Monday, September 30, 2013

Lalu Prasad found guilty in fodder scam case, sent to Ranchi central jail

Lalu Prasad found guilty in fodder scam case, sent to Ranchi central jail


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York is prominently noticed on the front pages of all the papers. "PM to Sharif: Talks only if LOC is quiet" writes the Asian Age. Highlighting the plan to move forward on the issue the Times of India observes, "Indian, Pak commanders to meet to defuse LOC tension".

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Delhi gets wide attention in the press. In the backdrop of Rahul Gandhi publicly criticizing the government ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs, the Tribune writes "Modi hits out at Congress for 'undermining' PM". The Indian Express notices the controversy created by Mr Modi's assertion that the Pakistani Prime Minister had called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a 'dehati aurat' or 'rustic woman' . Highlighting the fact that such a remark was never made, the Indian Express reports "Sharif remark : Modi fans a row that never was".

BJP President Rajnath Singh replacing Narendra Modi as the party's campaign panel chief is noticed by all the papers.

In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times reports that Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal has told investigators that Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI gave 24 crore rupees to the Indian Mujahideen in the last four years to carry out terror attacks in India.

In a special front page story, the Times of India writes that a controversial amendment meant to keep six national parties out of the purview of the Right to Information Act has now been extended to cover some 1444 registered political parties.

The re-election of N Srinivasan as the chief of the cricket control board, the BCCI, is widely reported. "Srini elected unopposed : not to take charge until further SC orders", observes the Statesman.

And finally, have you ever wondered if robots could have brains? Well that may be a reality soon. The Times of India and the Hindustan Times report that Dr Jagannathan Sarangapani, a scientist of Indian origin in the US, has developed a new feedback system that may lead robots to think for themselves!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Epicentre of terror is in Pakistan


    Many papers this morning have displayed pictures of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on front pages.'Ahead of Sharif meet, PM prods Pak on terror' is the Hindustan Times headline. Quoting the Prime Minister, The Hindu  writes 'Epicentre of terror is in Pakistan.

    Rahul Gandhi's comment on the ordinance on convicted law makers finds front page coverage in most dailies. 'Rahul effect - govt red faced, Congress in a bind, allies critical' says The Hindustan Times, while The Tribune writes 'Congress rallies behind Rahul.' "Unfazed by 'complete  nonsense' remark , Rahul meets industry' is the Business Standard headline.

    Narendra Modi's rally, scheduled for today in Delhi is covered widely by the press. 'Mega rally to woo capital today' says the Times of India. The paper also warns Delhi-ites of traffic rush and diversions.

    The Supreme Court asking the Centre to amend the Indian penal code to give life imprisonment till death, without remission for heinous offences finds place on the front page of The Hindu.

    Srini set to be elected unopposed' says the Statesman, of the controversial and defiant BCCI president, who is set for  a third term. Mail Today calls him 'Machiavillian' and writes, that its all over for those trying to clean up the image of cricket.

    On 'World Heart Day'. today, while there are numerous articles in various papers on how to take care of one's heart, The Times of India gives interesting facts in its magazine section, and goes on to say that the first step to a healthy heart is being happy.  

    Planning your daughter's wedding? The Business Standard, in an article on its front page, titled 'Budget planners take over to trim big, fat Indian weddings' who assure of an under  ten lakh event, in these times of inflation.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rahul jolts Govt, calls ordinance "nonsense"


Rahul Gandhi's statement criticising the Governments ordinance on protecting convicted politicians from disqualification has dominated the headlines of all news dailies today."Rahul trashes Ordinance, shames government." remarks the Times of India. "Rahul jolts Govt, calls ordinance "nonsense" says the Asian Age, while the Economic Times opines "There's much sense in Rahul Gandhi "Nonsense"". The Hindu adds "Rahul blitz makes party see new light".

The Supreme Court decision to allow the voters the Right to Reject candidates standing for elections has also been prominently noticed by many newspapers. "Hate your Netas? SC gives voters right to reject", reports the Hindustan Times. "SC allows negative ballot, voters can now say no candidate is worth it", adds the Times of India. The Pioneer reports that "Delhiites may get first chance in November", to exercise this option.

The meeting between the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Barak Obama on the side lines of the UN General Assembly meet has also caught the attention of many newspapers. "Obama shares India's concerns over renewed 'cross border' terror", reports the Pioneer. The Tribune informs "India - US seal first commercial civil nuke power deal", while the Times of India adds. "Don't expect too much from meeting with Sharif, says Manmohan".

In a significant front page story, The Indian Express reports, "8 army ex-chiefs counter V.K. Singh, say no money was paid to politicians". They asserted the army does not dabble in politics.

The Hindustan Times reports, "After seven hikes, petrol price may be cut by two rupees a litre soon", while the Asian Age adds, "To save oil, Moily to take bus to work every Wednesday".

The Times of India reports that a New UK study on 2000 married people found that couples are happiest in their third year of marriage.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Government drafts policy to curb use of Gmail, Yahoo for official purposes


The terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York dominates front page headlines. "Twin terror strike in Jammu kills 10, PM says talks still on" writes the Hindustan Times in its front page lead.

Will the President give his assent to the Cabinet ordinance which protects convicted MPs and MLA's from immediate disqualification is a question which most papers track on their front pages. "President puts a question mark on Government bid to shield convicted MPs" reports the Indian Express. The Asian Age writes "2 top ministers asked to brief President on ordinance".

All papers take note of the report submitted by a panel headed by Raghuram Rajan as former chief economic adviser. This report has suggested a multi -dimensional index to determine funds transfer from the Centre to the States. The Asian Age reports "Rajan report for change in way states are funded". Highlighting the levels of development of different states mentioned in the report, the Hindu writes "Odisha is the most backward, Bihar comes next, Gujarat is less developed, says Raghuram panel.

The questioning of Congress MP Navin Jindal in connection with the coal scam is widely reported in the press. "Jindal grilled for hours by CBI in coal scam" reports the Hindustan Times. The Times of India says "Jindal quizzed at secret location".

