Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rally against Land Bill to be Rahul’s comeback show

Rally against land Bill to be Rahul’s comeback show - The Hindu


Photographs of jubilant Australian players holding the World Cup Trophy aloft - are to be seen on the front pages of news papers today. "Aussies lift World Cup for a record 5th time" is the top headline in the Asian Age, and the Hindu writes, "Wizards of OZ rule again".

A major story in the papers is of the Aam Admi Party removing Admiral Ramdas as its internal Lokpal. The Indian Express writes that the former Navy Chief has issued a statement expressing disappointment that he was not 'accorded the courtesy' of being informed before the decision was made public.

On its front page, The Times of India writes that the CBSE has promised to 'protect the interest of students while marking the unusually difficult class XII Mathematics paper this year. Besides post evaluation moderation, all students will be given four full marks for a question on vectors in which there was a printing error.

Mail Today writes that the Narendra Modi Government might witness expansion before the start of the second half of the Budget Session, scheduled on April the 20th. The expanded cabinet  could see many new faces, especially of allies including the PDP and the Shiv Sena, after removal of a few non-performing ministers. The paper adds that PDP MP Mehbooba Mufti may get accommodated into the Modi Cabinet.

The Tribune writes that uproarious scenes were witnessed in the J&K Assembly after BJP Legislators demanding the immediate arrest of Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, former Minister of State for Home in the Omar Abdullah Government. He was indicted by the Justice Gandhi Commission Report that looked into communal riots and violence in Kishtwar town, after Eid prayers on August 9, 2013.

Monday, March 30, 2015

They're back: Reinvented Australia’s Cup brims over after World Cup triumph

They're back: Reinvented Australia’s Cup brims over after World Cup triumph


The sacking of Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and two others from the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party dominates the front pages of all the papers. "Yadav & Bhushan thrown out of AAP panel after Kejri says its them or me" reports the Times of India. Highlighting the impact of this move, the Indian Express writes " Medha Patkar resigns in protest, divide in Punjab unit as MP says 'unconstitutional' ".

The sacking of Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi is prominently noticed. Commenting on the move, the Pioneer writes "State sees end of 6th gubernatorial tenure in 9 months". The Mail Today observes "He had moved Supreme Court agaisnt attempts to seek his ouster".

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's visit to Amethi and Rae Bareilly to meet farmers affected by the unseasonal rain is keenly tracked in the press. "Sonia meets Rae Bareilly, Amethi farmers, says Rahul will be back soon" writes the Hindustan Times.

In an interesting story on the Unique Identity or Aadhar numbers, the Times of India writes "Aadhaar count in 13 states higher than their populations". The paper says that experts attribute this to an increase in population since the last census of 2011 and migration of people between states. And talking of population, the Pioneer observes "Kerala to become zero population growth state".

Shuttler Saina Nehwal's photograph can be seen on the front pages of all the papers and there's a very good reason for it. "Saina creates history, grabs World No.1 slot" reports the Tribune.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

AAP Lokpal says he was asked by party's national secretary to not attend NE meeting | Latest News

AAP Lokpal says he was asked by party's national secretary to not attend NE meeting | Latest News


The eminent split in Aam Aadmi Party hogs the front page space in almost all newspapers. "AAP set for big showdown today, rebels sting Kejriwal" is the Hindustan Times headline. "Aam Aadmi khaas battle", says the Pioneer. "The fate of Prashant Bhusan and Yogendra Yadav will be decided today.

Government decides to re-issue ordinance before April 5", headline The Hindu on the contentious land acquisition bill which lapses on 5th of April.

The price of gas produced in India shall be cut by 59 cents from the 1st of April, predicts The Hindu Business Line on its front page. This would be the result of weak international prices.

The Financial Express reports of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nobel laureate Kailash Sathyarthi being named among fortune's extraordinary world leaders  at 5th & 28th position respectively.

Asian Age reports of a spy pigeon caught at India Pak border by Gujarat police with a chip on one leg and a writing in Urdu and Arabic on its wings.

The Hindu Business Line reports of a Unique Bank called "Mangala Bank" in Bihar being run by beggars, for beggars and they alone decide their own rules and regulations.

And finally, 90 per cent Delhi metro coaches are now made in India. Not just that, it is set to export them too, to Queensland & Sydney metros in Australia.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

AAP rift widens; Bhushan, Yadav's fate to be decided in National Council Saturday | Zee News

AAP rift widens; Bhushan, Yadav's fate to be decided in National Council Saturday | Zee News


Revelations that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps did this 'deliberately', are extensively discussed by most Papers this morning. According to the Indian Express, French investigators say - 'Ignoring' the Captains frantic pounding at the cockpit door, the co-pilot barricaded himself and deliberately rammed the plane full-speed into the Alps, and, in a split second, all 150 people aboard were dead.

Australia bringing India down with a 95 run victory at the Semi-final in Sydney yesterday, is also covered extensively, now making the World Cup a fight between two host countries. "Heart break in Sydney"- headline's The Statesman.

"Warplanes from Saudi Arabia with strikes over Yemen are spooking the Indian market" highlight this morning's papers. The Economic Times writes - Indian stocks slumped the most; the Sensex fell by 654 points; with oil prices shooting up and gold surging.

