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.

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