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. 

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