Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bankrupt Railways on a diet- populist schemes over time result in 24,600 crore rupee loss


Reactions to the rail budget form the lead headlines in almost all papers of the day. "Reform express rolls, rail budget links fares freight rates to the price of fuel" writes The Indian Express the Mail Today says "Bankrupt Railways on a diet- populist  schemes over time result in 24,600 crore rupee loss. No fare hike but cost increase through back door.
"India rebuts pentagon nominees' charge of using Afghanistan against Pakistan" writes The Pioneer referring to the strong rebuttal by the Indian Embassy in Washington to US Defence secretary  nominee Chuck Hagel's controversial remark on the subject.  
"Delhi becomes the first state to ban Manual Scavenging" reports the Hindu.
"Centre relents, NCTC to inform states before ops" opines The Indian Express and says that the modified provisions of the National Counter Terrorism Centre are likely to be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security tomorrow for approval. 
"IAS officer gets three year jail for taking bribe, "writes The Hindu and reports that Rakesh Kumar Jain who served as Director (anti dumping) in the Department of Commerce was fined 2 lakh rupees in addition to the jail term, by a special CBI judge.
In an empowering  move for women, The Times of India reports that the Karnataka High Court has ruled that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act overrides the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law in which the marriage of a girl is allowed as she attains puberty.
And finally, The Times of India writes that India has successfully launched the world's first smart phone loaded with a number of experimental Apps into the orbit. The mobile will test if Apps work out of earth and will find proof if screams can be heard in cosmos, says the paper.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mission Possible


"Mission Possible" reads the Mail Today headline, as it reports India's PSLV successfully put into orbit Seven Satellites in the space of four minutes, including an Indo-French oceanographic spacecraft that will study changes in the environment.

The front page story on Hindustan Times says, the UPA Government is set to go all out to woo women in the coming budget with a slew of incentives including gender-oriented spending programmes, Special Saving Schemes and greater tax exemptions.

"The Oscar Goes to..." under this headline, The Statesman on its front page has shown the photograph of the winners of the 85th Academy Awards while reporting that Iran's state TV dismissed the Best Film-ARGO, as an advertisement for the CIA.

Patiala Mayor Jaspal Pardhan today resigned from his post two days after a case of murder was registered against him and two others, reports The Tribune.

Over 50 million Provident Fund subscribers will get 8.5 percent interest for their deposits for 2012-13 higher than 8.25 percent disbursed in previous financial years reports The Asian Age.

Six suspicious bags that surfaced in different parts of Delhi within a span of three hours created a scare in some areas and had the bombs squad hopping from one site to the next. By the evening, all six were declared to be hoax. The Pioneer covers it under the headline "Terror dry run or hoax in Delhi".

The Times of India reports that weight loss pills, available as steroids act by altering appetite, metabolism or absorption of nutrients, can actually kill. The paper adds youngsters must be sensitized to its ill effects and false claim made by some fitness experts.
And finally, a large number of singers and musicians got together for "A Musical Journey for World Peace", at Jorhat in eastern Assam. They played 315 musical instruments during the musical journey as accompanying vocalists presented the biggest non-classical symphony of its kind in the world.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Here comes the "International New York Times" -- NYT rebrands the Int'l Herald Tribune

Here comes the "International New York Times" -- NYT rebrands the Int'l Herald Tribune

Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis makes Hollywood history

Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis makes Hollywood history

The Statesman and the Tribune of the day have published pictures of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with blast victims in a Hyderabad hospital. "As PM calls for calm, cops probe new leads. Bombs placed on second hand Atlas and KW cycles", reads the Indian Express headline.
"Indian Mujahideen boss Yasin Bhatkal among bomb planters?" wonders lead headline of Hindustan Times. The paper goes on to say the investigator suspect India's most wanted man is still in Hyderabad, hope to wrap up blast case in 3 to 4 weeks.
CBI finally managing to get documents from Milan in the chopper deal figures prominently in many papers. A preliminary enquiry will now begin into the payment of 362 crore rupee kickbacks by AgustaWestland, inform the Asian Age, the Tribune and the Hindu.
Worlds oldest long distance runner Fauja Singh finally retiring at 101 years of age is covered by most dailies.
Sheila Dikshit's advice of using as much electricity as you can afford, coming in for criticism from the opposition finds place in Hindustan Times and the Indian Express.
Bird watchers in the country are thanking the rain Gods for longer and wetter winters as it is bringing exotic birds from Siberia and Africa, report Hindustan Times and the Times of India.
And finally, the Times of India has a picture of four young Indian boys who have jointly developed a 'smart watch'. What's that? you might ask. Well, its a phone that you can wear on your wrist.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

