Tuesday, April 30, 2013

#Coalgate: Sharing information with govt has shaken entire process, says SC

Coalgate: Sharing information with govt has shaken entire process, says SC

“ It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson 


The Indian government asking for the release of injured, death row convict Sarabjit Singh from Pakistan and the government and opposition reaching a temporary truce to allow passage of the finance bill today are two stories reported by most papers on their front page.
"China grabs land, says it's 'ours' ", writes the Pioneer reporting that Chinese troops have a 5th tent in Indian territory, with a banner declaring it to be Chinese territory.
The Asian Age writes that Navy is sacking 3 of its officers for divulging secret information on social networking sites such as Facebook. The matter was initially detected in Sept. 2011.
The Indian Express reports that seeking to give immunity to officials from prosecution, for their policy decisions even after retirement, the government has planned to ask Parliament to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.
Referring to the transfer of some senior police officers in Delhi, the Mail Today opines, "Top cops become fall guys for rapes - politicians take easy route by shunting out cops but offer no solutions on how to improve system".
The Times of India writes that the Union Cabinet is likely to discuss an amendment to the marriage laws which, in the event of a divorce, would give the wife equal share of not only the residential property acquired by the husband during or before the marriage, but also his inherited or inheritable property.
The Hindustan Times writes that the government provision of 'No fail' till class 8 may be reviewed as it is to blame for young India's falling math and reading standards as per a parliamentary standing committee.
And finally, in heartening news for girl child, the Tribune writes that the female gender ratio has improved discernibly in Karnal, Haryana, a district notorious for its skewed gender ratio and so called honour killings. The attitude is changing, and the birth of a girl child is welcomed with joy and open arms.

UPA-2 tenure sees most parliament disruptions


Most papers show pictures of Sarabjit's family in Pakistan. ‘Sarabjit critical, family wants to bring him home for treatment’, reads the Hindu headline.

A Hindustan Times special says ‘UPA-2 tenure sees most parliament disruptions'. The Times of India has covered this story on its front page under the headline, ‘This Lok Sabha could be the least productive in history.’ The paper adds that after 4 years, this Lok Sabha has had just 1,157 hours of sittings.

The Indian Express has given prominence to the coal scam. The paper’s lead headline reads, ‘In submission to Supreme Court, CBI listed government changes, included para-by-para, line-by-line changes made by law minister and two officers from the PMO’.

‘Opposition to raise pitch for Ashwani’s ouster’, writes the Tribune. the Asian Age says, ‘2-day BJP stir from May 4 on Coalgate’.

The Times of India writes of the vigilance enquiry report in connection with the Gudiya rape case. ‘Probe denies hush up by cops - report blames SHO for offering bribe to victim’s parents’, says the paper.

The Hindu, Hindustan Times and the Times of India report of a Guinness record holder who died while crossing the Teesta river, hanging on a rope by his hair. Sadly, a case of a daredevil stunt going horribly wrong.

On the international front, many papers have reported of the shooting incident which occurred in Rome, while the new Prime Minister was taking oath.

Is your teenager child obese and has diabetes as well? Well, there’s hope - and it is something like killing two birds with one stone. Mail Today reports of cases where after bariatric surgery, all symptoms of type-2 diabetes vanish within days of operation.

And finally, never underestimate the power of prayer. Besides giving you peace of mind, it may improve treatment for those suffering from depression, writes the Times of India citing a study.

Monday, April 29, 2013

PM safeguards Law Minister #coalgate


The PM putting up a strong defence of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar over his alleged interference in the CBI Status Report into the Coal scam is seen prominently in the Press. "PM safeguards Law Minister", writes the Sunday Statesman. "I won't quit, nor will Ashwani : PM", headlines the Times of India.

The Prime Minister also termed the Chinese incursion into Eastern Ladakh as a 'localised' problem. The Hindu reports that the Indian Army has given various options and inputs on handling the issue to the government and to the China Study Group.

Hindustan Times reports - "A man who had invested 2 lakh rupees in the Sharadha Group has committed suicide - the third suicide in West Bengal since the Chit Fund scam broke. The Sunday Tribune writes - with the general election round the corner, the alleged links of Mamata Banerjee's Party with the Chit Fund operator, could damage her prospects.

The caption - "Election Commission checks Anger Mayawati" - is to be read in the Hindu. Election Commission Authorities checked her bag twice after her chopper landed at a Gulbarga helipad, finding rupees 1 lakh in her bag. She accused the commission of targeting her because she was a 'Dalit Woman'.

The Indian Express highlights the two 'play off games' of the T-20 tournament. The first qualifier on May 21st and the eliminator on May 22nd will be played in Delhi - as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha remains adamant on not allowing Sri Lankans to play in Chennai.

The Times of India writes that the Cadarache forest in the South of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the Sun and Stars. 34 nations have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet - at the International Nuclear Fusion Project - which could produce unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity - from atomic fusion.

And finally, the Pioneer says that according to a recent study by the World Health Organisation - 'If you are turning 40, its time to take yet another shot of vaccination - to immunize yourself against a number of diseases, especially influenza and Pneumonia'.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cops thrash 3 after being refused bribe


The CBI chief's affidavit, stating that the probe report on coal allocation was shared with the law minister and officials in the PMO is the top story in most papers today. Calling it a 'damming disclosure' , the Hindustan Times writes 'UPA backs Ashwani Kumar, opposition demands resignation'.

Sarabjit attacked in a Pak jail, critical and in the ICU, figures on the front page of many dailies. 'Slips into coma, told his lawyers of threat to life 20 days ago' writes The Hindu.

There are pictures of Narendra Modi and Baba Ramdev in Mail today, Hindustan Times and the Pioneer. 'Modi gets sants' blessing for top job' says The Pioneer, while 'babas chant NaMo for PM', writes Mail Today.