Some papers highlight the steps being taken by the government to protect official data. "Government drafts policy to curb use of Gmail, Yahoo for official purposes" reports the Indian Express. The Times of India writes that the diplomatic staff in the High Commission in London have been told to use typewriters and not computers for sensitive documents.

And finally, in the general gloom over corruption, some cheerful news. The Tribune reports that a survey of 16 cities worldwide has identified Mumbai as the second most honest city in the world after Helsinki.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Terror, LoC tension, trade - to dominate PM-Sharif talks


The PMs five day visit to the USA where he will meet US President Obama on the 27th of September, and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, most probably over breakfast on 29 Sept, as also leaders from Bangladesh and Nepal - is highlighted on the front pages. "Terror, LoC tension, trade - to dominate PM-Sharif talks", is the headline in the Tribune.

"Scanner on all pay-offs in J&K" - is an Asian Age headline. The paper writes - the former army Chiefs revelations on use of secret funds & 'source money used for complex covert counter insurgency operations - is having a 'ripple effect'. The govt has directed that such funds will have to be properly accounted for.

"RBI bans zero interest loans on EMI to credit card holders" - is the Times of India lead headline, as such schemes are not transparent and distort rates. Banks will now be able to recover dues though EMIs only when customers are billed regular interest charges.

The Asian Age writes that a British foreign office spokesperson has confirmed that a British National has been arrested in Nairobi following the bloody attack on the West gate mall, where 67 people were killed. British tabloid's have speculated that Samantha Lewthwaite - a 29 year old British Muslim convert could be the person arrested.

Narendra Modi sharing the stage publicly with BJP patriarch L.K. Advani in Bhopal, is also covered by the Press. The Tribune writes - the presence of senior leaders such as Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, M Vankaiah Naidu, M.M. Joshi and Uma Bharti presented to the BJP its picture perfect moment, ever since the BJP's tumultuous Goa conclave."

The Indian Express writes that Senior functionaries in the govt have cautioned that the ordinance to undo the July 10 Supreme Court judgement, disqualifying MPs and MLAs convicted of a criminal offence, could be seen as unconstitutional.

And finally, Times of India writes, researchers claim to have developed the world's first attention-powered car- a pioneering vehicle that uses a head set to monitor brain activity and slow acceleration during periods of distraction.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ordinance saves convicted MPs - Cabinet overturns Supreme Court ruling


Referring to the Union Cabinet clearing an ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification, the Asian Age writes, "Ordinance saves convicted MPs - Cabinet overturns Supreme Court ruling." The Times of India says, "Ordinance in place just in time for Lalu."

With more dengue deaths being reported in Delhi. The Mail Today says, "Dengue scare spells profit for private blood banks", with touts prowling the hospitals demanding as much as Rs.6000 for one unit of blood.

"Centre reveals religion of riot victims in Integration meet" exclaims the Pioneer and writes that in doing so the Ministry of Home Affairs has violated its own code.
 "NSA planted bugs at Indian missions in D.C., U.N",  reads that headline of the Hindu's lead story today. The NSA bugs, implanted at two of the most important nerve centres of Indian diplomacy outside the country could copy entire computer hard disks, reports the paper.

The Delhi High Court allowing the BCCI to hold its special general meeting to consider the Disciplinary Committee's reports on Lalit Modi has been covered by many papers, including Hindustan Times, which writes, "Decks cleared: Delhi High Court verdict paves way for Modi's life ban".

And finally, the Tribune reports of a 5 year and 8 month old Class-I student in Haryana with an IQ of 150, the same as that of Albert Einstein. This wonder kid Kautilya Pandit with an enviable knowledge about 213 countries is referred to as a mini encyclopedia; he writes songs and poetry, and is an amazing dancer too, says the paper.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has expressed concern over misuse of social media for flaring up communal passions


According to the Hindu the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has expressed concern over misuse of social media for flaring up communal passions. He added that states need to act fast so that small incidents do not lead to riots.

The Supreme Court put on hold the government's massive scheme linking the 12 digit unique identification number being issued to the 1.2 billion population under the Aadhaar Card project writes the Asian Age. The Hindustan Times reports that Aadhaar is not a must to avail welfare benefits.

Even as US President Barak Obama reached out to the country his father came from, Kenyan security forces were locked in a fierce battle with Al-Shabab gunmen. It is reported that, Israeli forces along with British and US agents were also involved in the operation writes the Times of India.

The BJP and Congress slugging it out over Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's comparison of the country's growth rates during UPA and NDA regime have been covered by the Tribune under the headline "Sparring on Growth".

Chancellor Angela Markel secured a hat trick in Germany's parliamentary elections becoming the only major European leader to be re-elected twice since the 2008 financial crisis. The Mail Today, however adds that victorious Merkel faces tough coalition choices.

The papers have reported that a Sikh professor - Prabhjot Singh of Columbia University has been injured in an assault in New York by a mob of 30 people who taunted him, "Osama" and "terrorist". The matter is being investigated by Police as 'hate crime' writes the Hindustan Times.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Durga gets back Shakti after meet with Akhilesh, IAS officer reinstated


Terrorist attacks in Kenya and Pakistan are the two major stories covered with photographs by almost all papers of the day . The Hindustan Times writes that two Indians were among at least 68 people killed Islamist militants were holed up in a Mall, in almost a replay of the 26/11 attack. "The Tribune on its front page covers the Pakistan Church attack by two suicide bombers that killed at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christans in Pakistan.

According to the Asian Age, the CBI is beginning to tighten the noose around Amit Shah, the former Gujarat Home Minister even as "Vanzara is ready to nail Shah, but has terms."

A court in China sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption, thus burying the career of one of China's most up and coming politician and lowering the curtain on a scandal that exposed a murder and illicit enrichment among the country's elite, reports the Mail Today.

"Durga gets back Shakti after meet with Akhilesh, IAS officer reinstated", under that headline, the Pioneer says it all about the state government revoking the suspension of 2010 batch IAS officer.

