The kidnapping of BJD MLA - Jina Hikaka by the Maoists - and collapse of the ongoing talks to secure the release of two Italian hostages - is given prominence in the Press. The Indian Express writes "Maoists abduct tribal Odisha MLA - who boldly took them on." "Naxal infighting worsens crisis" headlines the Pioneer.
'Aam Aadmi faces the Big squeeze' headlines Hindustan Times. Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee saying that the government could take some 'difficult decisions' in the months ahead indicates that oil firms are considering an increase in the prices of automobile and cooking fuels. The increase could be as early as next weak, adds the paper.
Almost a year after he launched his campaign for a Jan Lokpal, social activist Anna Hazare will return to Delhi's Jantar Mantar, for a one day token fast. "Cops gear up for Anna stir today" - writes the Asian Age.
In a quiet, yet significant, exception to its transit policy for Indian goods - For the first time, Pakistan opens the Karachi Port to let India send wheat to Afghanistan, reports the Indian Express on its front page.
A day after the Government ruled out any decontrol of diesel prices, the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India said it would invest 1,700 crore rupees to set up a diesel engine plant at its Gurgaon facility by 2014, reports the Financial Express.