Friday, January 31, 2014

Microsoft board close to naming India-born Satya Nadella as new CEO

Microsoft board close to naming India-born Nadella as new CEO


Almost all newspapers today carry on their front pages the story of household LPG cylinder cap being raised from 9 to 12.
In an exclusive story, Hindustan Times states that CAG does not have the authority to monitor more than half of the center schemes. CAG has been calling for changes in the audit Act 1971 which does not allow it to go through the books of local bodies, societies and various government schemes.
The Pioneer reports of the Delhi BJP kicking of its "Ek Note, Kamal par Vote" campaign as part of its mission 272+ ad campaign ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Now you can watch the nearly 5 and a half minute video of 'At Home' function hosted by the President on Republic Day. This is an initiative to open the doors of Rahtrapati Bhawan to the public, reports The Asian Age.
The Financial Express carries a picture of the country's first monorail all set to start in Mumbai from Wadala to Chembur covering a distance of about 9 km.
The Gyanodaya Express of Delhi University will for the first time go across the border to Pakistan as part of an initiative to build bridges between the people of the two countries is anitem in the Hindu.
Ludhiana once the undisputed leader in the manufacture of bicycles and cycle parts in the whole of Asia, is fast losing to China. Today reports The Tribune, the industry worth 6,000 crore rupees is hit hard by the cheap imports of cycle parts from China says the paper.
The Asian Age reports of the Department of Personnel and Training to give a 2 year fixed tenure to officers of the IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service to insulate them from political interference.
The Hindu has an interesting report on Dutch Health Ministers taking a cycling tour around major Dhyan Chand National stadium in Delhi to promote cycling in Netherlands as a healthy means of transport. Probably India could take a lesson from that!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AP Assembly rejects State Re-organisation Bill to create separate Telangana

AP Assembly rejects State Re-organisation Bill to create separate Telangana


Several news papers cover Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's request to the Delhi Lt. Governor, asking for the setting up an SIT to enquire into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Statesman writes - this request is set to further strain ties between AAP and the Congress, which provides external support to it.
Regarding the UPA government's unwillingness to let the killers of Rajiv Gandhi escape the noose - The Indian Express reports - "Government to ask Supreme Court to review ruling on death penalty". The week old ruling stated that 'delay is a ground for commuting death penalty to life sentence'.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has given a go-head for the removal of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, writes the Pioneer after the mishandling of rescue and rehabilitation work following last years devastating flash floods. He is to be replaced by the seniormost cabinet minister Indira Hridayesh.
The Delhi 7.69 crore heist may unravel a transnational betting and hawala network reports the Indian Express, as part of the cash belonged to a south Delhi diamond merchant. The cash might have been sourced from Mumbai as part of a transaction between betting cartels in Mumbai and the national Capital.
"Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize" writes Mail Today. A former Norwegian minister has nominated fugitive US intelligence leaker - Edward Snowden - for contributing towards revealing the extreme level of surveillance by nations against other nations and of citizens.
And finally, "New stem cell technology may revolutionize treatments, writes the Times of India. Hailed as a game changer, a simple lab treatment has turned ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. If this works in man, a wide range of cell therapies can be made available - by using the patients own cells as starting material for treating illnesses like cancer, diabetes and Parkinsons.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Delhi world's most polluted city


In a news report confirming why Delhiites breathe uneasy Hindustan Times writes, "Delhi world's most polluted city". "Toxic India slips to 155 among 178 countries on environment performance index: Capital pips Beijing to be city with dirtiest air", adds the paper.
Reporting on the trouble in the ruling National Conference-Congress alliance in J&K, the Tribune writes that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah may step down following sharp differences over the creation of new administrative units.
Countering a widely held belief that farmers are the most hit by a reduction in diesel subsidy, the Business Standard referring to a Petroleum Ministry survey says that commercial vehicles are the biggest beneficiaries of diesel subsidy.
"Great Day light Robbery! Re 8 crore heist in peak hour" writes the Pioneer and adds,  "Robbers waylay trader in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi; Police suspect it's Hawala Money".
The Indian Express reports that Shimla's most magnificent heritage building home to the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh, the 110 year old Gorton Castle, was gutted in a devastating fire early yesterday.
The folk singing legend worshipped by political and cultural activists the world over and the voice behind famous protest songs "We shall overcome" and "Where have all the flowers gone", Peter Seeger, passed away at the age of 94 in New York on 27th January, reports the Statesman.
And in finally, in good news for small entrepreneurs The Hindu's  Business Line writes that the local brands are becoming a rage now and giving bigger rivals a run for their money on everything from chips to detergents. The papers adds, retailers agree that such a shift is happening, as these brands are not only cheaper, but are also good in quality.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dhoom 3 box office collections soar to over Rs 530 crore, Aamir Khan on cloud 9

