Monday, February 29, 2016

Man kills 14 family members, commits suicide - Livemint

Man kills 14 family members, commits suicide - Livemint


The Opposition parties declaring to bring a Privilege Motion in both houses against HRD Minister Smriti Irani - for having allegedly misled Parliament and the people of the country, is widely noticed by the Press. The Asian Age headline reads "BJP cautions Smriti on Drama" - adding that her high pitched histrionics, rolling of eyes and pointing fingers at members during her dramatic speech in the Lok Sabha on Thursday- did not go down well with the Saffron High Command.

The Times of India reports on the Kanhaiya video that nails top cop Bassi. The Statement of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar before a panel of lawyers appointed by the Supreme Court and captured on camera shows how brazenly he was assaulted, quashing Bassi's statement that there was "mild jostling". Indian Express writes "Video out: Kanhaiya assaulted, breaks down, police duck for cover.

The Hindu reports on the forthcoming Budget - The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to propose in his Budget on Monday, the lowering of the Corporate Tax from 30% to 29%, the first cut in the series planned to bring the rate down over the next four year to 25%.

India out-playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup match held at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday beating Pakistan by five wickets, is also covered extensively. Times of India writes "India Beat Pakistan is low scoring but tense game", to register their second successive win.

Times of India writes the political war over the legacy of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose has heated up, with one of the disclosures in the files stating that Nehru wrote about Bose to then British Prime Minister Clement Attlee - 'Your War Criminal has been allowed to enter Russian territory by Stalin. The Congress has described it a mischievous act to defame Nehru.

And finally, The Times of India informs us that Chinese scientists taking part in the 400 days South Pole research expedition have the luxury of eating at least one fresh vegetable dish every day, grown by them in the special 'growth chamber' on their station in Antarctica.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Earth shattering ticket demand for Indo-Pak tie in World T20 | Latest News

Earth shattering ticket demand for Indo-Pak tie in World T20 | Latest News


The Economic Survey 2016 makes front page news this morning. "Survey is grim but hopeful on economy" leads the Business Line. The paper adds from 7 to 7.5 percent for Financial year 2017 sees nation growing at 8-10 per cent in 2 - 5 years. The paper also quotes the survey as saying "Take away bounties from the rich", Subsidies worth 1 lakh crore rupees which go to the well off can be directed at poor. "India keeps up tempo against all odds" is the lead headline in the Pioneer.

Writing on the Murthal Mass rape, Mail Today writes "Team to probe Murthal Mass rape mystery", "3 Women cop panel will probe Murthal rapes", writes the Times of India. The papers also quotes the state government as saying that the "Jat Stir claimed 30 lives".

"Opposition goes all guns blazing at Irani" headlines the Pioneer. The paper adds that Mayawati, Yechury rap Smriti over claim on Rohit's Facebook post, recitation of sacrilegious posters. All the other major newspapers also carry this story.

The Hindustan Times writes that a week after Washington's proposal to make F-16 and F-18 fighters in India, Delhi will see a string of visits by top US defence officials. The heightened engagement coincides with India's displeasure at the planned US sale of F-16s to Pakistan.

Commenting on the latest on Kanhaiya Kumar the Asian Age writes "Kanhaiya is sent back to Tihar after joint grilling" "Lawyers get Supreme Court notice for thrashing Kanhaiya" informs the Times of India.

Hindustan Times reports that retirement fund body EPFO has tightened the norms on withdrawal of provident fund and its investment in Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana for its over 50 million subscribers. The paper quotes a senior official as saying "Now subscribers wont be able to claim withdrawal of their provident fund after attaining the age of 54. They will have to wait till they are 57."

And finally, our intelligence depends on our brains personality. Well, Hindustan Times reports that our brains have traits too, and these traits present a unique way to examine how they differ between people, a study says. This knowledge can help researchers study subtle differences linked to cognitive abilities, the researchers said.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lower macro-vulnerability, yet survey sees a flat GDP growth | The Financial Express

Lower macro-vulnerability, yet survey sees a flat GDP growth | The Financial Express


The Railway Budget figures prominently on the front pages of all newspapers. "Prabhu retains old fares but sets course for new reforms" says the Hindustan Times. "Customer takes first class seat in Prabhu's plans" reports The Hindu."To propel Railways into future, Prabhu enters engine room; wagon full of goodies" headlines The Economic Times. "Three more freight corridors, cut in goods tariff on its way" highlights The Indian Express. "Delhi Ring Rail to be revived" notes The Pioneer. The Financial Express reports that Prime Minister Modi has hailed the Budget which "caters to all sections of society and showcases  a vision to reorganise and rejuvenate the national transporter with the aim of providing trains with higher speed and safety."

On the ongoing acrimonious debate in Parliament on the JNU issue, Hindustan Times reports, "Jaitley invokes Indira, Rajiv, to turn tables on Congress." "Irani remarks over Goddess Durga sets off uproar, Rajya Sabha adjourned," notes The Asian Age. "Stay out of JNU campus, cops tell Netas in order not to aggravate the situation" adds the paper.

And finally, Times of India reports of Chinese Scientists successfully isolating two ZIKA virus strains. This will assist research into a possible vaccination.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hyderabad suburban transport services to get a further boost

Hyderabad suburban transport services to get a further boost


    The government and the opposition sparring in Parliament on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) crackdown and Rohith Vemula's suicide makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning."Student revolts resonate in Lok Sabha"leads the Pioneer."Government,opposition square off in Lok Sabha over Rohith sucide"is the lead in the Hindu. "Smriti opens like Sehwag, hits opposition for six on Vemula-JNU debate" writes the Mail Today.
    The Pioneer quotes the Delhi Police telling the High Court that "Kanhaiya organised, raised anti-national slogans". Times of India quotes the Police as saying "Kanhaiya behind Afzal event".
    Referring to the Jat stir, Hindustan Times writes, "Hooda's aide Virender faces sedition charge over Jat stir.""Top Hooda aide charged with sedition over Jat stir", informs the Asian Age.
    In a related story, Hindustan Times quotes the Supreme Court as saying "violent agitators must pay".The Tribune writes that the Supreme Court says that it will step in and frame rules, if no measures are taken for property damage.
    The Pioneer reports that in a break from tradition the Centre appointed Rajendra Singh, as Director General of Indian Coast Guard, who will be the first officer from the Maritime Security Agency to be elevated to the top post.
    "Prabhu may unveil new premium trains in Railway Budget", speculates The Times of India.
    The Pioneer reports that barring any last-minute hitches, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in an arms case in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, will be released from Pune Yerwada Jail today after serving five year sentence.
    And finally, if you are a mindful person you can keep glucose levels healthy. Well, the Hindustan Times reports that people who are mindful that is the ability to be aware of one's present thoughts are more likely than others to have healthy glucose levels.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Budget Session: Smriti Irani launches no-holds-barred attack to blunt opposition onslaught | Latest News

Budget Session: Smriti Irani launches no-holds-barred attack to blunt opposition onslaught | Latest News


The JNU row reclaims lead space as papers report the midnight surrender of two students.

