Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Woman from Hyderabad sold to sponsor in Saudi Arabia for Rs 3 lakh, faces torture: Sushma Swaraj assures help

Woman from Hyderabad sold to sponsor in Saudi Arabia for Rs 3 lakh, faces torture: Sushma Swaraj assures help

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Maoist attack killing 25 CRPF men in Chhattisgarh makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "25 CRPF men killed in Naxal attack. Six injured as patrol sanitising road in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district ambushed" is the lead in The Tribune.
Hindustan Times quotes Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as saying "Bullets, dialogue can't go together." "Mehbooba invokes Vajpayee for restoring peace in Valley, hails Modi's policies", informs The Pioneer.
"Panel moots Unique Identification Numbers for cows" writes The Hindu adding that "it is Agriculture Ministry's brainchild." "Now, cows to get Aadhaar! " notes The Pioneer.
On the lifting of a ban on the trade in shahtoosh shawls, woven from the fur of an endangered Tibetan antelope, in Jammu and Kashmir, Hindustan Times writes "Lift shahtoosh ban, says House panel." The paper also states that the traders in the valley welcomed the proposal, but it drew flak from animal rights activists and environmentalists.
Aadhaar was made mandatory to ensure the poor get subsidised food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Centre told the Delhi High Court, reports the Financial Express.
"Niti Aayog envisions houses, vehicles, ACs for all by year 2032" informs DNA.
Quoting the Supreme Court the Times of India writes " Politicians can't remove top cops on their whim."
Referring to the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India J.S.Khehar's decision to elevate 19 names to the Allahabad High Court, The Indian Express notes "Government said no but Supreme Court firm, sends back names for Allahabad High Court."
And finally, Does being rich mean a longer life Well The Times of India reports a US study shows wealthy people living up to 12.7 years more than the poor.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bloodbath in Chhattisgarh: Naxals kill 26 CRPF jawans, loot weapons

Bloodbath in Chhattisgarh: Naxals kill 26 CRPF jawans, loot weapons

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    The NITI Aayog meeting and MCD election dominate the front pages of almost all papers.
    "PM calls states Team India" is the Pioneer headline. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon Chief Ministers to speed up capital expenditure, and infrastructure creation to spur economic growth.
    The Indian Express leads with the headlines " Mehbooba asks CMs to reach out to Kashmiri students , PM backs appeal."
    The Times of India headlines reads "PM backs January -December Fiscal year".
    "MCD polls- half of Delhi did not care"  is The DNA headline saying that senior citizens outnumbered young voters. Also, the posh areas of the capital elicited lukewarm response.
    The Business Standard reports that UK has emerged as a popular destination this summer for Indian tourists as a weak pound has made travel 15 percent cheaper over last year.
    Now, passports can be applied for online, in Hindi also, India's cleanest river Narmada facing existential crisis, 300 whats-app groups used to mobilize stone pelters in Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu farmers suspending protest at Jantar Mantar after 40 days are some of the stories covered by newspapers.
    Blood donation is a great thing but, over 2.8 million units of blood & its components, a good 6 per cent of blood collected was discarded, over the last 5 years, exposing serious loopholes in the system, reports The Times of India.
    And finally, the Hindu introduces us to a collector Devajit Bandhyopadhyay from Kolkata who has, as a private collection- 500 pieces of memorabilia, 40 musical instruments, 20,000 books and manus and 24,000 records of Indian and Western music. 

RCB sinks to an all-time low

RCB sinks to an all-time low

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'Over to Delhi's voters' writes The Hindustan Times, of the municipal elections today. 'Showers cool city, heat on Kejriwal' says Mail Today on its front page, referring to AAP, which after losing the assembly by polls and the February elections in Punjab and Goa, faces an acid test.
'ISI sadhus planning terror strikes in UP' reports The Pioneer. The Asian Age says 'Yogi security up, alert in UP'.
Sulkhan Singh taking over as the new UP Director General Police is reported by most dailies. 'New UP Police chief vows to crush goondagardi' says The Statesman.
The Indian Express has taken the unrest in Kashmir as its lead story. 'Mehbooba to meet Modi on Jammu and Kashmir situation' writes The Times of India.
'Taliban attack leaves 140 soldiers dead in Afghanistan' reports The Hindu on its front page. The Statesman says that soldiers were young recruits.
For appointment of new judges, The Indian Express reports 'Chief Justice of India tells High Courts to send names at the earliest'.
The Asian Age and DNA have a write up on the police questioning Sasikala's nephew Dhinakaran for over 7 hours.
Bad news for Indians wanting to work overseas. 'Foreign jobs dry up for Indian workers' writes The Hindustan Times, adding that tighter norms in the west and the slowdown in Gulf economy have hit Indian hands.
Only half an hour from Delhi's Kashmiri Gate to Gurugram's Cyber City? Yes, this will be true, but in 2023, writes The Times of India. All thanks to a high speed railway link.
In a box item on its front page, The Hindustan Times reports of Sikkim Monarch Wangchuk Nangyal, who gave up his crown to be a monk. Now 64, he has spent the last 35 years meditating. Reminds one of the Buddha.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi over advice to babus on social media use

Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi over advice to babus on social media use

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The DNA headlines the Prime Minister's address to the civil servants on Civil Services Day yesterday. "Take decision's fast , don't fear consequences: use social media for service, not self praise", Modi tells bureaucrats says the headline.
"Why make Aadhaar must for PAN cards, Supreme Court asks Centre", is the front page headline in The Indian Express.
The Hindu quotes Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying, "Ensure safety of Kashmir", as its headline.
High Court dismisses AAP's plea for the use of paper trail voting machines (VVPAT EVMs) scheduled for tomorrow's Municipal Polls, says The Pioneer.
Paying service charge at hotels is totally voluntary and not mandatory says Food and Consumer affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
The Pioneer reports of a girl named Samia Abdul who collected 22 lakhs by posing as a cancer patient on Facebook. She used her father's medical records to prove the point and even had a recorded message of a Doctor from the hospital.
The Hindu carries pictures of Women in Telangana walking in line carrying water pots on their heads pointing to women having to trek a long way to fetch drinking water in Sangareddy district.
A young IAS officer Sri Ram Venkataraman has taken on the land mafia in the misty hills Munnar, where trees were felled illegally to construct multistory structures. He has even received threat from land mafia and controversial Kerala Minister MM Mani- thats a report in the Hindustan Times.
And finally,"Stamp enthusiasts can wake up and smell the coffee this Sunday", India Post is making it possible to send letters that carry the Fragrance of  Coffee. The Department of Post, Bengaluru will release a Coffee Stamp says The Hindu.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Netizen Held For Anti-Lokesh Posting On FB!

Netizen Held For Anti-Lokesh Posting On FB!

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A story prominently noted on many front pages is the multi state pre-emptive anti terrorist operation yesterday by security agencies.
"10 IS-inspired terrorists nabbed after raids across five states" is the DNA headline. The paper reports that coordinated operations by IB and anti terror units foiled plans for major terrorist attacks.
"Don't be yes men, Rajnath tells babus" is the headline of the Asian Age lead story. The report says that Mr Singh urged civil servants to be impartial and not to hesitate in taking decisions.
The Financial Express leads with the Supreme Court's verdict to e-auction the iconic Taj Mansingh hotel in New Delhi. The paper adds that Taj  will get six months after the e-auction before vacating the hotel, if they lose out in the auction.
"Nawaz survives Panama for now, to face enquiry" says The Pioneer. The paper adds that the Pakistan SC has found the evidence to be inadequate to remove the PM. However, the Pak SC has ordered a thorough probe to be completed within two months. The Asian Age dubs it as a "narrow escape" for the Pak PM.
"India makes fresh bid to get Headley, Rana" headlines The Hindu. The paper reports that NIA sought the extradition of the two during the recent visit of the FBI Deputy Director to India.
"Govt uses 'adverse' IB reports to reject names of 6 former judges for tribunals, commissions" reports The Indian Express. The paper adds that two ex-Supreme Court judges and two High Court Chief Justices are among those rejected by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
In news that signals consolidation in the Indian etailing segment, The Economic Times leads with eBay's proposed sale of its India business to Flipkart in the second half of this year.
Finally, The Hindu Business Line reports of a crowdfunding initiative to end farm distress. The fund, started by a group of IT professionals and  NGO, has already raised 60 lakh rupees to help farmers.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, India, China,Arunachal Pradesh, Beijing, Gopal Baglay 'Invented names don't make illegal territories legal': India slams China over renaming towns in Arunachal Pradesh

Web Exclusive, Dalai Lama, India, China,Arunachal Pradesh, Beijing, Gopal Baglay 'Invented names don't make illegal territories legal': India slams China over renaming towns in Arunachal Pradesh

