With allegations of kickbacks, the controversial Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal dominates the front pages of all the newspapers. "Government set to scrap deal, sends notice to chopper firm" reports the Indian Express. Highlighting the opposition BJP's position on the issue, the Tribune writes "BJP demands court-monitored CBI probe into copter mess". The Times of India writes that the Comptroller and Auditor General or CAG is also examining the deal.
The suicide of Anuradha Sharma, the mother of airhostess Geetika Sharma who had committed suicide earlier alleging harassment by former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda is splashed across the front pages of all the papers. "Geetika's mother kills self: blames Gopal Kanda, Aruna Chaddha in suicide note" reports the Pioneer.
The Tribune, in a special story, reports "Govt. steps in to curb clinical trial deaths : forms four expert panels to draft permission guidelines".
In the backdrop of the ongoing debate over capital punishment, the Hindustan Times cites a study by the Asain Centre for Human Rights to report "One death penalty every third day in India". The paper adds that the Indian judiciary has sent 1455 convicts to the gallows between 2001 and 2011.
The situation in Maldives is widely noticed with former President Mohammed Nausheed staying in the Indian embassy in Male for the third consecutive day. The Indian Express reports " Wont take adverse action, Maldives assures India". The Hindu writes "Global call for calm in Maldives, ensuring free and fair elections".
And finally, in some good news for the visually challenged, the Times of India writes "Artificial retina offers hope of partial vision to the blind: device allows them people to detect crosswalks, people or cars, sometimes large numbers or letters".