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.

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