Thursday, July 31, 2014

American surveillance of BJP 'unacceptable', Swaraj tells Kerry

American surveillance of BJP 'unacceptable', Swaraj tells Kerry


    United States Secretary of State John Kerry's visit, Landslide in Pune and Natwar Singh's revelations in his soon-to-be released auto biography received prominent coverage in newspapers today. "Kerry comes calling" writes the Mail Today. The Hindu Business line says "Food Security: Modi will push for permanent solution in meeting with Kerry".
    The Times of India carries an exclusive interview with US commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker saying, US disappointed with India's WTO stand, and criticizing India for stepping back from its commitments on WTO trade.
    "20 dead after landslide swallows Pune village" headlines the Indian Express: Times of India reports "Experts blame Deforestation for Tragedy".
    "Natwar's book bomb; Rahul made Sonia refuse PM job" is the headline in the Hindustan Times, quoting Natwar Singh's auto biography as stating "Sonia more powerful than Indira, Rajiv".
    The same paper also highlights "SC orders Supertech to refund Noida twin towers' flat buyers" The Express Newsline elaborates, "Firm to pay principal amount now, interest later".
    "Indian Finger rests on American nuke button"  under that headline, The Times of India states, in what is possibly a first, an Indian - American finger is on the US nuclear launch button, illustrating Washington's vote of confidence in the country's diversity.
    "Think twice before you tuck into your favourite chicken dish " cautions The Hindu. The Times of India warns "Eating chicken could make you immune to anti biotics "quoting an NCR study which has found drug residues in 40 % samples.
    And finally, "Flexi hours for women, other work reforms coming soon" reports the Hindustan Times as the Cabinet cleared two major bills for labour reforms.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

After Iraq, Libya new horror, Govt. moves to get Indians out


The Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's new mantra -per drop, more crop, India's great medal rush at the
Commonwealth Games, Genetically modified crops field trials having been put on hold and Eid
celebrations with pictures find important space in most newspapers today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon scientists at the 86th ICAR Foundation day to make lab to land
slogan successful.
"After Iraq, Libya new horror, Govt. moves to get Indians out" headlines the Hindustan Times. Now the
Government racing to get some 4,500 Indians including 750 nurses out of Libya.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poll slogan of "Sab ka
Saath, Sabka Vikas", calling it a great mission makes for front page news in many papers. "Kerry in Hindi,
plays music for Modi ear", says the Indian Express. "Put Bali agreement on hold, India to tell Kerry" says
the Hindustan Times.
"Deal street gets and new high rises" - a first for Internet company Flipkart mops up 1 billion dollars in the
Economic Times headline. The report says that Flipkart has raised the biggest round of funding by an Indian
Internet firm setting the stage for a battle with Amazon for supremacy of the Indian online retail market.
El Nino conditions in the pacific have receded and have prompted Australia to withdraw  El Nino alert has
been reported by the Times of India. On the other hand, about 150 Uttarakhand roads have been blocked
due to landslide reports the papers, leading to the halting of Kedarnath Yatra.
The Hindu on its front page says 'Batra's panel to Indanise education - report to be submitted in 3 years.
The papers also says that no executive take over of Judicial appointments will take place - Ex Chief Justice
of India V.N. Khare said quoting assurance from Mr. Arun Jaitly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Government may link food subsidy with Aadhar


Under the headline, "Government may link food subsidy with Aadhar", Business Standard writes that the PMO wants the planning Commission to give a report on the feasibility of implementing direct benefit transfer for cooking gas, pensions, scholarships, NREGS and PDS with Aadhar.
The Asian Age says in what could be its first major departure from the UPA government's policies, the Modi Sarkar is heading for a comprehensive review of its "right-based" anti - poverty programmes.
The Tribune writes that the controversy surrounding the alleged bugging of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's residence has snowballed with the opposition Congress seeking an inquiry into the matter.
The NDA government is set to launch a national programme worth 500 crore rupees to protect and conserve local cow breeds through traditional style gaushalas or cattle care centres, says Hindustan Times.
The Indian Express writes that in a first, the DGCA has directed Spice Jet to refund the fare to all the passengers of a Mumbai - Delhi flight that was delayed by about five hours last month.
Hindustan Times reports that taxmen are keeping a close watch on compensation paid to top corporate boses, including their allowances and perks and income from fixed deposits.
The Hindu reports that U.S and Israeli brands are facing a boycott over Gaza killing with many Mumbai shops saying 'no' to them as part of the protest led by shops and hotels against the Israeli offensive against Palestine in Gaza.
And finally, here is an idea extremely relevant to an Indian context - There's a new kind of pepper spray device called "The Defender" which is a self - defence tool that combines a camera with a bottle of pepper spray. It connects to your smartphone using bluetooth, and using the spray triggers the camera and sends out an alert including your GPS location, reports The Times of India.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Government sits on grain mountain


