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"