Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kolkata flyover tragedy: Death toll rises to 21, around 150 people still trapped under debris

Kolkata flyover tragedy: Death toll rises to 21, around 150 people still trapped under debris


    The latest on the situation in Uttarakhand is one of the top stories in the papers this morning. "Uttarakhand High Court freezes Rawat's floor test" leads Hindustan Times. Writing on the suspense in Dehradun the Indian Express writes "Court stays floor test,both hold their horses". The paper writes that"final hearing on Rawat plea on April 6, BJP, Congress try to keep MLA flocks intact."
    The other major story this morning is that of the embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya."Mallya ups Kingfisher's loan settlement offer to 4,000crore rupees" states the Financial Express. The Business Line adds, "Apex court asks lenders to respond within a week."
    Writing on the Prime Minister's three nation tour the Tribune writes "India, Belgium to work on disrupting terror network."Modi deepens blood ties with bereaved Brussels", headlines the Pioneer.
    On the Pathankot terror attack case the Asian Age writes "NIA asks Pakistan for voice samples of JeM chief". "Now, India seeks access to JeM chief in quid pro quo diplomacy" writes the Pioneer.
    The Indian Express quotes Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump as saying "Nuclear-armed Pakistan is very vital problem".
    Asian Age, Times of India and the Pioneer report on the front pages that the Bombay High Court backs entry of women in temples.
    The Hindu reports new jobs in eight labour-intensive industries fell to six-year low in the first nine months of 2015 - with just 1.55 lakh new jobs being created compared to over three lakh jobs over the same period in 2013 and 2014, according to Labour Bureau data.
    "Rajnath will 'seal' Bangla border to halt all infiltration" informs the Asian Age.
    Commenting on Tatas Steel exit mode from the UK the Economic Times writes "Amid global storm, Tatas Steel for return from UK. "Tata says bye-bye to Corus in Britain"informs the Times of India."
    And finally, Uncertainty is a stress producer. Well, Hindustan Times reports that a new study has found uncertainty creates more stress than knowing for sure something unpleasant is about to happen. The researchers said this is the first time the effect of uncertainty on stress has been quantified, but the concept is not new.

England's defeat of New Zealand was the best one-day performance I have seen from us in the last 25 years

England's defeat of New Zealand was the best one-day performance I have seen from us in the last 25 years 


    The Uttarakhand floor-test is the lead in most papers today.
    "High Court orders floor test, allows disqualified MLAs to take part" is the Hindu headline. "Centre versus state now Court versus Centre" is the lead in the Indian Express. "NDA government to challenge order on trust vote" before a division bench of the High Court, reports the Times of India.
    "Jaish audio clip on Pathankot attack played to Pakistan Probe Team" writes the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express states "Arriving to protests, Pakistan investigators retrace route terrorists took to airbase".
    The paper also notes, an IS recruit, arrested by the NIA in January, "tells probe team he threw explosives in Delhi drain", as he panicked at the last moment.
    On the hijack drama, the Pioneer says "Love not terror led to Egyptian plane hijack". The Hindustan Times calls it "Plane crazy: Man held for Egypt Air hijack over ex-wife".
    "Centre allows 100 percent FDI in online marts" with the rider that they cannot influence pricing, informs the Financial Express. The Economic Times says, offline rivals claim victory with riders such as the discount clause.
    "86 Sahara properties to go under hammer" reports the Pioneer. The Times of India states, "Supreme Court asks SEBI to sell Sahara assets to raise 5,000 cr. rupees for Roy's bail".
    Financial Express notes "Mallya offers 2,000 crore rupees to settle all Kingfisher loans". Economic Times reports "Kingfisher Logo put on Block" with base price fixed at 366.7 crore rupees.
    "Inoperative EPF accounts to earn interest now" reports the Hindu and the Hindustan Times, a move that will benefit 90 million account holders.
    "Virat, India top ICC rankings" notes the Asian Age as Virat Kohli became the top-ranked batsman, while team India retained the top spot in the team list.
    And finally, the Hindu reports, renowned playback singer, P Susheela has been recognised by both the Guinness World Records and Asia Book of Records for recording the most number of songs in Indian languages.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

HC orders floor test in Uttarakhand on March 31, Centre to challenge order

HC orders floor test in Uttarakhand on March 31, Centre to challenge order


    The AAP government's second budget is one of the top stories in the dailies this morning."AAP government cut taxes, plans big spend on education, transport" headlines the Times of India."Lion's share for health,education in city budget"states the Pioneer.
    Referring to the latest on the situation in Uttarakhand, Hindustan Times writes "Uttarakhand row reaches High Court,Rawat parades MLAs"."Uttarakhand Chief Minister moves court on President rule."informs the Asian Age adding "Congress, others say Centre's order flouts top court edict".
    Writing on the Pathankot terror attack the Indian Express writes "Pakistan probe team heads to Pathankot today, political storm erupts in Delhi."The Times of India quotes the Union ministry of home affairs as saying "Jihadis may target Pakistan probe team."
    The National Film Awards also finds mention in all the dailies."Big B gets fourth, Kangana third national award"writes the Tribune. "Bollywood rules: Top acting honours for Big B,Kangana."writes the Asian Age.
    "Haryana Cabinet approves Jat quota Bill", writes the Hindu. "Khattar Cabinet clears quota Bill for Jats, four more communities", informs the Pioneer. The paper writes that "Sikhs, Bishnois, Rors and Tyagis also to benefit from reservation in government jobs."
    The Times of India quotes RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as saying that "chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai should not be forced on people."
    The Hindu reports that Indian Citizens in distress will soon be able to get help using a single number, '112' for all emergency services in the country, including the police, fire brigade and ambulance.
    And finally, the Times of India reports that you may soon able to dial landline or mobile phone numbers from popular internet apps such as Skype, Whatsapp or Viber, following clearance for inter-connect agreement between internet service providers and telecom operators by an interministerial panel of the government.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

India star Virat Kohli and England striker Harry Kane praise each other on Twitter after match-winning displays over Easter

India star Virat Kohli and England striker Harry Kane praise each other on Twitter after match-winning displays over Easter


    An incredible Virat Kohli taking India to the World T-20 semi finals, is highlighted in newspaper headlines, giving photographs of a jubilant Kohli. "Virat Kohli ki jai", writes The Indian Express. The Hindu writes, Virat master minded the chase of 161, guiding India home with five balls to spare. "Virat Kohli, our new Mr. India" headlines  The Times of India.
    Calling it a "Himalayan row"in Uttarakhand, Hindustan Times writes- The Centre imposed President's Rule on Sunday in politically fragile state while citing a "constitutional break down", a day before the state's Congress led government was slated to prove its majority in the Assembly.
    India will hand over the DNA samples of the four terrorists killed in the Pathankot airbase - to Pakistan's Joint Investigation Team - which arrived in New Delhi yesterday to probe the attack, reports The Hindu. The team is expected to track down the families of the terrorists in Pakistan and match the samples.
    On government formation in J&K Mail Today writes, with Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti likely to take oath in the first week of April as the first woman Chief Minister of the State, the swearing in ceremony is set to be a low-key affair. BJP spokesman said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to attend swearing in ceremony.
    "Curb on use of bulls' guts in Chandi Ka Vark soon"- highlights the Pioneer. The country's top food regulator is finalising a move to end the widely used practice of manufacturing silver leaf or Chandi ka Vark, by hammering thin sheets of silver in the middle of booklets made of  intestine of the Bull or Ox. Vark is popularly used on sweets, paan, syrups and fruit.
    The Times of India warns us that taking a nap in the afternoon lasting more than 40 minutes can raise your risk of pre-mature death, according to a new research by the American College of Cardiology. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sublime Virat Kohli masterminds India’s chase

Sublime Virat Kohli masterminds India’s chase 


    The latest in the political crisis in Uttarakhand is the top story in almost all the dailies this morning."Uttarakhand speaker disqualifies nine rebel Congress MLAs"headlines Hindustan Times."Cabinet weighs Presidents rule option in Uttarakhand."leads the Tribune."Rebels sting Rawat,PM calls Cabinet meet."writes the Pioneer.

