Monday, February 18, 2013

the BJP is set to make Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the head of its 2014 campaign committee


The controversial Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal continues to dominate the front pages of all the newspapers. Hindustan Times reports that Ex-minister Santosh Bagrodia's brother Satish Bagrodia is on the board of Directors of IDS Infotech Ltd., which Italian investigators allege was a key vehicle in routing the Agusta Westland deal bribe money to India in the garb of false software and engineering contracts. The Asian Age says that Defence Minister Antony had expressed concern in 2008-09 on going ahead with the deal.

"Katju and Jaitley in war of words over Modi" under that headline the statement reports BJP leader Arun Jaitley saying that Mr. Katju's attacks on non-Congress governments are more in the nature of "thanks-giving" to those who provided him with a post-retirement job.

The Pioneer reports that Maldives has summoned Indian High Commissioner in Male, DM Mulay and lodged a protest against former Maldivian President Nasheed's refuge in the Indian mission there.

Though not getting into the issue of Prime Ministership, the BJP is set to make Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the head of its 2014 campaign committee, writes the Indian Express.

A lead story in The Financial Express says that the bulk diesel sales have declined a sharp 30% since prices were deregulated last month, with bulk consumers making a beeline to buy diesel in retail, threatening to mar the prospect of subsidy being reduced at the desired pace.

The Indian Express reports that undergraduate students of Delhi University's Kirorimal College and the Cluster Innovation Centre are building a robot which can undertake mining activities on the Moon.

Do you love junk food? if you do, you might want to give it a second thought. The Times of India writes that according to a new study, eating junk food is not just bad for your waistline, it can also damage your liver in a way similar to hepatitis.

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