Dhoom 3 box office collections soar to over Rs 530 crore, Aamir Khan on cloud 9


Most newspapers this morning report the completion of one month in office for the Aam Aadmi Party. "Some bouquets, brickbats on 30 days of the AAP Govt" writes the Hindu.
The other major headline is the interview of the year, a full length television appearance of congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the first time.
The Delhi Zoo's recent triumph over the birth of six white tiger cubs turned to tragedy, as five of the cubs died within a week of their birth, and the 6th is battling for life. Kalpana, the six year old white tigress who gave birth to the cubs for the first time is unable to look after the litter and did not feed her cubs. The Indian Express, The Pioneer and other papers have reported this story.
Tumor removed from the brain of the worlds tallest woman at the All India Institute of Medical sciences writes the Pioneer. According to the paper the 26 year old patient from West Bengal who is 7 feet 8 inches tall, has had the tumor for 10 year and this had led to the uncontrolled growth in height. Mail Today, Hindustan Times have reported this story.
And finally, Power to Aam Aadmi 24x7, without AAP writes the Economic Times in a front page story. According to the paper, IIT Madras will begin a project in a few hundred houses in the southern states, aimed at ending load shedding for ever. IIT-Madras has developed a method that will let electricity boards supply a small amount of low power DC to every house, enough to run 3 lights, two fans and a mobile  chargers. This will be fed on a separate meter. The rest of the house will run on regular AC power.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Flying dinosaur fossils found in Jaisalmer


The front pages are replete with photographs of the Republic Day parade, with the Naval nuclear submarine, the IAFs light combat aircraft Tejas, several colorful tableaux,  fly past and daredevils On bikes - stealing the show.
President Pranab Mukherjee's 'At home' yesterday is covered by the Press. The Times of India writes "Pranab hosts the show, Kejriwal steals it".
The Indian Express reports on its front page that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has sought a resolution in the Assembly to reject the Telangana Bill forwarded by the Center in its current form, arguing that it fails to mention why the state is being divided.
According to The Hindu - Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is all set to report a fiscal deficit of 4.65 % of the Gross Domestic Product for the current fiscal, when he presents the Vote-on-Account in the Lok Sabha on Feb 17.
Hindustan Times reports that India and Japan are set to take their fast growing ties a step further with a 'first ever' meeting between their national security advisors. The Japanese PM briefed Dr. Manmohan Singh about China's territorial muscle-flexing in the East China Sea and the Asian balance of power.
Hindustan Times writes - in a significant verdict, the national consumer court has ruled that if a patient will-fully withholds medical information from his physician, the doctor cannot be liable for medical negligence in case of complications during treatment.
And finally, Times of India writes "Flying dinosaur fossils found in Jaisalmer". The Golden City could soon become a new destination for geotourism, after discovery of evidence of a sea and rivers in ancient times, along with 180 million year old fossils of a species of flying dinosaurs.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Politics and Babus : Centre mulls cooling off time


President Pranab Mukherjee's Republic Day Eve address to the Nation, is covered extensively by the Press. Hindustan Times writes, "Pranab attacks 'populist anarchy' - hints at AAP". He said voters must ensure that there is no hung parliament, adding that a fractured government can be catastrophic.
Papers also cover, with photographs and articles, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India. The Sunday Tribune writes, 'Amid increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region, India and Japan have decided to intensity defence and maritime corporation. Abe is the first Japanese Prime Minister to attend India's Republic Day celebration as chief guest.
"Politics and Babus : Centre mulls cooling off time - is an Asian Age headline. The paper writes that the centre is planing to bar retired Bureaucrats from joining politics soon after retirement. A cooling off period of two years may be necessary before they can formally join any political party.
The Sunday Times reports that according to the ABP News - AC Nielson poll the BJP is expected to win 210 seats in the Lok Sabha while Congress could slip to its lowest level with just 81 seats.
Mail Today reports that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, addressing a gathering on the eve of Republic Day, promised to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill at a special Assembly session in the Ramlila Maidan next month. He said he wants to make Delhi the first corruption free city of India.
Newly crowned Norwegian World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen took just nine moves to checkmate Bill Gates in a speed game, televised on Friday. Microsoft's founder Bill Gates said before the game that the challenge already had a predetermined out come - reports the Asian Age.
Times of India asks "Are the days of the stethoscope over ?" Two hundred year since its invention in France the famous Doctors listening device may soon be consigned to the museum with the advent of new hand held and more accurate ultrasound technology.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bharti tells DCW to go fly a Kite


The Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti continues to dominate headlines today in most news dailies. His refusal to appear personally before the Delhi Commission for Women leads the Mail Today to remark "Bharti tells DCW to go fly a Kite", while the Asian Age adds "Bharti lawyers in row at DCW, mantri flies kites".
In a related story the Hindustan Times speculates, "Congress to pull an AAP on Kejri"? and adds that "after Lok Sabha election, Congress plans a referendum on continuing support to Delhi Govt".
The Indian Express reports with the headline "SC pulls up both Delhi govt. and Delhi Police over dharna, reminds govt. Constitution is supreme, question cops for inaction".
In a significant story the Indian Express reports " Rage in Valley: Army clearSIT it self in Pathribal killings", while the Asian Age adds "Anger in J&K as Pathribal probe closed".
In its lead story the Pioneer reports, "Southern politics in ferment - Alagiri suspended from DMK for dig at Karuna", The Indian Express adds "Family feud spills over, Karunanidhi suspends Alagiri".
In its front page story The Times of India reports that two opinion polls, conducted by India Today - C Voter poll and CNN - IBN - CSDS poll have predicted that BJP is poised for best ever tally, Modi set to be PM - for first time, Congress could fall below hundred seats".
The paper also writes; "Pawar files nominations for Rajya Sabha polls, to quit active politics", while the Pioneer informs "BJP, JD(U) name Rajya Sabha nominees - Congress to field Sheila Dikshit from Himachal Pradesh".
And finally, The Asian Age reports that inter personal violence, infectious diseases and climate change had played a major role in the demise of the Indus or Harrapan civilisation around 4000 years ago.