National Investigation Agency to probe Indian Mujahideen, terror attack link


Most dallies continue to report on the ongoing investigation into the twin bomb blasts that took place at Hyderabad on Thursday. The Hindustan Times reports "Blast Probe leads to 3 names, man on cycle." While The Tribune says "CCTV footage gives vital lead, AP forms 15 teams to trace suspects."  The Pioneer adds" National Investigation Agency to probe Indian Mujahideen, terror attack link."

  In a related story The Indian Express reports that an alleged terror module with bases in Bangalore, Hubli, Hyderabad and Nanded, believed to be linked to the Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar -e- Toiba, has emerged as a key suspect in the Hyderabad twin blast probe.

Referring to the crisis in the Maldives, The Mail Today reports "India brokers Nasheed's exit form mission", while The Hindu  adds "Nasheed leaves embassy after "deal" - thanks to India's Intervention; crisis blows over in the Maldives".

The Times of India in its lead story on the front page reports that "Political espionage may have lead to tap on Jaitley phone" referring to illegal tapping of the BJP leader's phone and his colleague BJP chief Vijay Goel.

According to The Hindu "Upset by "blame shifting" over 2-G, Raja wants the Joint Parliamentary Committee investigating the matter to hear him - point finger at "false and incomplete evidence" by A-G".

The Asia Age reports of "Deadly violence in Bangladesh over war crime trials with supporters of the country's largest Islamic party clashing with the police, killing two people.

 And finally The Hindu reports Lieutenant Commander Abhilash Tony, on the last leg of an exciting journey, is all set to become the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe non stop.

Hyderabad blasts rock Parliament

Newspaper Headlines
The Tribune's front page headline reads "Hyderabad blasts rock Parliament". The paper adds cutting across party lines MPs in both Houses of Parliament condemned the twin blasts in Hyderabad and asked the Center to act on a war footing to root out terror and ensure accountability of intelligence mechanism. Almost all news papers have carried this story along with photographs.
According to the Times of India all antibiotics, TB drugs and other habit forming pills may soon come with a new label, warning customers about dangers of taking these medicines without medical advice.
With the objective to provide employment to inmates of Tihar Jail, the Brand Tihar Jail - TJ, is going places, The popularity of products made by the inmates of Tihar jail is on the rise, with turnover touching Rs. 30 crores in 2012 as compared to 12.20 crores in 2011 reports Mail Today.
The Indian Express writes that the Reserve Bank of India has opened the window for companies to apply for bank licenses. The final guidelines issued on Friday do not debar any class of companies from applying to set up a bank.
The Hindustan Times under the headline "Helicopter firm claims no rules were flouted" has quoted Augusta Westland, as denying having employed any corrupt means to win the Rs 3760 crore VVIP chopper deal, claiming it had complied with Indian defence procurement rules.
Few murder accused are as lucky as the two Italian Marines. The Statesman adds that the Supreme Court has permitted the two marines, accused of shooting dead two Indian Fishermen off the coast of Kerala, to travel to Italy to cast their votes in the upcoming parliamentary elections there.
The Times of India quotes a study published in Current Biology, according to which it is not only what you eat and how much you eat that is important for a healthy lifestyle but when you eat is very important too. Disruption in the body clock or circadian rhythm not only cause obesity but also increase the risk of diabetes and heart attack. So, remember right timing is of great essence!

