On the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day, there is a splash of colours of the national flag on the front pages of many papers. Pictures of the Padma awardees feature prominently in the Hindu and the Indian Express. The travel alert for the day in the Express News line, gives details of restricted areas and the metro services.
The Hindu has given prominence to Supreme Court ordering a probe into all fake encounters in Gujarat. 'Give Gujarat encounter reports in 3 months - SC', writes the Economic Times.
The nightmare on Pune roads is covered by all dailies. 'Pune bus driver goes on death race, kills 8', is the Hindustan Times' headline. The paper writes that 27 people were injured, and 23 vehicles damaged. The Times of India has pictures showing the destruction, and quotes the accused as saying 'the whole world is my enemy'.
Rahul Gandhi declaring Capt. Amarinder Singh as the Congress' Chiefministerial candidate in Punjab figures in most papers. The Tribune and the Asian Age show a suave Rahul in a turban at a rally in Tarn Taran. The picture in the Times of India is captioned, 'Meet the turbanator'. The one in the Mail Today, trying to strike a chord with Punjabies, is titled ' Sadda Rahul'.
Scent of a scam in a scientific institution? 'Ex- ISRO Chief Nair slams Govt. after Devas axe', is the Times of India headline. The Indian Express writes, 'Madhavan Nair says, Govt. misled by current ISRO Chief'.
'Anna reveals slap happy side, again', says the Statesman on its front page, quoting him as saying that 'When a person's power of tolerance of corruption runs out, there is no option but to slap.'
A case of gender bias or parental neglect? The Hindustan Times writes 'Bitten, battered, abandoned 2-year old, battles for life in ICU'. The paper adds that she has burnt cheeks and human bite marks.
And finally, art lovers in Delhi can head to the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in Okhla. The Statesman writes, 'Art Fair begins today, Hussain works to be showcased'.