Two stories that are reported extensively by the day's papers are: A five-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court giving a free hand to the government in allocating natural resources; and a proposal enabling the Government to put a price cap on essential drugs to bring all 348 drugs on the National List of Essential Medicines under price control.
Union Tribal Welfare Minister Kishore Chandra Deo canceling, in the interest of tribals, seven bauxite mining licenses issued by Andhra Pradesh six years ago, has been reported by The Indian Express.
The Supreme Court shifting the trial of former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah to Mumbai, in the case relating to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter has been highlighted by most papers.
"At BJP meet, Gadkari calls for 'Social harmony", condemns anti- Islam film," is a prominent headline in the Indian Express.
In a landmark ruling, the Uttar Pradesh State Consumer Grievances Redressal Commission has ordered the LIC Housing Finance Company to pay 85 lakh rupees to a complainant for misplacing the sale deed of the house mortgaged by him in 1998 against two loans amounting to nine lakh rupees, reports the Asian Age.
Hindustan Times writes that alarmed by the falling sex ratio in Odisha, the state Government has decided to use pregnant women in sting operations for nailing clinics and nursing homes conducting prenatal sex determination tests for selective sex elimination.
"Exclusive buses for Ladies (Run by the Delhi Transport Corporation) are back", writes Hindustan Times.
And finally, a report in the Times of India says that one in four people now use their mobile phones or computers to check time instead of watches, "Is it Time up for watches?", wonders the paper.
Photos of the Day: Sept. 27
ROCKS READY: A student held stones to throw at police officers during a protest at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, Thursday. The protesters demand that a new state, called Telangana, be carved from the existing Andhra Pradesh state.
The Manmohan Singh government continuing with its reform agenda with the Union Cabinet approving restructuring of Rs. 2 Lakh crore debt of ailing state electricity boards to bring them back on track, and the approval of Rs.2300 crore pension package for ex-servicemen, their wives and physically challenged children are the major stories covered by almost all news papers on their front pages. The Hindustan Times headlines it as " Government gifts 25 Lacs defence staffers, pension cheer" and the Asian Age headline reads" Centre gives SEBs big debt rejig relief".
"No Roaming charges from 2013" says Sibal reads the Hindustan Times front page headline. The paper writes there is good news for the 930 million mobile subscribers of India. Come 2013, they will be able to travel across the country without having to pay any roaming charges.
According to The Economic Times the government has selected 4 areas- finance, infrastructure, energy and industry - to show that " it means business" The Prime Minister's Office has drawn up a list of reforms that include setting up a railway tariff authority, nudging RBI to issue new bank licenses, putting in place a new policy for pricing of natural gas, and ensuring faster clearances for private sector oil and gas producers like Cairn and RIL.
The Hindustan Times, Mail Today and The Indian Express have shown photographs of Indian Skipper M S Dhoni and others on a break from the World T-20 and shopping for shoes and clothes in Colombo.
The Economic Times reports that a 12 year old student of Mumbai's Manik Vidya Mandir has cleared the beginner's module exam conducted by the national Stock Exchange (NSE) for certifying mutual fund advisors. Aditya scored 55 % in the exam in which the passing marks are 50 %. He was the youngest candidate at the NSE's Certification for Financial Markets (NCFM) exam held in July this year - probably the youngest to take this test ever.
And finally, according to Times of India in a survey , at least 40% workers have admitted that weekends are no longer a time to get away from the stress of office as they regularly get weekend emails from their boss!
The ongoing political and economic situation in the country is covered extensively by the days' papers. A Tribune headline reads, 'With Trinamool gone, SP blows hot and cold'. Hindustan Times says that the SP Chief, while committing support to the UPA, said that he will support a resolution against FDI in retail, if TMC pushes for it.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided not to field her party candidate against the President's son for Jangipur Lok Sabha bypoll, reports the Pioneer. The Statesman's headline of the story reads, 'TMC coming closer to President', 'to back Pranab son in Poll'.
'Shourie praises PM, backs diesel price hike', under that headline the Indian Express reports, the senior BJP leader Arun Shourie as saying that the hue and cry over FDI in retail is unnecessary.