In its front-page top story Hindustan Times writes - Another spell of stormy weather is set to sweep several food-bowl states between March 28 and April the 2nd, covering a fourth of the Country and potentially worsening the impact of the recent hail storms that devastated crops.

Delhi's most controversial traffic project, the 400 crore Rupee 'Bus Rapid Transit' or BRT Corridor will be scrapped, making it a six-lane road reports The Times of India. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given his in-principle consent to undo the project.

And finally, The Pioneer reports that author-diplomat Vikas Swarup will be replacing Syed Akbarudin as Spokesperson of the Minstry of External Affairs. Vikas Swarup authored the book 'Q & A', which was latter adapted to the well-acclaimed film 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Germanwings co-pilot likely crashed jet deliberately: Prosecutor

Germanwings co-pilot likely crashed jet deliberately: prosecutor http://newshunt.com/share/37714734 Source: India Today

World Cup 2015: Kohli says Indian team has surprised many, but themselves | Latest News

World Cup 2015: Kohli says Indian team has surprised many, but themselves | Latest News


The apex court hitting the delete button on 66 A, the German Jet crash, The movies 'Queen' and 'Haider' sharing top film honours and the New Zealand entering the Cricket World Cup finals for the first time are prominently noticed in newspapers today.

"India wakes to freedom of speech in Cyberspace" leads the Hindustan Times adding , twitter CEO cheers move to strike down the controversial Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act. The Pioneer, however, points out "Government retains right to block websites" under Section 69 A.

The Asian Age reports " Amid tweet row, V K Singh says he's not quitting". The Indian Express writes "After tweets, a status update : loyal to PM".

The Times of India in an exclusive, informs, the Emir of Qatar, on the eve of his Summit with Narendra Modi, has said , Qatar has big investment plans for India.

The Hindustan Times reports "150 feared dead as German Jet crashes in French Alps", a story widely noticed by other  papers as well.

The Asian Age observes " Visa -on -Arrival likely for Chinese before PM visit" in May.

The Hindustan Times reports" Centre's new , improved real estate bill all ready " to shield property buyers and boost investor confidence.

The Hindu reveals, the Lok Sabha secretariat has asked MPs who continue to live ITDC hotels in the Capital to move to accommodations allocated to them, or foot their own bills.

'Haider', 'Queen' Kangana hold 'Court' at National Awards , quips the Pioneer.

And finally, on the World Cup semi finals, the Indian Express says, " In thriller , New Zealand shed history , South Africa some tears". "New Zeal and Steel" is how the Hindustan Times puts it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jairam Ramesh trashes PM's defence of Land Acquisition Bill - IBNLive

Jairam Ramesh trashes PM's defence of Land Acquisition Bill - IBNLive


India and Pakistan sparring again over Hurriyat is the story that  finds top mention  in all the papers today. "India says Hurriyat has no role in Indo-Pak ties' is the lead in the Hindustan Times, adding Basit rebuffed " There are only two parties, there is no place for third party". The Times of India quotes Modi as telling Sharif " End terror, violence for talk to work".

Newspapers have also reported the controversial tweets from Minister of State for External Affairs, V.K.Singh who attended Pakistan day celebration at Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. The Indian Express writes "Pak Day; PM greets, MOS tweets#disgust."

All papers cover, the story of the first semi-final of the cricket World cup being played today; between New Zealand and South Africa . On India's semi-final match against Australia on Thursday, The Business Standard writes "Atmosphere heats up for India-Oz battle" adding that as many as 70 percent of the tickets for the match at SCG, which has a capacity of about 42,000 have been bought by Indian fans".

"AAP-BJP stand off could bring civic services in Delhi to halt' writes the Times of India . The sub head reads 'North, East corp haven't paid staff for 2 months".

"Home Minister promises to protect minorities "headlines the Pioneer adding "Questions need for conversion; seeks debate on anti conversion law". The Hindu quotes Rajnath Singh as asking "Is conversion necessary for social work?".

And finally some bad news for Dussehri lovers. Well, the Times of India writes, a bite of Dussehri may cost Rs. 10-15 more than usual this summer. Besides the mango is likely to be smaller and less sweet because of erratic weather thats hit UP's mango growing belt.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Farmers above 60 years of age may get monthly pension of Rs 5,000: PM



The Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Man ki Baat broadcast on All India Radio yesterday makes for front page news in all papers.

The Hindustan Times headlines Opposition spreading lies on land bill, Modi tells farmers.  PM bats for NDA version for land acquisition bill, says new law will ensure full compensation to land owners - the paper reports.

"PM ploughs a Land Bill furrow with farmers" headlines the Economic Times.

Another story dominating the front pages of newspapers is the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denying any rift with the Reserve Bank of India over the structure of a committee that will set interest rates and take monetary policy decisions.

In a shocking case of official apathy, the sports ministry has sought report on differently abled sports persons who are participating in the 15th National Para-athletics Championship, being put up at unfurnished and unhygienic  accommodations at Ghaziabad, the Indian Express reports.

The Tribune carries a heart rending but inspiring story of Charudatt  Jadhav, who lost his vision at 13 but now heads the top of an IT firm Tata Consultancy service.

