Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pakistan cannot bleed us and shake hands

Parliament rejecting the resolution passed by the Pakistan National Assembly on the execution of Afzal Guru is prominently covered on the front pages of most dailies.

New revelations regarding the recent fidayeen attack on the CRPF in Srinagar are highlighted in many papers. The Tribune, quoting police sources associated with the interrogation of a Pakistani militant writes, "Fidayeen attack 'revenge' against Afzal hanging". The Indian Express in a front page story writes that a surrendered militant who has been a high profile asset for several security agencies helped set up the fidayeen attack.

Army Chief General Bikram Singh's speech at a conclave organised by a prominent media house is widely noticed. The Asian Age reports him as saying "Time not ripe to lift Armed Forces Special Power Act". The Mail Today quotes him as saying "Pakistan cannot bleed us and shake hands".

Most papers report that the government has decided to put on hold the proposed changes to the UPSC civil Services exam format. "Pro-English UPSC changes on hold" reports the Times of India. Highlighting the opposition to these changes in the Lok Sabha, the Pioneer writes "MPs foil UPSC revamp plan".

In a special front page story, the Times of India reports that a Group of Ministers or GOM has decided not to raise the creamy layer bar of an annual income of four and a half lakh rupees for OBCs to be eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

The Asian Age in a front page special highlights the fact that the Pakistan Peoples Party led government will become the first elected government since the country was formed to complete its constitutional five year term today.

And finally, some encouraging news from the world of medicine...the Times of India cites a research study published in a medical journal to inform us that early diagnosis and rapid treatment of HIV patients maybe enough to achieve a functional cure.

Anji Reddy

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