Friday, February 22, 2013

India's enemies strike Hyderabad


Terror revisiting Hyderabad in twin bomb blasts yesterday evening, is covered on the front pages of news papers. "Terror returns, again on cycle", headlines The Times of India. "India's enemies strike Hyderabad", writes Hindustan Times.
The Statesman reports on the Bharat Bandh. On day two of the nationwide strike called by 11 Trade Unions, violence broke out in the Capital when workers vandalised 20 offices and factories in the Okhla Industrial Area of South Delhi.
Papers cover the President's maiden speech to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, that also marked the beginning of the Budget Session. "Government taking steps to shore up economy, says President", writes The Financial Express. The President said the scheme of direct cash transfer of benefits such as pensions and maternity benefits into individuals bank accounts, could be enlarged to cover wages, food subsidies and LPG.
Bangladesh's on-going movement at Shanbagh Square is covered by the Indian Express. The paper writes- Speakers at perhaps the biggest mass protest yet in Bangladesh, stressed that there would be no going back on the core demand of death for the war criminals of 1971, and a ban on the politics of religion. They said the movement will spread to the grassroots from Shanbagh and that they will not allow any Talibani to take root and grow in Bangladesh.
Hindustan Times reports that Air Asia, Asia's biggest budget carrier, plans to pump in 30-60 million dollars into its proposed low-cost airline, with the TATA group and Telestra. The new venture should take off by year end, wirtes the paper.
The Pioneer writes that a hardcore ULFA leader - Bijoy Chinese and a trusted lieutenant of its military chief Paresh Barua, has come overground and has expressed support for peace talks.
The Asian Age quoting British Prime Minister David Cameron, writes that his country would not hand back to India the 105 caret Kohinoor diamond - as he did'nt think that would be sensible and that he did'nt believe in 'returnism'.
As Bird watchers flock to Bharatpur for rare sightings, the winged visitors are exploring new destinations, reports Mail Today. Over two dozen water bodies in the foothills of Aravallis near Dungarpur are fast becoming the favourite destinations of migratory birds, many of them from the endangered species.

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