Thursday, January 31, 2013

Congress has come out strongly in favour of statehood for Telangana

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Under the headline, "New rape law ordinance in cabinet today", The Asian Age writes that the Union Cabinet is expected to decide on the promulgation of an ordinance amending rape laws on the basis of Justice Verma panel's recommendations.

Under the headline, "Upset Kamal threatens to quit India", The Times of India reports that frustrated by the controversy his film Vishwaroopam has got embroiled in, Kamal Haasan said he was staring at financial ruin and legal trouble and he was even contemplating exile.

The Pioneer reports that Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has indicated that he was not averse to aligning with his cousin Raj Thackeray's MNS, reigniting hopes of a reconciliation between the two parties.

The Times of India says that the Congress has come out strongly in favour of statehood for Telangana, saying it is only a matter of time.

Hindustan Times reports that as the debate for the BJP's prime ministerial candidate grew shriller, new party Chief Rajnath Singh urged party leaders to exercise restraint while airing their views.

Under the headline, "Badal group sweeps DSGMC poll", The Tribune writes that Parkash Singh Badal led Shiromani Akali Dal secured a landslide win in the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee polls ending the 11-year unbroken reign of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi).

In line with the National Telecom Policy 2012, mobile phone users are likely to get free roaming facility across India from March the 1st, reports The Tribune.

And finally, The Times of India writes that India's success in wiping out polio was the clear toast at the prestigious Royal Institution Hall of the UK when billionaire Bill Gates hailed it as being amongst the most impressive global health successes that have ever been.
And with that, it's back to you, Naresh.

Andhra-Telangana, a divide deep and complete | Andhra Pradesh News |

Telangana: Separating a state - Hindustan Times. The dictum ‘never put off till tomorrow what you can do today’ is certainly not one that guides the Congress.

5 Cong MPs from Telangana quit party - India - DNA

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congress loses way at Telangana point


Many papers have pictures showing military bands performing at Vijay Chowk and the illuminated buildings at the beating the retreat ceremony yesterday. 'A mesmerising ode to the republic' writes the Hindu, adding that 'services bands enthrall as republic day celebrations end'.
The Hindustan Times and the Business Dailies lead with RBI cutting rates and home and auto loans to get cheaper. 'Repo rate reduced 25 bps after 8 months, CRR at record low' is the Business Standard headline.
'Congress loses way at T-point' writes Mail today, adding that the 'Telangana issue is on the boil again, as Congress high Command procrastinates and party MP's fighting for statehood threaten to quit'.
Shah Rukh Khan triggering an Indo-Pak war of words finds front page coverage in many dailies. 'Govt, parties slam Malik for comments on SRK security' says the Statesman. Mail Today quotes SRK as saying ' I am proud to be an Indian'.
The Hindu reports of Kolkata doctors performing a rare skull surgery on a six month old. The child was born with a deformed forehead and unequal size of eyes.
Want to go for further studies but are cash strapped ? There's hope. 'Soon Rs. 7.5 lakh education loan for poor students' writes the Tribune.
And finally, its not just about education - but health too. 'Short of cash? Now get healthy in installments' writes the Economic Times. The paper says if you can't pay for an expensive pacemaker implant, you will now be able to do it in EMI's.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sonia writes to Anna, promises Lokpal Bill in the Budget Session

We'll begin with a headline in the Tribune, - " Sonia writes to Anna, promises Lokpal Bill in the Budget Session". The paper adds that the UPA government has been set a deadline for the passage of the Lokpal Bill after Congress President Sonia Gandhi assured social activist Anna Hazare that the anti- corruption legislation will be passed in the coming budget session of Parliament.

Yesterday's pronouncement of the Juvenile Justice Board declaring the sixth accused in the brutal Delhi Bus gang rape case- a juvenile of 17 years six months - is widely covered. The Times of India writes ' Juvenile Board goes by school date - No bone test'. The Hindu quotes the victims father - "I wish I could gather words to sum up the deep sadness and shock. The Juvenile accused needs the harshest punishment''

Former BJP Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha coming out in support of Narendra Modi as a prime ministerial candidate, is highlighted by the Press. The Hindu writes JD(U) rejects Sinha's choice of Modi as PM nominee.

Promises and compromises #Telangana

Monday, January 28, 2013

Delhi has over 14 lakh fake voters, an alarming 11% of the total electorate


Most newspapers this morning have front page photograph of Novak Djokovic, with his Australian Open Tennis trophy, as well as photographs of the Medium range ballistic missile that India successfully test fired from an underwater platform.

The Hindustan Times writes that the North East is all set to be India's next food bowl. According to the paper, India has raised the annual funding for a green revolution in the Eastern India from 400 crore rupees to a 1000 crore rupees. The North East with its fertile soil and abundant rainfall could be the next agricultural power house, as overall the Eastern States have produced 7 million more tons of rice and Nagaland and Manipur alone achieved a farm output of nearly 1 million tons.

The Indian Express reports that with the radiation scare leading to a clampdown on a mobile tower installation, there are rising instances of calls dropping in Mumbai and Delhi but the more serious worry is that weaker signals are forcing mobile handset manufacturers to compensate by ramping up transmission power, resulting in higher radiation exposure for the users from the phone itself.

At least 232 people were killed in a nightclub fire in Southern Brazil on Sunday. About 500 people were inside the club when the fire broke. Mail Today, the Hindustan Times and most other paper have covered this story with photographs.

Delhi has over 14 lakh fake voters, an alarming 11% of the total electorate, writes the Pioneer in a front page story. This has been found after a door to door survey by the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi.

Congress’ unfortunate Telangana approach | Telangana | Congress | The New Indian Express

Congress’ unfortunate Telangana approach | Telangana | Congress | The New Indian Express: "The Andhra Pradesh government and the UPA at the Centre have established a familiar pattern of dealing with the Telangana movement: Close your eyes and let the storm blow over. So as the Telangana Sakala Janula Samme has the state administration in a vice-like grip, the Kiran Kumar Reddy government is practising exactly that formula. The chief minister has been heard to lament that Telangana’s pain is self-inflicted and this bleating has gone unheeded. Indeed the resolve of the agitators has got firmer with the strike now two-weeks-old."

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I’m dead if no Telangana, says KK

Prisoners of indecision | The Asian Age- UPA’s monumental incapacity to take a decision on the literally burning issue of Telangana

Prisoners of indecision | The Asian Age

Even for a government notorious for dragging its feet, the UPA’s monumental incapacity to take a decision on the literally burning issue of Telangana is shocking beyond words.

Telangana: No action, talk only


The Telangana issue dominates the headlines of many prominent news dailies. "No action, talk only" says the Pioneer, while the Hindu adds "No move to impose President's rule in A.P." The Asian Age reports "Government hints at solution in next few days".

Team Anna decision to oppose the Congress party in the Hissar By-poll has also been noticed by many dailies. "In Haryana 'Lokpoll', its Congress versus Anna", remarks the Hindu, while the Pioneer says " Anna calls puts Congress on the rack".

The Sunday Tribune and the Mail Today have run stories on the commemoration of 79 years of the Indian Air Force. "MIG crashes due to pilot inexperience: IAF chief", headlines the Sunday Tribune. The Mail Today adds "Inexperienced young pilots are crashing MIG's" quoting the IAF chief.

