Saturday, May 31, 2014

The 81-Year-Old Newspaper Article That Destroys The Redskins' Justification For Their Name | ThinkProgress

The 81-Year-Old Newspaper Article That Destroys The Redskins' Justification For Their Name | ThinkProgress


The new government's policy measures continue to dominate the newspaper headlines today. "Modi government taking FDI route to fast growth - NDA likely to invite 100 percent FDI in railways, Defence and Infrastructure in July budget" informs the Pioneer. In a related story the Times of India reports "Finance Minister to push funds to projects of rupees 500 crore plus in a bid to revive investment and accelerate economic growth."

The news of chief ministers meeting with the new Prime Minister has also been noticed by many newspapers. "CMs flock to PM with wish lists" reports the Pioneer. The Asian Age adds "Jaya to meet Modi on June 3rd with wish list" while the Hindu informs "Chandrababu Naidu presses Modi, ministers on special status for new state."

The Indian Express in its lead story headlines "After Beijing, Tokyo calling: Welcome Modi, seal deal". The paper reports that the Japanese Prime Minister delivering the key note address at the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore exuded confidence that both sides will be able to confirm trilateral cooperation with the US whenever Mr. Modi visits Japan.

According to the Indian Express the Delhi University has suspended 5 officials of the School of Open Learning for leaking the first year examination admit card of Union Human Resource Development Minister Smirti Irani.

The news for the slow rate of economic growth also finds mention in many newspapers. "GDP growth stays below 5 percent for second year running" reports the Hindustan Times, while the Economic Times adds, "UPA's parting gift to Modi Sarkar: an ailing GDP".

The outrage over unabated sexual violence against women, specially in UP, finds prominent coverage. "Akhilesh government faces outrage over rapes" according to the Hindustan Times.

The destruction caused by the fierce storm in Delhi yesterday finds prominent mention with photographs in all newspapers. "Friday fury" exclaims the Indian Express, "Death, darkness in city, as weather kicks up killer storm" adds the Pioneer.

And finally the Asian Age reports that Ansun Sujoe 13, and Sriram Hathwar 14 have become the co-champions of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States. This is the seventh consecutive year that US-Indians have won the Spelling Bee.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jesse Pollak » What I’ve learned in my first year as a college dropout

Jesse Pollak » What I’ve learned in my first year as a college dropout


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directions to his ministers at the cabinet meeting held yesterday dominate front page headlines. "Draw 100 day schedule listing priorities, Modi tells ministers", reports the Tribune. The Pioneer writes "Modi wants his team to focus on efficient governance, delivery, implementation of programmes".

The telephonic conversation between the Chinese Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi is highlighted on the front pages of all the papers. "China PM Li Keqiang rings Modi with offer of robust partnership" is the lead in the Indian Express.

As the new government settles down in office, the papers report on a number of  decisions it's likely to  take. "Defence FDI may be raised upto 100%" reports the Times of India. The Indian Express writes "Likely soon: green nod for projects worth Rs. 80,000 crores". The Hindustan Times states "Government open to Air India being privatized, says new minister".

HRD Minister Smriti Irani's response to the controversy over the alleged discrepancy in her election affidavits regarding her educational qualification is widely noticed. "Judge me by my work Smriti tells critics" reports the Times of India. The Pioneer writes "Smriti breaks silence over affidavit row, calls it a ploy to disturb her work".

In a special story the Hindu reports that the Priovident Fund Office has allowed companies to cap their monthly PF contribution to employees at 6500 rupees.

The CBSE class 12 results are out and the Times of India reports "Delhi dominates list of CBSE high scorers".

And finally, some good news for bird watchers! The Asian Age writes that researchers have developed a new smartphone app that allows users to identify up to 500 bird species through uploaded photos.

Graduate or class 12 pass? Smriti's affidavits at odds


    The article 370 row, speculation over who will lead the BJP as party head and the government using the ordinance approach to appoint the new Principal Secretary to the PM are some of the main stories in the papers today.
    The Hindustan Times writes that the row over article 370 has intensified with the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying he would oppose "tooth and nail" any abrogation move, and the RSS asking him if he thought the state was his "parental estate". In a related story, the Tribune writes "Talk of article 370 a political stunt, (says) Congress".
    "Who will lead BJP: Shah, Nadda or Om mathur?" asks the Pioneer, reporting that a search is on for a new face to head the party.
    "Law blocks top PMO posting, so government changes the law" headlines the Indian Express, adding that for former TRAI Chief Mishra to join the PMO, an ordinance has been issued to amend the TRAI act, which did not allow this.
    Another lead story which features in most papers relates to the disparity in HRD Minister Smiriti Irani's Lok Sabha affidavits regarding her educational qualifications. The Times of India says "Congress pounces on disparity in Smriti's 2004, 2014 LS affidavits" - asks Minister which one is correct as firt class BA, second, B.Com part I", while the Hindustan Times questions "Graduate or class 12 pass? Smriti's affidavits at odds".
    The Mail Today says:"Broke Air India splurges on Freebies, free flight tickets for working and retired employees and families; Children to inherit benefit even after employee passes away."
    The Business Standard writes that in what came as a surprise to many, CEO probable BG Srinivas has quit Infosys.
    The Hindu reports that in Pakistan an "Anti Modi" resolution over allegations of his Terrorism against Pakistan was blocked by speaker Rana Iqbal in the 372 member Assembly of Punjab Province, ruled by Nawaz Sharifs PMC-N party.
    And finally, in what is being called a Medical Breakthrough study that could change the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and heart problems, the Indian Express writes that the Institute of Bio-informatics Bangalore has for the first time, deciphered a near complete protein map of human beings.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Telangana bandh

Telangana bandh hits normal life

Telangana bandh hits normal life:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fresh trouble for Smriti Irani over 'misrepresentation' in affidavit - The Hindu

Fresh trouble for Smriti Irani over 'misrepresentation' in affidavit - The Hindu


The Modi-Sharif meeting, and various aspects of the first day in office of the new Prime Minister and his team are covered prominently in newspapers this morning.