The Tribune has given prominence to 4 policemen who were killed in a Sopore ambush in J & K. 'Gunned down after they walked into a well planned ambush by militants' writes the paper.

Business dailes have reported about the zooming Maruti profits despite a slowdown in the domestic automobile industry. 'Maruti in top gear with 80% surge in net profit is how the Business Standard puts it.

Will the Delhi police never learn? First Nirbhaya, then Gudiya - and now another incident which puts the capital and its callous cops to shame. 'Naked, bruised girl found in public toilet, rape suspected' writes the Statesman, of a six year old. 'Rape fears drive away tourists' writes Mail Today on its front page, adding that India is not so incredible for tourists any more and adds, that the travel business is hit badly and more cancellations are on the cards.

And if all that is not enough, the Times of India reports 'Cops thrash 3 after being refused bribe' in Delhi's Baljit Nagar. Is the Delhi police commissioner listening?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sarabjit Singh critical after assault in jail

Newspaper Headlines

The Centre ordering a comprehensive inquiry into the massive multi-crore West Bengal 'chit fund scam', is highlighted by the Press. "SEBI digs deeper, chit scam gets bigger", is the Indian Express top headline. Mail Today writes, "Cheat fund Chief drags in Big names".

The draft report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G Spectrum also receives prominence in all newspapers.

The Hindu says External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid expects the military stand-off over Chinese troops camping on Indian territory to end through diplomatic channels, placing confidence in the recently set up Joint Mechanism on Border Affairs.

"Not reporting child sexual assault a Crime" reports Hindustan Times. The Supreme Court said on Thursday that Silence will be a crime in sexual offences against children below the age of 18 years.

"Parliamentary panel opposes automatic promotion under RTE", writes the Hindu. The provision of automatic promotion up till class VIII may not motivate a student to work hard, if promotion is guaranteed.

Business Line reports that RBI has warned foreign companies not to use direct investment to set up entities in India to trade in currencies, securities and commodities without its approval.

The Financial Express says, "Meet fuel efficiency norms in 3 years or shut shop: Government tells car makers". the government plans to give car makers till 2017 to meet the new fuel efficiency standards - that are slated to be announced in the next few months.

And finally, Times of India writes that after the recent archaeological discoveries of remains of a massive 'catering' type operation in Egypt, scientists claim that the builders of the famous Giza pyramids were fed 1,814 kilograms of meat everyday and take good care of, to make the daunting job more attractive.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tension builds up as Chinese troops stay put


Most papers, this morning, report the incursion by China into India territory on the 15th of April. The Tribune writes that this is the first such incursion in Ladakh since 1962. 'Chinese tent 18 kms inside India Area', says the Asian Age. 'Tension builds up as Chinese troops stay put', writes the Pioneer.
Chris Gayle is on the front page of the Hindu, Times of India, Mail Today, Statesman and other papers for smashing the fastest ever T-20 century off 30 balls. He made 175 runs, with 17 sixes and 13 fours to seal the victory for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in yesterday's match against the Pune Warriors in the IPL tournament.
India's GDP is set to grow at 6.4 per cent in 2013-14, says the PM's Economic Advisory Council. 'Bounce back time, says PM's Council', writes the Hindustan Times. Releasing the Economic review 2012-13, the Chairman of the PM's Economic Advisory Council, Mr. C. Rangarajan said that policy paralysis hit growth and strongly urged the government to expedite clearances for infrastructure and other project, write the Financial Express and Business Standard.
Mail Today, The Pioneer, The Tribune, Business Standard, The Hindu, Financial Express and most other papers write about the Parliamentary Standing Committee terming the coal block allocations between 1993 and 2010 as unauthorized and illegal. The papers also write about the UPA's flagship programme MGNREGA. The CAG report, tabled in Parliament, slams the implementations of MGNREGA, saying there has been diversion of funds, tampering of muster rolls and a significant decline in the rural household employment generation in the last two years.
And finally, in a breakthrough, researchers claim to have discovered a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. The Hindu has also noticed this finding

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chinese incursion. Army rushes troops to Ladakh


Almost all newspapers have carried on their front page reports on the brutal rape of 5 year old child in Delhi. The Hindustan Times headline reads "Neeraj Kumar says he won't quit, Kejriwal turns up heat". Meanwhile, the arrest of another accused, did little to calm the protesters in Delhi as they wanted nothing but the stepping down of police Chief, reports the daily.

The paper also report that the price of petrol is set to fall for the fourth time in less than two months by 2 or 2.50 rupees per litre including value added tax, this time.

The newspaper have reported that in what could be seen as an escalation of tension between India and China on the icy heights of northern Ladakha, the Indian Army has rushed a contingent of 60 troops to the area. The Tribune has covered it under the headline "Chinese incursion. Army rushes troops to Ladakh".

According to The Asian Age India Army soldiers will have their DNA profile stored in a data-bank under a project launched by the Armed Forces Medical Services that will facilitate identification of bodies during any operation, attack or mishap.

The Times of India, inside page, carries a story on Safai Seva, a team of organised rag pickers working at 4 railway stations in the city, who encourages people to sign a pledge saying that "they would not litter".

"Latest to flood the Indian market : "Made in China doctors" inform an Indian Express story on the front page. The paper adds not just toys and consumer goods, trained in China doctors are to flood Indian markets. China is soon emerging as the new Russia, where Chinese colleges teach in English with an average intake of about 150 students.