Friday, February 22, 2013

India's enemies strike Hyderabad


Terror revisiting Hyderabad in twin bomb blasts yesterday evening, is covered on the front pages of news papers. "Terror returns, again on cycle", headlines The Times of India. "India's enemies strike Hyderabad", writes Hindustan Times.
The Statesman reports on the Bharat Bandh. On day two of the nationwide strike called by 11 Trade Unions, violence broke out in the Capital when workers vandalised 20 offices and factories in the Okhla Industrial Area of South Delhi.
Papers cover the President's maiden speech to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, that also marked the beginning of the Budget Session. "Government taking steps to shore up economy, says President", writes The Financial Express. The President said the scheme of direct cash transfer of benefits such as pensions and maternity benefits into individuals bank accounts, could be enlarged to cover wages, food subsidies and LPG.
Bangladesh's on-going movement at Shanbagh Square is covered by the Indian Express. The paper writes- Speakers at perhaps the biggest mass protest yet in Bangladesh, stressed that there would be no going back on the core demand of death for the war criminals of 1971, and a ban on the politics of religion. They said the movement will spread to the grassroots from Shanbagh and that they will not allow any Talibani to take root and grow in Bangladesh.
Hindustan Times reports that Air Asia, Asia's biggest budget carrier, plans to pump in 30-60 million dollars into its proposed low-cost airline, with the TATA group and Telestra. The new venture should take off by year end, wirtes the paper.
The Pioneer writes that a hardcore ULFA leader - Bijoy Chinese and a trusted lieutenant of its military chief Paresh Barua, has come overground and has expressed support for peace talks.
The Asian Age quoting British Prime Minister David Cameron, writes that his country would not hand back to India the 105 caret Kohinoor diamond - as he did'nt think that would be sensible and that he did'nt believe in 'returnism'.
As Bird watchers flock to Bharatpur for rare sightings, the winged visitors are exploring new destinations, reports Mail Today. Over two dozen water bodies in the foothills of Aravallis near Dungarpur are fast becoming the favourite destinations of migratory birds, many of them from the endangered species.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Expect decades worst salary hike this year


A violent start to yesterday's two-day Bharat Bandh, which also saw banking services and public transport severely hit across to country, is reported in the press. "Rioters take over Noida as bandh cripples life in Capital, headlines The Times of India. The Tribune reports that Public transport, banking and insurance services were badly affected, specially in Delhi and Maharashtra, as also in Kerala, Tripura and Bihar.

The Statesman writes that British Prime Minister David Cameron knelt down at the Jallinwala Bagh Memorial while paying tribute and observed a one minute silence with folded hands as a mark of respect. He described the incident as 'deeply shameful' - but stopped short of a public apology.

"Expect decades worst salary hike this year" reports Hindustan Times. Low salary hikes are here to stay, as corporate India is expected to dole out an average hike of only 10.3 % this year according to an annual report.

The Financial Express writes 'Almost 60 years after exiting the aviation Business with nationalisation of Air India, the Tata group is entering the sector once again, investing in a three-way joint venture - with Malaysia's Air Asia and along with Arun Bhatia of Telestra.

Times of India reports that the CAG has alleged serious irregularities and undue financial benefits to private players in the Delhi airport metro link, the country's first such project in the PPP mode.

"To win hearts, government pushes for J&K cricketer in Indian side", headlines Hindustan Times, with 24 year old all-rounder Parvez Rasool ( who shone this Ranji Trophy season) to be fast-tracked into the national side.

 Times of India informs us that man-made chemicals on every-day items like credit-cards, food cans made of tin, sunglasses, toys and PVC flooring are the main culprits behind the rise in endocrine related diseases and disorders globally.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The validity of the Pollution Under Control certificate increased to 12 months


Most papers this morning carry front page stories about the VVIP chopper deal. "Procurement norms bent to favour Agusta", writes The Pioneer. "Antony hints at lapse and blames human greed" writes Mail Today. "PM wants UK to help in probe" writes the Hindustan Times. "PM seeks Cameron's help to probe chopper scam" is The Times of India's headline.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ruled that the Right to Education Act, was not applicable to nursery admissions, except for 25 per cent enrollment of students from the weaker sections writes Mail Today. Schools have their way now, High Court wont interfere in admissions clarifies the Hindustan Times.

Air travel is affordable again as Jet Airways slashed its fares and put out two million seats for rates as low as 2500 rupees, one way. Indigo and Spice jet have immediately stepped in to match the lowest offer writes the Hindustan Times. Flying is suddenly cheap as airlines fight for passengers writes The Times of India.

If you have bought your car or two wheeler after March 30th 2010, you will not have to queue up to get an emission level check for your vehicle every three months. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has increased the validity of the Pollution Under Control certificate to 12 months. This new arrangement will come into effect from February 23rd this year. This story has been exclusively covered by the Hindustan Times.