"NaMo takes Hardline on Terror", "PM Modi tells Pak PM to bust anti-India terror net", writes Mail Today. Hindustan Times calls it, "The Summer ice breaker", adding, Modi says, willing to normalise trade, Sharif hails good meeting. The Economic Times headlines "After tough talk on Terror, India ready to restart Talks".

The Hindu Business Line writes "Modi shares vision of mutual prosperity with SAARC leaders, Mauritius".

The Statesman says, "Portfolios announced, key ministries retained by BJP", The Indian Express writes, "A first : PMO empowers itself on all important policy issues". The Economic Times states "Unlike UPA, PMO to hold Strings on Critical Policy issues".

The Asian Age mentions Shiv Sena's Anant Geete refusing to take charge of his ministry - heavy industry and Public enterprises; Sena boss to decide today.

The Times of India leads with "First Cabinet move : SIT on black money". The Business Standard writes 'Govt goes all out to woo investors', on Day 1, says retrospective taxation should be avoided, hints at raising cap on FDI in defence sector, but refuses to allow FDI in multi-brand retail for now. The Hindu quotes Commerce and Industry Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman echoing her party's agenda of  not allowing FDI in multi-brand retail.

The Pioneer reports new Railway Minister "Sadananda's 3 S for Railways : Safety, Security, speed" a day after the Gorakdham train mishap.

The Asian Age, reports "PM courtesy call on Manmohan at new home; Rs 18 crore to clean Varanasi; rail victims get PM aid".

Kejriwal furnishing bail bond on the suggestion of the High Court, is also covered by all newspapers. The Express Newsline says "Kejriwal relents, out of Jail". The Pioneer writes "Kejri gives in, succumbs to bail after 7 days in Jail".

And finally, "An ant sized answer to the big questions". The Hindu Business line quotes a study to state, ants are helping researchers understand the nuances of cooperative existence and complex problem-solving strategies.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Modi govt gets going on Day 1, forms SIT on black money - Hindustan Times

Modi govt gets going on Day 1, forms SIT on black money - Hindustan Times


Expectedly, it is the swearing in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and related stories along with pictures that find prominence in all dailies today.

"India begins Modi Era", says the Asian Age. "Abki baar Choti Sarkar" is the Economic Times headlines and the Indian Express simply says, "He signs in".

The Pioneer calls it a blend of youth and experience in Modi's cabinet.

"Sharif visit might spur Pakistan to deliver on terror and boost trade ties speculates the Hindustan Times.

The Times of India makes an observation that 25 percent of Modi's cabinet are women, and all 7 are tipped for 'Hard' Ministries. The oldest and the youngest ministers are women too - Najma Heptullah and Smiriti Irani.

The Times of India also says that PM Modi can be contacted directly through email at

In an interesting headline the Financial Express says, "Modi government now has to play reforms to ensure Bhartiya janata parties hard". Indeed the country awaits the new budget keenly.

The Hindu shows a picture of Bapi Bhattacharya who travelled from Chas in Jharkhand to Delhi and stood in Central Delhi yesterday with lotus-shaped umbrella in BJP flag's colours of orange and green.

In a touching story Hindustan Times reports that many orphanages in Kerala run by religious bodies are under scanner as child trafficking has been found thriving in the region, wherein 600 children were rescued recently.

And finally, in a progressive step - the SARV BURA GOTRA KHAP in Haryana, a khap that represents 70 villages in the state gives a nod to inter caste marriages and further they want to focus on water and environment. Thats a story from the Tribune.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Namo's new Nano Sarkar


Newspapers are rife about speculations about the size and shape of the new government, the release of Indian Fishermen from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Kumar Vishwas likely to quit AAP and 13 year old Malavath Purna from Andhra Pradesh becoming the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest.
"Team NaMo to be younger leaner" is the Hindustan Times headline. "Namo's new Nano Sarkar" says Mail Today. And the Tribune headlines - "Fortress Delhi - team Modi checks in today".
While the Hindu reports of Ex IB chief A. K Doval being tipped to be National Security Advisor, Mail Today has named Nripendra Mishra to be the principal secretary to the new Prime Minister.
The Indian Express reports that the current CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has written a letter to CBDT Chairman asking for all evidence of interaction of former CBI officials and meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi who is being probed for TAX evasion.
The Hindu also reports of the resumption of the Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund Sahib on Saturday. Over 3000 pilgrims reached the holy place yesterday.
New Delhi Municipal Corporation having spent 91 lakh rupees worth of sweets on Holi, according to an RTI reports Times of India .
The Tribune says that 6 women are raped in Delhi everyday and the data shows a 36% increase from 2013.
The Rupee has risen phoenix like from the ashes to make by gains in the last 6 months reports the Hindu Business Line.
And finally, the Pioneer has an interesting picture of a miniature artist creating a picture of PM designate Narendra Modi with tea cups in Amritsar.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

We Got A Look Inside The 45-Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet | Business Insider India

We Got A Look Inside The 45-Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet | Business Insider India

Newspaper Headlines:-

Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi gets top billing in all the papers. "Sharif ignores hawks, accepts Modi invite" reports the Tribune. The Pioneer suggests that this wont be just a ceremonial visit as it writes " Sharif to stay overnight for talks with PM".

