Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'We need to push back on fake news very hard'

'We need to push back on fake news very hard'

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Newspapers this morning focus on different stories including Pakistan's stance on Jadhav, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewing the Kashmir situation.
On a day when a Mumbai man was arrested for 'illegally entering' Pakistan, "Pak  Speaker calls for unity on Jadhav" writes The Hindustan Times. "Jadhav safe till final ICJ order, hints envoy; first 'Assurance' from Pakistan since Ruling " says The Times of India.
"Trump asks Muslim leaders to 'drive out' Islamic terror" in his address in Saudi Arabia, is the lead in The Asian Age.
'Will find permanent solution to Kashmir issue', The Hindu quotes Rajnath Singh. "Governor's Rule likely option in Jammu and Kashmir if stir continues" reports The Asian Age.
"Election Commission against state funding of polls" highlights The Pioneer on its front page.
"India Inc ready for July 1st GST roll-out" The Business Standard cites a CEO poll.
"Restive Dalits throng Delhi, protest Saharanpur violence" reports The Tribune. "On the run, Bhim Army founder at Jantar Mantar: 'stage set for struggle' " writes The Indian Express.
"Arunachal mum atop Everest twice in 5 days" notes The Tribune, while The Statesman reports "Haryana cop scales Everest from Chinese side."
"Fake 2000 rupee notes seized in Dhaka, NIA sees Pak link in supply  chain" covers The Indian Express on its front page.
"Internet on flights likely by August-end" informs The Times of India.
"Delhi airport is most inaccessible in India" The Hindustan Times cites a study by the School of Plann ing and Architecture.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rajinikanth will only float his own party: TNCC chief

Rajinikanth will only float his own party: TNCC chief  

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The Election Commission's open challenge to political parties to prove allegations of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs dominates front page headlines in many papers. The Pioneer reports the Election commission as saying "Come June 3, hack EVM if you can". The Indian Express reports "3 from a party, 4 hours to do it : EC throws open EVM challenge".
With the Centre finalising its policy to boost the involvement of private sector companies in defense production, The Times of India notes on its front page, "Defence ministry finalises big private role in arms production : To start with jets, copters, subs and tanks".
All the papers report that a sessions court's order on the coal scam case reveals interesting information regarding former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was also the Coal minister when the scam took place. The DNA quotes the court as saying "Ex-coal secretary misled former PM".
The daring act of a 23 year old law student in Kerala who chopped off the genitals of a self annointed swami when he allegedly tried to rape her is widely noticed in the press. The Times of India reports, "Kerala CM lauds courageous act of girl for bobbitising rapist". The paper quotes the girl as saying "godman abused me for 8 years".
In the backdrop of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case between India and Pakistan being heard at the International Court of Justice , The Pioneer reports the Pakistan government as saying "No consular access to Jadhav ordered by ICJ". The Hindustan Times quotes Pakistan as saying  "ICJ ruling wont affect trial".
Under the caption "Naidu talks tough on triple talaq", The Asian Age quotes Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu as saying that the government may have to step in and enact a law to ban triple talaq if the Muslim community fails to change the practice.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shame! Osmania General Hospital lets bodies pile up in mortuary

Shame! Osmania General Hospital lets bodies pile up in mortuary

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The finalization of tax slabs on GST makes for front page headline today.
Insurance phone bills, banking services to go up, but education and healthcare spared, as the effect of the new GST regime, from first july, reports The Tribune.
"Services split under GST, to have 4 rates." is the Asian Age headline, While Ola, Uber rides will get cheaper, services including cinema tickets will attract 28% tax rate, the highest slab.
The Hindu Business Line, carries a success story, of marginal farmers in Uttarakhand, profiting immensely from growing millets. Usually called coarse grains, millets are highly nutritious, full of fibre, have a short growing period and, require less water. They are nor making a comeback as health food.
In an interesting development, 3 earthen pots belonging to BABA BUDHA SAHIB were dug up, intact at 40 feet depth while digging a well; in Jhabal Kalan village in Amritsar. In the 16th century Baba Budha looked after "Bir " a forest reserved for cattle grazing, says The tribune.
The DNA reports of a dispute between the bollywood movie Neerja's producers and the relatives of the real life late airhostess Neerja Bhanot over the sharing of profits of the film, as a breach of contract.
"NIA books Huriyat netas for LET fund" - Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has also been named for recieving funds from LET chief Hafiz Sayeed to create chaos in the valley, reports The Pioneer.
Kerala not in favour of oil mustard/ an entire TV station in Afghanistan now, of women employees/   37 year old Purnima Barman from Assam getting the whitley award called the Green Oscar Award for saving storks/ Kendriya Vidyalaya's book donation drive saving 878 trees a month/ are some of the other stories covered by Newspaper's today.
And finally, The unveiling of Tejas, the Hi-tech train from Mumbai to Goa, with bio toilets and personal LED screens as in aircraft shall be launched on 22nd May reports The Hindu with a fine picture.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Does quitting social media make you happier? Yes, say young people doing it

