Saturday, November 30, 2013

Justice is shamed


    Stories of sexual harassment of women in the workplace continue to dominate headlines in the newspapers today. "Justice is shamed" exclaims the Mail Today, adding "Fact finding committee names retired Supreme Court Judge Ashok Ganguly in sexual harassment scandal". The Economic Times enquires "Justice Ganguly named. But will there be justice?"The Hindu reports that the former Supreme Court judge says "he is shocked and shattered".

    In a related story the Times of India reports "Day long drama as Tejpal finally surfaces, flies to Goa". The Pioneer adds "What Tejpal did falls within legal definition of rape, says victim". According to the Indian Express headline "Rape law too harsh: his defence." In another related case the Times of India reports "Nirbhaya's parents move Supreme Court, seeking criminal trial for juvenile" in the Nirbhaya rape case.

    In significant news for the economy the Economic Times remarks "On Friday, GDP at 4.8 percent delivers a small hit" The Hindustan Times adds "Marginal growth in economy, factory output still a worry".

    In international news the Hindustan Times reports that China had launched two fighter jets to investigate flights by a dozen US and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new air defence zone over the East China Sea.

    The Hindu SAYS that the Indian Navy has offered to train Sri Lankan Navy officers, through the four year Bachelor of Technology course, now being offered to Indian Navy officers, following a meeting between the Chief of the Naval staff, Admiral D.K.Joshi, and Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa.

    In a front page story "Omar woos Pandits back with compensation" The Pioneer reports, that the J&K government has announced a spate of measures to facilitate the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley.

    The Indian Express reports on timely action taken by constable Kumardatta Shendge and senior inspector Sujata Patil in taking former cricketer Vinod Kambli immediately to the hospital as he suffered a heart-attack.

Friday, November 29, 2013

#Telangana: Giving life to aspirations of a backward region - The Hindu

NASA is planning to grow turnips and basil on Moon by 2015


    In an exclusive, the Mail Today writes that the bhai-bhai days may soon be reborn in bye-bye avatar along the India China border. Foreign Ministry documents on border negotiations reveal that India has signalled its readiness on letting its Aksai Chin region remain in Chinese hands in exchange for recognition of Arunachal Pradesh as part of India's territory.

     According to the Hindu, an internal analysis in the Planning Commission shows that India can eliminate the poverty gap by spending just a fraction of its annual anti-poverty budget instead of inaugurating new anti-poverty schemes.

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls education has been named as Britain's most influential Asian by a publication in UK, reports the Hindustan Times.

     According to the Statesman the Pakistani Taliban have warned their country's media to stop praising Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from cricket after 24 year of glorious innings as it was against Pakistani nationalism and against loyalty to the country.

     The Hindustan Times on its front page under the headline "Sheila opens door to AAP, shuts it" writes that hours after she hinted at a possible post poll alliance with the debutant Aam Aadmi party, Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress would win a fourth consecutive term on its own even as she ruled out a tie-up.

     India is planning a new tiger sanctuary inside the Sundarbans, a forest that straddles West Bengals border with Bangladesh, to protect the tigers from poachers and try to boost their numbers reports the Asian Age.

    The Tribune on its front page has shown a photograph a Sarabjit Singh's family break down, as they look at his belongings received from Pakistan, at Bhikhiwind, near Amritsar.

     According to the Pioneer NASA is planning to grow turnips and basil on Moon by 2015, to understand whether humans can live and work on the earth's natural satellite.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Telangana Bill in Winter Session of Parliament says Narayanasamy


    The Tarun Tejpal saga continues to make headlines. Hindustan Times writes "No relief, Tejpal faces arrest". Accused of sexual assault by a former colleague, Tehalka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal faces imminent arrest - with the Goa police asking him to appear before them at 3 PM on Thursday. "Times up for Tejpal", is a Mail Today headline.

      "For major crimes 16 is not minor", reports the Pioneer as Women and Child Development Ministry's Draft is against shield for juveniles indulging in heinous crimes.

     "Just one in 10 women whose parents own agricultural land inherit any land", reports the Hindu.

      Hindustan Times reports that the recently held assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh have registered the highest-ever female participation, of 69.77%.

    The Hindu, reporting on the formation of the new state of Telangana, writes, "Telangana Bill in Winter Session of Parliament says Narayanasamy", though the Times of India writes that it is likely to be tabled in the Budget Session, in early 2014.

      In an appointment that is being watched very closely in India and across the world, Pakistan's Prime Minister on Wednesday chose a new 'moderate' Chief for its Army - Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif, an infantryman who supersedes two senior generals, reports Mail Today. "Nawaz goes for Sharif Chief", headlines the paper.

     In Bihar, every fourth primary and middle teacher failed the Class V-level test in September in a mandatory 'competence test', writes the Indian Express.

