Monday, June 30, 2014

PSLV-C23 puts SPOT-7, other satellites in precise orbits

PSLV-C23 puts SPOT-7, other satellites in precise orbits - The Hindu


The Ministry of External Affairs gearing up for evacuation of more than 10,000 stranded Indians in strife-torn Iraq, is noticed prominently by the Press. The Hindu writes that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is seeking help from other Gulf countries as well. The Statesman reports that Air India is keeping 3 planes on standby.

Hindustan Times informs us that Western Powers are making a beeline for India, eyeing lucrative deals, on the back of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economy - centric foreign policy. Leading French aircraft firm Airbus and Pharmaceutical major Sanofi are planning on a 10 billion dollar investment.

Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitaraman has said that India intends to create a more 'open' investment environment for Chinese and other foreign firms, starting with a landmark agreement to set up at least 4 Chinese Industrial parks in India, according to The Hindu. The papers adds that China has also invited India to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Saina Nehwal's photographs are aplenty in newspapers today - "On Top Down Under" - writes Mail Today, reporting of Saina winning her first Super Series title - with an emphatic victory in Australia yesterday.

The Indian Express writes that the Home Ministry has set a 3-year deadline for officials to identify Indian citizens in the country, through the National Population Register (NPR) project.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Western powers rush to court PM Narendra Modi with eyes on defence deals - Hindustan Times

Western powers rush to court PM Narendra Modi with eyes on defence deals - Hindustan Times


The training session for first time BJP MPs at Surajkund has been reported prominently by many news dailies today. "MPs learn the ropes at Modi Ki Pathshala", reports the Hindustan Times. The Tribune adds with the headline "Know the people, be known for your work; Modi to MPs".

In a significant story, The Pioneer reports in front page that the Modi Government is keen on hiking the defence budget by 15 to 18 per cent, which will be one of the highest in the last three decades, with the focus mainly on sustaining the momentum of modernisation of armed forces.

According to the Sunday Statesman, "In its efforts to ensure safety of Indians stranded in Iraq due to the ongoing civil war, the government has deployed the Navy Warship INS Mysore in the Persian Gulf." The Asian Age adds that the Indian Government has set-up three camp offices in the Iraqi cities of Najaf, Karbala and Basra to facilitate the departure of 10,000 Indians from non-conflict zones."

"China claims Arunachal in its map again", reports The Pioneer, while in a related story, The Asian Age reports that China has reportedly commissioned "a preliminary research study to build an international rail link connecting its border province of Xinjiang to Pakistan, a contentious project from India's perspective as it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)".

Many newspapers have reported prominently, the statements made by senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul Gandhi lacks temperament to rule, declares Digvijay - Singh adds to Post-Poll-Rout Congress disquiet", reports the Times of India.

For anxious admission seekers to Delhi University, the newspapers carry good as well as bad news. "Monday kick-off for DU with cut offs, fresh applications" reports the Hindustan Times while the Times of India reports "DU turns B Tech into BSc, scraps BMS".

Friday, June 27, 2014

Andhra pipeline blast: 16 dead, locals accuse GAIL of negligence - Hindustan Times

Andhra pipeline blast: 16 dead, locals accuse GAIL of negligence - Hindustan Times


Narendra Modi penning his thoughts on being the Prime Minister for a month now, in a letter to the nation, posted on his website is covered by all papers. The Tribune, the Business Standard and the Economic Times quoting the PM write, 'There was no honeymoon period for my government'. The Pioneer states that 'after just 30 days in power, PM has identified areas he needs to focus and improve'.

'Modi in war mode to fight poor rains, wields food act' is the Hindustan Times headline. States to implement food law in 3 months and crack down on hoarders is reported by The Hindu, the Financial Express and the Asian Age.

The Statesman, the Asian Age and the Tribune show Sushma Swaraj with the Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. 'Visas and buses - Delhi opens up to reach out to Dhaka writes the Indian Express.

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi summoned in the 'National Herald' case is covered prominently by the press. The Hindustan Times, in a block item on its front page, gives details of the case.

The continuing impasse over Delhi University's admissions finds place in many dailies. 'Have you seen this man recently?' asks Mail Today, with a picture of the Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, who has been untraceable, as the UGC-DU mess continues.

Scam tainted Srinivasan appointed ICC chairman has been reported by most papers.

The Statesman, in a block item on its front page, titled 'From tea stall to IIT', writes about two sons of a tea seller in Punjab, who have both cleared the IIT entrance exam. The sons, apparently are inspired by the Prime Minister, writes the paper.

Key to healthy heart is a happy marriage' writes The Times of India. The paper also reports of tiny, self beating hearts which have been grown in the lab using stem cells, in London. The paper writes that they will be a cure for heart hypertrophy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PM Modi orders ministries to have Twitter, Facebook account : India, News - India Today

PM Modi orders ministries to have Twitter, Facebook account : India, News - India Today


The continuing face off between the Delhi University & University Grants Commission over the four year undergraduate programme, the government's efforts to rescue the Indian hostages taken in Iraq and India writing to Switzerland seeking black money details of Indians are some lead stories in dailies today.