According to a Hindu headline, "India is among top targets of spying by NSA". The paper adds that among the BRICS group of emerging nations, India was the number one target of snooping by the American Intelligence Agency.

The Central Reserve Police Force, CRPF and Border Security Force, BSF are looking at cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli to lift the morale of their men and encourage youngsters to join them reports the Indian Express.

And finally, according to the Hindu a revolutionary new technology can convert thoughts into actions by transferring non-invasive measurements of human brain activity into control signals that drive physical devices and computer displays in real time.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gyan Correa's debut Gujarati film ' The Good Road' - a lost and found story of a small boy - was nominated as India's official entry at next year's Oscars


Suspended Chennai Super Kings principal and son-in-law of N Srinivasan -Gurunath Meiyappan -being charge sheeted in the T20 scam by the Mumbai police, is a major story in today's papers. The Times of India writes "Police charge Guru in IPL scam, but dad-in-law says 'can't push me out'. "

With general elections around the corner political parties are keeping alliance options wide open, writes Hindustan Times. Speculation is rife with BJP president Rajnath Singh holding an hour long talk with Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandra babu Naidu, and the Congress wooing the SP, BSP and the Left parties.

The Tribune writes that a seven member Pakistani judicial commission arrived in India via Attari on Saturday, to collect evidence and take forward the prosecution of seven suspects, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

The Pioneer reports that the CBI is to go after the names of custodians of missing coal files now - seeking the names of all officials responsible for the custody of files related to coal block allocation - that have gone missing.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Saturday that a network of too small airports will be developed across the country' to connect small towns and cities, to help in meeting the estimated passenger load capacity by 2020 . The first such airport to be operational by 2016 is expected to come up in Kishangarh town, in Ajmer district.

Business Line of the Hindu writes that Gyan Correa's debut Gujarati film ' The Good Road' - a lost and found story of a small boy - was nominated as India's official entry at next year's Oscars, in the best foreign film category, after seeing off strong competition from films like 'The Lunch Box' and 'Bhag Milkha Bhag'.

Times of India informs us that - 7- star inter city buses of today offer a host of luxury features such as personal LCD screens, seats that recline almost 160 degrees, rest rooms and pantries and sometimes even a spa outback.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's political vendetta


The new RBI governor, Raghuram Rajan's policy announcements yesterday dominate front page headlines. "Home, car loans to cost more as RBI raises lending rates" writes the Tribune. That this was an unexpected decision is evident in the Hindustan Times headline, "RBI governor pulls a shocker, raises interest rate, markets tumble".
The controversy over the Army report on the activities of the Technical Services Division or TSD unit set up by former Army chief General V K Singh gets wide attention. Regarding the allegations that this unit tapped Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla's phone and tried to destabilize his government by bribing one of the ministers in his cabinet, the Indian Express reports "Ruling National Conference calls for CBI probe, wants minister Mir dropped". The Pioneer quotes General Singh as saying "It's political vendetta".

The escape of an Indian Mujahideen terrorist from a Mumbai court is highlighted in most papers. "Ahmedabad bombing suspect Usmani flees from Mumbai court" reports the Indian Express. 
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal's comments on the criminalisation of politics is highlighted in most papers. The Statesman quotes him as saying "Serious about steps to bar criminals entry into politics". The Times of India reports Mr Sibal as saying "Government serious about changing laws".
In its front page lead, the Times of India writes that the Ministry of Women and Child Development is coming around to the view that juveniles above 16 years old, involved in heinous crimes like murder or gang rape should be tried as adults under the Indian Penal code.
In a move that could benefit more than 150 million children in the country, the Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal for regulating and monitoring the quality of care and education provided to children at playschools and creches, report the Hindu and the Asian Age. 
And finally, in what could bring some cheer to HIV affected people, the Pioneer reports that researchers have created a microbicide that can trick the HIV virus into killing itself without disturbing any healthy cells. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Indian Scientists break dengue Code

Almost all papers have carried the story on huge rally of 684 points by the Sensex on their front pages. The Economics Times carries it under the headline "Band, Baja, Bernanke! From DC to D-Street, a drumbeat of cheer"!

According to the Indian Express the government is said to have decided to give constitutional status to the Chief Justice of India as the head of the proposed Judicial Appointment Commission, which will appoint judges to the higher judiciary.

The Indian Express reports that misusing secret service funds to destabilise the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir, to pay off an NGO to try change the line of succession in the Army top brass, a string of alleged irregularities by the Technical Services Division, TSD, a controversial Military Intelligence, MI unit set up by former Army Chief General V K Singh in May 2010, should come under the scanner of an external agency like the CBI.

According to the Times of India government has proposed standards for play schools that include the size of the classroom and out door space, mandatory use of mother tongue or Vernacular language as a medium of instruction and caregiver ratio.

The Mail Today under the headline "Indian Scientists break dengue Code" writes that the Scientists have developed a non-infectious dengue vaccine from yeast.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Junk food should not become habit: Court


·       News about the government cracking the austerity whip and banning 5-star hotel meetings and purchase of new vehicles is headlined by most papers this morning. "Starry nights & swanky flights beyond the reach of babus as FM wields axe", reads the Financial Express's headline."

·       The Hindu reports the story of psephologist Yogendra Yadav being removed from the University Grants Commission by the Union Government for joining the Aam Admi Party. The paper adds that Prof. Yadav was surprised at the move since there was no provision in the UGC Act, Rules, and Code of Conduct that barred an active member of a political party from being in the UGC.

·      "NASA offers 5000 dollars a month to stay in bed", reads the headline of a story in the Asian Age. Which says all that a participant  has to do, is spend 70 days in bed under a 'Bed Rest Study' designed to study the effects of micro-gravity in space. 

·      Hindustan Times, the Asian Age and other papers have reported about the internet giant Google offering a 93 lakh rupees per annum job to a fourth-year Computer Science Engineering student of Delhi Technological University.

·      "Junk food should not become habit: Court", under that headline Hindustan Times quotes a Delhi High Court Bench's observations which reads, "No food is without some nutritional value. If a child has junk food once in a while, it is fine but only when it becomes a dietary habit does the problem begin".

