Monday, December 30, 2013

Delhi dares to hope


Almost all papers carry on their front pages the news of Delhi's new Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "AAP arrival forces BJP rethink." "Delhi dares to hope", says the Asian Age. "Succor in 10 days - Chief Minister", reads the Pioneer's headline.
The Hindustan Times reports that former Prime Minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri's grandson Adarsh, pop star Remo Fernandes, and former Samajwadi party leader Kamal Farooqui, have lined up to join Aam Admi Party.
Narendra Modi blamed the UPA Govt for lack of development in Jharkhand and launched a veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi for playing the role of 'an akashvani' instead fo dealing with the mess of price rise and corruption wrought as a result of wrong UPA policies, says Hindustan Times.
Most papers carry pictures of the observation of the 1st death anniversary of the rape victim of December 16, 2012 by the civil society by way of candle light vigils.
Ironically, in the Hindu next to the December 16 braveheart story is the report that after Congress leader Sushil Sharma, and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Manu Sharma is the third high profile convict to be released from jail this month on different grounds.
On a positive note, over 5,000 Tihar jail inmates were trained by the Art of Living Foundation in a course from 26th December to 29th December, leading to a soothing effect on them, reports the Hindu.
We all know Farooq Sheikh as a fine actor, but he was also a quiet philanthropist. The Indian Express carries a story on Shruti Kamble, whose two sons' education had been funded by the late actor after she lost her husband in November 2008 terror attack. She found only now that it was Farooq Sheikh who was their benefactor.
And finally, the Times of India reports of a 24-year old Ram Lal from Tohana in Fatehabad who scaled Mount Everest in May this year. Today, he sells vegetables to fend for family as he awaits the five lakh rupee award announced by the Haryana Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, which is yet to come.

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