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.

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