Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Merciless Kasab now pleads for mercy


    Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Bannerjee's dramatic exit from the UPA - over the fresh wave of reforms - makes for big banner headlines today. 'Mamata pulls out, Government in Minority', headlines the Times of India. 'Mamata withdraws support, but gives 3 days for rollback; ministers to resign on Friday', reports the Statesman. Indian Express writes, 'Congress ready to talk to TMC, but stays firm on reforms'.
    'Mulayam, Maya smell blood', headlines Hindustan Times. The paper writes, after Mamata Bannerjee's announcement, the Government's survival now hangs on the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, and though the two parties don't seem in a hurry to do a Mamata, they are likely to extract a price for their outside support.
    Business Standard writes that the reform measures announced by the Government in recent days may be just the beginning. The Government has lined up several big-bang moves to push critical policy measures and fast-track project clearances, to perk investment.
    'Merciless Kasab now pleads for mercy', headlines the Pioneer. The Hindu writes, 'Ajmal Kasab has filed a mercy petition with President Pranab Mukherjee'. The paper adds, there are now 12 mercy petitions pending with the President including one by Afzal Guru - convicted for the 2001 attack on Parliament.
    'In Kashmir dip-dyed pink pooches is the color of canine census', writes the Pioneer. The authorities in Kashmir have begun a methodical census of canines in the capital Srinagar, even as the sterilization drive continues to limit their numbers.
    Times of India reports, the Government will suggest restricted tourism activity with eco-tax, in the core areas of tiger reserves, paving the way for the Supreme Court in lifting the interim ban on tiger tourism.
    And finally, the Hindu informs us that the technically advanced Japanese are now coming to India to fit on the simple and user friendly 'Jaipur Foot'. Some Japanese handicapped people flew into the Pink City to get the artificial limb, at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Simiti. They could walk after just a few minutes of fitting and at the cost of only Rs. 2,200.

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