'Reforms Juggernaut to Come Rolling into Market', under that headline, The Economic Times writes that the UPA lines up slew of steps to rev up growth. The Financial Express says that consumers paying 12 per cent service tax on food bills at restaurants and other services, could expect some relief. Hindustan Times in a lead story says that the Center hopes to switch over to cash transfer of subsidies to millions of beneficiaries by 2017, to improve efficiency of its welfare schemes and fiscal consolidation.
Many papers highlight India's 90-run win over defending champions England in the ICC World Twenty-20, with a thundering comeback by Harbhajan. Hindustan Times says, 'India send England spinning'. The Times of India's caption reads, 'Turbanator is back'.
And Finally, in some positive news for air travellers, the Economic Times writes that Air India and Jet Airways seem set to join the fare race to garner more market share this festive season, with discounts of up to 40 per cent on tickets booked a month in advance.
Almost all newspapers lead with the PM's justification of the government's decision on FDI and the hike in diesel prices. 'PM tells nation-trust me on reforms, I will deliver' is the Hindustan Times headline. 'UPA talks reforms with a human face' writes the Financial Express.
"FM rolls out some tax goodies' says the Economic Times. 'PC abolishes duty on non-subsidised LPG - cuts tax on foreign borrowing, clears Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme' says the Statesman.
'Reform spree sends Sensex up 404 ponts' writes the Economic Times, while Mail Today reports of the rupee gaining 93 paise.
The next big story of the day is the Trinamool quitting the UPA government. The Times of India calls it 'Mamata's Jumma Ka Chumma'. The Pioneer and the Asian Age show the Trinamool Ministers emerging from Rashtrapati Bhavan after submitting the letter withdrawing support to the government. 'SP becomes UPA pillar even before TMC quits' writes the Indian Express.
'Maya, with 21 MP's likely to continue support' says the Asian Age.
The iphone 5 which went on sale in 9 countries yesterday is reported on the front pages of the Hindustan Times and the Financial Express.
On the issue of FDI, which has been covered extensively by newspapers, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to address the nation today to explain the reasons that forced his government to take these steps. The Pioneer headlines it as, 'No roll back on Didi's Friday ultimatum'. The Hindu says, 'unfazed government moves ahead on FDI'. The Indian Express writes 'Government notifies FDI decisions'.
The Bandh against the Government's new economic measure drew a mixed response, with life being disrupted in a majority of opposition ruled states, with Delhi & Mumbai largely going about doing normal business. The Times of India covers it under the headline "Bandh makes new bed fellows".
The Hindustan Times reports, with Mamata Banerjee sets to withdraw support to the government, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar saw no threat to the stability of the UPA coalition and dismissed demands for a special session of Parliament on the issue of FDI in retail.
The Pioneer reports, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualify Rehman Malik along with 11 other lawmakers for violating the Constitution by holding dual nationality, saying the Interior Minister cannot be considered 'sagacious' and 'righteous' as he submitted a 'false declaration' in 2008'
The Supreme Court on Thursday initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against The Indian Express and The Pioneer for distorting court proceedings, reports the Indian Express.
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Thursday announced the revised scheme of entrance examination for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other Centrally funded technical institution reports, The Indian Express.
NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Bannerjee's dramatic exit from the UPA - over the fresh wave of reforms - makes for big banner headlines today. 'Mamata pulls out, Government in Minority', headlines the Times of India. 'Mamata withdraws support, but gives 3 days for rollback; ministers to resign on Friday', reports the Statesman. Indian Express writes, 'Congress ready to talk to TMC, but stays firm on reforms'. 'Mulayam, Maya smell blood', headlines Hindustan Times. The paper writes, after Mamata Bannerjee's announcement, the Government's survival now hangs on the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, and though the two parties don't seem in a hurry to do a Mamata, they are likely to extract a price for their outside support. Business Standard writes that the reform measures announced by the Government in recent days may be just the beginning. The Government has lined up several big-bang moves to push critical policy measures and fast-track project clearances, to perk investment. 'Merciless Kasab now pleads for mercy', headlines the Pioneer. The Hindu writes, 'Ajmal Kasab has filed a mercy petition with President Pranab Mukherjee'. The paper adds, there are now 12 mercy petitions pending with the President including one by Afzal Guru - convicted for the 2001 attack on Parliament. 'In Kashmir dip-dyed pink pooches is the color of canine census', writes the Pioneer. The authorities in Kashmir have begun a methodical census of canines in the capital Srinagar, even as the sterilization drive continues to limit their numbers. Times of India reports, the Government will suggest restricted tourism activity with eco-tax, in the core areas of tiger reserves, paving the way for the Supreme Court in lifting the interim ban on tiger tourism. And finally, the Hindu informs us that the technically advanced Japanese are now coming to India to fit on the simple and user friendly 'Jaipur Foot'. Some Japanese handicapped people flew into the Pink City to get the artificial limb, at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Simiti. They could walk after just a few minutes of fitting and at the cost of only Rs. 2,200.
