Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Expect more unconstitutional restrictions on Twitter and Facebook

Expect more unconstitutional restrictions on Twitter and Facebook


The killing of two Indian jawans by Pakistani soldiers after crossing over the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir dominates front page headlines in all the papers today.

The ordering of a probe by the Ministry of Home Affairs into alleged lapses by the Delhi Police and the Safdarjung Hospital in the recent gangrape case in Delhi is prominently noticed. "MHA-appointed officer to probe allegations of police lapses," reports the Hindustan Times.

Violence between CPM and Trinamool Congress workers as the CPM cadre were proceeding for a rally in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal gets wide attention. "5 CPM workers injured as TMC attacks rally", reports the Times of India.

The Asian Age, the Pioneer and the Times of India reveal that a member of the Dental Council of India has been arrested by the CBI for accepting a bribe from a private college in Tamil Nadu for granting approval to start a postgraduate dental course.

Many papers write about possible government interventions which could have an impact on the poor and marginal sections of the population. In a special front page story the Asian Age reports that the government is preparing to enact a law to constitute an equal opportunity commission to look into issues related to minorities, particularly Muslims. The Indian Express writes, "Government plans a 66 per cent hike in housing aid to BPL families".

The Finance Ministry's assertion that it was not worried about the threat of a ratings downgrade by global agencies such as Fitch is highlighted by the Hindu.

"E-tagging to keep jumbos off killer tracks", under that headline the Pioneer reports that in the wake of trains mowing down nine elephants in Odisha and West Bengal in the recent past, the Ministries of Railways and Environment decided that trains would have to reduce speed when passing through designated, identified vulnerable patches of forests to avoid further deaths of wildlife.

And finally, The Hindustan Times reports that Indian scientist Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti along with Italian Remo Ruffin has become the first to record the entire 'birth cry' that is the huge amounts of gamma radiation emission just after the formation of a black hole, and that earlier attempts at recording such events were never complete.

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