"Umar surrenders after High Court refuses relief" is the Pioneer headline. "Government won't back down on JNU, ready for showdown" leads the Times of India, also reporting "Lawyer who beat up reporters faces arrest for cheating and forgery too".

On the fallout of the Jat agitation on water supply to Delhi, the Hindustan Times writes "Dry Daze to last fortnight".

'More stringent anti-corruption act on the anvil', the Hindustan Times quotes President Pranab Mukherjee, in his address to the joint session of Parliament.

The paper also notes "Prime Minister reaches out to opposition, gets assured of smooth run", in a bid to avoid washout of another Parliament session.

Ahead of the Rail Budget, the Financial Express writes of the Railway Minister "Prabhu on track to boost Indian Railways' capex (or plan outlay) by nearly 50%".

"Phased pension hike likely, to meet fiscal deficit target" leads the Business Standard, in the countdown to the Budget.

"Doval and his Pak counterpart Janjua met in Paris after Pathankot attack" reports the Hindustan Times on its front page.

"Invest 2 Billion dollars in India, Stay here and get  Good Things Cheap" is the lead in the Economic Times, as the government mulls residency permits and special rates for big investors.

The Pioneer informs, "WHO asks Governments to stop antibiotics' sale over counters" in a bid to prevent common bacterial infections from becoming untreatable and fatal.

And finally "Rural women becoming decision makers for purchase" the Pioneer quotes a survey, citing buying preferences of female rural consumers based on increasing literacy rate and independence among them.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

JNU Students Umar Khalid, Anirban Accused Of Sedition, Surrender At Midnight

JNU Students Umar Khalid, Anirban Accused Of Sedition, Surrender At Midnight


"JNU Vice Chancellor keeps police waiting outside campus" is The Hindu headline saying once bitten twice shy.

The Tribune carries a picture of gutted and vandalised shops in Rohtak with headline "Remains of the day" and points to a deep caste polarisation after the Jat agitation.

"Sushma hails Nepal government effort on Constitution" says The Pioneer - The Hindustan Times reports that upset Madhesies are contemplating new Nepal blockade in protest against dividing the country into 6 states.

Heart rending pictures of the martyrs of Pampore terrorist operation also dominate the papers today. As captain Pawan Kumar and Captain Tushar Mahajan were given a tearful adieu with full military honors in their respective home towns amidst huge crowds.

"Stone throwing mars Pampore operation" is The Hindustan Times headline - saying that as soilders battled to flush out terrorists from the building, residents chanted slogans for Kashmir's azadi and pelted stones at the soilders.

"ATTUKAL PONGAL" festival in Kerala being celebrated today will be completely green says The Hindu Business Line report. As lakhs of women gather in Kerala, devotees must bring their own steel plate and tumbler to reduce disposable plastic plates and cups. Even 1500 extra workers have been deployed to clean up the area after the  festival.

Painter Sanjeev Dev, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Late mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu will serve as an inspiration to high school students in Andra Pradesh reports The Hindu.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

India caste unrest: Ten million without water in Delhi - BBC News

India caste unrest: Ten million without water in Delhi - BBC News


The Central Government trying to douse the ongoing Jat agitation fire in Haryana, is highlighted by this morning's press. The Asian Age writes "Government blinks, and sets up a panel", under senior Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to examine the demand for quotas for Jats in Central Government jobs. Meanwhile, the 8 day long protest has taken the death toll to 12.

The Pioneer reports - "Two officers and a para commando of the Indian army and a militant died on Sunday as security forces continued their operation to flush out militants holed up in a four story government building in Kashmir's Pampore area. The Statesman reports, protest against anti national activities.

The Times of India quotes Prime Minister Narendra Modi who launched a scathing attack on opposition groups as well as NGO's - "Opposition and NGO's conspiring to topple my government." He said at a farmer's rally in Odisha - "My anti-graft efforts have rattled them".

After a fresh notice to Vodafone - in a 2 billion dollar tax dispute in the middle of the high-profile Make in India week - the government is taking another look at the controversial Retrospective tax Provision to bury it once and for all reports the Economic Times.

The paper also quotes Nitin Gadhkari as saying that the Congress party is isolated on the GST issue and the government is confident of getting it passed in the Rajya Sabha soon.

Business line of the Hindu writes- "The  dawn of online shopping is changing the lives of people in rural areas, with an e-commerce revolution delivering everything from mobile phones to  cow mannure, delivered door to door by the humble bicycle riding postman.

The Pioneer mentions that 5 crore houses will be built for the poor by 2022 under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna with Central and State government support across Chhattisgarh.

And finally, Times of India tells us why the Mysuru model won the 'Cleanest City Crown'. At the crack of dawn civic workers check into the city Waste Management Plant which collects waste from 5,000 households. Wet and dry waste is segregated and after 45 days of treatment, the wet waste turns into compost which farmers pick up regularly. Mysuru residents genuinely care about cleanliness and that is what makes the difference.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Conspiracies being hatched to destabilise govt, defame me: PM | Business Standard News

Conspiracies being hatched to destabilise govt, defame me: PM | Business Standard News


The stir over quota demand by Jats in Haryana makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning."Jat fire engulfs Haryana" leads the Pioneer. "Jat stir shakes India Inc"writes the Business Standard, adding that government assurances fail to cut ice with Jat leaders as agitation intensifies, Maruti halts production at two plants, highways railway lines blocked.