Most newspapers have covered Finance Minister P. Chidambaram comment ruling out the possibility of rolling back the recently announced reform measures even as ally Trinamool Congress Continued with its tough posturing. MAIL TODAY covers it under "Congress swears reform or perish". THE TRIBUNE reports it as "Deadline over, Mamata may not pull the plug".
Air India pilots seem to be heading for yet another showdown with the management by serving a notice over the changes in the duty hours, which they say are "arbitrary and illegal" reports, THE HINDU.
THE STATESMAN's front page headline "The Great Bihar Womb Scam" reports that protests have erupted in Bihar over reports that hundreds of women from BPL families had their uteruses removed by doctors to claim insurance money under ,the National Health Insurance Scheme.
In some good news, THE TIMES OF INDIA has reported that Middle income group people can get their cases argued in the Supreme Court for a nominal fee of not more than twenty thousand rupees.
The PM defending the recent big ticket reforms, despite growing resistance, makes for top headlines today."It takes courage and some risks to break policy logjam, says PM" - headlines the Hindu. "Must act or face 5% growth in the 12th Five Year Plan period, warns government", highlights the Business Standard.
With clearance of 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, Business Standard reports that Walmart is likly to be the first big International Player - operating through its partner Bharti - if it decides to extend this partnership.
"More coal mine deals may be scrapped - JSW Steel loses Bengal Block" reports Business Line - though the Indian Express reports that Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that the coal block controversy would soon be forgotten.
The Papers have reported President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to IIT Kharagpur. "Pranab saddened by report that no Indian University figures in top 200", writes the Hindu.
"Ghaziabad riots: 6 die in cop firing," Hindustan Times writes that Police firing in Ghaziabad on Friday, claimed the lives of six people. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a special enquiry and a compensation of 5 lakhs Rs.
Mail Today writes, 'Here's some good news for victims of the MMS menace. Circulation of an obscene MMS clip of a women will soon land the sender and those sharing the content in jail for upto 3 years, as per new rules proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.'
Hindustan Times writes that 23 year old Delhi lad - Virat Kohli, who has had a dream run in the last 12 months, was, on Saturday, named ODI Cricketer of the Year.
And finally, Times of India informs us that on account of significant advances in forensic sciences, investigators may be able to re-construct the faces of criminals from a single speck of blood left at the crime scene, as DNA could soon reveal what a suspect looks like.
All papers today have reported on Government decisions about Foreign Direct Investment. "Welcome back government" is the Economic Times headline, adding that 'with diesel in its tank, UPA zooms ahead with reforms'. "From paralysis to rush of reforms" is how the Times of India puts it. "Its 51% in multi brand retail and 49% in aviation' writes the Hindu.
"Bold reforms lift market sentiment" says the Business Standard, adding that the sensex has surged to a 14 month high and that the rupee has also gained.
"Mamata gives government 72 hours to roll back FDI, diesel hike' reports the Indian Express, while the Pioneer says 'Mamata's final call on pulling the rug on Tuesday".
"Why do so many netas have coal blocks, asks Supreme Court" writes the Times of India on its front page. Supreme Court shoots seven queries to centre' says the Pioneer.
"End of the IPL road for Deccan Chargers' writes the Hindustan Times. 'BCCI terminates Chargers, to float new team' says the Times of India.