"Meet the Campa Cola homeless: CEO to Diamond merchant, MD to Editor", headlines the Indian Express, taking a closer look at 10 of the 89 illegal flat owners affected by the events at the Campa Cola compound at Worli, Mumbai. In a related story, the financial express says "Homeless in Mumbai: Not quite the usual suspects."

"Kabul cannot fight terror alone: Envoy", is The Hindu headline. The paper writes that Afghanistan is stepping up its request for military training and assistance from India as the pull out date for NATO forces approaches.

The Times of India writes "Sugar price set to go up by 2-3 rupees a kg" - "Sweet deal for industry, bitter for consumers". The paper reports that a series of measures, announced by the government for the sugar industry will result in this.

The Tribune writes that the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO that met in Doha has finally bestowed the World Heritage Site status on the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation area in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

And finally, The Asian Age writes: "MHA clean up reveals rare nuggets from another era". One file has revealed that Lord Mountbatten was sanctioned 64,000 rupees as TA/DA in 1948 for his move back to Britain. After factoring in inflation, that sum today would  amount to several crore rupees. Revealing another rare nugget, the paper says that the pension of India's first President Rajendra Prasad & the salary of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri were sent to the calamity fund, after they refused to accept it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Egypt sentences 3 journalists to prison, drawing international outcry - Los Angeles Times

Egypt sentences 3 journalists to prison, drawing international outcry - Los Angeles Times


The four year undergraduate programme in Delhi University getting the Axe, Switzerland agreeing  to share Black Money information with India and the Home Ministry likely to approach the Cabinet to withdraw the snoopgate probe are some lead stories in papers today.

The Indian Express writes that Ministries which have inputs , critical or necessary for decision-making in proposals piloted by other ministries but fail to communicate them in time will now have to explain, with reasons.

The Times of India reports that after environment clearance, forest clearance for Industrial and infrastructure projects will go online from July 1st.

The Hindustan Times, in a special report opines that in a first sign of inter ministerial squabble, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to carve out a separate department for skill development and entrepreneurship is facing stiff resistance from ministries who will see a major chunk of their funds disappear if the plan is approved.

"Arabs notice their absence for President's speech", says the Asian Age, writes that representations of West Asian Govt. here note a bitter irony - that while India desperately seeks Arab help to bring remaining 38 Indians held hostage in Iraq, India's latest foreign policy enunciation makes no mention of this country's ties.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

'Old Guy' Miroslav Klose hailed for World Cup record - The Hindu

'Old Guy' Miroslav Klose hailed for World Cup record - The Hindu


The Indian hostage crises in Iraq continues to dominate the newspaper headlines today."ISIS may use 39 Indian hostage as human shields fears government," reports the Hindustan Times. According to The Asian Age the government has now roped in senior Sunni religious leaders across the country with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh having contacted them to help free Indians.

In a related story, the Pioneer reports that several hundred Indian Nationals may be stranded in the Najaf Province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employers refuse to return their passports according to the Amnesty International. The Hindustan Times also reports with an article "In Iraq, even employers hold Indians Hostage".

Back home the fate of three Chief Ministers in Congress ruled states has also been covered prominently. "Amid talk of change two congress CMs meet Sonia-Chavan fate hangs in balance, Hooda may stay; Gogoi most Vulnerable", reports the Indian Express. The Hindustan Times adds "Hooda safe, Gogoi and Chavan fate hangs in balance".

The defence by Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley of the hike in railway fares has also found mention in many newspapers. "Nothing unfair about hike : Jaitley - UPA lacked the courage to implement its own decision" reports the Hindu. The Times of India adds "Government says rail subsidy burden was too heavy, defends hike."

And Finally, Hindustan Times reports Amit and Sumit sons of a tea seller near Amritsar have passed the IIT -Joint Entrance Exam for the Second time this year and hoped to get admission into an IIT, if luck favours them. They had cracked the exam last year but could not secure admission due to poor financial condition of the family. This year however, as soon as the exam results were announced, people started approaching them and even offered to sponsor their education.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Railways bites the bullet, raises passenger fares