Does quitting social media make you happier? Yes, say young people doing it

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav, the fixing of GST rates and the Tripal Talaq issue are the lead stories in today's newspapers.
"Hague stays Jadhav execution," headlines The Tribune. "Pak loses face," says DNA. " To obey or not? Stung Pak is divided over answer," reports The Indian Express.
"Food grains to be cheaper as GST rates fixed," is lead story in Hindustan Times. "12-18% GST rate for most products," highlights Business Standard.
"Qazis to take brides' view on triple talaq: Muslim law board," reports The Times of India. "Muslim Board now open to advisory against triple talaq," says The Tribune.
"Hacker steals 17 million Zomato users' data, briefly puts it on dark web," reports The Times Of India. "Legal experts say consumers who lost personal info in India's biggest cyber breach can file for damages," headlines Mail Today.
"General Motors drives sales out of India, to focus on exports," reports Business Standard. "End of the road in India for GM," says Business Line.
"Ex-FBI chief Mueller to lead  Trump-Russia probe," reports The Pioneer. "Trump's troubles trip up global markets, Dalal street too stumbles," notes The Economic Times.
"Bill to seize property of fugitives unveiled," is a front page story in The Times of India. The paper says, "The draft law seeks to confiscate property of 'Fugitive Economic offenders' and plug loopholes to deter offenders from evading the process of Indian law."
"To distribute Rs 20 crores, Akhilesh government splurged Rs 15 crores on functions," is the "startling finding" in a report "tabled by the CAG in the UP Assembly," reports The Indian Express.
And, finally, a poignant appeal from  the late Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave: "Do not erect a memorial when I die, but plant a tree if you loved and respected me," reports The Tribune.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jadhav case: ICJ verdict unanimous, binding on Pakistan, says India

Jadhav case: ICJ verdict unanimous, binding on Pakistan, says India

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Centre clearing construction of 10 nuclear reactors, and ICJ decision on Kulbhushan Jadhav's fate today, are major stories in newspapers today.
"Government clears 10 new nuclear reactors in big power push" headlines the Indian Express. "Cabinet gives nod to 10 indigenous nuclear reactors" writes the Hindu.
"All eyes on ICJ as Jadhav verdict today" states the Pioneer. "Judgment Day: India vs Pak match in world Court" leads the DNA.
"Navy to the Rescue in Gulf of Aden" Hindustan Times captions a photograph, as Indian Navy's elite marine commandos thwarted a piracy bid on a Liberian vessel.
"Army gets its first artillery guns three decades after Bofors, will be tested at Pokhran today" covers the Indian Express on its front page.
"NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation) now under Intelligence Act; will have same curbs as IB and RAW" reports the Hindu.
In what could bring big relief to lakhs of undertrials, "Aadhaar may replace surety bond for bail", highlights the DNA.
"India now world's most expensive stock market" writes the Financial Express.
"Delhi to get more land for housing" says the Hindu. ""Stage set for land pooling: LG makes 89 villages urban areas" reports the Times of India.
The paper also notes "Lower GST rate for insurance, telecom likely".
"Amid student protests, J&K government warns: can't take exams if low on attendance" states the Indian Express.
"Class XII marks likely to dip, bringing down DU cut offs" as CBSE and State boards agree not to 'mark up',   reports the Times of India.
"Trump to exit White House? UK bookies bet on it" mentions the Asian Age.
And finally, 'Ganga in Haridwar unfit even for bathing',  the Times of India quotes a Central Pollution Control Board reply to an RTI query.

Impose President’s rule in A.P., says Katju

Impose President’s rule in A.P., says Katju



NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and I-T raiding premises of Chidambaram and Lalu makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning. "CBI raids Karti, alleges he got father's ministry to clear FDI for media firm" headlines the Financial Express. "Chidambaram's son Lalu face multi-city graft raids" states the Tribune adding "Opposition alleges political vendetta, government calls it  a 'day of reckoning ".
On the issue to tripal talaq the Indian Express quotes the Muslim Board telling the Supreme Court "Ram born in Ayodhya issue of faith, so is triple talaq. It is undesirable... aware of need to change but will do in own way".
Referring to the nuclear memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russia for developing Kudankulam 5 and 6 reactor units The Times of India writes "Government makes Russia sweat before PM-Putin Meet". The papers writes that it is a prod to Moscow to help India make NSG entry.
Writing on the storm in the US over leak of classified data to Moscow The Asian Age says "Trump admits he gave information to Russia 'I had every right' ".
On an event that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was to address at Sher - i - Kashmir international convention centre, The Hindu writes "women force Mehbooba to beat a retreat. The participants raised slogans, alleging that the programme was not made clear to them".
"Mamta meets Sonia open to 2nd term for Pranab as President" opines Hindustan Times.
In another story the paper headlines"Water crisis looms over Delhi even as power need peaks"
"IITs come out with a new 'code' to crack entrance" reports the DNA.
And finally, The Times of India reports that " Gurgaon's air is worse than Delhi's most polluted areas according to an analysis of the air quality index (AQI).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chidambaram’s son, Lalu face multi-city ‘graft’ raids

Chidambaram’s son, Lalu face multi-city ‘graft’ raids

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
India's demand for Justice for Jadhav jailed in Pakistan has been widely reported across papers today. "India rips up Pak at International Court of Justice - New Delhi exposes Islamabad's lapses, demands annulment of death sentence given to Jadhav", while the Pioneer opines "New Delhi fears Kulbhushan may be executed even before hearing at the UN court is over".
Reporting on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor the Hindustan Times refers to the Pakistan paper The Dawn's report saying that  this corridor envisages a deep and broad-based penetration of most sectors of Pakistan's economy and society by Chinese enterprises and culture and that  its scope has no precedent in Pakistan's history.
"Will bring Muslim Marriage Law says Govt  Attorney General tells Supreme Court  that Centre will do so if Apex Court strikes down Triple Talaq", writes the DNA.
Under the headline "India escapes damage from Ransom ware", the Hindu writes that barring isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, there has been no major impact in the country. In a related story, the Hindustan Times assures "Your ATM is safe from WannaCry worm' adding that Bank ATM's across India could escape this virus attack as at least 80 per cent of Indian ATM's use a firmware that limits the machines activities to bare basics only.
Reporting on 3 yrs of the NDA govt, the Economic Times writes that as the Modi Govt. approaches its third anniversary India Inc seems relieved. "3yrs on, Modi sweeps polls, govt wins vote of trust in India Inc Corner Rooms" says the paper.
"RSS red flags growing Hindu Yuva Vahini clout to Adityanath - Yogi told : there are problem with group that runs parallel to RSS, BJP", says the Indian Express.
And finally, in Good news for fighting cancer, the Times of India writes that, Scientists have discovered a simple and practical way to kill cancer cells by using light to steer immune cells to attack the tumors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Telangana: Dharna Chowk protesters come to blows, many hurt