The situation in violence hit Saharanpur, the row over "bugging devices" planted at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's house and the Akal Takht restraining the new Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee are some lead stories in papers today.
Under the headline "Government sits on grain mountain", The Mail Today writes that grain buffer stocks have doubled in the country, even as food prices rise and the poor are squeezed more and more by the cost of basic food grains.
In a special report, the Hindustan Times says that the much awaited expansion of the Narendra Modi government may see around a dozen new faces joining the government after August 14th.
The Indian Express, in a news item about Prime Minister Modi spelling out dos & don'ts to his ministers at meetings says that the PM has made it clear that no body should use his or her ministry for constituency-specific projects and wants them to think holistically about the entire country.
"Bonhomie returns: Parliament Panel members elected", says The Statesman, writing that not withstanding the ongoing BJP- Congress row over the leader of opposition issue, members of 18 committees and government bodies were elected unanimously, for the first time in decades.
"Crores spent, government takes a relook at Prasar Bharati "relevance", reports The Indian Express writing that the NDA government has quietly started examining the relevance of the Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati and also whether it is necessary to continue with the statutory body, which many in the government feel, has become a "White Elephant" of sorts over the years.
And finally, women get to actually lead in the Military. According to The Asian Age in a historic move, the Army has decided that women officers, joining the service from 2015 onwards in the permanent commission will be allowed to command battalions, once they reach the rank of colonel. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ceasefire violations will be part of India-Pakistan talks: Jaitley - The Hindu

Ceasefire violations will be part of India-Pakistan talks: Jaitley - The Hindu


The Anti-UPSC stir, Congress not eligible for leader of opposition post, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely's assertion that the government is committed to bringing back black money from abroad are some of the top stories today.

The Hindustan Times reports of the Attorney general A K Mukul Rohatagi telling the speaker Ms. Sumitra Mahajan that Congress is not fit to be the leader of opposition due to lack of numbers.

"IAS aspirants take to streets - several injured in protests after UPSC issued admit cards says the Hindu. Civil Services Aptitude Test CSAT favours candidates from science background, discriminates against humanities students says the paper.

"India Presses Food Security Button at WTO meet" is the Economic Times headline. "Citing food Security, India calls to block WTO pack" says the Indian Express.

The Times of India says that the government eyes merger of State Bank of Patiala with State Bank of India, and United Bank with IDBI. There are 27 state run banks in the country including 5 subsidiaries.

Kabaddi has its roots in Indian mythology, it has a tradition too of the tournaments that date back 100 years says a feature in the Hindu. The pro Kabaddi league and the World Kabaddi league have come as a breath of fresh air.

Malaika Goel, a class VI dropout and the youngest member of the Indian contingent has picked up silver in the 10 m airpistol event reports the Indian Express. "What's in a degree, is probably one would say".

The death of the renowned classical singer Sushila Rani at the age of 96 has been reported by almost all papers. She had been the recipient of many awards like; Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Award, Sangeet Natak Academy Award and Maharashtra Rajya Sanskritik Puruskar.

And finally, a Karnal teen aged girl SAMADRITA MANDAL from the same school as Kalpana Chawla - the first Indian American astronaut, has been chosen by NASA for a two week astronauts' camp, reports the Tribune.

Friday, July 25, 2014

16-year-old Malaika Goel trends on Twitter after winning silver medal in Women's 10m Air Pistol event

16-year-old Malaika Goel trends on Twitter after winning silver medal in Women's 10m Air Pistol event

The cabinet clearing 49% FDI cap in insurance, reports of the Air Algerie Plane with 116 on board crashing over Northern Mali in Africa, stories related to Sania Mirza being appointed as brand ambassador of Telangana and the tragedy involving school children being killed in an accident between  bus and a train are some lead stories in papers .

"Faudsters Pilfer lakhs from salary account of Indian Air Force men", writes The Tribune adding that, believed to be operating from Canada, these tricksters withdrew money from accounts with the SBI, under the defence salary package.

In what it is being billed as CBI and CVC coal war, The Mail today headlines that the CBI will challenge the CVC in the apex court over the reopening of 14 cases in the coal scam.

"Some leaders in BJP urge Modi to break silence", says the Asian Age. Reporting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on a range of controversial issues, the paper writes that according to some BJP leaders and senior ministers, this silence could have an adverse impact on the government and party.

The Indian Express writes that a book by Dina Nath Batra the man, whose civil suit earlier this year had led to the pulping of Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism has been made 'must reading", in Gujarat Govt. Schools. The paper highlights some moral preion from this book, including one that says "Drawing a map of India? Make sure you include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. These are a part of undivided India or Akhand Bharat".

"Iraq jihadists order genital mutilation of all women", is the lead headline in the Times of India. According to the UN, four million girls and women could be affected by this ISIS Fatwa.

And finally in empowering news for diversity, The Hindu writes that the HRD ministry had advised all states and Union Territories except Jammu and Kashmir to include third gender children in schools.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drug firms in Dock for fleecing patients


    Reports of a Shiv Sena MP's misbehaviour with a Maharashtra Sadan staffer and the India-Pak Foreign Secretaries meet in Islamabad on August 25th are two lead stories in most papers. Referring to the Sena MP's misbehaviour the Indian Express writes 'Shame' - thats the chorus in Parliament and outside over Shiv Sena MP's force feeding a fasting muslim in Maharashtra Sadan" - adding in Parliament BJP squirms as Shiv Sena says; eat this".
    The Mail Today leads with a story on the National pricing authority filing cases against firms to recover 3,600 crore rupees writing  "Drug firms in Dock for fleecing patients".
    Writing about some worrying lapses & how auto companies are dropping features in vehicles that are standard abroad, the Times of India reports 'Safety takes backseat auto firms push sales".
    "Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 killed", says the Hindustan Times; reporting that a Trans Asia Turbo prop plane failed at a second landing attempt during a thunderstorm on an island off the Taiwan coast yesterday.
    The Business Standard writes that TCS is the first Indian firm to exceed rupees 5 lakh crores in Market capitalization, while the Times of India adds that this makes it the world's second most valuable IT services firm.
    In discouraging news for gender parity, the Hindu reports that women employees are paid up to 20% less than men in both supervisory & non supervisory categories, according to a new study.
    And finally, here is a boost for creativity. "Got an innovative idea? Just write to Modi', says the Asian Age, adding that a new website is being designed to let citizens offer, ideas; if the PM says yes, the government will fund it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4,000 Photos (and More) Hightlighting Hong Kong's Iconic Neon Sign Culture - Core77

4,000 Photos (and More) Hightlighting Hong Kong's Iconic Neon Sign Culture - Core77


Apart from the news of alleged involvement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in conferring permanent status to Madras High Court additional judge, different stories find prominence in different newspapers.

