Sunday, July 31, 2016

Floods, lightning claim over 60 lives

Floods, lightning claim over 60 lives

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

    Pictures of vehicles floating in water and serpentine lines of stalled traffic on the roads as rain pummelled many cities across the country dominate the front pages. The Pioneer writes "Innundated! India's metros turn into swollen lakes : Gurgaon, Bengaluru worst hit ; Delhi, Mumbai come to a standstill".
    The continuing unrest in the Kashmir Valley is keenly tracked by the press. "One more dead, 100 injured as protests continue across Valley" reports the Tribune. Drawing attention to a new challenge for the security forces, the Hindu states "Nocturnal protests spread across valley".
    There is intense media speculation over the possibility of the introduction of the GST bill in Parliament. The Hindustan Times observes "Centre to table GST bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday".
    In the backdrop of the recent incidents of cow vigilantism, the Indian Express, in its front page lead, quotes NDA Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale as saying "If you do Gau raksha, who will do manav raksha?"
    The Supreme Court has stepped in to address the pathetic condition in which hens are kept in tiny wire cages with no place to move around. The Pioneer reports "Apex court seeks government's response on rules to prevent cruelty to hens".
    In some good news for central government employees, the Tribune writes "Pay panel arrears in one go in August salary".
    Most papers take note of the fate of the Indian national Gurdip Singh who was to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling. The Indian Express quotes the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as saying "Indian national not executed in Indonesia".
    And finally....in what has got wildlife enthusiasts excited, the Times of India reports "In a first, tiger spotted at 12,000 feet in Uttarakhand". The paper adds that this altitude is usually the habitat of snow leopards.            

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