Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sulking Advani quits posts, jolts BJP


BJP patriarch LK Advani's resignation from key party positions yesterday, is the subject of headlines today. 'Sulking Advani quits posts, jolts BJP', is the top Asian Age headline. 'Enter Modi, Exit Advani', writes the Indian Express, and Mail Today reports that this is the third time in the last eight years that Advani has resigned in this manner.

The effect that Advani's resignation has had on NDA allies, is also prominently covered. Hindustan Times says that the resignation has put a question mark on the saffron-party-led NDA, with its second biggest constituent - Janata Dal (U), saying that the NDA was now on "ventilator support".

Business Line of Hindu reports that after Cobrapost expose on violation of RBI rules by some banks, the central bank has penalized three top Private Sector banks, ICICI bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank.

Reporting on the ever-expanding Maoist Red Corridor - Mail Today writes that the country's security apparatus, which has been grappling with the Naxal menace - has been jolted out of its slumber by reports of large scale recruitment of children, some as young as six, by the Maoists. Pictures display children in fatigues and armed with sophisticated weapons, attending a Maoist camp.

The Times of India reports that the BCCI is to quiz Dhoni on his holdings in companies, once he is back home after the Champions Trophy. The board has proposed that all IPL cricketers will have to reveal the sources of their income.

And finally, Mail Today reports of the novel way in which an air passenger smuggled gold, worth 19.64 lakh rupees into India. The paper writes that the Delhi-Dubai passenger used camouflaged staple pins made of gold, which were punched on to the cartons of household goods.

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