Thursday, December 25, 2014

Assam massacre: Rajnath Singh promises 'time-bound' action against Bodo group

Assam massacre: Rajnath Singh promises 'time-bound' action against Bodo group


    Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya, efforts for government formation in Jammu & Kashmir, and the Assam carnage are some of the stories that have hogged the front pages of most newspapers.
    A caption in the Pioneer reads, "Bharat extols its Ratnas", while Hindustan Times says that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late freedom fighter-educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya were conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, evoking a warm response from all political parties.
    A day after the Jammu and Kashmir results yielded a hung House, BJP was weighing its options after having received feelers from both the PDP and the National Conference aimed at exploring government formation, writes the Times of India under the headline, "BJP sitting pretty with feelers from PDP, NC". Hindustan Times quotes Omar Abdullah saying, ‘If BJP not untouchable for the PDP, why is it untouchable for us?’. "Upbeat BJP eyes power in J&K" reads a headline in the Statesman.
    "Assam slept on carnage intel", Mail Today writes that security forces and local authorities failed to act upon the precise intelligence alert on timing and nature of the attack. The Hindu shows a picture of an adivasi with his bow and arrow running near a house of the Bodo people that was set on fire in Sonitpur district in a retaliatory attack.
    In what could be a major relief to freqent fliers, the civil aviation ministry is examining a proposal to cap the maximum one-way economy class airfare for any sector at Rs 20,000, which means airlines may not be allowed to charge more than that on any route, writes the Asian Age.
    And finally, the first ever hybrid aircraft to be able to recharge its batteries took off yesterday - potentially signalling the beginning of a new form of low-carbon, green flight, says the Times of India.      

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