Friday, May 31, 2013

Kipling admitted to plagiarism in Jungle Book


The aftermath of the Naxal attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chattisgarh dominates front page headlines. "CRPF, police start massive Maoist manhunt" reports the Hindustan Times. Referring to footage from an unmanned aerial vehicle, the Indian Express writes "Two days before Bastar attack, roving eye in the sky spotted Maoists gathering at site of ambush". The Pioneer says "Its official : CRPF ignored Standard Operating Procedures".

The IPL spot fixing controversy is the other story that occupies prominent space on the front pages. The Hindu writes "Role of India Cements, Royals owner to be probed". Regarding the continuance of N Srinivasan as the BCCI chief, the Times of India says "Majority now against Srinivasan, can call BCCI meet to remove him". In all of this, the Statesman informs "Ankeet Chavan granted bail for his wedding".

The Telangana issue makes a comeback on the news pages. "Congress heavyweights poised to join the TRS" reports the Pioneer. The Times of India says these include two Congress Lok Sabha MPs, G Vivekananda and M Jagannatham and senior leader Keshava Rao.

Most papers take note of a new development in the 2G spectrum allocation case trial. "2G: CBI wants Anil Ambani, wife as witnesses" reports the Tribune.

The death of film-maker Rituparno Ghosh is prominently noticed in the press. The Hindustan Times quotes actress Deepti Naval as saying "His sensibility, aesthetic sense made him special". The passing away of Dr Vina Mazumdar, one of the pioneers of the women's movement in India is also widely noticed. The Indian Express describes her as a "Feisty academic, rights champion".

There is news of a very interesting letter up for auction in the papers....a letter written by noted author Rudyard Kipling. "Kipling 'plagiarised' Jungle Book story says letter" reports the Hindustan Times. Citing the letter, the Asian Age says "Kipling admitted to plagiarism in Jungle Book".

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pawar calls for MHA probe, sports ministry urges Srinivasan to quit


Pressure mounting on BCCI chief N Srinivasan to resign makes for top headlines in today's papers. The lead headline in the Times of India reads "Finally, Shukla & Jaitley say they too want Srinivasan out". The Indian Express writes, "Pawar calls for MHA probe, sports ministry urges Srinivasan to quit".

The fruitful outcome of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Japan visit is also given prominence in the press. Hindustan Times writes, "It is becoming increasingly clear that the Indo-Japanese relationship is now more than just exports and imports. It is about how Tokyo can transform India". The Indian Express writes that the two countries have agreed to form a joint working group to set up the sale of the first platform with defense uses out of Japan - the US2 amphibious air craft, which finally could be co-produced in India.

Citing the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, The Times of India reports that the Indian economy has probably recently surpassed Japan to become the third largest economy globally.

"Bastar killings : Congress alleges BJP-Maoist nexus', reads the headline of a story in the Statesman which goes on to say that the All India Congress Committee has pointed to an alleged Maoists-BJP nexus behind the brutal attack on a Congress convoy and said that the so-called Maoists and the BJP are working in tandem to serve each other's vested interests.

Mail Today writes that the US, though unwilling to extradite 26/11 Mumbai terror accused David Headley and Tahawwur Rana to India, may allow India access to them for questioning.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan second-in-command Wali-ur-Rehman is said to have been killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan in the early hours yesterday, reports the Hindu.

And finally, the Times of India informs us that researchers in the University of California, have the first evidence that eating probiotic yogurt, can not only alter your gut bacteria but could also change the way our brain responds to the environment.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Criminal 'role' lands South Indian actress in police net


The government's decision to launch "multiple operations using multiple forces" to corner Naxals in Maoist infested States in the months ahead is a front page story in the Asian Age. "All out war on Naxal Hideouts", says the paper.

"Scindia becomes first neta in BCCI to say Srinivasan should resign", writes the Times of India. The paper quotes the Union Minister as saying, "In all sense of the word propriety, that Mr. Srinivasan should step aside".

"BCCI gags Dhoni", opines the Indian Express, saying "Stick to talking about Champions Trophy, orders Srinivasan". The paper adds that the Indian skipper ducked all questions on IPL spot fixing.

"Controlled rest for pilots". Papers write that the DGCA may let pilots take a nap at the wheels in cockpits for upto 40 minutes on long flights when a plane is in cruise mode.

"Taxman to send 15 lakh letters to tax evaders", headlines the Financial Express reporting that the Income Tax department is using all means possible to catch evaders, from polite letters to inquiries with Banks and over court rulings.

"Criminal 'role' lands South Indian actress in police net", says the Pioneer stating that 25 year old starlet and her friend allegedly duped several people and firms across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh of more than 10 crore rupees.

In good news for CBSE toppers, the Hindustan Times writes that in a first of its kind decision, the Human Resource Development Ministry has announced a one lakh rupee cash award for 200 CBSE class 12 toppers.

And Finally, the Times of India writes that 3 Indian aerospace engineering students' ambitious plan to help create an aircraft of the future has taken them to the finals of a global competition in London in which 6000 students from 618 teams and 82 countries took part.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Chhattisgarh's failure to act on alert intrigues' Centre


"Chhattisgarh's failure to act on alert intrigues' Centre", reads the Hindustan Times headline. The paper adds the Chhattisgarh government's failure to take action on a specific information that around 200 armed maoist had gathered on the Bastar Sukma border for an 'area-domination exercise", is intriguing.