Gold makes you look old and products with yellow metal cause wrinkles. According to a research by Stony Brook University, USA gold nano particles from personal care products, solar cells and certain drug delivery agents can accelerate ageing and the on set of diabetes. Be warned then, that all that glitters is not necessarily good for you!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shinde: Rapes happen all over India


Most newspapers, this morning, have covered the widespread protests across Delhi against the rape of a five-year-old girl. The Pioneer headline reads, 'Protesters lay siege to 7 Racecourse road, 10 Janpath'. The Asian Age says, as people's anger rises, the Ministry of Home Affairs is mulling disciplinary action against top police officers. The paper adds that the accused, Manoj Kumar had, earlier, raped a girl in his Bihar village after which the panchayat forced him to marry her. Hindustan Times reports that as the city continued to be on the egde, three more cases of minor girls being raped were reported in Delhi.

Hindustan Times reports that the Centre has approached the Attorney General on the legal validity of an out-of-court settlement with Vodafone on its 11,200-crore rupee tax dispute.

The Times of India writes that a US report on human rights says that human rights groups continue to allege that investigative bodies in their reports have shown bias in favour of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi while expressing concern over his government's failure to protect people or arrest those responsible for communal violence in 2002.

'Z' category security cover has been approved by the Home Ministry for Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, following a threat letter purportedly from Indian Mujahideen, reports The Hindu.

Uzbekistan born Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov has displaced London-based NRI billionaire Lakshmi Mittal as the richest man in the United Kingdom, says The Tribune.

And finally, the Times of India writes that researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, have developed a revolutionary new technique to deliver and fully release an anti-HIV drug into the brain.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Three more kids raped in city - Hindustan Times

Three more kids raped in city - Hindustan Times

Public protests on Delhi streets against the brutal rape of a five year old girl even as the accused was arrested from Bihar dominate the front pages of most papers. "Delhi rape accused arrested, claims he had an accomplice" reports the Indian Express in its front page lead. The Hindustan Times, citing statistics of the National Crime Record Bureau for the period 2001-2011, writes "Shocking: 336% rise in child rape cases in India in 10 years".
Changes in the Defence Procurement Procedure approved by the Defence Ministry are keenly noticed in the press. The Tribune says that the key feature of this new policy is that "Indian arms and ammunition manufacturers are to get top priority. The Asian Age writes "foreign vendors to be last resort".
Widespread protests in Bengal over the shutting down of operations by the Saradha Group in which thousands of investors lost their savings are prominently noticed in the press. "Trinamool Congress Government in doci, chit fund scam burns Bengal" writes the Pioneer while the Hindu quotes senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy as saying "Trinamool has nothing to do with deposit raising companies".
Most papers take note of reports of a Chinese incursion into Ladakh. The Times of India reports "Cautious Government says two countries have varying perceptions of Line of Actual Control". The Indian Express writes "Bid on to resolve face off over Chinese troop camp in Ladakh".
And finally, the Times of India says that innovator Sumit Dagar has developed a unique smart phone which can convert any SMS or e-mail into braille and thus help visually challenged people to to read them.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One Month-Old Baby Boy Sold for Rs 1.5 lakh in Andhra Pradesh | news.outlookindia.com

One Month-Old Baby Boy Sold for Rs 1.5 lakh in AP | news.outlookindia.com

America Celebrates The Capture Of The Boston Bomber: A Front Page From Each State

America Celebrates The Capture Of The Boston Bomber: A Front Page From Each State

Chinese army 10 km inside Ladakh


The Draft Report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee - probing the 2G Spectrum allocation issue - is prominently noticed by the Press Business standard reports that the Draft has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and has turned the heat on the numerous decisions taken during the NDA govt under Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings remain headline news. Indian Express writes, "2 Chechen brothers bombed Boston, 1 shot, 1 on the run". The Economic Times writes that the incident of the Indian American student Sunil Tripathi being wrongly identified on social media websites as one of the two suspects, highlights the dangers of social media speculation - as the missing student is known to be suffering from depression.

"Chinese army 10 km inside Ladakh", writes Hindustan Times on its front page. Chinese troops have set up a tented post 10 km into the DBO sector of eastern Ladakh, setting the stage for a face - off with Indian troops.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Police wasted precious time: girl's family. #delhirape

Police wasted precious time: girl's family

The government achieved 'broad consensus' on the long-pending Land Acquisition Bill, paving the way for the contentious legislation, to be taken up for consideration and passage in the Budget Session, that resume on Monday, reports the Indian Express.Another story that has been widely covered by newspapers is that of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Draft report, giving a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 2G spectrum allocation, saying he was 'misled' by the then Telecom Minister A. Raja whose assurances stood 'belied'.Perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan, a retired Army General fled the field to avoid arrest. Almost all papers have covered the story of former dictator of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, fleeing from the Islamabad High Court to avoid arrest. The Hindustan Times covers it under the headline, 'Musharraf faces arrest, flees court'.The Tribune, on its first page, writes that the Foreign Trade Policy has included major measures to revive the Special Economic Zone and allowing exporters in all sectors to import capital goods at zero per cent duty under the Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme.
The national capital got its first ever tagline, 'Dildaar Dilli'. Delhi has always been referred to as, 'Dilli Dil Walon ki', but the new tagline, chosen through a competition, was conferred on the initiative of Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, reports the Pioneer.Over 50 million subscribers of the retirement fund body, EPFO, will be able to apply on line for transfer and withdrawal of their provident fund from July 1st, a move aimed at speedy settlement of claims, reports the Times of India.According to Mail Today, legendary English umpire Dickie Bird's greatest ever in tests is an interesting collection as the only Indian in the list is Sunil Gavaskar.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Storm ahead as Manmohan, Chidambaram get clean chit in 2G spectrum scam


The front pages of most newspapers this morning have prominently covered the news about the Bengaluru bomb blast. "Terror strikes Bengaluru again, bike bomb goes off near BJP Headquarter" headlines Hindustan Times while The Times of India says "Ahead of polls, blast near Karnataka BJP HQ injures 16".

