Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dalit scholar suicide: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joins fast, compares Rohith to Mahatma Gandhi

Dalit scholar suicide: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joins fast, compares Rohith to Mahatma Gandhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday threw his weight behind one of the demands of the protesting students: to bring in a ‘Rohith Act’ that can put an end to student suicides at universit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for targeted subsidies and reforms that transform the lives of the poor and questioning tax incentives for corporates makes for front page news today. "Modi questions corporate tax breaks" leads the Hindustan Times. While the Times of India quotes the PM as saying "Aim not to eliminate all subsidies only bad ones".

All the papers reports that the government stepped-up efforts to combat the Zika threat and set up a technical panel to formulate guidelines for pregnant women traveling to or from parts of the world hit by the virus.

The Times of India in its lead story writes that the Pragati Maidan which is a Delhi icon since 1972 and venue of the annual trade fair and exhibitions through the year is soon to be razed & rebuilt in 2000 crore rupees revamp.

Commenting on the multi crore solar scam the Hindu writes "Kerala High Court stays vigilance court order to probe Chandy". "High Court grants Chandy some relief as Saritha targets his son", informs the Indian Express.

The Business Line reports that the Central statistic office on Friday scaled down the economic growth rate for 2014-15 to 7.2 per cent from its earlier estimate of 7.3 per cent, and that for, 2013-14 to 6.6 per cent from the previous 6.9 per cent.

The Times of India reports that the Telecom regulator Trai is set to reject differential pricing for data services a move that would mean the end of controversial services like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero.

And finally, news for those trying to lose weight. Well, Exercise alone wont help you lose weight. Hindustan Times reports that, exercising is important in order to burn calories and stay fit. But a recent study says that exercise alone is not always enough to shed weight as our bodies adapt to higher activity levels and do not burn extra calories even if we exercise more.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza clinch Australian Open doubles title

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza clinch Australian Open doubles title


    The first list of the government's flagship smart-city programme and release of the second volume of President Pranab Mukherjee's memoir are major stories in newspapers today.
    "Bhubaneshwar tops 20-cities's race for smart tag" highlights the Pioneer. Hindustan Times notes "Smart NDMC area to go even smarter".
    "I was never a mass leader" Hindustan Times quotes President Pranab Mukherjee from his memoir. The Pioneer cites him as saying "Rajiv erred on Ayodhya" while the Hindu notes "Some facts are to be buried along with me, says Pranab".
    "India puts Pakistan to 26/11 action test" is the lead in the Hindustan Times, quoting external affairs ministry spokesperson, Vikas Swarup as saying "Islamabad trial is test of their sincerity".
    "IMF implements quota reforms as India gets more voting rights" reports the Tribune, as for the first time, four emerging economies - India, China, Brazil and Russia, would be among the 10 largest members of the IMF.
    The Financial Express notes " India, US map way out of tax disputes" as upto 100 pending tax disputes were resolved in the last one year without resort to litigation.
    "We should be careful about how we measure GDP" the Hindu quotes RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, as the new GDP series, in effect for a year now, has been criticised by economists.
    Times of India reports, Delhi Police has been ordered to shoot down anything suspicious that flies over the capital, in the backdrop of recent incidents of suspected drone sightings around the airport and elsewhere in the city.
    And finally, Times of India reports, over a year after ASI launched e-ticketing at Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb, the facility is to be extended to other heritage sites, with officials expecting to effect a complete shift in 2 to 3 months.

Friday, January 29, 2016

India eye T20 glory in Australia before World T20 at home : Feature Stories , News - India Today

India eye T20 glory in Australia before World T20 at home : Feature Stories , News - India Today


The Supreme Court's decision to examine Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa's report recommending President's Rule in the state gets top billing in the papers today. "SC seeks proof of breakdown in Arunachal" reports the Hindu. The Indian Express writes "Governor cited 'cow slaughter' protest as one sign of law and order collapse in state".

The Supreme Court's observations in a case challenging  the removal of Governors after the NDA government assumed power in 2014 are prominently noticed in the press. The Hindustan Times quotes the top court as saying "Need to follow procedure for governor's removal". The Times of India writes "How can home secretary ask a governor to resign : SC to govt".

The Hindustan Times has highlighted excerpts from President Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs 'The Turbulent Years' on its front page. Drawing attention to the time Rajiv Gandhi was to take over as Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi's assasination, the paper writes "Do you think I can manage? Rajiv asked on Indira's death".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly interaction with central government secretaries and state chief secretaries gets front page coverage in the Times of India which writes "Sack erring babus who dont mend ways, Modi tells secretaries".

Most papers take note of the setback to prosecutors in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case in a Pakistan court. "26/11 : Pak court rejects petition for voice samples" reports the Hindu. The paper writes that prosecutors had asked the Islamabad High Court for voice samples of the seven accused in the case to compare them with the communication intercepted by the Indian intelligence agencies.

The Pioneer draws attention to the increasing incidents of poaching of Rhinos in the Kaziranga sanctuary in Assam. The paper writes "Indian Rhino's last refuge falls prey to poachers".

In the backdrop of reports of increasing cases of unruly behaviour by air passengers, the Times of India reports "Indian carriers will now carry handcuffs to rein in unruly flyers".

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Graft graph: India moves up 9 spots | The Financial Express

Graft graph: India moves up 9 spots | The Financial Express


Republic Day celebrations and President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh are the leads in most papers this morning.

"Scare galore but Republic Day ends on happy note" is the Pioneer headline. "Selfies rule Rajpath as mobile phones are allowed for first time" notes the Hindustan Times. Times of India carries a photograph with the caption "French Regiment Back on Indian Soil after 232 years", having fought for Tipu Sultan against the British.

The Hindu leads with "Pranab gives assent to Central rule in Arunachal Pradesh".

"Women marching to Shani temple stopped" is another front page story in the Hindu. The Pioneer notes "Move to break 500-year-old Shani temple tradition foiled".

"Pollution panel ups the Odd-Even ante; says all of NCR must participate" is the lead in the Hindustan Times. The paper carries a questionnaire of the Delhi government inviting feedback on the scheme.

Times of India on its front page " writes Stink to rise in East Delhi "as East and North corporation staff is to strike work for 3 days from Wednesday.

The Financial Express reports, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has joined a task force of the World Economic Forum, including bankers and policymakers from across the World, to study the global financial system.

"Chinese investors betting big on India "as" Internet giants pour Funds into Digital startups "covers the Times of India.