The CBSE class 12th results that were declared on Monday, grabs the front page space in most of the newspapers, most showing the photograph of jubilant students particularly girls who have outshone the boys once again! The Statesman writes that Paras Sharma of Delhi and Sopan Khosla of Jabalpur were among the all-India toppers.

The Hindu on its front page writes that the Tamilnadu Police picked up Chennai based hotelier Vikram Aggarwal for questioning over his alleged involvement in IPL betting and may soon be taken to Mumbai as his name popped up repeatedly during the interrogation of Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to Japan has grabbed the attention of newspapers as they show photograph of him being welcomed by Japanese officials at Haneda International Airport. The Indian Express covers it under the headline. "Visit to give Look East Policy, now depth".

The Hindustan Times in an exclusive writes that Indian forces may soon patrol deeper into the disputed territory with China, beyond the limits observed before the recent 3 week border standoff in Ladakh. However, they would still not be carrying out surveillance all the way up to India's perceived border because of a self imposed restriction that has never been made public.

According to Times of India, you may end up saving more in the months ahead with the Employees Provident Fund Organisation getting ready to re-notify a new definition of "Compensation" that will include all your allowances, amid intense lobbying against the move by the industry bodies.

Monday, May 27, 2013

RED TERROR: Red alert went unheard, Bastar toll climbs to 27


Many papers have published pictures of Saturday's mayhem in Chhattisgarh. "Red alert went unheard, Bastar toll climbs to 27", reads the lead headline of Hindustan Times. "Riddled with bullets, bodies of state congress president and son found near the site of ambush", writes Mail Today. "V C Shukla battling for life - 4 bullets taken out, one stuck in intestines", reports the Pioneer.

The Hindu and the Tribune have on their front pages pictures of the Mumbai Indians team celebrating their maiden IPL title win after beating Chennai Super Kings yesterday.

"Super Kings lose final but super boss holds on to crown - Weak-kneed BCCI falls in line as Srinivasan flatly refuses to quit", is the Times of India headline of the story. "Unable to muster members, 'revolt' meekly fizzles out", adds the paper. The Financial Express shows the BCCI boss at a press conference in Kolkata, where he announced setting up of a 3-member commission to probe allegations against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

Hindustan Times and the Statesman report that Delhi cops are likely to arrest four more players.

Is the heat getting to you? There might be some respite. "Thunderstorm and cloudy skies likely today", reports the Times of India. "Tempers soar as outages continue", writes the paper. The paper reports of a 68-year old man who has a hole in his lung and is dependant on a breathing apparatus for at least 18 hours a day; who is having to be shifted from home to home owing to erratic power supply.

There is hope for people suffering from bladder cancer, writes the Times of India. Now, a unique surgery, that replaces the diseased organ with an artificial one made from the small intestine seems to be an effective cure, reports the paper.

And finally, if you are a vegetarian and yet feel like tasting an egg sometimes, there may be good news for you. The Hindu business line and the Tribune report that a US company is now developing nutritious eggs from plant materials.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

VC Shukla is critical


The attack on Congress leader by naxals in Chhattisgarh is the lead in most papers. 'Maoists kill Salwa Judum founder Karma' writes the Times of India. '18 Congress workers also die in ambush' states the Hindu. While the Tribune calls it 'red terror in Bastar', The Asian Age reports that 'V.C.Shukla is critical'.

The chorus for BCCI President Srinivasan is getting louder. The Hindustan Times, in a box item lists reasons why he must go. The paper's headline reads 'Srinivasan defiant as son in law sings'. Ahead of IPL final, action happens off the field' writes the Financial Express, adding that 'Srinivasan refuses to quit, BCCI mulls his ouster'. 'Real final - Srinivasan vs Rest of India' is the Times of India headline.

As for the son-in-law Mail Today calls him 'the guru of big game betting'. 'Meiyappan placed heavy bets on IPL matches, says Mumbai Police' informs the Hindu. The paper also writes that the case of CSK's termination appears strong'.

The Indian Express reports of a small town Phalodi in Rajasthan where its betting season all year round. 'From cricket to arrival of rains to election results, Phalodi residents stake money on everything' writes the paper.

Do you turn to your children for help when it comes to computers, tablets or even setting your facebook account? Most of us do. 'Are children naturally better at computers ? asks the Times of India. A study has revealed that this is not necessarily so and adults have developed a conveniently lazy mindset.

And finally, the Indian Express in an item titled 'Junking fast food' writes that Delhi could become the first state in India to ban the sale of junk food and carbonated drinks in school canteens.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gurunath Meiyappan "Super Kin held; Super King must Go" N Srinivasan IPL BCCI #CSK #spotfixing

Newspaper Headlines

The Mumbai police tightening their grip on Gurunath Meiyappan and cries for his father-in-law N Srinivasan's resignation as BCCI chief getting louder, is the lead story in most papers. "Super Kin held; Super King must Go", is the top headline in The Asian Age. Hindustan Times writes - has N. Srinivasan's iron grip on the BCCI been prised open?

"This Srinivasan makes us Proud", headlines The Times of India, writing about Chandigarh born Srikanth Srinivasan who was voted (97-0) by the US Senate to a judgeship on the prestigious US Court of Appeals in Washington. His elevation to the US Supreme Court is also widely forecast.

Mail Today reports', "As the Group of Ministers began deliberation on making the CBI an autonomous body, the investigating agency has also made a detailed presentation with suggestions that will significantly reduce its dependence on the Government.

