Friday, November 30, 2012

Justice Leveson accused the British media of putting sensationalism above public interest wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent people for many decades


Most papers this morning report that the two Houses of Parliament agreeing to a vote on the FDI in retail debate, breaking the logjam that kept Parliament from functioning.
All railway passengers in reserved compartments will have to carry identity proof from tomorrow says The Hindu. The Railways have ruled that those found without an identity card will be treated as 'travelling without a ticket', reports the paper.
Most economic dailies report the Sensex jumping to a 19-month high after Goldman Sachs gave Indian bourses a shot in the arm by upgrading its rating.
Lord Justice Leveson calls for independent regulation of the press in Britain. According to The Hindu, Justice Leveson accused the British media of putting sensationalism above public interest wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent people for many decades. The Tribune and most other papers have also reported this story.
A 12-year old boy from Sudan underwent a successful kidney and liver transplant in Delhi after his two sisters donated the organs to save him. Hindustan Times and most other papers have reported this story.
Three new tigers have been sighted in unexpected ranges in the Dudhwa Reserve Forest in Uttar Pradesh writes The Pioneer in an exclusive story.
And finally, the Economic Times reports an exclusive story about the Ministry of Personnel considering a proposal to allow a government pensioner to grant a part of his pension to a child born out of wedlock. A pensioner can also nominate any person, even a non-family member, to be entitled to his pension amount after his death.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Germany, the price of journalism | SmartPlanet

In Germany, the price of journalism | SmartPlanet

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Government hunts for elusive bug


The government making it clear that it is not averse to debating the FDI issue in Parliament and the Launch of the ambitious Direct Cash Transfer scheme in 51 districts spread across 16 states from 1st January are the lead stories in most papers.
"Facebook arrests; 2 cops suspended, magistrate shifted" writes The Tribune." 2 Zee editors arrested for Rs. 100 crore extortion bid", writes The Times of India, reporting that Delhi Police's crime branch arrested 2 editors of the Zee group on Thursday, acting on a complaint by Congress MP Naveen Jindal who had accused the two of trying to extort Rs. 100 crore worth of advertisements from his company in return 
for dropping stories linking the Jindal Group with Coalgate.
Under the headline "Government hunts for elusive bug" The Mail Today writes that the DoT wants hundreds of sophisticated phone interceptors with the private sector to be surrendered.
On the row between the BJP and its suspended party member, MP Ram Jethmalani, The Indian Express headline quotes the veteran lawyer saying: "Will throw notice in dustbin if it has no merit"
Sachin Tendulkar's remarks on his batting performance are the lead story in The Hindustan Times. "I am not getting runs, now its your call : Sachin to selectors", writes the paper.
"Bangalore sets an example in SMS Gateway" reports The Statesman, writing that the Karnataka police became the first security force in the country to launch an SMS status information about service requests and stage of FIR's.And finally good news from the stock markets. The Financial Express writes that Indian stocks soared on Tuesday rallying to their highest level in nearly 3 weeks, with markets rejoicing in the wake of an affirmation by Moodys investors service that the outlook on 
India is stable.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Four years later, Mumbai still vulnerable to sea attack


BJP Rajya Sabha MP, Ram Jethmalani's suspension from the party dominates the front pages of most papers. In the background of the recent dissenting voices in the party, the Mail Today describes the party as the "Bharatiya Disjointed Party".
On the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, many papers scrutinise the country's preparedness to meet future security challenges. "Four years later, Mumbai still vulnerable to sea attack" reports the Asian Age on its front page.  The Tribune writes "Mumbai CCTVs stuck in red tape".  The Hindustan Times however observes "Silver lining:Systems in place, weapons upgraded".  
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remarks on the death penalty, just days after the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, are the front page lead in the Indian Express.  The paper writes "Need to rethink death penalty, says Shinde ; says eminent persons want ban on capital punishment".
The bilateral Strategic Economic dialogue between India and China starting today is highlighted in many papers. "India looks to China to put high speed trains on track" reports the Indian Express. 
In a special front page story, the Hindu reports that an expert group set up by the Irish government to review the country's anti-abortion regime has recommended legislation for the 'limited provision' of abortion.
The Hindu's Business Line highlights a report by Morgan Stanley which states that India is expected to register a gradual recovery in growth to 6.1% in 2013 driven by positive impact from policy actions.
The Times of India tells us that scientists have  developed a new drug which they claim can put cancerous cells to sleep to stop them from multiplying.

