2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Bankrupt Railways on a diet- populist schemes over time result in 24,600 crore rupee loss

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Reactions to the rail budget form the lead headlines in almost all papers of the day. "Reform express rolls, rail budget links fares freight rates to the price of fuel" writes The Indian Express the Mail Today says "Bankrupt Railways on a diet- populist  schemes over time result in 24,600 crore rupee loss. No fare hike but cost increase through back door.
"India rebuts pentagon nominees' charge of using Afghanistan against Pakistan" writes The Pioneer referring to the strong rebuttal by the Indian Embassy in Washington to US Defence secretary  nominee Chuck Hagel's controversial remark on the subject.  
"Delhi becomes the first state to ban Manual Scavenging" reports the Hindu.
"Centre relents, NCTC to inform states before ops" opines The Indian Express and says that the modified provisions of the National Counter Terrorism Centre are likely to be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security tomorrow for approval. 
"IAS officer gets three year jail for taking bribe, "writes The Hindu and reports that Rakesh Kumar Jain who served as Director (anti dumping) in the Department of Commerce was fined 2 lakh rupees in addition to the jail term, by a special CBI judge.
In an empowering  move for women, The Times of India reports that the Karnataka High Court has ruled that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act overrides the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law in which the marriage of a girl is allowed as she attains puberty.
And finally, The Times of India writes that India has successfully launched the world's first smart phone loaded with a number of experimental Apps into the orbit. The mobile will test if Apps work out of earth and will find proof if screams can be heard in cosmos, says the paper.

Public ire mounts, protesters brave tear gas and water cannons

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Public anger and rage boiling over outside Delhi's symbol of state power, Raisina Hill, protesting last Sundays' gangrape is on the front pages of all newspapers. 'Public ire mounts, protesters brave tear gas and water cannons', writes the Tribune. 'Welcome to Raisina Hell', headlines Hindustan Times. 'Government sees anger, Hints at death sentence', reports the Asian Age.
On the Center's commitment to further strengthen the banking system, Business Line, quoting Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, writes, the centre will infuse over 15 thousand crore rupee new capital before March 2013, for consolidation of the banking system. He said, China has three of the worlds 20 largest banks, and India has none.
On the upcoming India-Pak series, Hindustan Times writes, the cricket series has a lot more riding on it than just pride. For starters, this is the first time Pakistan will play India following the Mumbai terror attacks, and Pakistani cricket officials hope that a successful trip and peace on the political front can pave the way for a full fledged series.
The Russian President and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are to meet on Monday to discuss the delay in the handing over of air craft carrier Admiral Gorshkov to India; the Supreme Court's cancellation of the 2G license granted to Russia-India telecom company, Sistema Shyam and the Indian Nuclear Liabilty Law regarding the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant.
'Rahul Gandhi not in PM race', writes Mail Today. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said, Rahul Gandhi will not project himself as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He said, the Party's Parliamentary Committee will decide on this.
And Finally, Times of India reports that rising suicides by young men in Tamilnadu villages have shocked villagers into accepting 'Love marriages'. Taking an oath not to oppose marriages outside their tribes, village elders now persuade the Brides' families to voluntarily solemnize the marriages.

Modi boards Rajdhani Express

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi scoring a hat trick yesterday and the Congress wresting power in Himachal Pradesh, is the lead story in today's papers. "Modi boards Rajdhani Express", Victory speech hints at national ambitions, writes Hindustan Times. "Congress's next big task : Choosing Himachal CM" – Virbhadra is front runner but others are eyeing the post too, writes the Tribune.
India and ASEAN yesterday agreeing to elevate their relations to Strategic Partnership level, is also covered by the day's papers. The Indian Express writes that Vietnam, furious over Chinese passports showing the South China Sea as part of Chinese waters, seeks ASEAN support to keep Beijing at Bay.
23-year old Delhi rape victim's vital parameters coming within normal, appears in the press. "Rape victim wants culprits punished" reads The Hindu's headline. The Mail Today writes that the main accused in the incident Ram Singh, was remorseless during police interrogation and he said he was taking 'revenge' for her insults.
India winning yesterday's T20 match against England is headlined by Hindustan Times as, "Shorter it gets, the better it is for India". The paper says that Yuvraj Singh first pulled back England picking up 3 wickets, and then smashed 38, to pave the way for India's victory.
The Statesman writes that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking inputs from stakeholders on the tariff for National Roaming services, moving a step closer to providing free roaming by 2013.
Ultra secret talks have been setup in France by it's Government for the Taliban, and all Afghan political factions are to meet for the first time to hold free discussions on neutral territory, writes The Hindu.
And finally, The Times of India reports about a new light bulb that glows on power generated by gravitational pull. Designed by a London based Initiative, this works on a sack of sand pulling a rope through a dynamo which generates electricity to power an LED light bulb, reports the paper.