Telangana: Dharna Chowk protesters come to blows, many hurt

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Concerns over the cyber attack that struck computers all across the world grab front page attention. The Hindustan Times writes, "Red Alert on malware keeps India on its toes: Virus may strike today, security experts warn attackers can modify cyber bug, making it tougher to shut down". The Asian Age notes, "India issues do's and dont's to fight back cyber attack". The Times of India quotes the Reserve Bank of India's instructions to banks, "Update ATM software before operations".
The Pakistan government's argument before a judicial review board looking into the detention of Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief and the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed is widely reported on the front pages. The Times of India quotes the Pakistan government as saying "Saeed spreading terrorism in the name of jihad". Meanwhile, the Hindustan Times quoting the response by the Ministry of External Affairs to an RTI query reports, "No plea with MEA for extradition of Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed".
The formal opening of the 'Belt and Road Forum' in the Chinese capital Beijing is prominently covered in the press. The Indian Express writes, "Meet takes off without India, Xi says no harm to stability". Highlighting India's opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a part of the Belt and Road Forum initiative, the DNA reports "India mounts diplomatic pressure against CPEC".
Drawing attention to development efforts in Left wing extremism affected areas, the Hindu reports, "11,000 crores to be spent on roads in Naxal-hit areas : Centre to begin connectivity project in 44 districts soon".
In a story captioned "Now, NITI Aayog tag must for minority status", the DNA reports that educational trusts and societies seeking minority status will now be required to register as NGOs with the NITI Aayog regardless of whether they are seeking government aid or not".
And finally, train journeys are likely to become more pleasurable. The Asian Age writes, "Railways to offer films, sitcoms in trains soon".

Monday, May 15, 2017

IT industry layoffs may continue up to 2 yrs: Experts

IT industry layoffs may continue up to 2 yrs: Experts

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
Heavy firing by Pakistan across the Line of Control or LOC grabs front page attention. The Tribune reports "Class 7 girl among 2 dead in Pak shelling : 35 villages along Line of Control in Rajouri affected".
India's decision to not participate in the "One Belt One Road or OBOR summit being hosted by China is prominently noticed in the press. The Statesman says "India to boycott OBOR Summit in China". The Times of India reports "India slams OBOR, says it's like colonial enterprise".
Tributes paid to Lieutenant Umar Fayyaz who was abducted and killed by terrorists in Kashmir are highlighted in all the papers. Summing up the mood in the country, The Pioneer writes "Tribute to Martyr Fayaz from Valley to India Gate : Top Army commander tells Fayaz's family 'he is a hero', names school after him".
The Times of India in its front page lead reports "J&K youths defy terrorists, 67,000 apply for 700 cop jobs".
After local Hizbul Mujahideen commander in Kashmir Zakir Moosa threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders, The Statesman reports "Hizb isolates itself from Moosa's statement". This has provoked a reaction from Moosa as the Indian Express writes "Defiant Musa quits Hizbul".
As the Supreme Court  looks into the issue of triple talaq, The Times of India quotes many Islamic scholars as saying "Triple talaq an unfortunate act".
In a special front page story, The Hindustan Times puts out some worrying statistics. The paper writes " Job offers shrink for IIT graduates : Campus hiring falls to 66% from 79% last year".
With the new academic session set to begin in July, The Hindu reports "Delhi University admissions to begin on May 22 : Registration process for students will be completely online at university website".
The largest ever cyber attack that hit the world affecting hospitals, telephone companies and car makers among others is widely reported in the press. The Asian Age writes "India among 100 nations hit hard by cyber attack.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rohtak gang-rape, murder - a rerun of Nirbhaya case: Other similar incidents that shook the nation

Rohtak gang-rape, murder - a rerun of Nirbhaya case: Other similar incidents that shook the nation

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

Almost all papers today have led with the story of the election commission's assurance that voter verified paper audit trail would be used for all future elections.
The Asian Age writes, Modi ends Lanka trip with swipe al-Pak - Prime Minister says "growing arc of violence big threat".
The Supreme Courts observations while hearing arguments pertaining to petitions challenging the Validity of some Muslim Law practices have been widely reported in the press today. "Triple Talaq abhorrent like death penalty says Supreme Court" writes the Hindustan Times.
The Indian Express reports " Citing right to trade, High Court tells UP to consider giving licenses to abattoirs".
And finally, the Times of India tells us why going on a guilt trip could be a good thing - the paper writes that feeling guilty has a positive effect on our behavior and leads to better cooperation, as guilt encourages people to repair a situation while anger creates retaliation and a breakdown in cooperation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eight killed in two separate road accidents in Hyderabad

Eight killed in two separate road accidents in Hyderabad

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Most News papers have highlighted the triple talaq hearing in the Supreme Court "Top court to rule on triple talaq but not on polygamy," is Hindustan Times headline. "If triple talaq invalid, suggest way out: Supreme Court. Asks where will Muslim men then go for divorce?" quotes The Tribune.
"Hizb, LeT, suspect in Army officer killing," is the lead story in Asian Age and covered by most dailies prominently.
"As Modi lands in Colombo, Lanka says 'no' to China submarine visit," reports The Indian Express with a photograph of the Prime Minister being welcomed in Sri Lanka.
"On the anniversary of the nuclear test, PM lauds scientists' work and hails the courage shown by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for taking the bold decision," reports The Pioneer.
"Karnan wants Supreme Court to recall order," Headlines The Hindu.  "Karnan on run, amid continuing confusion and drama over his whereabouts," says The Asian Age.
UP government declining sanction to prosecute Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a communal riots case is a front page story in DNA and The Hindu.
Reporting on the infighting in BSP, the Indian Express  says, "Naseemuddin vs Maya: Tapes, CDs, 50 crore rupees blackmail charge."
"New faces women dominate Macron's 'French revolution', " reports The Asian Age.
And, finally, The Pioneer reports "Haryana village houses to bear daughters' nameplates with pride." "In a state notorious for gender prejudice, Alipur village near Sohna, under the 'Lado Swabhiman Utsav', is increasingly seeing the nameplates of their daughters at the main entrance of their houses." A sign of a much-needed and welcome change?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Handcuffing of Khammam chilli farmers sparks outrage

