on television fetches them 5000 to 8000 dollars. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

All will be well, President tells nation


    "All will be well, President tells nation" states The Statesman. The pep talk, writes the paper, comes through the President as the government sought to assure the nation that all will be well, be it the state of its economy or security, both internal and external. The President's address to the members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been carried by almost all the dailies.

    The Times of India under the headline. "India to spread tentacles into Center Asia via Iran" writes that a project "International North South Corridor" envisages a multi-modal transportation network that connects ports on India's west coast to Iran, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijain and Kazahkistan. Once complete it would connect Asia and Europe and the distance will be covered in 25-30 days as against 45-60 now.

    The Prime Minister has refused to accept the resignation of India's "Water Man", Magasaysay Award-winner Rajinder Singh and has conveyed to him that he wants him to continue with his "struggle" to rejuvenate India's rivers and water bodies. The Asian Age carries this on its front page under "PM calls Ganga meet, "Water Man" to stay".

    "Sick" pilots ground 55 Kingfisher flights reports the Hindustan Times on its front page. It elaborates that the crisis in the Indian Aviation industry is deepening by the day, even as country's top full service carries - Kingfisher and Jet Airways - faced fresh problems, manly on account of unpaid dues.

    Mail Today's front page headline reads "Adarsh Heat on four Ex-Chief Ministers, CBI moves in for the final assault on the multi-crore house scam kingpins". The Paper further adds that it is time for four former Chief Minister of Maharashtra - all alleged perpetrators of the multi-crore Adarsh housing scam- to face up to some truths.

    And Finally, according to Times of India, "The older we get, the happier we are". It quotes a study conducted by University of Warwick which states that happiness levels form a U-curve, reaching their low point at around 45 but then increasing as we age.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Headache session begins for UPA


Poll jolt putting Congress to test against allies and Opposition as Budget Session begins today is the front page news in most newspapers this morning. "Big-ticket reforms on hold for a 'safe' budget session", reads a Hindustan Times headline. "Headache session begins for UPA", says is a headline in the Pioneer.

"Flying in India set to become more expensive", writes the Times of India in an exclusive story. The paper says that a steep increase in airport charges and carbon emission tax, and a jump in the jet fuel prices is likely to drive fares up by 20 to 30 per cent in the next two months.

The Financial Express writes about the Power Ministry expecting long, dark hours ahead. According to the paper India's capacity addition has been far below largest, and the dismal performance is expected to continue in the 12th Plan beginning next month.

Living with loss, one year later, Japan remembers its Tsunami victims. The Indian Express, Times of India and most other papers have photographs of people lighting candles in memory of victims of last year's Tsunami in Japan.

"World Cup Indo-Pak semifinal at Mohali was 'fixed'", writes the Tribune in a shocking front page story. According to the paper Indian bookkeepers with the help of a Hollywood actress, fixed the results of county matches. The Asian Age and the Hindu say that the ICC is investigating the claim of the Indian bookies using a honey trap for cricketers.

And Finally, the Prime Minister's Office expanded its presence in the social media circuit by making its debut on the popular video sharing websites, You Tube. The move is a part of the UPA Government's new-found zeal to connect with the country's plugged-in generation. Hindustan Times, the Asian Age, and the Indian Express have reported this story.

Seduction's the name of game, actor in fixing scam - Hindustan Times

Seduction's the name of game, actor in fixing scam - Hindustan Times: "The glamorous worlds of cricket and Bollywood are mixing in more ways than one — scripting a potboiler that's threatening the game all over again.

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Reuters TV | Is CNN buying Mashable? -- SXSW

Reuters TV | Is CNN buying Mashable? -- SXSW: "Breaking News from SXSW: Reuters blogger Felix Salmon has learned from an unnamed source that CNN will buy social media website Mashable for more than $200 million dollars. The source says an announcement is expected for Tuesday"

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

a hand reared tigress has given birth to two cubs less than a year after it was released into the wild at the Panna tiger reserve


The election of Akhilesh Yadav, son of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, as the leader of the Samajwadi Party Legislature Party in UP dominates the front pages of most papers. "UP set to get youngest Chief Minister" reports the Tribune. The Indian Express quotes Akhilesh Yadav as saying "My priority law and order, governance- no vendetta". In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times reports party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as saying "I will be playing a larger role in national politics".

After the attack on a police officer in Madhya Pradesh, allegedly by the illegal mining mafia, the attack on a team of officials by the sand mafia is prominently noticed in the papers today. "Now MP sand mafia fire at magistrate, cops" reports the Times of India on its front page.

Most papers take note of the dramatic ambush of a police van carrying under trials on the Jhajjar-Gurgaon road in Haryana. "Three under trials killed in ambush on prison van" reports the Pioneer on its front page. Similarly, the Indian Express writes "Police van is ambushed near Gurgaon, 3 under trials killed".

In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times reports that the Government is drafting laws to put in place a 5 Lakh crore rupee plan to provide essential health services to all by 2017.