In a front page lead story the Hindustan Times reports that at the next round of climate talks at Durban in December, India has asked The UN to address the developing nation concerns, and is pushing for an Intellectual Property Rights regime for developing countries to have access to costly clean western technologies.

The Sunday Statesman reports that in the biggest identity theft scam in the US history, 111 persons, including 13 Indians have been charged for stealing credit card data of thousand of customers to buy high end products worth over 13 million dollars.

The Sunday Times in its lead story reports 'Ministers go Secy-less, Navratana PSU's headless - series of scam during UPA-II hits decision making.''

In the Delhi High Court blast case, the Hindustan Times reports "Now, NIA suspects 16 year old" adding that 2 days after arresting a 23 year old Kashmiri preparing for his MBBS at Dhaka, the NIA suspects his 16 years old brother to be involved as well, making him possibly the youngest suspect in a major attack in the country.

First published on 10/9/11

A key moment in history; Congress Telangana-decision likely by November 5th, headlines the Asian Age

Note: "A key moment in history" is not a news headline.  It is an advertisement of Volkswagen.  AIR staff need some lessons in journalism!!

The Times of India and the Hindu carry a fascinating story on the discovery of a new planet. The Times of India reports calls it "A key moment in history" reports the Hindu, adding that scientists are excited about the possibility of life on this newly discovered planet.
"Congress Telangana-decision likely by November 5th, headlines the Asian Age. Quoting AICC sources, the paper writes that a Congress Working Committee meeting will be convened after Diwali to formalise the party's stand, to be followed by discussion with key Congress allies on the issue. After that, all-party meetings will be held at National and State levels, to involve all political parties to obtain their views.
"New Laws to get around RTI Act," is the top Hindustan Times headline. The paper writes that India's transparency law - The Right to Informaction Act - will not change but the Government wants to restrict its applicability in some areas of sports and nuclear safety, through other laws.
"Maoists hit back at Mamata, reject deal," reports the Asian Age. The Maoists have rejected the Chief Minister's 7-day ultimatum to give up violence, and instead, are demanding the release of all its political prisoners, and withdrawl of the joint forces from Jungle Mahal before any talks with the Government.
The Mail Today reports the Chief Election Commissioner Mr. S.Y. Qureshi as saying that electoral reforms like 'right to reject' and 'right to recall' would be difficult to implement in a country the size of India. He said our main fear is that if we start rejecting all candidates, we will have another election, with people complaining about election fatigue.
The Times of India reports that construction of highways, which had dipped to dismal levels in the past few years, has picked up pace, and official data shows that 11 kilometeres of roads are being added, everyday.
And finally, the Indian Express has a beautiful picture on its frontpage giving a first glimpse of the spanking new Bangalore Metro service, which is set to be launched this week, on October the 20th.

First published on: 10/17/11

BBC News - India Telangana state decision delayed

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In 3 weeks, Delhi's six fast track courts get 500 rape cases


Most news dailies have highlighted the spectacular Republic Day parade with colourful photographs. "Perfect blend of might and cultural diversity", notes the Pioneer. Referring to the chief guest at the Republic Day parade, the King of Bhutan, The Times of India captions his photograph at the parade with the remark "King of happiness, spreads warmth in Delhi".
On a sombre note the Hindustan Times reports "On R-Day, Delhi sees rerun of rape protests, calls for action", while the Asian Age adds "Freedom Parade" to reclaim the Republic".
The Indian Express reports "In 3 weeks, Delhi's six fast track courts get 500 rape cases" and adds "Many more in queue wait for completion of probe, remand".
In a significant story, the Indian Express reports that Pakistani Lt. General Shahid Aziz, heading an ISI cell during the 1999 Kargil conflict, has admitted in a newspaper article that only regular troops of the Pakistan Army took part in the Kargil conflict with India in 1999 and not Mujahideen fighters as claimed by Islamabad. He also adds that the intrusion was an "Unsound military plan based on invalid assumption" and that there was a "cover up".
In a related Pakistan story, the Times of India reports "Bhuto-Zardaris' Indian friend helped break LoC ice" referring to the recent stand off between the two countries.
And finally, the Times of India reports that today one of India's most loved patriotic songs Ai mere watan ke logo - completes 50 years. Lata Mangeshkar had sung Kavi Pradeep's immortal classic this day in 1963 before Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, moving him to tears.

Hafiz Saeed asks Shah Rukh Khan to move to Pakistan if he feels unsafe and unwelcome in India! : India, News - India Today

Hafiz Saeed asks Shah Rukh Khan to move to Pakistan if he feels unsafe and unwelcome in India! : India, News - India Today

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Google comes under the radar, India had a whole lot of demands!

Google comes under the radar, India had a whole lot of demands!

Aadhaar now a must for new Provident Fund accounts


The news stories on Justice Verma Committee's detailed roadmap of steps the Centre and States should take to prevent crimes against women, and Mr. Rajnath Singh taking charge as BJP President, appear prominently on the front pages of the day's papers. The Hindu reports that "Verma panel says no to death penalty". A Hindustan Times headline reads, "Under new chief, BJP puts fight on hold, plans for 2014".

An interesting political drama unfolded in Bangalore yesterday when two Ministers and 11 MLAs, loyal to former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, submitted their papers, in order to topple the Jaddish Shetter-led BJP Government in Karnataka, reports The Pioneer.

"Aadhaar now a must for New Provident Fund Accounts" under that headline The Indian Express reports that those entering the formal sector work force will now have to get a UID number before they enroll with the Employee Provident Fund.

AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi formally assumed office on Wednesday, says The Asian Age, and adds that he strongly pitched for 'Positive Politics', and asserted that with a combination of the youth and the experience Congress can become an 'Instrument of Change'.

'Mobile charges go up', says The Statesman. Leading operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular announced a 30 per cent hike. "Pay more, talk less", writes The Business Standard.

"Get Bookmarked, Jaipur Lit Fest opens today", reads the headline of a story in Hindustan Times. The Hindu reports that the 2013 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is likely to cause waves again, with Islamic groups protesting against authors who last year read from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, and Hindu groups threatening to disrupt the proceedings because of the presence of several Pakistani authors.

And finally, in a health alert, citing a Taiwan study The Times of India informs us that Melamine, a chemical that sickened and killed babies in China in the past when it tainted baby food, can also leach off Melamine tableware into food and cause kidney stones. The paper adds that Melamine tableware may release large amounts of the chemical when used to serve food at high temperatures.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prema Jayakumar, daughter of an autorickshaw driver from Tamil Nadu, has topped the nationwide Chartered Accountancy examination in her first attempt.


Most newspapers this morning have reported the story of BJP President Nitin Gadkari paving the way for Rajnath Singh. 'Gadkari crashed out in the last lap, Rajnath next BJP chief', reads a Hindustan Times headline, while The Asian Age says, 'Gadkari opts out of race; RSS blue-eyed boy Rajnath to be BJP chief'.
Newspapers have also noticed the story of former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala's sentencing for illegal recruitment of teachers. The Times of India under the headline '5-time ex-Haryana CM Chautala, son sentenced to 10 years in jail' says that two IAS officers are among 8 others to get 10-year terms.
The Hindu reports that telecom companies have threatened to stop offering roaming services if the government forces through a policy to make national roaming free of charge.
The Times of India says that in a statement that is likely to calm individuals and comfort global investors, Finance Minister Chidambaram has promised not to raise taxes but increase revenues by simplifying processing and widening the base.
The Asian Age reports that a circular has been issued by the Directorate of Education that the proceedings of draw of lots for general and economically weaker sections for nursery admissions will be videographed and the CD/DVDs shall be submitted to Deputy Director of Education along with lists of successful candidates.
Hindustan Times reports that if a proposal by the Urban Development Ministry is accepted by the state governments, vehicle owners may need to shell out congestion charges to drive in peak hours in busy city areas.
The Hindu says that Prema Jayakumar, daughter of an autorickshaw driver from Tamil Nadu, has topped the nationwide Chartered Accountancy examination in her first attempt.
And finally, The Times of India writes that Search giant Google is experimenting with USB keys, or wireless chips built into mobile phones and even jewellery that can act as a physical key to give users access to their account.