Australian Under-19 stars have an Indian connection" writes the Indian Express about the sons of two expatriates; one a highly rated batsman, the other a mystery spinner.

The Pioneer takes note of big relief to tenants of houses which stand as collateral security, as Supreme Court rules, "Bank can't evict tenants of loan defaulters".

And finally, Times of India informs, the government is set to expand coverage of its Jan Aushadhi Scheme to sell 439 life saving medicines and devices like stents and implants at 40-50% discounted prices.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

KCR, Chandrababu Naidu extend wishes to Ramoji Rao

KCR, Chandrababu Naidu extend wishes to Ramoji Rao


India and France signing 14 pacts is a story that dominates headlines this morning. "India, France sign 14 pacts but Rafale stuck on pricing" leads The Times of India. "France, India ink Rafale deal, pricing unresolved", writes Hindustan Times.

Another major story hogging the limelight this morning is that of India's highest honours the Padma Awards to be given to 112 people - this includes 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan, 83 Padma Shri awards.

The Hindustan Times quotes the President Pranab Mukherjee as saying "Peace must for India-Pak Talks"; while The Tribune quotes him as saying "No peace talks under shower of bullets". "President urges MPs : Pass laws after discussion" writes The Asian Age.

All the papers note that Kejariwal's Odd-Even formula which could be back as early as Februray 14 but only if Delhites 'vote' in favor of the road-rationing scheme aimed at clearing the city's notoriously toxic air.

The joining of the BJP by Subhash Chandra Bose's grand nephew - Chandra Bose in the presence of Amit Shah in Howrah is also noticed by all the papers.

The Hindustan Times in an exclusive story writes that the testimony of a Sanyasi or a mendicant who renounced the world and follow an ascetic life cannot be accepted in a civil dispute in a court of law - the Supreme Court has held.

A sports story covered by papers this morning is that of India-born ex-South Africa and Delhi Daredevils batsman Ghulam Bodi being banned for 20 years by South Africa Cricket Board for allegedly trying to fix domestic T-20 matches.

And finally, you can catch heart beats without body sensors. Well, Hindustan Times reports that Japanese researchers have devised a system to measure heart beats without body sensors. This will lead to developing ways to measure how people's hearts function as they go about daily activities.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Padma Vibhushan to Dhirubhai Ambani honours indomitable spirit of Indian entrepreneurship: Mukesh - Firstpost

Padma Vibhushan to Dhirubhai Ambani honours indomitable spirit of Indian entrepreneurship: Mukesh - Firstpost


Most newspapers have covered the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Francoise Hollande prominently with pictures.

The Hindustan Times in its story headlined "France and India vow to fight terror together" refers to the inking of 16 pacts, signalling greater collaboration between the two countries in many areas, including security.

The Indian Express quotes Mr Modi as saying, that "retrospective tax is a closed chapter", adding that the statement is aimed at addressing the concerns of foreign investors regarding predictability in the tax regime.

US President Barack Obama's tough message to Pakistan to "delegitimise, disrupt and dismantle" terrorist networks that operate from its territory finds resonance in The Tribune story headlined "Pak must dismantle terror network".

Most newspapers have also noted BJP president Amit Shah's re-election for a full term, with photographs on their front pages.

The Hindu reports that the government has sanctioned 18 crore rupees to create infrastructure at the Agartala-Akhaura border for a Wagah-like Beating Retreat ceremony.

"Besides Ganga, 254 polluted river stretches too require attention" reports the Times of India, adding that the Water Resources Ministry will be holding a meeting next month to brainstorm on the various issues ailing Indian rivers.

 Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope might be on its way out as doctors are opting to use new technologies like portable ultrasound machines, notes the Times of India.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Retrospective tax is a thing of past, says PM Narendra Modi; India-France sign 16 MoUs | Zee News

Retrospective tax is a thing of past, says PM Narendra Modi; India-France sign 16 MoUs | Zee News


Netaji's files declassification dominates headlines in newspapers this morning, highlighting different aspects. "No conclusive closure of mystery" is the Pioneer headline. The Asian Age says "100 Bose files later, doubt lives". The Hindustan Times reports "Manmohan move to get Bose ashes hit MEA wall' as Ministry was worried it would mean accepting Netaji's death.

"IS suicide bombers aged 12-15 may target PM", Times of India cites intelligence inputs, reporting, the outfit's video of kid fighters sparks alarm. "India wary of IS attacks through Bangladeshi terrorist groups", notes the Hindustan Times. The Asian Age reports "Pak, Russia to hold first ever Army exercise".

The Tribune highlights French President Hollande's visit with a photograph of a replica of the Effel Tower, saying "Chandigarh set to cement French Connection today". The Indian Express in its page One Anchor, reports as part of initiatives to encourage the girl child in a state with the lowest sex ratio in the country, front row Republic Day seats will be given to families of infant girls in Haryana. On the students' stir in Hyderabad University, The  Statesmen reports "Rohith's family spurn relief". "Rohit was not a dalit says his father" writes Pioneer in its capsule story. "Ambedkar backed rethink on quotas" is the lead in the Indian Express, quoting Sumitra Mahajan as saying "we haven't achieved the Society of his dreams".

"Two more rounds of Odd-even; women, bikes may be included" highlights the Hindustan times on its front page. "Delhi to get 2000 new buses by August, luxury service in November" informs the Times of India. The Hindu states,"Luxury buses to wean Delhiites off their cars". And finally, the Times of India reports, the only Hebrew teacher in an Indian University, JNU, is a devout Muslim, who wants to use Hebrew to bring Jews and Muslims closer.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Netaji Files: Government Accepted Decades Ago He Died In 1945 Plane Crash

