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.

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