"Another Saina in the making?", "Saina II?" says the Times of India, about 17 year old PV Sindhu, who beat World No. 2 and a newly crowned Chinese Olympic Champion.
And finally, Are you a dog lover? Well, the Times of India features Zeus, a great Dane who has just been recorded as the tallest dog ever, in the Guinness Book of world records. The 3 year old canine towers at 7 feet 4 inches on his hind legs!
The hike in the price of diesel dominates the front pages of all the papers. Analysing its impact, while the Mail Today writes, 'Family budgets go into tailspin'; the Hindustan Times observes, 'Freeing prices may help release money for development'.
The growing anger in the Arab world against an anti-Islamic film and the consequent attacks on US embassies in Yemen and Egypt are highlighted on the front pages of most papers. In this context, the Indian Express writes, 'Centre likely to block anti-Islam film on internet'.
Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's press interaction after the national executive meeting of the party gets wide coverage. The Statesman quotes him as saying, 'Third Front decision after Lok Sabha polls'. The Hindu reports him as saying, 'I am not a saint to refuse the post of Prime Minister'.
Most papers carry pictures of hundreds of people in waist deep water in the sea off Idinthakarai protesting against the loading of fuel in the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. The Times of India, highlighting the Supreme Court decision writes, 'SC: No stay on fuel loading at plant but will scrutinize safety issues afresh'.
The Mail Today, in an exclusive story, 'Cartoonist arrest forces govt rethink on sedition', writes that Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has written to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram requesting the Centre to revisit the Sedition Act and suitably amend it.
Most papers report that the British Government has set up a 2 million pound fund to help Indian and other foreign students who were left stranded after the British government revoked the London Metropolitan University's license to admit and teach international students.
And finally, the Asian Age informs us that the Chief of the Montreal Protocol, the climate change agreement ratified by all the countries of the world, has said that the parties to the protocol have phased out 98 percent of the ozone depleting chemicals. This will ensure an ozone recovery to pre 1980 levels by 2050.
The killing of the US Ambassador to Libya along with three of his staff in Benghazi yesterday, is prominently covered by the day's papers. The Times of India reports that fundamentalist mobs, purportedly enraged by an American-made film on Prophet Mohammad, attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi. The Indian Express says that demonstrators in Egypt, stormed the fortified walls of the American Embassy in Cairo.
'Karachi factory fire kills 300', under that headline Hindustan Times writes that when the fire started Tuesday evening, 1500 workers were at the multi-storey factory to receive wages and all doors had been closed to prevent theft, virtually turning the building into a death trap.
The Hindu writes about Samajwadi party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav saying that his party would play an important role in government formation at the Centre, as an SP-led Front was the only alternative-after the 2014 general election.
'Aseem gets a hero's welcome', writes the Hindu. A shower of petals greeted cartoonist Aseem Trivedi as he emerged from the Arthur Road Jail after grant of bail, reports the paper.
'Arun Shourie criticises BJP for not letting Parliament work', writes the Indian Express. Strongly disapproving the BJP's strategy to stall the Monsoon Session of Parliament over the coal block allotment controversy, Shourie said that such disruptions were counterproductive and greatly harmed the country, adds the paper.
'Pashupatinath to get India's healing touch', under that headline, the Pioneer reports that Nepal has sought India's help in protecting the famous Pashupatinath temple and to restore its historical wooden gates and pillars, which have been damaged by moisture and termites and are on the verge of collapse. The Archaeological Survey of India is studying a proposal in this regard, says the paper.
And Finally, The Times of India informs us that documentary filmmaker Jahnavi Prasad and illustrator Girish Arora have joined hands to create a graphic version of Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, 'The story of my experiments with Truth'.
The Government getting tough on coal block allocation and recommending 'de-allocation', receives prominence in this morning's Press. Hindustan Times reports, the inter-ministerial group which will review coal block allocations on Wednesday, faces an uphill task of meeting the PMO's September 15 deadline.
Quoting Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, the Asian Age writes, 'Steep diesel, petrol Hike 'unavoidable'. The expected hike - Petrol by 6 rupees a litre, Diesel up by 3 to 4 rupees a litre and an LPG gas cylinder by 50 rupees.
