Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

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

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT

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

Terror returns to London

Terror returns to London

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

Yogi Adityanath says 'will work for all sections'

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

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

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

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

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

Kejriwal asks L-G to consider ballot papers

Kejriwal asks L-G to consider ballot papers

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BIAS AGAINST DALIT SCHOLAR ALLEGED

BIAS AGAINST DALIT SCHOLAR ALLEGED

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

The dark roads of the IT corridor

The dark roads of the IT corridor

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

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

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017

HYDERABAD: MBA STUDENT FALLS OFF TERRACE IN SLEEP, DIES

HYDERABAD: MBA STUDENT FALLS OFF TERRACE IN SLEEP, DIES

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The Exit Polls for the recently held assembly elections in five states is the lead story in most papers. "Exit polls bring cheer to BJP - Saffron wave seen in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa; AAP-Congress toss up in Punjab" writes the Pioneer while the Asian Age headlines-"Exit Polls predict BJP Surge".
In a related report, The Times of India says "Akhilesh signal to Maya: Secular forces must unite to form UP Government".
The Economic Times writes -" Exit poll unlikely to surprise Dalal Street, though any major departure from the exit poll results could cause sharp moves."
The DNA quotes the Director General of Military Operations as stating that the Pakistani army is training terrorists for cross border raids in India.
In good news for expecting parents, The Asian Age writes that A bill that seeks to increase Maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday.
The Hindustan Times says that the Delhi Government has decided to bear the expenses of treatment in private hospitals of people injured in road accidents and victims of burns and acid attacks.
"Supreme Court firm: Tells Gopal Ansal to surrender" reports The Tribune, writing that apex court has dismissed an appeal by the real estate baron to be spared a jail term in the Uphaar cinema tragedy case.
The Business Line writes that plagued by protesting drivers across the country, Cab aggregators OLA and Uber have hiked fares by 50 to 70 percent.
The Asian Age writes that a Pakistani Tribal Court has fined a man 1.7 million rupees to be paid to his wife's family for bringing what they term "a bad name" to the family.
And finally, The Times of India says that according to experts,  with self help groups claiming to provide secrets to happiness and perpetual positivity, being happy all the time can leave us emotionally stunted.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Exit polls: UP may get hung assembly, AAP frontrunner in Punjab

Exit polls: UP may get hung assembly, AAP frontrunner in Punjab

Newspapers Headlines
"Delhi budget keeps focus on healthcare, education. Pro-poor thrust; anticipating GST rollout, no new tax levied," is the top story in Hindustan Times . "Flying to remote locations to get cheaper as jet fuel tax is slashed," is a front page story in Hindustan Times. "Delhi government slashes VAT on jet fuel to 1% from  25%," notes Business Line.
"Polls under wraps, it's no semifinal for 2019, opines The Pioneer.
" Lucknow siege ends, Saifullah killed," headlines The Statesman. "IS-inspired module behind Ujjain blast. No proof of the terror organization's direct involvement so far," says DNA. "Traitor cannot be my son, says slain terrorist's father," reports The Pioneer.
Aseemanand's acquittal in the Ajmer blast case has been noted on the front pages of all dailies.
"IT department finds cases of money laundering by fuel pump owners," reports Financial Express. "Many of these dealers deposited cash of much higher value than the reported sales during the demonetisation period." The Hindustan Times notes, "2400 public sector bank branches saw shady transactions after recall of notes."
"RBI opposes Tata move to pay Docomo. Says enforcement of the award will lead to transfer of shares, which is illegal," headlines The Economic Times.
The Times of India headlines, "New airline, 100% owned by Qatar, heads for India's skies after the Centre allowed 100% FDI in this sector last June."
" Terrific twosome," is how Hindustan Times labels the bowling pair of R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja -- "ranked joint-first on ICC's list of best bowlers in Tests."
And, finally, in an odd turnaround of the saying " Man proposes, God disposes, The Times of India reports, "Lines at 'visa-wale' Hanumanji Temples go up in the Trump era," as "visa hopefuls seek divine intervention" against Trump's visa policies. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Suspected ISIS influenced terrorist killed, several arrested