'Manmohan batted for tainted judge? "Questions the Hindustan Times headline.

"Rahul rejects CM change in Maharashtra, Assam" makes for front page story in the Asian Age.

The Hindu reports, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal tomorrow

"Fewer girls - only families now" says a UN report according to The Hindu - there are only 2 percent of them in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

"Poor to get milk from temples" is a report in The Asian Age. Several temples in Lucknow, at the initiative of the oldest Mankameshwer Math temple have urged devotees to make only a symbolic offering of milk to Shivling in the present month of Shraawan - the offered milk is collected and turned into Kheer and served as prasad for poor.

The Kullu Shawl, Kangra tea, Chamba Rumal and Kinnauri Shawl from Himachal Pradesh have already got geographical certification. Recently Kangra paintings have acquired GI tag as well. And in the pipeline for GI Tag are Chulli oil and Kannauri Kala Zeera, says a Tribune report.

The Mail Today reports of Kuldeep Narayanan a young IAS officer posted as PMC commissioner who has instituted vigilance case against 447 builders in Bihar. The Bihar government moved the Supreme Court for his transfer and the city mayor tried to stop his salary but he is backed by judiciary to the hilt says the report.

The Times of India reports of racial discrimination suffered by 2 Sikh players Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh at the hands of organizers at the 5th FIPA Asia Cup in China.

Google maps service is now available in Hindi also says a Hindu  report.

And finally, a survey published in The Hindu reports that Indians are now spending 3 hours on an average on their smart phones with one third time spent on apps. Its even higher than the US where a person spends only about 2 hours on an average their smart phones.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dr Manmohan Singh's Office Intervened to Back Corrupt Judge: Sources - NDTV

Dr Manmohan Singh's Office Intervened to Back Corrupt Judge: Sources - NDTV


India's win at Lords, the row over Katju's charges against 3 ex-Chief Justices of India and the Congress facing siege within are the main stories today.

Most papers have a picture of team India celebrating their victory. 'India conquer Lord's after 28 years, England  falls to Ishant's fiery spell' is the Hindustan Times headline. The Tribune puts it as 'India lord at Lord's, Ishant the Knight".

'Storm in parliament over Katju's charges' is the Asian Age headline, referring to him saying that Justice Lahoti, Justice Sabharwal and Justice Balakrishnan, under pressure from the UPA government let a corrupt judge continue in office. 'Katju bomb brings the house down' is how the Mail Today puts it.

'Revolt in Congress now across 5 states' writes the Hindu, of the dissent within the party. 'Insult to injury - Congress faces mini exodus' says the Indian Express.

And finally - most us would remember the song 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' sung by Bhimsen Joshi. The Times of India reports on its front page 'Striking a discordant note, the heirs of Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi locked in property battle.

Monday, July 21, 2014

'How A Corrupt Judge Continued In Madras High Court' | Markandey Katju

'How A Corrupt Judge Continued In Madras High Court' | Markandey Katju


Congress and National conference ending their alliance in Jammu & Kashmir , the uncertainty over government formation in Delhi, the developing situation in Ukraine & Gaza are some of the stories that have received attention in newspapers this morning.

"It's official; Congress, NC won't contest together" is The Indian Express headline. The paper adds, Jammu & Kashmir government will continue for now but state Congress president Saifuddin Soz won't confirm if it will last. The Hindu however reports the coalition government in the state will complete its full term. In a different take, The Statesman quips "One Jodi ends, another begins" referring to the JD-U, RJD tie up for the Bihar elections.

The Hindustan Times & Times of India report, Pro- Russia rebels take charge of MH17 bodies till the arrival of an international aviation delegation. The Hindu states "Russia faces threat of further sanctions".

The Asian Age describes the situation in Gaza as "Gaza's bloodiest day in 5 years".

The Indian Express carries a story "65% of Chhatisgarh medical officer appointments wrong, to be cancelled "after irregularities were found in their selection.

The Asian Age mentions the country's main disaster management body, NDMA is headless for over a month.

The Economic Times opines, the Prime Minister is ready to make a fashion statement in the US, roping in the services of a professional Mumbai designer.

And finally, the Times of India reports, a Florida jury has awarded a staggering 23 billion dollars in damages to the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer, in a blow to US's second largest cigarette maker and the tobacco industry, in general.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Modi's swearing-in cost Rs.17.60 lakh - Free Press Journal

Modi's swearing-in cost Rs.17.60 lakh - Free Press Journal


Ukraine blaming Russia for destroying evidence in Malaysian plane crash makes front page news in many dailies.

Rage over rape in Bangalore figures in many papers. The Hindu, The Asian Age and The Pioneer have a picture of outraged citizens demanding answers for police inaction after a 6 year old was raped in school.

Mulayam Singh Yadav drawing flak for saying that UP has the lowest number of rapes in India, even as a 15 year old was raped and murdered on Thursday, is reported by the Hindustan Times as "MSY does it again, defends UP's rape record.