23 crore children are studying in 13 lakh schools across the country


Photographs of Barack Obama being sworn in for a second term as US President, watched by first lady Michelle Obama appear on several front pages. The Hindu writes that Obama took the oath on Bibles once owned by Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln.
Regarding Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark against Saffron terror - The Asian Age writes that he had raised the issue recently - as Intelligence Agencies had warned of a 'real threat' from right wing extremist organisations.
"In a Leg-Up to the Centres' literacy initiative, a national survey has revealed that almost 23 crore children are studying in 13 lakh schools across the country, reports The Times of India.
The Financial Express writes that 'India is set for a record wheat output, thanks to the recent rains and prevailing cold weather condition in northern India.
Hindustan Times writes that with an eye towards the possible security fall out from US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, the Government is planning to use empowered Sarpanches and Panches to build a democratic movement in the valley at the grassroots level.
'Ikea's FDI proposal gets Foreign Investment Promotion Boards Nod' - in its entirety, Can sell products apart from furniture in its stores and can run its signature restaurants and Cafes', reports the Indian Express.
In a word of warning, Hindustan Times writes - Think twice before using your mobile phone at a petrol pump, as static electricity from your handset could spark off a major fire if it comes in contact with petroleum fumes that may be released while filing your car or scooter tank.
And finally, The Times of India writes that mountaineer Ashok Munne from Nagpur, who lost his right leg in a train accident five years ago and wears an artificial limb known as Freedom Foot, plans to scale Mount Everest in March this year .

Monday, January 21, 2013

Moody's has reaffirmed India's rating at BAA3 and the outlook as stable


Rahul Gandhi being appointed as the Vice President of Congress has found its way to the front pages of most papers this morning. Mail Today's report says that in a speech reminiscent of his father Rajiv Gandhi's plans to rid Congress of power brokers and vested interests, Rahul Gandhi put the party's old guard on notice with the forceful plea to change the mindset of the party and for systemic changes in governance.

'Sonia cites Nirbhaya, pledges quota for women in police', under that headline, the Times of India writes that the Congress Chief has said Nirbhaya's death would not go in vain, and described the gang rape victim as a symbol of aspiration India, and backed reservations for women in the government at all levels including in the police.

Hindustan Times reports that the Centre is planning a comprehensive new law for juveniles, which will ensure tougher punishments for delinquents involved in heinous crimes such as rape.

The Hindu says that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning to have a single emergency response number, on the lines of America's 911, for any emergency like police, fire or ambulance. The paper adds that this proposed helpline could be reached by landline, GSM or CDMA.

Hindustan Times says that in a bid to encourage higher enrollment for Aadhaar number, the Finance Ministry has asked all public sector and rural banks to expedite setting up of biometric cash dispensers where your fingerprint or eye scan may be enough to withdraw cash from ATMs.

The Hindu writes that India has been staved off being relegated to junk bond status as International credit rating agency Moody's has reaffirmed India's rating at BAA3 and the outlook as stable.

And finally, under the headline, 'Starry night: Filmfare awards the brightest', the Times of India reports that in the dazzling Filmfare Awards 2012 held in Mumbai, Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan walked away with the Best Actor award in a leading role for their performances in the films Barfi and Kahaani. Barfi was adjudged the Best film.

Art of essay-writing damaged by Twitter and Facebook, Cambridge don warns - Telegraph

Art of essay-writing damaged by Twitter and Facebook, Cambridge don warns - Telegraph

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rahul Gandhi elevated


Rahul Gandhi elevated to the second position in Congress is the lead in almost every paper - 'Congress prince is crowned Vice-President' is the Hindu headline. 'Finally the big plunge' says the Times of India, adding 'Get set for 2014 showdown with Modi'. '42 year old promises to transform Congress' writes the Hindustan Times.
The Asian Age reports of Advani proposing Sushma Swaraj's name for BJP President in a 'last ditch effort to prevent Gadkari from continuing to head the Saffron party', as the paper puts it.
India's thumping victory against England by 7 wickets in the third ODI finds front page coverage in many dailies. The Hindu, Tribune and The Asian Age show Virat Kohli. Ravinder Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh jubilating 'Rampage in Ranchi' is how the Hindu puts it.
There is now a new aspect to the age old Kumbh mela. 'Kumbh mystique now draws Harvard dons' writes the Times of India on its front page, adding that the academics are intrigued by the mela's size and dynamics', and are researching on, what they call 'a pop up megacity' on the river banks.
The Asian Age and the Hindustan Times report on the US president who is to be sworn in twice for his second term. This has been necessitated as Jan 20th is the constitution mandated date but which happens to be a Sunday.
'Mercury to dip, but cold to be less severe', writes the Tribune, saying that temperatures will fall by a few notches in Northern India.
'Rising animal deaths due to roads crisscrossing sanctuaries worry Supreme Court' writes the Pioneer on its front page. As a result, night curfew at parks to save wildlife is now proposed.
James Bonds favorite car maker has taken Aston Martin to new heights, literally. The Mail Today has pictures showing a chopper carrying the car, for it to land on top of Burj Al Arab. All this for the car makers 100th anniversary.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sabarmati redemption: 31 degrees for jailbird in 6 years

Today's Newspaper Headlines

The front pages of most newspapers this morning have carried the story of the Congress Chintan Shivir. "Sonia to Congress: Respond to demanding, changing India" says The Indian Express. Under the headline, "Sonia backs reforms as Rahul dominates show", Hindustan Times writes that Sonia Gandhi gave her preion for the 2014 polls: Focus on youth, inclusive growth and alliances.

Under the headline, "Gravity of crime or age of accused? SC to examine" The Indian Express writes that Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar has said that Delhi Police was in favour of amending the law to reduce the age of juvenility from the existing 18 to 16 years.

"Sabarmati redemption: 31 degrees for jailbird in 6 years". Under this headline, The Times of India reports that instead of keeping his head low and cursing his fate for his situation, Bhanu Patel, a doctor by profession, obtained 31 educational qualifications while at Sabarmati Jail from 2005 to 2011, thus earning him a place in Unique World Records and Asia Book of Records.

Hindsutan Times reports that by February 1, all public transport vehicles plying on Delhi roads will have to display the credentials of the driver and other staff of the vehicle.

The Asian Age reports that Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau Assistant Director Kamran Faisal who was investigating the Rental Power Project scam in which Pakistan PM Raja Parvez Ashraf is involved, has been found dead.

"NASA beams Mona Lisa to Moon with laser". Under this headline, The Times of India reports that in a major advance in laser communication, NASA scientists have beamed a picture of Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, to be received 384,400 kms away by a powerful spacecraft orbiting the Moon.

