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".

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