    The upcoming Assam polls is the other story grabbing headlines this morning.  The Asian Age quotes Prime Minister Modi as saying "Assam fight is against poverty." "Divisions harden in poll- bound Assam" states Hindustan Times.

    Referring to David Headley's deposition the Pioneer writes "David Headley drops another bomb on the UPA" The Hindu quotes Headley as saying "It was LeT that told me about Ishrat".

    "Jammu and Kashmir to get 1st woman Chief Minister" informs the Asian Age. "Mehbooba set to be J&K Chief Minister" writes the Pioneer adding that "PDP-BJP coalition to take oath soon."

    "Delhi set to cut VAT and your bills as well" leads the Times of India. The paper writes that the Delhi government plans to make the tax lowest in the country.

    The Asian Age and the Times of India report that a nurse from Kerala and her one and half year old son were killed in a rocket attack on an apartment block in the violence-hit Zawiya city of Libya on Friday. And finally,.. The Times of India reports that patients suffering the most severe type of heart attack are now younger, fatter and more likely to have preventable risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

PHOTOS: India vs Australia: Indian team ready for ‘quarterfinal’ in Mohali | The Indian Express

PHOTOS: India vs Australia: Indian team ready for ‘quarterfinal’ in Mohali | The Indian Express


Revelations by Headley, decks cleared for J&K government formation and a Delhi dentist becoming a victim of road rage dominate headlines today."Headley reveals how Pakistan nurtured him" is the Pioneer headline. "Govt says no link to retired Navy officer held in Pak" notes the Asian Age. The Indian Express leads with "Pak calls him spy, MEA says he retired from Navy, has no links with govt".

"Mehbooba all set to be J&K's first woman CM" states the Hindustan Times.Papers track the aftermath of the Brussels attack. "Returning Indians narrate Brussels ordeal" reports the Pioneer. "We had lost all hope of returning home alive" the Times of India quotes them.

"Shoes, belts to be off as airports step up frisking" following heightened alert issued by intelligence agencies after the Brussels attacks, informs the Asian Age."Goa tops Islamic State's India hitlist" as IS seeks to attack foreign tourists and Indian security forces in the state for global publicity, reports the Hindustan Times."Search for 'anti-national' on Google Maps shows JNU" headlines the Hindu, a story covered by all papers.

"Mob drags city dentist out of home, kills him in front of son" after an argument over rash bike riding, is the lead in the Times of India."Aadhar will benefit govt in war on black money and benami deals" states the Hindustan Times.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal "only Indian in Fortune List of world's 50 greatest leaders", ranking 42 in the magazine's third annual list, reports the Asian Age and  the Business Standard.

And finally, "By 2030, India may have only electric cars". The Hindu Business Line informs of an ambitious plan of the Government, to assess if India can be 100 percent electric vehicle country by 2030.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dentist beaten to death in India after cricket ball

Times Of Oman :: Dentist beaten to death in India after cricket ball


Mehbooba Mufti all set to be Jammu and Kashmir's 1st woman Chief Minister, Six people held in Brussels after attacks and wounded Jet attendant Nidhi placed in a medically induced coma for treatment are some lead stories in newspaper websites this morning. The Times of India writes that six people were arrested yesterday in a series of police operations in the Belgian capital two days after Jihadist attacks in Brussels left 31 dead.  Reporting on the aftermath of the Rohith Vemula suicide, the Hindustan Times writes "University of Hyderabad limps back to normalcy".

"Andhra Pradesh looks to lay claim to 58 percent share of assets in Telangana", says the Economic Times. The paper writes that Andhra Pradesh is preparing to lay claim to assets worth thousands of cores after wining a pivotal victory against Telangana in the Supreme Court, potentially boosting the coffers of the cash strapped state. According to the Tribune, the WHO has said the economic burden attributed to tobacco related diseases is a staggering one lakh four thousand five hundred crore rupees annually in the country and has pitched for large size warnings on packs to control tobacco consumption.

The Economic Times reports that the rupee is one of the best performing currencies in Asia in the current financial year, despite global uncertainties, prompting dealers to give the RBI and Finance Ministry credit for astute management of the foreign exchange market."Heavy social media users trapped in endless cycle of depression" says the Times of India. The article says that one reason for this could be the phenomenon of "Face book depression", in which people who engage in a lot of Social Media use may feel they are not living upto the idealised portraits of life that other people tend to present in their profile."Travels firms, airlines make merry on long weekend", writes the Business Standard, adding that a combination of extended weekends and steep discounts on hotels and flight details have come together to make holidays relatively cheaper.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Brussels attack: ISIS video celebrates attacks, calls for jihad after bombings

Brussels attack: ISIS video celebrates attacks, calls for jihad after bombings


    The Asian Age reports of the Central Government decision of hiking the dearness allowance by 6% to 125% of basic pay of 50 lakh Central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
     "Police says brothers, set off bombs, hunt for 3rd suspect" says The Hindu headline about the Brussels bomb attack.
    India and France have inked a pact to construct 6 nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra has been reported by Financial Express.
    The Muslim Personal law is outside Supreme Court jurisdiction, asserts All India Muslim personal law board, says a front page Times of Indian story.
     Air India weigh options to cut government stake to 51% is the Business Standard headline. It impects to turn profitable in 2018-2019 through better restructuring says the report.
     Wonder  what to do with e-waste? Well, soon a reverse chain will be created by manufacturers when they will set incentives for taking back electronic items and recycled, according to new E-waste management rule 2016, reports Pioneer on the front page.
     Yet once again during Holi, Indian small manufacturers have suffered about 75% losses as the Chinese Holi products like sprinkles balloons and colors are selling like hot cakes. They are cheap but highly toxic, says a Hindu Business Line report. The Chinese products contain acids, diesel, engine oil, mica, glass powder and other harmful chemicals says the paper.`
    "Canada farmers are growing lentils to feed India" headlines the Economic Times saying that pulses is now the big money crop, cereals and oilseeds are not, as India is the biggest impoter.
    Delhi University inspiring 100 school students with a guided tour of Vice regal lodge cell where Shaheed Bhagat Singh was kept locked by Britishers, on his martyrdom day yesterday has been covered by Hindu.
    AIIMS being fined 25 lakh Rs for medical negligence, Kanhaiya Kumar JNUSU President barred from entering Hyderabad University, corporate India courts Women lawyers are some other stories covered by Newspapers.