Many papers report of a Pakistani International Airlines flight -from Lahore to Manchester being intercepted by two Royal Air Force Typhoon Jets and escorted to land in Stanford Airport instead. Asian Age reports two men, whose identities have been withheld, were arrested on suspicion of endangerment of the aircraft.

The Times of India reports - As Saudi Arabia implements its controversial naturalization law or Nitaqat, which seeks to replace foreign workers with its own people, India is in the midst of a huge effort to bring back over 75,000 people who have failed to regularize their work status.

And finally, Asian Age informs us that the strikingly beautiful milky coats of white Bengal tigers are caused by a single change in a known pigment gene, according to a new study.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Law can't find Srini's son-in-law, but summons him


The papers today have carried stories on Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal getting murkier with Mumbai police asking Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings boss to report to them by today and Pakistan empire Asad Rauf being removed from ICC' Champions Trophy. The Asian Age covers it under the headline "The Law can't find Srini's son-in-law, but summons him".

According to Hindustan Times Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi sent out an unusually blunt message to his party colleagues in Delhi, promising to be tougher than his mother in dealing with factionalism and indiscipline.

The Hindu writes that China has indicated it will go ahead with building infrastructure in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir despite India's concerns, signing a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan on a transport corridor expected to pass through the disputed region.

"Noting last words made easy' reads the Times of India inside page headline. The paper elaborates that you need not be a police officer, doctor or a magistrate to record the dying declaration, a statement accusing those responsible for the death of a person making his last possible.

The Indian Express reports that faced with allegations of kickbacks in defence deals, particularly the VVIP chopper deal scandal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the government is seeking to maintain 'probity' and 'transparency' in defence procurements even as he made a case for increased presence of the private sector in the defence manufacture field.

According to Mail Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named as the most powerful woman in the world by Business Magazine Forbes for the third year running. Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is second on the list and Melinda Gates, third. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and India-born Pepsico Chief Indra Nooyi figure among the Top 10.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pregnant Araceli Roiz to sue Phaneesh Murthy

Pregnant Araceli Roiz to sue Phaneesh Murthy


Most papers this morning report the Match fixing betting mess, exposing the deep rot in the system. "Betting Tracks lead to Chennai Super Kings writes Mail Today. "Fixing muck reaches Chennai, Super King boss to be grilled", reports the Hindustan Times. "Police prepare to question BCCI chief's son in law for betting links", is the Times of India headline.

The other major story covered by all newspapers is the function marking the 9th year of the UPA II government. "UPA anniversary; Congress goes on the offensive", writes the Statesman. "Show of unity as UPA II releases report card", is the Tribune headline. "UPA blows its own trumpet", writes the Pioneer.

In a horrifying incident reported by most papers, seven member of a family were brutally butchered in Gaziabad. According to the Statesman, the deceased include three minors. The Hindu adds that all seven were killed with a sharp edged weapon and the head of the family was a grain trader. The Hindustan Times writes that one of the drivers, who was recently sacked by the family appears to be the main suspect.

The Indian Express and Times of India write that the government of India has given its approval for Quadracycles to ply on city roads. According to the Financial Express, Bajaj auto will soon launch the RE 60 a small, low speed vehicle for a cleaner, safer and quieter world. According to the Hindu, the Quadracycle is a fully enclosed four wheeler for commercial use in the urban environment. Which will guarantee stability unlike the three wheeler that puts passengers at risk.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi's last will, belongings fetch over 300,000 pounds


IPL cricket controversies dominate the front pages of most newspapers. "Supreme Court turns down plea to ban IPL" reports the Tribune. The Times of India writes "Sahara storms out of IPL, to pull out as Team India sponsor by year end". Citing police disclosures about cricketer Sreesanth, the Indian Express says "Sree spent 1.95 lakh rupees on clothes, bought friend BlackBerry".

The BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting held yesterday is widely noticed. "At first BJP Board meet, Modi charts out roadmap for 2014 elections" reports the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express writes "BJP talks polls, silent on PM candidate".

Most papers take note of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's meeting with the family of Dr Kotnis, who went to China in 1938 to provide medical assistance to soldiers fighting the Japanese. "Dr Kotnis is a symbol of friendship says Li" writes the Hindu. The Indian Express quotes Mr Keqiang as saying that Dr Kotnis is "known as a freedom fighter in China".

The Times of India and the Hindustan Times report that the Supreme Court has asked the Center to amend the Airforce Act so that the period of detention of an under trial Airforce personnel can be subtracted from the actual sentence imposed on him if found guilty in a court martial.

The sacking of one of India's best known IT leaders from a US based outsourcing company, iGate, is widely noticed. "iGate sacks CEO Phaneesh Murthy over sexual misconduct" reports the Pioneer. Presenting Mr Murthy's point of view, the Hindu writes "I am a victim of extortion claims Phanees Murthy".

The government's efforts at ensuring better tax compliance are highlighted in all the papers. "Centre asks 70 thousand rich tax payers to disclose income" reports the Asian Age. The Tribune writes "IT department sending letters to high spenders to pay tax".