The Indian Express writes that the NIA has claimed to have cracked the February 21 twin blasts in Hyderabad, identifying Indian Mujahideen leader Yasin Bhatkal as one of the persons who planted the bombs.

The Asian Age reports that the Supreme Court has granted Sanjay Dutt an additional four weeks to surrender in order to undergo his 42 month imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Hindustan Times reports that stung by the spot-fixing scandal that enveloped Pakistan during their 2010 England tour, the country's cricket board is planning to send a vigilance official with the squad for the Champions Trophy to be played in England in June.

The Hindu writes that a framework for comprehensive immigration reform proposed by a group of influential US senators has sent shockwaves through the Indian business community as it includes measures to significantly hike the employer fees payable for H-1B visa applications.

The Indian Express says that the third ball of Morne Morkel's first over in Tuesday's Delhi-Bangalore was bowled at a speed of 173.9 kmph - far quicker that the fastest recorded delivery in cricket, Shoaib Akhtar's 161.3 kmph rocket during the 2003 World Cup.

And finally, The Times of India says researchers at the University of Illinois claim to have developed the world's most powerful micro batteries that are only a few millimetres in size, yet they pack such a punch that they can jump start a dead car and recharge your phone in the blink of an eye.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blast at BJP office


The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has reportedly claimed dozens of lives in Iran and Pakistan and which was also felt in parts of India dominates the front pages of all the papers.

Speculation about who triggered the twin explosions at the Boston marathon in the United States get intense attention on the front pages. While the Pioneer says "Home grown terror under lens", The Tribune reports "Residence of Saudi Arabian student searched".

The Center's decision to consider Punjab chief minster Prakash Singh Badal's clemency demand for death row convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar is widely noticed. The Asian Age and the Tribune report that the Home Ministry is examining the possibility of setting up a medical board to examine Bhullar's mental healh condition. A person of unsound mental health cannot be hanged.

The CBI's submission in the Supreme Court regarding the delay by it in appealing against the Allahabad High Court's order dropping conspiracy charges against L K Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case is highlighted in many papers."Condone appeal delay lest demolition offenders get away, CBI urges Supreme Court", reports the Hindu.

In a front page story, the Indian Express reports the CBI as saying that there was no pressure on them in the investigations into the alleged illegalities in the allocation of coal blocks.

Most papers highlight the Supreme Court stay on its own earlier order on who can head the Central and State Information Commissions. "SC stays own order on reserving information posts for judges" reports the Pioneer.

The Indian Express highlights the Gujarat government's decision to appeal for capital punishment for former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Patel and others convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre case.

In a special front page story, the Times of India writes that in a significant move towards transparency, the government has said all public authorities should proactively disclose details of Public-Private partnership projects on their websites.

And finally the Asian Age writes that the secrets of 'dark matter' which is supposed to hold the cosmos together may begin to get revealed. The paper reports that scientists, including an Indian origin physicist have for the first time observed concrete hints of a particle behind the elusive dark matter.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In gold's meltdown lies a silver lining for the economy


Most newspapers this morning report the falling of Gold prices to a 15 month low, and loosing two thousand rupees in two trading days. Analysts predict a future decline writes the Hindustan Times. "More Commodities get caught in gold price Vortex" writes the Business Standard adding that gold, silver and copper hit multi year lows. "In gold's meltdown lies a silver lining for the economy" writes the Financial Express.

The other major price cut noticed by most newspapers is, the reduction of the price of petrol by one rupee.

The Pioneer reports, that in a significant move the army will recruit more than 200 women and grant them permanent commission in various branches that were the exclusive domain of men.

The Times of India writes about a young Indian American economist whose pioneering work on education was cited by president Barak Obama in last year state of the Union address. Delhi born Raj Chetty a professor of economics at Harvard, has won the award, conferred to economists under the age of 40, who make a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge, and is often called the Baby Nobel.

Gujarat will loose its status as the only state to be the home of the Asiatic lion with the Supreme Court order that some of the lions be moved to the Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. The Hindustan Times, Times of India, Tribune, The Hindu and most other papers have headlined this story.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon explosions: two dead, 64 injured as 'bombs' hit race finish line

Boston Marathon explosions: two dead, 64 injured as 'bombs' hit race finish line

India's first passenger train


The Janta Dal (United) pushing its alliance with the BJP to the edge, is a lead story in today's papers. Hindustan Times writes "Nitish gives BJP time till December to ditch Modi". The Times of India says, "BJP won't dump Modi for Nitish, NDA headed for split".

Mayawati's warning to Samajwadi party goons, is also noticed by the papers. Mail Today reports that former Chief Minister Mayawati hit out at the Akhilesh Yadav government- accusing it of political vendetta. She said Samajwadi Party goons would be taught a lesson when she returns to power, reports the paper.

Hindustan Times reports that Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan's party - the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has acknowledged that 'Kashmiri Jihadi forces' were active in Pakistan and were instigating terror and lawlessness in the country.

With Pakistan continuing to deny India transit access to Afghanistan, New Delhi is trying to complete the formalities for entering into an agreement with Iran for development of the Chabahar port for a vital link, reports Hindustan Times.

Now you can no longer choose your college at Delhi University, reports the Hindu. From June this year, all that a student has to do is indicate the choice of subjects - and the University will do the rest, says the paper.

The Pioneer carries a story 'God of small things' telling of hundreds of Pakistani nationals who migrated to India in search of a better life, and have found shelter in the two-story Delhi residence of 60 year old Nahar Singh.