India's Water man Rajinder Singh has been conferred with the Nobel prize for water for 2015 - He brought water to 1000 villages in Rajasthan especially by building low level   banks of earth. His methods are simple and cheap says, a report in the Hindustan Times.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A renewed cycle of farmer distress - Livemint

A renewed cycle of farmer distress - Livemint:

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Acquittal by a Delhi Court of all 16 personnel of the Provisional Armed Constabulary, accused of killing 42 muslims in Meerut in the 1987 Hashimpur Massacre case, is given prominence in today's Press. Sunday Times writes "For lack of evidence, all 16 Hashimpur accused walk free'', on account of lack of sufficient evidence.

The back-to-back attacks by militants in Kathua and Samba region of Jammu, also receive wide coverage. "Terror hits J&K twice in two days" headlines Hindustan Times.  Mail Today reports - J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of the PDP has once again raised the hackles of its coalition partner in the State, when he gave Pakistan a clean chit on the two militants strikes in the state within 24 hrs.

The Financial Express reports - As a measure of caution the Government has decided to 'reject' the results of the competitive bidding for three of the eight coal blocks it had put up for review, even though it found no evidence of malpractice though it found a 'deviation' from the trend. The bids of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd and Bharat Aluminum company for four coal blocks have been cancelled, & put off till further delebrations.

The Asian Age writes that Congress President Sonia Gandhi took the offensive against the Modi Government over the farmers issue - to Haryana, during a visit to areas affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorms. She vowed to fight for their interests and asked BJP-ruled states to ensure timely compensation to affected farmers.

'The Modi Government's first big bang reform to clean the Ganga by introducing real-time online monitoring of pollutants from April has hit a roadblock after stiff residence from industry, potentially jeopardising the attempt to expand the plan nation-wide.

And finally, Hindustan Times tells us of the continuing universal journey of Mangalyaan, the country's first spacecraft to Mars. Mangalyaan will complete its six month mission on March 24, but is expected to orbit around Mars for another six months even after its assignment duration expires - to delve deeper into the seasons and climate on Mars.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

REC to fund Rs 24,000 cr to Telangana power projects | Business Line

REC to fund Rs 24,000 cr to Telangana power projects | Business Line


The Passage of two crucial legislations to replace soon-to-lapse ordinances, in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, is highlighted in the Press. "Government clears Coal, Mines hurdle in Reforms Race, is the top headline in Hindustan Times. The Indian Express adds - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that the government will continue its reforms impetus and take up the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax in the second half of the Budget Session.

The Times of India writes - 'Women and Child Development Ministers Menaka Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha that the 50 % budget cuts that her Ministry has faced would adversely affect the welfare of children in the country.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the World could suffer a 40% shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of resource, a UN report has warned, as many underground water reserves are running low and rainfall pattern predicted to become more erratic with climate change.

"Government clears 33% quota for women in Union Territories Police Forces", headlines Mail Today.

And finally, The Indian Express writes - From this week onwards, all those boarding the Shatabadi Express in areas under the Northern Railways, are in for a surprise, as passengers can watch films and television serials on touch-screen units located at the back of every seat - a facility currently enjoyed mostly on aircraft.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

IAS Officers' Association Demands CBI Probe in DK Ravikumar's Death

IAS Officers' Association Demands CBI Probe in DK Ravikumar's Death


India's win over Bangladesh in the World Cup Cricket quarterfinals gets top billing in most papers. Highlighting Rohit Sharma's century, the Tribune writes "Rohit dazzles as India swamp Bangladesh to cruise into semis".

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Anna Hazare as part of an effort to break the logjam over the land acquisition bill is widely reported. "Gadkari dares Sonia and Anna to open debate on land bill" writes the Hindustan Times. The Pioneer says that in the letter Mr Gadkari "asks them to stop spreading anti-farmer canard".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's innaugural address at an International Counter Terrorism Conference being held in Jaipur is highlighted in many papers. The Tribune quotes the minister as saying "ISIS has failed to lure Indian youth" while the Hindu writes "Indian Muslims are patriots ,says Rajnath Singh". Interestingly, the papers also speculate on the identity of an IS miltiant reported killed on the Syria-Turkish border. The Indian Express writes "Indian IS recruit killed in Syria was from Bhatkal". The Mail Today caption reads "Dead Indian IS fighter was SIMI member".

Amidst growing protests over the death of IAS officer D K Ravi in Bengaluru, the Asian Age says ""IAS woman adds a new twist to mystery over officer death". Quoting the Karnataka Chief Minister, the Hindu reports "Ravi called woman 44 times in one hour the day he died".

A train robbery gets wide attention in the press today. ""MP minister,wife robbed of gold, 50 thousand rupees on Mathura bound train" reports the Hindustan Times. On why the Railway Protection Force RPF personnel present on the scene did not act, the Times of India reports "Cant use guns, have to account for bullets RPF men told couple".

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Solar eclipse 2015

Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to know http://gu.com/p/46n8m

World Cup 2015: India look to avoid Bangla banana peel - Livemint

World Cup 2015: India look to avoid Bangla banana peel - Livemint


The Supreme Court scraping quota for Jats is a top story in all papers this morning. "Supreme Court says Jats not OBC's quota politics takes a hit" is the lead in the Hindustan Times adding that ' castes can't be the sole criterion for determining backwardness says court". "Supreme court scraps Jat reservation, says look beyond caste for quotas" headlines the Indian Express.

