Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spineless netas a cause for concern

The BJP's decision to replace Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda with Jagdish Shettar dominates the front pages of most papers. "BJP names Shettar new Karnataka CM" reports the Times of India. The Asian Age says " Shettar may take CM oath on July 11".
Most papers take note of the successes notched up by the BJP in the civic polls in UP. "BJP sweeps UP civic polls as SP and BSP stay away" writes the Hindustan Times. The Mail Today reports that the BJP has won over half a dozen mayoral seats in the polls.
The bailable warrant issued against former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss for failing to appear in court in a case involving grant of illegal permission to a medical college for admitting students is noticed in all the papers.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's comment about political leaders on her facebook account gets wide attention. The Pioneer quotes her as saying "Spineless netas a cause for concern". The Indian Express reports "Mamata slams 'spineless leaders', Congress protests".
The forthcoming Presidential election is dogged by another controversy with P A Sangma leveling fresh charges against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee report the papers. "Pranab holds 2 more offices of profit, says Sangma" informs the Tribune.
In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times reports that as compared to a 166 member official delegation which went to the Beijing Olympics, this year only 10 persons, mostly former sportspersons will go to the London Olympics.
The Times of India in its front page lead, cites the UN's Millennium Development Goals Report as it writes "Globally women MPs on the rise, but not in India". However, in what is a welcome change, the Tribune carries a story on an interesting development in villages in Sirsa district of Haryana. The paper writes that many villages here have started performing 'kuan poojan' traditionally held to celebrate the birth of boys, to celebrate the birth of a girl child.

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