Tuesday, March 19, 2013

India has emerged as the world's largest importer of arms


The Supreme Court extending its direction restraining the Italian ambassador from leaving the country till further orders dominates the front pages of most papers. "Italian envoy has no immunity, cannot leave India rules Supreme Court" reports the Tribune.
Union Steel minister Beni Prasad Verma's remarks against Samajawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are widely noticed in the press. "Beni lands Congress in a soup yet again: accuses ally Mulayam Singh Yadav of backing terrorists" writes the Times of India. The Hindu reports the Samajwadi Party as saying "Sack Beni Prasad for remarks against Mulayam".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's meetings with the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman regarding his demand for a special status for Bihar is keenly noticed in the papers. "Congress may appoint a panel for special status" reports the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express quotes Mr Nitish Kumar as saying after the meetings, "Bihar status battle in a decisive phase."
The Times of India, in a special story, highlights information given by the government in the Lok Sabha that 120 soldiers, airmen and sailors commit suicide every year due to stress.
Many papers like the Asian Age, the Times of India, the Hindustan Times and the Pioneer take note of new published data on international arms transfers according to which India has emerged as the world's largest importer of arms while China has become among the top five suppliers of arms.
The Hindustan Times in a front page story writes that British researchers have cautioned that many herbal medicines used widely in India and China contain toxic acids which increase risks of kidney failures and even cancer.
And finally, Malyalam poetess Sugathakumari being conferred the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2012 for her poetry collection Manalezuthu or The Writing on the Sand is widely noticed in the press today.

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