Netaji Files: Government Accepted Decades Ago He Died In 1945 Plane Crash


    NIA picking up 14 suspects in a terror crackdown and a judicial probe ordered in the Hyderabad suicide are the two stories that dominate headlines this morning.
    "NIA picks up 14 men linked to IS in nationwide raids, foils Paris-style hit" leads The Times of India. "City on alert amid terror arrests" writes Hindustan Times."Delhi on alert after driver of hijacked Pathankot cab killed" notes The Pioneer.
    Commenting on the Hyderabad suicide The Hindu writes "Mother India lost a dear son, says PM as students protest". "Modi grieves Rohit's death" writes The Pioneer. "HRD Ministry to set up judicial commission on suicide" states The Asian Age.
    Writing on the chilly conditions in Delhi, Hindustan Times notes "Delhi's chill and air quality hit season's lowest". The Times of India writes that Delhi experienced it's coldest night of the winter on Friday with the mercury falling to 4.2 degree Centrigrade.
    The Business Line quotes the United Nations as saying that "at 7.3 percent, India will be world's fastest growing large economy this year".
    Referring to the Prime Minister's visit to Varanasi The Pioneer quotes Mr. Modi as saying "Government will ensure empowerment of Divyaang".
    The Asian Age reports that the negotiations on the proposed Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France are "not finalised". French ambassador to India Francois Richier said on Friday, but added he is "hopeful" despite the "complex negotiations.
    The Pioneer reports the French President Francois Hollande will start his India visit from Le Corbusier's city beautiful, Chandigarh. Accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hollande will visit prominent tourist places like Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, and the archaeological excavation site at Arts Museum.
    Why habits are so hard to break has finally been decoded The Asian Age reports that are you one of those who can't stop eating junk food ?. This is because a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, priming us to feed our cravings, a new study has found.
    And finally, typing fast may be killing your writing skills. Well, Hindustan Times reports that the quality of your writing may get better if you typed slower. Researchers from the University of Waterloo say this is because slow-typing allows the brain more time to search for better words.

PM Modi all set to declassify secret files on Netaji on Saturday | Zee News

PM Modi all set to declassify secret files on Netaji on Saturday | Zee News


Student's stir in Hyderabad University is the lead in most papers today.

"Campus battle-lines drawn, students reject decision to revoke suspension" is the Indian Express headline. "University revokes suspension of 4 scholars but cuts net, wi-fi", writes the Times of India. Hindustan Times states, "Smriti's defence attracts more fire."

Hindustan Times quotes police sources as saying the alleged IS module busted in Uttarakhand appears to be a smoke-screen set up by Pakistan ISI to send Indian intelligence agencies on a wild goose chase. Times of India says "Student's FB post on Babri led to online contact by IS."

"India sets agenda for Foreign Secretary talks with Pakistan", reports the Hindu. The Asian Age states "Scheduling difficulties hit FS talks, likely in February".

"Deficient Sunanda sample a cover-up?" asks the Pioneer, the paper reports. FBI confirms poisoning as cause of death, but says low quantity of samples prevented probe into radioactive substances.

Another front page story in the paper reports "Gurdaspur Ex-SP fails lie test, NIA raids office, home."

"Netaji died in air crash" Hindustan Times quotes Subhash Chandra Bose's daughter, shortly before the release of declassified files related to Bose from Saturday, his 119th birth anniversary.

Economic Times quotes RBI Governor Rajan as saying, the current global market turbulence may owe much to central Banks persisting with stimulus programmes for too long.

Indian Express cities a govt survey finding private hospitals have twice the number of Cesarean section deliveries compared to the government sector.

"International airlines woo Indians with discounted tickets" as plunging oil prices, lower operating costs, informs the Times of India.

The Pioneer writes "420 new metro coaches by December to clean Delhi's lungs".

And finally, Mail Today reports "Now solar energy will spin Khadi" by powering Charkhas, as Khadi aims to be the most eco-friendly fabric.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Bengaluru woman techie murder: From friendship on Facebook to strangulation by laptop cord - What all we know | Zee News

Bengaluru woman techie murder: From friendship on Facebook to strangulation by laptop cord - What all we know | Zee News


The terror attack in Pakistan and a foiled bid in India are the lead stories in today's papers. "Terror revisits Pak university," headlines The Pioneer; "Taliban gunmen open fire, 25 die," reports Asian Age; "Oh Pakistan! " laments The Tribune. "Four terrorists held in Roorki" reports the Statesman. "IS comes to India: planned to strike NCR malls, Kumbh" headlines the Times of India. Meanwhile, "Top cop's stolen SUV in Noida, prompting a security alert" reports the Hindustan Times. "Police launched a massive hunt to trace the Tata Safari as well as to catch the culprits."

On the Hyderabad University student' suicide, Asian Age reports, "Opposition trying to instigate all, charges Irani. Not 'dalit vs non-dalit' issue, says HRD mantri. HRD may sack V-C after panel's report." The Indian Express highlights, "Dalit professors threaten to quit, campus tries to lower heat."

"Sensex slides to 20-month low" reports the Financial Express. "Rupee slumps to touch pre-Rajan era level," notes the Hindu.

On CBI's conduct in probing an alleged corruption case against the Delhi Chief Minister's principle secretary, the Statesman reports, "Court boost for Kejriwal".

"Amit Shah set to start his full term as BJP President Sunday after completing the remaining period of Rajnath Singh's term" has been reported by the Indian Express and other dailies.

"Soon your GPS will be desi" says The Pioneer. "With the placement of the fifth navigation satellite in the Earth's lower orbit on Wednesday, India is on the verge of edging out the USA's Global positioning system from its airspace and installing its own navigation system."

"Due to intense cold in the Capital, government schools shut primary wings for next three days. January is turning out to be one long vacation for Delhi's schoolchildren," reports Hindustan Times.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Indian batsmen grasp loss from jaws of victory in extraordinary collapse at Manuka Oval

Indian batsmen grasp loss from jaws of victory in extraordinary collapse at Manuka Oval


The suicide of the Dalit scholar and its aftermath, and the Prime Minister's visit to Assam dominates newspaper headlines this morning.

'Dalit suicide unites opposition', leads the Hindustan Times. 'Netas head for Hyderabad as anger over student's suicide spreads', writes The Times of India.

The Asian Age reports, 'PM raps Congress for its failure to develop North East' adding 'We will show a big heart'.

The Hindu quotes the Minister of state for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh as saying that the Pakistani team probing the Pathankot terror attack will not be allowed into the Airforce station.

Indian Express reports that according to the National Family Health Survey 2015-2016 Infant Mortality has come down and there is improvement in maternal health and immunisation coverage in 13 states.

'Social sector to be key focus of coming Budget, PMO's directive to Niti Aayog', informs The Asian Age.

The Financial Express in its front page reports that the IMF on Tuesday kept unchanged its growth forecasts for India at 7.5% for the next two years, but trimmed projections for global economic growth for 2016 and the year after that by 0.2 percentage point each on 'subdued demand and diminished prospects'.

All the papers take note that China's economy grew 6.9% in 2015, the slowest annual expansion in a quarter of a century.

