Monday, March 31, 2014

Beaten, abused and paid £25 a week: the plight of UK domestic workers employed by wealthy foreigners and diplomats - The Times of India

Beaten, abused and paid £25 a week: the plight of UK domestic workers employed by wealthy foreigners and diplomats - The Times of India


Manifestos, campaign trails, EC proposals and political propaganda - justifiably appear on the front pages. Hindustan Times writes that the Election Commission is taking the polls online and plans to webcast live on you tube, the voting process in  most of the 14 lakh polling stations across the country.

After the Law Ministry suggested that the poll panel restrict opinion polls, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath has said that the EC cannot ban broadcast or publication of each polls,  reports the Statesman.

Photographs of jubilant Cricketers in blue and Yuvraj Singh in action - appear on the front pages. The Tribune writes "India's winning run continues" during the ICC World Twenty20 match against Australia in Dhaka.

BJP's proposed manifesto expected to be released on 3rd April is covered by Hindustan Times. The paper says, the special emphasis has been laid on the party's economic agenda that is job creation, infrastructure development, revised tax slabs and a minimized role of the govt.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in her first-ever attack on Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, said at a rally - "Some people think running a govt is child's play - a party recently fled from its responsibilities in Delhi', report The Asian Age.

The Hindu says that even as relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysian Airliner protested in Malaysia over handling of the search - the only objects scooped up by search vessels, so far, have been fishing equipment and other flotsam, not connected in any way to the crash.

And finally, The Statesman carries an interesting story. It writes that Bridge, the game of cards, is usually associated with high society and clubs. However, the game flourishes in the village of Raibidpura in Madhya Pradesh, which has a long and proud tradition of bridge played by villagers since the 1960's. A Six member team of the Kisan Bridge Club recently participated in the President's Bridge Tournament at Bhopal's prestigious Arera club.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Congress's heart beats for Reliance: AAP - The Times of India

Congress's heart beats for Reliance: AAP - The Times of India


"Defiant Jaswant shown the door, out for 6 years" is the headline of the Hindustan Times on its front page. The paper adds says the BJP expelled former union Minister Jaswant singh after the 76 year old refused to back down from his decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls as an Independent candidate.

Besides involving the might of several countries, the Malaysian government had also sought the services of leading Indian astrologers to find out the whereabouts  of the Malaysia Airlines MH370; The Sunday Pioneer adds that Malaysian Embassy has been making discreet enquires on the missing aircraft from leading astrologers in the country.

The Times of India reports that, the Capital, observed Earth Hour from 8.30 to 9.30 pm on Saturday. It saved about 175 MW compared to last year 169 MW. The paper covers it under the headline "Earth hour greener this time as more power saved".

According to the Statesman, the 16th Mushaira Jashn-e-Bahaar, the country's biggest non-political, non-official Urdu poetry symposium will be held in Delhi on 4 April. " The Musaira, will see some scintillating poetry from a score of participants from across the globe and India. "Urdu poetry from Turkey and Tajikistan will be showcased here for the first time this year,"

And finally, the Hindustan Times reports a study according to which smokers cannot savour the taste of coffee. The toxic chemicals in tobacco causes a loss of taste among smokers, hampering regeneration of taste buds, even after they quit smoking.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Narendra Modi’s PM dreams may star Amma, Didi and Behenji | Business Line

Narendra Modi’s PM dreams may star Amma, Didi and Behenji | Business Line


The change of guard at the BCCI dominates the headlines of most news dailies today. "Little master pads up as SC declares Srini retired hurt" states the Economic Times. The Times of India enquires "Sunny takes guard at BCCI, but is Srini the non-playing captatin?". The newspaper also adds that M.S. Dhoni has offered to step down as Chennai Super King's Captain and Vice-President of India Cements.

The Opposition of BJP's Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Na qvi to expelled JD(U) MP Sabir Ali joining the BJP has also been prominently noticed by many newspapers. "Naqvi revolts against 'Bhatkal friend' in BJP" reports the Pioneer while the Indian Express adds "JD(U)'s Sabir Ali joins BJP, Naqvi asks if Dawood is next".

In a front page story the Mail Today informs "CBI nets Darda in rupees 24 crore coal kickback" and goes on to inform that the Congress leader and media baron Vijay Darda received the kickback from the Jayaswal Group to facilitate the allotment of a coal block.

In its lead story the Indian Express reports "Five officers killed after Indian Airforce's latest showpiece Super Hercules crashes near Gwalior". The report says that the C130J Aircraft crashed during a low level, tactical training mission, killing all five crew and destroying the plane.

The Hindu in its lead story informs that the Sri Lankan President has ordered the release of all Indian fishermen, as a 'goodwill gesture' which comes a day after India abstained from voting on the US backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

And finally, the Asian Age reports that an Afghan girl Shakila Zarin who was in India to reconstruct her once beautiful face left badly disfigured by a gun toting cruel husband finally got to meet her heart throb actor Salman Khan at Mumbai on Friday.

Friday, March 28, 2014

FIR against Masood after he threatens to chop Modi into pieces - Hindustan Times

FIR against Masood after he threatens to chop Modi into pieces - Hindustan Times


Newspapers are filled with election related news. "BJP's TV star may take on Congress hero in Amethi", writes the Economic Times, referring to Smriti Irani vs Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

"Blast, chaos in Gaya ahead of Modi rally" is a Hindu headline. The paper reports that Maoists blew up mobile towers at two places in Gaya.

"EC orders parties not to hire minors", writes the Times of India, giving directions to all political parties to ensure that children under 18 are not engaged as laborers during preparation for polls.

"SC proposes Srini's removal" is the Statesmen headline. The apex court wanting Sunil Gavaskar at the helm is worded by the Asian Age as "Sunny days again - Supreme Court pitches for Gavaskar".

"Supreme Court deals a body blow to IPL -proposes axing two teams", is the Business standard headline. "Suspend CSK and Rajasthan Royal from IPL until probe", writes the Indian Express.

"Dhoni facing a flurry of bouncers for CSK conflict" says the Economic Times, while the Hindustan Times writes, that the captain has been accused of lying to the probe panel.

