Almost all newspapers have headlined BSP Chief Mayawati's acerbic attack on the BJP as she announced that she would bail the government out by unambiguously voting with the government in favour of FDI in retail, in the Rajya Sabha today. The Hindustan Times reports it under the headline "Maya backs government on FDI before RS vote". The Tribune carries it under the headline "Government set to clear RS hurdle after Maya's rescue act".
In a severe blow to Indian infrastructure Major GMR, the Singapore Supreme Court ruled that the Maldivian government has the authority to reclaim the male airport from the firm even as India stressed on "fulfillment" of all legal processes regarding compensation, reports the Statesman.
The Hindu Reports that The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board on Thursday gave its clearance for the second heat-up of the first unit of the 2,000-MW Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, raising expectations that is could go critical (begin the fission process) around December 24, when Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to arrive in India for the 13th annual India-Russia summit.
Sexual offences where a minor is a victim will become a non-bailable crime involving imprisonment of up to five years. The Protection of Children from sexual offences act, notified by the Ministry of Law and Justice, spell out stricter penalties for sexual harassment of minors. Not reporting such sexual assaults could also lead to six months behind bars reports the Hindustan Times.