Thursday, June 20, 2013

U'khand toll could be in thousands

The rain and flood fury in Uttarakhand dominates the front pages of all the papers with many carrying pictures of the Kedarnath Temple surrounded by destruction caused by floodwaters. Highlighting the enormity of the devastation the Times of India writes in its banner headline, "Uttarakhand toll could be in thousands". Commenting on the unbridled construction activity in the State that has choked the natural flow of rivers, the Hindustan Times says, "Builder greed led to nature's fury".

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar winning the vote of confidence in the state assembly makes it to the front pages of most papers. "Nitish wins confidence vote, dismisses 'Modi wave' " writes the Tribune.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's address at an election rally ahead of Panchayat elections in the State is widely reported. The Asian Age reports her as saying, "Maoists, media, CPM conspired to kill me".

That all may not be well for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his own party is evident from the Indian Express's front page headline which reports Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar as saying, "Gujarat riots bad example of governance". The Times of India highlights Advani sympathiser Sudheendra Kulkarni saying, "Modi authoritarian, Rajnath foxy".

Political manouevering in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections is prominently noticed in the press. "RS poll : DMK seeks Congress support for Kanimozhi", reports the Tribune.

The Hindustan Times, citing data accessed through a Right to Information query, highlights a disturbing statistic as it writes, "Millions go hungry but India lost foodgrain worth 45 crore in 5 years".

And finally, the Times of India tells us that a handwritten journal of Vasco da Gama's first voyage to India, dating back to 1497-1499, has been inculded in the prestigious list of the world's greatest documents, the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register 2013.

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