India clinch last-ball thriller #IndvsBan

India clinch last-ball thriller 


    Terror strike in a series of explosions in Brussels airport and a city metro station killing 35 persons makes for front page news in all the dailies this morning."Mayhem in Brussels: 35 killed as multiple blasts hit airport, metro"leads the Asian Age."Brussel Shattered"writes the Tribune.The paper also writes that the"comic city has no laughter today.""Revenge? Jihadis attack Europe,again"is the lead headline in the Times of India.
    In  related stories the Statesman writes "India joins world in condemning terror attacks.""Prime Minister to go ahead with Brussels visit"."Stocks drop on Brussels attack,safe havens rise"leads the Financial Express adding "gold,bonds and yen up on fears of imminent follow up attacks."
    "Mehbooba, Prime Minister clear decks for Jammu and Kashmir government"informs Hindustan Times."Mehbooba set to be Chief Minister after a meeting with Prime Minister"states the Indian Express.
    The Asian Age reports that newly appointed law commission chairman Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said that the sedition law which has come under focus, after the JNU row needs "reconsideration".
    The Hindustan Times writes in an interesting story write of how the police saved 23 kids  from Maoist recruitment drive at Jamti village in Jharkhand's Gumla district.
    The Hindu reports that Aung San Suu Kyi will be the Foreign Minister in Myanmar's first civilian government for decades.
    The Times of India quotes Mumbai doctors as saying that "4 of 6 drugs given to patients are found to be ineffective in 70 percent of deadly TB cases".
    Commenting on Delhi's traffic the Pioneer writes "Delhi traffic caves in", adding that a major part of the capital came to a standstill as portion of Bharion Marg gave way again.
    The Times of India informs that from April 1 be prepared to shell out more to see the Taj Mahal in other centrally protected monuments across India.
    And finally, the Hindustan Times reports that the upcoming long weekend thanks to the festivals of Holi and Good Friday has resulted in spurt in travel bookings, in line with the recent holiday trend of quick gateways.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What we know about the terror attacks in Belgium

What we know about the terror attacks in Belgium


    US President Barack Obama meeting his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro in Havana yesterday - ending 88 years of chill and isolation, is highlighted with several photographs across the front pages. "History in Havana", headlines The Indian Express. The Hindu writes - "Castro renews call to lift US embargo in historic talks".
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that "Reservation is a right no one can snatch" is also highlighted in todays Press. Hindustan Times reports - while delivering the Ambedkar National Memorial Lecture in Delhi, he compared Ambedkar with American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King.
    "Uttarakhand battle reaches President", headlines The Statesman. The BJP and Congress took their raging battle for power in Uttarakhand to Rashtrapati Bhawan, with the BJP demanding dismissal of the state Congress government and the Congress seeking the President's intervention in upholding the rule of law and Constitution. The Uttarakhand Governer K K Paul had written a letter to the Center, mentioning 'administrative breakdown'.
    "Mehbooba flies to Delhi : Fresh PDP- BJP hopes", headlines The Asian Age. If all goes well, she may soon meet the top BJP leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to break the deadlock over government formation in Kashmir.
    Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor's 'Bhagat Singh' remark - is given prominence in the papers. Mail Today writes that the MP found himself in a spot on Monday when he equated JNU Student Union President - Kanhaiya Kumar - with freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The paper adds that the Congress has distanced itself from his comment.
    Hindustan Times writes - after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, its Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who will join the ranks of world leaders at Madam Tussauds, with the Delhi government also approving the opening of a Branch of the museum in the capital.
    The Tribune reports that on account of gazetted holidays and the weekend, Banks in many states would remain closed from Thursday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Obama’s historic trip to Cuba: a brief guide to what it means and why it matters

Obama’s historic trip to Cuba: a brief guide to what it means and why it matters


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the concluding session of the BJP's National Executive meet in Delhi dominates the front pages. The Times of India reports "Don't fall for opposition conspiracy, focus on vikas, PM tells BJP". With regard to the political resolution adopted at the meet, the Indian Express quotes the BJP as saying " Refusing to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai is disrespect to the Constitution". The Hindu highlights Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu's praise for Mr Modi as it quotes him as saying "Modi is God's gift to India".
    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's attack on the BJP in the backdrop of the revolt by some ruling congress party legislators in Uttarakhand is widely noticed. The Hindustan Times quotes Mr Gandhi as saying "Toppling governments by blatant use of money is BJP's new model". Meanwhile taking note of the political developments in the state, the Asian Age reports "9 rebel Congress MLAs get speaker notice" and the Pioneer writes "Uttarakhand Congress hides MLAs in hills to prevent poaching".
    In a special front page story on how Maoists recruit their cadres, the Hindustan Times reports "Maoists use lottery to pick child soldiers".
    The Indian Express draws attention to the busting of a smuggling racket involving exports of Beryl, an atomic mineral ore of Beryllium to China. The paper writes, "Atomic material smuggling racket busted, Rajasthan ATS arrests six".
    The Times of India, the Pioneer and the Hindustan Times inform us that the government is all set to introduce a new drug 'Bedaquiline' to its Tuberculosis control program to treat drug-resistant TB which cannot be treated by existing drugs.
    And finally, Khadi literally takes to the skies as the Pioneer reports that Air India will use this fabric for cabin crew uniforms for its VVIP flights that carry the Prime Minister on international tours.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Student injured in clashes at AMU over India-Pakistan World T20 match

Student injured in clashes at AMU over India-Pakistan World T20 match

    India's emphatic win over Pakistan in a T20 world cup match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata makes for front page news in all the dailies with photographs."Virat win for  India at Eden"leads Hindustan Times.The Indian Express carries a photograph of Kohli being congratulated by Afridi and his teammates after India beat Pakistan with the caption "V for victory,Virat".

    The political uncertainity in Uttarakhand after 9 Congress legislators backed the BJP is another story that is covered by the papers prominently.Writing about the trouble in the hills ,Hindustan Times writes "Utarakhand governor asks Rawat to prove majority by March 28".

    Referring to the BJP meet, the Pioneer quotes the BJP president Amit Shah as saying "Freedom of speech not licence to insult India". The Asian Age quotes Shah as saying "Won't tolerate criticism of India". While The Times of India quotes him as saying "Bharat Mata ki Jai not open to debate".

    The Financial Express writing on the Krishi Unnati Mela in New Delhi quotes the Prime Minister as saying "Next Green Revolution from eastern India". The paper add that the Prime Minister tells the farmers to save water, diversify crops and take allied jobs.

    Hindustan Times in an interesting stories writes that information provided by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry shows that 1/3 of teaching posts in Central Universities are lying vacant.

    The Tribune reports that the Chief Justice of India T.S Thakur suggested hearing and finalization of cases during summer vacations provided counsels of both sides were ready.

    Some people may literally be born nicer. Why is it that only some people are more inclined to live life according to the adage, "treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself".