And finally, Business Line of the Hindu informs us that sunlight powered bulbs made of old plastic bottles are powering classrooms in two villages near Thane.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Where do Arab Muslim sex tourists go on holiday? Hyderabad. Teenager exposes India's 'one month wives' sex tourism - Telegraph

Teenager exposes India's 'one month wives' sex tourism - Telegraph

Gold fall is steepest in history


The assertion by the general secretary of the Janta Dal United KC Tyagi that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had failed to check the riots of 2002 is prominently noticed on the front pages of many papers.

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's comments on the stability of the UPA government are prominently noticed on the front pages of the papers today. "Key UPA ally Pawar says govt. vulnerable, polls around corner" reports the Hindustan Times. The Pioneer writes "Pawar wants UPA to name PM choice for 2014".

The controversy over reports that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had vetted the CBI's report on the coalgate scam before it was submitted to the Supreme Court is highlighted in many papers. "CBI to inform SC, Center vetted coalgate report" writes the Times of India.

Reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to not commute Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar's death sentence to a life term are widely noticed. The Asian Age, while reporting that Press Council chairman Justice Markandey Kathju has written to the President, quotes him as saying "Commute Bhullar sentence". The Tribune draws attention to Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal's reaction as it writes "Bhullar's hanging may disturb communal harmony, says Badal".

In a special story on the Centre's strategies to deal with naxalism in the country, the Hindustan Times reports "400 centrally-funded police stations planned in red zone". The paper adds that these weill be spread over 26 districts.

The dramatic fall in gold prices is highligted in all the papers. The Hindu's Business Line reports "Gold prices slump below Rs.28,000 per 10 grams on global cues". The Asian Age says "Gold fall is steepest in history".

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Year of the Hangman

Newspaper Headlines

Delay in disposal of mercy petition can not be a ground for commuting a death sentence to a life conviction is the headline story of almost all dailies. Settling the debate on the issue, The Supreme Court has ordered Devender Pal Singh Bhullar to be hanged. The Mail Today covers it under the headline "year of the Hangman" and Asian Age under "For terrorist, death stays death".

The Hindustan Times on its front page reports that former BJP President Nitin Gadkari has put his party in an uneasy situation by claming that a senior leader had asked for his help to pull down the UPA government.

West Bengal Governor M.K.Naraynan apologized to the students and teaches of presidency University stating that he had failed its student by not fulfilling his responsibility writes The Tribune.

According to the Pioneer a study has revealed that social media is likely to influence 160 high impact constituencies out of the total of 543, in the next general elections.

Most papers have carried the story of Pran, one of the meanest villains ever cast in Hindi films, being chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke awards. The Asian Age headline reads along with his photograph, "at 93, and 400 films later, Pran gets Phalke".

The Hindu story on its front page reveals that Piplantri village in Rajasthani's Rajsamand district, has a unique way to save the girl child and environment. For the past several years, people in the village plant 111 trees every time a girl is born. The community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up. In all, there are over a quarter of million trees planted so far!

Five year after Slapgate, Sreesanth 'cries' again The Times of India says that in a surprising move, the unpredictable and emotionally volatile Kerela pacer took to Twitter to rake up the ghosts of the 'slapgate' incident from IPL-I.

Airtel cannot add 3G customers in seven Circles, says Supreme Court


India and Germany signing several Pacts and Agreements during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Berlin, is a top story in the Press. The Statesman reports that Germany will provide a 7,000 crore Rupee loan for a Green Energy Corridor in India.

"Airtel cannot add 3G customers in seven Circles, says Supreme Court", is the Financial Express headline. Bharti Airtel has been prohibited from adding new 3G customers in the seven Circles where it does not possess 3G licenses.

The Asian Age reports that the CPI(M) has indicated that it will not take disciplinary action against its student wing cadres for the attack on Mamta Banerjee, Amit Mitra and others at the Planning Commission on Tuesday.

The Times of India writes that RBI Deputy Governor has said that the Bank is initiating action against the ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank - after a sting operation showed some of its staffers indulging in money laundering.

Nitish Kumar's JD(U) insists that the BJP declare its Prime Ministerial candidate, reports the Pioneer. This is seen as an effort to block the chances of Narendra Modi and to ensure that the NDA goes to the poll with a 'Secular' face.

A study published in the Hindu shows how social media platforms could affect the outcome of the next Lok Sabha Elections. Survey results in over 150 constituencies are decided by Facebook users - making them the newest vote bank - with the power to shape Indian Politics.

And finally, The Times of India carries an interesting story. The 'holiday homework' of a few school children in Delhi, wherein they carried out a door-to-door campaign to enlist people for Organ Donation, has left even hardened medical professionals at a loss for words. Students from classes 3 to 5 have enlisted more than 100 people for organ donation. The Organ Retrieval and Banking organization at AIIMS is now following up and enrolling the donors.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Social media key to outcome in 160 Lok Sabha seats: Study

Social media key to outcome in 160 Lok Sabha seats: Study

A sessions court ordering the reopening of the 1984 anti Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler is a front page story in most papers. "Ghost of 84 back to haunt Congress", writes the Pioneer.
"Subrata Roy appears before SEBI", says the Hindu, writing that the Sahara Chief was summoned by the Stock Market Regulator in connection with the case relating to the refund of 24,000 crore rupees to investors in 2 Sahara group companies.
The Asian Age reports that the Supreme Court, taking suo motto cognisance of media reports about the detention of a 10 year old rape victim by the police in Bulandshahr in UP, has issued notice to the state govt on the issue.
"Judges - pick - judge system may go", reports The Times of India opining that in a bold move, the Union Cabinet is likely to soon consider a proposal to replace the collegium system of appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts.
"Wave of suspensions after Mumbai cops filmed taking bribes", says the Indian Express, writing that in unheard of action, these suspensions were of personnel attached to the Nehru Nagar police station.
The Indian Express reports that the Supreme Court has refrained from passing an order on the medical examination and surgery of conjoined twins from Bihar as their parents are against it.
And finally, in a relationship red flag report, The Times of India writes that an Oxford study has warned that engaging in too much social media activity is likely to damage strong relationships.