Commenting on the latest on the JNU row the Asian Age writes "lookout notices issued for 3 youths. Cops quiz journalist, lawyer held in court rampage gets bail. "Now police seek Zee's camera, chip for Afzal Guru event footage" writes the Indian Express adding that the video was basis of first FIR in JNU case, Kanhaiya arrest.

Referring to the Pathankot attacks, Hindustan Times in an exclusive story writes that "2 sneaked into Pathankot base 48hrs before attack. As 4 gunmen went on the rampage, the troops had no idea 2 more were hiding in the IAF compound's forested area.

"Stand-off in Kashmir as militants take over government building" headlines the Hindu. "Militants kill 3, gunbattle rages 15 km from Srinagar". "Hostage Crisis averted, Army joins operation" informs the Times of India. "PDP, BJP to take a call on Jammu and Kashmir government formation in a day or two" informs the Hindu.

A major sports story that finds mention in the dailies this morning is that of New Zealand Captain Brendon Mccullum playing his last international match hit the fastest century in Tests, off 54 balls against Australia at Christchurch on Saturday.  And finally, Genes may be influencing ageing. Well, Hindustan Times reports that University of Georgia scientists have found a hormone, GDF11, that is linked to ageing is controlled by genetics.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jat agitation: Five dead in firing in Rohtak and other districts; death toll reaches 6 | Latest News

Jat agitation: Five dead in firing in Rohtak and other districts; death toll reaches 6 | Latest News


The ongoing Jat quota agitation turning violent in Haryana, is highlighted by this morning's Press. "3 killed, shoot-at-sight orders in 2 districts", is the top headline in The Indian Express. "Jat fire singes Haryana, 3 die" is the headline in Hindustan Times. The protest by the Jat community seeks quotas under the OBC category for jobs and education.

The JNU row continues to receive front page coverage. The Asian Age reports that the Supreme Court yesterday transferred the bail plea of JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar to the Delhi High Court" and asked for expeditious action. Mail Today writes "After Sedition, Kanhaiya faces Contempt of Court".

With less than 10 days to go, the Union Budget receives much attention in the Press. The Economic Times writes 'not just Finance Minister Jaitley and his team, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key officials in his office are also closely engaged in the Budget making exercise'. "Working 24X7, Modi puts stamp on Budget" reports the paper. Several papers show Finance Minister Jaitley taking part in the traditional 'Halwa Ceremony', which marks the beginning of printing of Budget documents.

"Pakistan's eye wash! FIR shields Pathankot brains", reports The Pioneer. After weeks of dilly-dallying, Pakistan finally lodged an FIR against unknown persons, but failed to mention names of either the Jaish-e-Mohammad or its chief Masood Azhar.  And finally, the Times of India informs us - new data has revealed that a poor diet - one which contain too much red meat, salt and sugar and too few vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, has shown to be a bigger killer than smoking or alcohol.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Jat quota stir: 3 killed as Haryana violence explodes, shoot at sight orders, finance minister's house set on fire - Firstpost

Jat quota stir: 3 killed as Haryana violence explodes, shoot at sight orders, finance minister's house set on fire - Firstpost


The JNU row continues to dominate headlines. The Hindustan Times headlines "JNU sedition case row reaches Pranab's door". The Asian Age notes "Bar Council vows 'Life ban' on guilty".

"Kanhaiya bypasses trial court and High Court, goes straight to Supreme Court for bail citing threat to life" is the lead in The Times of India. The Indian Express states "Kanhaiya 'sedition' video which went viral, aired on TV, may be doctored".

"JNU fallout to decide Jammu and Kashmir government formation?" asks The Times of India. Hindustan Times writes "PDP team to visit capital".

"National flag to flutter at all Universities now" reports the Hindustan Times, saying the first tricolour atop a 207-feet mast will be unfurled at JNU. "Push for Right Values at Centre Stage; so that there are No Red flags, Universities to raise National Flag" is the Economics Times headline.

The paper also reports "Most Central Universities fail anti-discrimination test" citing the HRD Ministry as saying, extensive violation of regulations have been reported from across universities.

"Government to enable farmers to sell produce at better rate online" covers The Pioneer on its front page, reporting the PM's announcement to launch a digital platform on Ambedkar Jayanti, and pledging to double farmers' income by 2022.

"Moody's in town again, with bagful of positive sentiment" writes the Economic Times, as the ratings agency pegs growth for the next 2 years at 7.5 per cent saying India is relatively insulated.

"CBI questions PNB board members on loans to diamond company, subsidiaries" is a front page story in The Indian Express, in the government's drive to address the huge pile of bad loans and fix accountability.

And finally, Imagine an LED bulb doubling up as an access point for connecting to the Internet! The Hindu reports on the path-breaking technology of 'Light-Fidelity' which uses light as a medium to carry data.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Small Indian company unveils $4 smartphone, website crashes shortly after

Small Indian company unveils $4 smartphone, website crashes shortly after


    Most of the newspapers lead with stories related to the JNU protests. The Hindustan Times headline reads "Lawyers turn lawless again". "Cops give goons a free hand, again" is how the Times of India describes it. The Mail Today lead focusses attention on an undesirable fallout of the row, as auto drivers refuse to go to JNU & landlords ask students to vacate premises.
    The launch of the Rs 251 smartphone also finds in many newspapers, though the Tribune reports that the Indian Cellular Association has raised concerns over the low price and called for a probe.
    The Hindu writes that days after the announcement of the detection of gravitational waves from deep space, the Union Cabinet had "in principle" approved a proposal to have a gravitational wave detector in India.
    The paper also quotes the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as saying that by the year-end, "Private sector will build fighter jets in India" under the Make in India initiative.
    In news that will bring some cheer to those lamenting poor driving habits in India, the Times of India reports that "30% of new driving licence seekers flunk simulator tests", when practical tests were done in Pune using IT and without any human intervention. The paper adds that the applicants start faring much better with training.
    And finally, "Temples, mosques to soon turn into internet hubs with Tata Comm" leads the Hindu Business Line, adding that soon 10000 villages would be connected under this model to offer cheap high speed, broadband quality internet.

JNU issue: Kanhaiya Kumar not beaten up, says Delhi top cop Bassi | The Financial Express

JNU issue: Kanhaiya Kumar not beaten up, says Delhi top cop Bassi | The Financial Express


"Centre says its ready to discuss JNU as row on sedition simmers" is the Hindustan Times headline. Jaitley defends police action against agitating students - Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on Court brawl.

