Court challenge to hostile environment tenancy scheme begins.

Why does the sentence use the simple present form as the action is not something done usually or routinely? I think the present perfect is the correct tense here.

My guess is that because it is a headline and it uses a brief forms in writing. Am I right?


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Your example is typical headline style.

Headlines are meant to catch the eye, not to be written in perfect English prose. What's more, line space is always a consideration and editors prefer them to be short and snappy.

So, imagining that a factory has caught fire, the headline:

Car factory catches fire (or even "Car factory up in flames")

is more more likely to draw a reader's attention to the report than

Car factory has caught fire

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