"Delhi government formation a possibility now" writes the Hindu, while the Hindustan Time says  'BJP starts groundwork for fresh polls in Delhi'.

Mail Today gives a detailed account with pictures of the Israel - Gaza conflict. The Hindustan Times puts the death toll at 341. 'With memories of Kolkata, nuns hold out hope in Gaza' writes the Indian Express, of 5 nuns of Missionaries of Charity, one of them from Orissa.

The Tribune and The Asian Age report of how private players have got the go ahead to build defence aircraft. Government clears military procurement proposals worth 21000 crore rupees' is the Tribune headline.

The Times of India, on its front page, writes 'Docs back right to die, want say in Supreme Court'. The Delhi Times gives people' comments on favouring euthanasia with strict safeguards, in line with the apex court's decision to throw the issue open for debate.

And finally, there is truly inspiring story of 24 year old fashion designing aspirant on the front page of Times of India. 'Acid attack and 42 operations later, she fashions a fresh start' writes the paper, adding that she lacks funds to study at a prestigious New York school.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne


Global outrage over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane - continues to dominate the front pages. Hindustan Times, in its top headline writes "Rebels mistook MH17 for a war jet, Russia faces world fury". The Indian Express reports that Barack Obama said the US believed the plane was shot by Russia backed separatists, resulting in an outrage of unspeakable proportions and a global tragedy.

Times of India reports that Malaysian airlines plane MH 17 was shot down minutes after Air India One, bringing Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Frankfurt to Delhi, flew out of Ukraine on a different air route.

The Delhi Budget which is normally presented in the state assembly, was presented in Parliament by the Union Finance Minister, as Delhi is under Presidents rule. The Pioneer reports that the 36,776 crore rupee budget for the capital promised a 260 crore rupees power subsidy, 500 water ATMs and no new taxes.

"CBI does a U-turn on Gopal Subramanium", headlines The Hindu. After apparently giving a negative report on his elevation as a Supreme Court judge just days ago, the CBI is now eager to have him as its Special  Prosecutor in the coal blocks allocation scam trial.

The Asian Age informs us that the Narendra Modi government appears to have finally decided to reconstitute the Planning Commission and there are indications that former Union Minister Arun Shourie is likely to be appointed its Deputy Chairman.

And finally Times of India informs us of a state-of-the-art military anti-tank Javelin missile detector- that could help fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CBI unearths scam of Rs 250 crore in Dena Bank | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

CBI unearths scam of Rs 250 crore in Dena Bank | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


The ill fated Malaysia airline Boeing 777- with 295 persons on board - being shot down over eastern Ukraine, is highlighted in today's press. The Indian Express writes "Malaysia airline again, Ukraine govt claims - pro-Russia insurgents fired soviet missile, - at least 100 bodies found.

Hindustan Times writes, with the BJP firming up plans to form the government in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal attacked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who, he claimed, was expected to invite the BJP to form the government.

"No scrapping of FDI in multi brand retail", headline The Asian Age as this could send a negative signal to investors. The NDA govt is also likely to continue the UPA policy of allowing States to take a call on whether they want to allow FDI in multi brand retail.

"Dark days ahead for North and Central India" is the top headline in The Statesmen. Large parts of northern and central India may soon plunge into darkness, as 46 coal based power plants are facing the prospect of shutting down owing to shortage of coal stock. The government is trying to improve coal production and supply.

The BJP-led NDA government has made it clear that the much-touted River Linking Project will not be carried out without the concurrence of the riparian states or beneficiary states, writes The Tribune.

And finally, the Times of India tells us giving interesting "cave painting" pictures - that scholars in Chhattisgarh may have stumbled upon ancient cave paintings in Bastar, which they believe, depict UFO's and aliens - dressed in costumes resembling space suits. The paintings, believed to be 30,000 years old, suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined alien beings from other planets.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just a Month of Modi Dispels Years of Gloom - The Economic Times


    Under the headline, "Just a Month of Modi Dispels Years of Gloom", The Economic Times writes that the first full month under the Narendra Modi government's watch turned out to be a good one for the economy with macro indicators looking up and inflation lower despite lingering monsoon doubts.
    Hindustan Times reports that the major rivers in Uttarakhand edged towards the danger level and landslides forced a suspension of the Char Dham pilgrimage, evoking memories of last year’s disaster, which killed over 5,000 people.
    The Indian Express says Prime Minister office has suggested 24 measures for an action plan to transform the railways including one that asks the ministries of food and railways to chalk out the total nine-month food requirement of the Northeast states and figure out a way to transport the entire stock in one go.
    The Hindu reports that the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has asked the Maharashtra government to pay Rs. 50,000 each to the two Palghar girls who were detained in November 2012 for commenting on Facebook after the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, observing that their arrest was a serious violation of human rights.
    Economics Times reports that the number of children enrolled in government schools was more than their population in the 6-14 years age group in Bihar's four districts, according to CAG 2013 report.
    "GST stuck, ministers' panel plans seventh study abroad". Under this headline, The Indian Express writes that the empowered committee of state finance ministers, which is working with the Centre on thrashing out the road ahead for GST, will embark on a trip to China and Russia, its seventh such foreign trip since the idea of the new tax regime was first floated.
    And finally, in the first step towards designing miniature technology products that can monitor body functions, Google has joined forces with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to advance their work on “smart“ contact lenses that can measure the wearers' blood sugar levels, a basic for people with diabetes, writes The Times of India.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Husband is bound to give maintenance to separated wife, says Supreme Court | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Husband is bound to give maintenance to separated wife, says Supreme Court | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


The BRICS Summit at Brazil which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first multilateral engagement - is highlighted by the Press. Hindustan Times writes "China gets BRICS Bank, India to be its first head". An Indian Express headline reads, "Modi ups China stake: If we solve our border dispute, its a model for the world".

