Cabinet clearing the draft Food Bill and hopes of Lokpal Bill draft being cleared today dominate the headlines in newspapers today. The Hindustan Times highlights it as " Cabinet Nod to Food for all, Despite Pawar objections". Mail Today says " Sonia Gets her way on Food Bill", stating the nod become inevitable after Sharad Pawar softened his stand and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress also fell in line.
The Hindu headline reads " Cabinet clears Food Bill, hopes to approve Lokpal Bill draft today". The Hindustan Times highlights the Government's latest, and more "flexible", position on Lokpal stating " Government cedes more ground to Opposition ", Ready to give CBI, independent prosecution wing". The Indian Express adds " Government plans to bring Lokpal under RTI, may include PM with safeguards.
Ajit Singh's Induction in the Cabinet is another Prominent story in newspapers today, with the Statesman headlining it "Ajit Singh in Cabinet, gets civil aviation".
Another story in the news today is the issue of sponsorship of the Olympics by Dow Chemicals. The Hindustan Times states " Dow gives in, To drop stadium ads : IOA says not enough". The Hindu says 'Dow " agrees " to remove branding from Olympics following protests over its links to 1984 union carbide Bhopal gas tragedy.
The Indian Express, on its front page, carries a prominent photograph of soldiers showing the victory sign, stating " The Last convoy " of about 500 US troops rolled out of Iraq into neighboring Kuwait on Sunday, ending the nearly 9-year war.
And finally;On the ongoing and impending chill & fog, the Times of India writes "After weekend chill, brace for fog form today". The Hindustan Times carries a box item, titled "Get ready to be fogged out" with a 3 day forecast of the possibility of fog, for the coming 3 days.
The Indian Express carries an interesting page one Anchor "From farmer to retailer, he sows seeds of change in Bangalore market", highlighting the success story of a class X dropout farmer, who opened his "own supermarket" where 50 per cent fruits & vegetables come from his own farm.