The papers also report extensively on the preparations for the swearing-in ceremony. "Water proof shamiana for 4000 guests, 1000 lights, SAARC delicacies on the table" writes the Indian Express.

The resignations of Shazia Ilmi and Captain Gopinath from the Aam Aadmi Party are prominently noticed in all the papers. The Mail Today writes "Party's founder member Shazia Ilmi resigns and exposes that a crony clique runs the self destructing outfit".

The Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in the capital yesterday where Sonia Gandhi was elected chairperson of the parliamentary party is widely noticed. The Hindu reports Ms Gandhi as saying "Failed to gauge public mood". The Indian Express writes "Sonia to party: Stop bickering in public".

The Agusta Westland helicopter deal mired in bribery allegations finds mention in the papers today. The Pioneer reports "Italian court allows India to partially encash Agusta bank guarantees".

India's first automobile factory that was set up in 1952 in Uttarpara in West Bengal has suspended work report the papers. "Iconic Hindustan Motors unit downs shutters" writes the Statesman. Highlighting how Indian roads will lose a car that once lorded it over, the Times of India says "End of the road for Ambassador".

With the social media having played an important role in the just concluded elections, the Asian Age reports that Twitter will replicate part of its Indian election strategy in forthcoming elections in Brazil, Indonesia and the US.

The Hindustan Times reports that the National Metallurgical Laboratory in Jamshedpur has successfully developed a process to extract gold from e-waste like medical equipment and mobile phones. Did we just see a new found respect in your eyes for your old mobile phone?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Way To Go, BI India! | Business Insider India

Way To Go, BI India! | Business Insider India

Newspaper Headlines:-

The terror attack in Afghanistan, the still-awaited decision on Nawaz Sharif attending Modi's swearing in, and the run-up to the new government -formation are covered by prominently newspapers today.

"Terror Bells Ring Before Sharif Entry" headlines the Mail Today. The Pioneer writes, "ITBP foils attack on Indian mission in Herat". The Hindustan Times says "Terror strikes Afghanistan mission, Modi goes into PM mode", adding, while caretaker PM Manmohan Singh was reportedly indisposed, Modi spoke to Afghan President Karzai and the Indian ambassador in Kabul.

The Hindustan Times paper highlights "Sharif VS Sharif : Pak army chief keeps PM waiting on India visit" adding Army chief General Raheel Sharif wants clear roadmap for talks, not cosmetic handshake meeting. The Pioneer questions, "Sharif willing but awaits Army nod for India visit ?".

The Indian Express reports, for the first time ever for any incoming government, secretaries of key departments will make detailed presentations to new PM Modi on the roadmap and agenda ahead.

The same paper also reports "AAP disquiet spreads: Shazia may quit, workers disrupt meet". The Hindu writes "Shazia angry, might leave AAP".

The Mail Today carries a story "Raag Priyanka in Congress as Ra Ga fails". The Indian Express also reports, a week after Congress's catastrophic defeat, Priyanka Vadra is said to have plunged quietly into her brother's recovery efforts for their party.

The Economic Times headlines "India Rising Now Playing Uninterrupted on D-Street" adding SBI's stock rose to a 3 year high after fourth quarter earnings, exceeded expectations and an improvement in its bad loan ratio. The Financial Express says "State Bank Q4 net falls but asset quality rises".

The Hindu forecasts "Some relief for taxpayers likely" in the full budget 2014-15 to be presented in Parliament in early July.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Era Of Good-Enough Smartphones | TechCrunch

The Era Of Good-Enough Smartphones | TechCrunch

Newspaper Headlines

Many papers have a picture of Narendra Modi getting a warm send off from the new Gujarat CM and other party leaders in Ahmedabad yesterday, "Modi bids farewell - Aavjo Gujarat" is the caption in the Asian Age.

The Hindustan Times shows the preparations which are on in full swing at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan for the swearing in ceremony of the PM designate. "5000 troops, snipers, air defence to turn Prez house into fortress", writes the paper.

"Pak to announce today whether Nawaz will attend' writes the Pioneer. 'Most SAARC leaders coming, Modi's first bilateral meetings day after swearing in' is the Indian Express headline.

"Freshers take house by storm" writes the Mail Today, of move than 50 per cent members of parliament who are first times in the 16th Lok Sabha.

Team Rahul in under attack, writes the Statesman "advisors under fire, Rahul real target of anger in Congress? Asks the Times of India on its front page.

The Indian Express writes of Sonia's resignation from the Nehru Memorial Society, as Modi is its new head.

Lalu and Nitish burying the hatchet figures in many dailies. "Sworn enemies Lalu, Nitish close ranks against BJP", says the Times of India.

