Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

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

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

RCB sinks to an all-time low

RCB sinks to an all-time low

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


Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

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

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Netizen Held For Anti-Lokesh Posting On FB!

Netizen Held For Anti-Lokesh Posting On FB!

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'I fully support Sonu Nigam'

'I fully support Sonu Nigam'

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Triple talaq unjust, says Modi

Triple talaq unjust, says Modi

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

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

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

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

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

United Airlines passenger ordeal 'worse than fall of Saigon'

United Airlines passenger ordeal 'worse than fall of Saigon'

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines CEO sorry for 'horrific' passenger removal

United Airlines CEO sorry for 'horrific' passenger removal

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pre-meditated murder if Jadhav killed, Pak warned

Pre-meditated murder if Jadhav killed, Pak warned

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

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

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

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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

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

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

Truck plows into store in apparent terror attack in Stockholm

Truck plows into store in apparent terror attack in Stockholm

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

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

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

Hyderabad Man Sends Triple Talaq Through Post Card, Arrested

Hyderabad Man Sends Triple Talaq Through Post Card, Arrested

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

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

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

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cow killers will be hanged, says Raman Singh

Cow killers will be hanged, says Raman Singh

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

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