The Times of India reports that Chinas' Xi Jinping has stolen a march over everyone else, prominently the US, by inviting India, for the first time, to the 'Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation' (APEC) meeting in China, in November. China has also asked India to deepen its involvement in the 'Shanghai Cooperation Organisation'.

Mail Today reports that the NDA government has made it clear that the option of implementing a Uniform Civil Code is open, with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that there is need for wide - consultations with stake holders - on the issue of a common law, irrespective of religion.

"ISIS clams up, blow to efforts for release of 39 Indian workers" - is a Hindustan Times top headline. Iraq's Sunni militants who have been holding 39 Indians hostage for more than a month, have slammed the doors shut on all negotiations - in a big blow to efforts for securing their release.

Business Standard writes that the FIRs in the Coal Blocks Allocation Scam are far from over. The CBI is going to register 14 more cases in the Coal Scam, this month.

And finally, Times of India offers some good news and some bad. The bad news first : the last week it was onions, now its tomatoes that are making Delhiites see red, at Rs. 60 a kg. And the good news is that Met officials expect steady rain for the rest of July.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's Meet With Hafiz Saeed Fuels Showdown in Parliament - NDTV

Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's Meet With Hafiz Saeed Fuels Showdown in Parliament - NDTV


Newspapers today cover different stories including the drop in food inflation, renewed discussion over the juvenile law, the furore over the Vaidik-Hafiz Saeed meeting, and Germany lifting the Football World Cup.

"RS Chaos after Ramdev man  meets 26/11 plotter" reads the Hindustan Times headline. The Asian Age writes "Government denies link to Vaidik: Congress alleges PMO Involved". The Times of India reports Vaidik as saying "Met Saeed only as a journalist".

The Hindustan Times leads with, "SC wants government to revisit juvenile law, says can't have cut-off date for crime", questioning  blanket immunity enjoyed by underage offenders. The Times of India questions "Harsher penalty but not death for juvenile rapists?" also reporting, the SC stays death penalty of 2 convicts in Nirbhaya case.

The Indian Express writes "Government returns another SC collegium's judge proposal" asking it to reconsider its recommendation on the appointment of a Karnataka High Court judge as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court.

The Hindustan Times mentions "Food inflation drops in June, Monsoon may cut short relief". The Economic Times opines , "Prices drop as India prays for raindrops". The Financial Express headlines "CERC tells NTPC it will not change tariff regime" stating, the power regulator believes rates set under 2014 regulations are reasonable.

And finally, two firsts, The Hindu reports the Church of England overcame bitter divisions to vote for allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history.

"This one is for One Germany" writes the Times of India, stating Mario Goetze's winner gave unified Germany their first World Cup title and fourth in all.

And popular comic character Archie to die a hero's death, taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Govt says no role in journalist’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed - Livemint

Govt says no role in journalist’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed - Livemint


The Election Commission's notice to former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ashok Chavan regarding poll expenses during the 2009 Assembly elections is prominently noticed on the front pages. "Chavan faces disqualification, EC says he fudged poll spend" reports the Hindustan Times.

The Pioneer writes "EC gives former CM 20 days time for last defence before it orders disqualification".

The volatile sectarian situation in Iraq also draws front page attention. In a front page exclusive the Mail Today writes that over 6000 Shias from India have sought visas to Iraq.

The Indian Express in its lead reports that four men from Mumbai are believed to have joined the fighting in Iraq  with one of them said to be fighting with the Sunni insurgent group ISIS.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's comments on minors accused of rape are widely noticed in the press. The Times of India reports her as saying, "Treat rape-accused minors on par with adults".

The Tribune highlights the diktat issued by Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar e Taiyyaba to its cadres in Jammu and Kashmir under the caption "Claim to be juvenile to escape law, Lashkar tells cadres".

In a special story the Hindustan Times reports that the government will soon launch the dot Bharat domain name to register websites in Hindi and 15 other Indian languages.

The Pioneer carries a story on government plans to rope in retired professors from English speaking countires on vacation in India to teach at the IITs and IIMs.

The Times of India has a worrying story on how a study conducted by Princeton University has found that India is the biggest antibiotic consumer in the world with an average Indian popping over 11 antibiotic pills a year.

And finally, most papers take note of what they call a goodwill gesture by Pakistan which has declared thespian actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral house in Peshawar as national heritage.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bandh Against Polavaram Bill Passes Off Smoothly in Telangana - NDTV

Bandh Against Polavaram Bill Passes Off Smoothly in Telangana - NDTV


Showing signs of recovery, industrial production grew to a 19-month high of 4.7 per cent in May this year due to improved performance of manufacturing, mining and power sectors and higher output of capital goods, reports The Hindu.

Monsoon deficit has already taken a toll on key water reservoirs in the country , raising a fear of scarcity if rains fail to pick up. The Times of India says the water level of reservoirs in most parts of the country has declined to a point that it is now not only less than the overall storage position during the corresponding period last year but also less than the average storage of last 10 years.

"CBDT tells officials to cut down on frivolous appeals against taxpayers" is the main Headline in the Tims of India today. Adding further, that the  threshold limit for filling an appeal before the Income Tax appellate tribunal by the tax department has been raised. Such appeals can now not be filed, unless the tax effect is Rs.4 lakh, the earlier threshold Rs. 3 lakhs.