Gold prices crashing by 800 rupees to 28,550 rupees per 10 gms, a ten month low is reported by the Financial Express.

And finally, Most papers report of 19 year old Qaiser Ali from Lucknow who became the PM on twitter for 15 minutes! All because the official handle of the PM was changed without informing the social media, and @ PMO India was free and available!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aishwarya Rai’s golden Cannes appearance leaves hubby Abhishek Bachchan’s eyes wide open | The Indian Express

Aishwarya Rai’s golden Cannes appearance leaves hubby Abhishek Bachchan’s eyes wide open | The Indian Express

Newspaper Headlines

Narendra Modi delivering his speech in the central hall of Parliament after being elected as the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal meeting Delhi. Lt. Governor and girls outshining boys in the CBSE class tenth exam are front page stories in papers today.

Almost all dailies, lead with pictures of an emotional Narendra Modi bowing down and paying obeisance at the steps of Parliament to demonstrate his high regard for what he described as the temple of Democracy. "Stooping to Conquer", writes the Times of India adding "After shaking his rivals, he moves his party", while the "Economic Times say, "PM elect Modi cries - wins hearts and hierarchy". The Pioneer opines that former parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has emerged as the front runner to lead the Congress in the opposition benches.

The Hindu writes that in an ironic twist, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal met the Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung yesterday seeking a week's time to explore the possibility of govt formation in Delhi.

"They asked me to choose : Godhra, Pandya or Akshardham", quoting Mohd. Saleem, acquitted by the Supreme Court in the Akshardham attack case, the Indian Express writes that Saleem was given this 'choice' of being implicated by the Gujarat Police.

The Tribune writes that a 4 year ban which barred SMS on prepaid mobile phones in J&K has been lifted by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"President rejects mercy petition of Yakub Memon", writes the Indian Express.

And finally, everyone knows that drinking sugary drinks, such as fizzy drinks and some fruit Juices, can cause them to pile on the pounds. But new research suggests that they can also increase blood pressure by 70 per cent according to the Mail Today.

Which university students are having the most sex?

Which university students are having the most sex?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Orphaned the Congress can't look beyond the first family


Most newspapers this morning report the CWC meeting that took place after the Congress was routed in the Lok Sabha polls.
"Cong turns Ostrich to save Gandhis", writes the Mail Today.
Post the Lok Sabha poll debacle, the Congress bestowed full faith and confidence in the Gandhi  legacy, writes the Pioneer and Hindu.
"Orphaned the Congress can't look beyond the first family", writes the Indian Express.
Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi has asked the Cabinet Secretary to get the secretaries of all key economic ministries to give him details of what incorrect policy decisions have been taken over the past few years. He also asked bureaucrats to explain how they could rectify the situation, if they were given a free hand, writes the Financial Express.
The Hindu on its front page writes that the Election Commission has withdrawn the Model Code of Conduct, which came into effect on March 5th 2014.
With whom will I sit in Parliament, asks Mulayam. After the party's dismal show in the Lok Sabha elections, writes the Indian Express.
Google Celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube on Monday with an interactive doodle that allowed users to solve the puzzle online, reports Hindustan Times.
The Global Rating Agency Moody's Investors Service on monday said that the Bhartiya Janata Party's landslide victory in the elections is credit positive for both India Sovereign profile and its cooperate sector, writes the Hindustan Times.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cat saves boy from dog attack - video | World news |

Cat saves boy from dog attack - video | World news |


Efforts at government formation dominate front page headlines today. "Modi will lean on core group to fill top berths" reports the Hindu. The Tribune observes "Modi reaches out to Advani, Joshi". The Times of India highlights the RSS' views as it writes "Jaitley and Rajnath should be in cabinet, feels Sangh".

As the Congress Working Committee meets today , the papers speculate on the likely agenda. The Pioneer reports " Rahul, advisors may face heat at CWC meet today". The Business Line says "Bringing in Priyanka, organisational elections among CWC agenda".

The political turmoil in Bihar with JD(U) legislators asking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take back his resignation gets wide coverage. Analysing the developments, the Hindustan Times writes "Resignation pays off, Nitish keeps JD(U) united, blocks BJP's coup bid".

The papers highlight some very interesting facts which are emerging with a more detailed analysis of the election results. Citing a survey done by the Association for Democratic Reforms , the Mail Today reports "Every third MP faces criminal charge". The Business Line citing the same report states that the average assets per MP in 2014 has gone up to 14.61 crore rupees as compared to 5.35 crore rupees in the last Lok Sabha.

In a special story the Times of India reports that the name of the next Army Chief Lt.General Dalbir Singh Suhag has been removed from the list of respondents in a case of alleged extra-judicial killing of three Manipuris in 2010.

The Hindustan Times and the Times of India say that a book by a London based author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne suggests that the yet untraced Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was shot down during a joint Thai-US military training exercise.