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A Supreme Court order passed on Wednesday - restoring criminal conspiracy charges against 15 top BJP and RSS leaders in the 6 Dec 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, is prominently covered by the Press. Mail Today writes - the CBI stand on backing the trial in the Babri Masjid case may have ended the chances of a Rashtrapati Bhawan stint for LK Advani, who is, allegedly, being projected for the top constitutional position.
The Asian Age reports, In a major electoral reform before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,  the Prime Minister yesterday cleared a proposal to purchase sixteen lakh fifteen thousand 'Voter Verification Paper Audit Trial' i.e. (VVPAT) units, covering all stations in the country - at a cost of Rupees three thousand  one hundered and seventy four crore, across two fiscal years.
Business Standard informs us that the government is planning to get on board a UK based independent arbitrator to appear on behalf of Indian authorities and to put up a strong case of extradition against absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya, according to an Enforcement Directorate official.
The BSF jawan who had taken to social media in January to highlighted the "poor" quality of food being served to jawans - Tej Bhahadur Yadav, was yesterday dismissed from service, reports The Tribune.
DNA writes - China has announced that it has renamed or 'standardised' the official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, calling its action Legitimate days after Beijing lodged a strong protest with India over the Dalai Lama's  visit to the frontier state.
The Indian Express reports that a Delhi based NGO "The Public Health Foundation of India" has been barred from receiving foreign funds including from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, on grounds of alleged violations of the law and the FCRA.
And finally, Times of India reveals to us Why its beneficial to have friends that exercise and remain fit - as a study at the MIT Sloan Schools of Management suggests that exercise, especially running is social contagious.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to be tried in Babri demolition case, says SC

Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to be tried in Babri demolition case, says SC

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya getting arrested by UK cops and then getting bail makes for front page news in almost all the dailies this morning. "Mallya arrested, bailed in UK as extradition process begins" headlines Hindustan Times. The paper writes that bringing fugitive tycoon back to India set to be a long-drawn process lasting months, if not years: next hearing on May 17. "Law starts catching up: Mallya held on London by Scotland yard, gets bail" leads The Indian Express.
Writing on the monsoon the Business Standard writes "Normal rain prediction lifts business sentiment. India Inc cheers IMD projection, sees rural demand pick-up". "Rain God to help economy this monsoon. IMD, skymet predict normal precipitation" states The Pioneer.
The Hindu quotes the centre telling the Supreme Court that "Respect for national flag, anthem non-negotiable.
The Times of India reports that nearly 20,000 fuel outlets in eight states, including Haryana will be shut every Sunday from May 14 after PM Modi's call to conserve oil and save the environment.
The Business Standard writes "Government allays concerns over mobile tower radiation".
With the summer holiday season approaching The Asian Age writes "Railways set to tackle holiday rush".
DYNAMIC or flexi-fare in the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains will be admissible under the leave travel concession (LTC) allowance. The department of personnel and training has issued a directive in this regard to all central government ministries reports The Financial Express.
Referring to Delhi Metro Hindustan Times writes "Metro's new, autopilot-enabled trains ready to roll out in June".
And finally, India will be the largest country to roll out World's 1st kid-friendly TB drugs. Well, The Times of India reports that it will be launched in all states by the end of 2017.

Trump signs executive order on H1B visa review, says lottery system is all wrong

Trump signs executive order on H1B visa review, says lottery system is all wrong

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Newspapers this morning focus on different stories.
"Will bring law to ensure doctors prescribe generic drugs" the Times of India quotes the PM in its lead story.
"Government to sell stakes in SAIL, IOC, and other prize PSUs" to raise funds for infrastructure and social projects, is the lead in the Hindustan Times.
"ED notice to Karti for alleged FEMA violation, Chidambaram says government can't silence my voice" writes the Indian Express.
"Aamby Valley to be auctioned as Sahara fails to deposit 5000  crore rupees" reports The Times of India. "All speeches by President, Ministers may be in Hindi" notes The Times of India.
"Sting in Narada tail! CBI indicts 12 TMC leaders" states the Pioneer.
"FIR on Sasikala's nephew for bid to bribe EC" writes the Asian Age of TTV Dinakaran. "Chinnamma jolted! OPS, EPS camps to merge" is the Pioneer's take.
Air India mulls hefty fine upto 15 lakh rupees for unruly fliers, less than a month after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted a staffer is a story covered by most papers.
"4 Lakh companies face deregistration  for not filing IT returns" as part of crackdown on shell campaniles, reports the Times of India.
"SC collegium clears pending files, 90 names" for appointment of judges, is a front pages story in the Indian Express.
NITI Aayog is drawing up a plan to give full operational autonomy to top educational institutions like JNU, DU and colleges such as SRCC and LSR reports the Times of India.
With the blazing heat in the capital, "City fire men get a call every 15 minutes" 50% more than the average for the previous month, reports the Times of India.
And finally, "over 50 Indians among 'super achievers'"from Asia under the age of 30, in the Forbes' list, including gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Olympic Medallist Sakshi Malik and Actress Alia Bhatt, reports the Hindu Business Line. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'I fully support Sonu Nigam'

'I fully support Sonu Nigam'

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The Prime Minister's address at the BJP National Executive Meeting in Bhubaneshwar yesterday, occupies the front pages of newspapers. "Social Justice must also reach Muslims, but through Dialogue, not Conflict, says PM", is the headline in The Indian Express. "Modi reaches out to Muslim women and 'backward classes', opposes Triple Talaq", reports The Times of India.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board sending out a warning on Triple Talaq, is covered by The Hindu. Muslim men who misuse triple talaq without valid reason - will be subjected to social boycott, so that such cases do not arise in future. The AIMPLB, however, asserted its full constitutional right to implement Muslim Personal Law in the country.
"Army Chief Bipin Rawat briefs NSA on J&K unrest and the 'human shield' row", headlines The Asian Age. The Army chief met NSA Ajit Doval on Sunday for 30 minutes and apprised him of the situation in the Kashmir valley, caught is a fresh spiral of violence.
Meanwhile, Mail Today reports that according to military intelligence officials who heard the 'chatter' between ISI operatives and the terrorist leadership operating in the valley, the stone pelting protesters that recently attacked polling stations in Kashmir - were no 'flash mobs' - but part of a coordinated attack planned by Pakistan's ISI.
"Hyderabad women triggers hijack alert at airport's", writes DNA. Security at international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai were put on maximum alert to levels seen during Republic Day and Independence Day, after a Hyderabad-based women sent an e-mail to the Mumbai police saying she had overheard six people discussing a simultaneous hijacking of planes.
After a scare of rice and sugar being made of plastic surfaced on social networking platforms, the Delhi food department had collected over 20 samples from various outlets in Delhi - to have them examined in laboratories.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Triple talaq unjust, says Modi

Triple talaq unjust, says Modi

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The ongoing 2-day BJP National Executive Meet being held in Bhubaneshwar, is the lead story in today's Press and Party President Amit Shah's address to party workers is the matter of most top headlines. "BJP is yet to peak, can beat regional parties, says Shah", headlines Hindustan Times. The Statesman, quoting him, writes - BJP must become a Pan-India party, with a presence from Panchayats to Parliament.
Pakistan claiming to have arrested 3 Indian Intelligence agents in PoK, is another prominent story. The Indian Express reports that police in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir claim to have arrested 3 suspected Research and Analysis Wing agents for their alleged involvement in anti- state activities.
Meanwhile DNA writes "Now, only Medical visas for Pakistanis". India is planning to escalate the diplomat offensive by restricting visas only on humanitarian health ground to Pakistani citizens, after the Kulbhusan Jadav imbroglio.
Setting a record, the Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar has recommended 51 names for Judges in 10 high courts, shortly after finalising the memorandum of procedure for appointment of Judge in constitutional courts - reports the Sunday Times.
 "IITs to add 20% seats to get in more women". The Sunday Express informs us that the Indian Institutes of Technology  have decided to introduce a supernumerary quota for women from 2018, to improve the gender composition of their classrooms.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

K Chandrashekhar Rao clears Telangana State Reservation Bill, Muslims to get 12 per cent quota

K Chandrashekhar Rao clears Telangana State Reservation Bill, Muslims to get 12 per cent quota

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The Jammu  and Kashmir videos of jawans and stone pelters sparking a row in the valley is the lead in The Times of India and The Statesman.'Five held for assault on CRPF men, Mehbooba seeks report on disturbing videos' reports The Statesman.
The Indo Pak impasse on Kulbhushan Jadhav figures in most dailies.While 'India set to defend Jadhav in Pak Court' is The Hindustan Times headline, The Tribune says 'Pakistan firm on death'.
'Bhubaneshwar decked in saffron' is how The Statesman refers to the BJP national executive meet beginning today in Odisha.' All eyes on Adityanath' writes The Hindustan Times, as apparently the newly appointed Chief Minister has created a buzz in the city.
60,000 people under Income tax laws for cash transactions is the focus of the business dailies. 'Income tax department crackdown on suspicious cash transactions after note ban, says The Financial Express.
The Prime Minister launching the Aadhaar  pay system allowing cash transfers using biometrics even without phones is covered extensively by the press. 'Big thumbs up to cashless payments' says The Economic Times. The Financial Express shows the Prime Minister launching the Bhim-Aadhaar app, which would make this possible, on Ambedkar Jayanti.
'No school, college offs on Jayantis - 220 days of teaching mandatory in UP schools' reports DNA, of Yogi Adityanath's decision.
'Centre charged up over service charge on food' says The Tribune, of the government plan to issue an advisory to states on this. 'Eateries can't fleece you for service' is how The Pioneer puts it.
And finally, call it wonderlust or sheer grit.  The Hindustan Times has a picture of an Italian tourist cycling through Old Delhi - multiple sclerosis being no deterrent.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

North Korea: 'Whatever comes, we will handle it'

North Korea: 'Whatever comes, we will handle it'

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Results of Assembly By-Polls are highlighted in todays' Papers. DNA reports that the results of 10 Assembly seats in 8 States have bought jubilation for the BJP, a breather for the Congress and humiliation for the Aam Aadmi Party. Filling the vacancies in Legislatures and Parliament was necessitated to complete the Electoral College for the Presidential Poll with  Pranab Mukherjee's term ending on July 25.
 "US drops 'Mother of all Bombs' on Islamic State cave in Afghanistan", headlines The Times of India. The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an ISIS complex in Afghanistan, in order to maintain the momentum of the US offensive against ISIS-Khorasan.
 The Asian Age reports - India is placing its 14th request to Pakistan for consular access to former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad-  according to government sources in New Delhi. "The Economic Times writes that the Government has asked the Indian Mission in Pakistan to exhaust all legal options available to save him.
  Mail Today and The Asian Age carry photographs of sports stars Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik receiving the Padma Shri Awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
 The top headline in the Hindu reads - "States warned on cow vigilantes, says Rijiju". The paper reports that Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju made a statement in the Rajya Sabha that though there are provisions in the Constitution to ensure cow protection, this should not give freedom to an individual to take the law into his hands. We have issued a stern warning to all the States, he said.