The Railways will roll out a semi-high speed train (160-200 km/ph) linking New Delhi and Agra on a pilot basis for a year. The Gatiman Express, with 12 coaches, will take 105 minutes informs The Asian Age.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hyderabad university suicide: The phony FIR does disservice to Rohith's memory, just what he didn't want - Firstpost

Hyd university suicide: the phony FIR does disservice to Rohith's memory, just what he didn't want - Firstpost


The Hyderabad student's suicide and its fallout finds place, with photographs, o n the front pages of most dailies. "Union Minister named in suicide FIR" reports The Tribune. "Furore over Dalit scholar's suicide in Hyderabad" says ThePioneer. "CPM demands action against University Vice Chancellor" -- The Statesmen. "2 member HRD probe team sent" notes The Asian Age.

The Hindustan Times in its top story reports,  "8 e-tail firms in FEMA trouble" adding that "multi-brand retail may have violated rules of foreign investment" because "only those e-retailers who manufacture and sell their own products are allowed to accept FDI."

'Match-fixing' volley slams tennis world" (The Pioneer) is the other prominent story today. "16 professional players caught up in scandal in investigation by media organisations" reports The Tribune. "Chennai Open under scanner" mentions The Asian Age.

Papers also note the BCCI imposing a life ban on Ajit Chandila, and the five-year expulsion for batsman Hiken Shah for their roles in match fixing in Cricket.

The Times of India reports "Kejri's PA asked me to get off stage before ink incident" quoting a cop assigned to the Chief Minister's Security. The papers adds "several policemen have said that the CM had on many occasions stopped them from acompanying him."

"Class X rule means only young women elected" is the anchor story in The Indian Express. "New law about the latest eligibility criterion changes political map in Mewat village, which elected India's first all-women Panchayat."

"Crores gone yet Ganga still 'maili' " headlines The Pioneer, noting that the National Green Tribunal pulls up Ministry of  Environment and Forests, the Water Resources Ministry and the UP Government "saying their slogans are contrary to their actions."

And finally, news to ponder over... "World's 62 richest people own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion who form the poorest half says a study by an International Organisation - Oxfam. The rich have grown richer and the poor poorer in the past five years," reports The Hindustan Times.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mobile App Reviews: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee

Mobile App Reviews: WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee


"US lifts sanctions on Iran" is The Hindu headline saying that IAEA confirmed that Tehran had met its commitments to roll back its nuclear program.

"Delhi faces canine crisis" is a front page story in the Hindustan Times with 1 dog bite happening every 6 minutes. There are four lakh street dogs roaming the streets of Delhi according to a conservative estimate.

"Non-IAS babus now eligible for secretary level posts" says The Asian Age headline. Now those belonging to IPS, IRS, IFOS, IIS would also be eligible.

The Goa government's decision to derecognize the coconut palm as a tree to facilitate industrialization as claimed by critics has rattled botanists and environmentalists in the country reports The Pioneer. The Coconut trees are the second line of defence against Tsunami, mangroves being the first it says.

The Business Standard reports that government may defer implementation of 7th pay commission award due to a resource crunch.

Now the Home Ministry will install a laser wall at Indo-Pak border at 40 unfenced streched - any detection will raise a loud siren - to prevent infiltration of terrorists, says The Pioneer on front page.

The Tribune carries a picture of people thronging the last day of the World Book Fair in Delhi yesterday while the Business line carries a picture of Chennai's Marina Beach showing thousand's of people on last day of Pongal festivities.

Delhi metro recycling 8 tonnes of its waste paper/ scheme for skill development and rehabilitation of beggars in pipeline/ Pollution and general civic amenities a big hurdle for start up India/ BSF camel contingent out of Republic day Parade this time/ Madhya Pradesh to host 10 days Jal Mahotsav on 12th Februray at Indra Sagar Dam/ and first flower- a Zinnia grown in space by NASA are some of the stories coverd by Newspaper today.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Suspended Hyderabad varsity research scholar commits suicide

Suspended Hyderabad varsity research scholar commits suicide: The suspension of five Dalit research scholars from the University of Hyderabad took a tragic turn on Sunday when one of them committed suicide.


Prime Minister Modi announcing a string of initiatives to support the country's start-ups makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning. "Modi eases norms for Start-Ups to enter, exit" leads Hindustan Times. "Start-up Indian gets tax breaks, Rs 10,000 crore fund" writes the Asian Age.

Indian Express and Hindu covers the Burkino Faso hotel siege with photographs on the front pages. "Foreigners among 23 killed as al-queda militants storm Burkina Faso hotel" writes the Indian Express.

Not only HIV treatment was made possible globally by Indian generics companies, but now their efforts are about bring down the cost on hepatitis C drug reports Times  of India under the head "Desi generics firms pave way for cheaper hepatitis C drug." It further expects cost could come down from 150 thousand dollar in US to just 200 dollar in India.

Hindustan Times reports that aspirants who flunk thier language test in the UPSC conducted exams for recruitment to premier Civil Services such as the IAS and the IPS can now demand to know how they performed in the other papers.

The Hindu and the Asian Age in an interesting story informs us about what US President Barack Obama carries in his pocket. The Asian Age writes that a statuette of Lord Hanuman is among the few items that Obama carries in his pocket and seeks inspiration from whenever he feels tired or discouraged.

Sunday Business Standard quoting international researchers and researches reports "Yoga improves balance, mobility for old people."

Hindustan Times in a special story writes about how architect Sudipto Ghosh and graphic designer Shimonti Sinha have come up with a first of its kind cognitive DTC route map to make sense of DTC bus routes.

Hindustan Times reports that most tech-savvy Indian travellers consider smartphone to be their single most indispensable item while their plan to travel ahead of toothbrush, deodorant and driving licence, according to a study.

Some good news for girls in Haryana. Well, the Times of India reports for the first time in a decade, Haryana's child sex ratio crossed the 900 mark in December 2015. This is a major jump since 2011 when census figure revealed the state had the worst sex ratio in the country at 834.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Being an entrepreneur is all about doing the impossible: Travis Kalanick | Business Standard News

Being an entrepreneur is all about doing the impossible: Travis Kalanick | Business Standard News


"India, Pak Foreign Secretory talks likely in Jan", is the top headline in The Indian Express. The understanding reached between the Pakistan and Indian foreign secretaries when they spoke on Thursday, was that there was no point in delaying the talks indefinitely, and that a date after January the 20th would be suitable to both countries."

"Kejri says will bring back improved odd-even plan" is the top headline in Hindustan Times. The improved version would include pruning the list of exemptions and adding more buses. Arvind Kejriwal urged Delhites to observe the restrictions voluntarily.