And finally, The Asian Age informs us about the world's first Braille phone that goes on sale in the UK. Designed to help the visually challenged stay connected with friends and family, the phone costs 60 pounds.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Namo hangover claims first victim, Nitish quits


The Papers today focus on Narendra Modi. The Statesman , Tribune , Hindustan Times and The Asian Age show him performing Ganga Aarti in Varanasi yesterday. 'Victory show spans from Delhi to Kashi' says The Asian Age. The Business Standard shows Modi addressing a gathering at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.
'After Modi Quake, the aftershocks' is the Times of India headline. The Hindustan Times headline reads 'Namo hangover claims first victim , Nitish quits'. The Hindu, quoting Ram Vilas Paswan writes' 'Its drama, he had no choice- Nitish Kumar was left with no option, as there was rebellion in the Janata Dal(U). 'New Chief Minister to be picked today' informs the Asian Age.
'After Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand governments may crumble' writes the Hindustan Times.
In another story, the Hindustan Times on its front page reports ' BJP ready for fresh polls in Delhi' says Harsh Vardhan.
'Government to take shape post May 20' writes the Pioneer. 'Pressure on Rajnath Singh to join' says the Indian Express. The Statesman reports that there have been hints, that Rajnath Singh would get Home, but there is speculation over Sushma's portfolio.
The Pioneer and the Tribune report that Sonia and Rahul may resign at the CWC meet scheduled for Monday. 'Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns' says the Business Standard. The Asian Age shows him with the president, after he submitted his resignation. Many papers , quoting Singh write that his life was an open book.
The deaths of Russi Mody,96, former chairman and managing director of Tata Steel, fondly known as the steel man - and Captian Krishnan Nair,92, ace hotelier , who stepped down as chairman of Leela Palace Hotels last year, have been widely reported by the press.
The shocking incident of a Delhi University student who committed suicide yesterday finds place on the front page of the Hindustan Times and Hindu.

Fruits of bifurcation #Telangana

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Modi landslide buries Congress


The overwhelmingly decisive victory of the BJP led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections dominates the press. "Modi landslide buries Congress" writes the Hindustan Times while the Asian Age calls it a "Tsunamo". Commenting on the new Prime Minister-to-be Narendra Modi, the Times of India says "Chaiwalla will be first PM born after independence".

Many papers dwell on the imapct of the crushing defeat on the Congress party. The Pioneer observes , "Rahul hatao, Priyanka lao' cry gets shrill".

The papers have highlighted some interesting nuggets about the results. The Pioneer says 40 union ministers of the 54 that contested have lost. The Asian Age draws attention to the none-of-the-above option as it reports "NOTA gets 58,46,598 hits in its debut poll" which the Times of India informs us is 1.1% of the vote share.

The Hindu carries a story on the composition of the new Lok Sabha. The paper writes that at 22, the number of Muslims in the 16th Lok Sabha will be the lowest in 50 years. As far as women MPs are concerned, the paper reports that there are only 62 in the 16th Lok Sabha or a little more than 11%.

The papers also note the impact these results may have on some states. On the choice of a new chief minister of Gujarat, the Business Standard reports, "Nitin Patel, Anandiben leading race for CM seat". In the backdrop of the BJP's impressive performance in Assam, the Asian Age states "Congress routed, Gogoi offers to step down".  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Count down BJP brass goes into a huddle


    Most newspapers this morning have different headlines after the exit polls predicted a clear victory for the BJP. "Count down BJP brass goes into a huddle", says the Tribune and Business Standard.
    BJP plans power shift two days in advance writes the Indian Express. "Regional players poised to team up with NDA", says the Pioneer.
    Modi and his men discuss government formation role of Patriarchs writes the Economic Times.
    "BJP does post poll sums, may get more supporters", writes the Financial Express.
    Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley hit out at congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi saying he did not measure up to BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi writes the Hindustan Times.
    Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani's home in Mumbai Antilia, is the most expensive billionaire home in the world according to the Forbes list which also includes Lakshmi Mittals houses in London writes Mail Today, Business Standard, The Hindu and other papers.
    New IM Module suspected to be behind the Chennai blast writes the Hindu, adding that the South Indian Mujahideen is now suspected to be behind twin blasts on the Bangalore Guwahati Express on May 1st.
    And finally, imagine changing the colour of your clothes to blend into the background just like a chameleon ! A Budapest based textile designer claims to have developed an experimental Fabric that can change colour within seconds. The project incorporates sound and sensors into the fabric that enable it to blend into the background writes the Asian Age. "Now, wear the United colours of Chameleon", writes the Hindu Business Line.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Your Food Is Poisoning You | Performance Plate |

Your Food Is Poisoning You | Performance Plate |


The emerging post-poll scenario especially after exit poll predictions, the bull run at the Sensex, and the appointment of the next Army Chief are some of the stories covered prominently in papers today.

'Modi effect : Sensex breaks 24,000 mark; Pupee joins party', headlines the Tribune. In an intended pun, the Mail Today writes, 'Modi's biggest Rally Yet'. The Hindu says, 'New investors told to be wary of bull run'.

The Hindustan Times leads with, 'Congress chorus : Ra Ga not to blame', shielding Rahul from blame for a probable poor show in the poll results. The paper carries a photograph of outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the caption, 'Farewells begin'. The Hindu writes, 'Emotional goodbye to Manmohan'.

The Tribune headlines, 'Govt. has its way, appoints Gen. Suhag as Army Chief'.

'In a first, collegium moots 2 lawyers as SC judges', reports The Times of India. The paper says that in an unprecedented decision, the collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India has recommended names of two previous Solicitors General - Gopal Subramaniam and RF Nariman, for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court. The Pioneer also covers this story.