India Facebook arrests: Shaheen and Renu speak out

India Facebook arrests: Shaheen and Renu speak out

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tomato peel is the ideal solution to clean drinking water.


The role of the former chief of the Uttarakhand Minorities Commission, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari in the shootout at a Delhi farmhouse in which liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep were killed comes under front page scrutiny. The Times of India quotes the Delhi Police as saying "Namdhari shot at Ponty's brother".The Indian Express writes, "Namdhari admits shot Hardeep, charged with attempt to murder".

The formal launch of a political party by anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi is keenly noticed on the front pages of most papers. " Team Kejriwal is now 'Aam Admi Party' reports the Hindu. The Hindustan Times says, "Kejriwal hijacks Congress's aam admi".

Most papers mention that the country's top intelligence agencies are to get new chiefs. "Asif Ibrahim tipped to be new IB chief" reports the Indian Express. Referring to the appointment of Alok Joshi, the Mail Today writes "RAW gets new chief".

The Hindustan Times, in its front page exclusive, writes that the IIT's are verifying the identities of all first year students after they found that two aspirants has secured seats in 2012 without clearing the admission tests, using digitally doctored admit cards of successful candidates.

In a front page story, The Hindu reports that Chongqing, a city in southwest China plans to open a special museum. Under the caption, "China city plans Nehru museum, 50 years after war", the paper reports that the museum intends to commemorate Nehru's visit to the city in 1939.

Most papers reports that the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday to undergo poison tests. This story finds mention in the times of India, the Asian Age and the Pioneer.

And finally, research shows that tomato may do more than just add a tangy taste to the palate. The pioneer writes that a team of scientist at the National University of Singapore laid by Indian born professor V. Suresh has found the tomato peel is the ideal solution to clean drinking water.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Government may agree to FDI vote, is wooing allies


With commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament, papers extensively cover details of Parliamentary proceedings. The Tribune writes "FDI paralyses Parliament on Day 2". "Government may agree to FDI vote, is wooing allies", reports Hindustan Times.

The Statesman reports, "A full scale war of words broke out between the ruling Congress and the Principal Opposition BJP yet again, over the 2G Spectrum scam". Times of India writes - "Sonia Gandhi waded into the controversy saying that the audit report quoting a 1.76 Lakh crore rupee loss to the exchequer was doctored - pointing a finger at PAC chairman and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

The new CBI Boss Ranjit Sinha walking into a political storm is also highlighted. A Times of India headline reads, "PM rejects BJP demand to put CBI Chief appointment on Hold.

The Hindu reports, 'India has started stamping Its Map on visas issued in China - in response to China's decision to stamp its passports with maps depicting Arunanchal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as parts of Chinese territory. The Philippines and Vietnam have already lodged strong protests over China's inclusion of disputed Islands and waters of the South China Sea as its own.

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Yeah Hindu, that definitely is the IKEA showroom in Hyderabad.: Yeah Hindu, that definitely is the IKEA showroom in Hyderabad.

Welcome to the post-Orwellian Indian nightmare: 2 men spend 12 days in jail for Facebook comments against Cong : West, News - India Today

Welcome to the post-Orwellian Indian nightmare: 2 men spend 12 days in jail for Facebook comments against Cong : West, News - India Today

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pink is the colour of a man!


