Akbaruddin Owaisi seeks 4 days time
Most newspapers of the day have reported the story of two of the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape and murder case offering to turn approvers, a move legal experts dismissed as a desperate bid to escape punishment.
The Pioneer writes that the Central Government has sanctioned 7 crore rupees to reward educated panchs and sarpanchs from the remote villages of Jammu and Kashmir with travel and training, specialised insurances and a monthly stipend for their grit to hold fort despite threats and adversaries.
The Economic Times says that an increase in the minimum support price of wheat has resulted in a higher acreage of the crop, with the area going up by 4.58 lakh hectares from last year to over 286 lakh hectares.
The forthcoming Union Budget may bring some relief to small tax-payers as the government could raise the tax exemption limit, reports the Asian Age.
The Times of India says that the Environment Ministry has set February 15 as the deadline for states to finalise no-go areas for industry around the 600-plus national parks and sanctuaries.
Under the headline, 'Web CO2 emission same as aviation industry's', the Indian Express writes that Internet and other components of Information Communication and Technology Industry annually produce more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and it is expected to double by 2020.
The Times of India reports that the Central Vigilance Commission has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to begin an investigation into the racket that siphoned off with impunity almost 20 crore rupees earmarked for building night shelters and to provide other welfare assistance to the national capital's poor and homeless.
And finally, the Times of India reports that come 2014, the majority of educational boards conducting class XII examinations across the country have agreed in-principle to have a common design of question papers to give students a level playing field.