Newspapers Scan- March 16
Newspapers have different lead stories today. 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.
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.
“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.