An Indian origin student Gopal Rao winning a twitter prize in the UK finds mention in the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express.

Delhiites-are you happy with the unusual pleasant weather? Still haven't kept your woollies away? But there's a flip side to the freak weather conditions. "Asthma on the rise", writes the Hindustan Times and the Mail Today.

And finally, if you travel by cabs watch out ! According to a survey, two out of every three cab drivers have poor eyesight, writes the Asian Age.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WHO certifies India polio-free

WHO certifies India polio-free


    Congress party releasing its manifesto yesterday and claiming that BJP's 'upbeat campaign bubble' would soon burst as it did in 2004 and 2009 - is highlighted by the press. The Pioneer writes that, the populist manifesto with right to health, right to social security and right to pension, renewed its promise to contain poverty in 100 days.
    Belying expectation that he would step down as BCCI president after the Supreme Court asked him to, N. Srinivasan is looking set to stretch it to the last over, reports the Times of India. "Srini is unlikely to quit without direct SC order", is the Asian Age's headline.
    On the missing Malaysia airliner the Hindu writes that the difficulty in identifying debris was underlined as aircraft and sea vessels continued their search for 122 potential objects identified by French satellites.
    The Hindu writes that Russia has reportedly taken control of Ukranian military facilities in Crimea, raising its flag in all 193 military garrisons and asking Ukranian servicemen to return to their country. "Putin's popularity at home soars", headlines the paper.
    The Vision Document of the BJP is out-of-sight, writes the Economic Times as the party fears that its liberal stance on key economic issues, notably labour laws and PSU reforms, could trigger controversy and be a distraction during the election campaign.
    "Fed up of auto-rickshaw drivers who charge more or refuse to go by the meter?" The Delhi Traffic police will soon make available an app that allows passengers to calculate fares for both autos and taxis plying in the city, says the Indian Express News Line.
    The Supreme Court has lashed out at the UPA government for its inaction in bringing back black money stashed in foreign bank accounts, thereby destroying the economy, reports the Indian Express.
    And finally, a cartoon in the Hindu shows a bewildered Modi with tiny Arvind Kejriwal holding a 'jharu' to his back. Modi's thought bubble confuses it for an AK 47, possibly prompting his recent remarks.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Star power: Bharatiya Janata Party has a long list of star campaigners

Star power: Bharatiya Janata Party has a long list of star campaigners


Election news dominates front page headlines in all the papers. Highlighting AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's decision to contest against BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi, the Hindustan Times writes "Braving ink, eggs, Kejri takes Varanasi plunge". The Indian Express focusses on the Congress party nominations under the caption "Congress fields Mistry in Vadodra, Chavan in Nanded".

The arrest of Indian Mujahideen operative Tehseen Akhtar by the special cell of the Delhi Police is widely reported on the front pages. "IM India chief Tehseen Akhtar held from Nepal" reports the Tribune. The Indian Express writes "Last of IM's local leadership in net".

Another story prominently noticed on the front pages concerns the BCCI chief N Srinivasan. "Top court warns Srini to leave BCCI chief's post" is the front page lead in the Asian Age. The Pioneer writes "Srinivasan must go for fair IPL probe:SC".

The Hindustan Times reports that the Aviation ministry's plans to privatise six government owned airports has been put on hold as it writes "EC defers privatisation of airports till elections".

In international news, all the papers take note of the ouster of Russia from the G 8 grouping. "Russia suspended from G8 over Ukaraine crisis : Sochi summit scrapped, Big 7 to meet at the same time in Brussels" reports the Tribune.

And here's a startling fact about health risks. The Times of India reports "Air Pollution biggest health risk, says WHO". The Asian Age cites WHO statistics to say "7 million died of air pollution in 2012".

The passing away of actress Nanda following a heart attack is widely noticed in the press. The Hindu observes "Nanda's sensuality lay in her simplicity and whispering dialogue delivery".

If you have always mistakenly fancied yourself to be a good cook here's something that can help you. "New fork to add 21 flavours to your food" reports the Times of India about a gadget that can make people think they are tasting different flavours as they eat their meal.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Supreme Court bars sharing of any data without Aadhaar cardholders permission


Most newspapers this morning have heart rending photographs of inconsolable relatives of the passenger of the Malaysian Airlines plane, that was finally confirmed to have crashed into the Indian ocean, with no survivors.
"The sensex jumped 300 pts to end at 22,055 for the first time", writes the Hindustan Times and The Mail Today. Hopes of a stable government pushes sensex to life time high writes the Hindu & Financial Express.
The other major story covered by most papers is the Supreme Court order, to the Govt, to immediately withdraw making Aadhar mandatory for citizens to avail benefits. A sting operation by a media website showed Aadhar enrollment on the basis of a bribe to officials writes the Hindustan Times. "The Supreme Court bars sharing of any data without the cardholders permission" writes Mail Today.
The annual report released by the world Metrological Organisation says that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred in the 21st Century and each of the last 3 decades was warmer than the last. The Asian Age reporting this story further adds that Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we expect as a result of Human induced climate change.
Two men and a boy robbed a jewellery shop in Paharganj after digging a tunnel from a hotel in the area writes the Indian Express. The Hindu adds that, inspired by a plot in the movie Dhoom 3, the trio stole gold worth over 12 lakh but could not break into the safe even with gas cutters.
And finally, for the first time scientists in Washington have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire, a finding that may pave the way for faster and more powerful computers. The experiment carried out at the Ohio State University found that a diamond transmits the spin magnetic effect better than most other metals.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today is World TB Day