The Indian Express highlights, '$ 8-bn hype balloon bursts : Govt. finds nothing against Hasan Ali'. The paper adds that in less than a week before it demits office, the UPA govt. has acknowledged that its tax evasion cases against the Pune-based stud farm owner and alleged hawala operator, 'may not be sustainable'.

The same paper carries a story on a kidney racket running on Facebook.

On a positive note, the Hindu reports, 'Delhi records coldest May day in a decade', with temperature dropping to 18 degrees, seven notches below normal, on Tuesday.

And finally, 'First double-Decker train chugs off to Guntur', reports the Hindu on its back page. As South Central Railway's first AC chair-car, double-decker super fast express left Kachiguda to Guntur, there were cheers all around, says the paper.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Exit polls 2014 live: Modi wave sweeps India, BJP set to form next govt | Firstpost

Exit polls 2014 live: Modi wave sweeps India, BJP set to form next govt | Firstpost


The last and crucial phase of elections today, Election Commission raiding the BJP office in Varanasi, the killing of police Jawans by Maoists in Gadchiroli and Rajnath, RSS talking post poll strategy are some of the news covered by most newspapers today.

"2014 election potboiler heads for grand climax in Varanasi", says the Times of India. "Final phase today amid security worries", headlines the Hindu saying that 6.61 crore voters in Bihar, UP and West Bengal will decide the fate of 606 candidates.

"Varanasi BJP raided, poll material seized - BJP warns EC of rigging by SP", is the Asian Age headline.

"A Modi victory may not be music to Rajan's ears" headline the Economic Times saying that surging inflows could challenge the Goal of taming inflation.

This Friday, there will be no film release by Bollywood in view of the election results, reports the Hindustan Times.

And finally, Holi at Oxford!! Yes you heard that right. The Asian Age carries a colorful picture of students and professors at the Oxford University celebrating Holi at the beginning of their term.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Defending the Open Internet -

Defending the Open Internet -


Campaigning for Lok Sabha elections, which came to a close yesterday is reported by all dailies. 'Campaign ends, battle continues' is the Hindustan Times headline, adding that 'Rahul holds tit for tat roadshow in Varanasi, sums up last 8 months as extensive, innovative and satisfying'. The Times of India, The Indian Express and The Statesman show Rahul Gandhi as he campaigned for his party candidate there yesterday.

The Asian Age writes 'Election Commission gives clean chit to Rahul in booth case', and that 'there was no polling during his visit'. But the Times of India headline reads 'EC says Rahul's presence at EVM was unauthorised, but lets him off'. 'Was it really a fair, thorough probe?' asks the paper.

Election Commissioner Brahma indicating that there was difference of opinion in the EC over denying permission for Modi's rally in Varanasi, the Pioneer writes 'CEC puts united face a day after Brahma- astra fire'. The paper adds 'Sampath defends Varanasi DM, Jaitley calls refusal for NaMo's rally a big blot on EC's fairness'.

'Reliance tires of government delays, files 2nd arbitration case' is the Financial Express headline. The Hindustan Times explains that the price hike, notified by the government on 10th January was put on hold because of elections. The paper adds that the hike will almost be 100 per cent, from 4.2 dollars per unit to 8.2 dollars per unit.

The Times of India reports that IAS officer Ashok Khemka faces a threat of dismissed from service as his appraisal reports have cast aspersions on his integrity. Khemka had exposed Priyanka Gandhi's husband Vadra's alleged shady land deals.

The Hindu and the Indian Express have reports of Meerut being tense after communal clashes there yesterday.

In an article titled 'All set for an alien journey', Mail Today gives a glimpse into some Indians who have been short listed for this one way trip to Mars.

And finally, Delhi Times writes of moms blackmailing their children on Mothers Day today - asking them to do things like learning to cook, making a shaadi profile - or even adding them on facebook!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Young Bankers Fed Up With 90-Hour Weeks Move to Startups - Bloomberg

Young Bankers Fed Up With 90-Hour Weeks Move to Startups - Bloomberg


The difference of opinion in the Election Commission over treatment to the BJP, the Sensex crossing 23 thousand mark and the supreme court instructing the CBI to probe Saradha scam make for some of the headlines in most papers today.

"EC slow to act on poll violation says top officer", headlines the Hindustan Times. The Hindu points out that "Brahma's view differs from CEC's". The Pioneer states that EC HS Brahma finds fault with Varanasi RO over Modi rally and gives clean chit to Amit Shah's deion of Azamgarh.

Sensex pierces 23,000 as Modi factor, FII buying buoy sentiment - is the Hindu Business Line lead. The Financial Express headlines" Friday blockbuster - Hopes of BJP government send Sensex soaring.

SC jolt for Mamata; CBI to probe Saradha scam "says the Business Standard. The Hindustan Times calls it a blow to Mamata Banerjee.

In some not - so - good news a Bhopal doctor being shot dead at her wedding reception and another post graduate lady student of Assam Medical Collage in Dibrugarh having been killed in the ICU, allegedly by a ward boy has been covered by most papers.

The Hindu says, RBI directive makes kids happy pointing to the fact that now even 10 year olds can open bank accounts.

Friday, May 9, 2014

NO PRISON PROBLEM IN INDIA: This world map of prison populations is an embarrassment to every American

This world map of prison populations is an embarrassment to every American


The Election Commission's denial of permission for Narendra Modi's public rally in Beniabagh in Varanasi on Wednesday and the consequent reactions of the EC and the BJP, are given prominence in the Press. "BJP mounts all-out attack on EC" is the Statesman headline, whilst the Tribune writes that "EC rebuts BJP charge, says it's not afraid of anybody - justifies Varanasi DM's refusal to grant permission for Modi's rally.