"JNU Student leader given clean chit in police report is the Asian Age headline saying there are questions raised over hurry to book Kanhaiya for sedition.

'Umar' not Kanhaiya, led anti-national protest: FIR is the Times of India headline.

The Jat reservation agitation which began on 14th Feb has spread to Sonepat, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Hissar leading to many roads being blocked makes front page news in The Tribune.

Controversial Biotechnology giant Monsanto will establish a seed unit in DEVLGAON RAJA, Buldhena district of Vidarbha region -- this was disclosed in the Make in India week in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister, says a Business Standard report.

In some good news for Indians farmers, the Financial Express reports the very delicious and popular Basmati rice, has finally got Geographical Indication, a good 7 years after applying.

In a queer news, the many youth of Paniya and KATTUNAIKAR in PALAKKAD marry minor girls as part their tradition and unknowingly land up behind bars an charges of rape, reports the Hindu.

And Some other stories covered by various newspapers are:-

BJP led NDA bagging 7 of 12 seats in 8 states in recent bypolls.

India adding 3,790 mega watt of solar capacity by March 31, 2016.

A 404 carat diamond costing 14 million dollars being found in Angola.

And, Former UN-Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali's death at 93.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Excitement at new cancer treatment

Excitement at new cancer treatment


    The JNU row rages on in the Press.
    "Delhi Professor Geelani held, brawl breaks out over JNU" headlines the Hindustan Times. "JNU students, journalists thrashed by lawyers in court, as cops look on" is the lead in the Times of India. The paper also quotes LeT chief Hafiz Saeed as saying, tweet naming him and supporting JNU protests was from a fake handle.
    "Snapdeal executive stalked for a year before kidnap" is another front page story in the Hindustan Times. The Times of India says of the obsessed stalker, "He made 150 recces, bought 2 autos, then kidnapped her" and also claimed to be inspired by Shah Rukh Khan in the movie 'Darr'.
    "Judicial hierarchy comes under strain" as Madras High Court judge 'stays' Supreme Court order on his transfer; "Supreme Court authorises a freeze on his functions" report the Hindu and the Times of India, in another lead story in most papers.
    "India INC Giants may populate Bank Bureau" as Government is keen to rope in stalwarts like Ratan Tata and Narayan Murthy, leads the Economic Times. Of the biggest intra-day gain in  more than a year at the Sensex, the paper writes "Bears Calm Down After China Allays Currency Fears.
    The Pioneer writes " Domestic investors help Sensex make biggest day-gain in a year".
    "Mysuru and Capital's NDMC area in top 5 of cleanest cities" notes the Hindustan Times, according to an urban development ministry survey, called Swachh Survekshan. Least clean cities include Dhanbad, Ghaziabad and Varanasi, reports the Statesman.
    The Tribune states the Railways has formulated a plan to provide coolies with trolleys similar to ones at airports, at select railway stations with ramps to facilitate trolley movement.
    Climate change may slow down trans-atlantic flights, cites The Tribune of a new study that could have implications on the aviation industry.
    And finally, the Hindu reports, a team at the University of Utah led by an Indian-origin engineer has discovered a new 2D semi-conducting material for electronics that could result in speedier computers and smart phones that consume a lot less power.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

JNU spirit on show again: 'Tej se bolo kahn hain hum? Bharatwasi! Bharatwasi!' - Firstpost

JNU spirit on show again: 'Tej se bolo kahn hain hum? Bharatwasi! Bharatwasi!' - Firstpost


Home Minister Rajnath Singh statement on JNU event has been covered prominently in today's papers. The Hindu quotes the Home Minister as saying "LeT wing backed JNU protest". The Asian Age reports "Rajnath claims Hafiz backed JNU protests".

 All the papers carry photos of the fire that broke out on a stage during a cultural programme at the Make in India week event at Girgaun Chawpatty in Mumbai on Sunday.

On the one year in office of the Aam Aadmi Party Hindustan Times writes "AAP doles out water bonanza on first anniversary in power". "Kejri plans to waive all pending water bills" writes The Asian Age.

"Government to lower stake in PSU banks to 51%" reports The Indian Express. The Asian Age quotes the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as saying "Bank reforms soon, but won't exit banks". The paper also quotes in as saying "Manmohan Singh great only as Finance Minister, not Prime Minister".

"Indian may become US apex court judge" speculates The Hindu. Srikanth Srinivasan is the most probable choice for nomination to the US Supreme Court says the paper. "Person of Indian origin PIO favoured to be judge in US Supreme Court" writes The Times of India.

The Pioneer quotes Prime Minister Modi as saying "World Slipping, India growing. World Bank, IMF lauding our growth as global economy is going through a crisis".

The Hindu in an exclusive story informs that "the National Investigation Agency NIA is to hand over photos of Pathankot attackers to Pakistan".

The Pioneer reports that taking the first step towards gradually reverting to its original role of undertaking counter terror operations the National Security Guard (NSG) has pulled out over 600 commandos from its VVIP security units.

Monday, February 15, 2016

JNU row: Delhi Police begins probe into Hafiz Saeed's alleged fake Twitter handle | Zee News

JNU row: Delhi Police begins probe into Hafiz Saeed's alleged fake Twitter handle | Zee News


The arrest of JNU student leader on sedition charges that snowballed into a political free for all makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning. "Showdown escalates on JNU campus" leads the Hindu. "Neta's of all hues wade in, make JNU theatre of national politics" is the lead in the Times of India. "Sedition arrest later, police want NIA and Special Cell to come in" writes the Indian Express. The paper adds that It's now government verses opposition: Congress left join protests, Centre firm.

Commenting on the Make in India week the Pioneer quotes the Prime Minister as saying "Best time to Make in India." "PM promises easy tax regime" informs the Asian Age. "PM offers deregulation lure to Make in India" reports the Times of India.

Writing on the United States move to sell F-16s to Pakistan, the Hindu writes, "India calls US envoy, protests F-16s sale to Pakistan".