Most papers today are full of politics pulav as Mail Today puts it.
The Hindustan Times on its front page discloses that about 200 of Aam Aadmi Party supporters along with 21 district level Committee members of Gurgaon had resigned accusing the party of being undemocratic.
BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi visiting Baba Ramdev's Yoga Mahotsav at Ramlila Ground has also been covered by almost all papers with pictures. 'I share Ramdev's views on black money, graft says Modi is the Tribune Headline. They felicitated a member of Shaheed Bhagat Singh's family on the latter's death anniversary yesterday reports the Asian Age.
If the Sensex is a barometer of country's economy, its good signs ahead. The Sensex in India has gained 4 percent so far in 2014 on the mere prospect of a political change soon. It has left behind the BRICS nations which have suffered a rout this year - that's a front page story in Business Line.
Today is World TB Day. The Hindu in its oped page by Dr. Nalini Krishnan reports that Tuberculosis in India is big - 2.4 million cases and 30,000 deaths, 1 million missing. It is preventable but unregulated sale of anti TB drugs, lack of empowerment of the TB patient, misdiagnosis, lack of access to care have resulted in these terrifying numbers of TB patients. Most drug resistant TB patients are in India says WHO, headlines the Times of India.
The Metro in Delhi has come up with a new initiative called "Book your own coach", under which a coach can be booked by 45 to 150 people for anything between 30,000 and 50,000 rupees. It will certainly benefit foreign travellers, tourists and students - reports The Hindu.
And finally, we had heard of Ganesha and Lakshmi idols from China. Now the Indian Express reports of huge influx of election paraphernalia like projectors Pens, 3D pocket calendars, LED badges from yes, China Again.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Only 120 winning candidates in 2009 got over 50% votes

The troubles in the BJP after senior leader Jaswant Singh was denied the Barmer Lok Sabha ticket get top billing in the papers today. On the possibility of Mr Singh contesting as an independent, the Pioneer says "Hurt Jaswant may quit BJP, go it alone". The Asian Age writes "Sushma says pained by denial of ticket to leader".
With the elections drawing near, many parties are releasing their manifestoes and these are keenly tracked by the press. Commenting on the TMC manifesto, the Pioneer writes "Didi manifesto seeks reforms, roti, kapda, makan". The Indian Express highlights the MDMK manifesto as it reports "Vaiko releases MDMK manifesto, calls for United States of India".
While on the issue of elections, the Times of India raises an important concern about the representative nature of our democracy. It cites data to report "Only 120 winning candidates in 2009 got over 50% votes".
In a special front page story, the Times of India cites the Annual Health Survey data of the Census to inform that there has been a big drop in the sex ratio in nine states in the 0-4 age group.
The Tribune, the Hindu and the Asian Age highlight an admission by the Sri Lankan army that it's soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits after a video appeared on a dissident website.
And finally, do you know which is the most popular English word? No idea....? Well its okay, if you don't know it. Yes indeed, the word is OK, report the Asian Age and the Times of India.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Journalist MJ Akbar joins BJP

MJ Akbar

Journalist MJ Akbar joins BJP today
Senior journalist MJ Akbar today joined BJP. His induction in the party came at a brief function in presence of BJP President Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Appreciating Akbar's journalistic career, Mr Singh said his presence would boost his party.


Political realignments in the election season dominate front page headlines. With Uttarakhand Congress MP Satpal Maharaj joining the BJP, the Hindustan Times writes "Beeline to BJP leaves 2 state governments on the brink of collapse : Blow to congress in Uttarakhand as Congressman joins BJP, Jharkhand shaky too". The Pioneer points to BJP troubles as it reports " Miffed Jaswant may go it alone from Barmer". And there is trouble for the JDU in Bihar as the Asian Age writes "N K Singh leaves Nitish to join BJP".
In another election related story, the Hindu reports "Caught in sting, two UP leaders sacked from AAP - they allegedly demanded money from ticket seekers".
The life term handed out to four convicts in the gang-rape of a telephone operator in the Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai is prominently noticed in all the papers.
In a front page exclusive, the Mail Today says that according to a top secret survey commissioned by the government, 3000 internet connections of the Defence ministry and the Air Force Communication Centre at Vayu Bhawan have been compromised. The paper adds that the Navy Chief's office and the Cabinet Secretariat have been made vulnerable.
In a special front page story, the Times of India writes that the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, the governments top regulator has revalidated 10 genetically modified crops including wheat, rice, maize and cotton for confined field trials.
With the West imposing sanctions on Russia in the wake of the crisis in Crimea, Russia is stepping up ways to counter these. The Indian Express observes on its front page " Putin's envoy seeks India deals to counter Western sanctions".
If you have a knack for sniffing trouble, here's news that will add to your woes. The Hindustan Times and the Times of India report that research in London has shown that the human nose can smell a trillion odours.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Advani's Gandhigiri doesn't work, BJP resolves the incredible hulk


The prolonged saffron drama over which constituency BJP patriarch L K Advani would contest the Lok Sabha polls from, ended in a Modi victory. The Mail Today covers it under the headline "Advani's Gandhigiri doesn't work", BJP resolves the incredible hulk".
According to the Hindustan Times crop damage due to recent storms may be worse than previously thought, with upto 40% losses in some areas, the centre's assessment shows, fueling concerns that prices of essential food items could go up.
The passing away of Khushwant Singh is covered by most newspapers. The Hindustan Times writes under the headline "Khushwant Singh master of wit, dies at 99" that the man who spared none and spread cheer with his celebrated column - with malice towards one and all, died peacefully at his home at Delhi.
In a move that is likely to spark controversy, the Assam government has sought opinion from people on "trimming" horns of rhinos to save them from poachers writes the Times of India.
The commander and co-pilot of the flight on which the cabin crew danced on Bollywood numbers on the day of Holy, have been suspended for leaving the cockpit to record the event 35000 feet up in the air, reports the Statesman.
If you share your name with any one of these most famous twelve film characters - Karan, Simran, Anthony, Tina, Vijay, Pooja, Arjun, Priya, Rahul, Kiran, Rohit and Sonia - then this would get you discount on air tickets. With a view to paying homage to iconic Indian Cinema, a European Airliner has decided to give Indian passengers hefty discounts on their air tickets, reports the Hindu.
A 100 year old woman in Saudi Arabia who spent decades in begging, has died leaving behind a secret fortune of gold coins, jewellery and a real estate portfolio worth 3 million Saudi Riyab with no family behind her, writes the Times of India.

