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.

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