Most newspapers have carried, on the front pages, the story of the subdued new year celebrations in India. Under "Another chance for us to get it right", Hindustan Times writes that 2012 streaked across our collective vision in a gloomy blur with the exceptionally brutal gang rape and death of a 23 year old Delhi girl and the ensuing nationwide protests being the morbid topping to, by and large, a downer of a year. The Asian Age, under the caption, Let 2013 be Year of the Woman", says that crowds braved cold and police and thronged Jantar Mantar to peacefully demand harsh punishment for crimes against women. The Times of India says that the horrific attack on Nirbhaya has led to a spurt in requests for gun licences from women.
Asia's largest Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband has banned the use of multimedia mobile phones, saying they were acting on complaints that students were using them for morally unacceptable purposes, reports The Times of India.
Hindustan Times like most prominent newspapers reports that schools across Delhi will start selling nursery admission forms from today, adding that there are 100,000 seats and the demand outstrips supply.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has released the date sheets for classes 10 and 12 board examinations for 2013, reports Hindustan Times, adding that though the date sheets are fairly balanced, schools have been training their children to write back-to-back exams and get used to the pace.
Under the caption, "ED all set to tighten noose around Ramdev", The Pioneer writes that the Enforcement Directorate is planning to use a provision under the Indian Passports Act to treat certain portion of the assets acquired by Yog Guru Baba Ramdev's trusts as proceeds of crime.