V for Vadodara and Varanasi for Modi


    BJP's sixth list which named 67 candidates makes front page news in most papers. 'V for Vadodara and Varanasi for Modi' is the Hindustan Times headline. "Gandhinagar thrust on sulking Advani" writes the Indian Express.
    "Congress gets Manish Tiwari on board for Ludhiana seat" says the Tribune. For the Amritsar slot, 'Congress likely to pit Amarinder against Jaitley' informs the Pioneer'.
    The same paper writes of the DMK warning workers of action if they contact the estranged son of Karunanidhi. 'After losing dad's Karuna, Alagiri now untouchable' is a Pioneer headline.
    Would you like to go to Varanasi for Arvind Kejriwal's rally on the 25th of this month ? 'For 1100 Rs, AAP will take you to Varanasi as rally volunteer - food included' writes the Asian Age.
    'Rupee at 57 - will Modi do what Rajan couldn't ? quizzes the Economic Times, referring to international investors pumping in dollars to buy stocks, hoping to benefit from a stable Modi government. The Times of India says that the market view is that Modi at the helm, could be a game changer, and predicts powering the rupee to 45 a dollar.
    'High Courts to get 25% more judges to clear backlogs, writes the Hindu on its front page, of some 40 lakh accumulated cases.
    The Asian Age and the Hindu show Pro-Russian troops seizing the Crimea Navy headquarters. 'India backs Russia, no to sanctions' writes the Asian Age.
    The Hindustan Times and the Indian Express write that according to a New York Times report, Ex ISI chief Pasha knew of Osama's Pak hideout, and Lashker's Saeed was in touch with him.
    'Complete DU postgraduate in one year from 2015' writes the Times of India, of the VC's next reforms.
    And finally, do you want to know the key to a long and healthy life ? Eat less. 'Cutting back on food ups cellular recycling and repair', writes the Times of India citing a study.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Russia annexes Crimea, suspended from G8


Vladimir Putin of Russia defying the west and signing a pact making Crimea a part of Russia, is among the lead stories this morning. "Russia annexes Crimea, suspended from G8" is the Pioneer headline. The Times of India writes that Putin has asked China and India for support - to beat the embargo.
The other major story is of the Henderson Brooks report, which was completed in 1963 after the China debacle, but which was never released on the ground that it contained classified details. Mail Today report that a large section of this report was recently posted by Australian Journalist Neville Maxwell in his blog.
Times of India writes that the first diversion the missing Malaysian Airlines plane made from its Kuala Lampur - Beijing route towards the west - was carried out through a computer system by someone  in the cockpit who knew the systems well. South Indian runways, among others, were found on the captain's home built simulator.
"Kejriwal's Power Sop Tripped by Fund Shock" is the top headline in the Mail Today. The Delhi Government yesterday told the High Court that it would not honour the Kejriwal government's decision to waive power dues of defaulters because funds required for the waiver - to the tune of 6,821 crore rupees, were not allocated in the budget!
US investment bank Goldman Sachs has upgraded Indian markets to 'overweight' from 'marketweight', saying India's risk reward looks favourable. News of the report sent the Sensex to a new lifetime high of over 22,000, according to the Indian Express.
And finally, Good news for lovers of desee Ghee and cheese. Times of India informs us that according to a research at the University of Cambridge, a dollop of ghee or butter in your diet does not cause as much harm to your heart as was believed till now.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BJP targets Congress over 1962 China war report | Reuters

BJP targets Congress over 1962 China war report | Reuters

Today's newspapers,

The festival of Holi passing off peacefully in most parts of the country is covered by the electronic media. On its website, The Times of India reports that BSF jawans and officials celebrated a colourful Holi at the Attari International Border, in a spirit of bon homie and cheer.

The Hindustan Times writes that the BJP's decision to field Narendra Modi from Varanasi, is aimed at reaping political dividends in Poorvanchal - comprising east Uttar Pradesh and some districts of west Bihar. The BJP is confident about the calculated risk of replacing sitting Varanasi parliamentarian Murli Manohar Joshi with Modi, even in the face of dissent.

In the season of fast changing political loyalties, the Indian Express in its e-paper writes that Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Narvekar, who represented the party’s views on English news channels, has quit the party to join the National Congress Party and that opposition Congress leaders in Odisha have shifted by the dozens to the BJD.

The Statesman writes that though Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi may be trying to reach out to the tribal population across the country, his government’s commitment to build Polavaram dam has antagonised the Konda Reddi tribe, settled in the submergence zone. The proposed Polavaram irrigation project in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh has been granted the status of a national project.

The Times of India headline reads, "Missing Malaysian jet: Mystery deepens", as a new timeline reveals that the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.

And finally, Hindustan Times carries a cartoon showing an MP with folded palms and a pandit performing a hawan, as MPs have chosen the 'Vedic Chant Route' to poll success for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Some candidates insist on Sava Lakh chants while others want nothing less than Sava Crore i.e. 1.25 crore chants. The fee for one candidate for one ritual can run into anything like several lakhs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Malaysia Airlines MH370 communications disabled before pilots sent last message | National Post

Malaysia Airlines MH370 communications disabled before pilots sent last message | National Post

Newspaper Headlines

Arvind Kejriwal's declaration that he is ready to take on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in the Lok Sabha election is a front page story in most papers. "Modi vs him; Kejriwal to wait for Varanasi Voice" writes The Indian Express. The Hindustan Times says, "It's Varanasi , as Kejriwal takes the fight to Modi."

"Aggressive Rahul says 2002 clean chit to Modi Premature; 'correct's stand on 1984 Roits", writes the Times of India.

"BJP to offer tax cuts to woo middle class", writes the Asian Age. The paper adds, "IT exemption hike to 5 lakh rupees to be in manifesto: service taxes, excise duties on petrol, diesel set to be rationalized".

The Hindustan Times reports that, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has dismissed talk that his decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls for the first time has pitch-forked him as a prime ministerial candidate in case the Narendra Modi-led BJP fails to make the cut and needs a new face to attract allies. "Jaitley denies he is BJP's 'Plan B' PM pick" says the paper.