Centre Must Act Firm to Create Telangana State

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bid to expedite Hyderabad Metro project


A late night PAC meeting of Aam Aadmi Party gave law minister Somnath Bharti a clean chit despite growing resistance from the Congress and BJP. Chief Minister sent a clear signal that he is going to stand by his cabinet colleague by remaining tight-lipped on the issue, writes The Mail Today.
The Statesman on its front page writes that in a significant development the probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar was transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police, reflecting the complexities involved in the high - profile case.
The front page of the Tribune reads that the US military has eased its uniform rules giving troops greater freedom to wear turbans, head scarves and other religious clothing, a policy that would mainly affect Sikhs, Muslims, Jews and members of other groups that wear such things as part of their religion.
The Hindu on its front page writes that Punjab's winter Kabaddi tournaments have become the first casualty of the ongoing investigation into a multi - crore drug racket that has also singed top politicians across the state. It is alleged that Kabaddi tournament were used as a platform to smuggle synthetic drugs.
According to the Pioneer, Pope Francis has described Internet as a "gift from God" and called on Catholics the world over to "boldly become citizens of the digital world.
Meanwhile, Princeton University researchers have predicted that Facebook that spread like an infectious disease, is slowly becoming immune to the people and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, reports the Hindustan Times.
The Centre's suggestion to construct underpass and flyovers for safe passage of elephants to reduce deaths on rail tracks evoked the Supreme Court's derisive comment - why not put up a road sign to inform the pachyderms to use these as safe paths. Pun apart, the court asked the Centre to study the safety module of other states and submit their suggestions, reports the Times of India.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Check your cash, pre 2005 notes will not work after July


    Five foreign nationals - 2 from Uganda and 3 from Nigeria - recording their statements before a magistrate against Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti accusing him, of leading and instigating a mob against them in Delhi on the night of 15-16 January is prominently covered by the Press. "Pressure on AAP to remove Bharti" is the Asian Age's lead.
    The Indian Express cautions - "Check your cash, pre 2005 notes will not work after July" - as the RBI has announced that it will withdraw all currency notes issued before 2005 after March 31. Hindustan Times writes that anybody with such notes can get these exchanged in any bank after April 1st.
    The Asian Age reports that Sunanda Pushkar's son Shiv Menon has implied that his mother died due to an unfortunate combination of media stress, tension and a wrong mix of different medications.
    The Pioneer informs us that bringing Delhi's private power distribution companies under the CAG scanner is turning out to be a distant dream for CM Arvind Kejriwal, as the three distribution companies have approached the Delhi High Court challenging the CAG's authority to audit their finances.
    Energy starved Pakistan is looking at buying electricity from India - writes the Tribune - with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's cabinet approving the signing of an MOU on electricity trade with India.
    According to Mail Today the Capital has turned into a nursery for touts milking desperate parents of 3 and 4 year olds who want their children educated at good schools. For Rs. 6,000, touts are providing 'Economically Weaker Section' certificates - to avail of the 25% quota for the poor in nursery admissions says the paper.
    And finally, the Times of India informs us that the humble hair clip has now been transformed by a US based couple into a 'crime fighting gadget for women', that can detect an attack and record evidence - all while contacting emergency services.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Telugu cinema legend, dead at 91 from cancer

Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Telugu cinema legend, dead at 91 from cancer


Most papers have photographs of the two-day AAP dharna in Delhi - of milling crowds and CM Arvind Kejriwal leaving in his car after calling off his agitation. "Defused, until the next time" - says the Indian Express.

 The Pioneer reports that the Congress remains in two minds about pulling out of the AAP government in Delhi. While a section of the party favours immediate withdrawal, another section has opposed such a move till at least the Lok Sabha elections.

Another major story is of the Apex Court ruling that the death penalty of a convict can be commuted to life imprisonment due to delays by government in taking a decision on mercy petitions or due to mental illness. The Supreme Court yesterday commuted to life imprisonment the death penalty for 15 condemned prisoners languishing in jails for several years including four convicted from Veerappan's band, writes the Asian Age.

The Hindu reports that the IMF is slightly more optimistic this year about the global and US economies. It forecasts that the world economy will grow 3.7% in 2014 & the US economy by 2.8% while India is likely to post a 4.6 percent growth during the current fiscal.

 "Airfares down 50% if you book now". Hindustan Times writes that most domestic carriers have cut fares by more than half, in an attempt to fill seats during the lean season.