The story of Aam Aadmi Party deciding to go national also finds mention in the papers. "Aam Aadmi Party moves to end rift as it eyes other states" writes the Hindu. "AAP does a Yogendra, says will go national" informs the Hindustan Times.

On the contentious coal and mining bills, the Business Standard writes "Dissenting Congress says won't stand in the way", adding "The Rajya Sbaha panels on Bills adopt their reports."

Referring to opposition land march, the Times of India writes "Newly combative Sonia leads aggressive opposition".

And finally, there may soon be two seater flying cars. Well, the Times of India writes that a two seater flying car which can take flight from any clear road could go on sale as early as 2017, say its manufactures

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sonia Gandhi leads Opposition march to Rashtrapati Bhawan against 'anti-farmer' Land Acquisition Bill | Zee News

Sonia Gandhi leads Opposition march to Rashtrapati Bhawan against 'anti-farmer' Land Acquisition Bill | Zee News


The political feud over the alleged snooping on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi dominates the front pages today. Highlighting the appearance of documents which suggest that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had participated in the same kind of security audit, the Times of India writes "Govt shows Sonia's form to deny snooping". The Indian Express reports the Congress as saying " Neither Sonia nor Rahul ever filled such form".

Public anger directed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee as she was returning after meeting the Nun who was gangraped in Nadia district , is prominently noticed in the press. "Mamta heckled, convoy blocked" reports the Hindu. The Times of India writes "Mamta loses cool as Nadia locals demand CBI probe".

Most papers take note of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's return to the Capital after undergoing naturopathy treatment in Bengaluru. Drawing attention to a text sent to Mr Kejriwal by Prashant Bhushan who was recently removed form the Political Affairs Committee of the party, the Mail Today reports "Estranged AAP collegaue sends patch-up text as CM returns after losing high sugar and cough".

The Supreme Court's direction to the Centre and States to ensure that no one was denied welfare benefits for want of Aadhar, the 16 digit unique identity number is widely reported. "Keep Aadhar out of subsidy plans, Supreme Court tells centre" writes the Hindustan Times.

The meeting between some top Bollywood film-makers  and the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting is keenly tracked in the press.  "Bollywood biggies want censor chief sacked" reports the Times of India.

The Asian Age informs us that the government will soon introduce an online application system for granting licenses to expand community radio across the country.

And finally, in a front page story, the Indian Express reports that Pakistan cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed's century in the ongoing World Cup Cricket tournament was celebrated by Mehboob Hasan, a senior clerk at Etawah's Agricultural Engineering College in UP. After all such a performance would bring joy to any maternal uncle, wouldn't it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

IAS officer DK Ravi, who took on land and sand mafia, found dead | Latest News

IAS officer DK Ravi, who took on land and sand mafia, found dead | Latest News


"Rain and hail leave trail of misery across north India - Rajasthan hit hardest" is the Hindustan Times headline.  Most casualties - human and livestock were from house collapse and lightning, says the report adding that Rabi crops of cumin, mustard, wheat, barley, gram, potato and onion have been damaged. As a result vegetable prices have started to shoot up in the Capital.

"Modi scraps Brussels visit - government miffed, diplomats say schedule not finalized is the  Hindu headline.

The Lahore Church twin blasts killing 15 and wounding over 80 people has also been widely covered by various papers leading to mass protest.

"Policy helps needed to put state land to work", is the Financial Express headline. Lack of clear titles, database and shorter lease terms hit plans says the report.

The Congress' plan to corner Government in Parliament over snooping on its vice President Rahul Gandhi and government's preparations to defend has been covered by almost all newspapers.

The Indian Express says that the government has come up with a list of 26 instructions to the departments to safeguard information and secure government property and premises - don't throw secret papers into waste paper basket is one of them.

"Government looks at options for land bill in Rajya Sbha says the Asian Age. The last week of the first phase of the Budget session of Parliament seems to be a political pot boiler says the report.

And finally, according to official data the current budget session is likely to be the most productive for the Lok Sabha in over a decade. With both houses of Parliament having worked for more than their scheduled times reports The Hindu.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bengal nun gangrape: Christian forum calls for holistic probe | Zee News

Bengal nun gangrape: Christian forum calls for holistic probe | Zee News


Prime Minister Modi in Jaffna, the Rahul snooping row and the horrific gang-rape of a nun in Bengal are major stories in newspapers this Sunday morning.

"A helping hand to build future of Tamils" headlines the Hindu, noting, Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna.

The Times of India leads with " Cop's visit to Rahul's home likely to hit House business". The Asian Age reports " Congress to raise Rahul 'snooping' in House" ; "Parties say it's a move to intimidate opposition".

The Pioneer terms the savage rape of a 71 year old nun in Bengal as "Rape of humanity in Mamata's turf".

The unveiling of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in London is widely covered with photographs. The Hindustan Times caption reads, "The 'Fakir' in UK's Parliament square".

The Asian Age and Mail Today report Mehbooba Mufti saying, nothing wrong in releasing Masarat Alam.