The Tribune opines that with the BJP fielding senior party leader Arun Jaitely from Amritsar, siting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has paid for his tussle with the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership over the 'delay' in carrying out his pet projects.

The Pioneer writes that in the Lok Sabha election, people will be able to enjoy uninterrupted mobile connectivity, courtesy the Election Commission. The Electoral Office of Delhi has instructed all service providers to ensure this so that communications relating to the polling procedures are not affected, reports the paper.

And finally, here is news for those who love the colour red. "Its official", The Times of India writes, "angry people actually see red!" The paper goes on to say that according to a research, those with hostile personalities do show a preference for the colour red.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Modi takes Holi dip in Varanasi


"Modi takes Holi dip in Varanasi", is the front page headline of The Hindustan Times. The paper says, putting a lid on endless speculation and squabbling , the BJP announced that Narendra Modi would contest the Lok sabha polls from Varanasi.
The Sunday Statesman writes on its front page that the Malaysian investigators suspect that the communication Systems in the missing aircraft was deliberately disabled.
The Mail Today writes that Slamming the US prosecutor's decision to re-indict Devyani Khobragade in a visa fraud case , the Indian government said it could impact bilateral efforts to build the India - US relationship.
In his final address to Afghanistan's Parliament, President Hamid Karzai told the US , its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because its military, which already protects 93 per cent of the country, was ready to take over entirely, writes The Asian Age.
CII's tenth young Indian Summit on the theme "India - the future is now !" opened in the national capital Delhi, reports The Hindu.
The 5th edition of world 20/20 kicks off in Bangladesh today with Nepal making its debut, writes The Statesman.
According to The Hindu, India has nominated Rani-ki-Vav, a 11th-century step well located in Patan, Gujarat, and the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh for UNESCO's World Heritage Site status this year.
Almost all newspapers have reported that on account of Holi, the Delhi Metro and city bus services will be curtailed and not available till 2 PM tomorrow, The Hindu carries the story in its inside pages.
The "five second rule" that many of us secretly adhere to,that is you have 5 seconds window to pick up food from floor, before it becomes unsafe to eat is an actual scientific measure.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

TRS rules out any possibility of electoral alliance with Congress

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TRS rules out any possibility of electoral alliance with Congress

Mar 15,  7:38 PM

Telangana Rastra Samthi President K. Chandrasekhar Rao today ruled out any possibility of electoral alliance with the Congress party. Addressing party workers in Hyderabad, he said there is no question of having poll adjustment with Congress party.

Stating that the TRS had thought of merger with congress to secure statehood for Telangana and prevent suicides of youths who were agitating for a new state, Rao said now people want TRS to play a constructive role in rebuilding Telangana state.

He rejected the remarks of AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh that TRS has betrayed by not merging with Congress after the creation of Telangana.

A week ago, Rao ruled out merger with Congress party and set up a committee under the chairmanship of Kesava rao to study the possibilities of having an alliance with Congress party.

He also took objection over Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh over considering tickets to family members of those who committed suicides during the agitation.


Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's U turn on Mamata Banerjee is front page story in many papers today. The Pioneer writes - after highlighting Mamata Banerjee as the most competent choice for the PM's post - he abruptly withdrew his 'blessings and support' to her - saying that some people who had deceived him have now become associated with her.

Arvind Kejriwal charging in Nagpur that the media has been sold out and TV channels are paid to promote Modi has created a furore, according to the Hindu.

The Asian Age reports that the BJP's third list is out and patriach LK Advani is still waiting, as his candidacy from Gandhi Nagar is a bit unclear.

"To beat poll code, first Jaya movie with MGR returns, angers DMK" headlines the Indian Express. Rival politicians are not amused to find a hit from the past that features the iconic AIADMK founder M.G.Ramachandran and present CM - as lead characters.

The missing Malaysian jetliner is also a lead story in several papers. The Tribune reports that as the search has shifted closer to the Chennai coast line, India's Eastern Naval Command has been tasked with the responsibility of searching the Bay of Bengal.

After a spate of tragedies involving naval ships and submarines, the Supreme Court has decided to hear a PIL seeking a 'court monitored probe' into the INS Sindhuratna mishap. The Apex court has ordered a compensation of one crore rupees each to the relatives of the two Naval officers who died, writes the Pioneer.

Times of India informs us that according to a Finland newspaper, the head of Nokia's Telecom Network Equipment Division - Rajeev Suri - is likely to become the next CEO of the Finnish group.

The University of Colorado has developed a waterless toilet that runs on solar energy of uses. High temperatures convert human excreta into a form of charcoal that can be used to increase crop yield. The Times of India writes that it is to be unveiled in India next week.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan launches new party | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan launches new party | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


Stories relating the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha Polls including seat allocation to aspiring candidates have been allocated front page space in most dailies. ''Bansal Sahai win congress tickets despite speculation", writes the Pioneer. "Differences, ego clashes delaying BJP list for UP", opines the Asian Age. While the Times of India writes, "30,000 crore rupees stimulus to economy expected from poll spending".

In an exclusive titled "Missing file may help babus get away in coal scam case", the Hindustan Times writes that Bureaucrats responsible for the Hyderabad based NPPL being allocated two coal blocks in Odisha in 2008 despite misrepresentations in the firm's application could get away as a crucial coal ministry report that could determine their complicity is missing.

The Delhi High Court upholding the death penalty awarded to 4 men convicted of the brutal gang rape & murder of Nirbhaya on December 16th 2012 has been reported by all papers.

"Spectre of debt stalks Madhya Pradesh again", says the Mail Today. The paper writes that failure of crops & debt are wreaking havoc in the lives of farmers of Madhya Pradesh & nearly 2 dozen farmers have committed suicide this month.

The Statesman writes that in a surprise move, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has advocated the dropping of charges against Lalu Prasad Yadav in the 3 pending cases which are offshoots of the infamous fodder scam, in which the RJD leader has been convicted in one of the cases.