     The Asian Age gives us a glimpse into the frenetic world of aspiring legislators who are trying to reach voters ahead of the Delhi polls. They are taking recourse to new age remedies like yoga, meditation or even listening to old classical Hindi songs after long hours of canvassing. New age remedies - with the age old touch.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sushma Swaraj tweets 'Union minister shielding Tejpal', Sibal dismisses charge as lie

A court in Delhi awarding "Life Imprisonment" to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, can be seen prominently on the front pages of the the news papers today. "Talwars escape Noose but get Life" reads Mail Today's headline.
"Global Free Trade talks collapse", under that headline the Statesman reports that negotiators from 159 WTO countries came tantalizingly close but failed to clinch a Global Free Trade deal. Disputes between major economics like the US, EU, China and India bogged down the discussions, adds the paper.
With Assembly Elections in five states just around the corner, election-related news is highlighted in the press. "Come December 8, the Election Commission plans to make available for the first time, vote-counting-trends and final results of the elections in real time - on twitter and facebook, repots Hindustan Times.
Business Standard writes that the Finance Ministry has zeroed in on six firms to sell government stakes. The disinvestment is to meet the budget target of raising 40,000 crore rupees this year.
"Goa Police issue flight alert on Tejpal after they get statement from victim" - reads the headline of the Indian Express. "The Times of India writes that the former Tehalka journalist, who has alleged sexual assault by Tarun Tejpal, gave her first detailed account to the police yesterday.
The Times of India corroborates that a top Indian American executive at Citi-group - Neeraj Sahai - has been appointed president of Standard and Poors Ratings Services, the world's largest ratings firm.
And finally, in a wake up call for conservationist, The Pioneer writes that at least 15 species of bird found in India figure under the Critically Endangered list. These include the Great Indian Bustard and various species of vultures and forest owlets.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Looking for a job?, share less information online


    The Aarushi Talwar murder case verdict by a CBI special court is the lead headline in most papers. "Parents killed Aarushi", says the Indian Express, while the Asian Age writes "Talwars held guilty for Aarushi - Hemraj killing". Referring to the parents reaction, the Times of India says "Nupur broke down, Rajesh turned Ashen".
    Reporting on the Tarun Tejpal alleged sexual assault on a woman journalist, the Times of India writes "Journalist quits, set to go to police against Tejpal". In a related story, the Statesman says "Tejpal applies for bail".
    "No arbitration in Agusta Deal" says Antony," writes the Pioneer. The Asian Age says that the MOD does not want to be drawn into any legal battle on arbitration with Augusta Westland.
    "India connect in US-Iran N-deal", says the Times of India, writing that when the US, led by President Richard Nixon cut a deal with Communist China using Pakistan as a conduit in 1970, India was left out of the loop in a detente that changed the geopolitical dynamics of the region. Some four decades later, India is front and centre in the American reconciliation with Iran, an event that is likely to bring about a greater seismic shift in Asia.
    "Dial 1037 if bill suddenly spikes", advises the Mail Today. The paper writes that both mobile and landline telephone subscribers will soon get access to a special toll free number 1037 on which they can lodge complaints concerning over billing & poor service.
    "AAP removes Anna's name from posters, says the Hindustan Times, adding that this is in response to Anna Hazare asking the party not to use his name for campaigning.
    And finally, the Asian Age writes "Looking for a job?, share less information online". The paper says that sharing personal information on social networking sites by job seekers may lead to hiring discrimination, according to a new US study.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tejpal may seek a transfer of the case from the Goa Police to an independent agency, possibly the CBI


    The investigation by the Goa Police into the allegations of sexual assault levelled by a journalist against Editor-in-Chief of the Tehelka magazine, Tarun Tejpal dominates the front pages of most papers.  The Times of India and The Asian Age inform that Mr Tejpal may seek a transfer of the case from the Goa Police to an independent agency, possibly the CBI.
    The fallout of the sting operation carried out by a web portal against some leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party is keenly tracked by the press. And The Indian Express writes "AAP claims sting footage doctored". The Tribune reports "AAP to file defamation suit against web portal".
    Congress President Sonia Gandhi's frontal attack against the BJP at a rally in Delhi is highlighted in all the papers. The Asian Age quotes Mrs Gandhi as saying BJP spreads poison, and lies to 'malign' Sheila".
    In a special report on the Election Commission's directive regarding the use of social media during the assembly elections, The Times of India writes "EC cautions internet service providers on malicious poll content".
    The press keeps the spotlight on the chilling incident of a woman being assaulted inside an ATM cubicle in Bangalore. While the Pioneer reports "Cops claim breakthrough in Bangalore ATM assault", The Hindu informs that the police have shut down 1037 ATMs in Bangalore.
    Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir's comments that the 26/11 trial is being speeded up is widely noticed in the papers today.
    The historic deal between six world powers and Iran over the latter's nuclear programme is prominently noticed. Highlighting its impact on India, The Hindu writes "Deal will boost New Delhi's energy ties with Iran".
    And finally, the Hindustan Times and The Times of India report that the world's first noiseless and emission free 'green' helicopter has been successfully tested in Germany.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Goa police begin probe, search Tehalka office, seize editors laptop


    All major newspapers have reported the sexual assault allegedly by Tehalka editor Tarun Tejpal on their front pages today "Goa police begin probe, search Tehalka office, seize editors laptop" reports The Indian Express while the Times of India reports" Journalist says Tejpal trying to "intimidate, harass" her and family."

    Reporting on the ongoing election campaign, The Hindu reports "Attacking Delhi's elite, Modi says Congress  thinks it is born to rule" while The Asian Age reports "Sonia gives BJP taste of its own medicine" adding that Mrs. Gandhi rejected the BJP's allegations that the medicines being distributed by the Ashok Gehlot government under the chief ministers free medicine scheme were poisonous

    The Tribune and The Hindustan Times report on the Prime Minister's warning, that terrorist groups from across the borders may try to disrupt the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and asking the security forces to remain alert.