Friday, April 14, 2017

United Airlines passenger ordeal 'worse than fall of Saigon'

United Airlines passenger ordeal 'worse than fall of Saigon'

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Come first May, petrol and diesel prices will change every day in sync with international rates is one of the top stories covered by most of the dailies this morning."Fuel price to change daily in Union Territories, 4 other cities from May 1st" says The Tribune.
On the rehabilitation of the Yamuna floodplains which was adversely impacted by a cultural event organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living (AOL), The Indian Express states "Will take 10 years to restore river bank hit by Sri Sri event, panel tells NGT"
"Election Commission dares sceptics' wits to back EVMs" headlines The Pioneer adding "Techies, political parties asked to try and rig machines in a 10-day event."
The Times of India quotes the government telling the Supreme Court "Force in Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) areas must get immunity. Ease order for FIRs for deaths during operations."
Writing on the Bikaner land scam case The DNA writes "Rajasthan land scam: Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids business associates of Vadra. Raids properties of agent in Bikaner land deals. Vendetta, cries a furious Congress."
Quoting the Supreme Court, The Times of India writes "Women criminals can be shown leniency." The paper writes that the court clarified "but no mercy in terror cases".
"All India Radio airs save Jadhav pitch to Pakistani audience" writes The Economic Times adding "state broadcaster's pak-aimed bulletins in six languages say killing Kulbhushan 'anti-islamic'."
"In 'historic' Budget Session, Parliament passes 18 bills." informs The Business Line.
And finally, running can add 3 years to your life. Well, The Times of India reports that running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. It doesn't matter if you're not a regular runner, benefits even drinkers, smokers.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Telangana hikes quota for Muslims and STs, how much is suspense

Telangana hikes quota for Muslims and STs, how much is suspense

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
India warning Pak on Kulbhushan Jadhav's sentence is the major focus in most dailies today. "India vows justice for Jadhav" leads the Asian Age. "Be careful, united House tells reckless neighbour" headlines the DNA.
'EVMs not reason for Congress' defeat' Times of India quotes senior Congress member, Veerappa Moily saying, the party should not have joined opposition parties to petition the Election Commission against EVMs.
"PAC clean chit to Manmohan in CWG scam". The Asian Age cites the Public Accounts Committee report on the 2010 CWG, finding nothing against the then PM Manmohan Singh.
"For protesting fee hike, 66 Punjab University students are booked for sedition" highlights the Indian Express on its front page. The complainant, a security officer, later said his complaint had been "misinterpreted'.
"Man claims cell tower gave him cancer, Supreme Court shuts it down", first in the country to be closed on an individual's plea, is the lead in the Times of India.
"ATMs still running 30% short of cash" notes the Hindustan Times.
"Sudden rage behind most city murders, dip in killing for robbery" the Times of India cites a police study on the capital.
"Soon, hotels will serve only 'fixed' portions of food" as Centre plans move to prevent food wastage, reports the Hindu Business Line. "Move well-meaning, but implementation close to impossible, says industry" writes the Economic Times.
"1.7 crore or one fourth of all households in cities have no kitchen" the Times of India cites the Socio Economic Caste Census.
And finally, "Shimla jailbirds run book cafe". The Statesman reports the first ever book cafe in the country being run by inmates, a unique initiative by civic body, tourism department and the prison directorate.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines CEO sorry for 'horrific' passenger removal

United Airlines CEO sorry for 'horrific' passenger removal

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
A front page story across most papers today is a Pakistani Court sentencing of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jhadav to death. If executed, it is murder, warns India," writes the Indian Express while the Asian Age adds "Delhi summons Pak envoy: military court trial farcical".
"Oppositions parties unite to ask poll panel to dump EVM's," writes the Times of India.
Most papers on their front page have pictures of PM Modi with the Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. In a headline related to the Australian PM's visit to India, the Pioneer writes "India-Oz for action against terror havens".
The Hindu reports "Law on cow slaughter not feasible," adding that a day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat called for a nationwide law for banning cow slaughter, senior officials in the government said the demand was not feasible as it was a "State subject" and the constitution would have to be amended for such a law.
Under the headline "Chikangunya, dengue arrive big and early this year, the Times of India writes that this is reflected in the very high number of cases recorded by doctors for this time of the year.
Celebrating extraordinary the achievement of 21 year old Prachi Sukhwani, the Times of India writes that though Prachi's vision was steadily waning, the bright girl, despite 80 percent vision loss had set her sights firmly on one goal - that of studying in IIM Ahmadabad and has successfully made it to the prestigious institute.
And finally, in an interesting story, the Hindustan Times reports that smart-set top boxes, with preloaded popular apps such as you tube and Netflix are set to turn all idiot boxes into intelligent televisions.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pre-meditated murder if Jadhav killed, Pak warned

Pre-meditated murder if Jadhav killed, Pak warned

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
"8 dead in Kashmir by-poll violence" is the Hindustan Times headline referring to the by-elections in Srinagar yesterday. The DNA reports that at 6.5 per cent, voter turn out was lowest in 27 years.
"Ban Cow slaughter nation wide : says the RSS", is the Asian Age headline. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat also condemned the violence unleashed by cow vigilantes saying it gave a bad name to cow protection campaign.
The Hindu Business Line reports that in Maharashtra 70,000 hectares and orange & Mousambi farms are wilting especially in Vidarbha and Marathwada due to searing heat.
The opening of 1.1 crore Jan Dhan accounts between 28th Dec, 2016 to 25th Jan, 2017 points to their misuse for parking black money, suspects the tax man, is a financial express front page story.
The Times of India reports of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's assurance of giving 1 crore rupees in compensation to a martyr. He was speaking at the CRPF valour day where a website Bharatkeveer.gov.in was launched.
Most newspapers have reported on vice president's wife Salma Ansari saying that triple talaq does not amount to divorce, according to Quran.
And finally, The Hindu reports with a beautiful picture of an installation in Goa named 'Carpet of Joy' created by Goan sculptor.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Just 7.14% polling in Srinagar seat—lowest-ever in 5 decades

Just 7.14% polling in Srinagar seat—lowest-ever in 5 decades

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Most newspapers lead with the visit of the Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, 'India, Bangladesh seal historic deals, condemn Pak terror' writes the Asian Age.
'Srinagar votes today, Valley tense' is the Tribune headline. The paper adds that net services there have been shut down to prevent floating of rumors.
'Make parties accountable for implementing manifestos: CJI' headlines the DNA. The paper adds Justice Khehar takes a strong stand against using caste and religion during campaigning.
Minister of state for Civil Aviation saying that the government is considering a 'no fly list' to deal with unruly passengers is reported by the Hindu and The Hindustan Times.
'No ban, but Air India may sue Gaekwad on its 15 lakh loss' writes the Asian Age of the erring Shiv Sena MP.
In the next couple of months you will need your passport or Aadhar for domestic flights, says the Times of India.
Dalai Lama's comments on China find reference in the Statesman and Hindu. 'China's action like dictator Pol Pot's says the spiritual leader, adding that it is normal for Beijing to give political colors to his visit.
But on the flip side, the Times of India writes on its front page "Breakthrough cancer drugs do not make it to India" and only 7 of 50 introduced here in 50 years.
Age is no deterrent if you are determined. '60 year olds aspiring to be doctors register for MBBS entry' reports the Times of India. This follows the Supreme Court lifting the age limit of 25 year for the test.
The Hindustan Times and the Times of India have a picture of Supreet Kaur, a TV newsreader for a regional channel in Chhattisgarh, who had to read out news of her husband's death in a car crash, which came in as breaking news. She broke down, but only after having walked out of the studio.
"Soft bank offers 50 million dollars to buy out Snapdeal founders" reports the Financial Express, of the beleaguered company.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Chhattisgarh TV anchor reads out breaking news of her husband’s death in car accident

Chhattisgarh TV anchor reads out breaking news of her husband’s death in car accident

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Many major dailies have covered on their  front pages the Supreme Court directive to the Centre and six States, on their reply to a petition seeking curbs on cow-protection vigilantes. "SC may tether cow vigilantism", reports The Mail Today. "Why not ban Gau-rakshaks, SC asks centre, six states", headlines The Times of India.
The US attack on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed 70 people, has also been covered prominently. "Provoked, US hits Syrian airbase", notes The Pioneer; while The Indian Express adds" With strikes on Syria, Trumps sets up US-Russia face-off".
The Hindustan Times reports that Air India has lifted a ban on Shiv Sena lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad, but a section of the national carrier's pilots refused to fly him unless he apologised for allegedly assaulting a senior cabin crew on board a flight last month. Meanwhile, The Asian Age adds that the aviation regulator DGCA was drafting rules for establishing a " National No- fly list " to deal with unruly passengers in a more effective manner.
In a related aviation story The DNA reports on its  front page " Air India, Indigo aircraft have a close shave on IGIA runway " .
In its front page story The Indian Express reports" Prohibition has led to addiction to drugs : Bihar doctors find out".
And finally, "Dogs may help protect kids from obesity," informs The Hindustan Times. Having a furry friend at-home may lead to a reduced risk of allergy and obesity in children, suggests a new research in the journal  Microbiome.

