Most major newspapers this morning have reported the story of Congress backing Home Minister P Chidambaram. "PM, Congress close ranks behind Chidambaram" reads a Times of India headline. Hindustan Times says Mr. Chidambaram has promised that he will not take any unilateral action till the Prime Minister returns home from the US. The Pioneer, under the headline, "Opposition demands head must roll" reports that the opposition unleashed a vicious attack on Mr. Chidambaram with the BJP demanding that Mr. Chidambaram should either resign or be sacked in the wake of the Finance Ministry's note to the Prime Minister exposing PC's role in the 2G scam.
The Times of India, under the caption, "End of the Tiger's tale", says that Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, an endearing icon with an aristocratic lineage and dashing looks, who retained his aura beyond retirement, played 46 tests with six centuries and an average of 34.91 - all while batting with one good eye.
"Bourses shake, collapse on Black Thursday" reads a headline in the Pioneer, saying the investors lost a whopping two lakh crore rupees in a single day as lesser-than-expected stimulus measures from the US Fed coupled with aggravating Euro zone debt crisis created mayhem at Dalal Street where stocks fell like nine pins.
"Varanasi probe team joins NIA in Delhi blast case, UP links emerge, ATS camps in Noida; NIA says Aamir is a conspirator". Under that caption the Indian Express writes that investigation in the Delhi High Court blast case has thrown up evidence of a possible UP link and involvement of Indian Mujahideen.
Hindustan Times has reported that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah landed in yet another controversy as allegations surfaced that he went beyond protocol and provided a state helicopter to Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary, former Prime Minister of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, for a personal visit to Pahalgam.