Referring to the deposition of Pakistani American terrorist David Coleman Headley the Statesman reports that Headley was told by his handler Sajid Mir that nothing will happen to Lakhvi. The Hindu quotes Headley as saying "Wanted to 'use' sena man for Mumbai attack".

Writing on the 2016 Tamilnadu assembly elections the Pioneer headlines, "Congress rides piggyback on DMK for Tamilnadu luck". "Marginalised Congress joins DMK front, without terms" is the headline in the Times of India.

"Bank of Baroda posts loss of rupees 3,342 crore" informs the Financial Express. The paper writes that provisions for Non Performing Assets (NPAs) identified by RBI's asset quality review in Quarter-3 Fiscal Year-2016 instead of spreading it over two quarters has ensured the Bank of Baroda's quarterly profits turn into a massive loss in Q-3, Financial Year -16.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bank of Baroda makes entire provision in third quarter, posts Rs.3,342 crore loss

Bank of Baroda makes entire provision in third quarter, posts Rs.3,342 crore loss - The Hindu


The crack down at the Jawaharlal Nehru University setting  off a huge storm for an event held on Tuesday, is extensively covered by the Press. The top Hindu headline reads "Government acts tough, JNU student leader charged with sedition". The arrest followed pro-Afzal Guru slogans on campus.

"No relief from Supreme Court, Sonia and Rahul to face trial", headlines The Indian Express. Stating that it finds no justification in quashing the criminal prosecution of the Congress president and vice president in the National Herald case, the Supreme Court yesterday held that the trial against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi shall proceed, but exempted them from personal appearance.

The Times  of India reports that David Coleman Headley's life as an agent for multiple master's came to the  fore during yesterday's interrogation as he revealed that after the successful completion of the 26/11 attacks with the LeT, he was recruited by the Al-Qaeda in a bid to strike terror in Delhi, the main target being Delhi's National Defence College - due to it being a high value target with presence of senior officers.

"PDP, BJP relenting", reports Hindustan Times. Nearly a month after Governor's rule was imposed in J & K, signs of thaw are emerging between the People's Democratic Party and the BJP, with both parties ready to climb down from their hardened position.

Quoting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, The Pioneer writes - 'Don't panic, keep faith in our robust economy.' He assured investors to keep faith in the inherent strength of the Indian economy, rather than getting swayed by the global head winds.

"A slice of Darjeeling's heritage lost to fire" - reports Hindustan Times. A devastating fire gutted a part of the hundred year old DOW HILL School in Kurseong.

And finally, The Times of India reports that globally the effects of El Nino on deep sea organisms such as coral reefs have already begun. Scientists are anticipating that an unprecedented mass coral bleaching could take place this summer, which would most likely cause huge damage to coral reefs.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Police crackdown at JNU, student leader held on sedition charges

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Today's Newspapers Headlines

Siachen hero losing his battle for life, Headley's revelations on Ishrat Jahan, Odd Even scheme to return and plunging markets are major stories in the papers today.

"Farewell Siachen braveheart"  writes the Asian Age on the passing away of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The Pioneer says "Intrepid fighter leaves nation in mourning".

" A century on, Einstein proven right; Scientists spot elusive space time ripples" is the lead in the Hindu. The Times of India states gravity makes waves in discovery of the century which could shed light on the Big Bang itself.

"Sparks fly after Headley repeats Ishrat - LeT Link" leads the Indian Express. The Asian Age writes "Headley says Ishrat was 'LeT operative', kin see conspiracy.

The Hindustan Times quotes former Pak President Pervez Mussarraf as saying in an interview "ISI trains LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist".

In a suden reversal of stand, defence forces have been allowed by the government to procure Jammers for operational use, reports the Asian Age.

Hindustan Times quotes RBI governor Raghuram Rajan as saying "Deep surgery is needed to sort out Banks". "Banks will be restored to health", The Financial Express cites him. Financial Express also notes "Warning imbalances bank below India's high growth".

Modi Government aims to make 3,000 websites friendly for the disabled within the next two years, informs the Pioneer.

D - street carnage wipes out 3 lakh crore rupees" headlines the Pioneer. The Hindu Business Line leads with " tottering banks send Nifty reeling below 7,000".

And Finally The Hindu Business Line reports of a new study that finds a fish oil based diet that may help combat Alzheimers disease.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves From Violent Black-Hole Merger

Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves From Violent Black-Hole Merger

Newspapers Headlines

    Concern over the Siachen Hero's worsening health yesterday, is covered predominantly by the Press. The Indian Express reports that the health condition of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa deteriorated on Wednesday despite aggressive therapy and supporting care at the capital's Research & Referral Hospital. "In coma, Siachen survivor soldiers on", writes the Times of India.
    Fresh trouble brewing for RK Pachauri, Executive Vice Chairman of The Energy Research Institute, TERI, is also covered extensively by the Press. The Hindu writes - a former woman staffer has came out with a detailed statement of harassment she allegedly suffered at his hands while working under him in 2003.
    "Aadhaar beneficiaries to cross the billion mark", writes Hindustan Times. Also noting that the real test for the government is to get the bill passed in Parliament's Budget session.
    Times of India in its lead story quotes Kejriwal as saying 'CBI called and threatened 77 of my officials', adding that "Delhi government's work is being hampered.
    "The Jawaharlal Nehru University administration has ordered a disciplinary inquiry into an event organised by some students on Afzal Guru's third death anniversary on February the 9th.
    "Road to improvement may come via Abu Dhabi", headlines the Economic Times. Abu Dhabi has expressed interest in taking up 50 highway projects in India on a toll-operate-transfer basis, at a value of total investment of 35,000 crore rupees.
    The Pioneer reports that the polluted Ganga river may find its saviour in an unmanned water surface vehicle called 'Ro-Boat' that is capable of detecting, collecting and eliminating all kinds of trash, including chemical effluents and floating waste.
    And to close today's press review on a cheerful note - Roses named after iconic personalities like Mother Teresa, Queen Elizibeth II and John F Kennedy are set to welcome lakhs of visitors to the sprawling Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan, reports The Asian Age. The Mughal Gardens will be thrown open to the Public on Friday and will remain open till March the 19th.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Siachen survivor Hanumanthappa remains critical: Army - The Hindu

Siachen survivor Hanumanthappa remains critical: Army - The Hindu


The brave survivor from Siachen and revelations by David Headley dominate the headlines this morning. "Miracle at 20,000 feet ! Nation prays for Siachen survivor" is the lead in the Pioneer. Times of India states "35 feet under snow for 5 days, air pocket kept him alive". Mail Today reveals "Siachen's lone survivor is a yoga expert".