And finally, news of a special auction. The Tribune reports "Mahatma Gandhi's last will, belongings fetch over 300,000 pounds". The belongings include his prayer beads, blood sample and leather chappals.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Infy to iGate:Phaneesh Murthy has tainted past,denies charge

Infy to iGate:Phaneesh Murthy has tainted past,denies charge

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing India visit and the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta indicting two Ministers of former Chief Minister Mayawati's cabinet for siphoning off funds are lead stories in most papers.
The Times of India writes that the Centre plans to incorporate match fixing and spot fixing as specific criminal offences under the IPC as the current provisions of the IPC are inadequate in the area.
"NRI teen invents 20 sec. phone charger", says the Times of India. The paper adds that the 18 year old Eesha Khare received the Intel foundation young scientist award of 50,000 dollars for developing a fast charging super capacitor that fits inside a cell phone, charges the battery quickly and holds it for long.
In worrying news for life style choices made by us, the Times of India writes "Premature aging of kids sets alarm bells ringing" - Toddlers with greying hair, an eight year old with high blood cholesterol and a pre-adolescent who has the physique of a 20 year old - the signs are ominous and adds that doctors blame obesity and a sedentary life style for this.
"Registration may be must for high end rent deeds", writes Hindustan Times, adding that registration would become mandatory irrespective of the length of the deed. This may force tenants to bear the additional burden of the fees, but they would also benefit as the deed would have evidential value in a court of law, says the paper.
And finally, after a long wait, fans of Ruskin Bond have something to cheer about as the famous author has given his readers another lovely collection of essays titled "A garland of memories", reports the Pioneer.

'UPA set for debacle in LS polls'

'UPA set for debacle in LS polls'



Most papers this morning have published front-page photographs of the visiting Chinese Premier, with headlines talking about the border issue being raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the talks. "Border peace vital for ties, Manmohan tells China's Li", reads the headline in Hindustan Times. "PM takes tough line on incursion issue", says the Indian Express.

The Tribune has a front page story on renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Lall creating a world record by performing an Angioplasty operation on a 104 year old man at a private heart institute in New Delhi.

Citing an international study the Pioneer says that while the country may rejoice at the stabilization of the tiger population inbreeding amongst the Indian tiger population is a major threat to the survival of the animal. Loss of habitation resulted in a lack of genetic diversity which is crucial for the big cats to survive, says the Hindu. " 'Drying' DNA pool stalks Indian tigers", writes the Times of India.

The Indian Express and other papers highlight the current heat wave sweeping across North India with the temperature going above 46 degrees Celsius in Delhi yesterday. The Times of India headline of the story reads, "City sizzles at 44.6 degrees Celsius". The Meterological Department has announced that high temperatures and the heat wave is likely to continue for the next few days, says the paper.

The Hindustan Times writes that there were 4,79,000 visitors to the Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhawan this year and the President's Secretariat has now decided to charge Rs.25 as entry fee from the 1st of August this year to enable better maintenance of the Gardens .

And finally, Mail Today reports that in a first for the conservative Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia where women sports are severely restricted, a Saudi woman, Raha Muharaq, reached the summit of the world's highest peak the Mt. Everest on Saturday. In a related story the Tribune and the Hindu report that Samina Baig has become the first Pakistani woman to scale the Mt. Everest.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

CBI SP took 7 lakh rupees bribe to quash FIR


The noose seems to be tightening now on the tainted cricketers. 'In fresh trouble, Sreesanth under Mumbai police scanner' is the Hindu headline. 'Ajit Chandila fast emerging as the linchpin in player bookie nexus' writes the Times of India. The paper adds that 'D company might have abused and threatened other cricketers, and that bookies were told to coerce those who wouldn't fix'

Chinese premier Li Keqiang's visit to India, beginning today features on the front pages of almost every paper. "India, China to take up border row, visit meant to boost economic ties' says the Tribune.

The Pioneer has given prominence to the coal probe chief and 3 others, who are in CBI custody. 'CBI SP took 7 lakh rupees bribe to quash FIR' is the paper's headline. 'After 2G, coalgate, BJP seeks to corner UPA on farm loan waiver' writes the Statesman.

Frequent earthquakes in Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah in J&K is a major concern, writes the Pioneer, which has a picture of a damaged hospital as the result of tremors on the 1st of May. 'Quake hit and shaken, Bhaderwah spends nights in the open', writes the Indian Express.

'Seven mega cities to have eyes in the sky' says the Asian Age, referring to major cities in India which may soon be covered by aerial surveillance.

Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventive mastectomy stirs up a gene patent debate, reports the Hindu. The paper writes that what Jolie's letter didn't mention was that the sole right to administer the tests is held only by one firm.

Delhi-ites, is the heat getting to you? Sadly, there will be no respite, but things are bound to get worse. 'Capital sizzles at 43 degrees, mercury to go up further' reports the Hindustan Times.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bookies provided women to players involved in spot-fixing

Bookies provided women to players involved in spot-fixing


Almost all papers have covered on their front pages on how the Indian Cricket's reputation has been dragged through the mud and a billion fans were betrayed as three players were arrested for fixing in the domestic T20 league. The Hindustan Times headlines it as "Sree 420 shames Indian Cricket" and Mail Today covers it under "Fixers Fixed".

According to the Pioneer Prices of 348 medicines, including life - saving drugs will be cheaper by up to 80 percent, as the new drug price control order has came into effect.

A front page story in the Hindu states that according to the supreme Court no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without permission from Senior police officers.

Ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to India next week, reports the Tribune, Afghanistan has proposed that India, Pakistan and Afghanistan evolve a suitable mechanism to address each other's concern in the larger interest of peace in the region, which could also include a tri-partite no war pact among the 3 nations.