"Congress Boost in Punjab as Badal nephew joins", headlines the Asian Age. Manpreet Singh Badal, estranged nephew of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, formally joined the Congress party on Friday. The paper adds that Capt. Amarinder Singh, Congress Punjab Unit Chief, has virtually emerged as the Chief Ministerial face in next year's Assembly Elections.

The Pioneer tells us that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to create a world record next week in his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi, when he hands over devices and aids like hearing implants, laptops, Tablet PCs, Daisy players, Wheel chairs and smart canes worth eight crore rupees to over eight thousand differently abled persons.

Hindustan Times writes that the government told the Supreme Court on Friday that it was contemplating a law on passive euthanasia in the country. NGO 'Common Cause' has demanded that a person suffering from terminal illness be allowed to make a 'living will' indicating that he or she not be kept on live support in case there is no hope of cure.

And finally, the Times of India informs us that according to a new study by an Indian origin researcher at the Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health - Standing desks in class rooms could make children smarter, as continued use of standing desks was associated with significant improvement in executive function and working memory capabilities.

Friday, January 15, 2016

No one arrested, we are still in business, says Jaish-e-Mohammad

No one arrested, we are still in business, says Jaish-e-Mohammad

Newspapers Headlines

    Deferring of Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan is the lead in all papers this morning.
    "India, Pak agree to reschedule talks" is the Hindustan Times headline. Times of India states "Talks delayed, but on track; India hails Pak action on Jaish-e-Mohammed, says Probe team from across Border Welcome".
    "People dying of pollution; why challenge Odd-Even, asks Supreme Court" is another front page story in the Hindustan Times.
    On the return of cold and foggy conditions in North India, the Tribune reports, "Fog takes hold, chill sets in, 70 trains cancelled".
    On government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Asian Age says "Many in PDP for 'relook' at pact with BJP". The Hindu states "BJP reaches out as PDP sets conditions.
    "Gadkari pledges accident relief via social media; asks people to post photos of road accidents online to save lives" reports the Pioneer on its front page.
    "Selling Tobacco products to Minors will invite 7-year jail" under provisions of the new Juvenile Justice Act, to be notified today, informs the Hindustan Times.
    The Hindu reports, Indian-origin scientists and engineers in the US grew 85% between 2003 and 2013, nearing one million, according to a report by the National Science Foundation.
    "New Chapter to start at IITs with Likely Entry of Foreigners" as HRD Ministry accepts proposal to allow foreign aspirants to sit for entrance exams, and even hold tests abroad.
    And finally, Indian Express in its Page One Anchor reports, Scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute have developed a new high-yield super arhar variety that could well be the answer to India's arhar dal woes.

Ram Madhav takes dig at Aamir Khan, says actor should preach his wife about country's prestige

Ram Madhav takes dig at Aamir Khan, says actor should preach his wife about country's prestige

Newspapers Headlines

    Pakistan detaining Jaish Chief Masood Azhar makes for front page news in almost all the dailies this morning. "Pak detains Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammad office
s sealed" headlines The Tribune. "Pak arrests JeM's Azhar, brother" leads the Asian Age.
    News papers take note of Barack Obama's final state of the union address where he warned that Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West Asia could become safe havens for new terrorist networks. He promised to go after Al-Qaeda and ISIS to keep America and its allies safe.
    Writing on the foreign travel of bureaucrats the Indian Express reports in a new set of instructions "Government clips bureaucrats wings, not more than four visits a year, and each less than five working days".
    The Pioneer reports that clerks who form the backbone of secretarial work in the Central Government may soon carry a corporate tag. As part of key administrative reforms, the Government on Wednesday decided to replace Lower and Upper Division Clereks by tech-savvy and multi-tasking Executive Assistant.
    News papers mention of comedian Kiku Sharda, best known for his drag act as Palak in popular TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil being arrested on Wednesday by the Haryana Police on a complaint alleging he hurt religious sentiments by mocking Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. He was later granted bail in the evening.
    Most news papers also take note of the passing away of Lt. General J.F.R Jacob at 92. He played a critical role in the 1971 war that led to the birth of Bangladesh, and later also served as the Governor of Punjab and Goa.
    The Tribune reports around 41 per cent of India's population is below the age of 20 years, with Muslims having the highest proportion of children and teenagers among all religions, according to the just released census 2011 data.
    The Hindustan Times in an interesting item reports on its front page plus that Ranchi is set to get the world's largest tricolour flying atop the country's tallest flag pole at the Pahari temple. The 293 feet tall flag pole will be 53 feet taller than the Qutub Minar.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pakistan arrests head of JeM militant group over Pathankot air base attack | Reuters

Pakistan arrests head of JeM militant group over Pathankot air base attack | Reuters

Newspapers Headlines

Newspapers present a mixed bag today.

On the investigations into the Pathankot airbase attack, the Hindustan Times says "Pakistan given locations called by Jaish millitants", "but Islamabad seeks harder evidence". Asian Age reports, Chinese aid sought to get UN ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief, Maulana Masood Azhar.

"Supreme Court's stay on Jallikattu stirs protest; Jaya for Ordinance" reports the Pioneer on its front page.

Hindustan Times reports "Retail inflation at 15-month high over rising food prices". The Hindu Business Line leads with "Double whammy : factory output shrinks, inflation inches up" while adding, "China steps up efforts to stabilise Yuan".

Most papers report the death of 45 whales on the Tamil Nadu coast. Hindustan Times terms it as "Tragedy in Tuticorin", detailing them as pilot whales that are led or piloted by a leader. "Pilot misleads whales into deathtrap in Tamil Nadu" is how the Pioneer puts it, reporting, a high tide confused the leader to mislead the whales to the beach.

Indian Express quotes an IIT study, saying "Tandoors, burning of solid waste adding to dirty Delhi air".

Times of India reveals, Delhi achieved the remarkable feat in 2015 of recording the lowest number of fatal accidents in 26 years, but the reasons may not be entirely flattering, posing the question "Jams behind the drop?"

The paper also quotes Census 2011 data, stating "Muslims have largest share of young, but also die early".

And finally, the Hindu reports, a naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy products may be used to kill cancer cells and deadly anti-biotic resistant bacteria, according to researchers at the University of Michigan in the US.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pak army officers involved in attack on Indian mission in Mazar-e-Sharif: Afghan police | Zee News

Pak army officers involved in attack on Indian mission in Mazar-e-Sharif: Afghan police | Zee News


Pakistani news agencies reporting that law enforcement agencies have picked up "some suspects" connected to the Pathankot air base attack, is highlighted by today's newspapers. The Hindu top headline reads "With only 72 hours to go, no clarity on talks with Pakistan". "Foreign Secretary talks set for delay, NSA's may meet first", headlines The Asian Age.