The Government is considering an overhaul of the Civil Services Examination from this year that could include replacing optional papers with two compulsory papers in the final exam, writes the Hindustan Times.

 Machine gun toting robbers disguised as policemen made off with 50 million dollars worth of diamonds in a spectacular heist on the tarmac of Brussels airport writes The Asian Age, Hindustan Times and The Times of India.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Reporting on the British Prime Ministers India visit, The Economic Times writes "David Cameron all praise for Indian Economy", "Pitches for greater partnership says India to be among 3 economies by 2030".

In a Media related story, The Hindu writes that in a move which could impact TV channels run by close affiliates of political parties, the Union government is considering the possibility of clamping down on Surrogates in the Media Sector.

The Asian Age reports that in a serious embarrassment for ruling Nagaland People's Front ahead of the February 23rd polls, Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen was arrested yesterday with a cache of arms and ammunition and 1.10 crore rupees in cash in his vehicle.

"Shut for 9 days, Kashmir back to Normal" reports The Tribune, writing that the region was Shut due to Crippling curfews and shut downs in the aftermath of the February 9th hanging of Mohd. Afzal Guru.

"Third party motor cover to cost more" says The Times of India. Come April and your third party motor insurance will pinch your pocket more the regulator has proposed a 38.9% weighted jump in Third Party motor insurance for private cars.

Reporting on the weather, The Times of India writes "wet spell still not over for Delhi, expect rain, hail over weekend," adding that the coming Western disturbances will be more pronounced over Delhi.
And finally, India's first wildlife Sky-walk will come up in Maenam wildlife sanctuary in Sikkim. The Hindustan Times writes that the environment ministry has approved the Sikkim Govt. proposal for the 500 crore rupee Sky-walk - Similar to one in Grand Canyon in North America which attracts over 3,00,000 visitors every year.

Monday, February 18, 2013

the BJP is set to make Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the head of its 2014 campaign committee


The controversial Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal continues to dominate the front pages of all the newspapers. Hindustan Times reports that Ex-minister Santosh Bagrodia's brother Satish Bagrodia is on the board of Directors of IDS Infotech Ltd., which Italian investigators allege was a key vehicle in routing the Agusta Westland deal bribe money to India in the garb of false software and engineering contracts. The Asian Age says that Defence Minister Antony had expressed concern in 2008-09 on going ahead with the deal.

"Katju and Jaitley in war of words over Modi" under that headline the statement reports BJP leader Arun Jaitley saying that Mr. Katju's attacks on non-Congress governments are more in the nature of "thanks-giving" to those who provided him with a post-retirement job.

The Pioneer reports that Maldives has summoned Indian High Commissioner in Male, DM Mulay and lodged a protest against former Maldivian President Nasheed's refuge in the Indian mission there.

Though not getting into the issue of Prime Ministership, the BJP is set to make Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the head of its 2014 campaign committee, writes the Indian Express.

A lead story in The Financial Express says that the bulk diesel sales have declined a sharp 30% since prices were deregulated last month, with bulk consumers making a beeline to buy diesel in retail, threatening to mar the prospect of subsidy being reduced at the desired pace.

The Indian Express reports that undergraduate students of Delhi University's Kirorimal College and the Cluster Innovation Centre are building a robot which can undertake mining activities on the Moon.

Do you love junk food? if you do, you might want to give it a second thought. The Times of India writes that according to a new study, eating junk food is not just bad for your waistline, it can also damage your liver in a way similar to hepatitis.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Katju vs Jaitley: A bitter war of words erupts

