Republic Day celebrations are prominently noticed in the papers today with pictures of the colourful parade on Delhi's central vista, Rajpath dotting the pages. "Republic Day parade a grand celebration of valour, culture and diversity" is how the Hindu describes it. This parade also marked a few firsts in the history of republic day celebrations. "Woman breaks glass ceiling, Leads Air Force contingent" reports the Times of India. Highlighting another first the Pioneer writes that Kerala's Oomen Chandy became the first ever chief minister to take the salute on Republic Day after the ill timed demise of the state governor M O H Farook.
The Asian Age reprots that in an exclusive interview to the newspaper, the BJP President Nitin Gadkari has said senior leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley are also in the 2014 Prime ministerial race along with L K Advani and Narendra Modi.
The resignation of leading environmentalist Meredith Alexander from the London Olympic's ethics committee is widely noticed. The papers say the reason is the controversial sponsorship by Dow Chemicals, a company linked to the Bhopal Gas tragedy. "Invoking Dow's toxic Bhopal legacy, Olympic's watchdog member quits" writes the Indian Express. The Hindu reports "Environmentalist quits Olympics ethics panel over Dow's Bhopal links".
The Indian Express, in a special story writes that a new study published in the leading medical journal, The Lancet, has found that a saliva test used to diagnose HIV is comparable in accuracy to the traditional blood test.
In international news, Iran saying it is ready to revive talks with the world powers on its nuclear programme is highlighted in most papers. The Hindustan Times reports President Ahmedinijad as saying "Iran is ready for nuclear talks".
And finally, the Hindustan Times tells us of a unique birthday.....the Punjab Mail becomes the first Indian train to enter its 100th year as it journeys from Firozpur in Punjab to Mumbai.