Speaking in New Delhi at an army seminar, Defence Minister Manohar Parikar said yesterday, "Those who harm the country should receive some pain". He asserted this was his opinion and should not be taken as the govt's thinking - reports The Indian Express.

"Supreme Court wants harsher penalty for atrocious child rapes" - reports The Times of India. The Statesman adds - The Supreme Court, which refused to entertain a plea of a woman lawyers body seeking castration of those convicted for raping toddlers, left the issue of tougher punishment for offenders to the legislature, to dwell upon and decide.

"Mehbooba silence adds to uncertainty in Jammu & Kashmir",  headlines Hindustan Times. The meeting with Sonia Gandhi on Jan 7th stoked speculation of a drift in the PDP-BJP alliance and a possible re-alignment in the state. The Asian Age reports that the BJP has put the ball in the PDP's court.

"35 crew members of a US ship get 5 year jail" - reports The Tribune. Rigorous imprisonment has been given to all crew members.

Taking a swipe at religious customs and temple entry restrictions violating women's constitutional rights, the Supreme Court yesterday said - 'no temple nor governing body could bar a woman from entering the Sabrimala Shrine in Kerala', reports the Hindu.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New hope for India-Pak foreign secretary talks

New hope for India-Pak foreign secretary talks: Pakistan agencies arrest 'some suspects' involved in Pathankot terror attack


Political reactions to former UPA Minister Manish Tiwari's recent comments that reports of troop movement towards Delhi in 2012 were indeed true dominate the front pages. The Pioneer writes "Manish Tiwari in soup for sticking to his coup guns : Congress raps its leader, BJP and former Army Chief V K Singh too rebut allegations".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at a book release function via video conferencing is prominently noticed in the press. The Tribune quotes the Prime Minister as saying "Rashtra Dharma is supreme". The Asian Age reports Mr Modi as saying "Spirituality, not communalism is our gift to the world".

All the papers take note of the meeting between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti even as efforts at government formation are underway in Jammu and Kashmir following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. Hinting at possible political realignments, the Hindustan Times reports "Political buzz grows in Valley as Sonia drops in to see Mehbooba".

All the papers keenly track fresh information coming in about the terrorist attack on the Air force base at Pathankot. The Times of India writes "Publicly, Saudi Arabia silent on attack, but quietly gave intel inputs". The Hindu, in a front page exclusive states "Terrorists were minutes away from fighter jets".

Highlighting what would clearly be an embarassment to the Congress in Bihar where its a part of the ruling coalition, the Hindustan Times writes "Bihar government website says Indira Gandhi rule worse than that of the British".

Big changes seem to be in the offing in the field of education. The Hindustan Times writes that the HRD Ministry is to soon set up a National Authority for Testing which will conduct the entrance exam to engineering colleges replacing the JEE.

And what is heartening news on the gender front the Hindu informs us that Telangana has become the first state in the country to make gender education compulsory at the graduate level.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Jammu and Kashmir: Trouble in paradise for BJP? Sonia visits Mehbooba Mufti | Latest News

Jammu and Kashmir: Trouble in paradise for BJP? Sonia visits Mehbooba Mufti | Latest News


US Secretary of state John Kerry speaking to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an apparent effort to nudge him to act against the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror strike is covered prominently by the news papers this morning. The papers also report on Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Pathankot, quoting him as saying "satisfied with operation".

Writing on the Odd-Even scheme in Delhi the Hindustan quotes the AAP government as saying "No plan to extend odd-even trial run for now" "Delhi Government to take a break, final call on odd-even after analysis" writes the Pioneer.

The papers also report of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley as saying "Censor guidelines should be non-discretionary".

The Hindu reports that actor Aamir Khan's exit from the 'Incredible India' campaign has not only set off a controversy after BJP MP Manoj Tiwari questioned his patriotism at a parliamentary panel meeting but also presents a dilemma over who should be his replacement.

The Asian Age reports that a British website, set up to catalogue the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, has released what it claims are eyewitness accounts of the day he was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

Reporting on the perils of "selfie obsession" involving youths the Times of India and Pioneer report of two tragic incidents in Mumbai and Jammu yesterday. An 18 year old girl Tarranum Ansari, taking selfie at sea was swept away in Mumbai. A man Ramesh Walunje saved her friend but he too drowned. Another 20 year old trying to take a selfie fell off a fort in Jammu and Kashmir and died.

Commenting on the forthcoming Republic Day parade the Pioneer writes "Queen-size Republic Day parade king-size celebrations". The papers states that the duration of the Republic Day parade this year will be shorter but the festivities associated with it will continue for two to three days after the event.

The papers also report of Mexico recapturing the world's top drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in a pre-dawn shootout and chase through drains, returning him to the prison he escaped from six months ago.

And finally.., rise in exposure to light may make kids overweight. Hindustan Times writes kids who spend too much time on tablets, mobile phones or the TV are more likely to gain unhealthy weight, not only because of physical inactivity, but also because of increased exposure to light.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pathankot attack: Pressure mounts on Pak to act as Kerry calls Nawaz | world | Hindustan Times

Pathankot attack: Pressure mounts on Pak to act as Kerry calls Nawaz | world | Hindustan Times


Prime Minister Modi's likely visit to Pathankot the High Court's impending assessment on the odd even rule on Delhi roads  on January 11th, and Mehbooba Mufti wanting to take oath post the mourning period of 4 days on her father's death before taking oath as J&K CM are some lead stories in papers today.

"Pak plays Napak tricks again!" opines the Pioneer, writing that the Nawaz Sharif government has ordered a probe into the Pathankot attacks but evidence has failed to find any action on leads given by India.

"BJP panel finds Azad guilty, likely to expel him for indiscipline", writes the Hindustan Times.

"Gas prices may rise, deregulation likely", writes the Asian Age. The paper adds that in a move that may escalate the natural gas prices, the centre is learnt to be seriously considering a proposal to allow its cost to be determined by market forces.

Reporting on the Mega Discovery of Gas Hydrates off the Andhra Coast by ONGC, the Times of India writes that this find could be 4 times bigger than India's Previous No.1 yield, found by Reliance Industries Ltd in 2002.

The Mail Today writes that with the Delhi government scrapping the management quota from the admission criteria in the middle of the ongoing admission session, over 200 private schools have resolved to write to the state government against the decision and may move court, if they are not heeded.