International Auditor " Pricewaterhouse Coopers mid-level executive under CBI lens in Leakgate case ; Was in touch with officials in Finance Ministry" is a front page lead story in the Times of India.

The Indian Express leads with " Nasheed in jail pushes Maldives to the brink".

The government plans to float three special purpose vehicles to evacuate coal from Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, reports the Business Standard.

The Times of India notices " BRT may finally be scrapped as MLAs put pressure on government ".

Sunday, March 15, 2015

India notch up 10th consecutive cup win; second to Australia in terms of successive victories | Latest News

India notch up 10th consecutive cup win; second to Australia in terms of successive victories | Latest News


India lodging a strong protest against the Islamabad High Court order to release LeT terrorist and 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind - Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, is noticed prominently by the Press. The Asian Age writes "India erupts as Pakistan Court frees Lakhvi, Ministry of External Affairs summons Pakistan High Commissioner.

The other major story is of Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitching for greater economic and security cooperation with Sri Lanka during his visit there. Hindustan Times writes - Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Colombo 'First Claim' to India's growing economic muscle and signed a slew of business pacts aimed at undercutting China's considerable influence over the strategically-positioned island.

On the J&K political scenario The Indian Express reports - 'with relations strained between the PDP and its ally BJP after the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam, the PDP plans to reinforce its commitment to the alliance by elevating two BJP Ministers of State with Independent Charge to cabinet rank allocating more portfolios to Sajjad Lone and giving additional prominence to deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

The Tribune tells us that after tracking the movements of leopards around the Shimla hills - the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department and the Wild Life Conservation Society are ready with an advisory on Leopard encounters - "The next time you spot a Leopard as you stroll around a deserted stretch of Shimla, don't panic and play some music, which will keep the Leopard away."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pakistan court orders Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's release, outraged India summons envoy | Zee News

Pakistan court orders Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's release, outraged India summons envoy | Zee News


The Modi Government passing its first major economic reform measure, with the Rajya Sabha approving the Insurance Laws Bill to raise FDI cap in the Insurance sector from 26% to 49 %, is prominently covered by today's papers. "Together, the BJP and Congress push insurance door open, - NCP, BJD, ADMK also stand up to support", is the top headline in The Indian Express. "Finally, Acche Din to arrive for Insurance" - headlines The Economic Times.

Most papers carry photographs - of senior Congress leaders, led by Sonia Gandhi, in a display of support to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "Sonia leads solidarity march to Manmohan's residence" writes the Statesman, after he was summoned as an accused by a special CBI court, over the alleged Talabira-Hindalco  Coal Scam.

Hindustan reports that the Union Home Ministry has told the J&K government to book the recently released separatist leader - Masarat Alam - at the first possible provocation, amidst an increasing attack from the Opposition, after it emerged that the anti-India campaigner's release could have been thwarted. Alam and his associates are to be kept under tight surveillance.

Mail Today reports that the Intelligence Bureau has alerted the government about fraudulent lottery schemes, run across India, by an organised syndicate in Pakistan possibly linked to Dawood Ibrahim, that sucks out huge amounts of money from gullible Indians, to the tune of over 4 lakhs crore rupees.

In an exclusive The Times of India writes - The government is looking at sweeping changes to the Law  governing the Employees Provident Fund, and has suggested doing away with the mandatory 12% contribution by employees in certain cases, while retaining the employer's share.

And finally, The Asian Age reports of the launch by Google, of a virtual tour of Nepal's Everest region, allowing armchair tourists a rare glimpse of life.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Delhi High Court refuses to rule on India's Daughter ban

Delhi high court refuses to rule on India's Daughter ban http://gu.com/p/46hg7

Coal scam: Manmohan Singh gets CBI court summons - Livemint

Coal scam: Manmohan Singh gets CBI court summons - Livemint


The land bill clearing the Lok Sabha hurdle finds top mention in all the newspapers today. "Bruised land bill passes first test' headlines the Hindustan Times. "Land bill passed, 9 changes made' writes the Asian Age adding "after Lok Sabha nod, controversial law faces big test in Rajya Sabha".

The strife in the Aam Aadmi Party is another story that is covered prominently by papers today. "Yadav, Bhusan's wanted AAP to lose Delhi polls' writes the Pioneer. The sub head reads "Kejriwal loyalists Sisodia, Rai accuse trio of anti-party activities". "Kejri camp moves to oust Bhusan, Yadav from AAP", states the Times of India.

Referring to India's 8 wicket win over Ireland in the World Cup, the Hindu leads with "India sews up top spot in pool - B", adding that the "Men in blue extend winning streak to nine consecutive matches." Most papers today carry photographs of centurion Shikhar Dhawan.

"Jammu and Kahsmir put on hold release of more" political prisoners" writes the Tribune. The Asian Age in a box item writes "J&K says no more militants will be freed".

"23 years after Bhati's death, DP Yadav gets life", reports the Pioneer adding the "UP strongman, 3 others sentenced by CBI court in Dehradun."

The Hindu in its front page carries a photograph of Hollywood celebrities coming together to light a candle for India's daughter, a documentary by Leslee Udwin that premiered in New York on Monday, the caption reads "Banned in India, Red carpet in New York."

"French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash", headlines the Statesman. "Andes copter crash kills 3 French champs" writes the Times of India.