The Asian Age reports UK Prime Minister David Cameron has suffered a fresh blow with around a third of his own party's legislators voting against his policy on offering a referendum on UK's European Union membership.

According to the Times of India, the UPSC has for the first time made public, the final marks of all successful candidates recommended for appointment to central services. The data shows how tough cracking the civil services exam is, as just 4 candidates secured more than 50%. The minimum cut off in general category is 42% and in other categories it went as low as 35%.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

After court rap, Centre sets up GoM on CBI's autonomy


The Prime Minister constituting a Group of Ministers to consider a law providing independence of the CBI is a prominent story in the Press today. "After court rap, Centre sets up GoM on CBI's autonomy", writes the Hindu.

Hindustan Times writes that the proposed move to make the Food Security Bill a reality soon through an ordinance, appears to have fizzled out with both the Law Ministry and the Congress Party opposing any hasty steps on such a crucial legislation.

In a move that would help Indians travelling to Great Britain complete their travel formalities in the shortest span of time, the UK Home Office has announced the launch of a new 'super priority' service under which Indian visitors can get visas to the UK on the same day, reports the Tribune.

"Modi rethink on death for Maya Kodnani", reads the Asian Age's top headline. The U-turn by the Gujarat government comes a month after its decision to endorse the Supreme Court appointed SIT's recommendation to seek 'death' for Kodnani and 8 others in the Naroda Patiya case.

The Indian Express informs us that in a turn-around from its earlier position, the Law Ministry has given a go-ahead to resolving the Rs. 11,200 crore Vodafone tax dispute through conciliation.

Development of new indigenous diarrhoea vaccine is prominently covered. Mail Today writes that Indian scientists have developed a vaccine which prevents diarrhea caused by the Rotavirus - at a cost of only Rs.54 per dose.

Hindustan Times reports, with a photograph, the Olympian Mary Kom being blessed with another baby boy.

And to conclude this Press Review, a story from the Times of India. N. Shiva Kumar from Banaswadi near Bengaluru who did a part time job of selling newspapers along with school, will walk down the corridors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta as a PGP student on 16th June. Son of illiterate parents Shiva cracked the CAT 2012 examination to grab a seat in the premier business school, says the paper.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mayhem in Indian markets, while Pakistani stocks zoom to record high

Prominently covered in today's newspapers are PML (N) Chief, Nawaz Sharifs overtures of peace to India, and reciprocal Indian sentiments. Sharif plans to invite PM to swearing in" headlines The Statesman. Quoting Nawaz Sharif, Hindustan Times writes " We will not allow Kargil, 26/11, or terror from Pakistani Soil".

"Siddharamaiah sworn in, unveils Rs. 4,400 Crore sops". The Indian Express reports that amongst the benefits extended by the newly elected Chief Minister of Karnataka - is a 4 rupee government subsidy on every litre of milk and rice at Rs 1 per kg.

A headline in the Asian Age reads "China eager to push talks on boundary". Just days ahead of new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's first visit to any foreign country, the Chinese foreign ministry has called for political will from both sides - to resolve the boundary issue between the two countries.

Several papers speak of the benefits of MGNREGA which, apart from providing employment to the jobless, has become an instrument of social change- Mail Today reports that a pond constructed in a Jharkhand district has developed into a platform for social interaction, breaking centuries' old walls between castes and classes.

An Amritsar Dhaba waiter Mithun Kumar, who was honoured for his work to educate children from impoverished families, is now manufacturing and selling organic compost prepared in six huge earthenware pots full of food waste, because his wages are no longer sufficient for the task of teaching the children.

"Mayhem in Indian markets, while Pakistani stocks zoom to record high", is a Pioneer headline. The paper writes that stock markets in both India and Pakistan behaved in a different manner on Monday reflecting the mood and mind of both nations.

And finally Hindustan Times informs us that according to recent research - modern lifestyle is causing dementia and other brain diseases to strike at a much younger age, affecting people under 55 years, with widespread use of computers, mobile phones and chemicals to blame.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two dented, tainted ministers go in a day


Intense speculation about the political fate of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister P K Bansal, in the wake of the recent controversies surrounding them, dominates the front pages of many papers. "Under fire Bansal may be axed, Ashwani shifted out" reports the Hindustan Times. In the backdrop of allegations of top Railway jobs being sold for a price, The Statesman writes "CBI likely to quiz railway minister soon".

The death of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah who was brutally assaulted in a jail in Jammu is widely noticed on the front pages. "Sanaullah dies, body sent back to Pakistan" writes the Indian Express. The Tribune reports that the Indian government has ruled out an international probe into Sanaullah's death.

Who will be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka? There is much speculation in the press regarding this issue. "Karnataka CM race hots up: Kharge, Siddharamiah claim majority support" reports the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express says "Siddaramiah seen ahead in Karnataka CM race".

In the midst of a great deal of media analysis of the border standoff between India and China in Ladakh, the Times of India reports that it was National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon's phone call to China's special representative for boundary talks Yang Jeichi that helped resolve the border standoff.

In a front page exclusive, the Mail Today reports that the CBI director Ranjit Sinha in an interview to the paper said that he plans to put in place a "roadmap to unshackle the agency from five government entities that hamper it".

In international news, the kidnapping of former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son from an election rally is prominently noticed. "Former PM's son abducted filmi style by Pak Taliban" reports the Pioneer.