Sunday, March 20, 2016

ICC World T20: India maintain stronghold over Pakistan as chase-master Kohli stars at Eden Gardens

ICC World T20: India maintain stronghold over Pakistan as chase-master Kohli stars at Eden Gardens


    PDP - BJP  talks in Jammu and Kashmir to try and form a government in the state are prominently noticed on the front pages. "PDP-BJP talks hit a wall, alliance in J&K on brink of collapse" reports the Times of India.
    Another story that grabs front page attention is the reduction in the interest rates on a range of state run savings schemes including the National Savings Certificates and Kisan Vikas Patras. The Hindustan Times front page lead states "PPF interest rate cut to 8.1% from 8.7%".
    The unanimous resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly not allowing construction of  the Sutlej-Yamuna Link or SYL canal is prominently noticed in the press. The Indian Express writes "SYL : Punjab Assembly thumbs nose at Supreme Court". Meanwhile there seem to be conflicting reports about the water supply arrangements between Delhi and Haryana. While the Hindustan Times says "Haryana's water supply to NCR will continure for now" the Pioneer writes "Miffed with Kejriwal, Haryana cuts water to Delhi".
    The granting of interim bail to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, two JNU students accused of sedition, is widely noticed in the press. The Asian Age reports "Celebrations in JNU as Umar, Anirban get bail". Meanwhile, the papers also highlight actor Anupam Kher's comments at a screening of his film in JNU.  The Hindu quotes him as saying "Kanhaiya is being praised like he won an Olympic medal".
    In a special front page story, the Indian Express says that the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language which functions under the HRD ministry will take an undertaking from authors whose books it acquires. The paper states "Urdu writers asked to declare : My book not against the govt, nation".
    The Pioneer informs us of new Plastic Waste Management rules notified by the government. The paper writes that organisers of political rallies, religious gatherings, weddings and other such events will be responsible for removing plastic litter at the venue.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Key suspect in Paris attacks captured in Brussels raid; four others arrested

Key suspect in Paris attacks captured in Brussels raid; four others arrested


    "Sufism is epitome of pluralism", is the Pioneer headline quoting the Prime Minister as he inaugurated the 3 day first world Sufi forum in Delhi.
    The Financial Express carries a summary of data put out by CIBIL on its front page of banks and defaulters. In all "5,600 borrowers, 60,000 crore rupee loans" it headlines.
    "Supreme Court stops Punjab from leveling Sutlej Yamuna Links canal land" is the Hindu Headline.
    Hind leg cut, Shaktimaan saddled with tough life says the Economic Times. The Uttarakhand police horse tragically had her leg amputated after a brutal attack.
    Prime Minister Narendera Modi is on Time magazine's most influential list calling him an internet star. He has a following of 18 million people on Twitter and 32 million Facebook likes reports the Asian Age.
    An animal crematorium having been opened in Patna is the first in Eastern India says The Tribune.
    100 artificial nests have been installed in Noida parks to conserve sparrows as run up to World Sparrow Day on 20th March reports The Pioneer.
    The Financial Express reports, "Nike unveiling its first self-lacing shoe".
    In another story The Hindu says, "Ford foundation being taken off match list".
    The same paper also reports Hinda Bharwad from Rajkot committing suicide as a protest for cow to be declared as a national animal and Rashtra Mata.
    And in another story The Hindu reports that 80 per cent doctors are prescribing banned drugs.
    The Times of India says SGPC moving Supreme Court on the impact of Sardar jokes.
    And finally, The Asian Age carries a colorful picture of women with sticks playing Lathmar Holi in Barsana village in Mathura, another paper carries a picture of FAG utsav celebration by traditionally dressed women in Jaipur yesterday.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Trump presidency rated among top 10 global risks: EIU

Trump presidency rated among top 10 global risks: EIU


    The passing of the Aadhaar Bill in both houses of Parliament finds place on the front pages of all dailies. "Lok Sabha passes original draft" reports Times of India. "Government has last word" says Hindustan Times, "amid acrimonious debates" headlines the Hindu. "Through, after opposition scores a few brownie points"  Says, Indian Express.
    "Wary Haryana prepares for Jat unrest, again" is a lead story in the Tribune. "Jat leaders threaten to resume agitation if their demand for quota is not met by March 17. Deputy Commissioners to make preventive arrests under the National Security Act." Writes the NewsPaper.
    "Lok Sabha Ethics committee to probe TMC sting. CPM demand for JPC into bribe charge rejected" notes The Pioneer.
    "Pathankot attack response badly managed, says oppositon" headlines Hindustan Times. "Rajnath Singh says 6 attackers were killed in operation" adds the paper.
    In some relief for students, "CBSE softens on hard Class 12 maths exam", reports the Hindustan Times. "Remedial measures could be in the form of lenient checking" says Board Chairman.
    "Ex-soldiers to teach patriotism in schools. HRD Ministry sets in motion move to toughen school kids physically, mentally by engaging retired armymen" is the lead story in Mail Today.
    "AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly for rest of Budget Session for his refusal to say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'" reports the Pioneer. "Now it's Congress: Bharat Mata ki Jai or else..." says the Indian Express.
    Newspapers today report that "Crocin Cold and Flu, D-cold Total, Nasivion and Nimulid are among 350 drugs on ban list by Government".
    And, finally, Several newspapers carry pictures of artists taking measurements of PM Narendra Modi to place him in Madam Tussaud's in London. A matter of pride for India!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Indian Kabaddi player shot dead in execution-style attack by two gunmen seen in horrific footage - Mirror Online

Indian Kabaddi player shot dead in execution-style attack by two gunmen seen in horrific footage - Mirror Online


Indian security agencies eliminating three of the ten Pakistani terrorists who had entered Gujarat recently to carry out attacks is the top story in most newspapers this morning.The Indian Express quotes a home official as saying "India acts on Pakistan NSA's tip off,kills 3 terrorists ". "Government says three of 10 terrorists killed" leads the Hindu adding "Seven others on the  run, Somnath temple in Gujarat possible target".

Writing on the latest on the JNU incident the Times of India writes "JNU panel report indicts students for 'defiance' in holding Feb 9 meet". "JNU erupts Kanhaiya seeks Smriti resignation" states the Asian Age. "Kanhaiya almost forgets Umar in hour-long speech" notes Hindustan Times.

"TMC expose rocks parliament" headlines the Statesman adding "Government favor inquiry into graft charges".

All the papers report that Mother Teresa will be made a saint on September 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday, 19 years after the death of the Nobel Laureate who spent 45 years serving the poor and sick in Kolkata.

The Business Line and the Pioneer report on the front pages that Donald Trump favors Indian students staying back in the US. The Business Line quotes Trump as saying "They're smart and the country needs them".

The Hindu under the caption "a new era in Myanmar" carries the photograph of Hitin Kyaw, the newly elected president with the National league for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in parliament at Napyitaw.

The Pioneer in a front page story writes that Indians in the United Kingdom face deportation for earning 'less'. The paper writes that those with annual salary below 35,000 pounds can be deported under a new law.