'Trinamool move for no-trust motion fails' writes, the Hindu on its front page. On the action packed first day of the winter session of Parliament, the Trinamool Congress's attempt to bring no-confidence against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha failed. A major consequence of the Trinamool's failure to move the motion is that another one can not be considered by the Lok Sabha for the next six months.
Government funding for non-government organisation (NGOs) and autonomous bodies has been halted across the board by the Finance Ministry for the first time. Citing austerity measures, the government has asked all ministries to stop grants to these bodies unless they can show how they have spent past funds writes, the Indian Express. The paper has also carried a story which states that Censured by the Supreme Court for not putting on auction the entire 2 G spectrum cancelled by its February verdict and adopting a 'casual' approach on the matter, the Centre on Thursday defended its decision, saying it had acted on the TRAI recommendations under a 'bonafide belief' that it was obligated to do so as per the judgement.
The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday pledged to attack Indian targets 'anywhere to avenge the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the terrorist squad responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks', and demanded that Kasab's body be returned to Pakistan for an 'Islamic burial' ,writes the Statesman. The story has also been covered by most other newspapers as well.
The Tribune on its front page, writes under the headline, 'Haryana and HP crack whip on teaching shops' ,adding that these teaching shops operating in the form of study centres, off-campus centres and run through franchise centres  of outside universities, must end the practice or face action.
The Asian Age writes that the Union Cabinet has brought 348 drugs under its price-control mechanism with an aim to check the rising drug prices. This decision would result to drop in prices of around 60% drugs.
Pink is the colour of a man! Men who wear pink colour shirts to work earn more per year than those who favour traditional colours such as white or blue, study has found. Researchers also found men, who wear pink are more confident characters in their office and are also twice as likely to have a Master's degree than those who favour white shirts with one in ten pink shirt wearers having a PHD.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mamata's trust vote plan finds no takers


Hindustan Times reports under the headline, 'Mamata's trust vote plan finds no takers' that with the BJP and the Left keener to force a Parliament vote on Foreign Direct Investment in multi brand retail, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is unlikely to find the necessary support to move a no trust vote against the government.
The Hindu Business Line says that the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and the CBI on a plea for a probe by a special investigation team into the alleged irregularities in coal block allocations.
The Pioneer says, a select committee of Rajya Sabha's recommendations to bring the Prime Minister under Lokpal and to delink Lokayuktas from the Lokpal Bill will give far reaching powers to the ombudsman.
The Hindu writes that India and China will make one last attempt at making progress on the border question before a new leadership takes over in Beijing.
The Times of India reports that researchers have claimed to have designed the fastest and most accurate mathematical algorithm yet, with speed, accuracy and natural movement close to those of a real arm, that can help disabled people manoeuvre computer cursors with their thoughts.
And finally, The Pioneer writes that the South Delhi Civic Body's plan to bring a proposal to allow plying of horse buggies near famous tourist areas and monuments will give tourists a taste of Victorian royalty.

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Congress MPs face dilemma at Telangana junction

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tthere is no going back on FDI in retail


Many papers have a picture of Bal Thackerey's  funeral procession. The Times of India writes that the turnout for Bala Saheb's last journey was one of the largest witnessed in post independent history. 
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma saying that there is no going back on FDI in retail is prominently noticed by most papers of the day. 
The India-Pak peace process is set to change its game, writes the Hindustan Times. In a box item on its front page, titled, 'Golf buddies, the paper writes 'India, Pak soldiers plan tee party for peace'. 
If you thought that the United States of America is the most powerful nation on earth, you may be wrong. "Britain is Now Most Powerful Nation on Earth", reads the headline of a story in The Economic Times, which reports the findings of a new survey which says that US is toppled from No.1 slot as British influence enhances its 'soft power'.
And finally, do you ever think that there was a connection between dengue and frogs?   Yes, there is, say environmentalists, writes, The Tribune - According to the paper, frogs are major predators of mosquito larvae. The Times of India writes on its front page, 'Vaccination against dengue to be tested in India', and the good news is that the vaccine will be available globally by 2015.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cartoonist who redrew Maharashtra's politics

Today's Newspapers Headlines

The passing away of Bal Thackeray is the lead in most newspapers. 'Sena Supremo Thackeray dies' is the Hindustan Times headlines. 'Last rites today, body will be kept at Shivaji park for final tribute', writes The Indian Express. 'Ek tha tiger' is how The Pioneer puts it. 'Cartoonist who redrew Maharashtra's politics' says The Tribune. 'Tiger gone, uphill task for Sena' feels the Times of India.

The second big news of the day, which is also not good is another death. 'Liquor baron Ponty Chadha shot dead by his brother in Chhatarpur farmhouse' writes Mail Today, adding 'PSO guns down killer in grisly finale of property feud'. 'Sudden end of a rags to riches story' says the Times of India, and adds this his network cut across party lines. 'Chadha's Rs 6000 crore Wave group has interests in real estate, paper and sugar' writes the Business Line of the Hindu.

Moving on to sports - something to cheer. The Hindustan Times features Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin on its front page. The duo worked in tandem to rout the visitors and forced England to follow on. The sports pages of many dailies show Ojha celebrating after dismissing  Pietersen.