And finally, under the headline "This time, roses bloom early and dash farmers' hopes for Valentine's day", The Hindu reports that a warmer winter this year has turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for rose growing farmers as higher than normal temperatures have resulted in earlier bloom of roses.

Friday, January 18, 2013

"No examination system" has resulted in a decline in learning of basic reading and math skills among rural children in Govt. Primary Schools

Today's Newspaper Headlines

Top headlines this morning comprise the Government allowing State run oil marketers to raise diesel prices in "small quantities" over several months and raising the cap on subsidised LPG cylinder - to 9 a year.

Most paper report of Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's climbdown-offer of a discussion on 'all concerns related to the LoC'. The Indian Express headline reads "India to wait and watch, after Pak Talks offer".

Hindustan Times writes that the Delhi bus rape case which was transferred to a fast track court, will start daily hearings from the 21st of January. Defence lawyers say they have already received soft copies of the chargesheet and related documents.

Hindu Business Line reports "Air India closes booking, grounds all six dreamliners" as Federal Aviation Administration pointing to problem with the battery of dreamliner.

Finance Minister reiterated India's commitment to a Stable Tax Regime, Moderate Tax Rates and a fair mechanism for Dispute Resolution, reports The Hindu.

The Economic Times writes that according to an NGO- Pratham, which focuses on primary education, the "no examination system" has resulted in a decline in learning of basic reading and math skills among rural children in Govt. Primary Schools.

And finally The Times of India tells us that an Indian researcher, 27 year old Mahaveer Golechha has been selected for an award for his work on a drug to cure Alzheimer's. He has been recognized for his outstanding research on 'Naringin' found in grape fruit and other citrus fruit which contains anti-Alzheimer properties.

Sexy judgement: Sex on false promise of marriage is rape: HC - Hindustan Times

Sex on false promise of marriage is rape: HC - Hindustan Times

Thursday, January 17, 2013

15 crore cases in the year 2040

Today's Newspapers

The front pages of most papers of the day are splashed with stories related to the heightened tension between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control. Hindustan Times says, 'Under pressure, Pak asks its men to back off'.

In a related story, The Pioneer reports that exposing the white lies of the Pakistani military establishment, Indian Army has released pictures of landmines that were reportedly planted by Pakistani troops inside the Indian territory along the LOC.

After the the BCCI has apprised the International Cricket Council of the situation prevailing in India following the killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army, and after the Mumbai Cricket Association made it clear that it would be difficult to host the matches involving a Pakistani team in the city, the ICC may have to announce a new venue for the matches of the upcoming Women's Cricket World Cup, says The Pioneer.

The Statesman writes that one month after the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a Delhi bus, protesters gathered yesterday at Jantar Mantar in remembrance of the braveheart.

'Litigation explosion ahead', under that headline The Pioneer writes that the likelihood of 15 crore cases in the year 2040 warrants speedy judicial reforms as underlined by the National Court Management System of the Supreme Court.

The Indian Express reports that the cabinet meeting is set to consider the Petroleum Ministry's proposals to increase diesel, cooking gas and kerosene prices, a move the government aims to partly offset by raising the ceiling on the number of subsidized LPG cylinders.

'Aussie breakthrough may offer AIDS cure', reads the headline of a Hindustan Times story which writes that modifying a protein in the HIV virus that causes AIDS will stop it from replicating, thereby protecting people against AIDS.

The Times of India says that the international boxing body AIBA has suspended the Indian Boxing Federation on complaints of manipulations in its organisational elections in September last, as a result of which the Indian boxers will not be able to take part in international events.

And finally, The Times of India has written about the exam evaluation mess in Delhi University after the roll out of the semester system saying that many students have got marks that were more than the maximum possible.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The railways has launched a first-of-its kind web-page,, using Google Maps


The Prime Minister's  tough talk on the LoC killings is the lead story in most papers. The Headline in the Mail Today reads, 'Soft PM delivers Hard Talk to Pak'.
In a related  report, The Hindustan Times writes, 'Chill Sets In', liberal visa regime is put on hold, nine Pakistan hockey players are sent back.
In an unprecedented 'Anti-Corruption' gathering in Pakistan, influential cleric Tahir-ul-Quadri spearheading the million-man march in Islamabad yesterday, is the major headline in The Pioneer. 'Million Man March rattles Pakistan", writes the paper.
'Pakistan slips into fresh crisis', says The Hindu, adding that as protestors besiege Islamabad, Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Parvez Ashraf.
'LPG Cap may be raised to 12', reports The Hindustan Times, reporting that the Government is hoping to substantially negate the political fall out of higher diesel and cooking gas price by doubling the cap on the number of subsidized LPG cylinder from 6 to 12.
The Hindu writes that in the wake of the horrific gang-rape that took place in a moving bus on December 16 in Delhi, the Union Urban Development Ministry has asked all states to ensure that urban transport system including buses, autos and taxis are fitted with intelligent transport systems like cameras and tracking devices.
Reporting on the weather, The Hindustan Times writes, 'Don't pack your woollens, rain may bring back cold'. The paper says that though the sunny days may have brought cheer to Delhiites, the weatherman predicts rain and thunderstorms, and the temperature is expected to dip.
And Finally, 'Google to the rescue of fog-hit railway, to help fight delays'. The Hindustan Times reports that even as hundreds of trains continue to be delayed due to fog, the railways has launched a first-of-its kind web-page,, using Google Maps.

Facebook 'Graph Search' mines a billion people with a trillion connections, launching today in beta

Facebook 'Graph Search' mines a billion people with a trillion connections, launching today in beta

Monday, January 14, 2013

Kumbh Mela


    Pakistani troops violating the cease fire yet again last evening even as the two sides prepare for a flag meeting of top commanders this afternoon, is a prominent story in the papers - with interesting headlines. 'Pak talks Truce, keeps up Firing', writes the Times of India. 'Hot and Cold along the LoC', headlines the Statesman.

    Regarding the Indian Army's reaction to LoC violations, Hindustan Times reports that the Indian Army Chief is believed to have told his top generals in the border state that the force reserved the right to retaliate at a place and time of its choosing.

    Several newspapers carry colorful photographs of devotees at the Maha Kumbh mela and processions of sadhus in Allahabad. The Times of India caption reads, 'Sadhu jumps into knee-deep water at the Sangam'.

    The Tribune reports that 22 sarpanches and panches from the north Kashmir area of Sopore belonging to three panchayat blocks resigned yesterday, following militant attacks on a sarpanch and a woman panch from the same area in the past few days.

    'More Rail hikes likely after Budget in Feb.', reports the Asian Age. The paper, quoting an official, adds the positive response to last weeks upward revision has opened up the window for some more incremental hikes to boost the railways' earnings.

    Hindustan Times reports that the government is looking at an increase in excise duty on most goods and service taxes by two percentage points to 14 per cent, a move that could make most consumer products, like cars and refrigerators costlier.

    HT Business writes, as part of its rural push across the country, Amul Co-operatives has opened spanking new Ice Cream Parlours in the smallest of towns across the country, with inhabitants finding themselves a brand new love!

