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.

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