The Railway fare hike, the government softening its stand to promote Hindi on social media platforms and the developing situation in Iraq are major stories in newspapers this morning.
"Modi's Growth Express Arrives with a Shudder" writes the Economic Times. The Pioneer reports "Rail fares chug up steeply", while the Business Standard says, "Railways bites the bullet, raises passenger fares".
"Mind your Language ! South Tells Centre's Hindi Enthusiasts" reads the Economic Times headline. The Hindu quotes PMO as saying "Language policy unchanged", adding compulsory use of Hindi was not applicable to non-Hindi speaking states. The Times of India writes, Govt says, Hindi circular first issued by UPA.
The fate of Indians abducted in Iraq finds front page coverage in most dailies. "Team Modi goes into a huddle; Efforts on to secure release of abducted Indians" writes the Tribune. The Times of India says, "Centre opens Saudi channels to Iraqi abductors". The Statesman reports "16 Indians in Iraq evacuated", while the Hindu, in an exclusive, recounts the daring escape of one Indian from captivity in Mosul.
Marking the biggest change in the Indian fiscal space in decades, the Indian Express opines "Financial powers gone, planning Commission stares at shutdown".
In a major revamp, the Pioneer reports, DU plans to turn its existing four year undergraduate programme into an integrated five-year post - graduate programme.
In Newsmakers, the Asian Age, and the Hindu report, Indian born Booker prize winning author Salman Rushdie has been named the winner of 2014 prestigious Pen Pinter prize for his outstanding literary output and support for freedom of expression.
And finally, the Hindu states, Scientists have successfully developed an ultra light material that can witstand 160,000 times its own weight, and can be used for making aircraft components.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jennifer Lopez splits with her beau Casper Smart | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Jennifer Lopez splits with her beau Casper Smart | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


The Abduction of forty Indian construction workers in Iraq, Prime Minister Modi taking stock of the food situation in the country, and stories relating to the removal of Governors appointed by the previous UPA regime are lead stories in today papers. "To sack Governors government will have to convince president". says the Hindustan Times the Indian Express writes "Maharashtra Governor lets it out: Home Secretary called, asking me to quit". The paper adds that legal experts have told President Pranab Mukherjee that Governors and Lt. Governors remain in office at the pleasure of the President and as per law, they cannot be asked to step down merely because a new political dispensation has taken over at the centre.

"BJP tries to finish Capital jigsaw", opines Mail Today in a special report, that Rumors are rife that the saffron party is wooing AAP and Congress MLA's to form the government in Delhi.

In an exclusive story, the Hindu writes that following the IB report on alleged foreign funded NGO's creating obstacles in India's growth, the Home Ministry has clamped down on Green Peace, an International campaign group present in 40 countries.

"Bhabha's Malabar Hil bungalow sold for 372 crore rupees" reports the Asian Age. The auction had faced opposition from politicians and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre employees, so that the bungalow could be turned into a museum.

The Pioneer writes that after the just concluded successful test firing of India's indigenously developed surface to air missile Aakash, it is now ready for induction into the Indian Army.

And finally, the Times of India says, that adults often lie to kids, but expect children to be honest with them. A study of 6 and 7 year olds has shown that children are very good at detecting lies, including forms of subtler and more elegant deceit reports the paper.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Iraq: 40 Indian workers kidnapped, whereabouts not known - Firstpost

Iraq: 40 Indian workers kidnapped, whereabouts not known - Firstpost


Different issues make it to the front pages in different newspapers today.

"Food price war - Jaitley targets hoarders export" says the Hindustan Times.

Curbs on exports of onions, potatoes to combat says the Hindu.

The Tribune reports of militants closing in on Baghdad and that the Iraq upheaval may hit global oil markets. Even the UN calls it life - threatening.

The Financial Express reports of Iraq's biggest refinery BAI JI having shut down.

The Pioneer reports of the UPA appointed Governors of West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tripura being asked to quit.

The Indian Express on its front page reports that the meat exporter Moin Qureshi who is under Income Tax probe also had his daughters firm secure contracts to organise parties for two CBI directors.

A brave heart coolie - Dharmanath Yadav who had caught a terror suspect at Patna junction last year was assaulted at the railway station on Monday night and the attackers could be related to terror, as he was getting threats, reports Mail Today.

The Hindu reports that with Indian Met Department predicting 93 per cent below normal Monson, the worst affected states have readied drought mitigation plans.

The Hindu reports of Assocham study which has found that Madhya Pradesh the most favorite destination for domestic travelers followed by Maharashtra and then Tamil Nadu and then Karnataka.

Many newspapers report of water ATM's, yes, that's right. Water ATM'S 500 of them to be installed in Delhi.

The 350th anniversary of Anandpur Sahab, associated with the birth of the Khalsa, falls tomorrow. The town, earlier known as MAKHOWAL was founded by guru Teg Bahadur ji in 1665. The Tribune reports of a year long celebration here.

Preparations are also on for the Jagannath Yatra in Ahmedabad is illustrated by a beautiful picture of colorful Raths, in the Pioneer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

World Cup 2014: Uruguay’s Luis Suárez is ‘100% fit’ to upset England | Football | The Guardian

World Cup 2014: Uruguay’s Luis Suárez is ‘100% fit’ to upset England | Football | The Guardian


Many papers show PM Narendra Modi in Bhutan. The Hindu shows 'the PM addressing the national assembly in Thimphu yesterday'. The Asian Age writes that 'Modi's speech draw spontaneous applause, something unusual in Bhutan'. "Modi raises gross national happiness in Bhutan" adds the paper.