·      And finally, the Times of India reports that there has been a 10-fold increase in the demand for blood platelets in the past two weeks in the national capital due to a surge in dengue cases.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No end to onion tears

The prices of onion and other vegetables beginning to soar once again, is noticed extensively in the Press. "No end to onion tears" - writes Mail Today. Business Line of the Hindu reports - 'after racing ahead of the rupee, onion could turn costlier than petrol in the main consuming centres of Delhi and Mumbai.

Hindustan Times reports that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been a long - standing supporter of dialogue with India and has stood for peaceful resolution of disputes such as Kashmir, the question is can Sharif deliver? The paper adds - 'He can walk the talk by granting India 'Most favoured nation trading status' -  a move backed by the army.

Government looks at ways to revive economy, headlines The Asian Age. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram yesterday to discuss various options. The government may need to take coordinated steps to stem any outflow of money from India, if America decides to scale back its bond purchases.

The Asian Age reports that two of Karnataka most famous sons - IT Czar Nandan Nilekani and popular cricketer Anil Kumble may face each other in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, as Congress and BJP candidates, respectively.

Sachin Tendulkar will play his 200th Test during the home series against the West Indies in November, writes the Indian Express. It could possibly be his last as he has been told by the selectors that after the 200th test, it will only be his form and not his past record that will matter.
we can glean some good news from The Times of India.

The paper writes 'Monsoon brings home twin Bonanza'. The drinking water position in several parts of the country, should also improve.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Indian stunner's Miss America win sparks Racist Tirade


The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh reaching out to the UP riot victims and the shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard are 2 stories covered widely by newspapers today.

"Food prices go through the roof, dash hopes of lower EMI's" says the Hindustan Times. The paper writes that with costly onion and vegetables driving whole sale inflation to a six month high, there seems no respite from EMI's eating into larger chunks of household incomes.

"Indian netas part of ISI's fake note racket: IM", The Pioneer writes that startling revelations made by Indian Mujahideen mastermind Yasin Bhatkal reveal the presence of about 200 major Fake Indian Currency Note dealers along the Indo Nepal Border, including politicians from either side.

Can't sustain all subsidies, says SC, calls for fiscal prudence". The Indian Express writes that the Supreme Court on Monday advocated a "balanced approach" on subsidies so that the "economy not just survives but also thrives".

Racist Taunts marring the triumph  of the first Miss America of Indian origin Nina Davuluri has been reported by many papers. "Crown to criticism : Americans call her Terrorist link her to  9/11" says the Times of India, while the Mail Today writes, "Indian stunner's Miss America win sparks Racist Tirade"

 Elephants raiding farms for Sugarcane, bananas and rice could be in for a hot surprise writes the Indian Express. Quoting a report, the paper says, growing chillies, pepper, capsicum and even oilseeds could help keep the pachyderms away from human turf and curb the growing human animal conflict.

A possible answer to the dilemma , why is it hard to swat flies? The Times of India writes that according to a new study, this is because the ultra nimble fly sees in slow motion and is capable of processing nearly 7 times as much information in a second as a human.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Yoga exercises can boost both physical and mental well being and lower blood pressure level and garlic when eaten raw or dried lowers BP and cholesterol levels and helps the body fight off infection


Riot-torn Muzaffarnagar giving Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav an angry reception as he arrived for a tour of riot hit villages, dominates the front pages of today's papers. The Indian Express headline reads- "Akhilesh offers justice, faces anger: 'where was the government then'?"

The Times of India reports that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Muzaffarnagar today, along with PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Wary of selection panel, judges want constitutional protection, writes Hindustan Times, regarding India's higher judiciary having reservations about the government decision to replace the existing collegium system of appointing judges with a Judicial Appointment Commission.

"Poster Boy Rajan's Reports to be lynchpin of Financial Reforms" - under that headline, The Economic Times says that after retail,aviation and fuel prices, the government is getting ready to roll out the long overdue, next generation of measures aimed at freeing up country's financial sector and that a framework for this could be in place as early as next month.

The Pakistani Taliban has demanded the release of over 4,500 prisoners and withdrawal of the army from tribal regions as a precondition to enter into formal peace talks, reports The Asian Age.

After easing marginally in the past couple of weeks, onion prices are on the rise again and there seems to be no respite to consumers from high onion prices, writes Business Line of The Hindu.

The multiple benefits of Yoga and Garlic consumption have been common place knowledge in India but new studies in South Korea have further confirmed, reports The Tribune. Yoga exercises can boost both physical and mental well being and lower blood pressure level and garlic when eaten raw or dried lowers BP and cholesterol levels and helps the body fight off infection, says the Paper.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

UP riots displace 40,000 people


    Age-old harmony being shattered by communal violence in Uttar Pradesh is covered by papers - UP riots displace 40,000 people, who are talking shelter in schools and mosques, writes Hindustan Times. Times of India reports that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are also scheduled to visit Muzaffarnagar next week.

    'CJI guarded on bill, bats for Collegium' - headlines the Statesman. Justice P Sathasivam has defended  the Collegium system for appointment of Judges in the higher judiciary, but said it is the prerogative of the Centre to bring a Bill to change it.

    The Hindu reports that 13 maoists were killed in an encounter on Saturday in a well-planned and executed operation by the Odisha police - without involving Central armed police forces or the Andhra Pradesh police.

    "US, Russia strike deal on Syria arms", writes Hindustan Times. The US and Russia agreed on Saturday to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons in a time bound manner, averting American action against the Bassar al-Assad regime.

    "Deadly dengue spreads wings", is a Mail Today headline. The killer disease is back to spook the national capital with over 222 cases reported, despite tall claims by civic authorities of preventive measures and constant monitoring.
    The BJP's student wing wining 3 out of 4 posts and sweeping the Delhi University Students Union polls, is covered by the Pioneer. "NaMo effect?" questions the paper's headline.

    The Asian Age reports that in a new twist, a renegade Taliban militia, the Suicide Group of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, has taken responsibility for killing Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, alleging that she was an "Indian spy".

