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.

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