Truck plows into store in apparent terror attack in Stockholm

Truck plows into store in apparent terror attack in Stockholm

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The Supreme Court's observation on the delay in the Babri Masjid demolition case grabs front page attention in many papers. The Hindustan Times reports "Babri case evasion of justice says SC : Top court to rule on CBI's plea to restore conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi and others". The Pioneer notes "Apex court hints at transferring case to Lucknow".
The fallout of the controversial incident in which Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly assaulted an Air India official is keenly tracked in the press. The Hindu reports "Gaikwad regrets Air India incident : But insists he owes no apology to the airline's officials; wants ban lifted". The DNA observes "Air India may relent after a written apology". The incident reverberated in Parliament as well with the Times of India writing "Sena MPs heckle aviation mantri over Gaikwad ban".
The lynching of a man in Rajasthan's Alwar district by a cow vigilante group echoed in Parliament with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi denying that the kind of incident being described had actually happened on the ground. The Indian Express reports "Rajya Sabha seeks report from government after Naqvi remark sparks outrage in House". In an interesting nugget, the Times of India reports "10 per cent gau raksha surcharge in Rajasthan on stamp duty".
The Shunglu Committee's report on the AAP government in Delhi is widely reported in the press. The DNA writes "Shunglu panel report slams AAP ministers' foreign trips".
The passage of the GST bills in the Rajya Sabha is noticed by all the papers with the DNA singling out former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's contribution as it writes "Manmohan facilitates sommoth sailing for GST in Rajya Sabha".
RBI chief Urjit Patel's observation on farm loan waiver schemes is prominently noticed in the press. The Indian Express quotes him as saying Farm loan waiver undermines honest credit culture".

Thursday, April 6, 2017

India best country to uphold religious harmony, tolerance: Dalai Lama

India best country to uphold religious harmony, tolerance: Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal triggering protests by China, occupies top slot in most newspapers today. "Dalai Lama visit will hurt ties, severely damage peace, Beijing warns Delhi" headlines the Indian Express. DNA terms it as "Chinese Checkers" as China says, "it will take all measures to protect 'territory' ".
In a related development, the Business Standard reports "India moves mountains to build military road to China border" as a top-priority military asset.
"CRPF officer bounces back after 9 bullets, 16 days in coma" reports the Hindu of braveheart Chetan Cheeta, who was injured in an encounter in Kashmir. "Terrorists fail to kill Cheetah's spirit" leads the Pioneer.
'Crackdown on illegal meat must not hit right to life',  as choice of food in a part of right to life the Hindustan Times cites the Allahabad High Court's observation to the UP government.
On the Alwar vigilante incident, the Indian Express states "Gau rakshaks killed a dairy farmer, not cattle smuggler."
"No funds if highways downgraded; NHAI says, it won't fund upkeep of national highways if state govts denotify them as urban roads", to comply with Supreme Court ban on sale of liquor near highways, reports the DNA.
"Sensex breaches 30,000; closes at lifetime high" notes the Business Standard.
"UK visa restrictions will hit 30,000 Indian techies", states the Hindu Business Line.
"Cabinet clears independent regulator to fix rail fares," reports the Times of India.
"Financial year-end rush for cash dries up ATMs again" highlights the DNA.
"Initials, punctuations on PAN cards make linking with Aadhar a pain" notes the Times of India, as the govt insists on linking the two accounts by July 31st.
And finally, in what may be good news for frequent fliers, "Airport check-in set to be a breeze with biometric identification" as the Civil Aviation Ministry studies the feasibility of an integrated platform, reports the Business Standard.

Hyderabad Man Sends Triple Talaq Through Post Card, Arrested

Hyderabad Man Sends Triple Talaq Through Post Card, Arrested

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Living up to the promise made in its election manifesto the Yogi Adityanath government in  Uttar Pradesh waived off loan to small and marginal farmers in the state is one  of the top stories covered by the dailies this morning."Yogi govt walks poll talk,waives Rs36 crore farm loans" informs The Times of India.
India turning down the US offer to mediate with Pakistan and emphasising the bilateral aspect of India Pakistan ties to US is the other big story covered by the newspapers." India rebuffs US offer on talks with Pakistan" writes DNA adding "Move comes after US Seeks a proactive role in de-escalating tensions".
In a boost to Modi's vision The Economic Times writes " The Right Click: United Payments Interface (UPI) leads boom in digital India." The paper also mentions that payments through the system jumps 20% to RS 2,000 cr in March over January."
On Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh The Pioneer states "Don't poke nose, New Delhi tells Beijing over Dalai's trip".  the paper also quotes Minister of State for Home Affairs   Kiren Rijiju as saying " Arunachal part of India ; we support One-China policy, expect reciprocity."
 Quoting Supreme Courts directive to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Hindustan Times says " form new guidelines on refunds for flight delays".
Writing on the passing away of renowned Hindustan classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar , DNA says "Hindustan classical music loses its brightest note".
Referring to Lalu prasad's family being in the centre of a row The Indian Express says "Patna Zoo under Lalu son buys soil from mall site under Lalu son. Tej Pratap , Tejarshi , Rabri Devi, sisters are shareholder in firm that owns site."
And Finally, The National zoological park in Delhi is gearing up for the summer 2017 .Well , Hindustan Times reports that among other things fans are to be installed in cages. The animals diets will include fruits, sugarfree kheer and mineral supplements.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Yogi cabinet waives off crop loans worth Rs 36,000 crore

Yogi cabinet waives off crop loans worth Rs 36,000 crore

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"Nitish pushes grand alliance plan- asks Congress and Left to start work to dethrone BJP in 2019", writes The Asian Age.
"Kejriwal faces criticism over Jethmalani's fee of 5 crore Rupees", says The DNA, writing that the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi is facing widespread criticism after it came to light that the State Government is using public funds to pay bills incurred by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party leaders in their legal battle with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Under the headline "Drink Driving now a major issue on railway lines too", The Hindustan Times writes that about 15 per cent drivers fail alcohol tests when they sign off duty.The paper adds that the Indian Railways  has seen nearly four fold rise  in the number of train drivers who failed an alcohol test over the past 5 years.
The Hindu reports that besides loss of revenue to the Haryana exchequer running into several hundred crores, more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs in the face of the ban on bars and pubs along National and State highways.
The Hindustan Times, quoting a CBRL's report says that Delhi's Connaught Place is the worlds 9th most expensive location with an annual Prime rent of 105.71 Dollars per square foot.
The Times of India writes that Google's mobile operating system Android has, for the first time, surpassed windows as the worlds most popular operating system.
And finally, in good news for bus travellers, The Times of India writes that City bus travellers inhale less black carbon or soot than those in Cars, since buses in Delhi use CNG-as fuel and passengers sit at a higher level than those in cars, thus  avoiding the denser pollution air.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

St. Petersburg metro explosion: 10 killed in attack coinciding with Putin visit

St. Petersburg metro explosion: 10 killed in attack coinciding with Putin visit

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Photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi driving through the mega Chenani-Nashri highway tunnel - along with governor N N Vohra after its inauguration yesterday, appear on the front pages of news papers . "India's longest tunnel opens in Kashmir" - captions The Asian Age. "Kashmir must choose between tourism and terrorism, says PM", is the headline in The Times of India.
Thousands of watering holes, iconic clubs and swanky pubs  along highways  going dry across the country after a Supreme Court ban, also receives prominence in the press. "Party is over" - headlines Mail Today. The Economic Times writes - "Government may lose overall tax revenue of Rs. 50 thousand crore, pubs likely to take a Rs 15 thousand crore hit.
In a bid to check counterfeiting, the government is planning to change the security features of higher-value currency notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 every 3 to 4 years, according to senior officials of the Home and Finance Ministries, reports The Asian Age. "
The Times of India reports that Niti Aayog is throwing open its doors to private sector experts to join the government think-tank at all levels, including the Secretary rank. The bureaucracy will now have to compete for jobs with applicants from the private sector or academic institutions.
The top story in DNA reports that at last two US based companies with headquarter in San Francisco and Texas are hosting and securing the website of proscribed Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed - disseminating anti-India propaganda, Jihad in Kashmir and violent extremist ideology.
In a major boost to export prospects, India will commence shipments of mangoes such as Kesar and Totapuri (or alphonso) to Japan and South Korea this season, with officials from these two countries having checked on-site, pre-clearance programmes at the vapour heat treatment facility in Saharanpur, reports Financial Express.
And Finally, The Times of India writes of the International Pillow Fight contest held on Saturday in Bucharest in Romania. Residence crowded the streets with no other weapon than soft pillows.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kashmiris have to choose between tourism and terrorism: PM Narendra Modi

