An all party meeting of Rajya Sabha members at the Prime Minister's residence on the Lokpal bill - is highlighted in the Press. "To push Lokpal Bill through, Government may dilute its own bill", is the top headline in the Hindustan Times. The setting up of Lokayuktas could be made 'optional' instead of 'mandatory', adds the paper. The Hindu writes about Anna Hazare urging the Center to withdraw the bill, which he says is 'weak' to effectively tackle corruption.
"Divorce to be quicker, wives to get assets share", headlines the Indian Express, adding 'Cabinet clears changes to marriage laws, allows courts to waive the six months wait for a divorce'.
"Lok Sabha polls may be less than one year away, hints Mulayam", headlines the Times of India. The paper writes that Samajwadi Party supreme Mulayam Singh Yadav once again raised the possibility of mid-term polls, when he urged his party men to stay focused on their work as Lok Sabha Elections could be less than a year away.
The Asian Age writes that thousands of farmers in Jharkhand have started receiving payments in their bank accounts, for centrally sponsored schemes, through the Unique Identity or Aadhar Number delivery mechanism under the UID Authority. The impact is visible. In 2010-11, 1,300 crore rupees were paid through MGNREGA wages in Jharkhand and the number of active beneficiaries was above 2 million.
"Pakistan seeks petrol and India says yes", is on the front page of the Hindu. Pakistan has asked for immediate supply through the land route, and India may supply petrol from Bathinda in Punjab where a new refinery is about to be commissioned.