Politics in sports too. 'World of IOA gets murkier' writes Mail Today, as loyalties are divided between Chautala and Randhir Singh for the presidential elections of the Olympics Association. The Statesman writes 'IOA election thrown into uncertainty' because of S.Y. Qureshi's resignation.

'Trinamool Congress to bring no-confidence motion against UPA government' is the Financial Express headline today. 'Seeks support of Left, UPA allies, ready to talk to BJP' adds the paper.

In international news - '180 Israel airstrikes on Gaza is one night' informs the Asian Age. 'Israeli air raids batter Hamas headquarters, kill 10' writes the Times of India.

And finally - 'Pi's boat up for grabs' writes Mail Today. The makers of the movie 'Life of Pi' are set to auction the iconic lifeboat. Want to bid? The going rate is 22 lakh rupees!

Mega opportunist!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

India continues to top global pneumonia mortality list - nearly 1,100 children die of pneumonia every day in the country


The dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for UPA allies yesterday ahead of the winter session of Parliament dominates the front pages of most papers. "To ensure support, PM hosts allies" reports the Tribune. The Indian Express highlights the Prime minister's efforts to reach out to the Opposition as it writes "PM reaches out to BJP, invites top party leaders to dinner today".
The controversy over the tragic death of Indian dentist Savita Halapannavar in Ireland after being denied abortion is prominently noticed on the front pages of the papers today. "India summons Irish envoy, tells Dublin to keep it informed on Savita probe" reports the Indian Express. The Times of India writes "Ireland to clarify abortion norms, says deputy PM".
Most papers take note of the condition of ailing Shiva Sena leader Bal Thackeray. The Hindustan Times quotes the party as saying "Thackeray still critical but improving". Highlighting the easing of tension in the city, the Pioneer writes "Balasaheb improves, Mumbai breathes easy".
The controversy over certain unsavoury remarks about non-vegetarains contained in a CBSE book is widely noticed in the papers today. Focussing on the intervention by Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha in the matter, the Pioneer reports "remove anti-Nadar chapter from CBSE book: Jaya to PM".
In a special story, the Tribune quotes UNICEF statistics to write "India continues to top global pneumonia mortality list". The paper reveals a shocking statistic - nearly 1100 children die of pneumonia every day in the country.
And finally, if you have wondered how Albert Einstein became the genius that he was, we now may have an answer. The Times of India reports that recently discovered photographs of Einsteins brain helped scientists in America compare it with 85 normal human brains. They found that Einstein's brain had an extraordinary prefrontal cortex which may have contributed to his remarkable genius.

A picture is worth a thousand words


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IIT's are looking at a controversial proposal that will pick girl candidates over boys, if their scores in the entrance examination are tied


The Congress Party yesterday constituting its Election Co-ordination Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha Election, with Rahul Gandhi as its head, is given prominence by this morning's Press. Rahul to lead Congress's 2014 Poll charge, reads the headline The Times of India. Rahul to head Congress's poll panel, set to be PM candidate, says The Pioneer.

Mr. Xi Jinping assuming control as the most powerful man in China, to take over as the Communist Party General Secretary, also received prominence. Xi takes over party, to lead government from March 2013, reports Hindustan Times.

The Hindu writes that the UPA government went on the offensive on Thursday, questioning the CAG's estimate of a 1.76 lakh crore rupee loss to the exchequer in 2001, after the latest flop auction of 2G spectrum that yielded only 9,407 crore rupees, barely a fourth of the amount expected.

Lucknow's globe-trotting clerics in demand for Muharram sermons, writes The Indian Express. With the beginning of Islamic New Year, several Shia clerics of Lucknow have packed their bags and gone abroad, says the paper.

Hindustan Times writes that the male-dominated IIT's are looking at a controversial proposal that will pick girl candidates over boys, if their scores in the entrance examination are tied.

The national capital is experiencing one of the worst phases of 'Solar Dimming', a phenomenon in which less and less direct sunlight reaches the earth, say the scientists of the Indian Meterological Department, report the paper.

