The visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to India today dominates the front pages of most papers. Many speculate about the possibility of the countries discussing Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. 'All eyes on Zardari visit; PM likely to raise Saeed issue', reports The Tribune. Writing about the likelihood of India offering to help Pakistan's energy starved industry, The Hindustan Times says, 'Power, petrol offer awaits Zardari'.
The twentieth party congress of the CPI(M), currently on in Kozhikode is widely noticed in the papers with most focussing on the debates around the model of socialism to be adopted by the party. 'CPM deliberates on native socialism model', reports The Hindu. The Indian Express writes, 'CPM won’t follow China, Russia model'.
Many papers like The Pioneer, The Times of India and The Indian Express report that the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to constitute a Special Investigation Team, SIT to probe the anti-national activities of US-based national, Ghulam Nabi Fai.
In a special front page story, The Hindustan Times writes that this year's IIT joint entrance exam, which is being held today, will see 30 per cent more women applicants sitting for the exam than last year.
The Centre is close to finalising the long pending HIV-AIDS (Prevention and control) Bill and The Times of India, highlighting some of the provisions, writes that testing for AIDS cannot be a prerequisite for employment or for access to healthcare, education or public places.
In interantional news, the closing down of Yemen's main airport after it was attacked by gunmen loyal to the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh is highlighted in The Indian Express, The Times of India and The Asian Age.
And finally, in a special story, 'UP may get nation's first frozen zoo', The Asian Age writes that a cell bank may be set up in the state with the cells of endangered species and this can help in saving endangered species of animals.