Handcuffing of Khammam chilli farmers sparks outrage

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The Killing of a Kashmiri Army officer by suspected militants in Shopian in Jammu and Kahsmir makes for front page news in most of the dailies. "Army officer 22, Kidnapped & killed", headlines The DNA adding "Local boy Lt. Ummer Fayaz, unarmed shot in Shopian by terrorists. First leave becomes his last".
The Kulbhusan Jadhav case is the other big story grabbing headlines this morning. "International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear Jadhav case on May 15", states The Tribune. The paper writes that Pakistan says it will reply to any Hague query.
In a related story The Asian Age reports that "India tightens medical visa norms for Pakistan".
Referring to sacked AAP Minister Kapil Mishra the Times of India writes "AAP supporter assaults fasting Mishra, thrashed".
Markets were on cloud nine as forecast of a normal monsoon triggered, massive buying, lifting benchmarks sensex and Nifty to their all time closing highs, reports The Financial Express.
The Pioneer quoting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes "IT+Indian talent = India Tomorrow". The Paper also informs that Modi asked judiciary to embrace digital tech, launched Supreme Court Case Management System.
On the VIP fugitive Calcutta Hight Court Judge CS Karnan The Pioneer writes "3 states hunt for fugitive Justice. Karnan checked into state guest house in Chennai on Tuesday and addressed the media but vanished next morning as Bengal, Andhra and TN cops wait for him."
"Storm in US as Trump sacks FBI director", states The Asian Age. "Trump fires FBI boss amid Russia probe" quips The Times of India.
A five judge constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar is scheduled to begin hearing a batch of 6 petitions and a suo motu PIL of the Supreme Court on whether triple talaq and polygamy violate the fundamental rights of Muslim women reports The Hindu. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

James Comey fired 'days after requesting Russia inquiry resources'

James Comey fired 'days after requesting Russia inquiry resources'

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
Supreme Court sentencing Justice Karnan, and AAP demonstrating EVM tampering, are major stories in most papers.
"In a 1st, Supreme Court  jails a judge, gives 6-month prison term to Karnan "is the lead in The Times of India "SC sends High Court judge to jail for contempt, gags press on him"  says The Indian Express. "Law catches up with 'Justice' " quips the DNA.
"AAP MLA gives live demo of 'EVM hacking' in assembly" reports The Times of India. "AAP hacks EVM prototype, Election Commission says machine not ours" writes The Indian Express.
On sacked Minister Kapil Mishra's fight against Kejriwal, the Asian Age reports "Mishra gives CBI 3 Kejri complaints". The Pioneer says "Kapil seeks CM's blessing to win battle against 'Guru' ".
"The Hague stays Jadhav hanging" is the lead in The Indian Express.
"Despite Mulayam snub, Akhilesh says will go with Congress in 2019" covers The Hindustan Times on its front page.
"All-time high foodgrains reap monsoon windfall" notes The Pioneer, as India registered a record production of rice, wheat, cereals, pulses and cotton in 2016-17, as per the third advance estimate of production of foodgrains.
On the other hand, Hindustan Times, in a box item on the Wayanad sanctuary, writes "Drought triggers fierce water war in animal kingdom, tigers kill elephants".
" Miranda puts up digital 'talking signages' for its blind students ", becoming the first DU college to do so , in a big step towards making the campus disabled-friendly, states The Times of India.
"Shooting team's guns confiscated at airport" as the indian shooting contingent flew home with fifteen medals from a grand prix in the Czech Republic, reports The Hindustan Times. The custom department took more than 12 hours to clear their rifles and pistols.
And finally, " Now, turn any surface into a touch screen" writes the Hindu. Scientists have developed a new technology that can turn any surface - including walls , furniture and steering wheels - into a touch screen using tools as simple as a can of spray paint.      

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ICJ stays Jadhav execution: Sushma Swaraj speaks to his mother

ICJ stays Jadhav execution: Sushma Swaraj speaks to his mother

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The Aam Aadmi Party suspending Kapil Mishra, the Supreme Court reviving criminal conspiracy charges against Lalu Prasad and the rise in Delhi Metro fares from Wednesday are some of the top stories in most dailies today.
"AAP sweeps Mishra out, but pay dirt on Delhi CM sticks," headlines DNA. "Satyendra Jain mulling defamation case against Kapil Mishra, reports the Hindu.
"Rajnath ask states to take ownership. More tech use, agressive line in war on Naxals," reports The Asian Age. "Nitish says don't pass buck," highlights The Indian Express.
"Lalu is fodder! SC orders fresh probe into scam," says DNA. "Monday's court order may put further pressure on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar because of a string of controversies surrounding his ally Lalu Prasad Yadav," mentions The Asian Age.
"Karnan orders 5-years Rigorous Imprisonment for Chief Justice of India, 7 other Supreme Court Judges," leads The Hindu.
"India added another feather in global diplomacy as it got the top slot of the United Nations housing panel--UN Habitat," is reported by Mail Today.
"Forced to marry Pak national at gunpoint, says Indian woman who took refuge in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad last week," reports The Pioneer. "Tells Pak court she was tortured by husband," states The Indian Express.
"SC seeks response on petition against female circumcision, a practice followed by a Muslim sect, which activists say violates the fundamental rights of women,"reports Hindustan Times.
"French election verdict a victory for Europe too," is The Times of India exclusive.
And, finally, look who's taken to the pen. "Bill Clinton co-writing a thriller with Patterson," reports The Asian Age. Called The President is Missing, the book is "a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power." Something to look forward to, it?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Justice Karnan 'sentences' CJI, 7 other SC judges to 5 years in jail

