Monday, October 15, 2012

A Manipur first : 1 shot, town fines militants


Salman Khurshid's rebuttal of charges leveled against him and his wife, is the lead story in most papers of the day. Hindustan Times' headline reads, "Khurshid counters charges, says ready to face any probe". The lead headline of The Hindu says, "Khurshid flaunts photos to show camps for disabled were held."
The Indian Express reports that in a major breakthrough in the Naga peace process, the Centre has secured a written commitment from the NSCN (IM) that it will accept the Indian Constitution and 'for larger peace, won't seek that boundaries of States be redrawn, opening the way for a final settlement. 
"A Manipur first : 1 shot, town fines militants", under that headline, The Indian Express writes, that for the first time in Manipur's history, its residents have imposed a 'fine' on insurgent groups for causing the death of a person.
Lok Sabha Speaker has refused to intervene on the issue of whether the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the 2G Spectrum scam should summon Finance Minister, reports Hindustan Times under the headline, "Meira puts ball back in JPC court on summoning PC."
Quoting Union Minister of Oil and Natural Gas Jaipal Reddy, The Times of India reports that the Government would offer exploration blocks over the next round of auction only after finetuning the existing policy for making it friendlier for investors, and easier for the government to monitor pricing and share of revenue. 
And finally, "Coming Soon : Shopping on the Shatabdis" The Asian Age and The Hindu Businessline report that the Indian Railways is planning to introduce onboard shopping on Shatabdi trains. The items on offer would range from perfumes, watches and exquisite jewellery to chocolates and gift items. Advanced onboard entertainment systems are also planned to be installed so that passengers can view movies and television programmes  via satellite.

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