'India pledges support to Palestine, announces 10 million dollar in aid', headlines the Hindu. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced this after a meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in New Delhi on Tuesday. He also promised to back the Palestinian quest for an upgrade to 'non-member status' at the United Nations.
Mail Today reports, 'The Apex Court has ruled that courts can gag media if they believe it will prejudice trial in a case. This has opened the door for an aggrieved person to seek restraint on reporting of a pending case - if there is risk of influencing the outcome.
Quoting a Planning Commission agenda note, the Indian Express writes that if difficult policy decisions are not taken immediately to reverse the economic slowdown, the Growth Rate Target for the 12th Five Year Plan could slip to 8.2 per cent and even to as low as 5 per cent.
Yuvraj Singh returning to international cricket in the second T-20 with New Zealand, after having successfully overcome a rare form of cancer, is prominently covered by the Press. Yuvi bowled 2 overs for 14 runs, held a catch and scored a quick fire 34 off 26 balls, including two sixers, that brought the crowd to its feet in Chennai.
'A computer that can read lips, interpret emotions', headlines a Times of India story adding that Malaysian researchers have developed a computer that can decode human emotions based on lip pattern, improving the way people interact with computers.
And finally, the Asian Age informs us after a Collins English Dictionary competition for new words, as part of evolution of the English language, Indian-origin words such as dosa, paan, pooja, dal & sambar have been included among the new words and what is better, they are still accepting new word suggestions!
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari's press interaction yesterday gets top billing in most papers today. "Congress blames CAG for Parliament washout" reports the Pioneer. The Asian Age writes "Congress targets CAG, hints at BJP nexus".
A wide range of developments in the aftermath of the coal allocation scam are covered in the press today. "Finance Ministry cautions against hasty coal cancellations" is a front page headline in the Hindustan Times. The Financial Express reports "IMG to meet on Wednesday to seal fate of 29 coal blocks". The Business Standard says "PAC's coalgate probe to include NDA regime".
The arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on charges of sedition is highlighted in all the papers. "Cartoonist sent to jail, Congress says uncalled for" writes the Indian Express. The Tribune reports "Cartoonist refuses to seek bail, sent to judicial custody".
A report which details out funding of political parties based on an analysis of income tax returns and donations received by them gets wide attention. "India's parties got 4,662 crore rupees funds in 7 years" is the Asian Age headline. The Hindustan Times says "85% of Congress, BJP donors faceless".
The Mail Today and the Hindustan Times report that the government is likely to announce an FDI package within the next fortnight which would allow 49 % foreign investment in multi-brand retail and the civil aviation sector.
In a special story on its front page, the Hindu reports that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is planning to provide incentives for reporting cases of TB.
ISRO's successful 100th mission putting into orbit two foreign satellites; and the passing away of the founder of Amul 90-year old Dr. Verghese Kurien, who transformed India from a milk-deficient country into the world's largest milk producer are the two stories widely reported in today's papers.
After the Ministry of Earth Sciences concluded that the 'empirical method' used by Indian Meteorological Department for weather forecasts has become obsolete, India is building a new system to predict the monsoon, reports Hindustan Times.
Many papers have written about Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray backing Sushma Swaraj for PM, putting paid to any possibility of support for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. 'Sena Stumps NDA, backs Sushma as PM', writes Hindustan Times. The Hindu says, 'Bal Thackeray Bats for Sushma as PM'.
'Government makes it harder for docs to stay on in US', 'Stops issuing no obligation to return papers', reports the Times of India.
Although Islamabad repeatedly claims that its Hindu minority community people are safe and not leaving Pakistan, a group of 171 Hindus landed in Jodhpur on Sunday, reports the Asian Age, under its headline, '171 Pak Hindus flee to India'. Their group leader says that they were seeking refugee status in India for the sake of 'self-respect', religious freedom and their children's future, reports the Hindu.
'Promotion quota from June 1995', under that headline the Statesman writes that the Centre proposes to implement reservation in promotion for SC's and ST's in government jobs with retrospective effect from June 1995, according to the Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session.
'Spare the Rod or Go to Jail' under that headline Mail Today writes that a Cabinet Note proposes changes in law, for jail upto 7 years for corporal punishment.