Agent Provocateur: When a big tree fell...

Agent Provocateur: When a big tree fell...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Delhi court reopens 1984 riots case against Tytler

Most papers today have reported on Mamata Banerjee's wrath. The Statesman, the Tribune and the Indian Express have a picture of SFI activists attacking West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, outside the Planning Commission's office in Delhi, over Sudipto's death . 'Miffed didi raps Montek', writes the Pioneer.

Deepak Bhardwaj's younger son Nitesh arrested for his father's murder features prominently in most papers. The sensational story involves a huge fortune, a killer son, a lover whom both the father and the son shared and an ungodly godman' reports Hindustan Times. The Times of India lists the chain of events and writes, 'Police look for evidence of wife's complicity'.

'Eye on 2014, Congress and BJP go all out to woo didi' is a headline in Hindustan Times. 'In Bengal, Modi on mission Mamata' writes the Asian Age, and adds that the Gujarat Chief Minister attacked the Left.

Asian Development Bank lowering its India growth projection for 2013-14 from 6.5 per cent to 6 per cent is featured in the Hindu.

The Electronic Voting Machines which will keep a paper record of each vote cast will be ready by next month, report Hindustan Times, the Times of India and the Hindu.

The Times of India and the Hindu report that scientists in Massachusetts are very close to developing a dengue vaccine, which will be a major breakthrough in saving lives.

The Supreme Court saying that fake encounters will continue if security forces are deployed in an area for too long is reported by the Indian Express and the Times of India.

Official apathy in our country can bring dreams crashing down. The Times of India reports of a 15-year old, who after making India proud by winning two bronze medals at the 2011 Athens Special Olympics, now helps her mother sell gol gappas. Is anybody listening?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wikileaks says Rajiv negotiated for Swedish jet in the 70 ties, Cables recall days of Emergency

Most newspapers have front page photographs of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher who died at the age of 87. She was the longest serving British Prime Minister and the first woman to hold the post.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narender Modi addressing the 29th annual session of the FICCI ladies organisation is the other major front page story with photographs. According to the Asian Age, Mr. Modi focussed on women empowerment, entrepreneurship and equality. "Privatisation of PSE's on Modi's wish list" writes the Financial Express. "Modi tells ladies why he should be man of the house" writes the Economic Times.

"Wikileaks says Rajiv negotiated for Swedish jet in the 70 ties, Cables recall days of Emergency" is the Indian Express headline. The Times of India adds that a 1975 Cable from the US embassy in Delhi quotes a Swedish diplomat as claiming, that Rajiv Gandhi may have been the main negotiator for the Swedish firm. Saab Scania, when it was trying to sell Viggen fighter planes in the 1970's. "Wikileaks haunts congress, mere sensationalism says the party" writes the Statesman.

The DDA easing conversion policy on free hold flats, is also a major story in most papers this morning. According to the Hindustan Times, The Statesman, Hindu and other papers, The DDA clarified its stand and said that the execution of the conveyance deed of DDA built up flats will be allowed on an unregistered GPA between 1992 and 2001. After 2001 a registered GPA will be mandatory.
And finally, Scientists of the life sciences Institute at the University of Michigan have shown, that the growth of white muscle due to exercise can help keep blood sugar levels in check writes the Hindustan Times.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rajiv Gandhi was 'negotiator' for Swedish jet firm: Wikileaks

Rajiv Gandhi was 'negotiator' for Swedish jet firm: Wikileaks

Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices that was held in Delhi yesterday is noticed prominently by the Press. The Statesman writes "Singh alerts judiciary on gender issues", in his inaugural address.

The Financial Express reports that the Finance Ministry has decided to beef up the proposed Amnesty Scheme for service tax evaders, by empowering officers to reject an amnesty request and to initiate an investigation into tax evasion if the admitted tax evaded amount is suspected to be 'untruthful'.

"Price of Cancer drugs set to fall" writes Hindustan Times and goes on to say that Cancer drugs will cost almost 25 % less if the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority implements a new formula that calls for a Price Cap.

In an innovative eco-friendly step, the National Highways Authority of India is considering to use Municipal Solid Waste as the sub-base material for augmentation of highway gradients, reports the Pioneer.

According to the Tribune, 3 students of IIT Kharagpur have embarked on a "Teach for Kashmir" mission, aimed at increasing the presence of Kashmiri students in various IITs in the country under which they plan to provide an intensive two-month 'free of cost' training programme for IIT aspirants from Kashmir.

The Pioneer informs us that the National Investigation Agency is likely to give a clean chit to Liaquat Shah, who was arrested by the Delhi Police as a suspected terrorist. The NIA found no reason to disbelieve Shah's story that he had come to India to avail the J&K Governments' rehabilitation policy, says the paper.

And finally, The Times of India says that researchers in Washington have designed a unique 'oxygen-emitting' pillow. Made of aloe cells the pillow provides safety from harmful germs by absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ajit Pawar's urine remark sparks uproar


BJP foundation day celebrations in Ahmedabad get top billing on the front pages in many papers today. The Hindustan Times highlights Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's comment, 'Mother India not a beehive', a reaction to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's deion of India as a beehive rather than an elephant. The Indian Express highlighting Mr. LK Advani's address reports, 'I am active in politics with a dream, Advani reminds party'.

The Supreme Court staying the execution of eight persons whose mercy pleas had been rejected by the President is prominently noticed in the press. '8 convicts denied mercy by President, get SC stay on hanging', reports the Times of India.