Inflation at a 5 month high, the rupee weakening past 60 per dollar and the Iraq crisis threatening to push up global oil prices finds place in many dailies. "After easy start, Modi government faces first key test" in the Business Standard headline. 'Price monster to test Modi' writes the Hindustan Times.

'Aadhaar future at stake' says the Indian Express, as a consequence of Narendra Modi scrapping the cabinet committee on unique identification authority last week.

In a block item titled 'Appointments on hold', the Statesman writes that the fate of private secretaries to ministers is in limbo. "Modi's ministers can't have babus favoured by UPA as special staff" says the Economic Times.

'BJP closing in on capital crown' writes the Hindustan Times, about the three names doing the rounds for the Delhi Chief Minister's post.

Governors appointed during the UPA might be on their way out. 'Government nudges 6 governors to quit' writes the Times of India

Confusion over the four year undergraduate programme of Delhi University continues. In what comes as a shot in the arm for protestors, the Hindustan Times writes, "UGC asks DU to rethink four year degree course".

And finally, are you scared of your visit to the dentist? The Times of India writes "Soon, decayed tooth may repair itself--UK experts develop new technique that could spell end of  drilling and fillings".

Monday, June 16, 2014

Modi, Sushma slip ups draw social media attention - The Hindu

Modi, Sushma slip ups draw social media attention - The Hindu


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhutan visit, the Ministry of External affairs advisory calling on Indian's not to travel to trouble- torn Iraq and 3 people running over a Delhi cop on being asked to obey traffic rule are front page stories in most papers today.

The Pioneer writes that a Delhi traffic police constable was mowed down by a car in West Delhi following an argument with the occupants of a car over flouting traffic restrictions on Saturday.

"Ready to talk with Separatists: (says) Jaitley", reports the Hindu, writing that the Narendra Modi government was ready to engage Kashmiri separatists in a dialogue, but there would be no compromise on India's constitution and sovereignty. In a related story, the Pioneer quoting Defence Minister Arun Jaitley writes: " Talks and aggression can't go together".

Reporting on the lawlessness raging unabated in Uttar Pradesh, the Mail Today headlines "Mulayam fiddles, as UP burns", adding "women MP attacked another rape in Badaun, BJP leader killed and SP Patriarch tells ministers he won't punish any one of them.

The Hindustan Times in a special report writes "government to whittle down list of VIP protectees.

Asian Age reports that in a significant move aimed at giving a much needed boost to the economy, FDI project security clearances will be given in 30 days.

"Will Modi try his hand at football Diplomacy?" asks the Economic Times. The paper writes that the PM has been invited by the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to watch the finals of the ongoing football World Cup at Rio de Janeiro on July 13th.

And Finally, in good news for boosting growth in the manufacturing sector, the Indian Express writes that the government is working towards liberalizing labour laws to boost factory jobs.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

MP: Woman raped by 10 including husband, forced to drink urine - Hindustan Times

MP: Woman raped by 10 including husband, forced to drink urine - Hindustan Times


Most papers have a picture of PM Narendra Modi in the cockpit of MIG 29K air craft aboard INS Vikramaditya yesterday. 'Modi dedicates largest warship to nation' is the Statesman headline. "PM pitches for India's self-reliance in defence' adds the paper.

Modi warning people of very difficult decisions to revive the economy finds front page coverage in many dailies'. 'Ahead of Union Budget, PM hints at bitter medicine' writes the Times of India. The Hindustan Times, quoting the PM says 'India's financial health at rock bottom, hard decisions coming'.

Preity Zinta accusing Ness Wadia of assault and molestation also makes front page news. 'Cops take CCTV grab in Preity Zinta case' writes the Asian Age, whereas the Pioneer says its 'not a preity picture'.

Business dailies show Narayana Murthy addressing his last AGM in Bangalore. 'Had to take tough calls to fix diluted meritocracy - Murthy' is the Business Standard headline.

Many devotees are giving a miss to Kedarnath this year. 'Fear stalks pilgrims - ruins all around don't let ghost of 2013 rest' informs Mail Today. The Business Standard says 'Year after floods, Uttarakhand tourism a washout', adding that there is a fall of 70% in the tourism revenue.

In a block item titled 'Namesake', the Hindustan Times reports of a village in Manipur named Modi! Apparently, the villagers have paved a 22 km road themselves. 'Manipuri's Modi village paves it own achchhey din!' writes the paper.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Modi dedicates INS Vikramaditya to the nation, pitches for self-reliance

Modi dedicates INS Vikramaditya to the nation,pitches for self-reliance


Heavy shelling across the Line of Control by Pakistan is prominently noticed on the front pages. "India returns Pak fire on LOC, PM takes stock with army chief" reports the Hindustan Times. The Hindu takes note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as it writes "Modi in letter diplomacy with Sharif ; Writes that he looks forward to engagement in violence free atmosphere".

The CBI booking three sitting Rajya Sabha MPs and three former MPs of the house for allegedly inflating air travel bills and siphoning off lakhs of rupees as reimbursements is widely noticed. "Three sitting Rajya Sabha MPs booked in LTC scam is the lead in the Times of India.