Suspected ISIS influenced terrorist killed, several arrested

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
The first-ever strike in India by the so-called Islamic State - that triggered a low intensity blast in a train in Madhya Pradesh - receives prominence in today's newspapers. The Times of India headline reads - "Ujjain train blast marks first IS attack in India; 10 injured". The Pioneer reports that 2 suspected militants, linked to the blast, arrested while another 'gunned down' after a 9-hrs Lucknow stand-off.
DNA carries the story of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and five others - getting a life sentence by the Principal District and Session Court, Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, for having 'Links' with Maoist and 'waging war' against India.
"CAG to undertake audit of demonetisation fallout" - headlines The Hindu. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Shashi Kant Sharma, will soon begin an audit of the recent demonetisation drive. He said, 'Demonetisation per se is a banking and money supply issue, but the CAG is well within its right to seek audit of the fiscal impact of demonetisation.
"Supreme Court calls for exemplary fines to curb frivolous PILs", reports The Times of India. The apex court said - such litigations choke the judicial system.
Hindustan Times reports on its front page that engineering students can be expelled for mocking the caste, ethnicity or sexual orientation of college mates, as the Regulator has expanded the definition of 'ragging', ahead of the new academic session.
A top official of the International Energy Agency has said that India is moving to the centre stage of the global energy market and by the early 2020s it will replace Russia as the world's third largest refiner. This story is carried in The Financial Express.
"For Women's Day, national carrier makes history", reports the Pioneer. The feisty crew of Air India's record-breaking non-stop, all-women, round-the-world trip - from Delhi to San Francisco and back - are all proudly photographed and pose together along with the Air India Chairman and Managing Director.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Uttar Pradesh ATS locked in battle with two militants

Uttar Pradesh ATS locked in battle with two militants

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The attacks on Indians in the US has been noticed in many dailies. "India raises hate crime issue with US: Trump government assures of speedy justice," highlights the Asian Age. "Fear, hurt, disbelief among US Sikhs: FBI helps probe attack,": The Tribune. Meanwhile, in another incident, in another continent: "Indian attacked in New Zealand -- told to go," is reported in The Tribune.
Pakistan's Former NSA admitting that "26/11 work of Pak group" is noticed in the Asian Age. "Saeed should be punished," DNA quotes the National Security Advisor.
"SBI asked to end fine on low balance," reports The Asian Age. "Cash transaction fine may go: government urges bank to review decision," says The Pioneer.
In a gruesome and bizarre top story, DNA reports the killing of foetuses by a doctor couple: "Sangli doc on 10 year killing spree." Homeopath BA Khidrapure and his wife, alleged to have killed dozens of foetuses, are 'on the run now'.
On demonetization, the Tribune reports, "A mother of newborn twin girls moves the Supreme Court against the Centre's decision not to allow her to deposit demonetised currency notes till March 31st as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his November 8, 2016 speech". "Why didn't you stick to promise on deposit deadline? SC to government," quotes Hindustan Times.
"Brace for thunderstorms, rain this week" reports Hindustan Times. "The weather department has predicted duststorms, thunderstorms and even some rain in the coming week in Delhi due to western disturbances."
"Peacock Massacre" headlines the Mail Today adding, Seven peacocks with necks broken were found by forest officials in Bundi district of Rajasthan. As per figures of 2016 Bundi district tops in Poaching of the National Bird in Rajasthan.
And finally, The Hindu carries a story of "Kolkata's barefoot doc who treats poor, refugees for free. Age has withered him but has not broken the indomitable spirit of this octogenerian whose life has been documented in a  film called dr. Jack: One Man One Life One Fight."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oppn demands white paper on Palamuru - Rangareddy LI scheme

