Monday, February 11, 2013

Buying sex could soon become illegal in India

Newspaper Headlines

Yesterday evening's Allahabad railway station stampede that killed several persons and injured many more is given prominence on the front pages of most papers of the day. "26 killed at Allahabad Railway Station", reads the headline of The Indian Express story which says that the number of victims is likely to rise.

Mail Today writes, 'Inspired by Sweden and Norway, which make purchase of sex illegal, buying sex could soon become illegal in India, if an amendment proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development passes muster.

In the wake of recent electronic frauds of high volumes across geographies and across merchants, RBI is likely to come out with new norms to ensure card safety, says, The Times of India under the headline, "RBI may tighten credit card norms".

The Income Tax Department has frozen the bank accounts of two Trusts run by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and has asked them to pay up 34 crore rupees, reports Hindustan Times. Though the two trusts were registered as 'charitable' organizations enjoying tax exemption, one trust manufactured medicines for profit, while the other organised paid Yoga Camps, reports the paper.

Mail Today covered the journey of the acclaimed Bihar mathematician Anand Kumar, who in 2003 set up a modest coaching center called "Super 30" in Patna to impart free coaching to 30 students from deprived sections of the society. Anand Kumar received a hero's welcome in Japan where a 'Global 30' programme is being launched in universities on the lines of his 'Super 30'.

"Flout traffic rules, pay hefty insurance", as the Delhi Traffic Police reach out to insurance firms, writes The Pioneer. When the e-challan system to prosecute traffic violators becomes functional, traffic police will send data to insurance companies, who can then either refuse to insure 'high-risk' drivers or charge higher premiums from them.

And to conclude the Press Review, The Times of India reports that scientists have finally solved the longstanding mystery about the type of paint renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso used on his canvases and revealed it to be the humble 'House paint'.

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