Katju vs Jaitley: A bitter war of words erupts


An Italian court rejecting India's plea for information and Indian officials leaving for Rome to gather evidence is the lead story in many newspapers. 'Chopper gate is Italy's loss, Russia's gain' is the Hindustan Times headline, indicating that Russia may be the winner, if India cancels the helicopter contract with AugustaWestland.
A fresh FIR against Gopal Kanda and Aruna Chadha on the basis of the suicide note of Geetika's mother is covered prominently by most dailies. 'Kanda booked for abetting suicide', writes the Tribune.
The Ponty Chadha murder case figures on the front pages of the Hindu and the Times of India. 'Namdhari charged with murder', says the Statesman.
Rahul Gandhi ticking off Congress leaders over his PM issue find place in the Asian Age and The Statesman. 'Livid Rahul snubs sycophant Vijay Bahuguna for PM chant', writes the Mail Today.
The Financial Express lead story focuses on the run up to the budget. 'Budget 2013-14 to be most austere in years', reads the paper's headline.
The Business Standard reports of gold prices slipping to a 6 month low of under 30,000 rupees per 10 gram in Mumbai and adds that global cues may further weaken the yellow metal.
Feeling cold Delhites? You are bound to. The Times of India reports that Delhi temperature hovered between 13.7 and 16.1 degrees Celsius yesterday due to the rain and wind. And today is also expected to be a 'Wet Sunday' in Delhi. "Its raining chills', writes Mail Today, as it gives the general weather picture of North India with snow, hail and rain.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

One death penalty every third day in India

Newspaper Headlines

With allegations of kickbacks, the controversial Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal dominates the front pages of all the newspapers. "Government set to scrap deal, sends notice to chopper firm" reports the Indian Express. Highlighting the opposition BJP's position on the issue, the Tribune writes "BJP demands court-monitored CBI probe into copter mess". The Times of India writes that the Comptroller and Auditor General or CAG is also examining the deal.
The suicide of Anuradha Sharma, the mother of airhostess Geetika Sharma who had committed suicide earlier alleging harassment by former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda is splashed across the front pages of all the papers. "Geetika's mother kills self: blames Gopal Kanda, Aruna Chaddha in suicide note" reports the Pioneer.
The Tribune, in a special story, reports "Govt. steps in to curb clinical trial deaths : forms four expert panels to draft permission guidelines".
In the backdrop of the ongoing debate over capital punishment, the Hindustan Times cites a study by the Asain Centre for Human Rights to report "One death penalty every third day in India". The paper adds that the Indian judiciary has sent 1455 convicts to the gallows between 2001 and 2011.
The situation in Maldives is widely noticed with former President Mohammed Nausheed staying in the Indian embassy in Male for the third consecutive day. The Indian Express reports " Wont take adverse action, Maldives assures India". The Hindu writes "Global call for calm in Maldives, ensuring free and fair elections".
And finally, in some good news for the visually challenged, the Times of India writes "Artificial retina offers hope of partial vision to the blind: device allows them people to detect crosswalks, people or cars, sometimes large numbers or letters".

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ex Air Chief SP Tyagi was bribed to swing chopper deal, Italy probe report says

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The Indian Express carries an exclusive front page expose on the Augusta Westland helicopter deal with an Italian firm as it writes "Ex Air Chief Tyagi was bribed to swing chopper deal, Italy probe report says". This is in the backdrop of most papers reporting that the Defence Ministry has ordered a probe into the deal after the CEO of the Italian firm supplying the helicopters was arrested by Italian authorities.
Violence in Assam related to panchayat polls gets wide coverage in the press today. "13 killed in Assam poll violence" reports the Times of India. Explaining the reasons for the violence, the Hindustan Times says "Clashes between Rabha tribals and non tribals; Rabhas opposed panchayat polls in autonomous council areas".
The papers keenly track the developments taking place after the hanging of Afzal Guru. "Afzal kin reject govt. offer to visit Tihar grave" writes the Hindustan Times on its front page. The Hindu reports his family as saying "We want Afzal Guru's body".
Most papers report that the government plans to take action against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik for sharing a platform with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed on a visit to Pakistan."Yasin Malik's passport likely to be impounded" writes the Tribune.
The Pioneer, the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express highlight the Governments contention in the Supreme Court that convicted MP's and MLAs cannot be disqualified as it may have serious consequences for a government surviving on a razor edge thin majority.    

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

300 firms under scanner as CBI widens Coalgate probe


The Allahbad Railway station stampede death toll rising to 36 and Pope Benedict, the XVI becoming the first Pope in 600 years to step down are the two lead stories in most papers.

The Hindustan Times cautions that hardening of international crude prices and the recently approved policy decision to pass on higher diesel prices in a staggered manner could set the stage for another round of fuel price hike.

The Hindu, in an update on the Coalgate scam writes "300 firms under scanner as CBI widens Coalgate probe" adding that CBI branches in 10 cities, banking and engineering experts and Corporate Affairs Ministry officers have also been roped in for the probe.