Mamta rally flops in Delhi, Hazare skips


    "Didi ditched by Anna" writes the pioneer in a front page story. "Mamta rally flops in Delhi, Hazare skips" is the Asian Age headline. The Hindustan Times reports that Mamta Banerjee was left red faced at her first rally in Delhi, as social activist Anna Hazare stood her up at the very last minute. Photographs of empty seats at the Ram Leela maidan have been displayed by most papers.
    Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade is under the scanner, after the government found that her daughters had American as well as Indian Passports - a crime under Indian law as it amounts to dual citizenship - reports the Indian Express in a front page story.
    Most papers prominently reported the story of the Supreme Court has dismissing a petition by the center, seeking a review of the landmark judgement by which the court decided to commute the death sentence of 15 convicts due to inordinate delay in the disposal of their mercy pleas.
    Avalanches, light rain and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir claimed 16 lives and injured 30 others writes the Hindu. The paper has a photograph of scene of destruction due to heavy snowfall in Anantnag district. The Times of India adds that the highway and airport remained closed for the second successive day.
    The Indian Express writes that the unusual spell of hail and heavy rain has claimed 28 lives in Maharastra.
    AND FINALLY The first 16 matches of the IPL are to be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from 16th to 30th of April writes the Economic Times. Ending weeks of speculation BCCI announced that the IPL will be held in 3 phases. The first leg will be held in the UAE. The second in India or Bangladesh, in May pending permission from the Election Commission and the final phase will be held in India from 13th May, reports the Times of India.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BJP gets punters' vote, Congress seen at under 100 seats - satta bazaar bets heavily on Modi win


Maoists killing 15 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is the lead in most papers - 'Two platoons of CRPF - state police team ambushed' is the Hindu headline. Mail Today calls it 'bloodbath in Sukma' 'Red alert ahead of polls?' asks the Hindustan Times.
Rahul comparing Modi with Hitler is splashed across front pages of many dailies - 'In Gujarat, Rahul attacks Modi - accuses state govt of stealing farmers' land, allotting them to rich industrialists' writes the Indian Express.
But the Economic Times writes that 'BJP gets punters' vote, Congress seen at under 100 seats - satta bazaar bets heavily on Modi win.'
Gul Panag likely to be the AAP candidate from Chandigarh figures in Hindustan Times and Times of India. 'Ticket for tainted debate rocks Congress' writes the Tribune, referring to Ashok Chawan, Pawan Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahay'.
Freaky weather? Yes, of course. Snow in March? Strange, but true. 'Summer gives Kashmir cold shoulder' writes the Pioneer, as it has a picture of a man walking on a white road, after heavy snowfall yesterday.
'Weather forecast updates strengthen El Nino fears' reports the Times of India, raising fears of a weak monsoon.
Planning a holiday? Book your tickets fast, as IndiGo and Spice Jet have slashed their fares yet again and there are massive discounts under the 'Super Holi sales'.
There's a ray of hope for the widows of Vrindavan finally. An article titled 'Vrindavan widows fashion a new life' reports of a US based Indian origin designer, who has asked them to handcraft outfits.
And finally, The Times of India has a heart warming story of a rampaging elephant which pulled down a house in Purulia, but when it heard a 10 month old baby crying under the debris, it tuned back, removed every bit of brick and mortar from its body, before heading back to the forest.a

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MPs, MLAs can no longer use trial delays as escape route


The Supreme Court's move towards cleansing the political process is a major story this morning. The Times of India writes that the Supreme Court has directed that Trial Proceedings of elected representatives in cases of corruption and serious crimes - must be completed within a year. "MPs, MLAs can no longer use trial delays as escape route", headlines the Hindustan Times.
The Statesman writes that the CBI, yesterday, filed its first charge-sheet in the multi-crore coal blocks allocation scam - against Hyderabad based Navabharat Power Private Ltd. and two of its directors. The Asian Age writes that the SC has directed the CBI to file all the remaining cases by March 28.
The Indian Express writes that around 90 big and small airports in the country have been put on alert, to keep a check on transportation of huge amounts of cash, ahead of general elections. Nodal Officers have been designated to keep a watch on passengers carrying excessive cash and gold.
Most papers prominently cover the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian airliner, now in its third day. The Indian Express writes that Malaysia's civil aviation Chief has called it an "Unprecedented Mystery" since dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries have unsuccessfully scoured the seas around the region. He said that a hijacking attempt could not be ruled out.
Business Line of the Hindu analyses that India's fascination for the diesel car seems to be burning out. Sales are losing momentum as the steady rise in diesel price has hit Demand.
"After the Brits, it's Indians who are discussing the weather all the time", headlines The Economic Times, with curious weather conditions bringing on snow in spring season, heavy showers and possibility of the dreaded El Nino phenomenon seeming more likely than earlier forecast.
And finally, The Times of India reports that scientists from Georgetown University have developed a blood test that can predict with more than 90% accuracy if a healthy person can develop Alzheimer's disease within three years, so that the disorder can be planned and managed.

Monday, March 10, 2014

BJP rumblings out in the open as Sushma, Joshi question Rajnath ; BJP chief cornered on Varanasi seat for Modi, entry of tainted leaders


    The heat generated by the announcement of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls by the BJP gets top billing in the papers today. "BJP rumblings out in the open as Sushma, Joshi question Rajnath ; BJP chief cornered on Varanasi seat for Modi, entry of tainted leaders" reads the Hindustan Times lead. Highlighting trouble in Lalu Yadav's RJD from one of his closest aides, the Times of India reports "Ram Kripal quits from RJD posts".

    The first list of Congress candidates is also highlighted in all the papers."Rahul retains Amethi, Sonia Rae Bareli in Congress first list".

    Aam Admi Party leader Yogendra Yadav's ink-smeared face can be seen in all the papers today. How did it happen? The Indian Express explains as it writes "Disgruntled Aam Admi Party worker smears ink on Yogendra Yadav's face".

    An Indigo plane catching fire after landing in Kathmandu is prominently noticed in the papers. "Indigo Plane catches fire in Kathmandu, 182 safely evacuated" reports the Pioneer.