And finally, the Hindustan Times reports there will soon be a new blood test to detect multiple diseases including diabetes, cancer, traumatic injury and neurodegeneration, in a highly sensitive and specific manner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

4 Hyderabad Students Killed, 30 Injured As Drunk Driver Flips Over Bus

4 Hyderabad Students Killed, 30 Injured As Drunk Driver Flips Over Bus


A high level JNU panel recommending the rustication  of 5  students including the students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, NCP veteran Chhagan Bhujbal's arrest by the  Enforcement Directorate yesterday afternoon and untimely rain and hail damaging Rabi crops in North and Central India are some lead stories across papers today.

"Bhujbal held for payoff, laundering - Enforcement Directorate questions Maharashtra Ex. Deputy CM for 9 hours" writes the Indian Express.

Reporting on the required appearance of Vijay Mallya before the ED, the Mail today writes that according to highly placed government sources, if Mallya does not show up before March 18th, he may be stripped of his passport, while the Hindu writes "Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee to scrutinise Mallya's conduct".

Under the headline "Afridi served legal notice", the Statesman writes, Shahid Afridi was dragged to court yesterday for "committing treason and hurting sentiments" of Pakistanis, a day after his statement that the national cricket team was "loved more in India".

Referring to the clean up required offer the 3 day Art of Living Festival on the Yamuna flood plains, the Hindustan Times says, "Festival Damaged Delhi's flood barrier" - Debri and Mud will affect ecology of the flood plain and its capacity to recharge ground water".

"Foreigners can file plaints in own language ", says the Asian Age, writing that with Crime against foreign nationals and tourists on the rise in Uttar Pradesh, the Akhilesh government has decided to allow foreign complainants to report their complaints in their respective foreign languages.

Drawing attention to global warming the Times of India writes that global temperatures in February smashed monthly records to become the warmest month in more than a century of record keeping.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Telangana presents Rs 1.30 lakh crore budget for 2016-17

Telangana presents Rs 1.30 lakh crore budget for 2016-17: This includes a plan expenditure of Rs 67,630 crore and non-plan outlay of Rs 62,785 crore


Decisions taken at the just-concluded  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh conclave at Nagaur are prominently seen on front pages of the Press. Quoting RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi - Hindustan Times says - " Well - off don't need quotas", he said this is response to a question on the fierce campaign by the relatively well off Jat community in Haryana and Gujrat's Patidar clan, demanding quotas.

Hindustan Times reports that the Narendra Modi government will soon draft a lease law  to unlock unused farmland, a key reform to improve agricultural output, ensure credit flow to tillers and extend the benefit of its crop insurance scheme.

Financial Expess reports that India born former Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta has been released after completing his two year prison term, weeks after a US court agreed to rehear his appeal to throw out his 2012 insider - trading conviction.

"Chinese troops seen on PoK side of LoC", highlights the Asian Age. Ringing alarm bells in India's security system, Chinese People's Libration Army troops have been spotted at forward posts along the Line of Control on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.

In the Citizenship Row, the Advani-led committee asks Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi to responde to questions whether he had once declared himself a British Citizen, writes the Economic Times.

The Indian Express headline says the Health Ministry has banned 344 drugs which include several common cough syrups, analgesics and anti biotic combinations sold over the counter.

The Pioneer reports - With the beginning of summer season, the Gujarat state forest department has declared to make arrangements for 500 man-made water bodies for the wild animals including the Asiatic Lion in  and around Gir Forest.

And finally, Hindustan Times tells us that Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4 at the Vatican, the Pope having officially cleared the path to her sainthood last December when he recognised the "Miraculous healing' of a Brazilian man.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

From shorts to pants: India’s 91-year old Hindu nationalist group is changing - The Washington Post

From shorts to pants: India’s 91-year old Hindu nationalist group is changing - The Washington Post


'Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI)'s decision to bar wilful defaulters from being appointed on the boards of listed companies and raising funds through stocks and bonds is the top story in the newspapers this morning."Sebi cracks whip on wilful defaulters" leads Hindustan Times. "SEBI bans wilful defaulters form tapping capital market for funds" writes the Hindu.

In a related story the Times of India writes "CBI to probe if neatas pushed Mallya loans" adding will "look into why banks ralaxed norms".   The Pioneer quotes Prime Minister Modi as saying "India haven of macroeconomic stability". While the Asian Age quotes him as saying "Will continue on reform-transform path".

Referring to the row sparked by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad the Asian Age writes "Azad links RSS to ISIS, BJP seeks apology". "Azad likens RSS to  Islamic State, gets flak from BJP, others" comments the Hindustan Times.

"RSS bats for women's right to enter temples" states the Times of India. "RSS presses government for higher allocation for education" informs the Hindu. The Asian Age quotes the RSS as saying "Need nationalistic education". The Hindu reports that Air passengers will get a higher compensation in case of death, injury, lost baggage or inordinate delay in flights as the carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill was passed by Parliament on Friday.

And finally, too much sleep could be harmful for you. Well the Times of India reports those who get more than eight hours sleep a night are at risk of muscular degeneration, a disease that gradually destroys sharp, central vision.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Chaos a blessing in disguise: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Chaos a blessing in disguise: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Thinking, arguing and debating will certainly lead to something meaningful, if it is done with the right intentions, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living Foundation, said here on Saturday.


'Almost all newspapers have carried pictures of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on their front pages.

This is cultural Kumbh Mela says Prime Minister at Sri Sri Festival' headlines the Hindustan Times As lakhs attend the Art of Living event in Delhi with great enthusiasm.

The Tribune reports how the World Culture Festival, the Radha Swami Satsang Beas event at Fatehpur Beri and Twenty thousand marriages yesterday led to a major challenge for Traffic policemen.

"Art of Living sets the world record on fire" despite initial hiccups like rain, gala show continues as planned in the Tribune Headline.

The Economic Times says "Sleuth hot after Mallya money trail" 'As Mallya defends self with tweets, his assets go on sale.

The Indian Express report on the front page about RSS calling for strict action against anti-national and anti-social forces in universities.

The Business Standard carries the passing of Aadhaar Bill in Lok Sabha by a voice vote on its front page. It quotes Nandan Nilekani, the Architect of Aadhaar as saying that NDA has the wisdom to take it forward and make it the Central pillar of its subsidy regime.

'Quota in promotions not a right says Supreme Court is another Hindustan Times headlines.

Other stories covered by papers are..........

A Sanskrit University to be set up at Panchkula.

17 lakh patients having visited AIIMS OPD in last 8 months.

Now videos games are being blamed for myopia among children.

Over 250 imported food samples being rejected in 2015-2016.

Leak at kakrapara nuclear plant at Surat and Phensedyl and Corex among a list of 350 banned drugs.

And finally, The Statesman carries an interesting picture of a group of Japanese tourists taking part in an Abhishek ceremony to Lord Shiva during a visit to the PATALESHWAR MAHADEV MANDIR in Jodhpur.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Kanhaiya Kumar: India's most loved and loathed student - BBC News

Kanhaiya Kumar: India's most loved and loathed student - BBC News


Passing of the Real Estate Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the controversy over Vijay Mallya and the Art of Living culture fest dominate headlines today.

"Bill to protect home buyers gets RS nod" writes the Pioneer. The Indian Express says "New Law almost in : To clean up dirt in Real Estate and empower buyers".