The press keenly tracks developments in the backdrop of the Intelligence Bureau report on the activities of some NGOs in the country. "Foreign aided NGOs under government scanner" writes the Asian Age. The Indian Express quotes the activists named in the report as saying "IB report based on unfounded allegations".

The issue of who will be the next Lok Sabha Speaker is highlighted in many papers. The Tribune reports "Speaker keeps up suspense on Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha". The Pioneer writes "JD(U) supports congress for Leader of Opposition post".

Friday, June 13, 2014

Goa MLAs, ministers to fund their trip to Brazil

Goa MLAs, ministers to fund their trip to Brazil


Various papers have highlighted various stories today on their front pages.
"Modi government puts NGOs under intense scan - the move follows IB warning", is the Hindustan Times headline.
The centre has agreed that Punjab power plants will now get 100% coal from domestic sources instead of the imported coal, says a front page story in the Tribune.
Narmada dam height to be raised - from 121 metres to 138 metres, and allowing gates on the reservoir is a front page story in the Asian Age.
India is world's no. 1 producer of milk but we are deficient in dry fodder by 15%, green fodder by 35% and concentrate by 40% resulting in less production of milk, say NDRI Karnal scientists, reports the Tribune.
After the recent hanging of a 43 year old woman in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh hanged for raising voice against illegal liquor mafia, a 15 year old has been hanged from a tree in Moradabad, reports the Mail Today.
The Statesman and other papers report of a meet on Ganga cleaning - up in the first week of July involving priests, technologists and conservationists.
The Hindu Business Line reports that 13,000 Indians will feature in a digitally produced photo mosaic called happiness flag to be unveiled before the kick off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo.
The Pioneer reports of California based 10 year old Indian origin genius Tanishq Abraham who has graduated from high school and interestingly he has also been taught at home.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top apps for tracking FIFA World Cup 2014 - Business Today - Business News

Top apps for tracking FIFA World Cup 2014 - Business Today - Business News


Newspapers today present a mixed bag with the Delhi power crisis, the debate on the Presidential address in the Lok Sabha, the tragedy in Himachal Pradesh and the second Taliban strike in Karachi covered prominently.

The Hindustan Times writes, "Delhi power grid can't keep up with demand, crisis to continue" The Express Newsline headlines "Residents sweat it out as BJP, AAP and Congress blame each other for crisis".

The Hindu with a photograph captions "Heat wave scorches North India", also reporting "Delhi experiences Longest heat wave since 1969". On a more positive note, the Hindustan Times quips "Small relief : Rain likely on Friday".

The Business Standard reports, in view of the Official prediction of a weak monsoon, Govt may have to import pulses to rein in inflation.

The Hindu states "First debate in Lok Sabha is campaign replay". The Pioneer writes "BJP slams Congress's misrule, weak PM", "Promises to resurrect economy, take opposition along in the process of decision making".

"Plan body to be bypassed?", Asks the Asian Age, reporting the Modi govt has asked ministries and departments to bypass Yojana Bhawan  and submit proposals and demands directly to the finance Ministry for this year's budgetary allocations.

The Indian Express highlights "Railways crackdown on drinking " saying every train driver and his assistant will have to take a breathanalyser test every time they sign in for duty.

The Hindustan Times leads with "Asiad coming home? India to bid for 2019 games" in what could be Delhi's chance to lay CWG ghost to rest.

And finally, The Indian Express reports Ravinder Singh Khaira's five year journey, from a taxi driver in Melbourne to an elite athlete, as he picked up the Javelin gold at the national interstate meet in Lucknow, to make the cut for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jail in Maharashtra could be a 'click' away


President Pranab Mukherjee unveiling the present governments Plan in yesterday's joint address to parliament, India facing the prospects of a deficient monsoon this year and the Beas River tragedy involving Engineering students from Hyderabad are some of the front page stories in leading dailies today.
"Pranab spells out" Modification plan. writes the Hindustan Times. In a related story the paper writes that in a role that largely carries out the agenda of the elected government, the President's speech was sprinkled with a critical evaluation of policies of the previous government, including some which he had piloted in his earlier role as Finance Minister.
"In no mood for Delhi polls, Congress and AAP begin talks", reports the Indian Express.
"Jail in Maharashtra could be a 'click' away" says the Mail Today, writing that the Maharashtra police would now be booking even those who endorse the contents by clicking on the "Like" button and forward objectionable content to others.
The Tribune writes that Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was named the leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, while Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad was declared the leader of the opposition.
The Indian Express reports that in a twist to the legal battle involving the Army top brass, the government on Monday defended Army vice Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag's promotion, entitling him to be the next Army chief, and described the disciplinary ban on him by the then Army Chief and now minister of state Retd. Gen V K Singh as "illegal", "extraneous" and "premeditated".
And finally, the Times of India writes that the RBI has directed that migrants with no permanent address can now open accounts in banks with a single declaration of a permanent address and a mere declaration of a local address or address for communication.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Beas river tragedy: `No siren to alert people about release of water, help came hours later`

Beas river tragedy: `No siren to alert people about release of water, help came hours later`


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India is prominently noticed on the front pages. On his meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Tribune reports "India - China play down border row". The Asian Age highlights Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments at a book release function and quotes him as saying "To take on China, focus on skill, scale and speed".