 Mail Today tells us that unaided private schools in Delhi have moved the Supreme Court over nursery admission after their plea was dismissed by the High Court seeking a stay on nursery admission guidelines issued by Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

And finally, Times of India warns us that working night shifts causes "chaos" in the DNA of a person's body  & may result in long term health problems on account of disruption of the natural body clock, according to scientists of the University of Surrey in the UK.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Congress is 'secretly relishing the AAP agitation' as it has banished Narendra Modi from prime time TV news


Almost all papers show Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sitting in dharna to demand suspension of four police officers. 'Anarchist CM plunges Delhi into chaos' is the Hindu headline. 'Kejri's road rage jolts Aam Aadmi' writes the Hindustan Times. 'Traffic at standstill, metro stations shut' says the Express Newsline, while the Hindu shows a picture of people who were faced to walk long distances due to the protest.
'Kejriwal can't be law into himself-rap Congress, BJP writes the Pioneer. But on the flipside, the Asian Age asks 'As citizens fume, will BJP reap advantage?'. The Economic Times says that the Congress is 'secretly relishing the AAP agitation' as it has banished Narendra Modi from prime time TV news.
The stalled nursery admission process to start from today finds front page coverage un most dailies 'Schools lose case against new rules' writes the Asian Age. 'Court clears way for nursery admissions' says the Hindustan Times, listing the distribution of points.
The autopsy report confirming that Sunanda Pushkar died of a drug overdose is widely covered by the press. 'Suicide or accident? - probe still on' writes the Asian Age, while the Hindustan Times says that her upper body had scuffle marks.
'Maharastra catches AAP virus, power rates cut 20 percent' is the Financial Express headline. The news figures in all the major dailies too.
'Chill continues' writes the Hindustan Times, of Delhi weather, adding that rain and fog are set to return to the capital today onwards.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kashmiri Pandit Exodus Day

 Most papers have put on the front pages the news about Narendra Modi's speech at the BJP National meet yesterday. Modi reveals mission for Brand India' headlines The Pioneer, focussing on BJP's Prime Ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi's new rainbow of development including five T's, that are- Talent, Tradition, Trade, Tourism and Technology. He also promised a Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme, if elected.
The Hindu reports of cross Line o Control trade in J&K being suspended after police booked a driver from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir carrying narcotic substance, brown sugar - worth 114 crore rupees. In retaliation Pakistan did not permit a caravan of 27 Kashmiris trucks to return to valley.
Yesterday, the 19th of January was commemorated by Kashmiri pandits as "Kashmiri Pandit Exodus Day". It marked the 24th anniversary of their forced exile from the valley says a report in The Hindu.

About 1700 families of riot-hit parts of UP have filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking verification of their status by a court - appointed independent commission - reports The Times of India.
In a very positive story,  The Tribune reports of 14 villages in Punjab who resolved to join hands against pesticides. The women in particular identified 204 insects, divided them into vegetarian and non-vegetarian category and proved that their 2500 acres of land grew 10% more produce without pesticides. The entire movement was initiated by Nidani Agriculture Development officer - Surender Dalal, who passed away in 2013.
The Indian Express has an amazing story of major Dharmadutt Goel, who despite an artificial carbon fibre leg and despite having lost his mother two days ago, completed a half marathon of about 21 kms in Mumbai. He had lost his leg in operation Parakaram in Gurez sector.
many customers who ensure their high end smart phones often find that handset is covered fot theft under IPC, but not if they lose it in a public place, reports The Times of India. So be smart when you ensure your smartphone.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunanda death was unnatural, sudden


The Hindustan Times on its front page under the headline "Sunanda death was unnatural, sudden" may have overdosed writes that cops found empty packets of anti-depressants and that she was in "self - imposed starvation," drinking only coconut water during her stay at the hotel. According to the AIIMS doctors the final autopsy report would be out in a few days.
Poachers have killed more than two dozen migratory birds at the famous Chilka lake where the number of winged guests has dwindled in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin in Oct last year writes the Mail Today.
Three days after the Delhi government found itself in a stand-off with the police and in the midst of allegations that it was racist, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said AAP was not at all embarrassed about law Minister asking the police to raid a house, late at night, on suspicion of a drug and sex racket going on there". The story has been covered by the Hindu on its front page.
According to the Hindustan Times a study by Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture at Hyderabad has revealed that about 27% of the country's landmass has been impacted due to increase in mean surface temperature coupled with changes in rainfall pattern between 1971 and 2005.
And finally, Dr. Chandrakant Emani is genetically engineering Tulsi or Basil to enhance its pharmaceutical value reports the Asian Age. At the Western Kentucky University, Dr Emani and his team is genetically engineering the herb to produce more eugenol, a compound in basil that could control breast cancer".

BJP promises Telangana - The Hindu

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Shashi Tharoor wife Sunanda Pushkar's body had injury marks, autopsy reveals, but mum on foul play

Shashi Tharoor wife Sunanda Pushkar's body had injury marks, autopsy reveals, but mum on foul play

Sunanda Pushkar found dead in her room at a Delhi hotel is front page news in almost every paper. "After twitter spat, a shocking tragedy" is the Pioneer headline. The Hindustan Times writes that cops are looking at the suicide angle too'. 'Rahul leads anti Modi charge at AICC session' is the Hindu headline. 'Rahul dons a combative cap, enthuses Congress cadre' says the Business Standard. 'At AICC meeting, Rahul says BJP and AAP are good at marketing' writes the Tribune.

Confrontation between the AAP members and Delhi police is covered adequately by the press. 'Kejriwal to centre - suspend 4 cops by Monday 10am or we go on dharna - LG orders independent probe into allegations', writes the Indian Express. 'AAP goes on the warpath' says Mail Today.

'Finally a 3 BHK house on Tilak Lane for Kejriwal' informs the Times of India. The passing away of legendary actress Suchitra Sen is reported by most dailies, with tributes by Lata Mangeshkar, Gulzar and other celebrities. 'Bengal bids adieu to its golden queen' writes  Mail Today.