Kashmiris have to choose between tourism and terrorism: PM Narendra Modi 

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) tightening the noose around shell firms that allegedly facilitated black money transactions and laundering of demonetized currency, receives prominence in the Press. Hindustan Times writes that more than 100 location were raided across 16 states in a sweeping crackdown on companies related to the likes of Chaggan Bhujpal, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Jain brothers of Delhi.
"Yogi orders inquiry into Akhilesh's key projects", is the top headline in DNA. After taking control of the bureaucracy, UP Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has now trained his guns on his political adversaries. Not only has Adityanath reviewed projects of the previous regime, he has also ordered an inquiry into four dream projects of the Akhilesh Yadav government.
The top headline in the Sunday Express reads - "5-fold increase in drunk-driving fine, jail up to 10 years for causing death". Changes to the Motor Vehicles Act, that were approved by the Cabinet on Friday, show that appropriate action has been sought from the Ministry of Home Affairs to make such drivers responsible for culpable homicide, under section 299 of the Indian Penal Code.
"Mulayam hits out at Akhilesh, says son insulted him for five years" - headlines Hindustan Times. Mulayam's comment is the latest episode in a bitter public spat after  Akhilesh staged a virtual coup against his father, before the polls.
On the EVM row in Madhya Pradesh the Asian Age writes "Election Commission shifts 19 Madhya Pradesh officials. Poll panel to send high level team after reports of pro-BJP machine." "E-voting machine defaults to BJP, opposition wants probe" leads Hindustan Times.
The Times of India informs us that affordable hospital chain promoter, Dr. Devi Shetty has entered the Delhi market, with his group - the Narayan Hrudayalaya -  tying up with Dharamshila hospital in east Delhi.
And finally, the Sunday Express reports that exactly a week ago AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal announced that his party planned to abolish Residential House Tax if voted to power to municipal corporations in Delhi later this month. But a deeper look into records suggests that those who stand to benefit most from the waiver of property tax will be owners of properties in upscale colonies.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cow killers will be hanged, says Raman Singh

Cow killers will be hanged, says Raman Singh

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The Gujarat Assembly amending the law to make cow slaughter punishable with life imprisonment is one of the top stories covered by the dailies this morning. "Gujarat assembly passes bill that awards life term for cow slaughter"writes Hindustan Times adding  "Amendments to the state's animal protection law say vehicles used in such crimes will be taken away permanently."
On ban on liquor shops The Indian Express headlines "Supreme Court confirms: Alcohol ban on highways will include bars, restaurants, hotels. Cuts buffer zone to 220 meters in areas with population less than 20,000."
"GST Council clears bulk of rules for new tax regime" informs The Economic Times.
"Government cuts small savings interest rate by 0.1%" notes The Statesman. Writing on the host of tax measures and changes that will kick in from April the 1st with the passage of Finance Bill, The Tribune writes "New ITR forms, cap on cash deals.Can't receive over rupees 2 lakh in cash; return on small savings cut by 0.1% ; Aadhar must for tax returns."
In another story The Tribune writes " Reserve Bank Of India closes window for old notes. NRI's can exchange scrapped Rs 1000, Rs 500 till June 30".
Referring to the alleged disproportionate assets case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife The Hindu states "CBI files charge sheet against Virbhadra. Agency acted hours after Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to quash case against him".The Asian Age quotes the Supreme Court as saying "Won't mediate in Ayodhya tangle." The paper also mentions that the Supreme Court rejects early hearing and questions Swamy's plea.
And finally, Now , there is a 'crystal ball' that can predict heart disease and diabetes. Well, The Times of India reports that scientists in the US  have developed an internet crystal ball- a metabolic calculator that can predict a patient's risk of developing heart disease and diabetes more accurately than traditional methods.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

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"No vacation for 3 Supreme Court Constitution benches" headlines Hindustan Times. "Unprecedented 19 judges to work during summer break to hear issues of grave importance." The Pioneer says, "Triple Talaq to cost Supreme Court vacation."
"Lok Sabha rejects Rajya Sabha changes, Okays Finance Bill," headlines The Asian Age. "No cap on corporate funds to parties, suggest a way out, government tells opposition," is the lead in The Indian Express.
 "Prime Minister wants BJP MPs to be GST ambassadors," says The Economic Times. "Explain the benefits of the landmark tax reform simply to people."
 "Youth storming encounter sites committing suicide," The Pioneer quotes Jammu and Kashmir police chief. "Enemies of India misusing social media to instigate J&K youth," he says.
"Extending connectivity" is the Hindu's graphic depiction of the new routes awarded to five airlines. "Regional connectivity gets wings; Five airlines get to fly 128 routes," says Business Line.
 "Trouble brews in AAP ahead of polls," notes The Asian Age.  Rajesh Rishi (the party's Janakpuri legislator) cautions the CM against listening to 'sycophants'." And to add to the party's woes, The Statesman reports, "Setback to Kejriwal as High Court refuses to stay trial Court proceedings" in a criminal defamation complaint against the CM.
'A Moment to Remember, An Award to Cherish' - reports The Tribune with a photo story showing President Pranab Mukherjee conferring the Padma Awards in New Delhi, yesterday.
  And, finally, what's for lunch? Potatoes grown on Mars? The Times of India reports, Scientists in Lima, Peru, have successfully grown a potato in frigid, high carbon dioxide surroundings, indicating that potatoes may one day be harvested under conditions as hostile as those on Mars!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

5 dead in Maharashtra as heat wave sweeps through

5 dead in Maharashtra as heat wave sweeps through

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The passage of GST bills in the Lok Sabha dominates front page headlines. "4 key GST bills passed in Lok Sabha, July 1 roll out set" reports the Asian Age. The Economic Times writes "Green signal from Rajya Sabha looks easy ; July 1 deadline achievable though much work remains to be done".
The Supreme Court ultimatum on banning sale and registration of BS-3 vehicles from April 1 is the front page lead in many papers. The Hindu quotes the court as saying "Health of public more important than the automobile industry's interests". The Financial Express writes "SC order means loss of upto 30,000 crore rupees".
In yet another incident of a mob attack on an African national on the outskirts of Delhi, the DNA reports "Kenyan woman dragged out of cab, thrashed in Noida". Drawing attention to how serious the incident is, the Hindustan Times reports "Africans advised not to step out without police escorts".
Protests in Kashmir over the killings of three youths in Budgam district are widely reported in the press. "Valley shuts over Budgam killings" reports the Tribune. Meanwhile, the Mail Today in an exclusive, quotes an alleged stone pelter in Kashmir, revealing in a sting operation "We get 7000 rupees a month, clothes, shoes to hurl stones".
Speculation in the press after the Shiv Sena proposed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for the presidential elections to be held in July has been put to rest with the Hindustan Times writing "RSS chief clears the air, says not in race for President's post".
Acquittals in 5 anti-Sikh riot cases of 1984 is being scrutinized by the Delhi High Court reports the Times of India as it writes "High Court may order reopening of 5 anti-Sikh riot cases : points to glaring errors in probe, sends notice to accused".
The Pioneer takes note of the Delhi government's order on fee hike by private schools. The paper reports "300 private schools cant hike fees, others can by only up to 10%".
And finally......members of parliament can be very sporting....literally. Papers carry pictures of MPs Rupa Ganguly and Prasoon Bannerjee kicking a football in the parliament premises in a programme to popularise the sport.

Kotak launches zero-charge digital bank account

Kotak launches zero-charge digital bank account


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Newspapers this morning focus on different stories including the violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
'Shun violence , dialogue only way out ' The Tribune quotes Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti , welcoming Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on reaching out to everybody in Kashmir.
"Shedding reluctance, Supreme Court to open court rooms to cameras" is the lead in the Indian Express.
"Modi govt plans it big for third anniversary" states DNA , of the govt planning a multimedia campaign & massive outreach programme to mark its 3 years in power.
"Modi and Trump both Pro-growth, Pro-Business leaders, says experts" highlights The Economic Times.
"Free lunch to staff trigger GST" states the Times of India, as GST would be payable if there is a supply of free goods or services to an employee , exceeding a stipulated sum.
"IITs to recruit teachers through walk- in interviews" as instructed by the HRD Ministry, to address the faculty crunch, reports DNA.
"The Heat is On" The Pioneer says, brace for a scorching summer as mercury crosses the 40- degree mark in March. "Indian cities set to face deadly heat moves due to global warming " The Financial Express. Gujarat government reworks school timings due to non seasonal heat waves , reports The Hindu.
"Disabled to soon get universal ID cards" to avail welfare schemes , reports The Asian Age.
On Air India denying ticket to Ravindra Gaikwad for a second time , the Pioneer writes, "Air lndia brings high-flying Sena MP on railway track again".
The Times of India writes, AIIMS to conduct a study whether Ayurveda can help treat cancer.
And finally "No bribes needed here, says this clerk" notes The Hindu in a box item, of a Panchayat employee in Kerala, on a campaign against corruption.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hike in quota for Muslims: KCR faces legal, political battle

Hike in quota for Muslims: KCR faces legal, political battle

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The Supreme Court's verdict on the Aadhaar card has been noticed in all dailies today. "Can't make Aadhaar must for benefits," while "allowing the government to use it for non-profit welfare schemes such as opening bank accounts," reports Hindustan Times.
"Government in a fix as Sena protests flying ban" highlights DNA. "Airlines ban on Sena MP rocks Houses," reports Asian Age. "DGCA can clip MP's wings too," says the Pioneer. "No BJP help for flight barred Sena MP" : The Tribune.
"Lok Sabha passes Mental Health Bill, decriminalises suicide attempt," highlights DNA.
On the Finance Bill, the Hindu reports, "BJP trying to sneak in corporate funding." "Opposition gears up for amending Finance Bill in Rajya Sabha," says the Tribune.
The Statesman highlights, "2000 rupee notes may be phased out; hoarding to be illegal."
On the slaughterhouse ban, the Indian Express reports, "More than half of 44 licensed slaughterhouses closed in UP, for not following norms." The Times of India notes, "UP officials told not to harass meat sellers," whereas Hindustan Times highlights, "UP crackdown hits Delhi meat prices."
"Hefty drop in Indian students going to the US," notices Asian Age while The Pioneer says, "Hate crimes bring Indian applications to US universities down sharply."
DNA writes "2017 Monsoon to be below normal" quoting the private Met forecast agency Skymet. Business Standard writes "Skymet offers no silverlinning: brace for weak monsoon.
And, finally, looking to loose weight? The Journal of the Academy of Nutrituion and Dietics has a simple solution "lower obesity risk by cooking at home, skipping TV during meals." Very do-able......but who will take the plunge? 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Yes to welfare benefits even if no Aadhaar

Yes to welfare benefits even if no Aadhaar

 

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

·  Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanting to take the war on blackmoney to the 'next level' is highlighted in today's Press. "Modi seeks Sabka Saath in achieving Digi-Pay Target", is the headline in The Economic Times. The Prime Minister has exhorted his fellow citizen to use less cash to embrace digital transactions, so that the full year target of 2,500 crore transactions could be reached in half that time.

