Pakistani troops violating the cease fire yet again last evening even as the two sides prepare for a flag meeting of top commanders this afternoon, is a prominent story in the papers - with interesting headlines. 'Pak talks Truce, keeps up Firing', writes the Times of India. 'Hot and Cold along the LoC', headlines the Statesman.
Regarding the Indian Army's reaction to LoC violations, Hindustan Times reports that the Indian Army Chief is believed to have told his top generals in the border state that the force reserved the right to retaliate at a place and time of its choosing.
Several newspapers carry colorful photographs of devotees at the Maha Kumbh mela and processions of sadhus in Allahabad. The Times of India caption reads, 'Sadhu jumps into knee-deep water at the Sangam'.
The Tribune reports that 22 sarpanches and panches from the north Kashmir area of Sopore belonging to three panchayat blocks resigned yesterday, following militant attacks on a sarpanch and a woman panch from the same area in the past few days.
'More Rail hikes likely after Budget in Feb.', reports the Asian Age. The paper, quoting an official, adds the positive response to last weeks upward revision has opened up the window for some more incremental hikes to boost the railways' earnings.
Hindustan Times reports that the government is looking at an increase in excise duty on most goods and service taxes by two percentage points to 14 per cent, a move that could make most consumer products, like cars and refrigerators costlier.
HT Business writes, as part of its rural push across the country, Amul Co-operatives has opened spanking new Ice Cream Parlours in the smallest of towns across the country, with inhabitants finding themselves a brand new love!