"ISI told me to get spies from Indian Army" the Pioneer quotes  David Headley. The Hindu notes him as saying he was "Not paid by ISI or LeT", also reporting, the US has provided NIA with details of the phone used by him to videograph key targets.

"Maharashtra bats for women's rights in Haji Ali shrine" covers the Pioneer on its front page, saying, the government told the High Court, that the Board must prove the ban on entry into the Sanctum Sanctorum was part of religious practice in Islam.

"Builders aren't gods" quotes the Hindustan Times of a Delhi court saying, builders cannot demand hidden charges and are liable to pay compensation for delaying delivery of property. "Telcos rejig tariff plans to comply with TRAI order" notes the Hindu Business Line, adding, mobile bills to go up as 30-40 plans may be withdrawn. Economic Times reports, "Telcos may find a way around Ban" by offering their own apps through intranets at lower cost or even free.

Times of India reports "Bad Loans push three government banks into red". Indian Express writes "Facts dispute claims by banks: write-off gallops, recovery crawls". "Starved for cash, Railway Minister may hike fares in budget this year" informs Hindustan Times. On a more positive note, the Asian Age mentions " Rail passengers can now give 'ratings' to stations", a likely initiative in the coming Rail Budget to unleash competition and instill accountability.

T20 cup in march may not have Pakistan team " as Pak board wants neutral venues but ICC has no such plans, reports the Hindustan Times. And finally, the Hindu Business Line reveals, according the new research, certain drugs, currently used to treat heart diseases may be effective in the treatment of cancer.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Air pockets may have kept Hanumanthappa alive - The Hindu

Air pockets may have kept Hanumanthappa alive - The Hindu


The video testimony of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning.The Hindu quotes Headley as saying "Mumbai attackers made two earlier attempts"."Headley testifies on LeT's 26/11 plot, details ISI role" is the lead headline in The Asian Age. The paper also quote Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju as saying "Ambiguity ends on Pakistan role".

Writing on the telecom regulator TRAI's move The Economic Times leads "Trai Bans Zero Rating, Takes Big Step to keep Neutrality Flag Flying". "TRAI backs Net Neutrality, rules against differential rates" writes The Hindu adding that the "regulators order is a blow to Facebook's free basic and Airtel zero".

All the papers take note of the GDP set to grow by 7.6 percent in 2015-2016. "At 7.6 percent GDP is going to the sweet 16" writes The Economics Times. "At 7.6 percent GDP is set for 5-year high" informs The Asian Age.

Commenting on the strike by MCD workers The Pioneer writes "Sanitation workers divided over ending strike" adding, "Majority section suspends protest till next hearing on Wednesday".

The passing away of renowned poet and lyricist Nida Fazli who enthralled several generations with his soul-stirring compositions at the age of 78 due to heart failure has been reported by news papers.

The Times of India reports that former chief of TERI, R K Pachauri has been appointed executive vice-chairman of the organisation despite an ongoing inquiry in a sexual harassment case against him.

Referring to the Ryan school case The Hindu writes that the Delhi government on Monday referred to the CBI the case of 6-year old Divyansh, who was found drowned in the water tank of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj.

 finally, Some good news for seafood lovers. Hindustan Times writes, A team of researchers has found that fish oil transforms fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells, which may reduce weight gain in middle age.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Regulator chains Free Basics | Business Standard News

Regulator chains Free Basics | Business Standard News


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments at the inauguration of an oil refinery in Paradip in Odisha are prominently noticed in the press. "PM slams culture of delays : Criticises previous UPA govt for not ensuring completion of projects on time" reports the Indian Express.

The murder of a final year Delhi University student in the national capital is widely noticed in the papers. The Times of India writes "Boyfriend strangles DU girl, hides body in shaft at home". The Pioneer notes, "Lover kills DU student on Tuesday, marries another on Thursday, held on Sunday".

Most papers report that the government is seeking to change the present system of probing complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The Times of India observes "After NJAC, govt. seeks oversight panel for judges : Law minister proposed to be 1 of 3 members".

The Indian Express highlights the reply to an RTI query it had filed. Under the caption "1.14 Lakh crores : The great government bank write-off", the paper writes that 29 state owned banks wrote off a total of 1.14 lakh crore of bad debts between financial years 2013 and 2015. The paper adds that this is more than the write-off of bad debts in the previous nine years.

Most papers take note of the set of "Frequently Asked Questions" or FAQ released by the Congress party on its website in connection with the National Herald case. The Statesman writes "Herald Case : Congress posts facts ; dismisses BJP charges that Gandhi's benefited financially from Young Indian".

The Times of India in a special front page story reports "Election years see 30% rise in number of Padma Shri awards". The paper adds that this holds true across governments of different political persuasion.

a sign of the strength of the research culture in India's public research institutions. The Times of India reports "Indian Agricultural Research Institute releases 7 new varieties of crops ; Resilient to several Pests and insects".

Monday, February 8, 2016

How TRS captured Hyderabad (News Analysis)

How TRS captured Hyderabad (News Analysis) 

    Newspapers carry different stories on their front pages this morning. "Jaitley asks states to raise Infra outlay." headlines the Hindu. The paper adds that he wants them to hike public investments to spur the economy. Caste row stirs Irani into action"leads Hindustan Times. The paper writes that the HRD ministry is to discuss bias in central universities with 46 vice chancellors.

    Reporting on the International Fleet  Review the Pioneer quotes the President Pranab Mukherjee as saying "Participation shows loyalty to India." Writing on the Medical Council of India recommendation the Indian Express headlines, "Health Ministry clears common test for admission into medical Colleges." Adding that "the health ministry has prepared a draft cabinet note to be circulated among the ministries."

    Indian Express reports that the Congress asked the Election Commission to refer to the CBI the alleged financial deals in the  Antagarh bypolls in Chhattisgarh and asks Ajit Jogi to explain. The Times of India in a front page story writes that the "Metro travel from Gurgaon to Noida is to take up to 30 minutes less time by year-end. Interchange stations to go up from 9 to 27."  Commenting on the Ryan School death, the Hindu writes "Ryan boy's parents allege sexual assault." , "Father for CBI probe into sodomy, murder." writes the Pioneer.