·  The Times of India informs us that Debit Cards have conclusively displaced Credit Cards as the primary mode of payment in the country following demonitization, jumping from 42% of the total card-spend to 60% after the November 8 demonitization drive.

·  DNA reports - In what could be the single largest cash deposit in Tamil Nadu after demonitization, and individual in Namakkal district has deposited Rs 246 Crore in old currency - in an Indian Overseas Bank branch under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana -  the PMGKY.

·  Hindustan Times tells us that the 12-digit Aadhar number has helped states strike off 4.4 lakh "ghost students" from schools - across Jharkhand, Manipur and Andhra Pradesh.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UP CM Adityanath’s message to officials: Work 18 to 20 hours daily or leave

UP CM Adityanath’s message to officials: Work 18 to 20 hours daily or leave

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The framing of charges against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed against him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gets wide traction on the front pages of the press. The Daily News and Analysis, DNA reports "Kejriwal, 5 other AAP members to face trial".
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's first public address after being sworn-in gets widely reported. "Development for all, no appeasement: UP CM" reports the DNA. In the backdrop of the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in the state, the Indian Express quotes him as saying "Won't touch abattoirs with license". Meanwhile drawing attention to the non-availability of non-vegetarian food in capital Lucknow, the Times of India writes "No chicken, mutton in Lucknow after sellers go on strike".
All the papers prominently notice Vice President Hamid Ansari's convocational address at the Punjab University. The Tribune quotes the Vice President as saying "There is need to defend universities as free spaces". The Hindustan Times writes "Universities should take legal course to defend freedom says VP Ansari".
Most papers take note of the standoff between the government and the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar at the National Green Tribunal's two day World Environment Conference. "Govt. says courts shouldn't be an adversary on green issues" writes the Times of India. The Indian Express quotes the Chief Justice as saying "Let govt keep to eco norms, won't step in".
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's train journey from Delhi to Mumbai after his unbecoming behaviour with an Air India staffer is keenly tracked in the media. The Pioneer says "Gaikwad booked train ticket with '99 year' age". The Asian Age reports "Sena MP takes train to Mumbai, alights at Vapi".
In a special story captioned "More single women adopting children in India, shows data" the Hindustan Times states "75 of them adopted a child in 2015; the number increased to 93 in 2016".   

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sex is always important: Twinkle Khanna

Sex is always important: Twinkle Khanna

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES.
Several airlines imposing a flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad - for repeated assaults on an Air India duty manager with his footwear, receives prominence in today's Press. "Airlines ground rogue MP, Sena asks Air India to introspect, " is The Times of India headline. The Indian Express headline reads - "Grounded by all airlines for assaulting Air India staff, Sena MP takes train home."
The Financial Express writes that NITI Aayog member Bibek Deboy said in Mumbai that about 15 lakh crore of demonetized notes may have returned to the banking system, which was about 97% of value of the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes demonetized on November 8th last year. He also said that the government expected the second Income Declaration Scheme, which will end on March 31st, to yield around 2 lakh crore rupees into the system.
The Indian Express informs us that five years into a court-monitored investigation in the coal scam, the CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court it wants to change the Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) associated with the cases, since their departure would ensure 'better investigation'.
Mail Today informs us that the emotive issue of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is all set to take centre stage, ahead of next months Delhi civic polls and haunt the Congress, some of whose leaders have been accused of instigating it. The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will re-examine 199 cases that were recently closed by the SIT constituted two years ago.
And finally, The Indian Express writes that the country's tallest Tri-colour - flying at a height of 355 feet at Attari near the Indo-pak border has run into rough weather after its fabric was damaged by strong winds.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack

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The assault of an Air India official by a Shiv Sena MP grabs front page headlines in most papers. The Times of India writes "Denied business class seat, Sena MP beats Air India official with sandal". Highlighting the national carrier's response, the Asian Age says "Air India files FIRs against Sena MP for hitting its staffer 25 times". The paper adds that he may be put on a 'no-fly' list.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's response to the reported remark by the Supreme Court on pensions to former lawmakers is widely reported. The Pioneer writes "Right of Parliament to decide who is entitled to government pension, says Jaitley".
The impact of the sealing of 36 slaughterhouses and retail meat shops in Uttar Pradesh is prominently noticed in the press. "Meat traders shut shop across western UP : Protest follows government's sealing of slaughter houses, shops" reports the Hindu on its front page. The Hindustan Times writes "No meat for animals at Kanpur zoo". The Tribune observes "Meat ban spoils Tunday kebabs' flavour".
Here's an interesting situation in a political party. "1 party, 2 factions, 3 symbols" writes the DNA on the AIADMK. The paper adds "In Tamil Nadu, Sasikala's group to contest as AIADMK Amma while Paneerselvam camp will call itself AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi)". On the symbols alloted to them, the Pioneer says "Hat for Sasikala, OPS gets power pole".
The Indian Express, in its front page lead story on appointments of judges to the Supreme Court writes "SC puts its foot down, rejects government's plan to veto postings on national security grounds".
And finally....some encouraging news regarding the development of prothetic limbs with a sense of touch. The DNA states "Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel".

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The terrorist attack in London is on the front page of all dailies today. "Year after Brussels terror hits London" writes the Hindustan Times while the Tribune says "London Bleeds".
"UP government bans pan gutkha in offices" reports the Pioneer. The Hindustan Times, referring to the UP Chief Minister's initiatives writes "Adityanath targets romeos, cow smuggling and gutkha eaters".
The Asian Age writes that in a bid to avoid a clash with the CBSE class 12 Board exams the civic polls for the 3 municipal corporation in Delhi have been postponed by a day to April 23rd.
The Indian Express writes "Jaitley counters critique - says" Yes we are making Aadhar Mandatory", while the DNA quotes the Finance Minister as saying that aadhar can check tax evasion and its biometric details minimise the chances of its misuse. In a related story, The Asian Age writes that the Centre will dissolve eight appellate tribunals including competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT), Employees Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal and copyright board among other through the Finance bill, 2017.
The DNA reports that the long wait is finally over, India's longest road tunnel is all set to be thrown open for public use next month. The Engineering Marvel is the 9 km long Nashiri tunnel on the Strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Under the headline "PM's gift for home buyers", the Pioneer writes that more people in the middle income group will get a rebate in interest on loans as the cap has been raised from 6 lakh rupees to 18 lakh rupees per annum.

Terror returns to London

Terror returns to London

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
The Supreme Court saying that the long pending Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute should be resolved outside the court among all parties concerned makes for the front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "Supreme Court Chief Justice offers an Ayodhya solution roadmap- out of court" leads The Indian Express.The paper quotes Justice Khehar as saying "Issues of sentiments and religion ... the court should come in the picture only if you cannot settle it."
Writing on the continuing clampdown on cash transactions by the centre, the Business Standard says "Cash transactions limit lowered to 2 lakh rupees . Aadhar mandatory for filing I-T returns and PAN." "Violators face fine equivalent to the amount of transaction" writes the Business Line.
On BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the Hindustan Times writes " No graft, no riots, vows Adityanath." "Yogi meets PM Modi, Amit Shah and others on team portfolios" reports The Asian Age. The paper writes that the Chief Minister was greeted with cheers in the Lok Sabha and he pledged to work for all.
"Aadhar mandatory to file  I-T returns" informs The DNA.
On the Narada sting operation case The Statesman informs "Apex court backs High Court order on Narada probe."
"PSU's outperform private peers" states The Financial Express.The paper writes that low input costs help push net up 12.5% in Financial Year 16 (FY16), despite 7% dip in sales.
In a big relief to the  waitlisted passengers, The Indian Railways is all set to introduce an option of alternate accomodation (vikalp) to the passengers where they will have the option to select the next train within 12 hours where there are seats available in the same category of class reports The Pioneer.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ram Temple dispute issue of religion, sentiment, resolve outside court: SC

Ram Temple dispute issue of religion, sentiment, resolve outside court: SC

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

Most papers have reported on their front page, The return of the two Indian clerics said to have gone missing in Pakistan. "Grilled in Pak over alleged RAW links, Dargah clerics return safely" says the TImes of India while the Hindustan Times writes "Nizamiddin clerics back in Delhi."
"BJP led government wins trust vote in Manipur" writes The Hindu.
Polls  done,   "Modi and Shah ready to rejig government and party" writes The Hindustan Times.
"After UP, Gujrat polls may be earlier, by June", opines The Asian Age, adding that the party hopes to cash in on the Modi wave ahead of 2019.
Under the headline "Birth of a Telecom Giant", The Business standard writes that facing , immense competition from  cash rich  Reliance Jio, The Vodafone and Idea merger would create the biggest Telco in the country, while the Pioneer writes "What an Idea ! merger with Vodafone makes it top mobile operator." The DNA adds that post the merger, Idea and Vodafone will stay separate brands.
Reporting that fresh graduates of engineering colleges might find getting a job tougher at large IT services firms this year, as the sector struggles with new business models, The Business Standard says that IT hiring could be down 40 percent this year.
The Asian Age write that Britain will be leaving the Europtean Union on March 29th, setting a historic and uncharted course to become the first country to withdraw from the bloc by March 2019.
The Tribune writes that even as Indian officials sat down with their Pakistani Counterparts yesterday to hold a meeting in Lahore of the Indus Water commission, the talks were positive, though parallel movements have arisen to raise tensions.

