Sunday, November 22, 2015

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     Front pages prominently cover the storming of a deluxe hotel in Bamako in Mali by armed militants, keeping hostage 170 people within the hotel. "27 killed as special forces storm hotel, free hostages" headlines the Hindu. On the fate of the 20 Indian hostages, the Asian Age writes "In Mali 20 Indians evacuated, safe".

    The other major story in the press this morning is of the swearing-in of Nitish Kumar for a third term along with his new cabinet. Hindustan Times reports that the ceremony also saw the complete comeback of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad with 80 MLA's and his son Tejashvi as Deputy Chief Minister and his other son Tej Pratap taking over as health minister in the new cabinet.

    The plot behind the gruesome killing of Sheena Bora thickened on Friday as the CBI accused former media tycoon Peter Mukherjea of playing an active and important role in the elimination of his step daughter and charged him with murder and conspiracy, reports the Pioneer.

    A Delhi court has summoned from Delhi University and the Election Commission - the records and educational qualifications of the Union Minister for Human Resources and development Smiriti Irani after a freelance writer complained that Ms Irani had given different educational qualifications in affidavits filed while filing her nomination for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha polls reports The Hindu.

    The Times of India writes "Trouble seems to be mounting for Vijay Mallya. State Bank of India - the largest lender to the defunct airline Kingfisher - has declared the carrier, its promoter Vijay Mallya - and United Breweries Holdings as wilful defaulters and is set to launch a money laundering probe against Mallaya and Kingfisher Airline.

    "End Pay Commissions, says Pay Commission Chairman", is a headline in the Financial Express. Justice A K Mathur, Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission said that the Centre could discontinue the practice of appointing Pay Commission's every 10 years to suggest salary revisions, and instead, the government could have a mechanism for annual increments in salaries.

     And finally, Hindustan Times informs us that the Delhi government, in order to ferry more passengers and combat the problem of shortage of drivers, is planning to ply buses double the normal size, on specific identified routes.

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