‘Verdict to have far-reaching implication for Congress and BJP

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 With all eyes focussed on the eagerly-awaited results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls, papers of the day analysed different scenarios. 'Verdict to have far-reaching implication for Congress and BJP', writes the Tribune. Businessline of the Hindu says, 'State Contests, National Consequences', as the outcome will have a major bearing on national politics and the 2014 General Elections.

 Public outrage in the gang rape case continues to grow report the papers. 'Anger rises in city as girl sinks', headlines the Times of India. 'Two admit to gang rape', 'Fifth detained in Bihar', write the Hindu and the Tribune. Government to bear medical expenses of Delhi gangrape victim, writes the Statesman.

 A Samajwadi Party member snatching papers from a Minister while he was presenting the Bill for reservation in promotions in government jobs for SCs and STs , and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's personal intervention, also find prominence in the papers. 'Samajwadi Party MPs snatch Quota Bill, tear it – Sonia fights back', headlines the Indian Express.

 The Times of India reports the Minister of State for Home RPN Singh stating in Rajya Sabha yesterday that as of now, there are no specific inputs to say that terrorists are investing in share and stock markets, however, there are some transactions, suspected to be linked to financing of terrorism.

 The Financial Express reports that the Government's ambitious welfare programme Direct Cash Transfer's pilots have borne fruit in several parts of the country, with beneficiaries in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra buying ration supplies, and receiving pensions and scholarships, using the Online Authentication System.

And finally, the Times of India informs us that scientists may progress to human cloning within half a century, according to top British scientist Sir John Gurdon, who won this year's Nobel Prize for medicine.

Rape victim clings to life; MHA for death in most brutal cases

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All major newspapers have reported the story of the horrific rape in Delhi on their front pages. Hindustan Times says, "India against rape: Parliament, public unite over Delhi horror; MPs demand death for rapists, while The Asian Age caption says "Rape victim clings to life; MHA for death in most brutal cases". "India demands justice, NOW! Victim relapses, next 48 hours crucial" reads the Pioneer headline while The Times of India says "Enough Talk. Let's make women safe".
The Indian Express writes that a man accused of planting bombs on the Samjhauta Express in 2007 has allegedly told investigators that he was part of a group of Hindu extremists who planted bombs at a mosque in Maharashtra's Malegaon town in 2006.
The Tribune writes that police have dropped all charges against Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan whose arrest over a Facebook post criticising shutdown in Mumbai during Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral had sparked an uproar.
The Times of India reports that India is witnessing a significant reduction in fresh cases of the deadly HIV which have come down by 57%.
The Business Standard and the Hindu have reported the government making it mandatory to have an Aadhar Card and a Bank account for beneficiaries of the direct cash transfer scheme.
Under the headline, "Government seeks to record every detail of foreign students", The Indian Express says the government has rolled out a mechanism to keep an eye on all foreign students in the country.
Hindustan Times reports that there is a proposal from Pakistan's Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) underlining the need for a hotline between the ANF heads and India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to generate better coordination to combat the scourge of drugs and enable real time sharing of information.
And finally, The Hindu reports that the Uttarakhand police has honoured a girl with a cheque for 5100 rupees, a shawl and a bouquet as a token of appreciation for her refusal to marry a man demanding dowry from her parents.

