UPA allies forging a consensus on the Lokpal issue at a meeting yesterday and the Cabinet clearing three major anti graft legislation dominate the front pages of all the papers. The papers also report that the government has put on hold the Food Security bill due to differences within the UPA allies.
Ahead of the all party meeting on the Lokpal issue to be held today, the papers highlight UP Chief Minister Ms Mayawati's views on the issue. "Maya wants PM and CBI under Lokpal" reports the Mail Today. The Indian Express writes "Bring PM, Group C,D staff, CBI, under Lokpal".
Most papers take note of how a combined opposition challenged the government's efforts to get some bills passed in the Rajya Sabha. Commenting on the bill for setting up special benches in all high courts to hear commercial disputes, the Hindustan Times writes "Opposition forces govt to defer high court bill". Reproting on another bill, the Pioneer says "Kapil Sibal not allowed to move copyright bill".
Photographs of the debris of the Sukhoi fighter jet which crashed near Pune yesterday can be seen in all the papers. "Sukhoi -30 crashes near Pune, pilots eject safely" reports the Tribune. Highlighting the government's response on the recent spate of crashes, the Indian Express quotes the Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju as saying "Old aircraft, not pilots' inexperience, behind MIG crashes".
The further weakening of the rupee against the dollar dominates economic and financial news. "Rupee at all-time low of 53.23, govt can only wait and watch" is the front page lead in the Hindustan Times. The Financial Express writes "Large, volatile capital outflow to blame for pressure on Rupee".
And finally, the papers report that data from new tests reveal that scientists may be close to finding the basic building block of the universe often referred to as 'God particle'. "Scientists close in on the god particle" writes the Asian Age while the Mail Today reports "God particle closer than ever".