"Sri Sri defies NGT, says won't pay fine" states the Pioneer. "Everything's fine, says Sri Sri, except the fine", observes the Indian Express, quoting him as saying, he would rather go to jail. The Asian Age reports, "Heavy traffic, snarls expected in city for 3 days" noting, in addition, 20,000 weddings today likely to cause chaos on the roads.

"Mallya's 'great escape' rocks Parliament" says the Hindustan Times. The Economic Times states "CBI knew Mallya was flying out of India on March 2nd."

"Uncertainty over Pak team persists", reports the Times of India. The Hindu writes "Pakistan won't send team without 'govt assurances' on security" for the T20 ICC World Cup series, pending a written security guarantee from the Government of India.

"No separate X-ray of tablets, i-pads at airports" in a major relief to flyers, reports the Times of India.

"Govt wants PF cover in 10-worker units" as against establishments employing 20 people or more, as of now, in a bid to ensure social security to a larger section of workers, informs the Times of India.

And finally, a "New radio channel for traffic updates on National Highways" reports the Hindu. The Pioneer says "Safe & Speedy journey ahead as Delhi-Jaipur road HAS its way", of the Highways Advisory Service, to provide live traffic updates on radio.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

India vows to recover $1 billion from troubled liquor baron

India vows to recover $1 billion from troubled liquor baron: Congress party demands to know how Mallya known for his extravagant lifestyle was allowed to fly out


    The National Green Tribunal giving nod to Art of Living World Culture Festival on the Banks of River Yamuna, but slapping a 5 crore rupees fine for environmental compensation, is extensively covered by Papers, replete with photograph of the construction work at the site. A headline in the Asian Age reads "NGT gives reluctant nod to Sri Sri event, Art of Living fined 5 crore".
    The Times of India writes - The Congress inflicted an embarrassment on the Modi government yesterday,  joining hands with the Left, SP and JD(U), to force a change in the motion of thanks to the Presidents address to the Joint sitting of Parliament.  This was in criticism of laws passed by BJP governments in Haryana and Rajasthan to make minimum educational qualification mandatory for Panchayat election candidates.
    Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya continues to make headline news. "Art of Leaving: Mallya flew out on March 2", headlines the Times of India. 13 Banks move Supreme Court to stop Mallya, but in a surprise move he has already left India, adds the paper.
    Hindustan Times writes - eight years after they inked a historic Civilian Nuclear Agreement, India and the US are engaged in price negotiation to close the deal between Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Toshiba-Westinghouse - for six Reactors. The deal could be inked during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Washington, between March 31st and April 1st.
    And finally, Hindustan Times writes, "Gir lions in heart of London". Next week Queen Elizabeth will unveil a unique 5.2 million pound project that replicates the village and forest ambience of Sasan Gir in the sprawling Regents park, as Part of London Zoo's breeding programme for the Asiatic lion. 

Vijay Mallya flew out of India on March 2, says A-G; SC issues notice on banks’ plea

Vijay Mallya flew out of India on March 2, says A-G; SC issues notice on banks’ plea

    EPF tax withdrawal is the main lead in all papers this morning. "Government buries EPF tax" headlines the Business Standard. "Relief for middle class as Finance Minister shelves Budget move to tax EPF withdrawals" leads the Times of India.
    1,000-crore syndicate bank fraud is reported widely in most papers. "CBI searches 10 locations; books five officials, four businessmen" reports The Indian Express adding "the accused allegedly deposited fake cheques and discounted cash on them."
    "Green panel may rule on Yamuna show today" states the Hindustan Times, while the Pioneer says "Controversy stalks Sri Sri event" adding, "Flora and Fauna bear the brunt" as pre-fabricated material harmful to floodplain of Yamuna is being used rampantly. "Warning of 'utter chaos', Delhi Police rings alarm bells on safety of stage for PM, VIPs" highlights the Indian Express.
    "1st batch of women fighter pilots in June" reports the Tribune. Mail Today says "Meet our First 3 Women Warriors in the Sky".
    "Supreme Court plans review of poll bar rules" reports the Asian Age.
    "Oh Maria! exclaims the Times of India, on Maria Sharapova failing a drug test. The Indian Express quotes the tennis star as saying she 'Made huge mistake... let fans down'.
    "Dharamshala won't work, says Pak as it holds back T20 team" reports the Indian Express, of the World Twenty 20 match between India and Pakistan.
    "Khadi may become Friday dressing in government offices" notes the Times  of India.
    The Hindu observes "Mystery behind Mercury's darkness solved "as it appears to be due to abundance of carbon below the surface of the planet.
    And finally, "Digital devices can cause sleep trouble" reveals the Hindu, citing a TV poll saying, the very use of social media makes one's brain active, and the blue light emitted by screens tricks the body into thinking it is day time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Maria Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban | Reuters

Maria Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban | Reuters


    The Art of Living event to be held on the banks of the Yamuna - is covered by most Newspapers today. "President opts out, Sri Sri mega show wades into troubled Yamuna waters" headlines The Indian Express. "The President will not be delivering the valedictory address as was announced," reports The Hindu.
    "The double whammy for liquor Mughal Vijaya Mallya" is another main story on the front pages of all dailies. "Endgame Mallya" announces Business Standard. "DRT, ED signal end of good times for Mallya" reports Financial Express.
    "Family accuses Smirti Irani of turning blind eye to dying man" reports the Hindu. "The allegations, however, were strongly refuted by the minister's office, a man claiming to be an eyewitness, and the local police," adds the paper.
    "Finance minister to clarify govt's final stand on EPF in parliament today" writes the Indian Express.
    "Prime Minister asks secretaries to attend to 10 Grievances a week" notes the Economic Times. "PM watching: Secretaries told to upload Grievance report on the E-Samiksha portal which PM monitors".
    "Sensors to curb pollution 24 x 7 soon" is a front page story in the Asian Age. Union Environment Minister Javadekar says "electronic sensors will be installed in the 80 percent of polluting industries by 31st of March" in a bid to lessen pollution.
    "National Highways to have basic amenity centres such as washrooms, drinking water and multi utility shops every 25 kilometers" reports Hindustan Times. "The Road transport ministry has unveiled a draft policy to standardise highway way side amenities that are scarce and unevenly distributed adds the paper.
    And finally, ever wanted to give feedback to the railways? It's possible now. The Hindu reports, "You can now rate trains, stations online", "on safety, cleanliness, timeliness, services and other amenities on the community network local circles." So, Time to get proactive now.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Why can't Muslim women have four husbands too? asks Kerala High Court judge - Firstpost

Why can't Muslim women have four husbands too? asks Kerala High Court judge - Firstpost


Newspapers this morning are replete with Photographs and Headlines of a jubilant Indian Cricket team, after winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh yesterday, for a record 6th time. The Times of India writes - "Men in Blue conquer Asia, now for the World".

The other news item highlighted by the Press is of an Intelligence Bureau warning - placing Delhi and Gujrat on High Alert. The Indian Express writes that inputs provided by the Pakistani National Security Advisor to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval - that terrorists may unleash a fidayeen assault on religious sites on Monday and Tuesday, have mobilized the Indian security apparatus on a massive scale.