And finally, if you have blood group O, you can resist malaria. Well, the Times of India writes, that scientists say that people with blood type 'O' are protected from severe malaria because a key protein secreted by the parasite bonds weakly with type O blood cells while strongly linking to type A.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Land Bill through Lok Sabha, new cities get big jolt

Land Bill through Lok Sabha, new cities get big jolt


Anguish over release of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam and governments willingness to accept changes in Land Bill are covered widely by almost all papers.
Masarat release unacceptable is the Hindustan Times headline pointing to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi address in Lok Sabha where he said that the Centre was not consulted on the matter. The paper also says PDP considering to release more prisoners.
Ready for changes to Land Bill says Government is the lead in Business Standard.
"Markets fall fed by US rate hike fears" says The Financial Express. Sensex drops 604 points, rupee loses 37 paise, reports the Times of India.
A German professor denied internship to an Indian male student citing India's rape problem. But it has been countered by the German envoy Michael Stetner saying "India is not a country of rapists, reports the Hindu.
Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are India's best ranked states in terms of girls education says a survey has been covered by many papers.
And finally, most newspapers have reported that CISF at the Delhi's metro has so far prevented about 180 metro suicides by spotting mentally disturbed people at metro stations, apart from doing the usual security work.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Government Makes Over 3-Lakh Crore From Coal and Spectrum Sale; Government Auditor's Estimates Surpassed

Government Makes Over 3-Lakh Crore From Coal and Spectrum Sale; Government Auditor's Estimates Surpassed


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcements on International Women's Day yesterday, are highlighted in today's Press. Mail today writes - Mr. Modi said the government is setting up one-stop-Centres that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counseling for women facing violence or abuse. He said "Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crimes against women'', pledging equality for women on Women's Day.

On the issue of amendments to the Land Bill, The Statesman writes the government has indicated that it would move an official amendment replacing the controversial term 'Private entity' with 'private enterprises', in order to restrain those in the private sector who plan to acquire land.

The Asian Age reports that a row is likely to erupt, as the BJP and PDP  bicker over release of hardline separatist leader Massarat Aalam in J&K. The Times of India reports the BJP has told the PDP government not to deviate from the Common Minimum Programme.

"Reserve Bank of India could keep hold on money market levers" - headlines The Indian Express. The Finance Ministry is learnt to have accepted the RBI's position that regulation of money market instruments, such as repo and reverse repo, which are critical to influencing or managing interest rates, should remain with the Central Bank.

And to close Press review, most papers cover news of veteran editor Vinod Mehta passing away. "The Pioneer mourns the sad  demise of its former editor the paper writes on the candid and unconventional writer, who was also founder-editor of 'Outlook' and authored his famed autobiography 'Lucknow Boy: a memoir'.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Home ministry seeks report from Jammu and Kashmir govt on separatist Alam's release, protests continue

Home ministry seeks report from Jammu and Kashmir govt on separatist Alam's release, protests continue


Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sparking a fresh row by ordering the release of Kashmiri separatist leader Massarat Alam after serving four and a half years in a Baramulla Jail, find prominance in the Press. "The Hindu writes - The Shiv Sena  critised the BJP-PDP alliance, stating it could pose a threat to Nationalism.

The other top story is on the recent Nagaland lynching of a rape accused. The Pioneer reports that the governments of both Assam and Nagaland have alerted their security forces to prevent any backlash over the lynching of the rape accused.

 Hindustan Times writes - senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Mayank Gandhi apprehends that after Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, a section of the Party may force him to quit, for raising issues of transparancy and ethics.

Telecome firms aggressively bid for airwaves yesterday, with the Government adding 9,000 crore rupees to its coffers on the forth day of the auction, taking the total amount to Rupees 86,000 crore, reports the Indian Express. The paper, also writing on Coal Blocks, reports that the auction of 3 more Coal Blocks brought in over 12,000 crore rupees, adding to the already garnered 1 lakh crore in the first tranche.

Saina Nehwal becoming the first Indian Woman in  an All England final, also receives much acclaim in the Press.  The Times of India writes - 'Saina is rocking in  Birmingham, after demolishing 2 Chinese stars yesterday, to waltz into her maiden final, also the first by an Indian woman.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dimapur lynching: Nagaland CM blames social media, alleged rapist's brother cries foul | Zee News

Dimapur lynching: Nagaland CM blames social media, alleged rapist's brother cries foul | Zee News


In the absence of newspapers this morning because of the Holi holiday yesterday, we'll look at the stories that are prominently covered in the online editions.

The Economic Times reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Maldives has been cancelled in view of the political unrest prevailing there with allegations of government high handedness against the Opposition. Maldives was to have been his last stop in his four nation tour of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka starting March 10.

The Times of India highlights an interview given by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to Thanti TV, a Tamil news channel, in which the paper reports him as saying "Indian fishermen will be shot if they cross border".

The Hindustan Times carries a report on the meeting BJP President Amit Shah had with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The paper reports that the RSS is unhappy with the contentious land acquisition bill and has told Shah that the government should try to overcome its 'pro-corporate' image and ensure the interests of farmers.

A order of the National Green Tribunal  or NGT asking the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, CIDCO and ONGC to pay 95 crore rupees as compensation to 1630 fishermen affected by the Port Trusts's project of creating an additional berth in Navi Mumbai is highlighted in the Indian Express.

