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.