Reporting on social activism in the districts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, The Hindu writes that at a time when incidents of violence against women make headlines almost every other day, parallel efforts to reduce such violence and rehabilitate the victims are yielding positive results at several places.

Car sales set to decline in Financial Year 2013, First time in a decade writes the Indian Express reporting that growth of India's Automobile sector is expected to become negative in this fiscal, the worst performance in 9 years.
With the class X and 12 board exams fast approaching, The Hindustan Times Counsels, Don't Pressure your kids, learn to trust them,'' telling parents that they should stop worrying and avoid negative encounters with their Child.

And finally, papers report of Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar being awarded the best music album trophy posthumously at the 55th Grammys, pipping his own daughter Anoushka, a day after being honoured with the life time Achievement award by the Recording Academy.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Buying sex could soon become illegal in India

Newspaper Headlines

Yesterday evening's Allahabad railway station stampede that killed several persons and injured many more is given prominence on the front pages of most papers of the day. "26 killed at Allahabad Railway Station", reads the headline of The Indian Express story which says that the number of victims is likely to rise.

Mail Today writes, 'Inspired by Sweden and Norway, which make purchase of sex illegal, buying sex could soon become illegal in India, if an amendment proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development passes muster.

In the wake of recent electronic frauds of high volumes across geographies and across merchants, RBI is likely to come out with new norms to ensure card safety, says, The Times of India under the headline, "RBI may tighten credit card norms".

The Income Tax Department has frozen the bank accounts of two Trusts run by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and has asked them to pay up 34 crore rupees, reports Hindustan Times. Though the two trusts were registered as 'charitable' organizations enjoying tax exemption, one trust manufactured medicines for profit, while the other organised paid Yoga Camps, reports the paper.

Mail Today covered the journey of the acclaimed Bihar mathematician Anand Kumar, who in 2003 set up a modest coaching center called "Super 30" in Patna to impart free coaching to 30 students from deprived sections of the society. Anand Kumar received a hero's welcome in Japan where a 'Global 30' programme is being launched in universities on the lines of his 'Super 30'.

"Flout traffic rules, pay hefty insurance", as the Delhi Traffic Police reach out to insurance firms, writes The Pioneer. When the e-challan system to prosecute traffic violators becomes functional, traffic police will send data to insurance companies, who can then either refuse to insure 'high-risk' drivers or charge higher premiums from them.

And to conclude the Press Review, The Times of India reports that scientists have finally solved the longstanding mystery about the type of paint renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso used on his canvases and revealed it to be the humble 'House paint'.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

We finally got justice today

Newspapers Headlines

Closure of the audacious Parliament House strike of the 2001, with the hanging of convict Afzal Guru, is highlighted in the Press. " Afzal hanged, buried in Tihar ", headlines The Asian Age. "Executed within 80 days of Kasab", records the Sunday Times. "We finally got justice today", writes The Tribune, citing family members of victims of the attack.

The Pioneer reports that Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has flayed a report of the Central Statistical Organization and said, it had ignored signs of a turnaround. He added that the economy would clock a 5-5 % growth rate in the current fiscal and 6.7% in 2013-14.

The Tribune reports that the Aam Aadmi Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, will contest all Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in future, to weed out corruption from politics.

The Indian Express, quoting US President Barack Obama writes,"The core of the Al- Qaeda is on the path of defeat, due to the relentless actions being taken by his administration against terrorist groups.

Not many of us are aware of the richness and necessity of Wetlands in our lives. These are nature's water storage and purification zones and a paradise for wildlife. Unfortunately Wetlands today have become mere dumping grounds for garbage, throttling water bodies and falling prey to rising pollution and urbanization, writes the Hindustan Times.

And finally, Times of India informs us,"Yoga in a portable pod' becomes a hit". Coming in the shape of a portable rubber pod for stressed out corporate workers, the pod is hooked on to the mains and heated, making one burn more calories,after which a yoga instructor puts people through their paces.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Stalking is now a crime, will invite three years in jail


The Statesman reports that Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday launched a new initiative of Universal Health Screening for birth defects and deficiencies that will cover an estimated 27 crore children. She also said that the Food Security Act that the UPA Government proposes to bring soon will help tackle the problem of malnutrition in children.