President Pranab Mukherjee's address at the golden jubilee celebrations of the CBI is keenly noticed by all the papers. The Tribune quotes him as saying, 'Corruption a threat to Indian democracy'. The Hindu writes, 'Nirbhaya symbol of aspiring nation, says President'.

In a special story, the Mail Today reports that Malaysia, Thailand and Oman have emerged as new centres, from where fake currency comes into India and the smuggling is not just restricted to the Pakistan, Nepal And Bangladesh borders.

Most papers report on how a man claiming to be an army officer, duped the widow of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was beheaded by the Pakistani troops along the line of control, of 10 Lakh rupees. The Pioneer writes with a dash of irony, 'Beheaded by Pak, cheated by Indian'.

In a special front page story, 'Ghost protocol: saving missing monuments', the Times of India writes that 35 structures across India are included in the Archaeological Survey's list of untraceable monuments.

And finally, the Tribune informs us of a very special marriage ceremony in Assam as it writes, 'Parched Assam marries frogs to please rain god'.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ajit Pawar's shocking remark: 'If no water in dam, do we urinate in it?' | NDTV.com

Ajit Pawar's shocking remark: 'If no water in dam, do we urinate in it?' | NDTV.com

Cutting down on salt and at the same time increasing level of potassium in our diets will save millions of lives every year, from heart disease and stroke, says a new study

Visa on arrival for Pak senior citizens began on the first of April, write The Hindu and The Tribune on the front page. According to the papers the facility was to take off on January the 15th but was put on hold after two Indian soldiers were brutally killed on the LoC on the 6th of January. Pakistan had already extended the facility to Indian senior citizens.

The building collapse in Thane, Maharashtra makes headlines in most news papers this morning with tragic pictures of the collapsed structure, grieving relatives and shocked victims.

Students of Delhi University's top colleges have fought off the economic downturn by bringing in droves of recruiters to their campuses with fat pay packets to offer. Economics, Commerce and Mathematics students have been offered pay packets ranging between 6 lakhs to 19 lakhs by various foreign firms. Mail Today has reported this exclusive story.

Glamorous film stars, sports persons and others receiving the Padma awards from President Pranab Mukherjee adorn the front pages of many newspapers.

The Asian Age and Mail Today write abut The American President Barak Obama's comment about his American Jamaican Indian Attorney General. The President is being accused of being sexist for publicly saying that the Attorney General Kamala Harris was brilliant, dedicated, tough and the best looking Attorney General

In Financial News, "Birla Telcos face 4 crore tax demand" writes the Times of India. "3,900 crore tax blow for Idea cellular, subsidiary, Aditya Birla telecom" writes The Business Standard. In a related story the Telecom department asked Vodafone and Idea cellular to stop offering- 3G service outside their licensed zones within three days and slapped fines of 550 crore and 300 crore rupees respectively on the companies writes The Economic Times

And finally cutting down on salt and at the same time increasing level of potassium in our diets will save millions of lives every year, from heart disease and stroke, says a new study published in the British Medical Journal. The Times of India and Indian Express have reported this story.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

#TELANGANA Breaking up Indian states: The good of small things | The Economist

Rahul opens up to India , talks of change


Almost all newspapers on their front page have covered along with photographs, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's address to the industry captains at the CII national conference in Delhi. The Tribune covers it under the headline "Rahul opens up to India , talks of change. Spells out his vision before India inc. Focus on inclusive growth.

"Khemka shifted again as he exposes seedy deal" writes the Hindu. The paper elaborates that IAS officer Ashok Khemka has again been shifted amid a raging controversy over irregularities in the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, HSDC. This is his 44th transfer in 22 years of service and second in 6 months.

"Sunita keeps date with her Gujarat village" writes the Mail Today inside page headline. The paper adds that her father Dr Dipak Pandya, a well-known neurologist in the US, belonged to the village at Jhulasan in Mehsana.

The Pioneer reports kaziranga has now reasons to cheer. The Kaziranga national park has registered a 37 per cent increase in the population of one horned rhinos, taking their strengths in the reserve to 2,329.

Delhi maybe far from being the global city that the government tells us it is, but in a new survey on the state of city systems, the capital has done well on at least two parameters - first in urban capacities and resources and second in urban planning and design. However, asked for their opinion, Delhites listed safety, cleanliness and drinking water as prime concerns. Eleven cities were in the reckoning in the survey conducted by the Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Thrill of the chaste: The truth about Gandhi's sex life - Features - Books - The Independent

Thrill of the chaste: The truth about Gandhi's sex life - Features - Books - The Independent

People want me to repay India's debt: Narendra Modi

People want me to repay India's debt: Narendra Modi (Zee)
Building collapses in Thane near Mumbai (NDTV)
Hyderabad schools openly flouting RTE Act (Postnoon)
Days after TPC massacre, Maoists counterattack, kill five policemen (Indian Express)
A whopping 100 billion planets may be like Earth in our Milky Way Galaxy? (Indian Express)
Royal Challengers Bangalore hold nerve to beat Mumbai Indians (DNA)
Chris Gayle proves a big hit in Bangalore (Skysport)
High octane start for IPL season in Bangalore (New York Daily)
Gayle innings and smart bowling hand Royal Challengers win over Mumbai (Keeda of Sports)


The Prime Minister's promise to revive Economic Growth during his address to the Confederation of Indian Industry - is a top story in several News Papers. "PM hints at more reforms, asks India Inc to have Faith", headlines Hindustan Times.

The Tribune and the Pioneer report that President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Anti Rape Bill that provides for life term and even death sentence to be awarded to the offenders.

The Tribune and the Pioneer mention that the Centre has issued an advisory to all States to review the facility of Street Lighting in Public Place, to ensure the safety of women.

"Plastic waste - a Time Bomb Ticking for India, says Supreme Court", headlines Times of India, with India generating 56 lakh tonnes of plastic waste annually - and Delhi accounting for a staggering 690 tonnes a day!