    In its lead story the Mail Today reports "Speedy Justice given to 30 lakh cases", adding that the mammoth feat, which helped in reducing the huge case backlog in courts, was achieved in the first-ever day long All-India Lok Adalat or Alternative Dispute Redressal Drive held at the supreme court, high courts, and subordinate courts across the country.

    The Hindustan Times reports that suspended Gujrat IAS officer, Pradeep Sharma on Saturday demanded a CBI probe against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his aide BJP  general secretary Amit Shah for the alleged snooping on a woman architect.

    According to The Pioneer the Intelligence Bureau  has recommended to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to bring foreign content providers including Facebook and Twitter under the ambit of Indian laws as is the practice in many countries.

    And finally if you have suffered the agony of watching your garbage pile up and got no answers from the local civic body  for a long time, there is good news,as soon, a method to ensure responsibility in timely lifting of garbage might be in place after the environment ministry received a rap from the Karnataka High Court, reports The Hindustan Times.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

BJP MPs, Amar Singh let off cash hook


    The slapping of rape charges against Tarun Tejpal, the editor-in-chief of the Tehelka magazine by the Goa police dominates the front pages of most papers today. Tracking the developments, the Indian Express quotes Tejpal as saying "It's a lie, I am being framed..." in response to questions e-mailed to him by the paper. The Times of India reports him as saying "Examine CCTV footage for exact version". The Mail Today writes that the Goa Chief Minister told the paper over the phone that there were "no CCTV cameras in the hotel lift". The Times of India highlights another incident of sexual harassment, this time at the International film Festival at Goa. The paper reports a JNU student as saying "Harassed at IFFI by I&B official".

    The sting operation carried out by a web portal against some Aam Admi Party leaders allegedly showing them raising funds through illegal means is widely reported in the papers today. The Times of India writes "Stung AAP says it will sue portal".The Hindustan Times reports "Party refuses to withdraw or expel candidates unless indicted by the Election Commission".

    Most papers highlight the Prime Minister's address to the Combined Commanders Conference in New Delhi. The Tribune reports him as saying "US push in Indo-Pacific region fraught with risks". The Indian Express writes "PM: Economic growth slow, be prudent in defence acquisitions".

    The dropping of all criminal charges against those accused in the sensational cash-for-vote scandal where a stunned nation had watched wads of currency notes being displayed on the floor of the Parliament is noticed by all the papers. "BJP MPs, Amar Singh let off cash hook" writes the Pioneer.

    And finally, the Times of India and the Indian Express report that the Earth nearly got toasted. The papers write that the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion that took place in a far off galaxy in April this year would have singed the Earth  if it happened closer to our planet.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tejpal creates Tehelka, Goa begins sex assault probe


The papers are agog with Tehelka scandal and the grave charge of sexual harassment against Tarun Tejpal, editor - in - chief of Tehelka. The Hindustan Times covers it with the headline "Tejpal creates Tehelka, Goa begins sex assault probe".
Anand's Book of Destruction, Benyamin's Goat Days and Cyrus Mistry's Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer along with works of 2 Pakistan's and a Sri Lankan are on the short list for the 31.45 lakh rupees DSC prize for South Asian literature 2014, reports the Mail Today.
 The Business Line informs that according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, India was looking at good third quarter growth, dispelling some of the global gloom over an emerging economy gone awry and could report better annual results.
 The Tribune writes that the Nepali Congress took a substantial lead in trends in counting of votes to choose an assembly, as Maoist Chief Prachanda, suffered a defeat and rejected the vote count.
The severe cyclone storm 'HELEN' hustling towards Andhra Pradesh coast has been captured by India's Mars orbiter - Mangalyaan, in the first image of the country, beamed back in its maiden mission to the Red Planet, writes the Pioneer.
The Union government began a fresh round of negotiations with leaders of the largest Naga insurgent group, hoping to hammer out a political settlement to the decades old conflict, writes The Hindu.
According to Times of India with cases of mis-selling by banks continuing to come to light, the Reserve Bank of India plans to introduce the concept of 'treat customers fairly' (TCF) for sale of third-party products.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

India winning AIDS war, new infections down 57 %


    In news related to accountability and transparency. The Times of India headlines "CAG questions Rs 3,000 cr of investments by two Tata trusts. Asks govt. to Recover Rs 1,000 cr in Taxes; Trust's Confirm I-T Demand', say they are appealing.
    "India winning AIDS war, new infections down 57 %" is the good news in the Hindustan Times. Lauding India's role in containing the menace, the UNAIDS report says that 7 actions; Leadership, information, focus, thinking big, doing the right things, managed networks and strong systems changed the course of the HIV Epidemic in the country.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Birth control plan no monkey business