The Deccan Herald writes that the internal problems of the Aam Admi Party are far from over. It says that some angry volunteers of the party have now started a social media campaign for bringing back Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav into the party's political affairs committee. The paper reports that an online petition is in circulation seeking proof of charges against them.

And finally, India's win over the West Indies in the World Cup cricket  which assures it of a quarter final berth is widely reported. The Hindu gives credit to paceman Mohammed Shami as it writes "Shami paves India's path to the quarters".

Friday, March 6, 2015

India's Daughter

The Guardian view on India’s Daughter: a necessary spotlight http://gu.com/p/46ctt

Documentary on December 16 gangrape: Govt serves legal notice to BBC, says YouTube video removed | Zee News

Documentary on December 16 gang-rape: Govt serves legal notice to BBC, says YouTube video removed | Zee News

Newspaper Headlines

The Aam Aadmi Party removing Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from its key decision making political affairs committee, the Delhi High Court upholding the stay on a documentary based on an interview with a convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape case and the RBI cutting the Benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points are some lead stories in papers today.

Torn AAPart headlines the Mail Today, adding “serial Dumper AAP expels Yogendra Yadav and Parshant Bhushan from core group after stormy 6 hr meet”.

“RBI rate cut to reduce home and auto loan EMI’s” writes the Tribune while the Economic Times says “Days before Holi, Raghuram Rajan delivers a surprise gift to the economy, propelling sensex beyond 30,000”.

The Indian Express writes, India’s 2012 order for 75 Swiss Pilatus Basic Trainer Aircraft for the Air force has run into rough weather with the finance wing of the Ministry of Defence pointing out that 88% of the acquisition cost over 30 years will be incurred in just 7 years because of “inbuilt flaws” in the 4000 crore rupee deal signed during the UPA rule.

Reporting on new data released from the 2011 census, the Hindu writes that the number of children born every year is declining rapidly in India, but the slowdown is faster for baby girls, as against baby boys.

The Indian Express reports that a voter from Srirangam constituency where assembly by polls were held last month has complained to the Election Commission that he was paid 12000 rupees so that he and 5 members of his family would vote for a particular candidate. To back his claim he has given the Election Commission a demand draft he received.

In cheer giving festive news the Times of India writes “Holi to be Sunny and dry, but rainy Sunday ahead”.

And Finally the Hindustan Times brings exciting news for the child in us writing that the  capital may soon get the country’s first Disneyland and Universal studio’s  theme park in Dwarka.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

No rift with BJP, but Shiv Sena will oppose Land Bill: Uddhav Thackeray | Latest News

No rift with BJP, but Shiv Sena will oppose Land Bill: Uddhav Thackeray | Latest News


The Prime Minister rejecting J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeeds' recent controversial remarks, is highlighted in today’s Press.  The Hindustan Times writes - ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he disapproved of the J&K Chief Minister’s comments crediting Pakistan, the Hurriyat and militants for peaceful assembly polls .  "Modi sidesteps Mufti row, says credit goes to voters, is the paper’s headline.

“Aggressive Prime Minister sets stage for Land Bill” is a headline in Mail Today. The paper writes ' while replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the Presidents'  address to both Houses, Mr. Modi reached out to the opposition for supporting the land acquisition ordinance.

Knives out in AAP game of thrones, ‘ugly battle’ escalates, Kejriwal lieutenants hit back at Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav headlines the Indian Express.

The Asian Age writes, the Sarv Khap, an umbrella body of various Khap panchayats in Western U.P, has decided to launch a campaign against female foeticide and will also be giving a cash reward of Rs.21,000 to families having three daughters.

India is set to enter an exclusive club of just five countries world wide, with the Directorate of Civil Aviation working on notifying regulations for commercial use of small drones soon, reports the Times of India, with benefits such as surveillance in crowded places.

Under the heading - “What leakgate agents learnt from spy movies,” The Times of India writes - the modus operandi of the men involved in leaking sensitive documents from Ministries was no less innovative than American spy movies, from furtive restaurant meetings to exchanging papers while brushing past each other at metro stations, to avoid detection.

And Finally, Economic Times informs us that the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, which made news in 2014 for giving away sweets worth 94 lakhs to its employees on Holi, is distributing LED lights this year, and nearly 20,000 LED bulbs have been distributed so far.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UPA did not set up SIT on blackmoney as it wanted to 'save' somebody: Narendra Modi - The Economic Times

UPA did not set up SIT on blackmoney as it wanted to 'save' somebody: Narendra Modi - The Economic Times


The National Executive meeting of the Aam Admi Party or AAP that is to be held tomorrow gets top billing in the papers. Amid reports that founding members Yogendra Yadav,Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan have questioned the functioning of the party, the Times of India says, "Kejriwal camp calls meet on March 4 to oust rebel troika". The Asian Age reports "AAP set to crack whip on Yogendra, Prashant".

The papers report that there is fresh trouble brewing for the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir with some PDP legislators demanding that the mortal remains of Afzal Guru, who was hanged for his role in the Parliament attack case, be returned. "PDP legislators raise the Afzal banner of revolt" reports the Hindustan Times.