One woman raped in the city every day

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The shocking news of a paramedic student gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi and later thrown out is the lead in almost every paper. "Victim on ventilator support' writes the Hindu. In a data released by Delhi Police, 'One woman raped in the city every day' says the Asian Age. The Express Newsline reports ironically that 'the bus crossed 3 PCR vans'.
Exit polls predicting Narendra Modi's hat trick in Gujarat is covered prominently by many dailies. 'Modi to win 3-0. Will he captain Team India?' asks the Economics Times. 'Congress edge in Himachal Pradesh' says the Hindustan Times.
India losing first series in 28 years to England is disheartening news for all Cricket lovers.
'A series of blunders – how Dhoni's gaffes led to yet another demoralising debacle' says the Times of India, listing the issues. 'Time to split captaincy? Gavaskar bats for Kohli' writes the paper, adding that some board members back Gambhir.
India ranked 8 among 150 countries, with a black money outflow of 1.6 billion dollars, writes the Hindustan Times, according to a report by global financial integrity.
Do you like to travel, but deterred by the increasing air fares? There's an alternative. The business line of the Hindu writes 'As air fares soar, the bus is going places'. A world class AC volvo bus from Mumbai to Goa would cost you 1500 rupee or less in sharp contrast to a 7,500 rupee air ticket.

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Aadhar enabled smart phones for around 400 million of India’s poor

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The government's game changer direct cash transfer scheme will come with a free gift next year – Aadhar enabled smart phones for around 400 million of India's poor writes the Hindustan Times.
The Indian Express on its front page writes that allegations against two high court Chief Justices, whoes name were recently recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court, were found to be baseless and therefore they were to be ignored. The Hindustan Times has also reported this story.
An anonymous bidder has bought the letter written by Mahatma Gandhi in 1922 to Rabindranath's elder brother Dwijendernath at seven times its pre sale estimate, at 49 thousand 250 pounds at a Sotheby's in London. A limited first edition of the Indian Constitution was also sold for 39 thousand 650 pounds to a private collector. The Tribune and Statesman have covered this story.
With fresh snowfall being reported in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, tourists from all over the country are flocking to the hill stations. According to the Times of India, along with freezing pipes and frozen diesel even ATM machines are freezing and can be operated at around noon in Himachal Pradesh.
IPL style auction brings big bucks to hockey writes the Times of India in a front page story. According to the paper, the yet to start hockey India League became the sports most lucrative tournament with the Indian Captain Sardar Singh being the most sought after player. Mail today has also covered this story.
And finally, the Pioneer writes that the sprawling agricultural land in Katarnia Ghat wild life sanctuary, near Dudhwa reserve in Uttar Pradesh, is now home to tigers. The forest department now boasts of a tiger population of 10 tigers per 100 square kilometres. This has set an example of an effective buffer zone management of Tiger reserves in the country.

Ghaziabad, a UP town which borders Delhi, licensed guns with people exceed those with cops 4 to 1

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Visiting Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's comments get front page attention in most papers. The Statesman quotes Malik as saying that a Pakistan judicial panel will visit India next week to look into the evidence collected by Indian agencies in the Mumbai terror attack. He is also quoted as saying that a national Intelligence agency team will visit Pakistan next month. On India's demand for action against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Asian Age, writes "Malik still stonewalls on Saeed".

The Government's decision to request the Supreme court collegium to reconsider the three senior judges' names it had recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court figure prominently on the front pages of the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. The three names are those of the Chief Justices of the Orissa, Karnataka and Madras High Courts.

Many papers report that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is putting pressure on the government over the proposed bill on SC/ST quota in promotions. "Mulayam threatens Congress: Choose between Maya and me" reports the Pioneer. The Asian Age writes "Mulayam threatens to review support".

In a front page exclusive, the Mail Today reveals a shocking statistic. It writes that in Ghaziabad, a UP town which borders Delhi, licensed guns with people exceed those with cops 4 to 1.

In a special front page story, the Times of India reports "Govt plans own channel, real autonomy for DD". The paper writes that the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked regulator TRAI for a review of the policy which disallows government ownership of television channels.

The shooting incident in a Connecticut school in the US is widely scrutinised in the papers. "Connecticut killer: Lonely but intelligent young man" reports the Times of India. The Statesman says "motive not established yet". In what is a direct fallout, the Pioneer writes "Pressure on Obama to act on gun laws."

And finally, the education sector has a new buzzword…and that is e-tuitions. The Hindustan Times reports that online tutorials today command a 1500 crore rupee market in the country.
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