    Indian Express writes that as part of the proposed childhood care and education policy, the Centre wants all teaching in play schools to be in the mother tongue or the local vernacular. English could be taught, but not be the medium of instruction.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Modi makes history, Advani is history


The Crowning of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the next General Elections, has dominated the headlines of most newspapers today. "Prime Modi - Gujarat CM is BJP's choice-despite Advani" headlines the Indian Express. "Modi makes history, Advani is history" remarks the Hindustan Times. "BJP crowns Modi. Will India Follow?" asks the Economic Times.

The Sentencing of the December 16 gangrape accused has been noticed prominently by all the newspapers. "Rope for the rapist" exclaims the Mail Today. "Showed no mercy, got no mercy" says the Hindustan times. The Pioneer adds "Death for rapist, justice for brave heart."

"Game's up as fixers Sree, Chavan banned for life" remarks the Hindustan Times on the life ban on Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, by BCCI for the spot fixing scandal in IPL this year.

The Hindu reports that Voyager-1 space probe has become the first human made object to cross out of the solar system into the interstellar space. Voyager-1 was launched by NASA in 1977 alongside its identical sister probe Voyager-2 to study the outer solar system.

Papers report that Afghan Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the US Consulate in Western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a fire fight with security forces in an attack that killed atleast two Afghans and wounded 17.

According to a front page story in the Hindustan Times "Parties got rupees 4,900 crores in donations in eight years, 75 percent of it in "Untraced" funds", and adds that fresh data on funding of six National political parties has revealed that the money they received can not be traced back to an individual or group.

In a related story the Pioneer reports that Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the returning officer can reject nomination papers of a candidate for non disclosure and suppression of information including that of assets and their criminal background.

And finally, the Hindu, Business Line reports that the tongue-in-Cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed to dozens of scientists, including those who studied that the onion enzyme makes us cry.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Modi-for-PM announcement likely today after BJP parliamentary board meet : North, News - India Today

Modi-for-PM announcement likely today after BJP parliamentary board meet : North, News - India Today


Industrial output posted a surprise rebound in July rising 2.6 % year-on-year after two consecutive months of contraction, retail inflation eased marginally, net foreign direct investment rose 58% in April-July and deposits from expatriate Indians rose for the first time this fiscal year- all these positive sentiments have been carried by almost all papers. The Statesman headlines it as "Hopes of Economic Recovery Brighten".

Newspapers have also headline the news about Narendra Modi, poised to be named as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. The Asian Age adds another dimension, as its headline reads "Advani, Sushma set to quit over Modi choice". The Midday states" Decks cleared for Namo rise".

According to the Times of India, the exodus of Bangladeshi's into India has for the first time been termed by the United Nations as the Single largest bilateral stock of international migrants in the eastern hemisphere and the developing world.

The Hindustan Times on its front page writes that giving a bribe will soon be as much an offence as accepting it under charges planned to the country's anti-corruption Law. The government also proposes to hold corporate leaders accountable for such acts of their employees.

After facing severe criticism, the Akhilesh Yadav government has quietly revoked the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti, who was removed as Greater Noida SDM after taking on the powerful Sand Mafia writes the Asian Age on its front page.

The Tribune reports that never before has a spacecraft travelled so far. NASA's VOYAGER One probe has left the Solar system and is wondering the galaxy to explore the outer planets of our Solar system and to possible journey into the unknown depths of outer space.

And finally, today is Friday the 13th. The Hindu explores the reasons behind the eerie uneasy feeling that people have on this day - once upon a time Friday used to be the hanging day. There were 13 steps to the scaffold, 13 turns to the hangman's house and 13 pence paid to the hangmen.

10 things you must know about #Telangana - News

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Andhra Pradesh High Court sets aside appointment of four Commissioners of State Information Commission

Kiran's choice of information commissioners invalid: Court


The December 16th gang rape case and the expected pronouncement of sentence against the accused on Friday is front-page story in most papers of the day.

With the Delhi Assembly polls slated for November,  the Pioneer writes, "Election Commission to keep strict eye on candidates' poll expenses". The paper adds that each contesting aspirant will have to open a fresh bank account for transactions of receipts and payments for election purposes.

"Government to change law to protect retired babus from graft probe", writes Hindustan Times. The paper goes on to say that this move is likely to pit the government against the Supreme Court.

The Tribune reports that the precincts of the 8-century old Kedarnath temple once again reverberated with the tolling of bells and chanting of vedic hymns, as prayers resumed at the shrine, 86 days after the Himalayan tsunami struck the area.

"India refuses visa for Pakistan team 'Faisalabad Wolves' for the forthcoming Champions League T-20", in the backdrop of the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, says the Asian Age.

"Why fast track VIP cases, Supreme Court poser to High Court", writes the Hindu.  Declining to interfere with an order of the Delhi High Court which refuses to extend former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala's interim bail on medical grounds, the Supreme Court deprecated the practice of giving preference to cases of VIPs, reports the paper.

"Rich Indians get richer in slowdown", under that headline Mail Today writes that India's super-rich would not know what slowdown is, as they have recorded the highest increase in their ranks among the BRICS nations, in the last 12 months.

And finally, in uplifting news for the economy, that the Indian stock market yesterday regained the one trillion dollar mark after remaining out of this league for about a month, reports the Pioneer.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, "The Lowland", has been short listed for the Man - Booker prize this year


Most newspapers this morning have front page headlines about the historic Verdict that holds all four accused of Gang rape in December last year, guilty as charged. "Justice, served 9 months cold" writes the Hindustan Times.

The other major story reported by most newspapers is the Sensex zooming to the 20,000 mark and the rupee gaining 140 paise. "Syria helped sensex clock it biggest gain in 4 years writes the Tribune.

The government has opened its doors for top foreign universities to set up campuses in the country and award degrees writes the Economic Times. This will give Indian Students an opportunity to get a global education without spending a fortune in Dollars add the papers. In a related story most papers report that no university in India has made it to the world top 200 universities. "No Indian University in world top 200, MIT & Harvard on top IIT Delhi drops by 10 slots." The Pioneer, Asian Age and Hindu report this story.

Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, "The Lowland", has been short listed for the Man - Booker prize this year. Most papers have reported this story.

The Times of India reports that the Indian Tanker Desh Shanti was held to ransom by Iranian authorities spearheaded by the Iranian revolutionary guard for 26 days demanding over 3 crore for its release.

A UN survey has disclosed that 1 in 10 men in parts of Asia, have admitted to raping a woman, who was not their partner. This story has been highlighted the Hindustan Times, Asian Age and the Hindu.

And finally, the Times of India writes about a study conducted by US academics that report that you can be happy in life by trying to think that you are happy. According to the study published in the journal of positive psychology, people who actively try to feel happy experience a greater increase in happiness.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Government begins crackdown on guns, cancels 1,744 licences


The violence in Muzaffarnagar is the top story in all newspapers. 'UP on razor's edge' -- The Hindu; 'Opposition leaders detained at Ghaziabad' -- The Pioneer. 'Fake video spreads hate on social media' reports The Hindustan Times quoting the local police as saying that a two-year-old video, most likely shot in Pakistan and posted online, was misrepresented to incite violence. In a fall out of the violence, the paper in an inside story reports that the state 'Government begins crackdown on guns, cancels 1,744 licences'.

Many newspapers report the near certainty of Narendra Modi being declared the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. 'Modi in final lap with RSS help' reports Mail Today. 'Modi's raj tilak date to be fixed by weekend' says The Pioneer.

In a report that could spark discussion and debate, The Times of India and several others newspapers carry The Supreme Court's ruling on Monday, 'Adultery is not cruelty'. 'Merely being intimate with another woman is not sufficient ground for a man to be held guilty of inflicting cruelty on his wife on the charge of failing to discharge his marital obligation' reports the paper.

Other stories carried by the newspapers include 'Tripura claims top spot with 94% literacy' beating Kerala which was at the top for years, reports The Indian Express. December 16 gang-rape verdict today' reports the many news papers. 'Don't ignore high unexplained fever, it could be mite infection' cautions The Times of India.

Babus and their families can fly abroad for free medical treatment report The Hindu; According to the new rules by the ministry of Personnel.

And finally news to cheer about: 'Indian animated feature premieres at Toronto International film festival' reports The Hindustan Times. The World of Goopi and Bagha directed by Shilpi Ranade an IIT Powai professor was selected as a 'Hidden Gem' of the festival.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Government and police sitting idle. #Muzaffarnagar #UPriots

Newspaper Headlines

The spread of communal violence in the Muzzafarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh dominates front page headlines today. The papers highlight the politicking that has started over the issue. The Asian Age quotes the Congress General Secretary as saying "Maya ran a better govt than SP". The Indian Express reports "CM blames BJP, says officers free to act". The Pioneer highlights the BJP claim - "Government and police sitting idle".

The strategy meeting of the RSS, the BJP and other affiliate organisations ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls is keenly tracked by the press. Drawing attention to the opposition to the naming of Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate, the Mail Today reports "Sangh and Advani spar over NaMo crowning". The Hindu makes an interesting observation. It writes, "Conclave posters project Vajpayee" though for all practical purposes it is supposed to be a 'Modi' event.

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's comments on the naxal problem are widely noticed in the press. The Times of India quotes him as saying "Land grab for PSUs behind rise of Naxalism". On the naxal problem, the Hindustan Times reports that to counter Maoist propaganda, All India Radio will play jingles urging the tribals and villagers to join the mainstream.

In a front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times says that the CBI, investigating the coal blocks allocation scam, may search the offices of the Coal ministry and seize records after September 15 to trace the missing files crucial to its probe.

All private technical and medical colleges charging capitation fee are in for trouble with the Supreme court stepping in on this issue. "Private college capitation fee is illegal, rules SC" reports the Asian Age.

In its front page lead, the Financial Express reports that the Finance Ministry has asked banks to register FIR's and initiate criminal proceedings against willful defaulters.

And finally, Pictures of people forming a big "Thank You' in a stadium in Tokyo as the city was selected to host the 2020 Olympics are splashed across many papers.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Valley comes alive as Zubin Mehta blends the West's best with heavenly Kashmir


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's words "Will be happy to work under Rahul" - are given prominence in the Press. Asian Age writes 'Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unofficially announced the Congress party's prime ministerial candidate, suggesting that Rahul Gandhi would be an ideal choice as his successor.

A fresh bout of communal violence erupting in Muzaffarnagar in UP yesterday, gets prominence. "Army out as Muzaffarnagar clashes leave 9 dead" headlines the Hindu.

Mail Today reports that despite stormy sessions and repeated adjournments, the govt managed to get ten key Bills passed in Parliament during the Monsoon Session, that concluded yesterday.

Hindustan Times writes - Braving attacks by pro Telangana elements, nearly one lakh employees from coastal Andhra and Rayalseema regions congregated in Hyderabad for a rally to keep the state united.

"Putin's threat to Obama" - Russia has issued a chilling threat to assist Syria if the US leads military strikes against its hated regime" - writes Mail Today. The Russian President openly declared during the conclusion of the G-20 summit that he is already supplying arms to Bashar Assad.

The sound of music resounding in the Shalimar Garden in Srinagar, gets top slot in today's papers, with photographs of the Zubin Mehta led Bavarian orchestra adorning the front pages. "Valley comes alive as Zubin blends the West's best with heavenly Kashmir"- headlines the Tribune.

And finally Times of India writes of "Bracelets that can listen to the heartbeat and confirm your identity" Passwords, PINs and security tokens which are indispensable for living in the digital world, can be compromised. The new bracelet device called Nymi, uses an individual's electrocardiogram to authenticate their identity, as these are completely unique, depending on the size position and shape of the heart.

Congress can delay #Telangana process further at its peril - The Hindu

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Normal life in #Telangana region has been hit due to the bandh called by Telangana Joint Action Committee protesting against Government’s alleged anti-Telangana stand

Hyderabad trends - 7.9.2013

In Andhra Pradesh, amidst tight security arrangements, large number of employees from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are reaching Hyderabad to attend the "Save Andhra Pradesh meeting" even as Telangana Bandh continues peacefully so far.

