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'.