Wednesday, April 11, 2012

clean chit


Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others getting what the papers call a 'clean chit' from the Special Investigation Team in the Gulbarg Society massacre case of 2002 dominates the front pages of most papers.
Defence minister A K Anthony's interaction with the media on the sidelines of the biannual Air Force Commanders conference is highlighted in many papers. The Hindustan Times quotes him as saying "no ammo shortage, India is fully prepared". Similarly the Times of India reports him as saying "Ammo crunch reports are false".
The Army Chief General V K Singh filing a written complaint with the CBI regarding a 14 crore rupee bribe that was offered to him to clear the supply of substandard Tatra trucks finds mention in many papers like the Tribune, the Indian Express and the Times of India.
The inauguration of the India Water Week by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday is widely noticed in the press today. "Water resources: PM seeks 'national legal framework" reports the Indian Express. The Hindu quotes the Prime minister as saying "Its time water is optimally priced".    
The Hindu highlights a unique move to usher in green banking and greater transparency in public dealings of the Central government. The paper reports that all payments above 25,000 rupees will be credited directly to the bank accounts of payees from this fiscal.
In international news, there is great speculation over the continuation of Hina Rabbani Khar as Pakistan's foreign minister. "Argumentative Hina may face the axe" reports the Mail Today while the Asian Age speculates that Interior minister Rehman Malik might replace her. The Hindu carries a clarification from the Pakistan Prime Ministers House that no such change was in the offing.

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