Saturday, August 22, 2015

India advises Pakistan against Aziz meeting separatists

India advises Pakistan against Aziz meeting separatists


    The arrest and quick release of Hurriyat Conference leaders in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of their proposed meeting with Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz grabs front page attention. Suggesting that it might have an impact on the proposed National Security Advisor level talks between India and Pakistan, the Indian Express writes "Hurriyat arrest drama threatens to upstage India-Pakistan talks".
    Pakistan backing out of hosting next month's Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in the backdrop of India threatening a boycott if the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly was not invited, is highlighted in most papers. "Pakistan won't host Commonwealth meet : Venue shifted to New York as Islamabad insists wont invite J&K speaker" reports the Tribune.
    The results of the civic bodies elections in Rajasthan are keenly noticed in the press. Drawing attention to the results in areas considered to be Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's turf, the Asian Age notes "BJP ahead in Rajasthan Civic polls, loses in Raje belt". The Hindu observes "BJP wins Rajasthan civic polls, Congress makes gains".
    The Mail Today has published the findings of the India Today Group -Cicero Mood of the Nation Poll. The paper writes "Modi still popular but govt. dented ; row around Sushma, Shivraj and Raje may have taken a toll".
    The Hindustan Times and Times of India take note of a survey conducted by an NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.  The Times of India cites the survey to report "92% of Muslim women in India want oral triple talaq to go".
    And that might not bring a smile to school going children's faces but may bring relief to parents. A government panel set up by the Women and Child Development has made an interesting recommendation. "Pizzas, chips may go off school canteen menu soon"

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