And finally, the Times of India writes that even though previous studies have lauded the number of anti-oxidants in Red wine, in the first overhaul of Alcohol guidelines in 20 years, Britons are now being told that any alcohol is risky and may cause cancer. The paper adds that even an extra glass of wine per day is not good.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa - BBC News

Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa - BBC News


The passing away of J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed - is covered extensively by the Press, with photographs of his coffin being carried amidst thronging crowds in Srinagar.  The Times of India headline reads "Sayeed dead, Daughter to be J&K's first woman Chief Minister" and, "BJP's backing clears path for Mehbooba."

Hindustan Times reports, the Pathankot attack figured in a meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his top aides yesterday, where he was briefed about evidence and leads provided by India regarding the attack. The Times of India gives the phone numbers of contacts in Pakistan, to which calls were made by the attackers after they entered India.

Quoting the World Bank, Hindustan Times writes "India bright spot amid weak global growth". A new World Bank report said - Emerging markets that led the global recovery from the 2007-08 financial crisis are slowing down, with one exception - India, which is being projected to grow at 7.8 per cent in 2016.

"Govt. reaches out to Congress for GST passage", headlines Business Standard, with parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence. However, the Statesman adds - 'The Fresh push for GST makes no headway'.

Mail Today writes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set in motion an exhaustive plan to reboot two of his pet projects - Swachh Bharat Mission and Ganga Rejuvenation,  which have so far not seen much progress on the ground. He told officials - 'Enough is Enough' it's time for real action.

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian actress to win the 'People's Choice Award' for her performance as an FBI recruit on the American show Quantico, reports The Asian Age.

Friday, January 8, 2016

23-year-old Telangana organ donor turns ‘kidney racketeer’

23-year-old Telangana organ donor turns ‘kidney racketeer’


    The High Court asking the Delhi government to consider limiting the odd-even vehicular formula trial to a week, the Delhi government scrapping the Management and all other quotas except the one for Economically weaker sections and the Supreme Court asking the centre to put in place a statutory policy to protect whistle blowers are some lead stories in papers today.
    Referring to the expected drop in pollution levels after the implementation of the odd-even traffic policy, the Pioneer quotes experts as saying that expecting the levels to drop overnight would be 'silly'as there may be existing residues in the air. The paper adds that the reduced traffic would in itself reduce risk of respiratory diseases due to reduced exposure.
    "North Korea claims to have tested hydrogen bomb - defiant bid to show of nuclear powers", writes the Hindu while the Tribune says "Tremors across world as North Korea 'triggers' hydrogen Bomb".
    Probing the Pathankot airbase breach, the Indian Express reports on how the intrusion took place writing "Fence floodlights that did not work, gaps in border patrol, patchy police response".
    In disturbing news for the fight against Cancer, the Tribune writes "Punjab bows, lifts gutkha manufacturing ban", while highlighting the reality that Smokeless tobacco is largely associated with oral cancers.
    And finally, the Times of India reports that according to the World Bank, India would comfortably remain the fastest growing economy in 2016.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

US stocks sink on new China worries, North Korean bomb claim - Chicago Tribune

US stocks sink on new China worries, North Korean bomb claim - Chicago Tribune


Nawaz Sharif calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets top mention in all the papers this morning. "Sharif calls Modi, told to act against airbase attackers" leads Hindustan Times. "Sharif makes peace call, Modi seeks 'prompt, decisive' action" writes The Times of India.

In a related story most of the papers report that defence Minister Manohar Parrikar admitted to some gaps in security that led to the terror attack at Pathankot.

A major sports story hogging headlines this morning is that of a 15-year old wicket keeper batsman Pranav Dhanawade, who became the first batsman in the world to score more than 1000 runs in an innings. He achieved this feat in an under 16 inter school match for Bhandari Trophy at Union Cricket Academy ground in Kalyan, Maharashtra.

The media reports of a man threatening Britain in the latest Islamic State video,  dubbed the "New Jehadi John,"  is  suspected to be Siddhartha Dhar, a British Indian who converted to Islam and moved to Syria in 2014.

Hindustan Times reports that as many as 45 Indians and Indian-origin people have made it to Forbes' annual list of achievers under the age of 30 who are "changing the rules of the game or creating entirely new play-books" across varies fields, up from 11 when the ranking was launched five years ago. The list features 600 entries this year.

The Hindu and The Times of India reports on supreme court's advice to the government on the pollution issue in the national capital. The Times of India quotes the Supreme Court telling the government "don't test Delhi's patience, boost transport". "Is government not a polluter, asks supreme court" writes The Hindu.

The Delhi Special of The Asian Age in an alarming related story reports that over 34 percent of the people who underwent lung test as part of a drive by the Delhi government were found to have impaired lung function.

The Times of India reports that it is the capital's warmest New Year in Nine years with Delhi experiencing a January like none other in recent years. On Tuesday the city recorded a maximum temperature of 26.5 degree centigrade seven notches above normal and the highest recorded in the month since 2008.

And finally, a wide social network means a healthier life. Well, The Hindu writes that the more social ties people have the better their health is during adolescence and the golden years of their lives, says a new study.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pranav Dhanawade admits he set himself target of 1,000 runs after record-breaking innings - Mirror Online

Pranav Dhanawade admits he set himself target of 1,000 runs after record-breaking innings - Mirror Online


The terrorist strike at the Pathankot Air Base and the final push in Combining Operations, remain on the front pages. The Times of India headlines reads "6 terrorists killed, Operation to sanitise Indian Air Force Base starts". The papers adds that the attackers were hiding in a vacant barrack.

The Nation uniting to pay tributes to the security personal killed in the Pathankot terror strike, even as their last rites were being performed, fill the morning papers. The Statesman writes - Breaking the tradition, the daughter of two slain officers gave shoulder to their father's coffin.

"Pakistan promises help to nail JeM attackers," headlines Hindustan Times. Islamabad said on Monday it was working on leads provided by New Delhi on the Pathankot Airbase strike, blamed on the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

"Sensex declines to a 3 months low on China rout", writes The Indian Express. China's equities crashing over 7% on Monday sparked off a rout in key Asian markets and European bourses, with India's Sensex plunging 538 points - to its lowest level in over 3 months.

 "Capital Aces Traffic Test on first Working Day" - "Even Monday Delhivers" - headlines The Times of India. The Odd-Even scheme fared well on Monday, with high compliance by Delhiites and a vigourous crackdown on violaters.

