NEWSPAPERS SCAN – JUNE 20
The Announcement of Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA nominee for the Presidential post is the lead headline across papers today. “Modi-Shah Trump all with Kovind as Prez Pick – opposition unity is disarray” writes the Pioneer; The Asian age says “BJP Plays Dalit Card, rattles opposition” while The Indian Express says “Nephew recalls: He denied us favours, said work hard”.
Under the headline “Punjab 3rd state to waive farm loans; to take 24,000 crore rupee hit”, The Times of India opines that the farm loan fever is spreading across the country, threatening to place a huge burden on the already creaking finances of state governments.
In an interesting report, The Statesman writes that the Historic Central Hall of Parliament will host a midnight function on June 30 to launch the sweeping tax reform of GST, reminiscent of India’s tryst with destiny on the midnight of August 15, 1947.
“CCTV’s in DTC Buses: Government nod likely today” , reports The Asian Age.
In good news for travellers. The Hindu reports that Indian flyers headed abroad wont be required to fill in departure cards from July 1.
In More travels easing news, The Hindustan Times says ” Delhi to Mumbai in 12 hours as new infra to boost train speeds”.
The Asian age reports that in what may be called as a rare penalty for defecation, the local administration of Begamganj block of Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh has slapped a penalty of 4.8 lakh rupees on 13 families in the village of Veerpur for defecating in the open.