Addressing the National Conference of Women Legislators in Parliament's Central Hall yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to women - with a strong message for their empowerment and becoming effective as people's representatives.

The Times of India writes - "Government lists 12 bills for passage this week". Encouraged by the passage of three bills in the Rajya Sabha, despite show-downs over issues like the JNU sedition case, the government displayed its business-like intent and put the onus on the Congress for any obstruction.

"Black Money Scheme is not a Blanket Waiver" -  headlines The Economic Times. People who have received 'notices' cannot take recourse to the scheme unveiled in the recent Budget. The Government will strive to ensure that the domestic black money 'amnesty window' isn't misused by tax offenders.

And finally, The Times of India warn us that consumption of food with a high glycemic index, such as white bread, bagels, cornflakes and puffed rice may be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, according to a study at the University of Texas.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Iran billionaire Babak Zanjani sentenced to death

Iran billionaire Babak Zanjani sentenced to death


    The uproar over the proposed EPF tax and JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar continue to hog the headlines of most newspapers.  The Hindustan Times lead reads "Modi steps in, EPF tax may be deferred". The paper refers to the move to tax EPF as a "political hot potato". It reckons that after the Prime Minister's intervention,  the Finance minister would give Parliament a clear picture on Tuesday.

    The Sunday Tribune reports that the government is likely to announce a rollback on the budgetary provision to tax 60 per cent of EPF withdrawals; and the ceiling on employer's contribution.  The Finance Minister is looking at fewer but stronger PSU banks and in order to devise a strategy to achieve this, a "body on PSU bank mergers is on the anvil" reports The Asian Age. The paper adds that the proposal of ESOPs for public sector bank's staff is under consideration.

    "No smooth ride for bike taxis in India" writes the Financial Express. After the recent launch of two wheeler taxis in Bengaluru, the regional transport authority has termed the bike taxi services illegal as the firms have not sought permission from the authority.  The Hindu reports that a new app - TrustID - will help "verify domestic helps and employees using Aadhaar". Using the Aadhar number, name, gender and phone number of a person, you could receive instant verification about a person. The person who has been verified receives a phone call along with a message saying that their Aadhar number was used to verify them.

    In order to facilitate "ease of doing business", the government has created a new category of "White Industries", covering 36 sectors that are "practically non-polluting". So sectors like Air coolers or conditioners, Handloom or carpet weaving and Surgical and medical products assembling will not require Environmental clearance and consent.

    And finally, the Hindustan Times reports that the government wants to run a quality check on engineering students to sharpen their skills before they graduate. The HRD ministry is engaging Stanford University to design a test to measure learning outcomes of engineering students. The test is likely to be introduced by the end of the year.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Zaman newspaper: Defiant last edition as Turkey police raid - BBC News

Zaman newspaper: Defiant last edition as Turkey police raid - BBC News


The Election Commission declaring the schedule of assembly polls in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry-between 4th April and 16th May, is highlighted by the Press.

"Government says no to visit by US panel on religious freedom", is the top headline in the Times of India. India has blocked a proposed visit by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which sought to 'discuss and assess religious freedom' conditions in the country. The Government says the Commission has 'No Locus Standi to comment on Indians' Rights'.

Several papers report on Kanhaiya Kumar becoming a media sensation and a poster boy for Left politics in India, after his speech in JNU  post release. "Kanhaiya may play Left's Flute in polls" - headlines Mail Today. The Asian Age headline reads "Yechury spots a star, says Kanhaiya to campaign".

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he had discovered, India was paying the US Department of Defence for new weaponry, even though 3 billion dollars that New Delhi had earlier remitted was lying mismanaged in an account in Washington and not earning any interest, reports The Business Standard.

The Hindu reports "Alleging victimisation, IIMC professor quits" adding that Amit Sengupta, associate Professor of English Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, has been transferred to the Dhenkanal campus in Odisha by the Ministry, allegedly for showing solidarity with JNU students recently.

The Hindu reports that Vijaya Mallaya's fate is to be decided on March 7 when a bench would take up a hearing of the consortium's three other applications- for the arrest of Mr. Mallya, seizure of his passport and for getting full disclosure of his assets in the country and abroad - after ruling on the application for a garnishee order against Diageo Plc.

And finally,Times of India says, "Scientists discover Achilles heel of cancer, "new treatment to use patient's immune system to kill tumours" adding that scientists have developed a way of finding unique markings within a tumour, allowing the body to target and fight the disease.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

India objects to US religious commission's visit, comments - World - NZ Herald News

India objects to US religious commission's visit, comments - World - NZ Herald News


The Prime Minister's speech in Parliament dominates headlines today. "Quoting Nehru, Indira and Rajiv, Modi slams Congress and Rahul" is the lead in the Times of India. The Business Standard writes " Prime Minister offers olive branch to opposition, takes potshots at Rahul".

Kanhaiya's release receives wide coverage. "Kanhaiya is out of Tihar, probe gives a clean chit" writes the Asian Age. The Hindu cites the New Delhi District Magistrate report finding " 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans weren't raised". The Pioneer reports "Kanhaiya escorted to JNU sans media glare". The Indian Express carries a photograph of the students at JNU, with the headline, "Freedom of Speech".

On Tamil Nadu's decision to free Rajiv case convicts, the Hindu quotes Rajnath Singh as saying "We will go by Supreme Court ruling".

The Pioneer reveals, two months after the daring fidayeen strike on Pathankot airbase, BSF detects a 30-metre long cross border tunnel in RS Pura sector of Jammu, which runs deep inside the Indian territory.

"Supreme Court pulls up BCCI for its Lodha report objections" is a front page story in the Asian Age and the Hindustan Times.

The Indian Express carries a special feature on New Zealand Cricketer Martin Crowe, who passed away due to cancer on Thursday, observing 'He was one of the game's finest, we lost a star today".

"India Inc rushes to pay dividend to beat new tax", is the lead in the Hindu Business Line, as 50 companies plan to disburse dividend before the 10% tax on dividend income kicks in on the 1st of April. Business Standard states "Dividends deluge to keep taxman at bay".

"Post withdrawal tax, NPS may score over EPF" mentions the Times of India, while also observing "Centre rakes in big bucks from cess, but states shortchanged".