    Various events to mark International Women's Day yesterday are widely reported. The Asain Age Quotes BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during his interaction with women as part of the Chai Pe Charcha programme, saying "Women must have choice in career, education, marriage". The Tribune writes that women in some districts of Haryana took a pledge to shun the veil or 'ghoonghat'. On a more sobering note, the Times of India cites an Inter-Parliamentary Union list that ranks India a lowly 111th out of 189 countries on the basis of the number of women parliamentarians.

    Kolkata is to have its own answer to London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum reports the Hindustan Times. The paper says that Mahatma Gandhi, Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar will rub shoulders with Rabindranath Tagore, KAzi Nazrul Islam and Jagdish Chandra Bose at the museum.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Congress, TRS likely to hold talks next week over alliance | Business Standard

Cong, TRS likely to hold talks next week over alliance | Business Standard


Most papers today have carried the Naval mishap as their lead with Hindustan Times headlining 'Navy jinx continues, officer dies after gas leak on board warship; the Tribune says navy takes a hit again.

The Business Line has reported with a banner headline Bank Licenses soon But with EC nod, the paper quotes RBI governor to say that 25 applicants await final decision to open bank branches.

The Hindustan Times reports that Arvind Kejriwal flies a chartered plane from Jaipur to Delhi and said a media house funded it, creating yet another controversy.

The Hindu carries the story of the principal advisor to the Delhi Metro E.Sridharan being felicitated by the embassy of Japan for his commendable work in bringing metro to lakhs of Delhities.

It is International Women's Day today, but probably its time for greater contemplation than rejoicing, in India at least. Haryana has the worst sex ratio - with just 877 women per 1000 men, with female foeticide rampant there. In another survey, Delhi is the most unsafe city and Ahemdabad is the safest city for women reports the Hindu.

In a bizarre case, the home page of Uttarakhand government's website has been hacked and subsequently shut down reports the Indian Express. An FIR has been lodged.

The Pioneer reports of Delhi getting the country's largest national flag - 5000 square feet at Central Park, yesterday at a height of 207 feet four lights of 2000 watts each will illuminate it at night. The Asian Age also has a picture on its front page.

Delhi autos switch poll gears, to sport Modi for PM tags, reports The Hindustan Times on the front page saying that more than 300 autos in Delhi will be named Modi Rath and will campaign for Modi for an hour daily.

Friday, March 7, 2014

NDA makes huge gains, set to win around 230 seats

NDA makes huge gains, set to win around 230 seats


    Bihar Chief Minister made his prime ministerial ambitions known, saying he is more qualified and experienced than those "roaming around" for the top job reports the Hindu. Meanwhile the Indian Express on its front page writes that the writing is on the wall - BJP workers want Modi, not Joshi, in Varanasi.

    The Tribune on its front page, alongwith photographs of Shazia ILmi and Ashutosh, writes that the two senior Aam Admi Party leaders were questioned by the police and named in an FIR for allegedly instigating violence outside the BJP headquarters.

    China has announced that an extension of the Qinghai -Tibet railway network will reach  Xigase in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, the hometown of the 11th Panchen Lama and located close to the Indian border in Sikkim writes the Hindustan Times.

    Most newspapers have covered on their front pages Crimea's parliament voting to join Russia and its Moscow-backed government has set a referendum within 10 days of the discussion. The Asian Age covers it under  the headline "Crimea set to join Russia, referendum on March 16th.

    The Times of India writes that CBSE has ushered in one of the most radical exam reforms; It will allow class 12 students, to not only get a copy of their evaluated answer sheets but also seek re-evaluation instead of just a recount of marks.

    In economic news, the Business Line writes that industry bench-marks Sensex and Nifty logged new life-time highs of 21,513 and 6401, respectively, on the back of all-round buying by overseas investors.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Over 50 % voters in 18-19 age group not registered


The Supreme Court remanding Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to judicial custody till the 11th of March in a contempt of court case dominates front page headlines. The Mail Today draws attention to the incident of a lawyer throwing black ink on Mr. Roy as it writes "Black Day for Sahara".
All the papers report that the Election Commission will announce the poll dates for the Lok Sabha polls today. Interestingly, the Indian Express carries a report which says "Over 50 % voters in 18-19 age group not registered". The Hindustan Times highlights the Election Commission's directive that makes it mandatory for all Lok Sabha candidates to declare overseas bank accounts.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with the leaders of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the BIMSTEC conference in Myanmar is widely noticed. On his meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the Pioneer writes " Teesta treaty difficult; PM tells Hasina". The Hindu takes note of Dr Singh's meeting with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as it reports "PM pitches for Jaffna demilitarisation".
The papers keenly track the political heat being generated by the fast approaching Lok Sabha polls. "Nitish rules out tie up with Congress" reports the Hindu. With former BJP President Nitin Gadkari meeting MNS chief Raj Thackeray, the Pioneer notes "Sena uneasy over Gadkari-Raj meet".
In a special front page story, the Times of India reports "Private hospitals to stop CGHS cashless scheme". The paper says that this move, which comes into effect from March 7, will affect 50 lakh serving employees and over 30 lakh pensioners.
And finally, if stories of rebirth are what you like, here's one that you just cant miss. The Hindustan Times writes that scientists in France have revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years. Are there other unknown pathogens that may be roused as global warming gains steam? Keep guessing!          