An impressive 75 per cent turnout in the second and final phase of polling in Chhatisgarh makes front page news in most dailies.
'Snooping row grows as IAS officer goes to Supreme Court', is the Indian Express headline about the ongoing scandal. 'Girl's father seeks privacy', says the Hindustan Times. 'Swaraj says let Supreme Court probe snoopgate', writes the Mail Today.
India set to cancel the Augusta Westland deal figures in dailies today. '3,600 crores rupees is the worth of the contracts to supply 12 copters to India', writes Mail Today. The Statesman says that the scrapping of the deal could reopen contract to rivals.
'Jailed persons can contest polls' is the Hindu headline. A Hindustan Times exclusive titled 'govt seeks stricter rap for lying on poll papers', writes that if a candidate provides false facts, he could be jailed for 3 years, in addition to being disqualified for 6 years.
Its both good news and bad news for cricketer Sreesanth. His wedding on the 12th of December being good - and the bad being what the Indian Express says 'Supreme Court clears way for police to invoke MCOCA against Sree, others'.
'EVM's to have party names in braille' writes the Times of India, which is definitely great news for the visually impaired.
'No toilet? Can't contest Bihar local body polls' informs the Times of India, about the announcement made by Nitish Kumar on a World Toilet Day function yesterday.
After a draw in game 8 between Carlsen and Vishwanathan Anand, the Economics Times asks 'Will Anand's age checkmate him?' The paper informs that a study shows, chess players are off their peak after 42. We can just hope for the best as the 44 year old Anand fights it out with the 22 year old Carlsen.
And finally, if you live in Delhi, you must be well aware of the monkey menace in the city. In an item titled 'Birth control plan no monkey business', the Pioneer writes on its front page that wildlife officials are planning to control the simian population by subjecting them to birth control measures.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kejriwal in trouble after Hazare blow : Anna queries on funds, misuse of name


A letter written by social activist Anna Hazare to his erstwhile colleague and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal dominates the front pages. "Kejriwal in trouble after Hazare blow : Anna queries on funds, misuse of name"writes the Asian Age. The Hindustan Times highlights how a man claiming to be an Anna and BJP supporter threw black ink at Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference as it reports "Anna, Kejri drop letter bombs, ink flies in smear campaign".
The consultations held by the Group of Ministers or GOM with various stakeholders on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh are widely reported. The Indian Express draws attention to the Attorney General's view in its headline "Split Andhra and its special status goes : AG to govt." The Statesman reports that the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy as saying, bifurcation will be threat to the national security.
All the papers highlight the growing clamour from various quarters including UPA ministers and the Bihar Chief Minister for awarding the Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "Nitish, Farooq throw weight behind Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee" writes the Pioneer. The Asian Age says even the HRD Minister Pallam Raju has endorsed this demand.
Acting on a PIL challenging former President Pratibha Patil's decision to commute the death sentence of 5  convicts into life sentences, the Supreme Court will now examine the issue, report the papers. "SC notice to Centre on 'casual' pardon by former President" writes the Pioneer. The Hindustan Times says, SC may review Prez pardon to 5 rapists on death row."
And finally many papers report of major initiative against child abuse imagery. The Times of India writes "Google, Microsoft block searches for child porn."

Monday, November 18, 2013

SC refuses to entertain plea on Telangana issue

SC refuses to entertain plea on Telangana issue


Day II after retirement - and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar continues to make headlines. "It was the perfect time to leave"- writes the Indian Express. Speaking to the media Sachin said that while he still enjoyed cricket, his body had started signaling that it may be time to call it a day. Times of India quotes him as saying - "I woke up at 6:50 am, but realized I didn't need to take an early shower. So I made some tea for my self and had a lovely breakfast with my wife."
The other Bharat Ratna awardee - eminent Scientist C.N.R. Rao's words are also quoted in the Press. According to The Hindu, he said, if a place in the top 10 eludes India in global ranking for science performance, it is because "Funding for is science grossly inadequate".
In significant recommendations, submitted to the Supreme Court - India's Law Commission has asked for speeding up the trial and probe of cases involving influential persons to ensure that they do not manipulate the criminal Justice system and benefit from it, reports Mail Today.
The Hindustan Times writes of six election commission officials in Chhattisgarh who will trek for over 5 km of forested zone, 350 km from the capital Raipur, to carry one electronic voting machine so that two tribals, a father and son, can exercise their right to franchise.
There is a beautiful picture in the Pioneer of the ghats on the Ganga at Varanasi, spectacularly lit-up on the occasion of Kartik Purnima or Dev Dipawali, on Sunday.
And finally, The Times of India informs us that, "Space sounds like the chirping of birds". Citing, scientists in Leicester's Space Research Centre,  the paper says that if you tuned a radio into outer space, it would sound like the dawn chorus of birds singing in spring, interspersed with deep bass pulses from the Sun. Not so quiet out there.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Life's been between 22 yards for 24 years and its hard to believe that such a wonderful journey is coming to an end


    Almost all papers have covered Sachin-the god of cricket's glorious 24 years on their front pages along with multiple photographs of the maestro. "My Life's been between 22 yards for 24 years and its hard to believe that such a wonderful journey is coming to an end" said Sachin Tendulkar as he struggled to hold back tears reports the Hindustan Times under the headline "Bye,  Bharat's Ratna".

    The Indian Express writes that as Sachin Tendulkar walked back to the dressing room after the final lap of honour, he entered a small room in a quiet corner and wept uncontrollably. According to the paper, there was not a dry eye at the Wankhede stadium as he bid farewell in a long, emotional speech.

    According to The Hindu, in an apparent rejection of a move for an international enquiry into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said independent panels set up in the country would credibly investigate the charges at their own pace.

    Vikramaditya, the refurbished  Soviet - era aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov that caused many twists and turns in India-Russia relations was inducted into the Indian Navy after a delay of more that 5 years reports the Pioneer.