Justice Karnan 'sentences' CJI, 7 other SC judges to 5 years in jail

Newspapers Headlines
Most of the newspapers have prominently featured the accusations of the fired AAP minister Kapil Mishra.
"Day after sacking, Mishra says Kejriwal got Rs 2 cr; Sisodia calls it 'baseless'", is the lead headline in the Indian Express. DNA summarises the development in its lead story as "Boomerang! Hit by the stone he threw at others"
Hindustan Times reports that cash use is back in vogue despite the government's e-payment push. The paper adds that though ATM replenishment is yet to normalise, the cash withdrawals from ATM increased in March 2017 as compared to March 2016.
Business Standard writes that the Start Up India policy is about to get a makeover. The tweaked policy would give rejected firms a second chance, adds the paper.
Another story that finds mention in many newspapers is the firing of bullets in the air by the comrades during the funeral of a slain Lashkar terrorist. "Gun salute for slain Lashkar terrorist" headlines the Pioneer.
"It's the best time in a decade to purchase a home" writes Financial Express. The paper quotes from a CLSA report and says falling mortgage rates and house prices and increasing incomes mean that house affordability is the best since 2005.
The Hindu says that dress code is a tougher test for NEET aspirants. Many candidates have run afoul of the strict dress code, which prohibits full sleeve shirts, pens, pencils, closed or high-heeled shoes, big brooches and metal buttons.
And finally, news that will bring a smile to both farmers and consumers. The Indian Express reports that a vegetable market in Solan has changed the way farmers sell their produce within a year of the launch of the government's National Agriculture Market or e-NAM project. Farmers now log in to the e-NAM website, access real time wholesale rates and choose the buyer, completely bypassing the agents.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it?

Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it?

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The gas leak tragedy affecting schoolgirls in Delhi,  and the sacking of a Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra from the AAP government are the prominent stories in most dailies today.
"Modi alone can fix Kashmir tangle," The Sunday Tribune in its headlines  quotes the J& K Chief Minister. "The Prime Minister alone could pull the Valley out of the prevailing morass."
"Government plans lower I-T slab, free health check-ups for women," is the lead story in The Times of India."The National policy for women also moots aid for violence victims."
"Army to train state forces, more IAF operations: new plan to take on Naxalites," headlines The Indian Express.
"India in dilemma over one belt one road (OBOR) Summit in China. Attending the Summit would give an impression that India has softened it stand on China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC)," notes  The Statesman. "We have doubts on China's OBOR project: Jaitely," reports The Hindu.
The death of  Justice Leila Seth, the first woman Chief Justice of High Court, has been reported, with photographs, in all dailies. "There will no funeral as her organs have been donated," says The Tribune.
"Seized benami property may house government offices, a move officials said was part of the Prime Minister's crackdown on black money and corruption," says the Hindustan Times.
"Secret intel papers show how ISI funds Hurriyat," is a top story in the The Times of India.
Commenting on the governments;Plan to provide mobile connectivity to more than 55,600 villages across the country by March2019, The Financial Express headlines "Mobile connectivity a pipe dream for more than 50,000 villages."
And, finally, The Hindu reports "Leeches are being widely prescribed in Russian medicine as a low-cost substitute for blood thinners such as warfarin. Medicinal leeches are raised in leech farms and treatment takes 30-40 minutes." "No 'yuck' factor there!" Talk about being natural!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

1 Policeman, 2 Civilians Killed In Terror Attack In Kashmir's Anantnag District

1 Policeman, 2 Civilians Killed In Terror Attack In Kashmir's Anantnag District

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The Supreme Court pronouncing the Death Sentence for 4 accused in the Nirbhaya Gang rape case is the lead story across papers today. "Finally Nirbhaya rests in peace" writes The Pioneer, while the Hindu says, "Fight not over yet, say her parents - will end when they are hanged".
The launching of the GSAT - 9 has invited some interesting headlines. The Indian Express says "South Asian Diplomacy lifts off on ISRO Satellite", While the Pioneer, quoting the PM writes "The launch of the South Asian satellite tells us that even the sky's the limit when it comes to regional cooperation".
Referring to the Proposed "No fly list" for unruly passengers on flights, the Financial Express observes that in extreme cases the no fly list could keep one grounded forever.
Reporting on Politics the Economic Times observes "Samajwadi party headed for split - Shivpal forms new party, wants Mulayam to lead".
The Business Standard reports "Government RBI get cracking on Bad loan problem". While the Times of India, in a related story writes "2 bank Chief shifted as govt moves to turn around sector" adding "that PNB MD and CEO Usha Anantha-Subramanian has been moved to Allahabad bank and Bank of India boss Melvyn Rego has been shifted to Syndicate Bank".
The Asian Age opines that former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishan Gandhi is emerging as a possible opposition candidates for country's presidential election.
And finally, in an interesting story, the Times of India writes that soon, one may sail from Asia to Europe in 20 days, as global warming may throw open new routes over the North Pole, dramatically cutting journey times.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