The Times of India reports that the government plans to target 48 million young persons and make them users of modern methods of contraception by 2020. According to the ministry of health and family welfare, 103 million people currently use modern methods of contraception.

Hindu reports engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world’s tallest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Narendra Modi feels heat from credit agencies, markets on budget - IBNLive

Narendra Modi feels heat from credit agencies, markets on budget - IBNLive


Reactions to the budget and its highlights are lead stories across papers today. "Back on track, but miles to go", writes the Hindustan Times: "Grow India, Grow"!" headlines the Pioneer while the Indian Express, writing "Jaitley journey-I", quotes the Finance Minister as saying ''these are only the first steps and are directional".

Reporting on Industry reactions to the budget, the Economic Times writes, "No Big Bang, but very positive".

The Times of India opines that with liberal FDI norms, tax sop and focus on housing, "Realty checks into ''Achchhe Din"! while the Hindu, writes "Its an endless wait for "Achchhe din" and quotes a low income wage earner, hit by rising prices as saying "What will I do with a cheaper LCD TV or a mobile phone"?

The Times of India writes that the Ministry of Home affairs has cleared the air about Retd. Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly, saying there is no case against him, referring to the Delhi police feedback that there isn't adequate evidence to lodge an FIR against Justice Ganguly. The former SC Judge was indicted by a 3 member apex court committee for "Unwelcome conduct of sexual nature" towards a woman intern.

The Times of India writes that insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials from a research facility at a university and Baghdad has sought UN help to thwart the threat of its use.

And finally, "One million strike in Britain over pay and cuts", writes the Asian Age, reporting that more than one million public sector workers went on strike over pay and spending cuts imposed by the British government as part of its austerity programme.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Defence Ministry gets Rs 2.29 lakh cr in Union Budget

Union Budget 2014: Govt hopes to finalise GST contours this year, says FM (Indian Express)
Defence Ministry gets Rs 2.29 lakh cr in Union Budget (Indian Express)
Union Budget 2014: Jaitley gives tax gains, promises growth (Indian Today)
Union Budget 2014: First test of Narendra Modi's reform mettle (TOI)
Union Budget 2014: We did not want to burden the common man, says Jaitley (India Today)
Union Budget 2014-15 LIVE: Income Tax exemption limit raised to Rs 2.5 lakh  (Zee News)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Was Rahul Gandhi napping or concentrating with his eyes shut | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Was Rahul Gandhi napping or concentrating with his eyes shut | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis


Newspapers have details of the Rail Budget, the Trinamool BJP MPs altercation, RIL's  World-Cup tickets in black market, and Amit Shah set to be BJP President.

'Gowda boards reform express, promises bullet trains' is the Tribune headline. The paper adds that there will be 'no fare hike, 58 new trains, faster connectivity, better food and cleaner rides'. 'Modi government's first rail budget aims to make railway stations look like slick airports', says the Hindustan Times. The Asian Age writes that there will be wi-fi, buggies, food courts, and that there is a plan to outsource work to private companies. 'Markets are feeling let down, says the Financial Express. The Business Standard writes 'Markets derailed', adding that BSE sensex reported a drop of over 500 points, Nifty down 2 percent and 3 lakh crore rupees of investor wealth eroded in a day.

The Trinamool-BJP spat yesterday in parliament house is reported by many dailies. 'BJP, Trinamool scuffle in house' writes the Hindu. The Hindustan Times writes that the TMC leaders claimed that the railway budget neglected their state.

'Amit Shah likely to become BJP president today' states the Asian Age. 'From Crown prince, Amit Shah is BJP King' writes the Economic Times, adding that he will be anointed today.

'CBI set to exhume bodies of both Badaun rape-murder victims', writes the Indian Express. The paper says that the CBI felt that a proper procedure was not followed while conducting the post mortem.

The sports pages of most dailies are full of FIFA. 'Argentina want to end 24 year wait for final as the Dutch yearn for first world cup trophy', writes the Pioneer.

'Ticket controversy for Reliance in world cup' writes Business Standard. The paper writes that 'Rio Police say tickets sold to RIL made their way into black market'. 'Reliance to probe FIFA ticket mess', says the Hindu business line.

Is your child getting a healthy diet and enough exercise? Mail Today says that 'high BP, now teen problem, in big cities.'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Poll-bound states and NDA bastions find favour in rail budget

Poll-bound states and NDA bastions find favour in rail budget

Newspaper Headlines

The first day of the budget session of Parliament yesterday is widely noticed on the front pages. "Opposition flags price rise to disrupt Day 1 of Parliament", states the Times of India.

Most papers take note of the fact that the Rail budget will be presented in Parliament today. The Indian Express reports that the Railways have plans of setting up 'Office on Wheels' for the business traveller with cabins equipped with computers, printers and internet. The Hindu says, "High speed trains may top rail budget agenda".

The Supreme Court's ruling on fatwas issued by Shariat Courts are prominently noticed on the front pages. The Statesman quotes the apex court as saying "Shariat courts have no legal sanction". The Pioneer highlights the reaction of Muslim clerics as it writes "Constitution allows Personal laws contest Muslim clerics".

The issue of the opposition Congress demanding the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha is prominently noticed in all the papers. The Statesman writes "Congress entitled to Leader of Opposition post,says Sonia". The Pioneer reports Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as indicating that the Congress can get the post, if the UPA makes a formal request.

