Tuesday, January 27, 2015

No more Laxman rekhas: Common Man orphaned, but legacy stays

No more Laxman rekhas: Common Man orphaned, but legacy stays


    The breakthrough in the stalled Indo-US civil nuclear deal as talks between President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi got underway gets top billing in the papers today. "Modi and Barack find the Nuclear key" writes the Hindustan Times.
    In an interesting sidelight, the Hindustan Times writes "PM is a style icon, I'd like to wear a Modi kurta, says Obama at dinner".
    The Times of India carries a picture of Wing Commander Pooja Thakur leading President Obama for the inspection of the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan under the caption "IAF officer marches into history".
    President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the nation on the eve of Republic day is widely noticed. The Indian Express quotes him as saying "Ordinances breach people's trust". The Times of India quotes the President as saying "Functioning legislature prerequisite for governance".
    The Padma awards are prominently noticed in the press with most papers carrying pictures of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar and senior BJP leader L K Advani who have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
    The Statesman and the Hindustan Times highlight the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee's plans to set up its own 'censor board' to vet films and books on religion.
    The killing of a Japanese captive by IS militants is widely noticed on the interantional pages. "Japan outraged, asks ISIS to free second hostage".
    And finally...on the question of is there or isnt there life on Mars, the Mail Today writes of images taken by a NASA investigation camera which show a human-shaped shadow of what appears to be a male figure looming over the Mars Curiosity Rover. So extra terrestrial life no longer science fiction...keep guessing.

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