Wednesday, September 5, 2012

UPA plays Quota Card to trump Coalgate


CBI filing cases in Coal scam, and the Cabinet clearing the SC, ST promotion quota bill dominate the headlines in today's newspapers. The Pioneer quips, 'UPA plays Quota Card to trump Coalgate'. The Statesman says, 'Quota for Job lift gets nod'.
Most papers also highlight the Punjab and Haryana High Court order on Tuesday staying the collection of toll tax on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway for 15 days. The Times of India writes, 'Gurgaon e-way to be toll-free till September 20'.
Many papers today report on a possible hike in the prices of auto and kitchen fuels after the Monsoon Session ends this Friday. The Tribune state, 'Steep hike in oil, LPG prices on the anvil'. The Hindustan Times says, '4 rupees petrol hike soon; Diesel, LPG may follow'.
The Asian Age, reports, 'Airfares to go up with hike in fuel surcharge', with some airlines announcing a hike in their fuel surcharge, after the recent steep increase in aviation turbine fuel prices.
The Hindu reports on its front page, a batch of legislators and officials from Karnataka, scheduled to embark on an European tour, has called off the jaunt, under public pressure and amid the realities of a serious drought in the state.
The Times of India offers some food for thought. The paper quotes researchers from Stanford University,as saying, there is little evidence of healthier benefits from organic food over those grown conventionally.
'Play for Stephen's too : Principal to Unmukt', under that headline, the Hindustan Times reports the St. Stephen's Principal has expressed his wish that the Under-19 Cricket Captain, Unmukt Chand would play for his college as well.
In a report, Times of India says, 'Asthma inhalers stunt kid's growth', stating researchers have found that children using steroids for asthma, end up being slightly shorter as adults than those not using the medication.

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