Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Decks clear for TRS-Congress deal


The passage of the Telangana statehood bill in the Lok Sabha dominates front page headlines with most highlighting the blackout of the television coverage of the proceedings. "LS passes bill to create 29th state amid din, TV blackout" reports the Asian Age. Most papers speculate on the political fallout of this development. The Times of India writes "Decks clear for TRS-Congress deal".
The Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of the three people convicted in the assasination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi into life imprisonment is widely reported on the front pages. "Rajiv assassins spared noose by SC, could even walk free" reports the Hindustan Times.
Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal's statement after the Goa Police filed a chargesheet against him in a rape case is highlighted in most papers. The Indian Express front page headline reads "Fascist right-wing plot, says Tejpal, asks for CCTV footage that 'validates me'".
The issue of the service tax notice to the BJP for the money collected at its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rallies is highlighted in all the papers. "Centres U turn : No tax on Modi rally fee" reports the Times of India.
The Supreme Court's ruling on the issue of cruelty against women is widely reported. The Tribune quotes the Apex Court as saying "Trial must on complaints of marital cruelty". The Indian Express reports that the Supreme Court has held that the act of a woman kicking her daughter in law will also be treated as cruelty.
In economic news, The Hindu's Business Line writes on its front page "Govt. to take back coal blocks allotted to 50 companies :says green clearances not obtained".
And finally, news about Pakistan honouring the memory of a freedom fighter who is revered in India for his strident anti - British struggle. "Bhagat Singh's village to become a heritage site : his house and school will be restored to their original condition".          

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