Telangana state soon; Congress leaders get "signals" from Centre - The Times of India

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pakistan-India: Air Chief hawkish, Khurshid plays dove


The on-going Pakistan-India cross-border tension, with Pakistan not responding to a call for a 'flag meeting' and the Indian Air Chief warning Pakistan against LoC violations, makes for headline news. "Air Chief hawkish, Khurshid plays dove", headlines Hindustan Times.
Asian Age and Mail Today write that the wife of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was killed and beheaded by Pakistani troops on January the 8th, has declared a 'hunger strike' along with other family members, until his decapitated head is brought back from Pakistan.
"Women's Laws Top Priority in Budget Session" is an Asian Age headline. The first legislative business of the Budget Session, is set to be the enactment of a Law to provide stringent punishment for crimes against women.
The Hindu reports that the President has rejected the mercy petition of death row convict Saibanna Natikar, convicted for murder of his first wife, followed by murder of his second wife and daughter. This is the second Presidential mercy plea rejection, after Ajmal Kasab.
The Indian Express writes that 'A committee, chaired by the Director General of Health Services, has proposed sweeping changes in the medical parameters for candidates applying for government jobs, after the PMO suggested a 'relook' at the diseases for which a candidate could be declared 'unfit' for government jobs.
The Hindu writes 'It is two years since India has had a Polio case, one more and the country can say Good Bye, Polio!. In 2009 India accounted for nearly half the Worlds reported cases.
And finally The Indian Express writes that the Ministry of Communications and IT is working on a wristwatch-plus-safety device for women which could enable its wearer to send out a distress signal along with her location at the push of a button or a spoken call for help. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said the watch would be available in a few months and cost as little as Rs.500/-.

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Celebrating Swami Vivekananda

Celebrating Swami Vivekananda's 150th

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The lavish praise accorded to Chief Minister Narendra Modi by leading industrialists and business leaders at the Vibrant Gujarat business summit


Continuing tension between India and Pakistan over recent incidents along the Line of Control dominates front page headlines. With Pakistan protesting the killing of a soldier in firing from the Indian side, the Times of India reports the official Indian position as saying" Pak soldiers killing response to provocation". The comments of Hafiz Saeed,the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, that violence in Kashmir could get ugly are highlighted in the Asian Age, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.
The Supreme Court's observations on the lack of safety for women in the capital are prominently noticed in the press. "Safety has to come back to Capital" reports the Hindu on its front page. The Hindustan Times informs that the Justice Verma panel that was set up to review rape laws has received more than 60,000 suggestions.
The government's defence of a controversial clause in the Information Technology Act which was invoked to arrest two young girls in Maharashtra for their Facebook posts is prominently noticed. "Section 66A of IT act not bad in law: Centre to Supreme Court" reports the Indian Express. The Statesman quotes the Centre as saying "IT Act does not curb freedom of expression".
The Statesman carries an interesting front page story on how a Bangladeshi man arrested in Mumbai by the Immigration Branch of the police revealed that he had obtained a UID Aadhar card by paying a bribe of 2500 rupees.
The lavish praise accorded to Chief Minister Narendra Modi by leading industrialists and business leaders at the Vibrant Gujarat business summit is widely covered in the press. However, the Financial Express in its report "Vibrant Gujarat more show than substance" writes that other than two business groups, no other industrialist committed any investments in the state.

Swami Vivekananda, young at 150

Vivekananda, young at 150

Friday, January 11, 2013

Schools for Tibetans, run by Tibetans


The story of the aftermath of the sneak attack from across the LOC by Pakistan that left two Indian jawans mutilated, and strained the India Pakistan relations severely, has been prominently covered by all prominent newspapers of their front pages. The Times of India says that border truce violations have almost doubled in 2012.
The Asian Age reports that twenty five days after the Delhi gang rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old paramedic student, the Delhi Government is working on a recommendation of making auto-rickshaw kiosks on the pattern of taxi kiosks so that commuters could get auto-rickshaws round the clock.
Under the headline, Decriminalising Politics", The Tribune reports that the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to justify the existence of two different laws - one for ordinary citizens involved in criminal cases and another for the similarly placed elected representatives.
The Indian Express writes that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has suggested that Aadhaar numbers should be included on birth certificates and university degrees which will help in accessing services and overcoming bogus beneficiaries and duplication.
"Schools for Tibetans, run by Tibetans" - under this headline, The Indian Express says that the Cabinet has decided to transfer 71 schools, set up in the 60s for kids of Tibetan refugees, from the HRD ministry to the Dalai Lama led administration in Dharamshala.
Under the caption "Insulin code out, say bye to needles", The Times of India says that in a major breakthrough that could help millions of diabetics, Australian researchers have solved a 20-year-old mystery on how Insulin works at the molecular level that may soon enable diabetics to get rid of daily injections.
"Jayashri's Pi lullaby in race for Oscar". Under this headline, The Indian Express says that the lilting, tender song in Tamil called "Pi's Lullaby", in the movie "Life of Pi" which has been nominated in 11 categories, is in the race for the Best Music (Original Song) at the Oscars 2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hate speech accused MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi has been slapped with charges of sedition

Most newspapers this morning have reported the aftermath of the savage killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani army. Under the headline, "Army readies tough reply to Pak butchery", Mail Today reports that the beheading of a soldier has angered the army's rank and file and has prompted strong political and diplomatic action.
"Train pain: Now, pay a lot more for travel". Under that headline, Hindustan Times reports that the rail fare hike announced one and a half month's before the presentation of the rail budget will keep the rail budget politically palatable.
The Times of India reports that Haryana's khaps have formed a 17-member panel to appear before the Supreme Court to ask for Lok Adalat status for them and seek amendments to the Hindu Marriage Act to accommodate the social customs of the region which prohibit same-gotra marriages.
Hindustan Times reports that hate speech accused MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi has been slapped with charges of sedition.
The Pioneer reports that the Central Vigilance Committee on Public Distribution System has suggested that the state governments must constitute Civil Supplies Corporation to directly lift food grains and supply them to fair price shops which should be managed by cooperative societies and not private individuals.
The Asian Age reports that ten students, 8 of them from IITs, scored 100% in the Common Admission Test - CAT 2012, for entry into the Indian Institutes of Management and other business schools.
Diesel cars are likely to get costlier after Budget 2013-14, reports Hindustan Times, as the finance ministry is proposing to levy and additional excise duty on diesel cars across categories.
And finally, under the caption, "Drug to help paralysed walk again", The Times of India says that scientists at Stanford University, California have developed a pill which they claim could help paralysed people walk again.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Expect more unconstitutional restrictions on Twitter and Facebook

Expect more unconstitutional restrictions on Twitter and Facebook


The killing of two Indian jawans by Pakistani soldiers after crossing over the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir dominates front page headlines in all the papers today.

The ordering of a probe by the Ministry of Home Affairs into alleged lapses by the Delhi Police and the Safdarjung Hospital in the recent gangrape case in Delhi is prominently noticed. "MHA-appointed officer to probe allegations of police lapses," reports the Hindustan Times.

Violence between CPM and Trinamool Congress workers as the CPM cadre were proceeding for a rally in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal gets wide attention. "5 CPM workers injured as TMC attacks rally", reports the Times of India.

The Asian Age, the Pioneer and the Times of India reveal that a member of the Dental Council of India has been arrested by the CBI for accepting a bribe from a private college in Tamil Nadu for granting approval to start a postgraduate dental course.

Many papers write about possible government interventions which could have an impact on the poor and marginal sections of the population. In a special front page story the Asian Age reports that the government is preparing to enact a law to constitute an equal opportunity commission to look into issues related to minorities, particularly Muslims. The Indian Express writes, "Government plans a 66 per cent hike in housing aid to BPL families".

