Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cyclone Phailin 80 km off Odisha, death toll goes up to 6

Cyclone Phailin 80 km off Odisha, death toll goes up to 6


The Cyclonic storm Phailin about to make a land fall on the Odisha and Andhra coast dominates the headlines of most major news dailies today. "Monster storm to hit today" announces the Hindustan Times while the Times of India informs "Cyclone half of India size, hits today". The Hindu adds that phailin could generate ocean waves 8.5 metres on the coast. The Pioneer assures with the headline "Steps on to take wind out of phailin's sails".
A boxing match between officers and men of an infantry unit near Meerut turning into an ugly brawl has been reported by many dailies. "Three hurt as army boxing contest comes to blows", reports the Pioneer while the Hindu adds "Army officers, jawans in bust-up, Lt. Col. injured".
In a front page story the Asian Age reports that the centre is likely to dole out a financial package for the development of Seemandhra region which is reeling under protests ever since the union cabinet cleared the decision to curve out  a separate Telangana state.
"Some good news: Farm sector set to grow over 5%" highlights the Times of India, thanks to the most abundant rains in two decades, according to government think tank. If the prediction turns out right, it could help tame food inflation, and boost rural incomes.
"Nobel Peace prize for Weapons Watchdog" reports the Hindu, adding that the UN backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW, recently thrust into the spotlight by the Syria crisis has won the prize for its work to rid the world of chemical weapons.
In a front page story the Pioneer reports that wildlife NGO's and village councils have stepped up their drives to stop hunting Amur Falcons in Wokha district in Nagaland. These birds have one of the longest migration route of 22 thousand kilometres in a year starting from Siberia, with a stop over at Nagaland for roosting.

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