Narendra Modi's visit to the Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi is also covered by the Press. The Indian Express writes, "Modi's Visit Rocks Delhi University: Jeers outside and cheers inside, with Left Wing organisations students shouting anti Modi slogans and the police resorting to a lathi charge.

"Stalking is now a crime, will invite three years in jail, headlines Hindustan Times." The paper writes stalking, physical or electronic via phone calls, text messages or emails- is now a criminal offence, punishable with one to three years in jail.

The Asian Age writes, "adding to the misery of the Sahara Group, the Supreme Court yesterday said that SEBI is free to freeze accounts and seize properties of its two companies for defying court orders by not refunding 24,000 crore rupees to investors.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wettest February day in 71 years, more rain likely


The Tribune reports under the headline, "Gang-rape trial begins, victim's friend testifies", that the friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim identified the bus in which Nirbhaya was brutalised as the trial in the case opened yesterday. The Hindu writes that the girl's father says he wants her to be referred to as a brave girl and not as a gang-rape victim.
The Indian Express reports that a Singaporean man of Tamil origin, Wilson Raj Perumal, was the front man for a Chinese criminal syndicate run from Singapore, and had fixed hundreds of football matches across five continents, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling winnings for Asian and European syndicates.
The Times of India writes that the credit card industry in India has been hit by a series of frauds involving unauthorised transactions of around 30 crores over the past couple of months through likely data theft at department stores.
The Asian Age reports that two Marcos squadrons will be deployed in Mumbai and Port Blair with "duck drop" systems fitted on Ilyushin-76 aircraft that will help India's marine commandos to launch a counter-offensive in just over an hour in case of a pirates or terrorist strike through the sea route.
The Indian Express writes that an all-woman Sufi music troupe from Iran is stumped by the controversy that has caused the all-girl rock band from Kashmir to call it quits.
Under the headline, "Wettest February day in 71 years, more rain likely", Hindustan Times reports that 46 millimeter rain recorded on Monday-Tuesday was the highest in 24 hours since 1942.
And finally, The Times of India writes that scientists have found that sunlight cuts diabetes risk by 50% adding that adequate levels of Vitamin D during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by half.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Plate half full, Indian athlete loses out to rising prices

Huge rush for Aadhaar enrolment at Hayatnagar, Andhra Pradesh

In a front page story today's Hindustan Times says that the rising food prices have forced the athletes training at the National Institute of Sports in Patila to cut down their diet and it is bound to affect their performance. "Plate half full, Indian athlete loses out to rising prices", reads the headline of the story.

The Times of India reports that the Supreme Court has agreed to examine the scope for tougher penalties for heinous crimes by juveniles. The Government promised to examine the definition of a juvenile, and the deemed cut-off age in the event of heinous crimes, says the paper.

The most technologically advanced cancer detection test may soon be within the reach of the common man, writes The Times of India and goes on to say that the Central Food and Drugs Administration is working towards making the cervical cancer test available for just a hundred rupees which now costs almost 900 rupees.

Most newspapers this morning reported about the resignation of Solicitor General of India, Rohinton Nariman. According to The Hindu, Mr. Nariman is reported to have resigned due to a difference of opinion between him and the Union Law Minister.

To keep diet related diseases at bay, ensure that you have only half a teaspoon or six grams of salt daily. This new guideline has been suggested by the World Health Organisation specially in the context of Indians who on an average consume nine grams of salt a day and that causes 14 per cent of the global burden of uncontrolled hypertension. The Pioneer has reported this story.

And finally, crossing main roads in the national capital will soon become less daunting for the differently abled, writes Hindustan Times. The Delhi Government has asked agencies to install audio signals at all traffic intersections across the Capital. In addition, the Social Welfare Department has also asked for the construction of slopes on pavements for wheelchair users.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Justice fast-tracked, death for rapist-killer in 9 days


President Pranab Mukherjee giving his nod to the Ordinance on sexual assault, and the new law coming into effect immediately is the lead story in most papers of the day.

"Justice fast-tracked, death for rapist-killer in 9 days", under that headline Hindustan Times reports of a Bihar court taking just nine days to send a man to the gallows for raping and murdering his four-year old niece.