And finally, if you want to fly cheap, fly light. Most papers report that from next week all major airlines will charge 250 rupees for every additional kilo of baggage that you carry over the prescribed limit of 15 kilograms.

China is now the largest emitter and the US - the most responsible nation for the high level


Nawaz Sharif's, PML (N) pulling ahead in Pakistan's historic elections yesterday - that recorded a possible 60 % voter turnout, fill the front pages of newspapers today. "PML-N leads in Pakistan vote, Sharif set to be PM" is the Tribune top headline. Hindustan Times writes -"Millions of Pakistani's came out to vote - with first time and woman voters braving Taliban attacks.

The resignation of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal is the other major story. Indian Express writes that the Railway Ministry returns to CP Joshi, who had handled Railways for a month after Mukul Roy of the Trinamool quit - and Kapil Sibal, one of the sharpest legal minds in the Cabinet was given the additional charge of Law Ministry by the Prime Minister.

The Hindu writes - with just about a week left for the visit of Chinese Premier Li Kequiang, External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid sought to play down the recent border incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh. ''Khurshid gives positive spin to ties with China'', headlines the Statesman.

Business Line of the Hindu reports that buoyancy in demand for Pharma, Banking and FMCG Scrips saw the nifty above the 6,100 level and the sensex closing at 20,122.

And finally, Sunday Business informs us that according to scientists- heat trapping Gas in the atmosphere - Carbon Dioxide - has passed a long feared milestone, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years. China is now the largest emitter and the US - the most responsible nation for the high level.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Congress ready for a national gamble


'CBI altered heart of coal report, is a caged parrot : SC', write the Hindustan Times and Hindu in a front page story. Mail Today has an illustration with the same headline. 'CBI a caged parrot speaking in its master's voice, observes SC', is the headline in the Business Standard. 'SC to hunt masters of caged parrot CBI', writes the Pioneer. 'SC : CBI caged parrot, enact a law to face it'. says the Asian Age.

Congress stages a strong comeback in Karnataka, says the Tribune. 'BJP loses its only southern bastion', says the Business Standard. BSY proves fatal for BJP notes the Pioneer. 'In Karnataka, Congress finds a sanctuary', writes the Economic Times.

The Statement writes, 'SC censure takes joy out of poll win'. The Congress ready for a national gamble, reports the Mail Today.

Air trips get more expensive for travel heavy passengers, writes the Business Standard. According to the paper, extra baggage and a preferred aisle or window seat is going to cost more. Economy class passengers will now have a limit of 15 kg of free luggage and have to pay 200 to 500 rupees more for every extra kg.

Most papers write that Alex Ferguson has announced that he will retire as Manchester United Manager after 27 years. The Hindustan Times adds that he was Britain's longest serving and most decorated soccer manager.

And finally, sunshine could benefit health and prolong life, says a study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh. According to the study reported in the Asian Age, Hindustan Times, the Statesman and the Times of India, exposing the skin to the sun, helps to reduce blood pressure and cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CBI pulls chain at Bansal Junction


"CBI pulls chain at Bansal Junction", headlines the Mail Today. With the surrender of Ajay Garg, a close associate of Railway Minister Bansal's arrested nephew Vijay Singla, the CBI's web has begun tightening inexorably around the Minister, writes the paper.

Reporting on neonatal mortality rates, the Hindu writes that over 3 lakh newborns in India die within 24 hrs of their birth every year and that is the highest number in the world. The track record of the States shows that Kerala is far ahead of the rest of India in saving babies. Internationally, Bangladesh has reduced its new born mortality by 49 % since 1990, and Nepal by 47%, reports the paper.

"Queen to skip Lanka CHOGM" writes the Asian Age reporting that for the first time in 40 years, Queen Elizabeth II will skip the Commonwealth summit to be held in Sri Lanka, and will send her son Prince Charles instead for the biennial event.

In good news for foreign tourist inflow into the country, the Times of India writes, "India makes it easier to get visas on arrival". The paper says that not only has the visa on arrival facility been extended from 4 to 9 airports in the country, but a group visa on arrival facility has been given the nod for visitors from most countries.

The Pioneer writes that amid fierce protests in Delhi and Punjab against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in a 1984 anti Sikh riots case, the CBI plans to challenge the relief to former MP from the trial court in the case.

"Army pushes for arms for mountain warfare", says the Asian Age, adding that the modern weaponry will boost the Army's mountain warfare capabilities, a significant step considering the recent Chinese incursion in eastern Ladakh.

And finally, validating that human beings across the world are linked in more ways than one, the Times of India says that for the first time ever, European and Asian languages, spoken by billions of people today, have been traced back to a single mother tongue, as old as the Ice Age.

Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India


Changes made in the Coalgate draft report and the CBI closing in on the postings racket in the Railways, are highlights in today's press. "CBI contradicts Law Minister and Attorney General - tells Supreme Court they altered report", is the top Times of India headline, and regarding the 'Cash -for-posting's scam', Hindustan Times writes 'Bansals nephew promised post, says CBI'.

Mail Today reports, "Supreme Court go-ahead to Kudankulam Power Project Plant". The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for making the nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu operational. It upheld the government stand that a delicate balance has to be struck between ecological impact and development, after relevant authorities 'clear' its commissioning.

"Will India concede some Chinese demands?", questions the Asian Age. The Chinese demand, made ahead of the mutual withdrawal that India dismantle its bunkers and other infrastructure in the sensitive Chumar sector of these demands.

