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.

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