    On the IPL auctions the Financial Express headlines "Pawan Negi star of IPL auction, Watson costliest." The paper adds that a total of 132 players were bought, Indian players were more sought after.  In a related story, Hindustan Times and The Asian Age on their front pages report of a factory worker's son Nathu Singh bagging the 3.2 crore rupees IPL purse." And finally, Hindustan Times reports that Nations producing less greenhouse gases are most vulnerable to climate change, University of Queensland has found. These are African and small island nations that are also the least developed.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang dies in Delhi | Business Standard News

Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang dies in Delhi | Business Standard News


The Times of India reports that the second phase of the odd-and-even scheme for vehicles in Delhi could be announced as early as next week. The Delhi government had  sought its citizen's opinions on bringing back the scheme and the paper quotes a source as saying that "majority of respondents have voted for the return of the scheme on a permanent basis".

"Nuke power boost gets a step closer as India ratifies global pact on accident liability" reports the Financial Express.  The paper however adds, that doubts persisted among some suppliers, as India is still reluctant to change the legal provision, that makes suppliers also potentially liable for mishaps.

The Business Standard reports that the Prime Minister is set to launch two mega rural schemes - Rurban mission and Housing for All - to provide urban amenities in village clusters and housing for all, just before the upcoming Budget. Both the schemes are expected to get higher allocations in the upcoming general budget, the paper adds.

"Govt slams labs for Zika bluff" headlines the Mail Today. The paper reports that the Union Health Ministry had pulled up private players who had made announcements regarding test kits for the deadly virus and said that they cannot cash in on a public health emergency.

"In U-turn, Kerala for ban on women's entry in Sabarimala", headlines the Pioneer. The paper reports that the state government retracted from its earlier affidavit and had chosen to go with religious heads by backing the restriction on worship at the holy shrine by women between the age of 10 and 50 years.

The Hindustan Times reckons that "You could soon choose not to pay for food on premium trains" like Rajdhani and Shatabdi. The paper says, the railway minister may delink passenger fares from catering costs in his upcoming budget speech.

And finally, the Indian Express reports an amazing tale of turnaround from Khagaria, Bihar.  21 year old Vaatsalya Chauhan, an IIT Kharagpur student, whose father is a small time welder in Khagaria, has just landed a Rs 1.2 crore job with tech giant Microsoft.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

GHMC election results: TRS scores landslide win; TDP-BJP wiped out | Zee News

GHMC election results: TRS scores landslide win; TDP-BJP wiped out | Zee News


The Supreme Court direction to implement the Lodha Panel report and the follow-up after the attack on the Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru are lead stories in papers today.

Supreme Court telling BCCI to implement the Lodha Committee reforms is covered by most papers. "No 2nd innings for you, fall in line on reforms", Times of India quotes the Supreme Court. Indian Express notes "Board stunned, wants more time".

The Asian Age asks " 'Big Three' to lose ICC privileges?" referring to the executive clout and financial power that India, Australia and England exercised in the body, after its Shashank Manohar - led board recommended a complete overhaul of the current power structure.

On the outrage over the Bengaluru attack, Hindustan Times writes "Tanzania envoy in Centre's team for Bengaluru probe".

"Hopes of early Jammu and Kashmir Government dimming" reports the Pioneer on the prevailing uncertainty in the state.

"GST 12-14 percent forecast.

And finally, the Indian Express, in a front page story notes, in a rare tribute, a Kerala may be delayed further as parties get poll - ready" leads The Business Standard, also noting "Nasscom lowers FY17 growth outlook" to 10-12 percent from the temple stopped Pujas for 2 days this week, to mourn a Muslim man, a member of the executive committee of its annual festival, who was beaten to death.

Friday, February 5, 2016

10 Armymen trapped in Siachen avalanche feared dead - Rising Kashmir

10 Armymen trapped in Siachen avalanche feared dead - Rising Kashmir


"IAF issues shoot-at-sight orders in frontline bases" following the Pakistani terror attack on Pathankot airbase in January is the lead story in Hindustan Times and other newspapers today. "Smart fences to secure 54 IAF bases," reports The Pioneer. "Attack probe: India in touch with Pakistan," headlines The Statesman. "Name and Shame perpetrators, supporters of terrorism: Foreign Secretary" says the Indian Express. The Asian Age notes, "Stalled  Foreign Secretary talks delay plan to hike LoC trade". The Hindu in a related story reports, "IS threat: Maharastra rolls out de-radicalisation plan."

A mob of Bengalure locals allegedly stripping and attacking a Tanzanian girl is reported on the front page of The Times of India--'B'luru mob 'strips' Tanzanian girl'

The Aam Aadmi Party's bid to bring the capital city's civic strike to an end is noted in all dailies. "Arvind Kejriwal waves white flag at MCD," reports Mail Today. "Kejri's 550-crore-rupee loan fails to end city's civic strike," notes Hindustan Times; "Workers to continue stir," -- the Statesman. "CM alleges BJP aims to impose President's rule" reports the Asian Age.

"Indian firm develops 'Worlds first' Zika virus vaccine," notes The Tribune. Hyderabad- based "Vaccines manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, announced a breakthrough in the development of the Zika vaccine" reports the Hindu.

And finally, it's back to Indianness and Indian ways. "Thali and Kulhad Chai debut on Air India menu" reports the Times of India.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Zika virus infection 'through sex' reported in US - BBC News

Zika virus infection 'through sex' reported in US - BBC News


The Supreme Court agreeing to re-examine a colonial era law that criminalises homosexual acts and referring the matter to a five judge bench makes for front page news this morning. "Supreme Court holds out hope, will hear final plea to legalise gay sex" leads The Times of India. "Constitution bench to rule on gay rights" writes The Tribune.

Writing on the contest for the US presidential elections Hindustan Times headlines "Donald trumped, Ted cruises as Hillary sneaks past Bernie."  "Hillary scrapes through narrowly, Sanders calls it a tie. Ted Cruz trounces trump in lowa." writes the Asian Age.