"Syrian rebels may have used chemical weapons", reports the Hindu. A top UN human rights investigator has exploded a bombshell, pointing out the likelihood of the use of chemical weapons such as Sarin gas by the Syrian opposition and not by the government authorities.

Hindustan Times writes that "Fed up with the increase in incidents of drunken brawls aboard the plush metro coaches, especially during late evening hours, the Delhi Metro had decided to start using breath analyzer tests to screen passengers, forbidding truants from boarding the train.

And finally, Mail Today informs us that the CBSE has decided to introduce an elective course called 'Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India".

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"clean and clear" #coalgate

Newspaper Headlines

The end of the border stand-off between India and China in Ladakh dominates front-page headlines. "Border face-off ends: India China withdraw troops, remove tents", reports the Indian Express. The forthcoming visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to Beijing and that of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Delhi stay on course, says the Times of India.

Exit poll predictions for the just concluded Karnataka Assembly elections get wide coverage. The Asian Age cites exit polls reports to say that the Congress is set for big Karnataka win. The Mail Today writes "Exit polls indicate BJP set to lose half its Assembly tally".

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's comments, a day ahead of filing a crucial affidavit in the Supreme Court on the alleged coal scam, are keenly noticed. The Indian Express reports him as saying "No suspect or accused let off; no substantive changes made in allocation report". The Statesman highlights the CBI Director's contention that his investigation into the coal scam is "clean and clear".

In a special story, the Hindustan Times reports that in order to protect India's national bird, the peacock, the government has taken a decision to ban trade of peacock feathers.

Israeli attacks on areas in and around the Syrian capital Damascus are prominently noticed in all the papers. "Israeli war planes pound Syria, target Iranian missile cargo" reports the Tribune. Highlighting Syria's reaction, the Asian Age writes, "Syria says strike a 'declaration of war' ".

The Times of India highlights the story of a Turkish woman who may become the first woman to give birth to a child after having undergone the first successful womb transplant.

And finally, the Tribune and the Hindustan Times report that a global team of researchers including Indian doctors has identified the gene behind a rare brain disorder in a four year old boy from Punjab who could not walk or sit without support ever since he was born.

Monday, May 6, 2013

End to Indo-China face-off in sight


Appointment for a top Railway Ministry position in lieu of a bribe - has Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's job on the line, reports the Statesman. The Asian Age writes that Minister's nephew struck a deal with Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar - for taking charge of the most lucrative "electrical" unit.

"End to Indo-China face-off in sight" - headlines the Sunday Pioneer - with the two sides expected to arrive at an agreement. New Delhi is likely to agree to go slow on building bunkers in the disputed areas and Beijing could reciprocate by pulling back its troops to their original position.

Sunday Times writes that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday vowed to press ahead with reforms to make India more attractive to investors. He told members at the Asian Development Banks meeting that the government also plans to provide people a legal entitlement to food, at affordable cost.

The Statesman, reporting on the Karnataka Assembly Polls , writes that Congress heavyweights Mr Siddaramaiah and Mr G. Parameshwar are battling it out with each other to stake their claim for the Chief Minister's Chair in Karnataka.

The Hindu writes that India's decision to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar has deep political resonance and is spurred by the Chinese stake in Pakistan's Gwadar Port. The full development of Chabahar would lower land locked Afghanistan' dependence of Pakistani ports for assured access to the sea, and balance joint forays by China and Pakistan into the Indian Ocean.

And finally, Times of India informs us 'How you stand is how you feel'. Recent social science research indicates that a commanding pose or posture can change how you perceive yourself and, ultimately, how you are perceived by others. Poses are powerful. An expansive 'power pose' - as against a slouched posture - could start a positive cycle that lasts all day.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

CBI arrests Railway minister Pawan Bansal's nephew for accepting Rs 90 lakh bribe


Most papers have a picture of Sarabjit Singh's cremation with full state honours in Punjab. 'Missing organs impair Sarabjits autopsy' writes the Hindu, and the Statesman says, that even vital organs like the heart, brain, gall bladder and kidneys were missing.

The Times of India leads with the Pakistan prisoner who was attacked in a Jammu jail. 'Ex soldier leaves fellow inmate comatose on day Sarabjit is laid to rest', writes the paper. The Tribune has a photo of him being shifted to the hospital.

Vis a vis the ongoing border stand off in the Ladakh region, The Hindustan Times says 'Khurshid's China visit under cloud'. 'Salman visit hinges on China's retreat', writes the Pioneer.

'CBI arrests Railway minister Bansal's nephew for accepting Rs 90 lakh bribe' reads the Indian Express headline. The Asian Age reports that member railway board Mahesh Kumar was also booked.

In what seems to be a total failure of Delhi police, the Hindustan Times writes on its front page "City can't protect its children, four raped in last 24 hours'.

Most papers have reported on the cockpit drama on an international Air India Flight. 'Cockpit caper has Air India red faced' says Mail Today. 'Captain teaching 2 air hostesses how to fly in cockpit as co-pilot snoozes in business class' writes the paper.

The Civil Services results are out "Women take 1st and 3rd ranks in UPSC exam", writes the Times of India. It also has a picture of the topper Haritha Kumar, an engineer from Kerala.

