Friday, April 29, 2016

India gets homegrown satellite navigation system

India gets homegrown satellite navigation system


    The controversy over the Agusta Westland helicopter deal with Rajya Sabha BJP MP Subramniam Swamy alleging payoffs to Congress President Sonia Gandhi grabs front page attention. Highlighting Ms Gandhi's response to these charges, the Asian Age writes "Sonia hits back, tells BJP 'I'm not afraid'. With the Congress asserting that it had blacklisted Agusta Westland, the Pioneer carries Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's reaction as it reports "Agusta Westland was never blacklisted: Parrikar nails UPA half-truth".

    The government's denial of the allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought information on the Gandhi family from his Italian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session last year in exchange for freeing two Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen is widely reported. The Times of India reports "Modi didn't meet Italy PM Renzi in New York, clarifies MEA".

    The Supreme Court's ruling on continuing President's rule in Uttarakhand till May the 3rd, the date of the next hearing gets wide coverage. The Hindu reports that the apex court had tough questions for the Centre which had challenged the Speaker's decision that the Money Bill had been passed in the Assembly on March the 18th. The paper writes "Who can question authority of the Speaker, asks SC".

    Most papers report that the Common Medical Test for all government and private medical and dental colleges will be rolled out this year. The Times of India states "Only 1 test for medical admission from this session itself ,rules SC".

    Speculation is rife in the papers that Shashank Manohar, the Chief of the apex cricketing body in India BCCI may soon resign. "Manohar may pick ICC over India job" reports the Hindustan Times.

    The Asian Age and the Times of India draw attention to a very novel protest against the odd-even car scheme in Delhi with pictures of BJP MP Ram Prasad Sharma arriving in Parliament on a horse.

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