    The Himachal government will issue electronic ration cards and link them with Aadhaar cards so as to check duplication or misuse of ration cards reports the Tribune.

    And finally, people who look young for their age live longer that those who look older than their years. Danish Scientists say appearance alone can predict survival. The biological explanation for the results lie in TELOMERES - key pieces of DNA that indicate that ability of cells to replicate - that are linked to how young a person looks reports the Hindustan Times.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sachin first sportsperson to win country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna

Sachin first sportsperson to win country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna


India's cricketing genius, Sachin Tendulkar - playing his part almost perfectly at yesterday's cricket Test in Mumbai, dominates the Press, with his pictures adorning front pages. "The Country salutes the champion whose records could forever withstand the Test of Time" - writes Hindustan Times.
"Election Commission forwards views on Opinion polls to Government", writes the Statesman - saying that most parties, including BJP allies Shiv Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal endorse the move to ban opinion polls.
Mail Today reports that the Maoist insurgency has successfully infiltrated India's cities from their strongholds in the jungle tracts of Central India with "Mass organisations operating under the garb of 'Human Rights NGO's".
The Statesman says that the Government yesterday sent a relief package consisting of medicine, tentage, blankets, tarpaulins and ready-to-eat meals, to the cyclone affected people of the Philippines, by an Indian Air force transport carrier.
US President Barack Obama has thanked steel baron Lakshmi Mittal for investing in recession-hit America and for creating jobs, writes the Economic Times.
China has unwrapped its boldest set of economic and social reforms in nearly three decades, relaxing its one-child policy and further freeing up markets -  to give the world's second largest economy fresh momentum, writes the Times of India.
The Statesman writes that 21 people have been arrested in Bihar in a massive state-wide crackdown on hoarders and blackmarketeers, after rumors about shortage of salt pushed up its price between 150 to 200 rupees per kg.
And finally, the Times of India informs us that according to a report of the Los Angeles College of Letters and Science - Wolves were domesticated by European hunter-gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and were gradually evolved into dogs, that then became household pets.

Friday, November 15, 2013

TDP continues to play hide and seek on #Telangana : South, News - India Today

Vintage Sachin shows his class, set for grand exit


    British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to India is prominently noticed on the front pages of most papers. "British PM meets Manmohan, allays concerns on student visas" reports the Tribune. The Statesman writes, "Cameron bats for FDI in retail". On the possibility of his meeting BJP's Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Hindustan Times observes, "Open to meeting Modi, says Cameron".

    Highlighting Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal's 'tea-seller' barb aimed at Narendra Modi the Pioneer writes "Civility takes a nosedive in political discourse". Another evidence of this trend is reported in the Indian Express which writes "Modi's latest: 'If Madam is ill, let the child take over". The Statesman observes "Congress demands Modi apology for comments on Rahul, Sonia".

    The Hindustan Times informs us of the Supreme Court's observations regarding the increasing number of acquittals in criminal cases in a judgement delivered recently. It reports the top court as saying "Lack of law on witness safety spurs acquittals".

    The Times of India highlights a Bombay high Court ruling which says that Indian parents should be given first preference in child adoption over NRIs, Overseas Citizens of India and foreign nationals.

    And finally, pictures of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar executing classy strokes as he plays his last Test match in Mumbai are splashed across the front pages most the papers. The Tribune says "Vintage Sachin shows his class, set for grand exit".

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Massacre again - 10 jumbos felled by train


Sachin Tendulkar's much awaited 200th test, beginning in Mumbai today makes front page news in most dailies. The Times of India includes a special 12 page tribute to the master blaster, free with today's edition. The sports pages of almost all dailies are choc - a -bloc with different facets of his life.
The Election Commission pulling up Rahul Gandhi and issuing a notice to Narendra Modi for his alleged 'Khooni Panja' remark is covered prominently by the press.
Faced with flak from all quarters over his controversial and insensitive comment, Mail Today writes 'CBI  chief regrets rape remark'.
The Asian Age has a picture of the residents of the Campa Cola housing colony in Mumbai  celebrating, after the Supreme Court issued orders to stay the demolition of their houses.
The Hindustan Times  writes about Vishwanathan Anand salvaging his losing position and settling for a draw in his 4th game on its front page.
"Massacre again - 10 jumbos felled by train", is the Pioneer headline, about elephants being mowed down by a speeding train in Jalpaiguri forest division.
"Rajan tries to calm nerves as rupee concerns resurface", is the headline in the Business Standard. The business line of the Hindu, quoting the RBI governor writes, "Oil marketing companies dollar, demand will not impact the rupee".
"Indian Rupee climbs to break world record", writes the Pioneer. Well, don't get worried. Here we are talking of a homeless, eight month old Indian dog named 'Rupee', who has ed history by becoming the first canine to reach Mount Everest base camp.
And finally, the Pioneer has another interesting story on its front page, titled "Fed up with housework, robot commits suicide". Strange, but true. This android in an Austrian household just climbed on to the kitchen hot plate to end his life.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CBI chief delivers rape shocker