Oppn demands white paper on Palamuru - Rangareddy LI scheme

NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
 Yet another hate crime in the US, is highlighted prominently in the press today.
"Masked man shoots, wounds Sikh outside his home in US" is the lead in the Times of India. "3rd hate crime in 10 days" states the Pioneer. The Indian Express writes "Indian diplomats open channels, community rallies support online".
"Why is Prajapati still a mantri?" the UP Governor asks Akhilesh Yadav, reports the Asian Age.
"Women stone-pelters latest terror shield", posing a fresh challenge to security forces, headlines the Pioneer.
"Implementation of smart city projects yet to pick up pace" is a front page story in Hindustan Times.
"Ratings drop, India Inc's debt profile worsens" as downgrades outnumbered upgrades every month, for the past 18 months, leads the Financial Express.
"Real estate sector on a consolidation mode", affordable housing to gain momentum, according to real estate body, Credai chief, reports the Hindu Business Line.
"Industry-funded research plays down risk from mobiles" the Times of India cites an analysis by AIIMS.
The Hindu Business Line leads with "Bumper crop does little to cheer pulses farmers", as poor procurement mechanism and delayed payments are hurting them.
Recently released family health survey results show "More than half of under-5 kids in India are anaemic" notes the Times of India.
German robot sets a new Guinness World Record, solving the Rubik's cube in 0.637 seconds, reports the Hindu.
"Get set for cooler nights, warmer days" bringing relief from an early bout of heat, says DNA.
And finally "Indians clean up their Act" as the percentage of Indians using tobacco and alcohol has fallen sharply in the last 10 years, according to National Family Health Survey-4, reports the Hindustan Times.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Telangana moves to prevent maternal deaths

Telangana moves to prevent maternal deaths

TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-
The Central Goods and Services Tax and the Integrated GST getting an in-principal approval - at the 11th meeting of the GST Council, is prominently covered by the Press. A Hindustan Times headline reads, "Decks cleared for GST's July 1 roll out, as states agree on bills.
"Must give reasons for summary court martial : SC", reports Times Nation. It says Supreme Court has dismissed the Army's petition seeking review of an order of the court in July 2016 which had said that a summary court martial constituted alone by the commanding officer must be held only in exceptional circumstances and its reasons recorded in writing.
"Visible from Pakistan, India's tallest Tiranga to stand tall at Attari", writes The Sunday Pioneer. The project will cost 3.6 crore rupees and the all weather flag will be based on motorised mechanism.
"Health Ministry plans to link hospitals across India, invites bids to develop software", headlines The Asian Age. Soon patients can walk into a hospital without carrying files containing their previous health records. All they will have to do is to quote their Aadhaar numbers.
Announcing some good news, Sunday Times writes that several of India's socio-economically backwards states like Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Odisha and Chattisgarh have made great strides over the last decade with regards to some key Health indicators.
The Hindu speaks a of remote 'Village of Bachelors' in Bihar called Barwan Kala, which could be reached only after a 10km long trek. On the last day of February, Ajay Kumar Yadav brought the first bride home after the villagers had themselves hewn a 6km stretch of road, cutting through the hills and forests, thus paving the way for marriages in Bihar's Village of 'Bachelors', 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Kerala priest admits to raping minor girl: Now 5 nuns charged for covering up details!

Kerala priest admits to raping minor girl: Now 5 nuns charged for covering up details!

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The last leg of campaigning for the 7th and final phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh has received front page coverage in many papers. "In final lap, big guns blaze in Uttar Pradesh -  Modi attacks rivals: Akhilesh, Maya return fire on poll eve" writes the Asian Age adding "Modi card overplayed in Uttar Pradesh? BJP gets worried," while the Times of India headlines, "Delhi shifts to Varanasi as Union Ministers flood city - PM's roadshow to clash with Akhilesh - Rahul".
The Tribune quoting the Supreme Court on preventing farmer suicides writes that the Apex court has advised the Centre and states to take steps to prevent suicides by farmers by addressing their problems, instead of focusing on payment of compensations to victim's families.
Nearly all papers have carried the story of Lance Naik Roy Mathew's death, who had earlier come into the limelight, when a video of him speaking against the 'Sahayak' System in the army had gone viral. "Army blames news portal for Lance Naik Mathew's death" writes the DNA while the Indian Express says "Media cheated him, he did'nt know they were shooting says brother of Jawan who killed himself.
And finally, in good news for those wanting to empower themselves with a law degree, the Times of India writes the Supreme Court has ruled that there is no age bar for LLB admission striking down the Bar Council of India's decision to fix the upper age limit to 22years for the 5 year LLB course and 45 for the 3 year course.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Study: half of the studies you read about in the news are wrong

