Rahul Gandhi kick-starting the Congress Party's poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh is extensively covered in the Press. The Hindustan Times reports - Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh in the first half of next year and the Congress, which currently holds a paltry 20 seats in the 403 member house, is banking on Gandhi to improve the tally significantly. "Rahul to Uttar Pradesh: Arise, Awake!'' headlines the Asian Age.
"PM tells Omar: Must address Army Concerns" headlines the Asian Age. The paper adds that J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's attempts to get the Armed Forces Special Powers Act removed from some areas in the Kashmir Valley, continue to be stonewalled by the Defense Ministry. Sources said - security forces are keen that recent gains should be consolidated rather than conceding ground to militants.
The Indian Express writes that the Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the Lokpal bill is likely to soon finalise its views on the question of bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the Lokpal. It will discuss, today, giving Constitutional Status to the Lokpal, as suggested by Rahul Gandhi.
The Pioneer writes - Chief Minister Mayawati plans to bring a proposal for division of Uttar Pradesh in the Winter Session of the Assembly, beginning from 21 November, after clearance from the Cabinet.
And finally, The Asian Age informs us that scientists in London claim to have achieved a major breakthrough by creating a 'wonder drug ' that kills off cancer and could wipe out some of the deadly forms of the disease. The drug could be available in as little as 5 years, say the scientists.