TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
Taliban Militants unleashing a wave of coordinated suicide and gun attacks in Afghanistan is the lead story in many papers. 'Taliban bombers strike with impunity across Afghanistan', writes the Pioneer. 'Kabul under siege as Taliban blitz rips through diplomatic zone', says the Times of India. The Asian Age says, 'Taliban spring shocks Kabul'.
In another story, the Indian Express writes, 'Taliban attack Pak Jail, militants escape'. The Asian Age reports that nearly 400 militants were freed from a Jail in Pakistan's Bannu district in a Taliban attack.
The Delhi Civic Polls have also been widely reported by papers on their front pages. 'Delhi makes its vote count on Sunday, 58 per cent turnout', writes Hindustan Times. 'Delhi divided', states Mail Today, saying that the capital's elite was, unmoved by the historic MCD polls, but common man gave a thumbs up with higher voter turnout.
'CBI cracks racket of fake IT returns, IT refunds', under that headline, the Indian Express reports that the agency has found at least 1,100 cases of allegedly fraudulent refund cheques issued by the IT department that has resulted in the illegal withdrawal of more than 6 crore rupees over the last 3 months.
Referring to the Chief Minister's conference on internal security called by the government, the Statesman writes, 'Meet on internal security today - Mamta to give it a miss." The Hindu, the Times of India and the Tribune have also carried the story.
In a special report, Hindustan Times writes, 'Pakistan trusts India more than ever, says Khar'. The paper further reports the Pakistan foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar as saying that although the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved, it need not be the point of start.
In some expensive news for air travellers, the Times of India writes, 'Planning Vacation? Budget for steep air fare', writing that low cost flying has virtually become a thing of the past as domestic air fares have gone up by 25 to 40 per cent in the past one month.