And finally, the Times of India writes that intake of Vitamin A in the diet could help control several forms of cancer and exposure to the Sun protects us from 15 types of cancer.
Predictably the Coal Block allocation issue continues to dominate the news paper headlines today. "Coal fire burns as session ends", headlines The Pioneer. The Indian Express headlines "PM slams BJP, says won't sweep CAG coal report under carpet".
Adding another facet to the issue, The Hindustan Times reports on it's lead page "PM opted out of coal block auction in 2005; to avoid delay Manmohan chose screening route". In a related story The Times of India reports "Ministers' kin landing coal blocks adds to UPA woes. The Hindu adds in another story that the Shah Panel has indicted former Chief Minister of Goa Digamber Kamat in a mining scam.
In it's lead page story The Economic Times reports "PM slams politics of obstruction- and calls disruption of house total negation of democracy" while The Asian Age says "Just four bills passed this House session".
Reporting on the new break through in Indo-Pak relations, The Mail Today says " Eye on new visa dawn- Krishna and Khar to sign historic pact". The Indian Express adds "Group visas, easier to travel, in new pact to be signed with Pak today".
The Asian Age in it's front page story reports that at the annual DGP's conference, the top police brass has been warned of the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen's resurgence and that the IM "has ISI patronage".
Economic dailies and The Times of India and Indian Express have reported on the rise of the Sensex by over 337 points in it's biggest single-day gain in two months on buying across- the - board after the European Central Bank unveiled a new plan to buy bonds.
In it's front page story The Hindu reports that "Fuel price hike likely next week" and that the government seems to be bracing for an across- the- board hike in the prices of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders and Kerosene.
The Pioneer reports that an endangered aquatic plant from the Crinum Family, touted to be one of the earliest life forms on earth, has been found near the Malabar Coast in Kerela.
And finally, The Times of India reports that scientists have discovered a new cancer treatment that outranks others- marriage. Married patients with advanced lung cancer are likely to survive longer after treatment, according to study by the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore.
New developments in the coalgate scam, are highlighted on the front pages of many papers today. 'CBI may question CMs of some coal rich states', reports the Hindustan Times. In a front page story, the Hindu writes, 'Coalgate probe points the finger at 4 media houses'. The Tribune reports that 10 of the firms that were issued showcause notices for violation of norms presented their case to the inter-ministerial group set up to review the 58 coal blocks allotted.
The stalling of the bill providing for reservation in promotions for SCs and STs in the Rajya Sabha gets wide attention. Highlighting the Samajwadi Party and Shiv Sena's opposition to the Bill, the Pioneer writes, 'SP, Sena thwart bid to pass quota bill in Rajya Sabha'. The Indian Express reports, 'Extend Hosue session to pass Bill, Maya tells govt.'.
The protest lodged by the Prime Minister's Office with the Washington Post regarding an article which was critical of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is widely noticed. The Indian Express writes, 'Day Two of Post War: PMO calls journalist unethical'.
In a special front page story, the Hindu informs that the Planning Commission is pushing for special attention to single women in the 12th Five Year Plan. The benefits would include reservations in jobs and the strengthening of federations of single women at the block and district levels.
The Indian Express carries an interesting story on how a 3 dollar toothbrush designed by Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese colleague was used as a tool to replace a key power unit and thus save the 100 billion dollar International Space Station.
And finally, believe it or not, the world's longest underground river discovered recently in the Amazon Basin in Brazil gets its name from a Kerala born scientist. The river has been named Rio Hamza or River Hamza after Valliya M Hamza, who led the team that discovered the river.
The Sivakasi firecracker unit blaze, and the Promotion Quota Bill being tabled in the Rajya Sabha amid high drama, are two stories reported prominently by many papers of the day.
'First Coalgate victim: Maharashtra minister may be told to quit', under that headline Hindustan Times writes that a decision on State Education Minister Rajendra Darda's fate may be taken after Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi returns from abroad in two days, but he may resign before that. In a related report, the paper says that a dozen more FIR's in Coalgate will be filed soon.
