Reactions to the rail budget form the lead headlines in almost all papers of the day. "Reform express rolls, rail budget links fares freight rates to the price of fuel" writes The Indian Express the Mail Today says "Bankrupt Railways on a diet- populist schemes over time result in 24,600 crore rupee loss. No fare hike but cost increase through back door.
"India rebuts pentagon nominees' charge of using Afghanistan against Pakistan" writes The Pioneer referring to the strong rebuttal by the Indian Embassy in Washington to US Defence secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's controversial remark on the subject.
"Delhi becomes the first state to ban Manual Scavenging" reports the Hindu.
"Centre relents, NCTC to inform states before ops" opines The Indian Express and says that the modified provisions of the National Counter Terrorism Centre are likely to be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security tomorrow for approval.
"IAS officer gets three year jail for taking bribe, "writes The Hindu and reports that Rakesh Kumar Jain who served as Director (anti dumping) in the Department of Commerce was fined 2 lakh rupees in addition to the jail term, by a special CBI judge.
In an empowering move for women, The Times of India reports that the Karnataka High Court has ruled that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act overrides the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law in which the marriage of a girl is allowed as she attains puberty.
And finally, The Times of India writes that India has successfully launched the world's first smart phone loaded with a number of experimental Apps into the orbit. The mobile will test if Apps work out of earth and will find proof if screams can be heard in cosmos, says the paper.