Saturday, March 9, 2013

Gujarat lawyers openly challenge SC collegium - say seniority, merit and integrity were overlooked while appointing judges

Newspaper Headlines

The Prime Minister's reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address to the Joint sitting of both the house of Parliament, has been reported by many dailies today. "PM's new found tone and tenor leaves Jaitley stunned - Singh's Aggro decimates BJP", opines the Mail Today. In a related story the Hindustan Times reports, "Back to high growth in two-three years, says PM".

In significant news, the Hindustan Times reports that the Government is set to seek Parliament approval to scrap a two - decade - old procedure for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts and give politicians a role in the process. In a related story the Pioneer adds, "Gujarat lawyers openly challenge SC collegium - say seniority, merit and integrity were overlooked while appointing judges".

The Implication of Olympian Boxer Vijender in a heroin bust has been reported prominently by most major dailies. "Olympic medallist Vijender hit by heroin ring link charges", reports The Times of India, while the Hindustan Times adds, "Named in heroin bust, Vijender says he is clean".

According to the Indian Express, in a move to assuage states opposed to the creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre, the Government is all set to drop the contentious provision of search, seizure and arrest from its current proposal.

The Hindu says that a week before Sri Lanka's human rights record comes up for review before a UN panel, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has advocated direct talks between Colombo and Tamil leadership.

Many dailies have also reported on the opposition to the Private visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister to Ajmer Sharif. The Pioneer reports, "Ajmer Sharif snubs Pak PM's visit over soldiers' beheading".

In a front page story the Asian Age says that World shares hit their highest level since June, 2008 and the dollar touched a fresh three and half year high against the yen on Friday.

And finally, the Hindu informs that the Earth is on track to becoming the hottest it has been at any time in the past 11.3 millennia, a period spanning the history of human civilization.

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