The Tribune informs us that in the back drop of road and rail blockades becoming the preferred protest tool of Jats and other agitators across the country, the Supreme Court is in the process of issuing guidelines to sternly deal with the protesters.

And finally, the Indian Express reports that in what is being seen as an unprecedented success story, a hand reared tigress has given birth to two cubs less than a year after it was released into the wild at the Panna tiger reserve.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

manual scavenging and the role of women in sanitation


Possible alignments and scenarios in the five states that went to the polls recently, are discussed in newspaper. The Times of India writes, "rarely have assembly elections generated the kind of 'edge-of-the-seat' excitement as these polls have". From the corridors of the power to stock market in Mumbai, everyone is anxiously waiting for Tuesday's verdict.

The four NGOs being probed for links with protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant, received no less than 36.3 crore rupees as foreign donations, from 2006 to 2011, reports Hindustan Times.

More trouble for Yeddyurappa- writes The Statesman as the Lokayukta Court yesterday issued non-bailable warrants against him and his family members, in connection with two defence denotification cases.

The Pioneer reports that yesterday's 4.9 rangeearthquake (that was felt in Delhi and NCR areas) has rung new alarm bells for high rise buildings in the region.

These mild shocks weaken the foundations of concrete structures, and it is time they are made shock resistant.

The Asian Age writes that a Delhi Court has ordered the trial of former Samata Party President Jaya Jaitly and two others for allegedly, taking bribes to influence a 'fictitious' defence deal in the year 2000.

And Finally, Hindustan Times writes of an ex-scavenger who is to address a global meet in France. Usha Chaumar, who was seven when she joined her family work of collecting night soil and carrying it on her head, was assisted by an official of Sulabh International. Today she is President of Sulabh International and will speak in Marseille in France on 'manual scavenging and the role of women in sanitation'.

Katrina bags Rs 1 crore for 10 minutes!

Katrina bags Rs 1 crore for 10 minutes!: "If the race is for the No. 1 Bollywood actress in the category hot and sizzling stars of the industry, Katrina Kaif wins hands down.

Following report is the testimony of that fact.

Believe it or not, but the very sensuous Kat has supposedly been offered Rs 1 crore to make her presence felt at an event in Kochi for 10 minutes!"

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Monday, March 5, 2012

'Kingmakers try their LuckNOW


In the run-up to counting day tomorrow, newspapers today highlight the poll forecasts. In a loaded pun, Mail Today headline says, 'Kingmakers try their Lucknow.' The Pioneer comments that "Sensing Power, SP debates pros and cons of CM choice". An Asian Age headline reads, "BSP's Plan A Congress, but Plan B is BJP deal".

Vladimir Putin winning Russia's presidential election is the lead in the Hindu. Mail Today reports 'Macho man Putin claims victory in Russia polls'.

'Gogoi's name floated as Ansari's successor'; under that headline the Asian Age writes that with the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections due in a few months, 3-times Assam CM, Tarun Gogoi is being considered as a possible candidate for the Vice-Presidency.

"Soon, only four to six VIPs may be exempted from airport security checks' reads an Indian Express headline. The paper says that the Civil Aviation Ministry is considering a move to reduce the list of dignitaries exempted from security checks at airports.

In an exclusive, Hindustan Times carries a statement by Kapil Dev on the plight of Indian cricket, the paper says that 'the former India Captain questions Dhoni's team selection and slams him for calling seniors 'slow fielders'.

'Youth bat for cricket in Naxal heartland', under that headline the Indian Express reports on a BCCI talent search in Chhattisgarh. The paper says that 'cricket may provide a balm to soothe the pain of conflict and wean away impressionable minds from picking up the gun'.

The Times of India reports the story of a first-year MBBS tribal student hanging himself in his hostel room at AIIMS, saying he was facing problems in coping with the English-medium teaching.

And finally, on a more positive note, the Asian Age carries an article on a "Musical potion to cure mental illness stigma". The paper reports that a young psychiatrist from Safdarjung Hospital has composed a song to fight the stigma attached to mental disorders.

The Hindu : Adrift in Andhra

The Hindu : Opinion / Editorial : Adrift in Andhra: "Nothing seems to be going right for the Congress and its government in Andhra Pradesh. If it's not Telangana, then it's the revolt within that keeps the Kiran Kumar Reddy government permanently in a crisis mode."

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Exit polls oust Maya


Exit polls suggesting a clear lead for the Samajwadi Party in the just concluded Assembly elections in UP dominate the front pages of most papers. "SP clearly ahead in UP", reports the Times of India. The Mail Today says "Exit polls oust Maya". The Tribune and the Hindustan Times report that according to the exit polls UP will witness a hung house.

A Metropolitan court rejecting the plea by Zakia Jaffrey to make public the report of the Special Investigation Team or SIT that probed the Gulbarg Society massacre in Ahmedabad in 2002 in which her husband, former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffrey was killed, is widely noticed. "Zakia's plea to make SIT report on Gujarat riots public rejected", writes the Tribune. Similarly the Times of India says, "Court rejects Zakia's plea to open SIT report".

