Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Food Bill leaves Rupee famished


The dramatic fall in the value of the rupee and the Sensex yesterday dominates front page headlines . Linking the fall in the rupee to fears over the subsidy burden of the Food Security Bill, the Hindu writes "Food Bill leaves Rupee famished". The Times of India, pointing to the volatile situation in West Asia says "Fears of US strike on Syria roils emerging markets".

The Supreme Court ruling regarding any compromise reached between a rape convict and his victim is widely noticed. "Compromise cant reduce punishment for rapists: says Supreme Court" writes the Hindustan Times. The Tribune reports the Supreme Court as ruling "No leniency to rapists even if they marry victims".

Most papers highlight the contradictory position of the Centre and the CBI regarding the need to obtain government sanction to investigate senior officers. Highlighting the CBI's position on the issue in the Supreme Court, the Times of India writes "No sanction needed in Court-monitored investigation, says Agency".

The Supreme Court's decision to hold an in-camera hearing in the case involving the taped conversations of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia is widely reported. The Mail Today informs that this suggestion was made by the counsel for industrialist Ratan Tata contending that submissions in open court by the government counsel might be difficult in view of issues relating to national security.

Developments in the sexual assault case against self styled godman Asaram Bapu are keenly tracked by the press. "Asaram gets police notice, has time till August 30th" reports the Indian Express. The Asian Age writes "Lookout notice against Asaram".

And the government it seems is keeping an eye on social media users. The Times of India reports "India sought Facebook data of 4144 users in last 6 months". The Hindu cites a report to say "Indian government made the third highest number of requests behind US and Turkey".

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