And finally, The Times of India informs us that this year, of the 21,600 people challaned so far by the Delhi Police for drunken driving, only five were women. Are women really responsible drivers?, wonders the paper.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Govt. mulls multi-member CAG, comes under fire


Today's papers have highlighted, The Government saying that a former CAG's suggestion (for making the official auditor a multi-member body) - is 'under consideration, and the  reactions to that. "Govt. mulls multi-member CAG, comes under fire", headlines The Tribune. Hindustan Times's headline of the story reads, "CAG setup not be be touched: says minister".
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holding a lucheon meeting yesterday with BSP supremo Mayawati, after hosting Samajwadi boss Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier, is seen as a bid to firm up the support of 'outside' allies with an Opposition geared up to put the Government on the mat over issues like FDI in multi-brand retail and capping the number of subsidised LPG cylinders, says the papers. 
Anna Hazare yesterday launched a direct attack on the Prime Minister for not passing his version of the Jan Lokpal Bill and said that their fight for the Bill will continue till it is passed, reports Hindustan Times. Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to forgo the term 'India Against Corruption' and let his 'guru' Anna Hazare's group use it instead, says the paper. 
The Indian Express reports the Afghan President Hamid Karzai saying that with the overall improvement in relations between India and Pakistan, it could be possible for Pakistan to let India use its territory to trade with Afghanistan.
And finally, citing a Bombay-based research paper, The Times of India informs us that though the vulture population in the country had started to fall dramatically in the early 90's, it had shown a marginal increase in the last year but they are still very few in number and extremely vulnerable, reports the paper.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

bone fractures will now heal faster


The PM batting for reforms at an impressive gathering of business leaders in Mumbai, is extensively covered by the Press. The Economic Times writes - "Declaring that the ongoing economic downturn is an opportunity to correct weakness, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a strong pitch for reforms.

The Government's response to Arvind Kejriwal's remarks on governmental in-action over HSBC's alleged money laundering operations in India, is also given prominence. The Hindustan Times headline reads "government claims it is hot on black money trail".

The Asian Age reports that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs will be writing to the Finance Ministry - seeking a through probe into allegations that militant outfits were using HSBC bank to pump money into the country for terror activities.

"Anna announces fresh campaign against corruption" which he will launch next year on 30th January, death anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi with a nation wide tour, writes the Hindu.

At a function in Delhi, Defence Minister AK Antony reiterated that there would be no hasty decision on revoking the much debated Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu & Kashmir as infiltration attempts are on the rise, reports the Sunday Tribune.

Hindustan Times informs us that Aung San Suu Kyi - Myanmar's opposition leader, will travel to India on Diwali at the invitation of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. She will deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture on November 14.

And finally Asian Age reports that bone fractures will now heal faster, thanks to a drug molecule developed from a tree found in the Himalayas. A Lucknow based team of Scientists who made the discovery says it is a compound from the bark that stimulates bone formation.

Open bar


People here drink close to main road just behind bus stop without any fear

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General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living

General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Elderly people who consumed the highest amounts of milk and dairy foods in childhood were able to walk faster

Today's Newspapers Headlines

"Jinping, the new face of China" reports the Hindustan Times. The paper adds China's old guard begins formally making way for the new, by issuing a warning.

President Hu Jintao opened the 18th National Party Congress by talking about corruption and the man who will be responsible for tackling corruption for the next 10 years will be Xi Jinping.

The Cabinet approval of a levy of about 31000 crore rupees as one time fee on telecom spectrum held by incumbent telecom companies to create a level playing field between old and new operators has widely been covered by almost all newspapers.

Under the headline "IT Noose tightens around Gadkari'. The Mail Today on it's front page reports that the Income Tax Department  which had recently raided and searched the premises of various companies that invested in BJP President's Purti Group has said that these offices and companies do not exist.

Satyam Yadav, a councilor from Nangloi (East) in the capital was found dead along with her baby daughter at her home, even as her parents said she was killed for dowry. The Pioneer reports it under the headline "Dowry whiff over woman councilor, baby's death".

The Hindu reports with US President Barack Obama locked in four years at the White House, the guessing game on who will succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State is turning out to be a big question. The names of potential successors include Senator John Kerry, UN Ambassador  Susan Rice and National Security Advisor Tom Donilan.

The Times of India reports researchers from Bristol University have found that elderly people  who consumed the highest amounts of milk and dairy foods in childhood were able to walk faster and were much less likely to suffer problems with balance and lived longer.