Scorching temperatures and power woes in the Capital Delhi get front page attention in the press. On Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's decision to cut power supply to malls after 10 pm, the Hindustan Times writes "Delhi powerless, Jung takes austerity steps".

On developments within the Aam Admi Party, the Indian Express writes "Kejriwal announces Mission Vistaar : says national executive will be rejigged which will then elect political affairs committee".

All the papers have published photographs of a smiling Chandrababu Naidu as he took oath as the first Chief Minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. The Times of India writes "Naidu signs 4 files at swearing-in : New panel on women's SHGs, farmer loans".

The Indian Express in a special front page story reports that to curb the possibility of corruption in defence deals, the Defence Ministry has decided that defence purchases above 10 Lakh rupees will be sourced only through an e-platform.

The Financial Express reports that the government has decided to set a maximum support price for at least 10 minor forest produce to provide remunerative prices to tribals.

And finally, we all know how mud packs are used in the beauty business but here is news of its role in a new kind of beautifying process. The Pioneer reports that it will now be used to restore the white sheen of the marble used in the Taj Mahal.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

India state minister on rape: 'Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong' | World news |

India state minister on rape: 'Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong' | World news | HEADLINES

The Baduan rape case in UP continues to dominate the news paper headlines. In a new twist to the case, the Times of India reports that the state DGP has suggested that the killing might have been triggered by property dispute and family honour. In a related report, the Hindustan Times reports "Badaun horror stalks Delhi too" and says that 184 children were raped last year as most of them had no access to a functioning or safe public toilet.

In an exclusive interview with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who begins his official visit to New Delhi today, the Hindu reports with the headline "More consensus than differences with India, says Chinese Minister", while the Asian Age cautions that a classified Intelligence Bureau report "sees big China Army surge in PoK".

In a front page story the Pioneer reports "Peeved by Sharif's visit, ultras step up J&K trouble" adding that intelligence agencies have reported increase in radio traffic between terrorists and their handlers in PoK sectors facing Kupwara.

On the eve of his swearing-in as the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh,The Hindu carries an interview with Chandrababu Naidu and reports him as saying "We have to built from scratch: Naidu".

The Sunday Pioneer reports "Government takes first step to tackle inflation", adding that "A meeting of committee of secretaries mulls changes in Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act to curb price; combat black marketing, hoarding". In a related report, The Hindu reports "We need to lower business costs to boost growth, says Jaitley".

The continuing heatwave in Delhi also finds mention in the news papers "Outages across city as rising temperature trips system" reports the Times of India, while the Hindustan Times adds "As mercury soars, Delhi gets the blackout blues".

And finally, the Times of India in a report titled "New work assignment: Go on a vacation" says companies across diverse industries and sizes are recognising that employees who enjoyed their annual leave are happier and more productive.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Science: Your Long Commute is Making You Sick — and Poor - Trending Now on Patch - Malibu, CA Patch

Science: Your Long Commute is Making You Sick — and Poor - Trending Now on Patch - Malibu, CA Patch


The clashes at the golden Temple marking the Bluestar day yesterday, Prime Minister Modi's emphasis on cleanliness and time bound decision-making for babus, the taking over of Ms. Sumitra Mahajan as the new speaker of Lok Sabha, AAP's leadership in turmoil and Delhi sizzling at 45 degress celcius are some of the top stories.

"Violent clash at Akal Takht, 12 hurt. SGPC task force, radical Sikh groups attack each other" headlines The Tribune.

The Asian Age reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi trying to end sycophancy and reiterating to MPs that touching his feet as a greeting makes him uncomfortable.

The Hindustan Times reports of the 11 step programme by the Prime Minister to make babus work better - expect short government forms and quick decision says the paper.

The first budget of the Modi sarkar may not be a populist one, says The Asian Age. The Business Line says "Jaitley may make the tax climate conducive - spur investments".

Kejri-Yadav spat throws AAP into deepest crisis yet, says the Times of India.

The Times of India also reports of a 6000 crore Ganga plan in which The Ganga will be developed as a water way for transport and tourism covering a distance of 1600 kms. Other rivers like, Yamuna will also be taken up in the future.

The Sensex crossing the 25,000 mark has also been noticed by many newspapers.

The Economic Times warns that mangoes are being artificially ripened to meet growing demand and that is harmful to health.

"Foreign aided NGOs are actively stalling development, IB tells PMO in a report" is a startling headline in The Indian Express.