Hindustan Times informs us that three Indian brothers from New Delhi were felicitated by US Vice President Joe Biden - in recognition of their work to end violence against women through their NGO Shakti Vahini.

The Asian Age has a delightfull photograph of 6 year old Pooja of Bikaner - who was handed over to Indian authorities by Pakistan after she had mistakenly crossed the International Border while grazing cattle.

The Economic Times writes - "The Alphonso comes to Aam Aadmi!". The premium Alphonso mango, usually savoured or gifted by corporate bigwigs, is suddenly affordable for regular folks - as demand in the troubled Western economies, once its biggest market, has crashed.

And finally, Hindustan Times likes that Chinese scientists have developed the world's lightest substance - Carbon Aerogel - an environmentally friendly Super Sponge - that can absorb huge quantities of material such as oil spills in water and even air pollutants.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Two power centres ideal model for future, says Congress


Most of the papers on the front page lead with the story on the Power sharing arrangement between party Chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being seen as a model for future governance. "Two power centres ideal model for future - says Congress, writes the Statesman while the Pioneer opines "Cong aims to confuse all on PM choice".

“SC deals a blow to polluting industries - fines Sterlite 100 cr rupees for loss of Tuticorn's coastal environment", says the Pioneer.

The Times of India writes that Monday's Supreme Court Judgement denying patent protection to Novartis on a cancer drug has made headlines across the world. The paper adds that Dr. Brian Druker, one of the Co-developers of the drug has himself welcomed the Supreme Court ruling but with a caveat; that the price of medicine should not be restricted to the extent that it inhibits future investment in new drugs.

"Optic fibre connects Ambani Brothers" writes the Hindu. Papers have reported extensively on Mukesh and Anil Ambani sealing a 1200 cr rupee telecom deal, their first collaboration, 8 years after a bitter split in 2006.

The Hindustan Times writes that with the prepaid auto and taxi facility to NCR towns coming in soon, passengers in Delhi, requiring these from the railway stations and airport can look forward to an easy and economic ride home.

And finally, taking a look into the future, the Times of India writes that the poorly designed Y Chromosome that makes men, is degrading rapidly and may disappear in 5 million years even if men are still around. According to evolutionary geneticist Jenny Graves, new sex determining genes and chromosomes will evolve, leading to the evolution of a new hominid species.

Mobile Phone: 40th Anniversary Of The First Call

Mobile Phone: 40th Anniversary Of The First Call

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Novartis loses landmark patent fight, key cancer drug to remain affordable


The failure of Pharma giant Novartis to win a patent on its anti-cancer drug Glivec in the Supreme Court dominates the headlines in the papers today. The Hindustan Times writes "Novartis loses landmark patent fight, key cancer drug to remain affordable". The Times of India, highlighting the response of the multinational pharmaceutical companies, reports "MNCs blast verdict, say it will hurt innovation".
The handing over of the investigations into the killing of two Indian fishermen allegedly by two Italian marines to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is widely noticed. Interestingly, the Hindustan Times reports "NIA to invoke tough law against marines".
While most papers take note of the the Sports Ministry's instructions to the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) to carry out dope tests on Boxer Vijender Singh, the Indain Express reports on its front page, "Illegal to test Vijender, dope watchdog tells government".
The controversy over a circular issued by the Mumbai police which said that the women's wing of an Islamic organisation was brainwashing and training girls for jihad is prominently noticed in the press. "Mumbai police draws wrath of Muslim body for circular on Jihad" reports the Pioneer. The Indian Express writes "Mumbai cops backtrack, say sorry for jihad slur on Jamaat women's body".
There is worrying news on the economic front. "Car sales crash first time in 10 years" reports the Times of India. The Tribune writes " Core sector output shrinks by 2.5% in February".
In international news, the decision of two women from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas or Fata to contest the forthcoming National Assembly elections is highlighted in most papers. "Two women from Fata make poll history" reports the Hindu.
Astronaut Sunita Williams interaction with the students at the National Science Centre in Delhi is keenly noticed in the press. "We realised we are all citizens of the Univers, says Sunita Williams" writes the Hindu. The Statesman quotes her as saying "Space feels like home".

Monday, April 1, 2013

second freedom struggle


Most papers of the have covered on their front pages the story of constitution of the BJP parliamentary board. "Modi moves to Centre stage, tainted aide Amit Shah in tow". Under that headline, Hindustan Times reports that former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, who is battling several court cases, has found a place in the team of office bearers named by party chief Rajnath Singh.

A special cell team of Delhi Police has found that a large portion of legally grown opium is diverted to heroin manufacturers who supply to the party circuit in major metros, writes the Times of India.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has sent Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Prada's letter seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt to the state home department , says The Hindu.

In a first for the country's conflict zones, security forces have roped in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, for providing treatment to villagers living in seven districts of Chhatisgarh's Maoist-hit Bastar region using telemedicine, reports The Times of India.

The Tribune says that social activist Anna Hazare has embarked on "Jantantra Yatra" after paying homage to the martyrs at the Jalianwala Bagh while dubbing it as the "second freedom struggle" and vowing that they will not let the sacrifices of martyrs go waste.

A 23 year old Delhi girl, Pallavi Sachdev has become possibly the youngest person to be qualified as Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary, writes The Times of India.

The Asian Age reports that the CBI which is probing the 3600 crore rupee Agusta Westland helicopter deal is also investigating the role of a cooperative bank based in the UAE in transferring funds to India in connection with its probe related to the deal.

And finally, soon, you will be able to use a smartphone application to help you plan your metro rail trip, reports Hindustan Times. The app would provide information on fares, stations, distances, parking and interchange facilities, among others, says the paper.