"Inflation rate reaching two digits is the lead story in today's Hindustan Times". Veggies push inflation to 10%, factory growth fails to cheer; gloom deepens as Rupee hits 2 month low, no respite in sight, writes the paper.
"CBI chief delivers rape shocker", reads headline of the Asian Age. While arguing that betting on sports should be legalised in India, CBI director Ranjit Sinha made a bizarre and controversial comparison with the heinous crime of rape saying: "If you cannot prevent rape, you enjoy it" reports the papers.
"Maya gets clean chit in farmhouse case "by the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta, reports the Pioneer. The paper goes on to say that this is the 2nd such clean chit to the former Chief Minister in recent times as the CBI had closed its probe against Mayawati in a disproportionate assets case in October.
"Crores spent but Delhi unprepared for quake", under that headline the Hindu writes that fear is mounting in the capital following a series of tremors that shook Delhi in a span of three hours early on Tuesday morning.
The Statesman quotes the Ministry of External affairs as saying that the PM's skipping Colombo CHOGM is not a boycott.
"Don't sleep over it", is the headline of a story in the Tribune which says that many sleep related medical problems like depression, reduced cognitive ability, lowering of immunity, and premature aging are seen among young adults working in jobs that have late night shifts.
And finally, "Need help on parenting? Call in a coach" observes The Times of India. With family support systems decreasing and the responsibility of bringing up the child falling mostly on one parent,  the mother, an increasing number of new age parents are turning to parenting coaches, says the paper.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SC panel to probe intern's sexual assault charge against judge

SC panel to probe intern's sexual assault charge against judge


The Prime Minister 'drawing the line' for the CBI on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee,  receives prominence in today's Press. "Our stoic Prime Minister can get provoked too, writes Mail Today. In response to the CBI director's observation on 'impropriety by policy makers', the Hindu, quoting the PM, writes 'Probe Agencies should not sit in judgement over Policy'.
Voters in Chhattisgarh DEFYING Maoist violence and boycott calls and registering a 6.8 % voter turnout, is also highlighted "Record rebuff to Reds by Chhattisgarh voters" is the top headline in the Pioneer.
The Centre has ordered a probe into the alleged 'foreign funding' of the Aam Admi Party, with the Congress and the BJP crying foul, writes the Hindu. 'Accusing the government of a witch hunt, Arvind Kejriwal said - 'Check sources of Congress and BJP funds too, writes the Pioneer.'
Regarding recent factual inaccuracies in the speeches of Narendra Modi's, such as -  'Alexander died near the Ganga' - and - 'Nehru had skipped Sardar Patel's funeral' - the Times of India writes - 'Modi must guard against more slip-up's feels his Party.
The Financial Express reports - 'In an interim relief to mining companies, the Supreme Court  has allowed the Goa government to e-auction around 11.48 million tons of excavated Iron Ore stock which has been lying idle in mines.
Stung by surging criticism of policy paralysis, the Centre is preparing a white paper on economic reforms - listing out 50 key initiatives taken over the last two years to boost economic growth, attract investment and make India a business friendly destination, writes the Hindustan Times.
And finally, Times of India announces - 'Its official. Indians ARE the best bargain-hunters. An International survey (conducted across 29 countries) shows that Indians get the best value for money, especially  on 'hotel rooms'.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Draft bill on Telangana to be tabled during winter session of parliament

The horrific tragedy in the wake of super typhoon Haiyan has found coverage on the front pages of most newspapers. "10,000 dead, Philippines braces for colossal crisis", reads a Hindustan Times headline. "Worst typhoon ever kills 10,000" under that caption, The Times of India reports that Haiyan, potentially the world's worst typhoon in recorded history, raised 70 to 80% structures in its path. As Rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, survivors foraged for food or searched for the lost loved ones, adds the paper.

Under the headline, "Communal heat turns UP's sugar bowl sour", The Pioneer writes that in Muzaffarnagar, sugarcane crops are lying in fields as owners of the mills who are afraid of a communal flare-up are yet to resume their operations.
In an initiative called the "Systematic Voters Education for Electoral Participation" at 11.11 AM on November 11, 11 lakh voters from the northwest district in the national capital will be asked to take a pledge to cast their votes, reports the Indian Express.
Hindustan Times reports that a senior leader of Aam Aadmi Party, Rakesh Agarwal, has called his party chief Arvind Kejriwal authoritarian and, in an open letter to him, accused him of building a personality cult and relentlessly moving towards snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
The Tribune reports that with the onset of cold spell, Leh town in the remote Ladakh region was the coldest place in the Kashmir division as the minimum temperature there fell to minus 9 degrees Celsius yesterday.
And finally, the Mumbai Cricket Association is juggling calls from across the globe - from Mumbai's Dabbawala Foundation to the Australian High Commission, and top corporates to NGOs - all seeking a chance to be at Wankhede Stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar play his 200th and final test starting Thursday, writes The Indian Express.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

PM chooses desi politics over role abroad


    The decision by the Supreme Court staying the Guwahati High Court verdict, declaring the CBI as illegal, dominates the headlines of most news dailies. "SC rescues CBI, stays HC verdict declaring it illegal" reports the Hindustan Times, while the Pioneer headlines "CBI lives another day".

    PM not to attend the CHOWGM meet in Sri Lanka, has also attracted the attention of major news dailies. "PM finally picks TN over Lanka" remarks the Asian Age while the Pioneer comments "PM chooses desi politics over role abroad".

    The Hindustan Times reports in a front page story that the CBI probing the allegedly staged killing of Sadiq Jamal Mehtar by the Gujarat police in 2003, has confirmed that a retired assistant director of the Intelligence Bureau who was then with its Maharashtra unit provided a fake input in the case.