And finally, the opening of a Trick Eye museum in Singapore with many 3D installations and optical illusion has been covered with interesting pictures in many newspapers.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mass outrage over Indian minister's rape remarks | Asia | DW.DE | 06.06.2014

Mass outrage over Indian minister's rape remarks | Asia | DW.DE | 06.06.2014


Most newspapers have widely covered the oath taking ceremony of 510 members of the 16th Lok Sabha in dialects ranging from Sanskrit and Konkani to Kannada, Maithali and Hindi. The Asian Age covers the story along with photographs, on its front page with the headline 'Bonhomie as MPs take oath".

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepping on the gas, the secretaries to the government swing into action and have asked their officers to clear pending files in all departments in three weeks, reports the Asian Age.

The Pioneer on its front page writes about the Sari diplomacy, along with the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother holding the gift packet. The paper adds that in a gesture that speaks of the warmth Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif carried back home, he has sent a white sari for Prime Minister Modi's mother who had gifted a shawl to the Pakistani leader's mother.

Clearly setting the neighbourhood as foreign policy priority, Prime Minster Modi will undertake his first overseas trip to Bhutan after the ongoing Parliament session, reports the Mail Today.

The business dailies have widely highlighted the sensex crossing the 25,000 mark for the first time. The Economic Times covers it under the headline "Silver Jubilee for sensex as FIIs lap up Modi Blockbuster".

According to the Hindu if anyone violates the road rules more than three times, his or her driving license will be suspended for 6 months and if they continue to violate after that then the driving license will be cancelled. This will come into force once the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill is overhauled.

More than 2000 people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in park outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu to claim a new record on World Environment Day. The story has appeared in the Business Line under the headline "How green is my valley".

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Center mulls making rear seat belts a must


    Rural Development Minster Gopinath Munde's cremation at Parali in Maharashtra is widely noticed on the front pages. "Thousands at Parali as Munde is cremated" reports the Asian Age. As a fall out of Mr Munde's death after a car accident in Delhi the Tribune writes "Center mulls making rear seat belts a must". On Mr Munde's replacement the Indian Express states "Gadkari gets charge of Munde ministries".
    The remarks made by Samajwadi Party leaders on the issue of rising incidents of sexual violence against women in UP are highlighted in all the papers. Drawing attention to Mulayam Singh Yadav's remarks, the Pioneer writes "Spurt in crimes against women: MSY slams media ; Tells reporters to do their own work; Ram Gopal blames TV for promoting vulgarity".
    Highlighting a protest by women activists in Kochi in Kerala over the rape bid on a UP judge in her Aligarh home, the Times of India has published a picture of these activists without their clothes, just draped in a piece of cloth.
    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highlighted in many papers. The Times of India quotes him as saying "Modi 2.0 different from figure we demonised".                                                                                  
    The death of a 24 year old Muslim technology professional in an attack by a right wing outfit in Pune and suspected Garo National Liberation Army militants blowing up the head of a Garo woman in Meghalaya as she resisted a rape attempt are the other stories prominently noticed in the press.
    In a special story, the Indian Express reports in what could signal impending change in the higher echelons of the intelligence establishment, the NDA government has decided not to renew the contract of Raghu Raman, the CEO of the National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID.
    And,The Times of India and the Hindustan Times report that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington in September.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan Now Has Over 20 Million Fans on Facebook, Twitter | NDTV

Amitabh Bachchan Now Has Over 20 Million Fans on Facebook, Twitter | NDTV


The death of Gopinath Munde in a car crash in Delhi is splashed across the front pages of most papers. 'Man who could've been Maharashtra CM dead', is the Times of India headline. 'Collision of cars triggers minister's fatal heart attack' says the Pioneer, 'State funeral today at Beed', writes the Asian Age. Almost all the dailies show PM Narendra Modi and BJP leaders paying respects to his mortal remains at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

The Reserve Bank keeping key rates unchanged is the next big story. "Rajan says he may not raise rates anymore" is the Economic Times headline. 'RBI says room to trim rates if inflation eases after tweaking for base effect' writes the Financial Express.

'Rahul comes under fresh fire after Kharge is asked to lead opposition in House', writes Mail Today, under the heading 'Dissent RaGa grows louder'.

Delhi University admissions have got adequate coverage in the Hindu. The paper writes 'At north campus there were orderly lines, tents erected for shade and also drinking water', as submission of filled up application forms began.

'Delhi's air quality worsening, says a  TERI survey' says the Hindu on its front page.

Celebrations at the Eden Garden in Kolkata to welcome the IPL 7 champions turning chaotic, finds front page coverage in the Asian Age and Mail Today. 'KKR party turns riot' reports the Hindustan Times.

There is good news for diabetics! The Asian Age and the Times of India report that Metformin, the world's most widely used anti diabetic drug may slow ageing and increase life span.

And finally, 'Tiny wooden beads put Hisar village on global map', writes the Tribune, of people of Mangali village here, who make them. Apparently, the beads are much in demand internationally.