'Delhi recorded its coldest day of the season yesterday', writes the Hindu. Mail Today writes that though the temperatures ranged between 8 and 12.9'c, it felt like 4 degrees due to wind chill.'Google develops contact lens to monitor' blood sugar levels in tears' reports the Business line of the Hindu which will be a boon for diabetes. A headband to control your dreams? Strange, but true. The Times of India writes that this can measure brain waves and eye movement activity to allow a sleeping person  to take control of their dreams.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Our PM will be chosen by Cong MPs democratically: Rahul Gandhi

Our PM will be chosen by Cong MPs democratically: Rahul
The Congress leadership deciding that Rahul Gandhi will not be projected as the party's prime ministerial candidate - but instead, lead the party as its Campaign Committee Chief - is highlighted by news papers. The Times of India top headline reads, "Rahul Congress PM pick - in all but name, will lead Lok Sabha campaign".
"Power Ministry to amend Tariff Policy, Electricity Act" - is a headline in the Indian Express. Minister of State for Power, Jyotiraditya Scindia said that for infusing fresh reforms, his ministry is proposing changes to the Electricity Act, to segregate the "carriage and content" function in the power distribution sector.
The Economic Times writes that the Aam Aadmi Party is putting the finishing touches to its first official paper on Economic Policy, being prepared with help from experts, including one former RBI governor.
  Hindustan Times reports that in an attempt to save its marines, the Italian govt is making smart moves by mobilizing popular opinion, the EU and even the catholic church - on the death penalty issue, with the EU threatening to suspend Free Trade Talks with India if it slaps the death penalty on the two marines.
Asian Age informs us that Uttar Pradesh has turned into a land of statues. In the past 22 years, across multiple regimes, Uttar Pradesh has erected 294 statues in parks, road crossing and various institutions, at an estimated cost of Rs. 6.4 crores. The maximum number of statues are those of Dr, B. R. Ambedkar.
 Times of India writes that Chinese doctors have used a 22 year old student's toe to create a new finger, after he lost his ring finger as a child. Doctors said it is not easy to tell the difference and they believe it could even be fully functional within three months.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In Delhi, MLA Vinod Binny has rebelled a second time threatening to 'expose' Arvind Kejriwal and Captain Gopinath said in Banglore that the Party's decision to roll back FDI in multi brand retail was Bizarre


    Cracks starting to show in AAP on account of infighting and dissent, is highlighted in the Press. Mail Today writes - "In Delhi, MLA Vinod Binny has rebelled a second time threatening to 'expose' Arvind Kejriwal and Captain Gopinath said in Banglore that the Party's decision to roll back FDI in multi brand retail was Bizarre".
    The Tribune reports that British PM David Camron has rejected any 'conspiracy theory' that the prospect of a lucrative commercial deal may have influenced the British Govts decision in 1984 to supply specialist military help for the storming of the golden temple.
    "Sensex at 21,291, near record high", writes Times of India, and according to the Financial Express, the World Bank has projected that India's economy will grow by over 6 % in 2014-15.
    The draft of the much awaited Jan Lokpal Bill will be ready in a days time, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, reports Hindustan Times. Apart from the judiciary, all Govt Organisations- including the Delhi Police and DDA will come under its ambit.
    And finally, The Times of India warns us - 'Your make up may be leaving you with a touch of toxic heavy metals, with mercury in world class whitening creams and chromium in several well known brands of lipsticks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Salman flies kite with great man Modi, no strings attached


    Rahul Gandhi finally giving his nod for the big role figures on the front pages of most dailies. "Will he, won't  he be named PM pick on Friday" asks the Times of India, but an Economic Times exclusive categorically says that he will not be announced as the Congresses' PM candidate on the 17th.
    The Hindustan Times, the Times of India  and The Pioneer show Narendra Modi and Salman Khan at a kite festival in Ahmedabad yesterday. "Salman flies kite with great man Modi, no strings attached" is the Times of India headline, adding that the actor says he'll vote for Congress MP Priya Dutt.
    In a picture captioned "Temporary  Truce", the Asian Age shows Arvind Kejriwal and Kapil Sibal embracing each other at a Milad-un-Nabi function in Delhi.
    On the growing popularity of the AAP, the Delhi special of the paper reports that 10 lakh members have joined the party in the last 4 days.
    The Economic Times reports of the first fissure in Congress - AAP ties, as it writes of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma tearing into AAP to reverse decision on FDI in multi brand.
    Former Home Secretary R.K. Singh's allegations against Shinde have ben adequately covered by the press, with the Pioneer saying "Sack Shinde if Singh's claims are true - BJP".
    "Cameron orders probe into Thatcher Link", reads the Tribune headline, about reports that the former British Prime Minister helped Indira Gandhi in the 1984 operation Blue Star.
    "Anju has the last laugh", says the Statesman, of Athlete Anju Bobby George's medal at the 2005 Monaco World athletics which was upgraded, following the detection of a dope violation by a competitor.
    And finally, we have all heard that slow and steady wins the race, and how the tortoise beat a rabbit in a race. The Times of India reports that this actually happened yesterday in a skiing competition held for pets in China.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Veteran Telugu actress Anjali Devi passes way