Meanwhile, normal life in Telangana region has been hit due to the bandh called by Telangana Joint Action Committee protesting against Government’s alleged anti-Telangana stand.:

Hyderabad is virtually under police siege as tight security arrangements have been made in the wake of the Save Andhra Pradesh meeting being held by NGOs later this afternoon even as the day-long Telangana bandh is being observed. Amidst unprecedented security arrangements, thousands of employees from Raylaseema and Coastal Andhra regions have arrived to take part in the meeting. This is the first major demonstration in the state capital by the NGOs who are leading the agitation for united Andhra for the past 40 days. Meanwhile, bandh is underway across Telangana region following the call given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee protesting against the meeting being held in support to the United Andhra in Hyderabad . Some pro-Telangana groups have even warned that the meeting will be scuttled. Meanwhile, normal life has been severely hit due to the bandh being observed across the region. Stray incidents of stone pelting reported from different places. Educational Institutions and business entities have been closed down. Commuters are facing hardships with the road transport corporation buses remained off the roads while the south central railways cancelled the local trains

Defence Minister A K Antony has effectively dismissed media reports citing an NSAB report that China has grabbed 640 sq km of Indian territory. Asian Age says China is afraid of India catching up with it  by developing its infrastructure and deploying additional troops at the Indo-China border.

The Hindu writes that India has expressed satisfaction that the final G-20 declaration took care of its key concern with central banks of the developed world agreeing to minimise volatility in capital flows and currencies.

Significant electronic evidence has been retrieved against tainted spiritual guru Asaram Bapu from his attendant Shiva and sent for forensic examination by Jodhpur police, says The Indian Express.

Counter-terror sources say that had Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi - trained by the ISI - not been nabbed with Indian Mujahideen's India Chief Yaseen Bhatkal, he could have carried out the terror outfit's first suicide bombing in India, reports Hindustan Times.

The Pioneer says a sessions court in Bangalore has convicted six men for life term for rape of a 21-year-old law student and also directed the Criminal Injuries Board to pay compensation to the victim. The paper also writes that the dreaded serial rapist killer Shankar who had scaled prison has been nabbed by Karnataka Police after a manhunt in several states.

The Times of India reports that researchers have developed a robotic arm that helps children to practice and improve their hand coordination including giving them feedback and scaffolding their performance as they practice. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Reprieve for RTI as bill to insulate parties is deferred


The Rajya Sabha passing the bill on judicial postings is front page news in many newspapers.

"Reprieve for RTI as bill to insulate parties is deferred" is the Hindu headline, about the bill, that seeks to keep political parties out of the act. "Why won't parties share funding info?" asks the Times of India.

India joining hands with four other developing economies is headlined by the Hindustan Times as "BRICS erects 100 billion wall to stem currency slide".

The rupee up and markets surging again is reported by the Tribune as "Rupee jumps, Sensex zooms".

"As Gods desert, will Raghu be markets Ram?" asks the Economic Times, of the new RBI governor. The same paper, after a CEO confidence survey writes "Take heart, India. CEO's say economy is on the mend".

The Business Line of the Hindu, quoting Chidambaram writes "States growing at 5 percent will give economy a bounce.

Indian author Sushmita Banerjee who wrote on her escape from the Taliban shot dead in Afghanistan is covered widely by the press. "Grisly end to a brave tale - dragged out of home and shot dead" is the Times of India headline.

Narendra Modi playing down his ambition to be the next Prime Minister finds place on the front pages of the Indian Express and Times of India.

The Olympic ban to continue on the Indian Olympic Association is prominently covered by the Hindu and the Times of India. "Olympic ban to stay as LOC firm on ethics" says the Asian Age.

Are you addicted to video games in which there are swerving cars et al? The good news is that according to a study, this boosts brain performance, and in fact is recommended by doctors for older people, writes the Times of India.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

No relief for convicted Netas


"No relief for convicted Neta's, SC refuses to review order", writes the Hindustan Times in a front page story. According to the paper the Supreme Court has refused to revisit its order, that disqualifies a law maker from being a member of the house, if he is sentenced to two or more years in jail for a serious criminal offence. The Tribune adds however, that the court agreed to reconsider the ban on jailed Neta's contesting elections.

Most papers headline the entry of the New Governor of the Reserve Bank Raghuram Rajan, saying that he begins his term with a bold reformist vision; promising to preserve the value of the rupee. The man who predicted the world's future sets out to correct India's present says the Economic Times about the new Reserve Bank Governor.

Airline fares shoot up ahead of the festive season due to a hike in the prices of jet fuel writes the Financial Express. Air fares shoot up 25 per cent driven by the rapidly weakening rupee and the rise in operating costs adds the Economic Times. High air fares come as a Diwali dampner. Another 20 per cent rise likely by September end adds the Times of India.

Gas guzzling Government talks austerity, burns crores writes the Times of India in a front page story. According to the paper the fuel bills of Ministers and babu's tots up to about 3 thousand crore rupees in Delhi alone.

The Hindu writes about the United Nations inter governmental panel report that now says, that the earth is warming up, but not as rapidly as predicted. The level of urgency and seriousness of the issues, are therefore being revisited by Scientists and policy makers.

And finally, Sleep boosts brain cell numbers writes the Asian Age. According to the paper, sleep replenishes a certain type of brain cell that improves the organs response to injuries. The Study was conducted by Scientists in Washington.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Forget #Coalgate, filegate is here


Vanzara quitting the IPS, accusing the Gujarat government of failing to protect cops, accused in encounter cases, is the lead in most dailies. 'Vanzara drops letter bomb, attacks Modi, Amit Shah', is the Hindustan Times headline. The jailed DIG accused the Modi government of betraying its loyal officers to save its own skin from CBI and to gain political benefits, writes the Times of India.