The Mail Today in its banner headline highlights a comment made by one of the rapists on death row in the Nirbhaya rape case in an interview to the BBC. The paper quotes him as saying "During rape, the girl shouldnt fight back".

The rejig in the Congress Party is prominently noticed in the press. "Sonia Gandhi appoints five PCC chiefs" reports the Statesman. In a front page exclusive, the Hindu writes that the party is gearing up to elevate three close associates of vice president Rahul Gandhi as general secretaries. The Hindustan Times observes "Absent Rahul's stamp shows in AICC reshuffle".

The unseasonal rain in north India is widely noticed. The Hindustan Times writes, gives a grim warning as it writes "Sudden rain may aggravate swine flu outbreak in India". The Tribune reports "Snow, rain claim 4 lives in Himachal, three in Punjab". The Indian Express highlights its impact on crops as it observes "Rain hits mustard, wheat, chickpea crop in north and central states".

A video of a young Sikh boy in the US state of Georgia being called a 'terrorist' by his schoolmates and the arrest of an Islamist fundamentalist suspected of having murdered Avijit Roy, an American blogger- writer in Bangladesh dominate the international pages.

And finally, the Hindustan Times informs us about the Kajila Khap in Haryana who has set up a website to fight dowry and female foeticide.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SpaceX rocket blasts off with world's first all-electric satellites | Latest News

SpaceX rocket blasts off with world's first all-electric satellites | Latest News


The new coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir, the apparent internal conflict in the Aam Aadmi Party and Jagmohan Dalmiya set to return as BCCI chief are prominent stories in Newspapers today.

The Hindustan Times headline reads "Poll combatants team up to form J&K govt". Mail Today states " Mufti mars oath with Hurrah for Hurriyat & Pak".

The Times of India reports, sharp differences in AAP over expansion, while The Economic Times writes Yadav & Bhushan opt out of the Political Affairs Committee of the party.

"Almost decade later, Dalmiya returns as boss of Indian Cricket" comments the Indian Express.

As more Budget implications emerge, the Times of India quotes junior finance Minister, Jayant Sinha as saying, Conditions in place for RBI to cut interest rates.

And finally, the Hindustan Times informs, contrary to a report by the World Health Organisation, Delhi is not the most polluted city in the world, as a top atmospheric scientist says, Delhi air quality is better than Beijing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Govt. under pressure from allies to amend Land Bill - The Hindu

Govt. under pressure from allies to amend Land Bill - The Hindu


The annual budget presented in Parliament yesterday predictably dominates print space with most papers describing it as a growth-oriented budget. The Economic Times calls it a "budget for growth, competitiveness". The Mail Today writes "Growth trumps dole". But the papers also say that not everyone is happy. Highlighting the disappointment over personal income tax slabs remaining unchanged, the Asian Age states "Middle class left high and dry". The Hindustan Times draws attention to the cut in plan expenditure as it writes "20% cut to affect education, health, womens development most".

The filing of an FIR against former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is prominently noticed in the press. "FIR against Diggy for giving jobs by misusing CM's office" reports the Times of India.

The papers report of an internal rift within the Aam Aadmi Party and the possibility that senior leader Yogendra Yadav may not find a place in a reconstituted Political Affairs Committee  "Kejriwal-Yadav fissures push PAC to edge of a precipice" observes the Pioneer.

And there's trouble for Mukul Roy within the Trinamool Congress. The Asian Age reports "Mukul stripped of all TMC posts". The Times of India writes "Trinamool finally reduces Mukul to a nobody in party".

Most papers report that environmentalist R K Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has resigned from the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. "Pachauri quits PM's climate council" writes the Times of India.

A second Hindu temple being vandalised in the United States in less than a month and the gunning down of Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition leader and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin are widely reported on the international pages.

And finally, news of a very unique tourism project. The Asian Age reports that the UP government is planning to set up a 'bird circuit' comprising sanctuaries in Mainpuri, Kannauj, Rae Bareli and Nawabganj to promote tourism.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Growth, jobs, simple tax regime: Jaitley lights the reforms fuse in budget

Growth, jobs, simple tax regime: Jaitley lights the reforms fuse in budget


The Prime Minister's reply to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address dominates the front pages with most highlighting his stated commitment to secularism. "Modi vows to rein in religious bigots" writes the Mail Today. The Hindustan Times, highlighting his comments on the land bill, writes "Ready to change land bill, says PM".      

The Economic Survey 2014-15 is reported in great detail in the press. "Growth projected to be over 8%" reports the Hindu. The Mail Today makes an interesting observation about the Chief Economic Advisor's views as it writes "CEA finds govt's growth figures puzzling". The Hindustan Times states, "Create national common market for agricultural commodities, says eco survey".

The sealing of an alliance between the PDP and the BJP to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir is prominently noticed. The Asian Age writes "Mufti will head team of 25, PM to attend Jammu oath".    

Highlighting the Supreme Court's intervention to stop the increasing cases of rape videos being posted on social networking sites, The Times of India reports the apex court as saying "Govt must stop circulation of rape videos on social sites".    

And finally for all green born singers, some exciting news, The Asian Age reports that a retired professor of Allahabad University has developed a software that can given different permutations and sound effects to the human voice.