"Defence clears new corps on China Border", is the headline of an Indian Express report which says that after much back and forth, the Defence Ministry has cleared the setting up of a Mountain Strike Corps along the China border, signalling its intent to press ahead with plans to strengthen offensive military capabilities.

"Indian Paisa League roars back" opines Mail Today, and writes that strategic buying at IPL auction gets players up to 30 times their base price.

"Taxmen widen black cash trail", says Mail Today. The paper writes that all contracts of a value exceeding 1,00,000 rupees for sale or purchase of securities, and payments of 50,000 rupees or more for a mutual fund, share or bond transaction are being seen as potential areas to park black money.

And finally, "FM to sweeten home loans with tax break", writes Hindustan Times. The paper says that the Government is considering hiking the tax deduction limit on home loan interest from the present 1.5 lakh rupees to more than 2 lakh rupees per annum.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

NREGS records a sharp slide in job generation


Provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance cleared by the cabinet to tackle crimes against women are scrutinised in the press today. Hindustan Times reports "Hiring 'trafficked' domestic help could land you in jail". The Statesman writes on its front page "Women's groups slam ordinance" while The Hindu highlights the fact that "the Ordinance spares police, armymen".

Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir's address at the first convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi National Law University at Patiala is widely noticed. The Hindu quotes him as saying "400 cases of crime against women disposed off in a month". Regarding media reports about the brutality of the juvenile boy in the Delhi gangrape case, The Times of India reports him as saying "No proof juvenile most violent".

Most papers take note of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla's support to the all girl rock band from Srinagar. "Omar tweets in support of all-girl Valley rock band" writes The Tribune on its front page.

The Times of India in its front page lead about the rural employment guarantee scheme writes "NREGS records a sharp slide in job generation: Dalits and women big losers in flagship scheme".

In business news, The Financial Express lead says "US jobs increase gives markets a lift", adding that this has pushed the Dow Jones industrial Average index above 14000 for the first time since 2007.

A cheating scandal at Harvard University is keenly noticed in all the papers. "60 Harvard students suspended for mass cheating" reports the Times of India.

The attack on the micro-blogging platform Twitter by anonymous hackers is prominently noticed in the press. "Twitter hacked, 250 thousand user accounts affected" reports the Asian Age.

It's hard to believe that an egg could cost 1 crore rupees and even harder to believe that it could be sold for a mere 500 rupees in Madhy Pradesh. The Times of India reports "Worth 1 crore rupees, dinosaur eggs sell for 500 rupees in MP fossil belts."

Saturday, February 2, 2013

People Power forces Tough Anti Rape law


    The Union Government's ordinance to make the existing criminal law against rape much 'stiffer', receives top-slot in the Press. "Ordinance moots death if rape victim dies or slips into coma"- headlines the Times of India and Mail Today writes "People Power forces Tough Anti Rape law".
    Diesel rates to go up 40 to 50 paise per month reports the Tribune, with Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily saying this would continue till losses on the nations 'most used fuel' are completely wiped out.
    The Asian Age reports that though the Supreme Court was 'critical' of sociologist and writer Ashis Nandy making remarks against backward classes at the recent Jaipur Literary Festival - it has 'stayed' his arrest.
    "Rushdie storm still Simmers", writes the Asian Age, with Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie claiming that he was Invited to the Kolkata Literary Meet and the organizers of the Lit Fest saying that he was Not invited in the first place. The Times of India writes "Rushdie says Didi blocked his visit."
    "China poised to take control of strategic port in Baluchistan", reports the India Express. This operational control of a deep-water Pakistani seaport would serve as a vital economic hub for Beijing and a key military outpost - according to officials.
    Business Standard reports that 'Aam Aadmi party' convener Arvind Kejriwal - has accused two of Delhi's three power distribution companies - the Reliance India Structure owned - BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna of 'fudging' accounts to project artificial losses in order to seek tariff hikes. "Kejriwal comes out of hibernation to attack Delhi Government", writes the Pioneer.
    And finally, along with a photograph - the Times of India informs us that young Muslim women in India and even in Pakistan can be increasingly seen wearing the bright red bangles of newly married Hindu women, the magalsutra and often the sindoor as a fashion - something that adds to their 'Just Married' look. "Beneath Burqa, a Manglesutra and Chooda", headlines the paper.

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