- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy, has been dubbed as an underachiever by the Time magazine— which says he appears unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms that will put India back on the growth path.
The Congress has hit back though, saying that in the past eight years, the UPA government has provided political stability, social harmony, internal cohesion, economic growth and a greater role in global affairs. And that this by no stretch of imagination is under achievement.
The BJP also got into the act, taking a potshot at Singh. They pointed out a sharp contrast between the way the Time looked upon Singh and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who was also featured in the magazine some time back. That article said that he meant business.
- An Air India flight with 130 people on board, coming from Abu Dhabi, had made an emergency landing at the Nawabshah airport in Pakistan after its hydraulic system failed. But since then, passengers have started boarding the relief aircraft sent by the airline to bring them back to India. The 122 passengers and six crew members are all safe.
- And in some astonishing news, police have arrested the warden of a hostel at the Vishvabharati University Patha Bhavan, who is accused of forcing a student to drink urine, as well as the parents of the child for threatening the warden. The student is in fifth standard and is just 10 years old. Here’s a report
- About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access on Monday because of malicious software at the heart of a hacking scam that US authorities shut down last November.The software found its way into thousands of computers worldwide last year. But it is still not too late to fix the problem. To know more, visit the Tech page on Firstpost.
- Over to sport and there is only one name on everybody’s lips: Roger Federer. The Swiss won his 7th wimbledon title after defeating local hero Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4. This is also his 17th career Grand Slam. We have extensive coverage, images and some very interesting tidbits from the landmark match on our sports page.
- And finally, Ernest Borgnine, the beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, who won the best-actor Oscar for his role in the movie Marty in 1955, died on Sunday. He was 95.