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Subrata Roy to sleep on floor at Tihar, eat jail food

Subrata Roy to sleep on floor at Tihar, eat jail food

Most newspapers this morning highlight the blow to the government after the Supreme Court Judge K. T. Thomas rejected the offer to head the Lokpal panel. This is the second exit after Fali Nariman who also refused the position earlier.
The Oscar ceremony with photographs of prominent hollywood personalities is the other major headline in most newspapers. The movie '12 Years As A Slave' won three Oscars including the best picture.
After ordering a CBI probe into the alleged kickbacks, and the use of unauthorized commercial adviser by Rolls Royce, the Ministry of Defense put on hold all deals with the British Engine manufacturer, writes the Hindu. "Rolls Royce admits to paying kickbacks", writes the Pioneer.
After a protracted legal battle, Veteran Congress Leader N.D. Tiwari accepting his biological son, is another major story covered by most newspapers this morning with photographs. "With a hug Tiwari accepts his son" writes the Indian Express.
The Reserve Bank of India has extended the deadline for exchanging pre 2005 currency notes to January 2015 from the existing deadline of March 2014. The Times of India, Business Standard and other papers have highlighted this story.
The Time of India writes that data from the National Bomb Data Centre shows, that there were 212 bomb blast in India in 2013 - more than double the blasts in Afghanistan, making India 3rd amongst the most dangerous countries in the world only next to Iraq and Pakistan.
And finally, as part of the new list of measures initiated by the Nepal Government to rid the worlds highest peak, Mt. Everest of tons of garbage accumulated over the years, every climber, who ascends beyond the base camp from April, will have to bring back at least 8kg of trash besides his own waste, writes the Hindustan Times and Asian Age.

Monday, March 3, 2014

And the Oscar goes to... Samsung

And the Oscar goes to... Samsung


Most papers this morning highlight the government abandoning its bid to push through anti graft ordinances, in face of criticism and President Pranab Mukherjee's apparent reluctance to approve them. "Jats get quota, Rahul doesn't get his way on Ordinances", is the top headline in Hindustan Times.
Russian troops surrounding several Ukrainian military posts, a day after its bloodless take over of Crimea and Ukraine mobilizing for war, is the other major news story in the press. The Asian Age writes "America's John Kerry threatens to throw Russia out of G-8".
Most papers speak of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Statesman reports that polling is likely to commence between the 7th and 10th of April and may spread over seven phases. The announcement of the schedule is expected in the middle of this week, when the Prime Minister returns from his 2 day visit to Myanmar.
Mail Today informs us that according to Aam Admi Party sources, Arvind Kejriwal could contest against Narendra Modi if he decides to fight elections from Varanasi. There is buzz that the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate will be fielded from this constituency.
The Economic Times reports that in a letter last month, the Swiss authorities told the Indian government that they will not be able to share information on bank accounts without the consent of account holders as the 2011 Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement applies prospectively. So, information before that date will remain sealed.
BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla has said that atleast half the matches of the Indian Premier League 2014 will be played outside India due to the general elections, in proposed locations such as South Africa, Bangladesh and the UAE, according to the Hindu.
And finally, the Times of India speaks of a battery that uses sugar to generate electricity enough to power a smart phone for 10 days. Designed by researchers in America, the bio-battery will be non-toxic, renewable, lighter and more powerful than current batteries, using metabolism - the same process of conversion of sugar as the body does.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Police custody is a picnic for Roy


    A special cabinet meeting on ordinances today figures in many papers. 'Ordinances on Seemandhra, Rahul bills are likely today', writes the Indian Express.

    The Election Commission asking the centre to take appropriate action on manipulation of opinion polls is covered by the Statesman as - 'EC cracks whip on opinion polls'.

    Lalu offering Congress just 11 of the 40 seats in Bihar makes front page news - 'Congress deal with Lalu shaky, Nitish smells an opportunity' is the Hindustan Times headline. The Hindu puts it as 'Congress - RJD talks sour , JD(U) steps in'.

    The Statesman and the Pioneer show BJP president Rajnath Singh greeting General V K Singh who joined the Party.

    The passing away of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman finds place in the Hindu,Mail Today and the Statesman.

    'Police custody is a picnic for Roy' , writes the Hindustan Times, of Subroto Roy, who is lodged in a guest house in picturesque Kukrail, receiving a stream of family and friends and getting food from home.

    A Raw official and his family found dead at his Sadiq Nagar home in Delhi is reported by the Pioneer as - 'Man hammers family to death,kills self'.

    Russian troops seizing control of Crimea is covered prominently by the Indian Express and Asian Age .' Military intervention in Crimea will carry costs' Obama warns Russia - west voices alarm, calls on Moscow to respect Ukraine's sovereignty' says the Times of India.

    Molestation of a 24 year old Manipuri girl in the capital, leading to a protest and ugly confrontation with cops is covered widely by the press.

    And finally, are you surprised with rain at this time of the year? The Pioneer says 'Met surprised but astrologers say rain normal', because of a certain planetary movement.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Telangana a reality, Prez gives nod to AP Reorganisation Bill | Deccan Chronicle

Telangana a reality, Prez gives nod to AP Reorganisation Bill | Deccan Chronicle


Increase in the allowance of central govt employees to 100% from 90% by the Govt., is the good news that's making headlines today. The Statesman reports, that the 7th Pay Commission has also been mandated to revise salaries and pensions of Central govt employees.

Subrata Roy finally surrendering to the Lucknow police yesterday is the other big story. "Sahara boss held after 7 hour drama, sent to police custody", headlines The Times of India. His personal appearance has to be ensured by the police in the Supreme Court on March 4th.

The Union Cabinet has shelved the proposed anti-corruption Ordinances, after a note of caution sounded by the Law Ministry, writes the Pioneer .The Indian express opines that the key ministries are not inclined as they are given to understand that President Pranab Mukherjee may not be keen on signing them as there is no urgency.

Mail Today writes on its front page that 'Red Tape' has crippled the blue water capabilities of the Indian Navy and the nation is now paying in blood. A shortage of submarine batteries may well be the starting point of the mishaps on INS Sindhuratna - as the Ministry of Defence had objected to the acquisition process.

Times of India writes that the Indian economy grew at an annual 4.7% in the Oct-Dec quarter, slower than the 4.8% from the previous quarter , raising doubts about the economy achieving the over all expected growth of 4.9% this Fiscal.

As a further dampener, The Tribune adds that the El Nino weather pattern could effect the crucial monsoon and the Kharif crop this year. The El Nino (which is spanish for boy) can trigger drought as well as flooding in different parts of the world and is known to recur every four years.

And Finally, The Pioneer informs us that the world's fastest animal - The Cheetah may return to India - to be housed in the Nauradehi Wild Life Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. If the central government is prepared to bear the expenses, the cheetahs will be imported from Namibia in Africa. The ambitious project is the brain child of former Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh.