Tuesday, June 18, 2013

JD(U) hurdle gone, Modi has free run now. #HypocriteNiKu Nitish Kumar


The formal split in the JD(U)- BJP alliance dominates the front pages of all the papers. Highlighting the impact of this development on the BJP, the Hindustan Times writes "JD(U) hurdle gone, Modi has free run now". Drawing attention to the fact that the NDA now consists of only the BJP, the Shiva Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Asian Age writes "JD(U) reduces NDA to band of 3".

There is great speculation in the press regarding the Cabinet reshuffle that is to take place today. "Oscar; Meenakshi in Cabinet today?" speculates the Asian Age regarding the possible inclusion of Oscar Fernandes and Meenakshi Natarajan. The Tribune hints at the possibility of Birender Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana being inducted into the Cabinet.

The Hindustan Times carries an interview with Food Minister K V Thomas under the caption "Decision on food security bill before the weekend".

Citing the recently released Census data 2011, the Times of India writes that poorer states like Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Bihar created more jobs in the past decade as compared to richer states like Punjab and Haryana.

In a special front page story, the Hindu reports that the government is planning to introduce in the next three weeks a slew of stimulating reforms like the setting up of a railway tariff authority, a new policy on auctioning coal blocks and removing FDI cap in various sectors.

The Times of India reports that India is developing a Ballistic Missile Defence shield which will be able to intercept enemy missiles fired from as far as 5000 kilometers.

In international news, North Korea's offer of high level nuclear and security talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula is widely reported in the papers.

And finally....news of an interesting innovation. The Tribune reports that a team of researchers at IIT, Delhi have developed a biodegradable emulsion called 'fruwash' which can be used to wash fresh fruits and vegetables to increase their shelf life.

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