June 4

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

India gives birth to new state of Telangana -

India gives birth to new state of Telangana -


Modi's first meeting with his Council of Ministers; the birth of India's 29th state, Telangana; Kharge to lead Congress in Lok Sabha; continuing incidents of violence against women in U.P, and first day of admissions in Delhi University are some of the major stories in newspapers today.

"Modi shares vision with Mantris" writes the Hindustan Times. The Statesman reports "Work cohesively, Modi to Ministers" The Hindu Business Line says "Modi gives Ministers ideas to boost economy, attract investment".  The Asian Age reports, Modi may set up a team of 10 High level technocrats from specific sectors to advise him.

"Telangana is here" highlights the Indian Express with a photograph of KCR  at the Telangana martyrs memorial. The Statesman writes "Telangana gets going, KCR is CM "with a photograph of the celebrations.

The Times of India leads with, "Kharge a surprise choice as leader of Congress in LS". The Hindu reports "Rahul opts out, Kharge to head party in LS".

"Serial rapes shame U.P" reports the Pioneer, while the Asian Age writes, "Centre steps up pressure on Akhilesh" Times of India says "Akhilesh shunts senior babu as attacks on women rise".

"Day I; DU website crashes, chaos at admission centres" reports the Express Newsline. The Hindustan Times states, "DU: Long lines offline and online".

On a positive note, the Times of India reports, India has overtaken Germany and Italy to emerge as the world's second largest textile exporter.

And finally, Total recall, for real". Under the headline the Business Line reports a possible breakthrough in medical science. Researchers at the University of California have successfully carried out a study on genetically-engineered rats, that might make it possible to erase or restore memories at the click of a mouse!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A dream comes true #Telangana


Papers speak of the midnight celebrations last night that marked the birth of the new state of Telangana, ending decades old struggle. "A dream comes true", writes the Statesman.
Business Standard writes, "Govt seeing a change in work culture, as Modi leads from the front". The paper adds that within a week of taking charge at the Centre, the new Govt has already abolished ministerial groups - GoM's and EGoM's - which have often been cited as a reason for indecision and policy paralysis.
Several papers carry pictures of the victorious Kolkata Knight Riders at the final of IPL-7 in Bengaluru. The Asian Age shows the jubilant team holding up the gleaming trophy as they defeated Kings XI Punjab.
The Pioneer writes that the new minister for Roads - Nitin Gadkari plans to revive Foreign Direct Investment flow, to expand the road net-work in the country. FDI investment is currently less than 5 per cent and the minister wants to enhance this to at least 20 - 30 per cent.
"Now, you get 6 attempts to crack civil services", writes Hindustan Times. The paper adds that from this year onwards - civil services aspirants will now get two more attempts. And the move will mostly benefit general and OBC candidates.
The Times of India, quoting a Duke University report, writes that Humanity is responsible for speeding up the natural rate of extinction for animal and plant species by up to 10,000 times, as the planet is on the brink of a dinosaur-scale sixth mass extinction.
And finally, a book on the winged visitors of Rashtrapati Bhavan, will be unveiled on July 25th, reports the Indian Express. The book will carry pictures and brief deions of over 113 avian varieties that have been identified in the extensive lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, adds the paper.


T-party today: India’s 29th state Telangana is born 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Telangana to come into existence as 29th state of India tomorrow | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Telangana to come into existence as 29th state of India tomorrow | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


Newspapers today focus on Modi's decision to scrap all GoM's and EGoM's to ensure accountability and fast track decisions, Akhilesh finally agreeing for a CBI probe into the Badaun rape case, Smriti Irani's plea to re-instate the five suspended Delhi University officials, the rumblings in AAP and the IPL final today.
'PM Modi sheds another piece of UPA baggage - GoM's, EGoM's out' is the Indian Express Headline.
For Modi, rehabilitation of internally displaced people was not just an empty poll promise. 'MHA chalks out plan to settle Kashmiri pandits' writes Mail Today.
'Under fire, Akhilesh ready for CBI probe, all key accused held' says the Tribune. 'I want justice not money, says victim's father', writes the Hindu.
And the final chapter of the IPL - Kings vs Knights - tonight at 8pm' is on the Times of India cover page.
Yogendra Yadav quitting AAP figures in most dailies.
The sacking of Lok Sabha TV CEO by the outgoing speaker Meira Kumar is on the front page of the Pioneer.
Friday's storm in Delhi left the city 'reeling from power water crisis', says the Hindustan Times, while the Hindu says that it knocked down the fincial on Humayu's tomb dome.
The Hindustan Times asks on its front page 'Is saving the Ganga mission impossible' - but also answers it, saying that 'blueprint to revive dying Yamuna ready'.
In an item titled 'Breaking barriers', the Hindustan Times writes that a 'Wagah like tourist spot for Indo-Bangla border soon'.
A treasured speech of Rabindra Nath Tagore is preserved in a sound archive at Humboldt university in Berlin, reports the Hindu.
And finally, the Times of India writes 'Picture perfect honeymoon for three?' The paper adds that newly weds like to take a photographer along too!.


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