Veteran Telugu actress Anjali Devi passes way


In a story related to the ongoing probe into the coal block allocation, the Tribune reports that the CBI has found no criminality in the allocation of about 60 coal blocks, and they are likely to be taken out of the purview of the probe, after taking the Supreme Court's permission.
The Pioneer writes that as many as 16 road projects, collectively worth 20,000 crore rupees, are awaiting clearances from the Environment Ministry at various levels. This is in stark contradiction to the claims made by the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways in the Lok Sabha last December that only four projects were awaiting 'formal' Environment Ministry clearance.
"Bad news in the pipeline: Your kitchen, auto fuel bills set to rise", says the Hindustan Times adding that the next 2 to 3 months are expected to bring a series of steep hikes in prices of kitchen & auto fuels, with the only comfort being that they will be spread out and not bunched.
"Vishwas storms Rahul's Amethi", reads the Mail Today headline, referring to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas addressing a big gathering yesterday in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency while the Asian Age writes, "AAP's Rally at Amethi turns out to be a flop".
The Hindu writes that India has a reason to smile as on Monday, it completes three years without reporting any case of polio. Officially the World Health Organisation (WHO) will certify India as Polio-free on 11th February after the last of random samples picked up would be tested, reports the paper.
And finally, under the heading "Self help groups: Udhampur is a land of woman power", the Pioneer reports on how the Gramin Pragati Sangathan, is helping village women across Udhamapur set up self help groups for economic self reliance. This, the paper says, has helped women start schools and small businesses too.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thousands spoil durbar debut


Most papers have a picture of Arvind Kejriwal's Janta Durbar held yesterday. 'Chaos forces Kejriwal to abandon janta durbar in 15 minutes' is the Mail Today headline. 'Thousands spoil durbar debut' says the Sunday Express, as it shows the Chief Minister telling the public from the roof of the Secretariat building that he has chosen to leave rather than order a lathi-charge.
"AAP seeks more security in Amethi'' writes the Hindu, for the public meeting which is scheduled for today. 'Posters show up accusing Kejriwal of being anti national' adds the paper.
"Congress Rahul dilemma deepens' is the Pioneer headline. The paper goes on to say that the 17th January AICC meet may not name him as the Prime Minister candidate to avoid humiliation to Manmohan Singh.
Embarrassment for the Congress ? The Times of India, Mail Today, Pioneer and the Sunday Express report of Home Minister Shinde saying that he'll be happy to see Pawar as PM. Though within hours, he retracted his statement.
"Judiciary stares at morality crisis" writes the Mail Today, of a law intern accusing Justice Swatanter Kumar of sexual harassment.
"CBI to quiz Tyagis" writes the Asian Age of the kickbacks received by the former Air Force chief.
"Its snowing beauty in the hills" is the caption of a picture showing a white Mussoorie, in Mail Today. The Asian Age has a picture of Kufri after fresh snowfall.
"Older wiser mums changing family portrait - women now opt for late marriage, belated babies" is the Times of India lead story, based on a survey.
In a Hindustan Times special, the paper writes "this Monday, polio in India will go on a lifelong holiday", as our country will officially be declared polio free, by the WHO.
And finally, what is truly touching is a story in Mail Today of Raghu, whose legs are affected by polio, serving the poor and old in Ahmedabad.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

India hits back with diplomat expulsion


The expulsion of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade from the US dominates the front pages of most news dailies today. "As Kbobragade returns, India asks US to recall diplomat of same rank" headlines The Times of India  while the Mail Today adds "India  hits back with diplomat expulsion".
Allegations of misconduct against yet another Supreme Court judge has also been reported prominently by many newspapers "Another SC judge another, another  intern, same charge" reports The Pioneer.
In a front page story The Times of India reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI has booked 3 serving Lieutenant Colonels, including 2 from IMA, for issuing fake experience certificates to candidates and replacing their original answer sheets during Group-C and Group-D recruitment held by the IMA in 2011-12.
The Pioneer reports that the according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the anti corruption help line introduced by the Delhi Govt. received over 23 thousand calls within two days of its launch and has resulted in a Head Constable being booked, and a Cooperative society staffer arrested for accepting bribes.
In significant news, the Hindu reports that the Union Environment Ministry has taken a decision in two high profile cases, rejecting the forest clearance for Vedanta's Bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri hills of Odisha,  and renewing the stand alone environmental clearance for Posco's 8 million tones per annum steel plant.
In a related story the Times of India reports that the Punjab and the Haryana High Court quashed a 2009 Haryana Govt. notification acquiring 1400 acres of land in 8 villages around Gurgaon for development in a judgement that deals a big blow to the Hooda Govt. as well as the Millennium city's realty sector.
And finally, according to Economics Times The T2 Airport Terminal in Mumbai inaugurated by the Prime Minister yesterday houses thousands of art facts and paintings, boasting of arguably one of the largest art collections in the world at an Airport. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Posco biggest FDI get green flag after 8 long years