"Rahul at EVM in Amethi: EC asks for report" headlines the Asian Age. The Times of India, along with Rahul Gandhi's photograph in an EVM area - writes that Chief Election Commissioner V. S. Sampath conceded that Rahul Gandhi's presence in the voting enclosure of at least 3 polling booths in Amethi was a 'matter of fact' and would be examined with reference to the law relating to secrecy of voting.

The Indian Express writes on its front page - 'Modi hints that doors are not closed for tie-ups with Jaya, Maya and Mamata'.

The Economic Times writes 'Fifteen day ago when he came to Varanasi - Arvind Kejriwal was mostly a public curiosity for those in Varanasi. But as D-Day approaches, AAP seems to have turned around the scene and it may not be a landslide for Modi, as was expected initially.

Angry youths who had boycotted the Lok Sabha polls in Baramulla, were yesterday, seen thrashing and humiliating voters who had cast their votes in the towns of Baramulla and Sopore, after checking ink marks on their fingers.

A report commissioned by The Planning Commission, which was put on the Plan Panel's website yesterday, lists Gujarat as one of the top states in business regulatory environment for manufacturing, reports the Hindustan Times.

Business line of the Hindu informs us that the Government of Australia's Queensland province yesterday approved the Gautam Adani Groups  15.46 billion  dollar coal mine development project, in its Galilee Basin.

And finally, the Times of India writes of a new field of study wherein  scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have taken a significant first step to create living organisms with 'alien' DNA using an expanded genetic code of 6 letters, instead of 4. This technique would help develop new anti-biotic and vaccines as well as other products.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seemandhra turns out in force to pick its first Govt


    Most newspapers this morning cover the final phase of polling that concluded yesterday. "Seemandhra turns out in force to pick its first Govt", writes Mail Today. "High turn out in 8th phase 81 percent polling in West Bengal", writes the Statesman. "Voters to make Indian voting league the 8th wonder", writes the Economic Times.
    Independent India's first voter, 97 year old Sham Saran Negi, from Himachal Pradesh, kept his date with democracy and voted in the tribal district of Kinnaur, the Indian Express and Economic Times says.
    The Pioneer on its front page reports that the CVC monitoring the Coal scam probe informed the Supreme Court that it rejected the CBI move to close 3 out of the 11 cases recommended for closure. "Don't outsource judicial functions to CVC" said the CBI, opposing the Apex Court decision allowing the CVC to whet the probe agencies closure report writes the Times of India. "SC asks CBI if CVC should have say in closed cases", reports the Financial Times.
    Delhi's air pollution has reached critical levels, and is unfit for breathing, says a WHO study. While the standard limit prescribed is 40 micrograms of particulate matter, Delhi's air has 60 micrograms per cubic meters. WHO concludes that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. Mail Today, Hindustan Times, Pioneer and most other papers have reported this story.
    The Hindu Business Line writes that 47 nations including Switzerland and India have agreed upon the automatic exchange of information on tax matters.
    The Tribune on its front page writes that the legislature cannot neutralize the effect of a judicial verdict given, based on facts and findings.

#ModiSpeaksToArnab Full text of Narendra Modi's interview: The BJP leader opens up

Full text of Narendra Modi's interview: The BJP leader opens up

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seemandhra polling may touch 90 p.c. - The Hindu

Seemandhra polling may touch 90 p.c. - The Hindu


Modi playing the caste card in Amethi; The lady in snoopgate moving the Supreme Court to stall any further probe; The Supreme Court giving CBI a free hand to go ahead with investigations against government officials, make for some of the front page stories today.

'In UP, Modi plays up caste', headlines the Hindu, while the Hindustan Times says, 'Modi bares caste card before polls in Amethi, heartland'.

'Woman moves Supreme Court against snoop probe', says the Tribune.

'All officials equal, probe needs no government nod', is the Indian Express headline, saying CBI now free to investigate joint secretary, higher ranking officials.

'Now even aided minority schools to give RTE a miss', say the Pioneer, pointing out that earlier the apex court had exempted only unaided institutions from 25 percent quota for the poor.

The Hindu reports of four fold rise in bad loans quoting a bank Union amounting to Rs. 70,300 crore.

The Economic Times says that in the heat of elections, property prices have melted by 20-30 per cent in the four metros in the past one year - stocks may have surged but not property, it says.

The Asian Age carries a picture of security forces gathering at a voting machine distribution centre at picturesque Leh, on the eve of the 8th phase of elections today.

The Hindu reports, 'Tihar Central jail has achieved a record 100 percent placement this year'.

And finally, the Times of India says that Cola companies are now working to phase out controversial ingredient called brominated vegetable oil from their drinks within a year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Just a humble OBC: Why Narendra Modi played the caste card in Amethi | Firstpost

Just a humble OBC: Why Narendra Modi played the caste card in Amethi | Firstpost


Modi's forceful show in Amethi on the final day of campaigning for Phase 8 of Elections, Snoopgate probe on hold, and the Supreme Court stalling the demolition of Noida towers are some of the stories covered prominently in newspapers this morning.