The Finance Ministry's assertion that it was not worried about the threat of a ratings downgrade by global agencies such as Fitch is highlighted by the Hindu.

"E-tagging to keep jumbos off killer tracks", under that headline the Pioneer reports that in the wake of trains mowing down nine elephants in Odisha and West Bengal in the recent past, the Ministries of Railways and Environment decided that trains would have to reduce speed when passing through designated, identified vulnerable patches of forests to avoid further deaths of wildlife.

And finally, The Hindustan Times reports that Indian scientist Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti along with Italian Remo Ruffin has become the first to record the entire 'birth cry' that is the huge amounts of gamma radiation emission just after the formation of a black hole, and that earlier attempts at recording such events were never complete.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Public ire mounts, protesters brave tear gas and water cannons


Public anger and rage boiling over outside Delhi's symbol of state power, Raisina Hill, protesting last Sundays' gangrape is on the front pages of all newspapers. 'Public ire mounts, protesters brave tear gas and water cannons', writes the Tribune. 'Welcome to Raisina Hell', headlines Hindustan Times. 'Government sees anger, Hints at death sentence', reports the Asian Age.
On the Center's commitment to further strengthen the banking system, Business Line, quoting Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, writes, the centre will infuse over 15 thousand crore rupee new capital before March 2013, for consolidation of the banking system. He said, China has three of the worlds 20 largest banks, and India has none.
On the upcoming India-Pak series, Hindustan Times writes, the cricket series has a lot more riding on it than just pride. For starters, this is the first time Pakistan will play India following the Mumbai terror attacks, and Pakistani cricket officials hope that a successful trip and peace on the political front can pave the way for a full fledged series.
The Russian President and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are to meet on Monday to discuss the delay in the handing over of air craft carrier Admiral Gorshkov to India; the Supreme Court's cancellation of the 2G license granted to Russia-India telecom company, Sistema Shyam and the Indian Nuclear Liabilty Law regarding the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant.
'Rahul Gandhi not in PM race', writes Mail Today. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said, Rahul Gandhi will not project himself as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He said, the Party's Parliamentary Committee will decide on this.
And Finally, Times of India reports that rising suicides by young men in Tamilnadu villages have shocked villagers into accepting 'Love marriages'. Taking an oath not to oppose marriages outside their tribes, village elders now persuade the Brides' families to voluntarily solemnize the marriages.

Government moots 'Sin' tax on tobacco, liquor


Most newspapers have splashed the news about public anguish over the recent Delhi gang-rape on their front pages. Hindustan Times reports that in a rare public statement by a sitting Supreme Court judge, Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra slammed it as an attack on dignity of women. The paper also says that for the first time since the fateful night, the 23 year old victim met her male friend who suffered serious injuries while trying to protect her. Under the headline "India united in protest", The Pioneer writes that agitators marched to Rashtrapati Bhawan and demanded speedy justice to the rape victim.
Newspapers have also reported on their front pages the story of CBI chargesheet against telecom firms Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Vodafone Mobile and former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh, accusing them of criminal conspiracy and misconduct in the allocation of additional spectrum in 2002 when the NDA was in power.
The Tribune and The Statesman write that a Delhi court has decided to frame charges against sacked Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, secretary general Lalit Bhanot and nine others for their alleged involvement in a 90 crore rupee scam.
The Times of India under the headline "Government moots 'Sin' tax on tobacco, liquor, writes that if the health ministry has its way, a 'sin tax' on tobacco and alcohol will fund part of the health budget during the 12th five year plan as also being a part of its plan to fight non-communicable diseases.
Under the headline "Unclear LPG capping norms fuel consumers' woes" The Pioneer reports that the government order fixing the annual cap of six LPG cylinders per household came into effect in September but the gas agencies in NCR are telling consumers that the cap is effective April last.
And finally, The Hindu reports under the headline "Mayan 'doomsday' wave sweeps the world but luckily no casualties" that diehard doomsayers hunkered down to await the apocalypse on Friday, but most took a light-hearted view of the Mayan prophesy of world's destruction.

Modi boards Rajdhani Express


Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi scoring a hat trick yesterday and the Congress wresting power in Himachal Pradesh, is the lead story in today's papers. "Modi boards Rajdhani Express", Victory speech hints at national ambitions, writes Hindustan Times. "Congress's next big task : Choosing Himachal CM" - Virbhadra is front runner but others are eyeing the post too, writes the Tribune.
India and ASEAN yesterday agreeing to elevate their relations to Strategic Partnership level, is also covered by the day's papers. The Indian Express writes that Vietnam, furious over Chinese passports showing the South China Sea as part of Chinese waters, seeks ASEAN support to keep Beijing at Bay.
23-year old Delhi rape victim's vital parameters coming within normal, appears in the press. "Rape victim wants culprits punished" reads The Hindu's headline. The Mail Today writes that the main accused in the incident Ram Singh, was remorseless during police interrogation and he said he was taking 'revenge' for her insults.
India winning yesterday's T20 match against England is headlined by Hindustan Times as, "Shorter it gets, the better it is for India". The paper says that Yuvraj Singh first pulled back England picking up 3 wickets, and then smashed 38, to pave the way for India's victory.
The Statesman writes that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking inputs from stakeholders on the tariff for National Roaming services, moving a step closer to providing free roaming by 2013.
Ultra secret talks have been setup in France by it's Government for the Taliban, and all Afghan political factions are to meet for the first time to hold free discussions on neutral territory, writes The Hindu.
And finally, The Times of India reports about a new light bulb that glows on power generated by gravitational pull. Designed by a London based Initiative, this works on a sack of sand pulling a rope through a dynamo which generates electricity to power an LED light bulb, reports the paper.

'Verdict to have far-reaching implication for Congress and BJP


 With all eyes focussed on the eagerly-awaited results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls, papers of the day analysed different scenarios. 'Verdict to have far-reaching implication for Congress and BJP', writes the Tribune. Businessline of the Hindu says, 'State Contests, National Consequences', as the outcome will have a major bearing on national politics and the 2014 General Elections.

 Public outrage in the gang rape case continues to grow report the papers. 'Anger rises in city as girl sinks', headlines the Times of India. 'Two admit to gang rape', 'Fifth detained in Bihar', write the Hindu and the Tribune. Government to bear medical expenses of Delhi gangrape victim, writes the Statesman.

 A Samajwadi Party member snatching papers from a Minister while he was presenting the Bill for reservation in promotions in government jobs for SCs and STs , and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's personal intervention, also find prominence in the papers. 'Samajwadi Party MPs snatch Quota Bill, tear it - Sonia fights back', headlines the Indian Express.

 The Times of India reports the Minister of State for Home RPN Singh stating in Rajya Sabha yesterday that as of now, there are no specific inputs to say that terrorists are investing in share and stock markets, however, there are some transactions, suspected to be linked to financing of terrorism.

 The Financial Express reports that the Government's ambitious welfare programme Direct Cash Transfer's pilots have borne fruit in several parts of the country, with beneficiaries in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra buying ration supplies, and receiving pensions and scholarships, using the Online Authentication System.

And finally, the Times of India informs us that scientists may progress to human cloning within half a century, according to top British scientist Sir John Gurdon, who won this year's Nobel Prize for medicine.

Is this the start of India's 'Arab Spring'?