DNA, fingerprints, analysis of bite marks sealed Nirbhaya rapists' fate: SC

DNA, fingerprints, analysis of bite marks sealed Nirbhaya rapists' fate: SC

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
The Army's combing operation in Shopian district is on the front pages of all dailies. The Statesman reports that the crackdown follows "2 videos showing terrorist being trained in the apple orchards of south Kashmir went viral." " Operation flush out: 3000 soldiers comb 30 villages in Shopian," is the DNA headline. "Ultras strike in Op Cleanup; Civilian killed, 2 soldiers hurt," notes The Tribune. Meanwhile, "Army chief hints at action against Pakistan for beheadings," headlines The Asian Age.
The DNA reports, "High Court upholds life for 11 in Bilkis Bano case; convicts five cops and two doctors for tampering with evidence."
"Justice Karnan refuses medical test," notes The Hindustan Times. "I am medically fit, sends back medical team," The Pioneer quotes the Calcutta High Court judge.
"Congress brings more changes in leadership of its state units," is a front page story in Hindustan Times. "New Punjab, Uttarakhand PCC chiefs," says The Asian Age.
"Nifty climbs to record close," states The Financial Express. "Bank cleanup-push triggers a Nifty rally on Dalal street," reports The Economic Times.
"Supreme court raps government for making Aadhar mandatory," notes the DNA. "Aadhar and PAN: Order reserved," says The Times of India.
"New Delhi slips on Swachh Bharat test to seventh position, according to the 2017 Swachh Sarvekshan Survey," reports DNA.
And finally, The Statesman reports a heart warming story of IAS officer Yunus and his IPS wife Anjum Ara adopting the 12-year-old  daughter of Naib Subedar Paramjit singh, killed and mutilated in the Pakistani raid across the LOC.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Militants ambush army patrol in Shopian; civilian dead, 2 soldiers injured

Militants ambush army patrol in Shopian; civilian dead, 2 soldiers injured

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Blood trail at LoC leads to Pakistan is the major focus in most dailies this morning.
"Pakistan has blood on its hands" writes the Pioneer 'Active participation of Pakistan Army in killings and mutilation' the Indian Express quotes the Government. " Punish your troops, Pakistan told " reports the Statesman citing Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley as saying Pakistan denial carries no credibility.
In a related development, DNA reports "concerned India sends 50 Pakistan students back home" of a group of Pakistan children visiting India , who had to cut short their tour, following an MEA advisory.
The Indian Express notes "From wrestling to hockey, sporting ties freeze over" amid mounting tension between India and Pakistan.
 "Finally, A Road Map to Help Banks Drive Out of NPA Jam" is the lead in the Economic Times "RBI gets power to crack down on top loan defaulters", as cabinet clears ordinance to tackle bad debt writes The Times Of India.
 "Aadhar's foolproof claim falls flat in SC" covers the Pioneers on its front page. The Asian Age says " Government admits in top court to Aadhar data leakage".
"Sonia bids to unite opposition for presidential election" reports the Hindu.
On the rumblings in the Aam Aadmi Party , Hindustan Times quips," Peace breaks out in AAP." The Times of India states "AAP keeps Vishwas suspends MLA Khan."
"No funds to pay staff, say north and east corporations", less than ten days since the results of the MCD polls in Delhi, is a front page story in the Times of India.
 "US sets up task force to check hate crimes", after attacks on Hindus and Sikhs , notes the Tribune.
"Now, visa-on-arrival for Indians in Dubai" for Indian nationals holding a valid US visa or a green card, informs the Financial Express.
On the weather front, the Times of India captions a photograph" Storm brings joy on 40 degree plus day" while the Hindustan Timesreports "Relief won't last: Weatherman predicts a 42 degree weekend".
And finally , the Hindu carries an interesting story."In Bihar, rats are the new tipplers" as they guzzled several lakh litres of liquor, from seized stocks stored in police station. 

Telangana chilli crisis: How agricultural produce has become a political hot potato for KCR

Telangana chilli crisis: How agricultural produce has become a political hot potato for KCR

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The killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan continues to be the lead story in most of the dailies this morning. "Army says it will respond to Pakistan dastardly act" headlines the Hindustan Times, adding "DGMO conveys hotline message, Pakistan's warns against misadventure".
On the turmoil in Kashmir, the Indian Express leads "Governor meets security establishment. Vohra, Rajnath discuss valley, opening talks in Jammu and Kashmir an option on centre table". The paper also writes that the government has been advised to consider dialogue with mainstream parties for a start.
The Times of India quotes the government telling the Supreme Court that "Citizens don't have absolute right over their bodies. People can't say not to iris Scans, fingerprinting." The statesman headline says, "Aadhaar-pan link to stop PAN card misuse. Quoting the government, the paper writes "It will stop money laundering, black money and terror funding."
The raging dissension in the Aam Aadmi Party is also covered by most dailies. "AAP stares at crisis as war of words erupts between Vishwas and Sisodia" notes the Hindustan Times.
Referring to the cancellation of Parliamentary by-election in Anantnag, the Asian Age says that the order virtually rules out a by poll before October, due to Ramzan in May June and Amarnath Yatra, due to take place from the last week of June.
Writing on Operation Clean Money, the Financial Express says, "Prime Minister for more action against tax evasion. Hints at amending new benami property law to make it more effective".
The government has asked states to stop accepting electricity bill payments in cash. The Power Ministry has told state discoms to introduce and strengthen digital payment mechanism, reports the Economic Times.
And finally, you can now beat infections with paper clothing. Well, the Times of India reports that researchers working to develop personal protective equipment that might contain the spread of infectious diseases, such as the devastating 2014 out break of Ebola in West Africa. Researchers have developed a paper based sanitiser that may one day be suitable for clothing that sterilises itself.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Yogi Adityanath Dials BSF Soldier Prem Sagar's Family, Cremation Today