The Financial Express says that the Indian Railways have come out with a 'concept paper' on The Rail Development Authority of India. This new institution is proposed as a five member, independent and quasi judicial body - with key functions.

And finally, The Times of India tells us that "Guests bring home immunity - improving bacteria".  According to researchers at the University of Chicago, every guest entering our homes emits millions of bacterial cells, and germs which help stimulate our immune system - in our often over-sanitized homes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Among Unanswered Questions On Pathankot Attack, Several About A Senior Cop

Among Unanswered Questions On Pathankot Attack, Several About A Senior Cop


The second day of the terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Base, continues to dominate the front pages. "Pathankot operation still on, toll mounts to 7", headlines the Indian Express. Those killed include Lt. Colonel Niranjan Kumar and six other security personnel. The Times of India reports  that two fidayeen led a fresh attack on Sunday, after remaining hidden for more that 17 hrs. The Statesman writes that explosions and firing continued intermittently at night, as security forces killed one of the at least two holed up terrorists.

The Indian Express writes that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has appointed a three member committee to investigate how six Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists succeeded in penetrating the facility, in spite of intelligence warnings that an attack was imminent.

Hindustan Times reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a brain-storming session with key foreign policy advisers, even as the terrorists, allegedly based out of Bahawalpur in Pakistan, exchanged gun fire with security personnel at the air base. India may reschedule proposed foreign secretary levels talks, to give Pakistan time to crack down on the Jaish-e-Mohammad , believed to be behind the Pathankot air base ambush.

Mail Today reports that Intelligence inputs suggest that 2 Jaish-e-Mohammed militants have sneaked into Delhi to carry out high profile attacks.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Alert issued in Mumbai after Pathankot terror attacks | Latest News

Alert issued in Mumbai after Pathankot terror attacks | Latest News


The terror attack on Pathankot Indian Air Force base is covered prominently by all the newspapers this morning. "Punjab airbase attacked, 5 Jaish and 6 securitymen killed in 17 hour battle"states the Times of India. The paper writes that peeved at being bypassed in the latest Modi-Sharif outreach in Lahore, Pakistan army's General headquarters in Rawalpindi may have masterminded the Pathankot attack a section of the Indian security establishment feels. "Jihadi's Chat with mother, Pak handler, chilling phone talk intercepted by Indian intel nails Pathankot killers' Pakistan link." leads the Mail Today.

All the papers this morning report of the passing away of veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan. Bardhan had suffered a paralytic stroke on December 7.

Another story that is covered by all the papers this morning is that  in yet another incident of violence reported from jail vans, a 28 year old prison inmate was allegedly beaten to death by three other under trials while they were being transported from Saket court to Tihar central jail.

Hindustan Times reports that the US authorities have deported around 15 more Telugu speaking Indian students with valid Visas on Friday.

Referring to the second day of the odd-even rules implementation the Times of India writes that there were more violations on the second day with 276 Challaned. 1.8 thousand private buses were not plying and autos were fleecing the passengers.

Hindustan Times reports that Education in India could turn the page to a new chapter with the prime minister's office asking the human resource development ministry to fast-track a plan to set up 10 private autonomous university for research and innovation.

The Asian Age in an inspiring story writes Arunima Sinha, an amputee mountaineer from Uttar Pradesh who had set a record by climbing Mount Everest, has set another record by scaling Mount, Aconcagua in Argentina.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

HC orders Rs 20 lakh each to kin of 24 Hyderabad students swept away in Beas | india | Hindustan Times

HC orders Rs 20 lakh each to kin of 24 Hyd students swept away in Beas | india | Hindustan Times


It was "the warmest New Year's Day in ten years" as reported by the Times of India, newspapers are replete with reports of the odd-even experiment with cars, to battle pollution levels in the capital city.

"Success silences opposition" reports The Asian Age. "Real test on Monday" says Hindustan Times. "Delhi on Day1: The Oddacity of hope" opines The Indian Express. "Not much difference in air quality" mentions The Hindu whereas The Times of India predicts "Phase 2 on cards minus exemptions" for women and two wheelers.

"Delhi Babus go on leave, protesting the suspension of two of their colleagues: CM cries foul" is the lead story  in The Statesman."Benegal will head panel on revamp of censor board" writes The Asian Age, "in a move which could clip the wings of the controversial censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani."

"UGC plans : BSc, MSc course in Yoga"  hoping to cash in on the Prime Ministers push for the ancient discipline and it's growing popularity across the world" reports Hindustan Times.

"Jammu & Kashmir High Court stays order to fly state flag," reports The Tribune. "A larger bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court stayed the single judge bench order allowing the use of both the tricolour as well as the state flag on official buildings and vehicles," says The Asian Age.

And finally, mergers seem to be taking place not just on our Earth but also in deep space. "For the first time ever, Hubble telescope has captured the merging of two galaxies nearly 230 million light-years away from Earth in the Hercules constellation," reports Hindustan Times with pictures.  "Although the 'Galaxy' now appears to have a highly chaotic shape, eventually it will settle down and may not resemble either of the two original Galaxies."

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Parties in Telangana gear up for Hyderabad civic body polls | Business Standard News

Parties in Telangana gear up for Hyderabad civic body polls | Business Standard News


"As the sun rises over the Capital in the New Year, people will be anxiously waiting to see how the Delhi Government's 'odd-even' experiment for decreasing air pollution unfolds", reports Hindustan Times. The Indian Express writes "Happy New Odd, Happy New Even Year.

The Hindu writes that according to report released by the Aryabhatta College yesterday, pollution levels in the Capital will decrease by almost 15%, if the odd-even plan is successfully implemented.

The Asian Age headline reads - "PM to Congress: Take vow on New Year to let Parliament work", for the sake of development. As a New Year gift to the youth and to curb corruption he also announced that starting January 1 2016, there would be no interviews for Central Government jobs in the Class III and IV categories  from today.

A headline in Hindustan Times reads "Soon, Delhi to Meerut in 45 minutes on 14 lane e-way". The Prime Minister yesterday laid the foundation stone for the 74 km Delhi-Meerut Expressway, slated to cost 7,566 crore rupees and which is expected to de-congest roads in the National Capital.

The Hindu writes that besides focusing on the new Capital Amaravati, Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is striving for overall development of the State.

And finally, The Times of India tells us that the thriving Big Cat population in the famous Jim Corbett National Park - might be a show piece for successful conservation, but its tigers and leopards are at great risk from canine diseases.