Most papers carry the Coal block allocation case and the somewhat chilling of bilateral relations between India and the US over Devyani Khobragade case, on front pages.
On day one, within seven hours of its becoming operational. The anti-graft helpline set up by the Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received 3904 calls reports most newspapers.
Priyanka effect: BJP, AAP set to strike at Vadra is an Asian Age headline.
The paper also reports of the surrogacy law having got stuck as the Union health and home ministries differ over singles opting for surrogacy in India.
"Posco biggest FDI get green flag after 8 long years" is the Indian Express headline, saying that Veerappa Moily, the new environment minister approved it after taking the charge from Jayanthi Natarajan.
The Election Commission has called off tie-up with Google for online voter facilities after security concerns and is now back with National informatics Centre, reports The Times of India.
The Pioneer carries the story of the first death anniversary of lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh, who were beheaded mercilessly by Pakistan army in the poonch sector. A year later, their supreme sacrifice seems forgotten as the top brass of the Army in J&K did not even organize a solemn homage ceremony in honour of the martyrs.
The Business Standard reports that "In onion, Gujarat farmers smell gold" - Saying a large numbers of farmers in Gujarat are moving towards onion, the state has sowed 417 percent more onions compared with the same period last year.
Business Line reports of a dip of 10 percent in annual car sales this year for the first time in 11 years. Perhaps that has something to do with the rising fuel prices is the general opinion.
Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter Ela Gandhi and Ramakrishan Mission in fiji were some of the recipients of the pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award, reports The Hindu.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Go sting the corrupt, CM Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhiites

Go sting the corrupt, CM Arvind Kejriwal tells Delhiites

Activists of a right wing group vandalizing AAP headquarters in Ghaziabad to protest Prashant Bhushan's remarks on referendum in Kashmir over army involvement, receives prominence. The Asian Age reports that the police arrested Hindu Raksha Dal convener Pinky Choudhary and 12 others, for alleged complicity.
Manmohan Singh woos NRIs to invest in India, reports the Statesman. Addressing the Indian Diaspora at Pravasi Divas in Delhi, he said "Our economic fundamentals remain strong, and the entrepreneurial spirit in India is very much alive and kicking.
"Business Standard reports that J&K might be one of the less developed states but it is rapidly emerging as the new destination for new-generation private banks such as ICICI, HDFC and AXIS Banks, with industry analysts seeing the return of peace in the Valley in recent times as a key reason to expand their reach.
Mail Today writes 'ignoring criticism from all quarters for celebrating the Saifai Mahotsav at a time when hundreds of refugee families are suffering in Muzaffarnagar, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, yesterday ensured that the grand finale had high profile actors  such as Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, performing at their ancestral village.
And finally, Hindustan Times reports of 24 year old Laxmi, whose face was ravaged by an acid attack at age 15 by a spurned suitor, who has special reason to smile these days. Her story of courage and super-human spirit has found her a partner for life, in Kanpur based Alok Dixit.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Student hurt in Osmania University violence #Telangana

Student hurt in Osmania University violence

Newspaper Headlines

The Tribune says that in an indication of a critical strategy shift closer to the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress's prime ministerial candidate, Priyanka Gandhi chaired a key meeting of party's top strategists in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The Pioneer reports that a political war has erupted between Congress and BJP over reports that suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorists had approached Muzaffarnagar riot victims in order to recruit them. The paper adds that while the Congress said it has proved right Rahul Gandhi's assertion that Pakistan's ISI was working to lure the riot-hit people, the BJP targeted both the Centre and the UPA government saying it showed how well-entrenched LeT and other such outfits supported and funded by Pakistan were in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere.

The Hindu writes that the UPA government has widened the scope of its flagship scheme MGNAREGA to include works relating to rural sanitation in collaboration with the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.

The Times of India says that the three power distribution companies in Delhi have closed ranks and sent letters to the Delhi government challenging the legality of the CAG audit calling the entire process politically motivated.

The Hindu says two relatives of former Maharashtra Cheif Minister Ashok Chavan are among the 33 benami owners of apartments that the CBI has unearthed in its probe into the Adarsh building society scam.

In a move expected to affect a large number of Indians, the Saudi government might restrict foreign workers' stay in the country to a maximum of eight years under a proposed law to create jobs for its citizens, reports the Pioneer.

And finally, a US firm claims to have designed world's first antimicrobial touch screen glass which can combat bacteria and fungi & can be installed in electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones. writes The Times of India.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ganguly resigns, Justice Done


Coming under attack from the Congress and the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party distanced itself from the remarks of the party leader Prashant Bhushan that a referendum should be carried out in Kashmir before the deployment of Army to deal with internal threats in the valley, reports the Times of India.
According to the Hindustan Times the first notice for the much anticipated audit will reach Delhi's power distribution companies today.
Even as schools are set to release forms for nursery admissions, parents have raised queries over definition of "Parent-alumnus",  writes the Hindustan Times. The paper has also reported that for the first time over 60,000 students will take the JEE-Mains examinations in languages like Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu.
Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly, faced with an imminent enquiry following a presidential reference, quits as West Bengal's Human Rights Commission Chief. The story has been covered by Economic Times under the headline "Ganguly resigns, Justice Done".
The Supreme Court says all that judges need is a respectful and dignified way of addressing them. You don't need to call them "My Lord" or "Lordship" always. Calling "sir" is good enough, reports the Indian Express.
The Financial Express signals that the stalemate over the policy on genetically modified (GM) crops could end soon and field trials for 50 GM crops could be cleared soon.
The Pioneer carries a research by National Tiger Conservation Authority wherein it reports that the tiger occupancy area has shrunk by 12,000 Sq. Kms. during four years from 2006-2010.
And finally, first there was bargain friendly Black Friday , and now there's Blue Monday the most miserable day of the year. According to researchers who have analyzed more than 2 million tweets over the past three years, the first Monday back from work in the New Year is the day when people post the most negative tweets, reports the Times of India.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Uday Kiran Was A Passionate Actor: Teja