Diwali effect: Drastic reduction in city bus occupancy ratio


Bus from Dilsukhnagar to Secunderabad

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science Of Facebook Engagement - AllFacebook

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science Of Facebook Engagement - AllFacebook

Brahmins V Denikaina Ready


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Obama, buoyed by election win, faces new battles

Obama, buoyed by election win, faces new battles (reuters)
Record 32 million tweets on US Election Day (Economic Times)
Obama nation exults after election win (AFP)
Bollywood cheers Obama's re-election (Times of India)
Romney concedes defeat, calls Obama to congratulate him (ibnlive)
US election results: Barack Obama says 'best is yet to come' in victory speech (Times of India)
For Barack Obama, a second chance (Reuters)
US election: Americans hand Barack Obama a second term, challenges await (NDTV)
Barack Obama's victory 'in 140 characters' sets a record (Times of India)
Obama fends off Romney, economy to win second term (The Hindu)
Obama re-elected as US President (Businessline)
Barack Obama re-elected; Indians cheer (Zee News)
Barack Obama thanks supporters, says 'This happened because of you' (NDTV)
Asia Sees Stability in Obama Re-Election (WSJ)
Victorious Obama 'more determined' in face of challenges (KVTB)
Given a 2nd term, Obama still confronted by a divided Congress, challenging economic times
(Washington Post)
Barack Obama: It was women wot won the election (Telegraph)
'Forward': Barack Obama again rewrites history (Zee News)
World reacts to US President Barack Obama's re-election (Herald Sun)
U.S. Stock-Index Futures Decline as Barack Obama Wins Election (SFGate)
Kremlin welcomes Barack Obama re-election (The Australian)
US election results: A divided America gives Barack Obama more time (Times of India)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

13 Haryana men rape 17-year-old


Indian Express under the headline, "BJP leader quits citing Gadkari taint" reports that BJP's national executive member Mahesh Jethmalani has resigned saying he could not serve there as long as Gadkari remained BJP President. Under the caption, "Gadkari in a deeper hole after IQ test", The Asian Age says Gadkari faced more flak for drawing a comparison between the IQ levels of Swami Vivekananda and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim.
Hindustan Times, under the headline, "13 Haryana men rape 17-year-old", has reported that 13 suspects gangraped a 17 year old girl at a railway station near Karnal. The Indian Express has reported another shocking incident where a 27 year old Spanish national living in Mumbai's upmarket suburb of Bandra was raped by a thief.
The Pioneer writes that Union Minister Srikant Jena has sought Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's resignation and demanded he be charged with criminal conspiracy for a mining ore scam of 4 lakh crore rupees.
The Times of India under the caption, "DoT tightens rules for mobile connections" reports that from November 9, mobile phone connections will be issued only after physical verification of subscribers and police inquiries will be instituted against those submitting forged documents.
The Asian Age says that Delhiites will have to settle for a smog-ridden Diwali this year as the thick haze that has settled over the city is not expected to dissipate in the coming week.
The Times of India reports that the final Pew Research Poll released showed Barack Obama huffing to a 48 to 45 lead after previous surveys showed them deadlocked or having miniscule leads.
Under the headline, "IITians to fork out 1.6 lakh rupees more", The Pioneer reports that the standing committee of the IIT Council has decided on an 80% hike in the annual fee structure for the undergraduate programmes across all IITs.
And finally, The Times of India writes that scientists have developed a new promising device that uses energy from a beating heart to power a pacemaker, eliminating the need for surgeries to replace batteries.

6 social media mistakes to avoid this Election Day | Poynter.

6 social media mistakes to avoid this Election Day | Poynter.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Race is virtually tied, but Obama has edge