Yogi Adityanath's Rise: From A Gorakhpur Priest To Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Yogi Adityanath's Rise: From A Gorakhpur Priest To Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Yogi Adityanath becoming Chief Minister of UP is noted in all dailies today. "BJP government will make UP 'Uttam' Pradesh," The Pioneer quotes Prime Minister Modi. "Adityanath takes oath, vows to work for all of UP," headlines Hindustan Times. The Business Standard carries a photograph of the PM with the new Chief Minister, captioned, "The Monk who dons a new robe."
"Jats call off stir, but border points, central Delhi stay on alert," reports The Times of India. "Capital chaos averted," says The Pioneer.
"130-day Nagas' blockade of Manipur lifted," reports The Asian Age. The Hindustan Times says, "It is seen as the first major achievement of the newly formed BJP-led government."
"Railways reinvents the entertainment wheel, inching closer to the dream of providing entertainment directly on your personal devices such as Mobile phones and laptops while you are on trains and at Railway Stations," reports the Business Standard.
"Mumbai loses permanent status in the new BCCI constitution. North East states, U'khand, Telangana are full members," reports the Statesman.
"Cheteswar Pujara broke Rahul Dravid's record for the most balls faced by an Indian batsman in a Test innings." is a front-page story in DNA.
Composer Ilayaraaja serving a legal notice to singer SP Balasubramaniam, cautioning him about performing his songs without permission is reported by The Hindu. The singer, who is on a US tour, has accepted the demand.
And, finally, the Times of India reports that researchers in Duke University have come up with a new marker called "Intellectual Humility", a trait defined as the opposite of arrogance and conceit. People with intellectual humility are "open-minded...and though they have strong beliefs, they are willing to be proven wrong." Something we need to cultivate in large doses, isn't it?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The naming of Gorakhpur MP and mahant of Gorakhnath peeth, Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister designate of Uttar Pradesh, is the major news story in Today's Press. "BJP picks Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh" - is the top headline in The Sunday Times. "Focus on Mandir in run-up to 2019" - reports The Asian Age.
"Missing Indian Clerics traced in Pakistan" writes The Statesman on its front page. DNA writes "Clerics were in Pakistan intelligence custody, to return tomorrow.
"Captain orders clean-up operation - VIP culture to end, cartels to face action" - reports the Sunday Tribune. Proposing an overhaul of the Political, Administrative and Police setup in Punjab, the Captain Amrinder Singh Government in its first Cabinet meeting, has decided to end VIP culture and to bring in a legislation on 'conflict of interest', wherein the Minister's or MLAs could be unseated on being found to have business interests in their official capacity.
Business Standard reports "Government asks 10 banks to cut staff benefits for capital: Finance Minister wants banks to get commitment from Trade Unions.
Troops at Paris' Orly airport shot dead a man who tried to grab a female soldier weapon yesterday, triggering a major security alert that briefly shut down the airport, leaving thousands stranded, reports The Asian Age.
The Indian Express reports that the University Grants Commission (UGC) clarified on Saturday that it is not withdrawing its financial support to the Centre for study of Social Exclusion and Inclusion Policy set up in different universities. It also said that the letter, purportedly received by Jawahawlal Nehru University earlier on this issue, was a forged document and that all 35 Centres will continue to receive funds.
And Finally, Sunday Times informs us of the remote Tsimane tribe living deep in the Bolivian Amazon region, that is found to have the healthiest arteries ever studied,  with an 80-yrs-old tribal having the same vascular age as a American in the mid fifties. The tribals survive on a diet low in saturated fats and high in non-processed food.

From controversial comments on SRK to Mother Teresa: 9 times UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath was a rabble-rouser

From controversial comments on SRK to Mother Teresa: 9 times UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath was a rabble-rouser

 NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The Calcutta high Court ordering CBI probe into Narada sting is one of the top stories covered by newspapers this morning. "Court orders CBI to probe Narada sting" leads Hindustan Times. The paper writes that it is a setback for Mamata,  the Bengal Chief Minister points finger at BJP, Trinamool Congress set to challenge high court directive in top court.
"Trivendra Rawat BJP pick for Uttarakhand. Oath taking today, stiff competition for ministerial berths" reports the Statesman.
Referring to the lack of clarity about who will be selected Chief Minister of UP the Times of India opines "Suspense over UP CM lingers ahead of announcement today" adding "Mechanised abattoirs to shut from Sunday midnight.
Writing on the Congress party in Goa DNA says "Goa defections heat up Delhi. One more Cognress MLA quits in state. Digvijaya Singh blames party leaders for the fiasco".
On the Calcutta High Court judge the Pioneer writes "Karnan defies warrant, to sue Supreme Court for 14 crore. Bengal DGP, with 100 cops delivers bailable warrant to Calcutta High Court judge".
The Asian Age carries a photograph on its front page of President Pranab Mukherjee presenting an honorary Doctor of Literature to MS Swaminathan, the renowned geneticist and administrator, at Mumbai university.
On the non-performing assets (NPA) crackdown the Indian Express states "Governement asks PSU banks to do forensic audit of defaulters".
Five cities with diverse geographical and climatic conditions will be the first to start using plastic bank notes of rupees 10 denomination, with the Centre approving  a field trail, reports the Hindu.
The Pioneer in an interesting story writes that the war between the Indian Foreign Services and Indian Forest Service officers over the usage of the acronym IFS for their respective cadre is escalating by the day as both have staked claim to IFS.
And finally, Is Whatsapp keeping you up way past your bedtime? Well, The Times of India reports according to a study by Nimhans Bangaluru, has revealed that the use of internet for Facebook and Whatsapp is making people put off sleep by more than one and a half hours (100 Minutes) everyday.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Patient denied wheelchair in Hyd Govt hospital, forced to use a toy bicycle

Patient denied wheelchair in Hyd Govt hospital, forced to use a toy bicycle

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Manohar Parrikar proving majority in the Goa Assembly is noticed in all papers. "BJP in Goa; Congress infighting deepens," reports DNA. The paper adds, "Rahul leaves Congress in the lurch," and "flies abroad on Thursday to join his ailing mother."
In Punjab, "Captain starts second innings with team of nine," headlines The Tribune; "Vows to fight drug abuse," reports DNA.
 "GST panel clears bills. Finance Minister sees July 1 rollout," headlines Hindustan Times.
"Health spending to be 2.5 percent of GDP, reports The Hindu, adding, the Centre "clears the long-awaited new policy with 'assurance' of health care for all." The Statesman headlines, "National Health Policy 2017 to increase life expectancy to 70."
"BJP meet sets tone for 2019," headlines The Asian Age. "Urging leaders to woo youth, Modi says: 'Won't rest nor let others rest.' "
"Market upbeat, unfazed by Fed rate hike," reports Business Line. "Well-fed bulls continue to charge ahead on Dalal Street," highlights The Economic Times.
"Advance tax mop-up rises only six percent in the March quarter," is noticed by The Financial Express.
"Jat stir likely to be called off," notes The Hindu, after talks with Haryana Government "ended on a positive note with both sides reaching a consensus."
"SC panel says can't cap age or number of NEET attempts," vetoing a government move capping the age to 25 and limiting  to three the number of times a student could take the entrance exam for undergraduate medical schools says Hindustan Times.
In an alarming revelation, Mail Today reports, "Oily food kills more jawans than bullets do." "Ministry of Home Affairs data show paramilitary forces lose more men to weak hearts, diabetes, etc, than combats ops; experts blame poor diet."
"And finally, Wisdom from the mouths of babes! The Pioneer reports "Five-year-old Muslim girl tops Gita contest," in Kendrapada, Odisa. Firdaus got the better of senior competitors reciting the Gita with "consummate ease," immaculate pronunciation and without a break.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Delhi: Gang-raped, woman walks nude, begging for help

New Delhi: Gang-raped, woman walks nude, begging for help

Newspapers Headlines
All newspapers lead with different stories today. However, a story prominently noticed on many front pages, is the allegation of rigged voting machines by some opposition leaders. "Losers Kejri, Maya say EVMs to blame" is the Hindustan Times headline.
The Tribune in a front page story headlined "New health regime set in motion" writes that the cabinet has cleared a National Health Policy which seeks to provide assured health services especially to the poor.
The Business Standard reports that the currency in circulation rose by 4% last week and now close to 70% of the pre demonetisation currency is back in circulation. In a related story DNA reports that the growth in mobile wallets has plummeted from 125% in December to just 12% in January.
"Indian Idol Afrin refuses to dance to mullahs' tune" is the Pioneer headline. The paper adds that the young singer has been provided security by the Assam CM Sonowal.
The Asian Age opines that the BJP is likely to decide the UP CM only by next week. The party may wait till the trust vote is over in Goa and Manipur, writes the paper.
The Hindu in its front page story reports that the NIA is looking for six men who are suspected to have received IS funds. They are alleged to have helped people leave for Syria and Iraq.
As part of its Panama papers probe, the Indian Express reports that tax authorities have obtained data on 165 cases with links to offshore firms. The report mentions that 424 Indians are under probe in this matter.
"Padmavati set in Maharashtra torched, crew beaten up" reports the Times of India. In a related story, the Indian Express reports that a Rajasthan minister wants the Karni Sena to clear Padmavati before being released in the state.
The Hindustan Times reports that post demonetisation, about 1.13 lac crore rupees were deposited from customers without valid documents indicating possible collusion of officials.
And finally, the Times of India reports that soon you would be able to withdraw 90% of your EPF savings to make down payments to buy a home. The proposed move will also allow EPFO subscribers to pay EMIs from their EPF accounts.

