The government allowing Qualified Foreign Investors to invest directly in Indian stock markets is the major story covered by most newspapers today. The Hindustan Times headline reads "First reform of 2012: Stock markets open to foreigners". The Times of India says 'New Year gift expected to boost markets'.
The Statesman carries a story titled "New Year cheer for job seekers" saying hiring activities could increase by 7 to 8% in 2012, with companies expected to hire more than 5 lakh new employees and also employees could expect a double digit salary hike during the year.
In more good news, the Hindustan Times reports on plans for an online training course which would encourage teaching professionals in engineering colleges, with the headline "IIT course in offing to train engineering faculty".
The Tribune carries a photograph of the Prime Minister at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday, with the caption "PM starts 2012 with a prayer".
Another story covered by some papers is on social activist Anna Hazare's health, with the Times of India saying 'Anna out of action with bronchitis'. The Hindustan Times writes 'Hazare better but can't fast for a month.
The rainy New Year’s Day finds mention in most newspapers, with the Times of India saying 'After warmest Dec 31 in 6 years, a rainy Jan 1'.
The Asian Age reports, 'Prince Harry dreams of Everest bid this year' saying the third in line to the British throne is all set to realise his long-held ambition of conquering Mount Everest in May this year as part of a charity for wounded soldiers.
And finally, the Hindustan Times carries a report 'White tigers to get new home in Rewa' saying the environment ministry has given in-principle approval for setting up a conservation-cum-breeding centre of white tigers, using genetic material of the last white tiger seen in the wild.