Yesterday's Congress rally in Delhi, is the lead in most papers of the day. 'Congress takes corruption war to Opposition, defends reforms', writes Hindustan Times.
Elections are in the air as most newspapers report of a record turnout in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll. The story's headline in Hindustan Times reads, 'Record 75% turnout may spell BJP trouble.' 
Tomorrow's US Presidential poll is also noticed prominently. 'Race is virtually tied, but Obama has edge', says the Asian Age. 'Lull after storm: Obama, Romney teams clutch at straws in the wind', writes the Indian Express.
'India leads life insurance race', under that headline, the Asian Age reports that according to the latest report of the 'World Economic Forum', India is the world's top-ranked country in terms of life insurance density.
'Surgeons from West may head for OTs here', reads the headline of the Indian Express story which reports that trainee surgeons from the West could head to private hospitals in India to sharpen their skills. 
Delhi University is going to introduce a bio-metric system for recording teachers' attendance by January, reports Mail Today.
A story in the Hindu says that the news of fresh sighting of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard near Bellary has brought cheer to bird-watchers and wildlife activists.
And finally, Hindustan Times reports about a village school which is a class apart. An all-girls government school in a village near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh uses YouTube videos in class, makes kids meditate, and gets great results too. The school boasts of a fully computerized  database of students and staff. Despite charging a humble fee, it has well-paid teachers, and it has inspired eight schools in Bhopal to replicate its teaching model, reports the paper.

This woman reminds me


of an old beggar in Chiranjeevi's movie Challenge.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Standing at 1 billion dollars, Foreign Fund Inflows into the Indian debt markets were at a five month high in October


Papers have carried different lead stories today. "Cap of LPG cylinders to be reviewed" is the first headline in The Hindu. The paper says  - faced with increasing political heat and criticism - the government is reviewing the cap of 6 annual LPG cylinders to domestic consumers - and has also put on hold the Rs. 26.50 hike in the price of  non-subsidized cylinders.
With a press release announcing dates for the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament, the Indian Express headline reads - "Lokpal Bill in Winter Session". The paper adds - the government will try to get the Lokpal Bill passed in the Winter Session after  dropping a contentious clause, relating to the setting up of  Lokayuktas in the States.
"CBI cannot withhold information on Graft", is the top headline in The Tribune. The Central Information Commissioner has made it clear that information related to corruption and human rights violation's needed to be disclosed under law, even by public authorities like the CBI and The National Investigation Agency, that are exempted under the Second Schedule of the RTI Act.
"With 3 days to go, Obama and Romney resume campaigning". The Asian Age highlights the US presidential race (slated for November 6) with a photograph of Obama with his supporters. Covering superstorm Sandy, HT Business reports "50 billion dollars, that's the damage bill for Sandy -- so far" 
The Financial Express writes - standing at 1 billion dollars, Foreign Fund Inflows  into the Indian debt markets were at a five month high in October, with investors expressing confidence in the government's fiscal consolidation policies.
And With a picture of a misty and foggy Friday morning, The Hindu writes -- "Nilam effect in Delhi".

How Facebook, Twitter Court Political Campaigns

How Facebook, Twitter Court Political Campaigns

Friday, November 2, 2012

India pressures Italy for info on AgustaWest Land investigation


Get your hands and feet dirty - this is the message sent out by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his new council of ministers, reports the Mail Today under its headlines "PM red alert on flagging economy". The Tribune takes the story forward and reports that concerns over the economy and fiscal deficit and the need to tighten the government's purse strings were underscored at the first full meeting of the Union Council of Ministers.
The Indian Express on its front page has reported that Italian investigators are probing allegations that AgustaWest Land, a subsidiary of Italian Conglomerate FINMECCANICA, allegedly paid 51 million Euros in kickbacks in the 3456 crore rupees deal for 12 AW 101 Helicopters for the Indian Air Force. The story has been carried under the headline "India pressures Italy for info on AgustaWest Land investigation".
The Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde announced that the government has agreed to grant retired paramilitary and central police force the status of "ex-central police personnel'' on par with the defense forces "ex- servicemen" thus enabling them to avail of various benefits, reports the Asian Age.
Terming the allegations levelled by India Against Corruption as "baseless and frivolous", the Petroleum ministry in a six page statement said the congress led UPA 1 & 2 govts have been consistently protecting national interest and that in 2010 itself. It had rejected a RIL demand for revision in gas prices, reports the Hindustan Times.
According to a eleven City survey, reports the Times of India, India is losing the battle against the bulge with one in three citizens exceeding their ideal weight. A fatter chunk of these overweight people come from Tier II cities like Kochi, Ludhiana and Nagpur rather than metros, as believed earlier.
There is chill in the air in Delhi and along with it are a lot of pollutants. The Hindustan Times adds that the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter that measures the pollutants in the air were way above the average levels, making people vulnerable to heart diseases, asthma and even lung cancer

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