Monday, June 17, 2013

498 Indians named in tax haven scoop


    The buzz around the near-certain collapse of the JDU-BJP alliance in Bihar dominates the front pages of most papers. Citing an editorial in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, the Hindu writes "RSS message for Nitish: Modi is only election panel chief". Hinting that the parting of ways between the two parties may not be amicable, the Times of India reports "BJP snubs Nitish's plan for a cordial demerger".

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Kashmir Valley is widely reported. "Rahul keeps quiet on revoking AFSPA" reports the Asian Age. The Times of India quotes him as saying "Modi's elevation not my concern".

    The list of nearly 10,000 account holders who have accounts in tax havens, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is prominently noticed in the press. "498 Indians named in tax haven scoop" reports the Pioneer. Giving details, the Times of India writes "194 from Mumbai and 113 Delhi residents on database of offshore entities".

    Former West Bengal Chief Minister and CPM leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's views on the possibility of a Third Front are highlighted in many papers. "Forming third alternative not an easy task,says Buddhadeb" reports the Hindu. The Indian Express quotes him as saying "Alternative front should be based on Common Minimum Programme."

    In a front page investigative story "Beware Capital of Fakes" the Mail Today writes that Delhi produces 75% of counterfeit goods and caters to clients in markets across the city.

    The passing away of veteran Communist leader Satyapal Dang, who was at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and secessionism in Punjab, is widely noticed. In its obituary, the Tribune says "An era of principled politics comes to an end".

    The English language gets many new words. The Asian Age writes that "tweet', 'dad-dancing' and 'geekery' are just three of more than 1200 new or revised words in the latest version of the Oxford English dictionary.

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