Kejriwal asks L-G to consider ballot papers

Kejriwal asks L-G to consider ballot papers

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Manohar Parrikar taking over as Goa Chief Minister is one of the top stories in most of the dailies this morning. "Parrikar back in Goa saddle, ordered to prove majority in the House tomorrow" leads The Indian Express.
Referring to the March 16th swearing ceremony of Captain Amarinder Singh The Tribune writes "Captain to take oath with small team. Cabinet to be expanded later."
Writing on the Delhi Municipal Councillors elections, Hindustan Times writes "MCD Election on April 22, Kejriwal wants EVMs out." "Kejri, Maken seek paper ballots, it's too late says Election Commission" writes The Times of India.
Newspapers have also prominently covered the spectacular rise of share markets following BJPs victory in recent Assembly Polls. The Economic Times says, "Nifty buys into UP verdict, hits High on reform hopes." Adds further saying rupee re-surges to 16-month high of 65.82 against the Dollar as overseas investors turn bullish.
On 28 year old M.Phil student Muthukrishnan The Hindu writes "JNU M.Phil student ends life, family alleges foul play. Found hanging at his friends rented accomodation."
 The Times of India writes "Supreme Court Collegium paves way for peace with government. Ends one-year Impasse by finalising judicial appointment procedure."
"On computing ability, rural India is lost in the woods" states The Hindu. The paper writes that according to a study just 8.8% of population can use PCs, smartphones.
And finally, vitamin B may protect  from air pollution. Well, Hindustan Times reports that taking supplements of vitamin B may offer protection against the impact of air pollution on health, a new study claims. Researchers at Columbia university found vitamin B may play a critical role in reducing the impact of air pollution on the epige-nome - compounds that can tell genes what to do.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BIAS AGAINST DALIT SCHOLAR ALLEGED

BIAS AGAINST DALIT SCHOLAR ALLEGED

Newspapers Headlines
All eyes are on ministry formation in the five states that went to the polls. "BJP picks Parrikar for Goa," is the lead in Hindustan Times whereas The Hindu says, "Goa: Congress knocks on SC's door."
"BJP's Biren Singh stakes claim to form government in Manipur," reports The Hindu. The paper opines "In Uttarakhand BJP may try a new face."
"RSS meet in Tamil Nadu to chalk out future plans," reports the Hindu. "RSS bigwigs will take part in a crucial three-day meet from March 19," following the BJP's impressive win.
"Markets may hit new highs on poll results," say analysts reports Hindustan Times. "Some experts however warned that investors should not get carried away given the shaky micro economic backdrop, poor earnings growth and a likely rate increase by the US Federal Reserve later this week."
"Indians have no reason to fear under Trump presidency," The Hindu quotes Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republic Hindu Coalition in America, who adds that "the President's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, will play an important role in US relations with India."
"Merkel, Trump to meet today amid growing tension," reports Hindustan Times adding that the two leaders "have been engaged in an uneasy skirmish over policy, values."
"Scotland's surprise," reports Hindustan Times. First minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of EU against its will.
And, finally, did you know that our brain networks are ready to act and execute even the simplest of behaviors -- even when they are at rest? the Hindustan Times reports the findings of US researchers. So holiday or no holiday, folks, the brain can never be in a state of true rest.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Rohith Vemula at JNU: Salem student commits suicide alleging discrimination

Another Rohith Vemula at JNU: Salem student commits suicide alleging discrimination

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s address to the party cadres and supporters in Delhi in the wake of the BJP's electoral success dominates the front pages. "Poll win underlines New India,says PM : Poor want leg-up not handout" reports the Indian Express. The Daily News and Analysis quotes Mr Modi as saying "Our governments will be for those who voted for us and those who didn't".
With attention now turning to government formation in the states where assembly elections were held recently, the Hindustan Times writes "Parrikar appointed Goa CM, BJP set to claim Manipur too". The Times of India reports "Shah to pick UP, Uttarakhand CMs". Regarding Punjab, the Pioneer states "Amarinder to be Punjab's captain from March 16".
Here are some interesting nuggets regarding the newly elected legislators in UP. The Hindu writes "322 new UP MLAs are crorepatis". The Times of India reports "Record 38 women in UP assembly".
The election results in UP have spurred intra-party developments within the Samajwadi Party or SP. The Pioneer says "SP leaders blame Akhilesh for party's crushing defeat". Highlighting party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's response, The Tribune writes "Nobody to blame for defeat, MSY comes to son's defence".
In what can make the judicial system deliver justice faster, the Hindu states "SC cracks down on judicial delays : In a slew of guidelines for High Courts, it sets deadlines for hearing, disosing of criminal cases". The initiative to speed up cases as it reports "Fast track prosecution cases against shell companies: Central board of Direct Taxes to taxmen".
If you've been wondering about the unusually cold March in north India, here's news that could chill your bones. The Hindustan Times says "At minus 0.9 degree celsius, Shimla records coldest March in three decades".
And finally....if you're scared of ghosts you are in esteemed company. The Times of India states "'Ghosts' force Brazil President to flee palace".

Monday, March 13, 2017

The dark roads of the IT corridor

The dark roads of the IT corridor

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
The results of the Assembly elections dominate the front pages of all the papers with most highlighting the mammoth win for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. The Hindustan Times declares, " Modi is King of the Heartland" while the Pioneer describes the BJP's victory as a 'Saffron Tsunami".
With attention now turning to government formation in the states, the Times of India reports "4 in race for UP CM, but Shah will be Super CM". Highlighting the names of possible contenders the Economic Times says "Manoj Sinha, Santosh Gangwar, Swatantra Dev, Suresh Khanna and Siddharth Nath Singh seen as probables".
The ramifications of these results will be felt in different ways. "NDA gets a vote boost to pick next President" says the Times of India.  The Indian Express writes "Stage set for Rajya Sabha churning, Mayawati's seat at risk". Regarding developments within the Samajwadi Party after its poor performance in UP, The Asian Age writes " Mulayam, Shivpal all set to add fuel to family fire". The Economic Times quotes Finance Minister Arun Jaitely as saying "Stronger after impressive victory, Modi sarkar to push ahead with much needed reforms".
A Maoist attack on the CRPF in Sukma in Chattisgarh is prominently covered in the papers. The Mail today states "Year's worst Naxal strike kills 12 CRPF personnel".
Calcutta High Court Judge Justice Karnan's response to the contempt of court notice issued to him by the Supreme Court gets wide traction in the press. The Hindu quotes Justice Karnan as saying "SC order an error".
Most papers report that the original Nobel Peace citation awarded to child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi which had been stolen from his home, has been found in Delhi. The Times of India writes "Satyarthi's nobel citation recovered ; Thieves had thrown 'piece of paper' in forest area near Sangam Vihar".

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Modi win brings hope of reforms, could push Nifty to all-time high

Modi win brings hope of reforms, could push Nifty to all-time high

Newspapers Headlines
D-Day for five States Assembly Elections results makes for front page news in the most of the dailies this morning. "Counting of votes today; parties keep fingers crossed" reports The Statesmen. "Long wait ends for Punjab, UP, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur results" says The Tribune.
In a related story The Pioneer writes "Election Commissions goes high-tech for D-Day today" adding that "for the first time, election panel will also provide analytics through an interactive dashboard."
Referring to the Maruti Manesar plant clashes on July 18 2012 the DNA writes "Court convicts 31, acquits 117."
"Supreme Court issues bailable warrant against Justice C S Karnan" states The Hindu. The paper writes Calcutta High Court judge calls it a motivated, ridiculous and illegal order.
India's first lunar probe the Chandrayaan-1 sapce - craft - which was considered lost, is still orbiting the moon, Nasa scientists have found using a new ground based radar technique reports The Asian Age.
"Jio, Paytm apologise for ads featuring Modi" says Hindustan Times.
Mail Today in a disturbing front page story reports that the "ISIS eyes U. P. as its new lab of terror". The paper reports that security agencies say more than 100 youngsters are being tracked, about 20 being deradicalised in the state.
"Enemy Property Bill passed in House of 31, Opp says Government breached trust" writes The Indian Express. "Heirs of Pakistan migrants lose right to assets" informs The Pioneer.
"Mother Dairy hikes milk prices by up to Rs 3" in Delhi NCR reports The Hindu. The paper writes the company cites significant rise in procurement rates; last hike took place in July 2016.
An El Nino event, usually associated with weak monsoons in India, has been predicted in the second half of this year says The Times of India.
And finally, Ever wondered why you itch when another person scratches in front of you, says Hindustan Times.