Yogi Adityanath Dials BSF Soldier Prem Sagar's Family, Cremation Today

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The killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces dominates front page headlines. "Pakistan kills two Indian soldiers, mutilates bodies" reports the Hindustan Times. The Tribune writes "India hits back, destroys 3 Pak posts: several casualties". The Asian Age quoting defence sources reports "the Pakistan army has suffered considerable losses in India's retaliatory fire".
Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyap Erdogan are prominently noticed in the press. In the backdrop of President Erdogan's comments on Kashmir in an interview before he came to India, The Asian Age reports "Pak terror only issue in J&K, India tells Turkey : Erdogan had suggested multilateral dialogue".
The Supreme Court's order in the contempt case it is hearing against Calcutta High Court Judge C S Karnan is widely reported. The Times of India writes "SC orders medical check up of defiant judge's mental health ; Justice Karnan to be taken for tests on May 4".
In a special front page story with the caption "Centre steps in to regulate 'bad' content on TV, Radio" the Asian Age writes that the government plans to empower district magistrates and police commissioners to register complaints for content that's deemed inappropriate".
A series of tweets by Congress leader Digvijay Singh on the Telangana police has kicked up a controversy reports the press. The Hindu quotes Mr Singh as saying "Police trap Muslim youth by encouraging them to join IS". Highlighting Union Minister Venakiah Naidu's response , the Pioneer reports "Naidu slams Digvijay's bizarre ISIS remark".
And finally, Dubai is in the news for a very interesting reason? The DNA reports that Dubai has teamed up with Microsoft to become the world's first city to have a font named after it.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

India turns down Turkey's offer to mediate with Pakistan on Kashmir

India turns down Turkey's offer to mediate with Pakistan on Kashmir

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Several dailies have given front page coverage to PM's Mann Ki Baat Programme on All India Radio. Pioneer under the caption "EPI the new VIP in  India highlights PM's call for changing the mindset of VIP culture in the country. He asserted the need to replace it with EPI i.e. every person is important.
"EC may change recounting rules" is The Hindu headline. The idea is to match the slips generated by VVPAT devices with EVM counts.
The Asian Age reports of the Election Commission's recommendation to the centre to disqualify all those charged with vote bribes.
Kashmir has its own Super 40 managed by the Indian Army. While some youth were busy pelting stones at the Indian army, 78 percent of 40 coached students cracked the IIT exam is a heartening story in The DNA.
Tamil Nadu is facing its worst drought in 140 years, the farmers are the most affected leading to suicides due to non payment of debt, is a report in The Business Standard.
Prospective parents opting for adoption will not be allowed to pick and choose a child now. They can only accept or reject a child and will be  given only one chance. The rule comes into effect from today, says The Tribune.
The coarse grains millets are back now with a bang. They are nutritious and consume less water to grow. Now make and bake millets through an app released by Karnataka government. The app is called millet melodies, so enjoy Sorghum Boondi and  Ragi Cake. thats a report in The Hindu.
NFDC to dub regional movies in Hindi/ After UP, now Jaipur all set to launch police women on scooters as anti romeo squads/ Khadi sales  soaring to 50,000 crore rupees last year and 77 percent vehicles in Delhi being without pollution check, are some of the stories covered by the newspapers today.
on the occasion of International Labor Day The Tribune has published a beautiful sand-art by Sudarshan Patnaik on Odisha beach.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dawn of a new India: Red beacons set to become history, PM Modi says 'every person is important'

Dawn of a new India: Red beacons set to become history, PM Modi says 'every person is important'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on the issue of triple talaq at a speech in Delhi dominates the front pages of most papers. The Hindustan Times reports "Don't politicise triple talaq issue, says PM". Meanwhile, a Minister in the UP government Swami Prasad Maurya has stirred a controversy with his remarks on the issue with the Indian Express quoting him as saying "Triple talaq is being misused to satisfy lust".
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's remarks after the Aam Admi Party or AAP's rout in the Delhi municipal corporation elections are highlighted in all the papers. The Hindu writes " Kejriwal admits making mistakes : AAP leader calls for course correction".
BJP Chief Amit Shah's visit to Jammu for deliberations with the party's state leadership is prominently noticed in the press. The Times of India quotes Mr Shah as saying "Nationalism top priority for BJP". The Tribune reports the BJP Chief as saying "No talks with separatists". On the situation in the state the paper also says "3G, 4G restored, social media still blocked".
The Hindustan Times draws attention to the aftermath of the Naxalite attack on CRPF personnel in Chattisgarh recently as it reports "After Sukma attack, Centre suspends road construction in Bastar".
In a box story on its front page, the Asian Age reports that at an Air Force Commanders meet recently in Delhi, the Air Force Chief asked the Indian Airforce to be ready for a possible 10 day war with Pakistan and a 15 day conflict with China.
In a special story the Indian Express writes "Guwahati declares 'silent zone' around all religious places".
The Financial Express informs us of an interesting plan of the government as it writes "India eyes all-electric car fleet by 2030". The paper quotes Power Minister Piyush Goyal as saying that by 2030 not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country".
The Times of India reports the HRD Minister Prakash Jawdekar as saying that CBSE schools will be made accountable for quality of education and charging of unreasonable fees. Meanwhile students of government schools in UP have reason to be excited as the Asian Age writes "Science to be part of joyful learning in UP schools".
The Hindu reports that the Telugu language is all set to get new words. The paper writes "Andhra Pradesh is setting up a department to add new entries to the Telugu lexicon"

Sunday, April 30, 2017

'Bahubali 2: The Conclusion' makes history, becomes first film to enter Rs 100 crore club on Day 1

'Bahubali 2: The Conclusion' makes history, becomes first film to enter Rs 100 crore club on Day 1