On the campaign in Amethi, the Indian Express headlines "Modi takes battle to Gandhi den". The Hindu says, "Modi invokes Ram, EC seeks report", while  The Asian Age quotes Priyanka as saying "Amethi won't forgive his insult to Rajiv".

The Hindustan Times writes "Snoopgate probe on hold, govt not to name judge", a day after two key UPA constituents publicly disapproved a Snoopgate inquiry in its "dying hours". Asian Age says Snoopgate probe left to next govt, while the Times of India headlines "Kamal Nath too opposes probe into Snoopgate".

"Noida Supertech towers won't be razed, for now" headlines the Hindustan Times, elaborating, SC halts demolition. Plan for 24 floors only. Express Newsline quotes the Supreme Court bench as saying the municipal authority would have to pay a hefty price if it was found to be colluding with the developer to approve an otherwise illegal plan.

In a bid to improve safety of women travelling on buses, the Delhi's Special of Asian Age report "200 DTC buses to get CCTVs" to keep vigil on every passenger.

Business line and Asian Age carry photographs on the front page of Ratan Tata receiving the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of British Empire, on behalf of the Queen, one of the highest civilian honours conferred by Britain.

And finally, under the headline "Ticket to Mars : 44 Indians in list", the Hindustan Times writes 44 Indians including 17 women have been picked from 705 people from various countries to become the first human colonists on Mars.

SC refuses to stay AP bifurcation

Supreme Court refuses to stay Andhra Pradesh bifurcation:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Inequality has been going on forever

Inequality Has Been Going On Forever . . . But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Inevitable

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Digital media and journalists

‘Journalists must be adept at using digital media’:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Congress won't support Third Front to form govt, will get majority, says Rahul Gandhi - Hindustan Times

Congress won't support Third Front to form govt, will get majority, says Rahul Gandhi - Hindustan Times


Narendra Modi all set to campaign in Amethi is the lead story in many newspapers. 'Modi to storm Rahul's Amethi on May 5' is the Hindustan Times headline. The paper adds that Amit Shah is already parked in the Gandhi bastion. The Asian Age says that Jaitley, Sushma and Advani may join him. Mail Today writes that 'this may attract a reciprocal shock tactic of a Gandhi family member in Varanasi'.

The controversy over naming the next Army Chief seems to have been put to rest. The Times of India headline reads 'Election Commission bars government from naming new Army Chief'.

Many dailies have reported that a judge would be appointed soon to investigate allegations against Narendra Modi for putting a woman under illegal surveillance. 'Shinde, Sibal confirm probe into Snoopgate by sitting justice' writes the Economic Times, adding that the appointment is likely to be made before the 16th of May.

Bodo militants killing 20 people in Assam is covered by the Statesman, the Pioneer and many other dailies. '3 attacks in 24 hours' writes the Indian Express. 'Shoot at sight after Assam massacre' writes the Hindu. 'Curfew in 4 districts' says the Tribune.

'2G trouble again for Raja, Kani' writes the Hindustan Times on its front page. The Hindu reports that a Delhi court has issued summons to them to appear before it on the 26th of May.

"CCTV image provides first clue" is the Hindu headline, regarding investigations into the blasts in Chennai. 'Police rely on footage from stations' adds the paper.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains in Afghanistan in which 2000 people are missing finds place in the Hindustan Times, the Statesman and The Tribune.

And finally, there's good news for Delhi-ites! "Heat wave takes weekend off, rain ahead" writes the Hindustan Times on its front page.

#pressfreedom Prasar Bharti CEO spills the beans

Government rejects interference change

Friday, May 2, 2014

Will form govt on our own in Telangana: TRS |

Will form govt on our own in Telangana: TRS |


Two low intensity bombs going off in quick succession in two coaches of the Bangalore - Gowahati Super Express train at the Chennai Central railway station, are given prominence by  papers this morning. "Twin blasts in train kill one, injure 14", headlines The Asian Age.

Hindustan Times, quoting senior Congress functionaries and a minister, reports that Rahul Gandhi would prefer to sit in the opposition and rebuild the organisation rather than stitch up a government with the help of multiple parties.

During election time the war of words between political parties continues to be covered by the Press. The Tribune, quoting a speech by Rahul Gandhi writes "It's a fight between the Pandavas and Kauravas".

The Economic Times writes that the UPA Government has signaled its determination to press ahead with the appointment of a new army chief, by referring the matter to the Election Commission.

The Tribune opines that as both India and China have been discussing Afghanistan and the scenario emerging in the wake of withdrawal of US-led troops, both countries have decided to conduct a joint military exercise at Bathinda, close to India's western border.

Business Standard writes - 'In what could be a first for the country's iron ore sector, the Karnataka Government is readying to auction iron ore mines to end users, and has sought the SC's permission to put 15 of its 51 Category-C mines on the block.

The Times of India writes 'Come September, Bihar's Nalanda University will enroll its first batch of students in 2 post graduate courses at the Rajgir Campus, according to Chancellor Amartya Sen.

And finally, Hindustan Times informs us that Delhi's posh Khan Market - one of the world's costliest markets - is set to undergo a major facelift, with a centralised AC plant and an extensive underground parking .

Quiz: how good is your taste in films? | Film |

Quiz: how good is your taste in films? | Film |

AAP, Congress overtake BJP in social media

Thursday, May 1, 2014