    Many newspapers have also highlighted BSP Chief Mayawati's decision not to have any pre-poll alliances. "2014 LS polls to be a lone fight for BSP:Maya-will capitalize on "internal dissension" in BJP" reports the Pioneer.

    The Times of India in its lead story on the crisis of Indian higher education reports "40 percent of teachers temporary, quality of learning badly hit" and goes on to add that many of them are poorly paid and are on contract to teach for 6 to 8 months.

    The Indian Express, quoting the BSF chief, says India will build a raised embankment along a 179 kilometer stretch on the Border in Jammu sector to preempt infiltration or shelling.

    And finally, the Tribune reports that a special stamp with the portrait of the sporting icon Sachin Tendulkar will be released by the postal department on November the 14th - the day Sachin plays his 200th and also his last test match.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Check this out mate, Anand takes on Carlsen today


The Centre to challenge the high court verdict on formation of the CBI is the lead in most newspapers 'If CBI is illegal, why try us?' is the Hindustan Times headline, this question being asked by 2G accused A Raja and 1984 riots accused Sajjan Kumar.
The Hindu and Mail Today have a picture of Saurav Ganguly hugging Sachin Tendulkar, as he played his last match at Eden gardens Kolkata 'Legend going, new stars glitter' writes the Times of India, referring to Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami. The Tribune and the Asian Age have a picture of debutant Shami celebrating, as he took 9 wickets in the match, which helped India beat the West Indies.
Pressure mounting on the Prime Minister to skip the CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka is covered by most dailies. 'Congress fears CHOGM visit will damage DMK ties' writes the Indian Express.
The sports page of many newspapers have reported about the match between World No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway and 5 time world champion Viswanathan Anand, which is scheduled for today. 'Check this out mate, Anand takes on Carlsen today' says the Economic Times.
Its all in the family, apparently as far as recommendations for Padma awards goes. Accessed through an RTI, the list of people who suggested names for the 2013 awards has been revealed. The Times of India, on its front page, writes that sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan named his sons, Lata Mangeshkar nominated her sister and Amar Singh, his confidant Jaya Prada for the honour.
Have you persevered your old copies of Amar Chitra Katha and Indrajal comics, which you brought for 60 paise in the sixties ? Well, if you have, you just got lucky ! You could sell each of them for 70,000 Rupees, as they have become collectors items writes the Economic Times on its front page.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mars, here we come


The successful launch of the Mars mission has found coverage on the front pages of major newspapers this morning. Under the headline, "Mars, here we come", Hindustan Times writes that if the mission is successful, India will be the fourth country in the world and the first Asian country to reach Mars. The paper adds that at a cost of 450 crore rupees, India's Mars enterprise saw a reduced satellite assembly cost to a tenth of Nasa's.
152 Bangladeshi soldiers have been sentenced to death by a special court in one of the world's biggest-ever mass criminal trials for their role in the 2009 mutiny and massacre of 74 people, including top army officers, notes The Asian Age on its front page.
Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin has lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal following reports that Kejriwal had sought the support of Barelvi cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan who had issued a fatwa to behead Nasrin for criticizing Islamic practices, reports The Times of India.
Mail Today writes that a detailed forensic analysis by the National Investigation Agency has nailed the Pakistan Government's imprint on fake Indian currency notes pumped into the country, adding that the paper used to print the counterfeit rupee notes is an excellent match with the legal tender of Pakistan.
Around one-third of the global workforce employed in top IT companies is based in India - a sign of the fact that our country is virtually turning into the global IT headquarters, reports The Times of India.
The Indian Express reports that Diwali pollution continues to envelop Delhi in a thick layer of smog even two days after the festival.
And finally, US scientists claim to have developed a new cutting-edge software that predicts where burglaries are most likely to occur, anticipates crime patterns, especially the hot spots of crime, which can allow law enforcement agencies to engage in targeted prevention activities that could disrupt the cause of crime before it happens, writes The Times of India.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

India successfully launches historic mission to Mars

Impressive photographs appear this morning on the front pages - of the PSLV C25 rocket at the Sriharikota space port, readying for take off. "ISRO sets off for Mars today", headlines the Indian Express. "Orbiter set to propel India into Big League in Space"- is the Pioneer headline.

"PM's Lanka dilemma: To go or not to go for CHOGM" - is  on the front page of Tribune. The Asian Age writes - Two more Ministers on Monday joined the chorus of those from within the Govt. demanding that PM Manmohan Singh give the CHOGM Summit in Sri Lanka a miss.

The positions of political parties on the Election Commission proposal to ban opinion polls and surveys during elections, is also highlighted. The Times of India headlines - "Ban on opinion polls: Congress says Yes, BJP - No".

In the Asian Age we can read...  "The plush 1,20,000 dollar farm where feared Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died in the US drone strike just North of Miranshah, is just a kilometer away from the Pakistani Army headquarters for the restive North Waziristan region: this proximity recalling the hideout of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad.

The Tribune quotes J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as saying at a darbar - "J&K acceded to India and is an integral part of India, there are no two ways about that. He denied using words such as 'conditional' and 'incomplete'.