Study: half of the studies you read about in the news are wrong

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"In UP all roads lead to Varanasi, the high-profile Lok Sabha constituency  of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," reports DNA. "BJP for  EC check on burqa-clad voters," headlines The Asian Age.
"Withdrawal symptoms," is how Hindustan Times describes HDFC, ICICI and Axis Banks revised ATM rules for withdrawing cash from their outlets. "Pay for frequenting banks!" is The Pioneer's headlines.
Doing its bit to curb pollution in the National Capital, "Railways to take 20,000 trucks of Delhi roads," reports Mail Today. "Ro-Ro (or Roll On-Roll Off) service rolls out in Gurgaon,"  says Hindustan Times in a front-page, photo story showing trains carrying loaded trucks on wagons, to decongest roads in NCR.
"Aadhar to be must for on-line tickets to prevent touts from blocking tickets in bulk," notes The Asian Age.
In another story on the railways, The Indian Express reports, "India takes lead to run freight train from Dhaka to Istanbul; calls meeting of Railway heads of five countries," including Pakistan.
The ABVP march in DU passing off without incident and the Jats' protest in the Capital have been noticed in Hindustan Times. "We'll be back, Jats say" headlines the paper.
"President asks politicians to show tolerance," in an address on 'India At 70' in Kochi, headlines DNA. "Free campuses of intolerance, violence" quotes Asian Age.
"RSS man offers 1 crore for Pinarayi head ;draws condemnation from Sangh, CPM and Congress," is a front-page story in Asian Age."
And, finally, ever wondered how the harmonious 'Bong' sound is created in London's Big Ben? The Times of India reports that  it "is produced when its 200 kg hammer hits the side of the bell, setting off vibrations in the metal and causing the entire bell to pulsate!"

Friday, March 3, 2017

Indian-origin girl racially abused in US, says report

Indian-origin girl racially abused in US, says report

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Trump regretting the Kansas killing, and the PM's statement on hard-work winning over Harvard, are prominently noticed in the newspapers this morning.
"Trump stuns critics with presidential speech, slams killing of Indian techie" is the lead in the Times of India. "US immigration curbs a silver lining for Indians!" as Trump  announces only merit-based immigration, writes the pioneer.
"PM Targets Singh, Sen on Economy", says 'Hardwork proved to be more powerful than Harvard', headlines the Statesman.
"Numbers don't add up in NDA's Skill India initiative" leads the Hindustan Times, pointing at inadequate facilities at skill centres, & inconsistencies in claims.
Interceptor missile hits test target as India inched closer to putting together a two-tier ballistic missile defence system, write the Times of India.
"CBI probe ordered in Army recruitment scam" notes the Mail Today.
25 percent skilled youth placed by Maharashtra government, quit jobs" reports DNA.
"Central government to hire 2.8 lakh staff in a year" is a front page story in the Times of India.
 "City to pay for 30 surgeries, if delayed at government hospitals" highlights the Hindustan Times, as the AAP administration has tied up with 41 private hospitals for surgeries including heart bypass, cataract and kidney stone removal, free of charge.
DNA notes "Bengal BJP leader held for child trafficking".
"ABVP suspends members for assaulting AISA activists "reports the Statesman.
Brace for a protest thursday, says the Hindustan Times. "prepare for traffic chaos as jats bring agitation to the heart of Delhi" while right-wing students have called a march in DU.
"AXIS, HDFC to hike fee for operations at bank " charging customers a higher fee for cash transactions beyond the free ones every month, informs the Times of India.
And finally goods trucks can take a ride on flat wagons from today. The pioneer reports on a new Indian Railways scheme to help decongest Delhi's traffic by transporting thousands of commercial trucks by rail so they don't have to cross the national capital on the way to their destinations.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Donald Trump condemns Kansas shooting in US Congress speech

