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.