The Pioneer informs us that 'NOTA' or none of the above option will be printed in pink on ballot papers for the up-coming assembly polls in five states, but for the Lok Sabha elections next year, it will appear in white.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sensex hits record high in Mahurat Biz

"Sensex hits record high in Mahurat Biz" under that headline The Statesman writes, never before in its 175 year-old-history the auspicious Mahurat trading of the Bombay Stock Exchange had taken place with its 30-share bellwether Sensitive Index at its all-time record high and ended with further historic gain as it did on Sunday, giving a head start at the very onset of the Hindu Samvat 2070.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Congress wants restrictions on opinion polls during elections


BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's visit to Bihar to meet the families of the victims of the Patna blasts is prominently noticed in the press. "Party parades ashes, hands cheques as Modi goes to kin of blast victims" reports the Indian Express. Highlighting the sharp reaction from Bihar Chief Minister the Hindustan Times writes "People will sweep away trash from outside says Nitish".

Most papers take note of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar's endorsement of Narendra Modi for the Prime Minister's post. Highlighting the Congress reaction the Indian Express writes "Congress says people don't want Lata's guidance".

The allegations by Malayalam actress Shweta Menon that she was molested at a public function in Kerala are highlighted in all the papers. "Actor Shweta alleges molestation at function : Congress MP denies allegation, calls TV reports strange"" reports the Times of India.

The Congress' support for the Election Commission's views on restricting the publication and dissemination of opinion polls during elections is keenly noticed in the press. "Congress wants restrictions on opinion polls during elections" observes the Pioneer.

The election of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to the UN Board of Auditors finds mention in most papers. "CAG on UN Board of Auditors" reports the Tribune. Highlighting an interesting aspect of his election, the Times of India writes "China, Pakistan help CAG win poll to UN audit body".

In a special story, the Times of India informs that in order to curb proliferation of petitions with vested interests, the Supreme Court has ruled that any person who files a PIL against a public authority or a politician must first prove to the court that he has no ulterior motive.

There is a new creature drawing in crowds in the Italian city of Florence. It is neither a zebra nor a donkey. The Hindustan Times calls it a 'zonkey', a baby produced by an act of love between a zebra and a donkey.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

An alarming 69 percent of the nearly 5 lakh drivers of all vehicles involved in accidents last year did not possess the mandatory educational qualification to command the steering wheel


    Newspapers have noted on their front pages the killing of Pak Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in Pakistan. The Asian Age says this is the latest in a series of blows to the country's most feared militant group.

    Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to Bihar to visit the homes of the six people killed in the serial bomb blasts during the BJP's hunkar rally in Patna on Sunday has also been covered by newspapers on their front pages. Under the headline, "Modi's visit heats up Bihar", the Pioneer writes that a war of words has broken out between the JD(U) and the BJP over the latter's state-wide march with the ashes of the victims.

    The Jaipur police has registered a case against BCCI Chief N Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, accusing them of fixing an IPL 6 game between their team Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, reports Hindustan Times.

    The Indian Express writes that a woman teacher in tribal dominated Rayagada district of Orissa, who was set on fire for refusing to withdraw a sexual assault complaint against a school inspector, has succumbed to her burn injuries.

    As the Delhi Assembly election campaign enters a decisive phase, the Aam Aadmi Party plans to re-launch its fortnightly mouthpiece "Aap Ki Kranti", reports the Hindu.

    The Indian Express says that a JD(U) MP Anil Sahani has been named by the CBI in a scam of leave travel claims for Rs. 9.5 lakhs.

    An alarming 69 percent of the nearly 5 lakh drivers of all vehicles involved in accidents last year did not possess the mandatory educational qualification to command the steering wheel, writes the pioneer .

    And finally, in good news for pizza lovers, The Times of India says that British scientists claim to have developed the world's first nutritionally-balanced pizza by reducing salt, adding whole wheat flour, Scottish seaweed, vitamins and red peppers.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Babudom now out of Neta's control


    The Supreme Court's landmark decision to protect civil servants against political interference dominates the headlines of most major news dailies today. "Babudom now out of Neta's control" headlines the Mail Today. The Economic Times remarks "Babu's Court-Yard gets Neta-proofed, almost". The Hindustan Times adds "SC makes it difficult to mess with honest babu's" while the Hindu cautions "overhaul will help, but political class won't let it happen".

    The riots in Muzaffarnagar have also been covered extensively today. The Asian Age reports "UP police Chief admits "Lapses" in Muzaffarnagar". The Indian Express informs in its lead story "victims demand arrest of culprits, warn of Mahapanchayat; UP rushes in police" while the Times of India enquires in its headline "Land Grab bid behind fresh deadly attack?".

    The sensex reaching a new high leads the Economic Times to comment "after Dalal street, economy joins party". The Pioneer headlines "Diwali bonus! sensex closes at record 21,165".

    In significant news the Hindu reports that on Thursday China opened a new highway that links Medog county located near the border with Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country; and provides all weather access to China to the strategically important region.

    The Times of India reports that the US National Security Agency broke into Yahoo and Google data centres to collect data from millions of users. In a related story the Asian Age informs that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has found a job working for a website in Russia, where he was granted asylum after fleeing the United States.

    And finally, in a story titled "cracker of an offer: mobile firms line up freebies on Diwali eve", the Times of India informs that mobile phone users have a lot to cheer about this festive season. Its raining freebies and discount on phone buys as well as internet data charges, says the paper.