A cartoon on the edit page of the Hindu shows a very poor man holding up a placard saying 'Reduce Prices' while three suited gentlemen analyse the food in his bowl to find that his food contains rice worth rupees 15, dal worth rupees 10 and so on. A poster of a leader promising ache din or better days is visible in the background. A stinging critique of food inflation and the recently released poverty estimates.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ambitious yet unfulfilled: GST to remain a hope in 2014 too -

Ambitious yet unfulfilled: GST to remain a hope in 2014 too -


 Almost all newspapers have the budget session beginning today as a big test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. C Rangarajan's report of the new estimate of the poor in the country and the transfer of Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram  are the front page story.

 "Poverty line re-drawn, 3 in 10 Indians are poor "says the Hindustan Times.

 "7.5 % more poor under new BPL cutoff "says the Asian Age.

The Times of India on its front page reports of the CAG audit having punched holes on the former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit government's claims of having spent 3000 crores on illegal colonies - no such services are there it observes.

The Economic Times predicts - sensex may scale 31,000 by March as there is likely to be a confluence of easy liquidity and improved investor climate.

"Aadhar", DBT get a life line, Modi to retain, push UPA schemes' is the Indian Express headline saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants 100 crore enrollment at the earliest.

"MHA no to FDI in sensitive areas of railways'' says Times of India headline.

The Business Standard reports that soon all proceedings, documents debates, etc. dating back to 1952 in Parliament will be available on the net as part of e-sansad project by the centre.

Today nearly 350 people including Gadkari, Uma Bharti, Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar along with scientists and environmentalists will get together at "Ganga Manthan" in Delhi - to clean the holy but polluted Ganga, reports the Economic Times.

And finally, the Holy Amaarnath Pilgrimage that took off on 28th of June had 1 lakh pilgrims visiting the holy cave till yesterday,  reports The Tribune.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wall Collapse Kills at Least 11 Workers in Southern India - WSJ

Wall Collapse Kills at Least 11 Workers in Southern India - WSJ


The safe return of the 46 nurses caught up in the fighting in Iraq, dominates the front pages of all news dailies today. Heartrending photographs of emotional reunions with family members have been displayed prominently on the front pages. "Second birth", say nurses on home coming." reports the Mail Today. The Hindu adds that one of the nurses said of the ISIS rebels that "they were good at heart."

In a related story, The Asian Age reports that barely 10 minutes after the nurses left the hospital complex, a bomb exploded over the hospital building partially destroying it. According to the Hindustan Times "SOS to friends goodwill won India this battle."

As the first session of the new parliament starts on Monday, many newspapers have speculated on the agenda of the session. "Budget to present government strategy to stem slump" informs The Hindu. While The Pioneer opines "Price rise is oppositions lever".

In a related story, The Indian Express reports "Silence on Leader of Opposition, session begins tomorrow". The news paper adds that in 1984 when the Congress party had 415 MP's in the house, it denied that very status to the party which came in second.

The Brazilian superstar Neymar being kneed in, by Columbian defender Juan Zuniga has led The Times of India to exclaim "Brazil's back broken - lenient refereeing "Knees" Neymar out of world cup". The Indian Express adds "It's star injured, Brazil in pain, shock despite entry into semis."

And finally, The Times of India reports that a 51 year old Halwai from Punjab's Abohar has won a rupees 1 crore lottery but hasn't been able to get the money because he doesn't have a PAN Card.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

India to become third largest economy in world by 2030: PwC - Financial Express

India to become third largest economy in world by 2030: PwC - Financial Express


Under the headline, "46 abducted nurses freed in Iraq, will be back home today" Hindustan Times reports that the nurses taken captive by Sunni insurgents in war-ravaged Iraq were flying home after they were freed yesterday in a dramatic move that brought relief to families and the government.

The Economic Times writes that the Modi government's first Budget is expected to transfer skill development and training initiatives under at least 21 different ministries, to the newly created ministry for skill development and entrepreneurship headed by Sarbananda Sonowal.

In a clear indication that the Narendra Modi government is unlikely to accept the Rangarajan formula for pricing domestically produced natural gas. The Hindu writes that the government will moderate gas price increase and interests of consumers too will be protected.

The Indian Express reports that on his first visit to Jammu & Kashmir after taking charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government's intention was not to play politics but to win the hearts of the people of the state.

Hindustan Times says the government has announced that it would amend the law to make hoarding of basic food items a non-bailable offence and would set up a fund to stabilise prices, in yet another round of tough measures to tame food inflation.

Friday, July 4, 2014

46 Indian nurses freed, will return from Iraq tomorrow morning: Reports - Hindustan Times

46 Indian nurses freed, will return from Iraq tomorrow morning: Reports - Hindustan Times


The Indian Nurses trapped in TIKRIT and the monsoon reaching Delhi make for most front page headlines in newspapers.

"Government too late, can now send coffins for us- Indian nurses" is the Hindustan Times headline.

"ISIS forces Indian nurses out of TIKRIT they are taken to mosul" says the Hindu.

The meeting the Facebook Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss ways to promote tourism in India has been covered by most newspapers with pictures.

The Hindu also reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third most followed world leader on Twitter after Barack Obama and Pope. Modi also has 18 million facebook likes.

The Hindustan Times discloses in a box that the former Delhi Chief minister Sheila Dixit had 31 AC's, 15 coolers and 25 heaters, 16 air purifiers at her residence.

Business Standard reports of the government's work having been started on solar and wind power projects by Power Grid in Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Laddakh.

Manu Sharma accused in Jessica Lall murder case gets his parole extended for 30 more days for his post-graduation course reports Pioneer.