Supreme Court offering to set the stage for peace talks in Kashmir is the lead in most papers. "Apex Court asks state bar association to suggest steps by May 9, but says talks can't be held until stone pelting ends" The Pioneer headline. "Won't talk to separatists, government tells Supreme Court" writes The Hindustan Times.
Robert Vadra's controversial land deals find place in the press."Haryana to act on Dhingra report on Vadra" reports The DNA. "Congress embarrassed as Vadra's 50 crore rupee profit in land deal in focus" writes The Times of India.
"Government takes steps to make air and rail travel easier" writes The Hindu on its front page, adding that flying will become paperless soon and that there will be train tickets on demand by 2020.
AAP following Yogi's holiday calendar is widely noticed by the press. "Delhi cancels holidays on birth and death anniversaries" writes The Hindustan Times.
"IAS officers to adopt families of martyrs'  reports the Times of India. The Tribune says that they will get help in getting pension and also with school admissions.
"Gold shines on Aksahya Tritya" says The Financial Express, adding that token purchases kept gold prices higher. "40 percent jump in jewellery sales" reports The Times of India.
The Asian Age and The DNA quote Donald Trump after his 100 day stint as the US president. "Thought Prez job would be easy, this is more work than before", write the papers.
"Organisational shake up for BJP Vistar on cards" writes The Pioneer. "With eye on 2019 polls, state units to get new chiefs" adds the paper. "Eye on total sweep, Shah starts 95 day tour today' says The Asian Age.
"Epic Opening for Baahubali" writes The Tribune on its front page, showing elderly movie enthusiasts snapping selfies outside a theatre in Bangalore.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

'I am an ISI agent but I want to stay in India'

'I am an ISI agent but I want to stay in India'

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Most newspapers have reported on the militants strike in J&K. "Militants strike Army camp near LoC, Captain is among 3 personnel killed" is the Indian Express headline. The Pioneer reports that the "Army's vulnerable security needs a fund boost".
Another story that has found space on many front pages is the launch of the UDAN program by the Prime Minister. The Hindu headlines, "PM launches low-cost regional flights". The Tribune features a photo of the Prime Minister waving to a huge crowd at his rally in Shimla under the caption - "Talk of winds of change as Shimla gets cheaper Delhi flight".
The Statesman reports that the apex court has rapped the Centre over the pending Lokpal legislation. Its headline reads "Delay in Lokpal not justified, says SC".
"Be honest, don't ditch party, Kejriwal tells his councillors" writes the Hindustan Times. Kejriwal's appeal came on a day that saw a string of resignations from senior leaders, adds the paper.
Some good news for PF subscribers. You can now withdraw your PF savings to pay hospital bills in case of serious illness, reports the Hindu. Instead of the usual process of approvals, this would require just a self-declaration by the subscriber.
The Economic Times leads with a poll of the top 25 brokerages. The paper reckons that the markets will continue their winning streak and by December 2017, Nifty may touch 10,000 and Sensex may touch 32,000 levels.
The Asian Age reports that carrying forward its successful strategy of fielding new faces in elections, BJP may drop many MLAs to retain Gujarat.
"Women cops to take on stone-pelters". DNA reports that the Centre has asked J&K to induct at least 33 percent women in India Reserve Battalions to tackle stone pelting schoolgirls better.
Many newspapers have paid tributes to film actor Vinod Khanna who passed away yesterday. "Amar' to live forever in our hearts!" says The Pioneer.
And finally, a 17 year old Dalit boy who is the son of an Udaipur based compounder has topped the JEE with full marks, reports Hindustan Times. He will be an inspiration for many.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Facebook announces plan to fight misinformation campaigns

Facebook announces plan to fight misinformation campaigns

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Most newspapers lead with the Delhi Municipal elections results. "BJP sweeps civic elections", writes The Hindustan Times. In a related story, the paper reports that a steep drop in AAP's vote share puts a question mark over its future. The DNA banner headline attempts a pun. "Kejriwail in saffron gale" is how they describe the results. "Slew of resignations after Congress finishes third" headlines the Indian Express.
The Economic Times captures the elation in the stock markets with the banner headline "30,000! What next?". The paper reports that both the Sensex and Nifty have scaled to historic highs.
The Pioneer writes that the Centre has approved a record 1 lac affordable houses to be built for urban poor. An amount of Rs 4200 crores has been approved for this construction.
In line with the Digital India narrative, Financial Express writes that the Indian Railways is all set to go fully digital. The move would enable the public transporter to save Rs 60000 crores, adds the paper.
"More North East areas get broad gauge rail" informs The Asian Age. Quoting top sources, the paper reports that by 2020, Imphal too would be connected with broad gauge rail.
The Hindu focuses its attention on the continuing students' protests in Jammu and Kashmir. The J&K government has decided to ban 22 social media websites in the valley. The ban is likely to continue for at least one more month, writes the paper.
And finally, the Times of India writes of a shrine in Alwar that stands tall as an example of communal harmony. The integrated shrine of Sayyed darbar and  Hanuman mandir sees Hindus and Muslims praying under the same roof. A good example for the country to emulate.

OU students mulling protests taken into preventive custody

OU students mulling protests taken into preventive custody

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The Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh on Monday continues to occupy lead space in newspapers this morning.
"Government vows payback for Sukma ambush" is the Hindustan Times  headline. "Maoists kept track as CRPF men took same route for days" reports the Times Of India. DNA Headlines reads,  "Martyred jawans saved 40 lives", reporting that the CRPF jawans protected civilians building the road to progress, till the last drop of their blood.
"UP forms task force to hook land sharks; Cabinet cancels 15 holidays on VIPs' birth-death anniversaries", highlights the Pioneer on its front page.
"Dinakaran arrested for bid to bribe poll panel" reports the Hindu.
"At 9300, Nifty hits record high" notes the Hindu Business Line. Business Standard leads with "Nifty hits new peak, Sensex nears 30,000".
'Only government can tell if note ban beat black money ' , Hindustan Times  quotes RBI chief, Urjit Patel.
"Niti Aayog backs tax on income from agriculture", wants to expand base by removing exemptions, reports the Times of India.
"DU ,IIT , AMU among sites hacked by pro-Pak group" informs the Statesman.
"DU now plans to teach how to write FB posts" ,with the university's English department wanting it to be part of a course on " academic writing" ,states the Tribune.
" Google co-founder plans to launch ' flying car ' this year " reports the Asian Age.
And finally, " Last male white rhino ' seeks help ' from dating app " in a last -chance breeding effort to keep his species alive, is a story in the Hindu.        

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

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
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

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
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.