'1.7 crore rupees siphoned under CBI's nose', reads the Times of India headline. Busy probing mega scams across the country CBI officers seem to have left their own backyard unguarded. A Data Entry Operator has been found to have illegally withdrawn 1.67 crore rupees in installments from the official salary account of the country's premier investigation agency, reports the paper.
Under its lead headline 'Dragons cash for flight', Mail Today writes that the Chinese defence Minister Stuns officials with 1 lakh rupee gift to IAF pilots.
The Tribune writes that alarmed at reports of about 100 army solders committing suicide annually since 2006, Defence Minister AK Antony has asked the three Services to come up with additional suggestions to improve living conditions, and methods to curb suicidal tendencies among jawans.
Union Minister Sachin Pilot joining the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant has been reported by most papers.
The Hindu writes that according to a study by The University of Athens, e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes invented in China in the year 2000 can damage your lungs.
And finally The Times of India says that in what could be a landmark move to improve India's abysmally low organ-donation rate, the Director General of Health Services has proposed that post-mortem examination can be done after organ retrieval, if the cause of death is not attributed to the organs which need to be retrieved.
CBI filing cases in Coal scam, and the Cabinet clearing the SC, ST promotion quota bill dominate the headlines in today's newspapers. The Pioneer quips, 'UPA plays Quota Card to trump Coalgate'. The Statesman says, 'Quota for Job lift gets nod'.
Most papers also highlight the Punjab and Haryana High Court order on Tuesday staying the collection of toll tax on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway for 15 days. The Times of India writes, 'Gurgaon e-way to be toll-free till September 20'.
Many papers today report on a possible hike in the prices of auto and kitchen fuels after the Monsoon Session ends this Friday. The Tribune state, 'Steep hike in oil, LPG prices on the anvil'. The Hindustan Times says, '4 rupees petrol hike soon; Diesel, LPG may follow'.
The Asian Age, reports, 'Airfares to go up with hike in fuel surcharge', with some airlines announcing a hike in their fuel surcharge, after the recent steep increase in aviation turbine fuel prices.
The Hindu reports on its front page, a batch of legislators and officials from Karnataka, scheduled to embark on an European tour, has called off the jaunt, under public pressure and amid the realities of a serious drought in the state.
The Times of India offers some food for thought. The paper quotes researchers from Stanford University,as saying, there is little evidence of healthier benefits from organic food over those grown conventionally.
'Play for Stephen's too : Principal to Unmukt', under that headline, the Hindustan Times reports the St. Stephen's Principal has expressed his wish that the Under-19 Cricket Captain, Unmukt Chand would play for his college as well.
In a report, Times of India says, 'Asthma inhalers stunt kid's growth', stating researchers have found that children using steroids for asthma, end up being slightly shorter as adults than those not using the medication.
Coal Block allocations have taken center stage in almost all newspapers. The last week of the monsoon session of Parliament looked set for a washout as the major political parties continued on collision course with both sides refusing to bend from their respective positions. The Tribune headlines it as "Government, BJP stick to their guns; session set for washout''.
Two Americans working with their consulate in Peshawar were among the 19 injured in a suicide blast targeting the Diplomats mission's vehicle reports the Hindu under the headline '' Pak bomber targets US Diplomats''.
Organ donation rules set to get tougher writes the Times of India . It elaborates that under the draft of the Transplantations of Human Organ Rules 2012, amongst other things, the donor may have to prove that the recipient and donor have been staying together and sharing the same kitchen for 10 years or more. The paper also writes that over-the-counter sale of around 92 antibiotic and anti-tuberculosis drugs in India will be restricted soon. Once notified these drugs can not be sold without Doctor's preion.
The Hindu reports a day after 2 batches of Sri Lankan students who were here on invitation to play football matches left India, a batch of 200 Sri Lankan pilgrims are now under pressure to leave Tamil Nadu. In the meantime the Sri Lankan government has issued a warning to its nationals not to travel to Tamil Nadu.
In Sports News, besides India winning the Test Series against the New Zealand 2-0, the newspapers have also taken a closer look at Sachin Tendulkar begin bowled out thrice in a row, pundits peek faults in the little big fells technique. Mail today adds a rare sight which is fast becoming a common one - stumps all over the place and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar walking back amid the ruins. the headline asks is it '' End of the road for Sachin.
