Hindustan Times, ND 3/05/2012
Prez race yet to begin, all eyes on Cong's first move


NEW DELHI: The two names floated informally by the Congress as potential presidential candidates - Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari - seemed to have found support across parties though the principal opposition BJP rejected both. Regional parties - allies and foes of the Congress alike - were on Wednesday waiting for the ruling party to propose its candidate. As they waited, the Congress strategy was to talk with all friendly parties on the broad principles of the choice before getting into the nitty-gritty of naming specific candidates. The party also said it was willing to "talk to all parties, including the BJP' in an effort to evolve a consensus.

Hindustan Times, ND 3/05/2012
GADKARI DOUSES NDA FIRE, SAYS WILL TALK TO ALL

The BJP will consult all NDA allies before finalising the candidate for the presidential elections, party chief Nitin Gadkari has said. Amid reports of disagreement in the NDA over Sushma Swaraj's call for a non-Congress consensus candidate, Gadkari told Hindustan Times the BJP would be holding talks with smaller as well as regional parties.
"They have a lot of importance now/' he said "We have no reservations about anybody nor are we opposed to anyone I will talk to Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav to find out a unanimous choice. But I feel the ruling party should consult the principle opposition party. The Congress has taken a unilateral decision " Gadkari said;

Hindustan Times, ND 3/05/2012
Urban development minister Kamal Nath met Banerjee on Wednesday evening.

After 20 years, India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) is set to spread its wings — deep into enemy territory. The agency is to acquire two Bombardier jets packed with Israeli multi-mission airborne reconnaissance and surveillance systems that will multiply its capability along Pakistan and China borders.
The Bombardier 5000 aircraft, which will replace two 21-year-old Gulfstream jets, will daily collect electronic and ground intelligence 180 km inside the neighbours' territories.
The jets are being uploaded with electronic intelligence collection packages in Israel and flight trials begin in July. Fitted with synthetic aperture and electro-optical radars, the jets, expected to be pressed Into service in the next two years, will be able to monitor strategic and military activity across the borders.