Donald Trump condemns Kansas shooting in US Congress speech

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The Ramjas row and protest against campus violence makes for front page news in most of the dailies this morning."Politicians join students at campus peace march" leads Hindustan Times adding "Police register FIR over rape threat to Kashmir martyr's daughter."All the papers also carry photographs of students protesting against attacks on freedom of expression at Delhi university's North Campus.
"At 7% third quarter (Q3) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth beats note ban blues.Manufacturing agriculture drive higher than expected numbers" headlines Business Standard."Economy weathers notes ban storm to grow at 7% in Quarter 3.Farm,mining and manufacturing sectors perform better than expected" informs  Business Line.
Referring to the Uttar Pradesh polls The Asian Age writes "Maya rubbishes talk of BJP pact." The paper also mentions that in the last two phases, Samajawadi Party faces rebel trouble.
Writing on a new twist to former Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul's suicide note case, The Times of India states "Probe Chief Justice of India for Pul's suicide, his widow petitions  Ansari.Also wants  Supreme Court Judge investigated."
"Supreme Court puts Sahara's asset buyer to test" informs The Pioneer. The paper writes that the Court asks firm to deposit 750 crore rupees by April 10 to check its bona fides.
" 'Lipstick' Under My Burkha", which was denied a release certificate by the Censor Board, has won the audience award at the Glasgow Film Festival reports The Times of India.
"Expect this summer to be hotter than usual, cautions Met Department" states DNA."Even hill stations will be hotter this year, warns IMD. Above normal temperatures forecast across the country" says  The Hindu.
And finally, names may shape facial appearance. Well, Hindustan Times reports "People can correctly match names of strangers to their  faces with surprising accuracy, according to a new study. This manifestation of  the  name in a face might be due to people subconsciously altering their appearance to conform to cultural norms  and cues associated with their names the study said.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Twitter SLAMS Javed Akhtar for 'hardly literate' jibe at Virender Sehwag and Yogeshwar Dutt

Twitter SLAMS Javed Akhtar for 'hardly literate' jibe at Virender Sehwag and Yogeshwar Dutt

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Most of the newspaper carry the story of the tweet by the daughter of an army martyr at Kargil polarising political and public opinion on patriotism and free speech. "Slugfest keeps DU pot boiling" - headlines The Pioneer.
The Tribune reports that an estimated 57.36 % of the 1.81 crore electorate voted on Monday, casting their votes amid tight security during the fifth phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh. This has been the lowest turn-out till now in the seven phase assembly election.
"CRPF deployed in Kashmir valley to contain insurgency, will be using a modified version of the pellet gun. These will be tweaked with a deflector, an attachment on the muzzle end, to prevent pellets from going up and causing serious injuries, specially to the eyes, reports the Asian Age.
DNA asks, 'Can you imagine your income rising by not just 100% or 200% but by as much as 44,235%, You certainly can if you are a politician. RTI and affidavits filed by candidates before the Election Commission found that a number of politician reported a percentage increase in assets - that went up sometimes by more than 40,000%, over the past five years.
The Indian Express reports that former all-India head of SIMI, Safdar Nagori, and 10 of his accomplices were awarded life imprisonment by a Special Court in Indore yesterday, almost 9 years after they were nabbed from a house in Bhopal.
And Finally Hindustan Times carries a photograph of IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer, who heads the Swacch Bharat Mission - leading from the front by getting inside a twin toilet pit in a Telangana village and, personally removing faecal matter, even as 40 odd bureaucrats and villagers watched in awe.