Behind every man's wardrobe there's a Woman. According to a new survey, more than half of men who were interviewed confessed that they depend on the women in their life to shop for their wardrobe and pick out what they were to wear the next day report the Times of India.
Since the UPA government assumed office in 2004 with Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister, 2.1 million tones of monazite, equivalent to 195,300 tonnes of thorium at 9.3 per cent recovery, has disappeared from the shores of India. Thorium is a clean nuclear fuel of strategic importance for both nuclear energy generation and nuclear-tipped missiles. The beaches of Orissa Sand Complex, Manavalakurichi in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu and the Aluva-Chavara belt on the Kerala coast have been identified under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, as the main monazite bearing areas in the country. In most other countries, thorium reserves are embedded in rocks which require elaborate processing to extract. Public sector Indian Rare Earths Limited having divisions at Chatrapur in Orissa, Manavalakurichi in Tamil Nadu, Chavara and Aluva, and its own research centre in Kollam in Kerala, is the only institution authorised to extract thorium from monazite sands. If the Comptroller and Auditor-General were to audit the accounts of the IREL and the Department of Atomic Energy, custodians of fissile minerals, the coalgate scam would look like small change. The missing thorium, conservatively estimated at $100 a tonne, works out to about Rs 48 lakh crore, putting all other UPA scams in the shade.
Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj's tweet after she spoke with Congress President Sonia Gandhi regarding the logjam in Parliament over the coal block allocations is highlighted on the front pages of many papers. "Sushma to Sonia : cancel licences and order probe" writes the Hindu in its front page lead. The Indian Express reports Ms Swaraj as saying "May agree to debate if coal blocks scrapped, probe held".
The busting of an alleged terror module with the arrest of 11 persons in Karnataka continues to draw a lot of attention in the press. "Karnataka terror probe widens; 5 more arrested" reports the Tribune. The Asian Age says "Suspicious calls to Saudi Arabia led cops to new module". The Times of India informs "2 Karnataka jihadis met ISI men".
Pictures of the first batch of 350 youth from Assam boarding a special train to Bangalore are splashed across many papers. The Indian Express quotes them as saying "Glad we are going back".
In a special front page exclusive, the Hindustan Times writes that Anna Hazare is planning to set up a nationwide network of non-political volunteers to carry forward his agitation.
The Supreme Court's ruling that an accused who is absconding and is declared a proclaimed offender by court is not entitled to anticipatory bail, is highlighted by the Hindu in a special story.
And finally....in what is very encouraging news, the Times of India reports that of the nearly 2 crore adults who enrolled for the governement's adult literacy programme, Saakshar Bharat since 2009, an overwhelming 72% were women.
All major newspapers have prominently covered the sentence awarded in the Post Godhra Naroda Patiya riots case on their front pages. 'Kodnani gets 28 years, Bajrangi life" says Hindustan Times while The Indian Express, headlines, "MLA gets 28 years for Naroda massacre, Bajrangi to spend rest of his life in jail."
The Hindu reports about Prime Minister's on board statement blaming BJP for diversionary tactics on coal block allocation issue while returning home from Tehran.
Most papers report that the Supreme Court has held that the economic offences committed by Sahara must be dealt with by an iron hand and directed two Sahara group companies to refund over 24,400 crore rupees collected from 2.21 crore depositors.
The Pioneer reports that Karnataka Police have sought Interpol assistance to get more information about the links of 11 members of sleeper cells of Lashkar-e-Taiba and HUJI arrested in Bangalore and Hubli in connection with the Karnataka terror plot.
The Indian Express reports that the seizure of a US Army assault rifle from two men in a jungle bordering Bihar has created a flutter in Jharkhand with police saying they would investigate if a network of suppliers of foreign made weapons was reaching out to Maoists.
Under the headline, "Games graft complaint against Sheila maintainable", The Hindu says that a Delhi court held a corruption complaint against Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and others in the conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth games maintainable.
And finally, The Asian Age writes that a move by the Uttar Pradesh Government to sell telecast and advertising rights of the coming Maha Kumbh in January 2013 has caused resentment among seers and saints who feel it's wrong to commercialise a religious event.