The logjam in Parliament over the missing coal files figures on the front pages of many newspapers. The Pioneer, quoting Arun Jaitley writes, 'Attempt to destroy evidence in coal scam, so there is no proof of crime'. 'Forget Coalgate, filegate is here', says Mail Today.

India opposing military action against Syria is covered widely by the press. '2 million flee, as Obama pushes for strike', writes the Asian Age.

'Syria fears spook markets', writes the Financial Express, adding that the rupee weakens to 67.73; Sensex crashes 651 points.

Many papers report that the December 16 rape trial is over and the verdict is expected on the 10th of this month. The Tribune says, two people get a life term for rape, under the amended section of the Indian penal Code.

'Microsoft swallows once mightly Nokia's handset business', is how the Hindu writes about Microsoft buying Nokia for 7 billion dollars.

The 40 per cent increase in fuel costs in the past year is forcing fare hikes in different modes of transport. 'Metro Chief for steep fare hike', writes the Hindustan Times, whereas the Times of India says, 'Spicejet fares up by 30 per cent, Jet, Air India to follow suit".

 if you are travelling inspite of all the fare hikes, specially international travel, you don't have to worry about long, boring airport layovers. 'Now you can race cars, play golf and visit museums at airport', says the Times of India, giving details of various airports having these facilities.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fuel prices set to crush cheer


Expect everything to cost more this festive season owing to increase in prices of turbine fuel, cooking gas, diesel and kerosene; says today's Hindustan Times under its front page headline, "Fuel prices set to crush cheer".

Syria has appealed to the UN to try to 'prevent any aggression' against it and said US military action would amount to "support for Al Qaida and its affiliates,'' even as President Barack Obama lobbied with war weary American Law-makers to convince them for a strike, reports the Statesman.

Birth certificate, passport, Aadhaar card - none of these may be enough to prove that you are an Indian citizen if you were born after July 1, 1987, writes the Times of India. The paper adds that Citizenship Laws say a person born in India after July 1, 1987 can not claim automatic citizenship unless at least one of the parents is an Indian.

The Hindu on its front page writes that India and Pakistan are making efforts to address each other's concerns before their Prime Ministers meet in New York later this month. The sticky point, however, is the killing of the soldiers at the Line of Control.

The Times of India reports that faced with massive criticism over the decision allowing highway developers to charge toll on road widening projects even during the construction phase, the National Highways Authority of India wants to suspend toll collection on stretches where work has fallen way behind schedule.

According to Business Line, bad news continued to pour in for the economy as manufacturing activity contracted to its lowest in over four and half years with both output and business orders dropping significantly in August, according to HSBC/Market purchasing managers index.

And finally, although females are considered to be the gentler sex, a majority of women have admitted that they are clumsier than men, reveals a new study. Spilling drink or food was the most common mishap followed by bumping into someone, reports the Hindustan Times.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Government paid private insurer crores in premium for ghost beneficiaries


Nearly all the dailies have reported extensively on Asaram Bapus arrest and detention. The Tribune, quoting police sources writes that though he has denied the charges, there are things proving his involvement.

The Times of India says that in a move to help curb oil imports, Oil Minister Veerappa Moily has stated that the government is considering various proposals including shutting petrol pumps at night.

The Hindustan Times, encouraging people to get an aadhar card to reap LPG subsidy benefits writes that the government is on an overdrive to route the cooking gas subsidy through Direct Benefits Transfer.

"India calls off IAF chief's Beijing visit" reports the Hindustan Times adding that this signals India's reluctance to go into "diplomatic overdrive" to engage Beijing in the wake of increased Chinese aggression along the line of actual control.

"Government paid private insurer crores in premium for ghost beneficiaries" writes the Hindu. The paper says that the discovery of major irregularities suggests poor supervision of key welfare programmes intended for the rural poor is leading to direct cash transfer of money from the exchequer to private insurance companies.

"Community aid helps Muslims crack UPSC" says the Times of India, writing that of the 31 Muslims who cleared the exam, 12 received community coaching.

The Hindu reports that in a dare-devil act, serial rapist Jaishankar (38), who was recently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a rape and murder case, escaped from the Bangalore Central Prison early on Sunday.

"Sachin to quit after playing 200th test at home against West Indies? "asks the Times of India, in its lead headline. The report says that the series is in November and the 2nd test may be in Mumbai.

In a report titled "young smokers", the Times of India writes that in a study conducted on 10,000 healthy men smoking individuals across India, it was found that worsening air quality has led to Indian's having 30 percent weaker Lung function than Europeans.

And finally, advising job hunters to work on their sense of humour, the Times of India writes that research clearly indicates that candidates with this quality are more likely to be hired.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Worst 16/12 brute gets away with 3 years


The much awaited first verdict in the Dec 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case is covered extensively by the Press." Travesty" writes Mail Today, "Dec 16 teen rapist gets away with Murder ". "Worst 16/12 brute gets away with 3 years" - headlines Hindustan Times. The victim's family said they will appeal against the judgment writes the Sunday Express.

The other big story is of the imminent though 'limited' US strike on Syria. The Asian Age writes that the US has five cruise - missile equipped destroyers in the region. France is also expected to join the US strike, adds the paper.

Mail Today writes that Yasin Bhatkal, the arrested operative head of the Indian Mujahideen in India - was arranging funds for terror outfits from New Jersey in the US. This has been revealed in Bhatkal's letters intercepted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and handed over to Indian intelligence agencies.

Business Line of The Hindu quotes Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma as saying that economic growth will bounce back to 5.5 % soon and that exports will do well in the next quarter.

Times of India writes "Fuel prices hiked, but govt planning steeper increase".

And finally Times of India questions - "what's in a name ? Plenty". Quoting film maker Prakash Jha, the paper writes, the whole notion of political leadership for Mahatma Gandhi revolved around the central premise of 'service' and that a politician was a 'sewak'. Would a change in nomenclature such as "Pradhan Sewak" instead of "Prime Minister" bring about a change in the way politicians perceive their role and serve the people of India better?

‘Telangana spells end to crony capitalism’ - The New Indian Express