And finally, the Economic Times reports " Auto Biggies Speed up Make in India Drive" as three global automobile powerhouses are set to increase output to cater to Latin America, Europe and Africa markets.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hyderabad to host Amazon’s largest facility outside of US

Hyderabad to host Amazon’s largest facility outside of US


    Congress Vice President's speech in the Lok Sabha finds prominence in today's newspapers. "India is not Modi: Rahul targets PM" headlines Hindustan Times. "Listen to the voice of the people" quotes Indian Express. "PM to reply today" says Pioneer. The Hindu quotes Finance Minister Jaitley's words "When will Gandhi scion become mature?"
    "Government-Congress war escalates, Finance Minister says none to be spared in PC's son's case" headlines The Times of India in the ongoing investigation of the Aircel-Maxis deal. "Government has no holy cows" reports the Business Standard.
    On the Ishrat Jahan case, Hindustan Times notes: "Ministry of Home Affairs official Mani has flip-flop Ishrat record". "BJP, Congress trade charges, Sonia defends PC" says The Statesman. "SIT officer breaks silence: Ishrat killing was premeditated murder" reports the Indian Express.
    On the EPF tax move in the Budget, The Pioneer reports "Budget debate will shape up final call: Jaitley". "Online campaign against EPF tax gets 1 lakh 40 thousand signatures on the first day" reports the Hindustan Times.
    Kanhaiya gets 6 months interim bail is another top story today. "To be free today" headlines the Asian Age. "Early Holi in Masnadpur village" reports the Hindu about the celebrations in the JNU students union President's native village in Bihar.
    "Asking whether the legal profession could afford half-baked lawyers, the Supreme Court on Wednesday favoured the pre-enrollment examination for the licence to practise law in the country" reports the Hindu.
    "Ayurveda graduates in Haryana can now prescribe allopathic medicines," is a report in The Tribune. This is being celebrated as "a great victory" for the doctors who are being taught allopathic subjects in their courses.
    "Uber To Taxi on Two wheels as well" reports the Economic Times. " Bike service UberMOTO to debut in Bengaluru today; fares as low 3 rupees per kilometre. It is being looked at as a way to combat traffic and pollution woes". Seems like a win-win situation!.
    And finally, Hindustan Times reports, if you are looking for a perfect wedding destination then marriage cruise service will start soon, for you courtesy the Gadkari Ministry reports Hindustan Times.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Jaitley signals rollback of pension tax plan after backlash | Reuters

Jaitley signals rollback of pension tax plan after backlash | Reuters


Government mulling rethink on EPF tax proposal is the lead in most papers today.

The Economic Times headlines, "After EPF backlash, Government makes Conciliatory Noises". The Times of India leads with "Government hints at partial review as salaried class rages at EPF tax". The Hindu highlights "NDA allies seek rollback of tax on withdrawals from EPF".

"Lucky seven! Day after Budget, Sensex on 7-year high of 777 (Seven hundred Seventy Seven) points" notes the Pioneer. "Bulls back on the Street" is how the Business Standard terms it.

On the ruckus in Parliament, the Pioneer quips "BJP, Opposition exercise 'privilege' over Rohith's death" while also noting "Karti's karni rocks Parliament", of the alleged massive wealth amassed by Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's son.

The Statesman leads with "PC in BJP Line of Fire over Ishrat Flip-Flop ", of then Home Minister Chidambaram. "Ishrat ghost comes to haunt team UPA", headlines the Indian Express.

"Some clips of 'anti-national' slogans at JNU were doctored, reveal lab reports" states the Indian Express on its front page.

Delhi Police filing chargesheet against former TERI boss, in sexual harassment case is noticed prominently in many papers.

The Hindustan Times and Business Standard report "ED gets court nod to extradite Lalit Modi from UK".

"Trump stokes another row as he 'misquotes' Gandhi", the Asian Age says of US Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump, as US media questioned the authenticity of the words attributed to the Indian leader.

"Online ads to attract 6% 'Google tax' " reports the Times of India, of an equalisation levy introduced in the Budget, for Indian payers, on payments to a non-resident entity, in a first step to tax the digital economy.

And finally, the Hindu informs, renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray's neighbourhood gets a makeover, with posters of his films on display on the street where he lived, reflecting a slice of the maestro's art.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Congress, BJP lock horns over Ishrat Jahan affidavits

Congress, BJP lock horns over Ishrat Jahan affidavits - The Economic Times


Union Budget 2016-17 with its push for the Agriculture and Rural sectors, is given prime importance in Papers this morning. The Statesman writes, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will seek to tap various sources, including black money, to bring Nineteen Thousand, Six hundred and Ten crore rupees to the government's kitty as Revenue Gains -  without making any changes in the existing tax slabs. The Asian Age headline reads "Big Boost for Bharat's Growth" and,  "In a U-turn, NREGA gets maximum funds".

On the issue of black money - Hindustan Times writes - Arun Jaitley unlatched a four month window on Monday for domestic black money holders to come 'clean' by paying 45 percent of their undisclosed assets, in a one time opportunity to declare concealed incomes.

'JAI KISAN BUDGET',is the headline of The Pioneer, adding 'coffers open for villages, relief to small tax payers.

The Pioneer writes that an amount of two thousand one hundred and fifty crore rupees has been allocated this fiscal for cleaning up the Ganga under the head of National Ganga Plan.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley offered an olive branch in the budget to Vodafone,  to end India's most high profile tax dispute, offering to waive Interest and Penality if the company pays the original tax demand, reports The Economic Times. The British Telecom giant was, however, non-committal in its response.

The Asian Age reports - Prime Minister Narendra Modi may go to Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in November, as was announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special assistant on foreign affairs.

The Indian Express informs us that on Monday Pakistan executed former police commando Mumtaz Qadri for brutally assassinating former liberal Punjab Governor Salman Taseer - who had sought reforms in Pakistan's controversial Blasphemy laws.

And finally, the Times of India writes - "Vaccination for Cervical Cancer: Delhi does it First". Delhi is going to be the first state in the country to introduce the preventive HPV vaccine for Cervical Cancer, with girls studying in class VI to be vaccinated this year. The HPV vaccine is approved for use in over 100 countries.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Woman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' brandishes child's severed head in Moscow - Washington Times

Woman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' brandishes child's severed head in Moscow - Washington Times


 "Budget today!" announces Hindustan Times. Newspapers today reflect the anticipation of the Indian public about the Annual Budget to be presented in Parliament in a few hours from now. "How many Oscars will the Finance Minister win?" questions Economic Times. "FM focus: Revival of rural economy" headlines the Tribune. "New Budget here, but old ones funds still unspent" reports the Times of India. Alongside a picture of the Finance Minister carrying a briefcase, the paper adds "Changing lives or dashing hopes, it's all in the bag!" Newspapers also highlight the Prime Minister's words in his radio address to the nation yesterday: "Budget is my exam, I am confident".

The Hindu headlines the Prime Ministers promise to the nation: "Will double farm income by 2022. Asks State governments to give priority to agriculture."

As severe water shortage hits the capital for the second time in a week, Hindustan Times reports "Delhi water crisis returns". "Water supply takes big hit as plants shut down" says The Hindu.

The Pioneer leads with "Raids dig up empire of P Chidambaram's son," as Enforcement Directorate and I-T searches discover huge investments and real estates by Karti's firm in 14 countries.

Following the approval of the constitution of the Banks Board Bureau by the Prime Minister, the Asian Age reports: "Ex-CAG Rai is first head of Banks Bureau." "Government moves to fix PSU banks" highlights the Indian Express.

"Thane man kills self after butchering 14 of his family" reports the Pioneer and other newspapers on their front pages with pictures.

And finally, "Everest jinx to be tested this year" reports the Hindustan Times. "An avalanche, an earthquake and 35 deaths in two years have failed to dampen the spirit of climbers who have gathered in Nepal for a fresh attempt at Mount Everest, the World's highest peak this spring." A celebration of man's indomitable spirit!