And finally, in these times of strife and hatred, a picture in Mail Today, of a baby monkey, a lion cub and 2 tiger cubs playing happily together is so calming. Captioned "Bound by love', we humans can learn a thing or two from it.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Angry India mourns Sarabjit


22 years after he left the fields of Punjab, Sarabjit Singh's final journey, back home has been widely covered by all newspapers on their front pages. The Indian Express headline reads "Sarabjit returns in a Coffin, PM calls him a "brave son of India" and the Mail Today headlines it as "Angry India mourns Sarabjit".

According to the Pioneer as the Indian Government desperately tries to resolve the continuing face-off Ladakh, China continued to act tough and refuses to give any timeline for pulling back its troops. Beijing also warned that it would not ignore "provocation from India.

The Hindustan Times carries a news of a young wildlife biologist who converted bird hunters into their saviours in remote forests of Arunachal Pradesh being awarded the 2013 Whitley Award, also known as Green Oscar, in London. Aparajit Datta was among the eight conservationists from across the world to win the prestigious award and shared 295000 pounds as the prize money.

From June, Delhites will have access to digitally signed birth, death, marriage certificate and ration cards which will be made available on the electronic repository, to be verified or printed whenever required reports the Times of India.

As the UPA government grapples with the controversy over Law Minister Ashwani Kumar vetting the CBI's coal blocks allotment probe report, that Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said that the CBI director should have shared the report with the Minister.

According to a survey, "Thinking outside the box" and 'going forward' and 'lets touch base' along with phrases like "reach out", ''it's on my radar" and "take it to the next level" are some of the office phrases that irk workers the most across the globe, reports the Times of India.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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5 Websites that Will Make You More Productive - Goodnet

Pak authorities supported attack on Sarabjit Singh: HR watchdog

Pak authorities supported attack on Sarabjit Singh: HR watchdog

The CBI may name top officials in new coal report writes the Asian Age in a front page story. Mail Today reports that in the first interview with the CBI Director after the Supreme Court slammed the Government on coalgate, the CBI Director said that if in reality the CBI has to he independent, it requires functional independence and structural changes.

Anger over Sajjan Verdict holds up Metro and road traffic reports Hindustan Times. According to the paper, the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case led to public rage with protestors blocking road and metro traffic at Subhash nagar metro station. 'The benefit of doubt saved Sajjan Kumar', writes the Economic Times. The Times of India headline reads, 'CBI will appeal Sajjan's acquittal, says Counsel'.

Most papers, this morning, highlight the hike in auto and taxi fares from today. 'Shell out up to 25% more on auto, taxi in Delhi from today', reads the Pioneer's headline of the story. Auto and taxi fares up, first increase in 3 years, writes the Indian Express.

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the richer scale shook Jammu and Kashmir and many other parts of Northern India including the national capital, reports the Times of India. 'Third quake in 15 days rattles North India', says Mail Today. The Tribune has a front page photograph of patients outside the district hospital and reports that 25 children were among the 58 hurt as one person was killed in the aftermath of the quake. Score of building were damaged in the twin districts of Doda and Kistwar writes the Pioneer.

And finally, in a pioneering surgery a two year old girl born without a windpipe, has become the youngest ever patient to have a vital organ successfully grown, from her own stem cell. After living for two years in Intensive care with a breathing tube, the little girl from Korea was able to breathe on her own. Asian Age, the Tribune, and many other papers have reported this story.

#NaMoInKar K'taka candidates 'LIKE' social media campaigns! - India News

K'taka candidates 'LIKE' social media campaigns! - India News

Sarabjit Singh dies in Lahore: Arrangements underway to send his body to India -NDTV


The Supreme Court coming down heavily on the Central Bureau of Investigation, for sharing its probe report on coal block allocation with the Law Minister and other officials is prominently written about in the newspapers. "Compromised Bureau of Investigation" is the Times of India headline. "Supreme Court hauls CBI over the coals" is the Indian Express headline.
"Haren Rawal resigns as Additional Solicitor General" highlights the Hindu. He claimed in a letter to the attorney general that he had been made a scape goat in the coalgate controversy.
The Statesman reports that a 3rd meeting of local military commandos of India and China held in Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh to end the border incursion impasse between the two countries. The Tribune writes, "China says - can go a few steps back, India wants total retraction" - writes the Tribune.
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar acquitted by a Delhi court in a 1984 anti-sikh pogrom case - is also widely covered. "Sikhs outraged by Sajjans acquittal", states the Pioneer. The Hindu says that a shoe was hurled at the judge by the President of the All India Sikh Federation which however, missed its mark.
Musharraf banned for life from polls - reports Hindustan Times. The Peshawar High Court, headed by the Chief Justice has taken the decision. Meanwhile, the Pioneer reports that against the backdrop of attacks on election meeting, the Taliban has vowed to end democracy in Pakistan.
Hindustan Times reports of a recycling heaven in the home of radiologist - 73 year old Indra De who has not thrown away anything as trash, putting it to innovative use instead. Paint and milk containers have plants growing in them and polythene bags stuffed comfortably into cushion covers.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Literacy rate: Andhra Pradesh (67%) in bottom five states and UTs

India’s total population is now 121 crore - Livemint

Top five states and UTs, where literacy rate is the highest, are Kerala (94%), Lakshadweep (91.8%), Mizoram (91.3%), Goa (88.7%) and Tripura (87.2%).

The bottom five states and UTs are Bihar (61.8%), Arunachal Pradesh (65.4%), Rajasthan (66.1%), Jharkhand
(66.4%) and Andhra Pradesh (67%).