Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rahul makes big push for Lokpal, Jaitley says - Pass bill on Monday


    Rahul Gandhi asking parties to sink their differences & pass the Lokpal Bill, is highlighted by the Press. Hindustan Times top headline reads - 'Rahul makes big push for Lokpal, Jaitley says - Pass bill on Monday'.

    Meanwhile, The Asian Age writes that Anna Hazare, who has been fasting for the last five days for passage of the Lokpal Bill, has said that he was happy with the amended Bill, and would call off his hunger strike the moment the law is enacted.

    Reporting on the complex issue of government formation in Delhi, Mail Today writes that though Arvind Kejriwal has set an 18 point charter of demands for the Congress and BJP to accept their support, it seems that Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung is in no mood to waste the electorate's time any further and wants to set the administration process rolling as soon as possible "Jung is Nawab of Delhi" headlines the paper.

    The Indo-US diplomatic stand off following the arrest in New York of India's Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade who was handcuffed in public - is covered by the Press. Sunday Times writes - Washington is attempting damage control as India urges US officials to resolve the matter at the earliest.

    The Asian Age writes that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday urged the government of India & Pak to open trade through the Hussainiwala border to herald a new era of economic development & people-to-people contact.

    Indian Express writes - 'Ending the BJP's silence over the Supreme Court's much criticised verdict to once again criminalise gay sex, party president Rajnath Singh has said that the BJP is with the Apex Court on this, as it could not justify unnatural acts'.

    A story from the Times of India. According to marine archaeologists from the National Institute of Oceanography - the barren Rann of Kutch was covered by sea in Harappan times and was actually navigable. Infact, they claim that the little Rann of Kutch was navigable even as late as the 16th century AD.

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