Uday Kiran Was A Passionate Actor: Teja


The precision perfect launch in Sriharikota of a communication satellite on the GSLV-D5, equipped with an indigenous cryogenic engine - after twin back-to-back failures in 2010 - finds its place on most front pages.
"EC gears up for multi-phase Lok Sabha polls starting mid-April" can be read in the Tribune. Polls will be held in five or six phases and announcement of the poll schedule would be done in the last days of February or beginning March.
"Kejriwal asked to rethink refusal to fight  Lok Sabha polls", is the Times of India top headline, as several AAP leaders feel that his candidature as Prime Ministerial candidate could turn out to be a game changer.
Mail Today reports that former SC judge A K Ganguly, under pressure for allegedly sexually harassing a law intern, has-spoken to Soli Sorabjee and said that he is mulling to resign from his post as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.
Business Line of the Hindu writes of what could be the next billion dollar basmati. A decade after release of the super successful Pusa-1121, farm scientists hope to replicate its success through yet another blockbuster, called Pusa-1509  - developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.
And finally, there are wings of hope for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards, writes the Pioneer. Granted the highest level of protection, two females & one male of species will be fitted with solar powered transmitters to track their movement, ecology and habitat, for planning long term conservation strategies.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Keep ruling, Bollywood wishes Deepika Padukone on birthday

Keep ruling, Bollywood wishes Deepika Padukone on birthday


AAP to contest maximum numbers of the Lok Sabha seats in Lok Sabha polls makes front page news in most papers. ''AAP sounds war cry for LS polls, Kejriwal won't contest" reads the Hindustan Times headline.
"CM turns down 5 bedroom house after facing criticisim" writes the Pioneer. " 'Wants to be above suspicion like Caesar's wife' adds the paper.
"AAP goes glam" says a news item in Hindustan Times city, adding that from the humble jhadoo to cool T-Shirts, merchandise inspired by the Aam Aadmi party has flooded markets and has loads of takers. 'AAP is in fashion' writes Mail Today, saying that the Aam Aadmi ministers are popularising flight jackets this winter.
A Polish woman, abducted, raped and dumped in the city is widely covered by the press.
"13 dead as heavy snow blankets US'' writes the Tribune, adding that nearly 3,500 flights have been cancelled and over 12,000 delayed. The Hindu business line has a picture of cars lined up on a bridge, unable to move because of snow, with the caption "nowhere to go".
"Bangladesh votes today, India decides to back Sheikh Hasina" writes the Indian Express, about elections there.
The Times of India, on its front page writes "Single women enjoyed playing the PANK! Did you just think 'now what's that ?' The paper explains that it is professional aunt with no kids', and that she is among a growing breed of career women who opt out of marriage and motherhood but love to play mom by proxy to their siblings kids.
And finally, so youv'e made your new year resolutions. The Times of India reports that according to a survey in UK, 'Most resolutions will be broken on January 24,' and this day is dubbed as 'Fail Friday'.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Will Telangana emerge before general elections?

Will Telangana emerge before general elections? 

Almost all papers write of PM Manmohan Singh's announcement of retirement yesterday clearing the decks for Rahul Gandhi as the UPA Prime Ministerial candidate. "Sunset for Singh, time for Sonrise? asks Hindustan Times.
Hindustan Times also writes "BJP secretly happy with PM's attack on Modi" - as the PM's unprecedented attack on its mascot Narendra Modi may reboot Modi's 'campaign and bring him back into the spotlight.
"Rahul likely to be appointed PM Candidate at January 17 AICC meet", is the headline in the Financial Express.
Times of India writes 'With 126 legislations pending in both houses of Parliament, the govt is keen to reconvene the Winter Session in February, to pass some key bills and take a vote on account.
Business Line reports - the new Land Policy approved by the Cabinet on Thursday is welcomed by major ports which can expand their facilities with the new power of land use.
And finally, the Indian Express informs us that lifestyle changes may help prevent 50-60 % Alzheimer's cases. Diet is paramount. According to neurologists good fats are protective, which include fish oils and that coconut products and virgin coconut oil should be incorporated into our diets. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Good News : Vidarbha suicides fall 50 per cent


The Euphoria over Delhi's new Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a harbinger of change continues on the first day, of the New year, in most newspapers today. The Asian Age notes "AAP delivers power promise, with catch." However The Pioneer asks "Cut price electricity for Delhi, but at whose cost?"
In a related story the Hindustan Times reports that facebook will conduct a global study on the Aam Aadmi Party which involved users of the social networking site in its political campaign in a big way.
In the run up to the General Elections this year, pre poll alliances are also dominating headlines. "BJP wins PMK, MDMK as poll partners in Tamil Nadu" reports the Pioneer, while the Hindustan Times adds, "Lalu pushes for tie-up, Congress wants time."
In a related story the Times of India reports that the Election Commission has already entered into a partnership with Google, to help manage online voter registration and facilitation services, ahead of the democratic exercise.
Giving good news for the New Year the Economic Times reports, in its lead story "All banks take a New Year Resolution to serve clients" adding that on the cards are simplified processes to open basic accounts, banks offering doorstep service to senior citizens and disabled.
The Indian Express notes, "Good News : Vidarbha suicides fall 50 per cent".
And finally, Symmeterical knees could help explain why Jamaicans epitomised by 100 meters world record holder Usain Bolt are so good at sprinting, according to a long term research by Northumbria University, reports the Times of India.


#HappyNewYear 2014