Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Do not create fear about an individual to win Muslim votes, says Madani


The naming of a top industrialist and a former coal secretary in a fresh FIR filed by the CBI in the coalblocks allocation scam dominates front page headlines in the papers today. "Kumarmangalam Birla, former coal Secretary P C Parekh named in CBI FIR" reports the Pioneer. The Indian Express writes, "Aditya Birla Group offices searched, company says charges preposterous".
The controversy over a remark by Muslim cleric Mahmood Madani gets wide attention. "Do not create fear about an individual to win Muslim votes, says Madani" reports the Indian Express. Highlighting the political reactions to this comment, the Times of India writes, "Congress slams Madani's comments, BJP exults".
After public sector oil firms, the recent Supreme Court order that the Aadhar card is not mandatory for availing the goverment's social benfits schemes has been challenged by another agency, this time the Unique Identification Authority of India. "UIDAI joins forces with Centre, PSUs : files application before Apex court against recent verdict" writes the Statesman.
The possibility of Harshvardhan being named the BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi is speculated upon in the press. "Is Harshvardhan back as BJP's face for Delhi elections?" questions the Hindustan Times while the Mail Today emphatically states "Harshvardhan is BJP's choice for CM's chair".
In what could strengthen India's battle against black money, all the papers report that Switzerland has agreed to share tax information with India and other countries. A  notice issued to singer Adnan Sami by the Mumbai Police is keenly noticed by all the papers. "Adnan gets notice for overstay after visa expiry" reports the Times of India.
And as Eid is celebrated today, the Tribune reports "This Eid, sacrificial animals in Pakistan can cost more than a car". The paper writes that the prices which start at 20,000 rupees can go upto Rupees 16 Lakhs.

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