In its special front page lead "Govt probes snooping by Army equipment", the Indian Express writes that despite denials by the Defence Ministry about Mr A K Anthony's office being bugged, the government and intelligence agencies are verifying specific information' that off-the-air-mobile phone interception equipment was deployed for passive interception by a section of the Army brass.

The Times of India reports on its front page that in the wake of pilots threatening to stop work if they were not paid their salaries, Kingfisher airlines has warned of a shut down. Highlighting Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily's preion for the troubled airlines the Pioneer writes, " Mallya has to take proactive interest to save KF, says Moily".

In what could be good news for elected representatives, the Hindustan Times says that now funds under the rural employment guarantee scheme, MNREGA will be made available to MPs to help them connect with their constituencies.

In international news, most papers highlight losses for Iranian President Ahmedinijad in the recently held parliamentary polls in the country. "Ahmedinijad's faction losing ground" reports the Asian Age. The Pioneer writes, " Ahmedinijad rivals leading in parliament vote".

And finally, if any more proof was needed about why plastic waste can be dangerous, the Asian Age reports of the death of a Giraffe in an Indonesian zoo. And guess what the autopsy revealed....20 kilograms of plastic in its stomach.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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Bank on facebook for your financial transactions - banks, brokers lure customers, by offering some basic services on the social media site


"Centre seeks review of ruling in 2G case" reads the Hindu headline. The Tribune writes about the government filing a review petition in the Supreme Court. The Hindustan Times front page story reads "Raja finally moves court, wants his story to be heard - seeks review of apex court's verdict canceling 122 licences". The Indian Express writes of Raja saying that basic principles of justice and fairplay were ignored, and that he has answers to every charge in the February 2nd verdict.
"Lawyers turn on scribes in Bangalore" writes the Pioneer, of the scuffle between them in Bangalore. The Asian Age and the Statesman have published photographs of the scuffle between the lawyers and mediamen. "Judge, 86 others hurt as lawyers run riot in Bangalore" says the Times of India.
Many newspapers have covered the bug scare in the Defence Minister A.K.Antony's office. "Antony's office in a 'Bugging' mystery" writes the Mail Today. A stray pin shaped device in his office caused chaos, writes the Tribune, but the paper adds that an IB check revealed nothing and called it a false alarm.
"SC jolt for Talwars in Aarushi case" writes the Statesman. "Talwar's plea rejected, trial to continue in Ghaziabad" inform the Pioneer.
The Times of India has given prominence to the Shehla Masood murder case. "Love triangle behind murder of RTI activist?" says the paper. Clues from Zahida's diary clearly point out, that Shehla may have been killed for closeness to BJP MLA" adds the paper.
"Kripashankar in trouble" writes the Hindustan Times of the Mumbai Congress leader, "19 properties searched, BMW's seized", says the Asian Age.
Are you on Facebook? It's a great way to connect with friends, we all know. But now the Economic Times writes "Bank on facebook for your financial transactions - banks, brokers lure customers, by offering some basic services on the social media site".

Police swoop on MP Jaya Prada's hotel room on suspicion that she was holding a HUGE stash of cash to 'woo' voters | Mail Online

Police swoop on MP Jaya Prada's hotel room on suspicion that she was holding a HUGE stash of cash to 'woo' voters | Mail Online: "The Rampur police late on Thursday night raided the room at a local hotel in which the Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Prada was staying. "

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Friday, March 2, 2012

those in their 80's reported the best sleep


Most newspapers this morning have highlighted the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act that calls for hasher fines and longer jail terms for traffic rule violations. "Break rules, pay more", writes the Statesman. "Drive drunk and be ready to be jailed for four years", says the Tribune.
"India, China agree to hold first-ever maritime talks", writes the Tribune. The Hindu has a front page story about India and China deciding to open a new chapter in bilateral cooperation by agreeing to undertake joint operations against pirates and sharing technological know-how on sea bed research.
The Times of India headline reads, "2 crore Indian kids study in English-medium schools". The paper writes that for the fourth year in a row, English is the second largest medium of instruction in India and there has been a surge of 27 per cent in enrollment since 2003-04.
The Pioneer reports that the Government, faced with stiff resistance for the Kudankulam nuclear project, has intensified its crackdown on NGO's by asking the CBI to probe violations in the diversion of funds. 12 fresh cases were referred for CBI scrutiny in Tamil Nadu, writes the paper. Hindustan Times reports that 77 foreign NGOs are now on the global watch-list, making it difficult for the officials to obtain Indian visas.
"ONGC issue fully subscribed says the govt., system error and technical glitch adds to auction drama says Hindustan Times. After some hiccups and a Government intervention, the sale of 5 per cent stakes in ONGC through an auction finally managed to sail through writes the Statesman.
And finally, the belief that sleep quality declines in old age may be false a new study has found that sleep gets better with age. A team at the University of Pennsylvania has found that those in their 80's reported the best sleep says the Times of India.

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