And finally, despite health conscious urban consumers moving to healthy drinks and juices, the Coca Cola drink has India as the sixth largest market - says the Economic Times. However the good news is that India's consumption of the very harmful soft drinks is among the lowest in the world.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Narendra Modi says Facebook a tool for governance, better interaction

Narendra Modi says Facebook a tool for governance, better interaction


    The Sunanda Tharoor story getting murkier finds front page news in most dailies. 'Who's lying on Sunanda autopsy - AIIMS or Doc? asks the Hindustan Times. Mail Today writes that the postmortem report may be reviewed. The paper adds that 'whistleblower has a patchy past and is not new to controversy'.
    A U.S diplomat summoned by MEA over snooping on BJP is splashed across many papers. 'Washington snooping on BJP shadows McCain visit' is the Tribune headline.
    Business dailies focus on markets scaling new highs. 'Equities ride on pre-budget euphoria' is the Financial Express headline. The Business Standard writes that the sensex rose to 25,841 and the rupee also firmed up, now at 59.69 a dollar.
    'Centre brings onion, potato under essential commodities act' writes the Business line of the Hindu. 'Stock limits put on onion, potato' is the Indian Express headline. This step has been taken to rein in prices, says Business Standard.
    In an item titled 'under the scanner', on its front page, the Hindu says that the ministry of shipping has issued a letter to 12 major ports seeking explanation on Financial irregularities.
    The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Kashmir tomorrow. 'Modi's J&K visit has no political agenda' writes the Hindu, quoting Omar Abdullah.
    'At 315 million, India has the most students in the world' reports the Times of India.
    In a block item titled 'Cheat and Teach'  in the Indian Express, the paper says that upto 20,000 teachers in Bihar were hired on forged degrees during the Nitish rule.
    In an initiative for changing lives and betterment of society, the Hindu Business line reports of Maruti Suzuki's driving school in Gujarat that helps train over 5000 young men. 'Tribal youth drive away to a better tomorrow' writes the paper.
    And finally, New Delhi to Agra in just 90 minutes? that could be a reality soon. 'Trial run of high speed train to Agra today' reports the Hindu.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

India among 193 countries spied on by US: Report - Firstpost

India among 193 countries spied on by US: Report - Firstpost


CJI R.M. Lodha's unhappiness over rejection of Gopal Subramanium's name for appointment as SC Judge, Tapas Pal's apology after his controversial remarks and the new twist in the mystery over Sunanda Pushkar's death hog the headlines in today's newspapers.

"CJI stirs row over Subramanium", writes The Pioneer. The Indian Express says, "Gopal was rejected without my consent : CJI breaks silence".

The Asian Age reports on the Tapas Pal controversy as, "Storm over MP's rape threat". The  Pioneer quips "No mamata for Tapas? MHA wants report".

"AIIMS Doc hints At Sunanda cover-up", leads the Mail Today, The Times of India  quotes the head of AIIMS forensic department as saying he was "pressured to say Sunanda's death was natural".

The Times of India leads with "India to lodge protest with US over NSA snooping on BJP". The Indian Express reports "NSA got US court's nod to spy on BJP in 2010".

The Asian Age quotes Finance Minister Jaitley as saying, "Budget will not be mindlessly populist". The Financial Express says, "FM hints at bold reforms, prudence in maiden budget".

The Pioneer writes "FIFA in a match fix, Cameroon to probe into '7 bad apples' " reporting, Cameroon are investigating seven of their players for match-fixing at the World Cup. Times of India says, "Cameroon to probe if World Cup ouster was fixed".

The Asian Age notices, a significant slice of Indian Cinematic history fell into the abyss of oblivion last Thursday, as the Bombay Talkies warehouse in Mumbai burned down, taking with it most pre-1947 era film stock as also rare letters by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Hindustan Times reports, in a significant ruling the Supreme Court has said, false charges of domestic violence is ground for divorce, as it amounts to cruelty.

And finally, some cheer for people hit by soaring vegetable prices, as the Delhi gpvernment is to begin sale of cheaper onions and potatoes from today, reports the Hindustan Times.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Men prefer beauty with brains: study

Men prefer beauty with brains: study


"Modi launches satellite diplomacy with PSLV", headlines Hindustan Times.  After witnessing the perfect lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India's space programme has put it in an 'elite global group of 5-6 countries - with the potential to be the launch-service provider of the world'. He asked ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite that provides a full range of applications and services to India's neighbours.

M.K. Narayanan resigning as Governor of West Bengal gets front page coverage. The Hindu writes - this happened two days after the CBI recorded his statement as a witness in the Augusta Westland helicopter deal. He is the first Governor to be questioned by an investigating agency.

After the delay in Delhi University admissions, due to the tussle between the University Grants Commission and Delhi University over its  controversial four year under-graduate programme, papers cover the steep competition and sky high cut off list. "First list cut offs soar to 100 percent in three Delhi colleges" - headlines the Times of India.

State owned oil companies have hiked fuel prices, beginning Monday, raising the price of petrol by a sharp 1 rupee 69 paise per litre and of diesel by 50 paise per litre, excluding local sales tax and VAT, so the actual price could be higher, reports Hindustan Times.

"Government scrambles to pull out all Indians from Iraq", is the lead headline in The Times of India.

And finally, Times of India writes that the US Food and Drug administration has approved the 'Afrezza Inhilation Powder' - a rapid acting inhaled Insulin that is administered at the beginning of each meal. This could be less painful and more convenient than injections, providing a new option for millions of people suffering from diabetes.