Is this the start of India's 'Arab Spring'?

Rape victim clings to life; MHA for death in most brutal cases


All major newspapers have reported the story of the horrific rape in Delhi on their front pages. Hindustan Times says, "India against rape: Parliament, public unite over Delhi horror; MPs demand death for rapists, while The Asian Age caption says "Rape victim clings to life; MHA for death in most brutal cases". "India demands justice, NOW! Victim relapses, next 48 hours crucial" reads the Pioneer headline while The Times of India says "Enough Talk. Let's make women safe".
The Indian Express writes that a man accused of planting bombs on the Samjhauta Express in 2007 has allegedly told investigators that he was part of a group of Hindu extremists who planted bombs at a mosque in Maharashtra's Malegaon town in 2006.
The Tribune writes that police have dropped all charges against Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan whose arrest over a Facebook post criticising shutdown in Mumbai during Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral had sparked an uproar.
The Times of India reports that India is witnessing a significant reduction in fresh cases of the deadly HIV which have come down by 57%.
The Business Standard and the Hindu have reported the government making it mandatory to have an Aadhar Card and a Bank account for beneficiaries of the direct cash transfer scheme.
Under the headline, "Government seeks to record every detail of foreign students", The Indian Express says the government has rolled out a mechanism to keep an eye on all foreign students in the country.
Hindustan Times reports that there is a proposal from Pakistan's Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) underlining the need for a hotline between the ANF heads and India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to generate better coordination to combat the scourge of drugs and enable real time sharing of information.
And finally, The Hindu reports that the Uttarakhand police has honoured a girl with a cheque for 5100 rupees, a shawl and a bouquet as a token of appreciation for her refusal to marry a man demanding dowry from her parents.

Monday, January 7, 2013

MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi files writ petition in the Andhra High Court seeking a stay on arrest

Akbaruddin Owaisi seeks 4 days time 


Most newspapers of the day have reported the story of two of the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape and murder case offering to turn approvers, a move legal experts dismissed as a desperate bid to escape punishment.
The Pioneer writes that the Central Government has sanctioned 7 crore rupees to reward educated panchs and sarpanchs from the remote villages of Jammu and Kashmir with travel and training, specialised insurances and a monthly stipend for their grit to hold fort despite threats and adversaries.
The Economic Times says that an increase in the minimum support price of wheat has resulted in a higher acreage of the crop, with the area going up by 4.58 lakh hectares from last year to over 286 lakh hectares.
The forthcoming Union Budget may bring some relief to small tax-payers as the government could raise the tax exemption limit, reports the Asian Age.
The Times of India says that the Environment Ministry has set February 15 as the deadline for states to finalise no-go areas for industry around the 600-plus national parks and sanctuaries.
Under the headline, 'Web CO2 emission same as aviation industry's', the Indian Express writes that Internet and other components of Information Communication and Technology Industry annually produce more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and it is expected to double by 2020.
The Times of India reports that the Central Vigilance Commission has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to begin an investigation into the racket that siphoned off with impunity almost 20 crore rupees earmarked for building night shelters and to provide other welfare assistance to the national capital's poor and homeless.
And finally, the Times of India reports that come 2014, the majority of educational boards conducting class XII examinations across the country have agreed in-principle to have a common design of question papers to give students a level playing field.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Three out of four Heads of States are now using Twitter

The number of Heads of States using the social media network, Twitter to engage with the citizens has gone up by 78 percent in 2012 as compared to 2011. Three out of four Heads of States are now using Twitter accounts. US President Barack Obama is the most watched world leader on Twitter, with 25 million followers. He is followed by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, with 3.5 million followers. Turkish President Gul Mohammad is placed third in this list. From the West Asia region, UAE President and the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Mkhtoum is placed ninth in the list of Heads of states followed by Twitter users. These findings have been revealed in the latest report by the US based think tank the Digital Policy Council, DPC.

According to the report, the most-followed woman on the list is the Jordan Queen Rania Al Abdullah ,who used her account as a political channel to represent the viewpoints of the King Abdullah II of Jordan in the past. It says that the Middle East region also saw a rise in the heads of state that joined Twitter. In 2012, five out of the top 15 heads of state using Twitter came from Middle Eastern countries. Arab Spring players such as Libya, Tunisia, and Iraq also had their heads of state adopted Twitter along with Qatar and Afghanistan.


A Delhi Court issuing 'Production Warrants' and 'Summoning' the five accused in the Delhi gang rape case, is covered extensively by the Press. "Pre-trial proceedings begin tomorrow"- headlines the Hindu. Hindustan Times reports that the 5 accused are 'stunned' by the speed at which events have moved, and fear an attack by the public - on their way to Court.
The Indian Express reports that the sixth accused - the juvenile among the six arrested - had left his home in a village in Uttar Pradesh eleven years ago and that his mother, one of the poorest residents with only a plastic sheet for a roof on her hut, had long given him up for dead.
Finding itself in a tight spot over allegations leveled by the gang rape victim's male friend - of a delayed and slow response by the police in the initial stages, there is "Pressure for Action on Top Officials", writes the Asian Age. "Cops Swing into Damage Control, Public still Angry" - headlines Hindustan Times.
Papers cover the story of high drama at the residence of former Army Chief Gen. V K Singh in Delhi Cantonment, where an army signals team had gone to reconfigure the telephone exchange and recall two soldiers manning it. "V K Singh's family alleges snooping by Army" - writes the Sunday Tribune.
Quoting official Pakistani sources, the Asian Age reports that Pakistan is all set to grant 'Most Favoured Nation' status to India and the announcement is likely to be made in the week starting Monday. Traders have been assured that some 'sensitive' items would not be allowed from India.
"Kohli tipped for Captain if injured Dhoni sits out", writes Hindustan Times. The papers adds, Today's India - Pak match could have front runner Virat Kohli handling the responsibility of Captain.
And finally, The Financial Express informs us that the Commonwealth Games expensive show piece - the Aerostat Balloon, (which is worth 57 crore rupees) will be sold to the Goa government for Rs 1. The Goa government plans to use it during the Lusofonia Games, to be held in November this year.

India gang rape victim's father reveals daughter's name is Jyoti Singh Pandey

India gang rape victim's father reveals daughter's name is Jyoti Singh Pandey

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rape victim's friend appears on TV, slams police, 'apathetic public'

Today's Newspapers Headlines

Many leading dailies today have reported on the Apathetic attitude of the police and the public, in an interview given by the friend of the Delhi gang rape victim to a TV news channel. "Rape victims friend appears on TV, slams police, 'apathetic public'" reports the Indian Express. "Three PCRs wasted 30 minutes arguing about jurisdiction" reports the Times of India and adds that the cops did not lift the victim and that her friend had to lift her with his injuries.

The lowering of the age bar for juvenile delinquents from 18 to 16 at a high level meeting has also been highlighted by the newspapers. "Few takers for death penalty; many states want 16 as juvenile age bar", notes the Hindu. The Tribune adds "No consensus on death for rapists".

"While the entire country agitated over the Delhi gang rape, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said, rapes are mainly prevalent in urban India due to western influence and that such crimes do not happen in Bharat - rural areas", reports the Hindu. The Asian Age notes "RSS Boss, BJP draw flak for shockers".

The continuing cold wave in North India finds a mention in major news dailies. "It's close to freezing and there is no respite insight" reports the Hindustan Times. The Times of India notes "Delhi at 2.7 degrees celsius, Gurgaon 0.7 degrees celsius".