Commenting on the prolonged Jammu and Kashmir stalemate the Indian Express writes "Mehbooba breaks her silence" and quotes her as saying "Confidence Building Measures for Jammu and Kashmir must to form government."  "Mehbooba sets terms, BJP asks PDP to act first." is the lead headline in the Statesman.

Referring to the Pathankot attack the Times of India writes  "NIA's Pathankot probe points to an enemy within. Wire atop 10 feet wall at Airbase cut from inside."

Hindustan Times in a front page exclusive story reports that US aviation giant Boeing is in conversation to make the Super Hornet fighter jet in India as part of its strategy to invest billions of dollars in the country. This move will give a big boost to the governments signature Make in India initiative.

All the papers take note that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)  on Tuesday kept its policy rates unchanged choosing instead to wait for signs of expenditure control and structural reforms in the coming Budget.

The Asian Age reports that Google-parent Alphabet snatched Apple's crown late on Monday as the world's most valuable firm based on the value of shares that leapt with better-than-expected earnings.

The Pioneer in its bottom spread reports that Underworld don and 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim has appeared on the UK Treasury department's consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK updated on January 27 with four recorded addresses in Pakistan all in Karachi.

The Times of India in an interesting story reports that Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh is in the news for the right reasons. All the top posts here from DM to SP are held by women. On social media there is talk that Unnao is truly and safely in the hands of women.

And finally, WhatsApp now has a billion users globally. Well, Hindustan Times reports that Mobile messaging app WhatsApp said it has crossed the one billion user milestone globally.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TRS facing acid test in Hyderabad civic polls | Business Line

TRS facing acid test in Hyderabad civic polls | Business Line


Papers cover a wide variety of stories this morning with government formation in Jammu and Kashmir getting major attention.

"PDP keeps BJP waiting, Governor summons both" is the Hindustan Times headline. The Indian Express leads with "PDP signals a phone call from Delhi may bring back alliance".

"In U-turn, government may make sex test mandatory to fight foeticide" is the lead in the Times of India. The Hindu and Hindustan Times quote Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi as saying "Let's register sex of foetus" and then track which pregnancies are carried to full term.

"Why Gujarat ignoring Food Act, isn't it India's part" quotes the Tribune of the Supreme Court slamming the Gujarat government for not implementing the National Food Security Act meant for helping people living below the poverty line.

Hindustan Times writes "NDA government hails UPA's pet initiative for rural jobs" saying MNREGA, a cause of national pride and celebration.

"Pathankot leads: Ample is not sufficient for Pak" observes the Pioneer.

With Zika virus fast spreading its wings, all international airports in India may screen passengers coming from affected countries for the virus, reports the Asian Age.

"Government ropes in 8 ministries for better coordination to clean up Ganga, with IITs to help develop pilot projects, notes the Times of India.

"NDA government takes e-tail route to push LED drive" to people's doorstep, by making the energy-efficient bulbs available with a few clicks of the mouse, informs the Times of India.

"Government cracks whip on shaadi sites" reports the Times of India, as it plans to make matrimonial sites responsible for obscene material or misuse of their platform for dating.

And finally, The Indian Express in its page one anchor, reports "Unnao boy writes to PM about long route to school, he steps in" asking the Railway Ministry to make arrangement for a railway crossing over the railway tracks near his home.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hyderabad civic body polls to take place on Tuesday | Latest News

Hyderabad civic body polls to take place on Tuesday | Latest News


The uncertainty growing over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is extensively covered by newspapers. The Indian Express writes - PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti broke her silence on the alliance with the BJP, saying if the government is to be formed, the Center has to address core political and economic issues.

In his programme Mann Ki Baat, PM Narendra Modi said yesterday that awareness and the significance of the recently announced "Crop Insurance Scheme" should be spread nation-wide.

"A woman can be Karta of a family, rules High Court" is The Times of India's top headline.

"US considers re-merger of India, Pakistan Desks", headlines The Hindu. Seven years after the US State Department was restructured to 'de-hyphenate' US relation with India and Pakistan, it is considering a reversal of this move - which had enabled the US to build closer military and strategic ties with India.

The Income Tax department has brought nearly 12 lakh additional tax payer into the tax net, reports The Times of India.

And finally, Hindustan Times writes - "Water returns to three parched South Delhi Baolis". Dry for fifteen years, water has surprisingly returned to three old Step-Well's or Baolis in Mehraulli area, in an indication that the depleting ground water table may be going up.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Andhra Pradesh: Kapu quota stir turns violent; CM assures of commitment to providing reservation to community | Latest News

Andhra Pradesh: Kapu quota stir turns violent; CM assures of commitment to providing reservation to community | Latest News


Newspapers report the ongoing strike by civic workers in Delhi. "MCD crises: AAP, BJP cross swords" reports The Asian Age. The Hindustan Times calls it an "MCD-AAP slugfest". "Civic workers on dumping binge, PWD lifts garbage," says The Pioneer. "Doctors-Nurses join civic workers strike" highlights The Statesman.

The Congress Vice President's one-day fast in Hyderabad University is noticed in all dailies. "Political bickering begins" says The Hindustan Times. "BJP accuses him of cashing in on suicide" reports The Pioneer; "calls it farce" highlights The Tribune. "Sushma says Rohit was not a Dalit" headlines The Indian Express. The Hindu notes "Rahul sees Gandhi parallel in Rohith Vemula's death."

"Sharif admits Pathankot hit talks, pledges to uproot terror" headlines The Times of India. "Will find out if Pak soil was used," notes The Indian Express. "Pathankot report to be made public" The Asian Age reports Sharif's promise.

The unfortunate death of a 6-year-old boy in a Delhi school finds prominence in today's newspapers. "Class 1 student drowns in school water tank" says The Hindu. "Mystery shrouds death" reports The Pioneer.

As we enter the budget month tomorrow, "No populist budget, hints Jaitley", reports The Tribune. "Finance Minister says government won't pursue retrospective tax claims"-- Asian Age. "No new trains likely in Rail Budget, again" headlines The Asian Age and adds, "Budget session likely from February 23".

Angelique Kerber's stunning win against Serena Williams in the Australian Open is featured with photographs on all front pages. The win is a German's first after 17 years thwarted Serena Williams' bid to equal Stefi Graff's Open-era record Grand Slam titles.