Indian Space Scientists' tryst with Mars will begin with the launch of a probe in October to explore the red planets atmosphere and search for life sustaining elements, reports the Pioneer.

Newspapers like the Hindu and the Asian Age have displayed on their front page a photograph of the 15-year old Pakistan activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last October for advocating girls' education, emerging from the queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday after she was temporarily discharged.

The Asian Age reports that Indian-American physician Ami Bera and the first Hindu US legislator Ms. Tulsi Gabbard on Friday were sworn in as newly elected members of the US House of Representatives. Ms. Tulsi Gabbard is the first to take oath of office in the US on the Bhagwad Gita.

And finally, the Asian Age reports with the photograph of musicians playing John Lennon's Imagine in a memorial tribute to the 23-year old gang rape victim during a mass guitar Ensemble comprising 600 guitarists in Darjeeling on Thursday. The musical tribute to the gang rape victim was a bid to spread "Hope, peace and promise".

Friday, January 4, 2013

Chances of landing yourself a job in the financial services sector are higher and brighter in 2013


The Delhi Police seeking death penalty for the 5 Delhi gang rape accused in their charge sheet, is highlighted by the Press. "Charge sheet seeks death for 5 accused, leaves out minor,'' writes The Times of India. The Tribune headlines reports that the - " Crime was well planned".

Hindustan Times writes that  " In the wake of unprecedented public outrage over the incident, the Union Home Minister has ordered every police station in the Capital to have at least 9 Police women personnel.

 The Statesman reports that the Supreme Court has said - the uncontrolled clinical trail of drugs on humans by multinational companies is creating havoc in the country, and has asked the government to handle the problem on an urgent basis.

The Hindu reports that DMK president - M Karunanidhi has dropped another hint that his son and party treasurer - MK Stalin will be his political successor.

The Economic Times writes that C Rangarajan, key economic advisor to the PM has said the government could consider a rate of tax higher that the current 30% on the 'Super Rich', to raise greater revenue.

The Indian Express writes "Sirhind had the worst child sex ratio in 2001," but now two of its daughters are among the first beneficiaries of India's Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme - Dhanalakshmi, and have received  stipends of Rs 750/- each in their Bank accounts on January the 1st..

HT Business writes " Chances of landing yourself a job in the financial services sector are higher and brighter in 2013 thanks to the impending entry of new players in banking, following a liberalisation of licenses.

Times of India writes that blinking not only keeps your eyes lubricated, but that your brain takes a nap every time you blink, according to researches in Japan's Osaka University. The mental break can last anywhere from a split second to a few seconds - before attention is fully restored.

Hate talk: Abkbaruddin Owaisi may be arrested (DC)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Coldest day in 44 years takes Delhi deaths to 20


    The dipping Mercury in Delhi is the lead headline in many papers. 'Coldest day in 44 years takes Delhi deaths to 20', writes The Hindustan Times, while the Pioneer says, 'Delhi Trembles as 44 years record broken'. 'Nitin's in again', reads the headline in the Mail Today; the paper adds, 'Gadkari weathers opposition to be firm favorite for second innings as BJP Boss, but will need Modi's backing'.
    Describing as 'untenable' Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's objections to the appointment of Justice R A Mehta as Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal, The Tribune writes, 'SC upholds appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta; Set back for Modi as court terms his objections unjustified'.
    Referring to the murdered 23 year old woman, The Indian Express writes that exhausted by the endless, unwanted attention, all the fake names thought up by media organizations for her, and the manner in which the horrific tragedy is being made into a spectacle, the harassed family of the victim pleads; 'Just leave us alone'.
    In the case of the alleged sexual assault of a 17 year old South Delhi Public School student, the Times of India writes that the case underlines the perils that social networking sites pose to vulnerable Teenagers. It was a Facebook friendship that pulled the girl into the sordid quagmire. In another report, the paper highlights the new dangers in the lives of net savvy teenagers and a need to sensitize kids and parents about cyber laws and use and abuse of the Internet.
    The Hindustan Times writes that India is expected to have close to 165 million mobile Internet users by March 2014, up from 87.1 million in December 2012.
    And finally, the Times of India says, 'Myth busted; Smoking can't relieve stress'. The paper reports that contrary to popular opinion, quitting smoking relives stress. This has been shown by a study by UK researchers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Y.V. Reddy to head 14th Finance Commission

Y.V. Reddy to head 14th Finance Commission (Hindu)


As the country continues to mourn the death of the Delhi rape victim, The Indian Express reports that the bus driver tried to run the victim over as her friend pulled her away just in time. The Hindu reports, "Special Court to hear Delhi gang-rape case opens today".
Reporting on the deal arrived at in the US to avert the Fiscal Cliff, The Economic Times reports, "Sensex at 20-month high of 19,581 - Markets at a peak as US comes down fiscal cliff". The Times of India adds "World breathes easy as US avoids fiscal cliff for now".
Hindustan Times reports that in news that could come as "Sweet relief", to diabetics, there has been a 20 to 40 per cent cut in insulin prices, on the orders of the pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority.
If property or marriage is to be registered in the national Capital, biometric identity proof will be mandatory from now on, reports The Times of India.
Delays in clearances that have been made mandatory to mine common soil, have put brakes on road projects worth over 50 thousand crore rupees, reports The Indian Express.
Reporting on the weather The Tribune writes, "Icy winds lash North, but respite could be round the corner." The Times of India cautions, "Mercury dips to 4 degree Celsius, could be 2 degree Celsius on Sunday".
In an alarming indictment of the quality of training given to prospective school teachers, over 99 per cent aspirants failed to clear the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2012, says the Times of India.
And finally, the urge to overeat is a hormonal issue triggered by eating too much sugar, reports The Times of India citing a study by a US obesity expert.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PV’s far-reaching reforms made India an economic powerhouse

PV’s far-reaching reforms made India an economic powerhouse (hans)

Most newspapers have carried, on the front pages, the story of the subdued new year celebrations in India. Under "Another chance for us to get it right", Hindustan Times writes that 2012 streaked across our collective vision in a gloomy blur with the exceptionally brutal gang rape and death of a 23 year old Delhi girl and the ensuing nationwide protests being the morbid topping to, by and large, a downer of a year. The Asian Age, under the caption, Let 2013 be Year of the Woman", says that crowds braved cold and police and thronged Jantar Mantar to peacefully demand harsh punishment for crimes against women. The Times of India says that the horrific attack on Nirbhaya has led to a spurt in requests for gun licences from women.
Asia's largest Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband has banned the use of multimedia mobile phones, saying they were acting on complaints that students were using them for morally unacceptable purposes, reports The Times of India.
Hindustan Times like most prominent newspapers reports that schools across Delhi will start selling nursery admission forms from today, adding that there are 100,000 seats and the demand outstrips supply.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has released the date sheets for classes 10 and 12 board examinations for 2013, reports Hindustan Times, adding that though the date sheets are fairly balanced, schools have been training their children to write back-to-back exams and get used to the pace.
Under the caption, "ED all set to tighten noose around Ramdev", The Pioneer writes that the Enforcement Directorate is planning to use a provision under the Indian Passports Act to treat certain portion of the assets acquired by Yog Guru Baba Ramdev's trusts as proceeds of crime.

I Wish You Happy New Year