Yesterday's Fidayeen attack on CRPF personnel in the Kashmir Valley, is highlighted by the Press. "3-year-calm shattered in Srinagar as fidayeen kill 5 CRPF Jawans", headlines the Times of India. The paper adds that this killing may put withdrawl of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act on the back burner.
The top headline in the Indian Express reads, "After food, UPA proposes homes for rural poor". The "Right to Homestead Bill", another flagship programme of the UPA government promising homes, has been readied and will be circulated among ministries and states on March 18th.
"Bergoglio of Argentina is the New Pope", writes the Hindu. He was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of a troubled Roman Catholic Church. Calling for brotherhood, he said he came "from the other end of the world".
"Italy's action not acceptable, says Prime Minister", reports Hindustan Times. Dr. Manmohan Singh warned Italy of 'consequences', if it did not stand by its commitment to send back two marines accused of shooting two Indian fisherman.
"RBI may cut rates", headlines HT Business. The paper adds, "Growth is key - RBI governor D Subbarao is poised to side step inflation to reduce ratio by 0.25%.
The Financial Express writes that India, the world's second largest rice, wheat and cotton producer, may get normal monsoon rainfall this year boosting planting and exports.
Tribal farmers in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh have adopted an innovative, effective and cheap irrigation technique to grow vegetables, using discarded plastic saline bottles. The base of the bottle is removed, filled with water and the nozzle made to touch the ground near the plant root, thereby, supplying continuous moisture to the plant.
And Finally, Times of India tells us that the humble Karela has emerged as a giant slayer of pancreatic cancer cells, according to a University of Colorado study. Bitter gourd or Karela juice has the ability to cut off energy sources to pancreatic cancer cells, eventually killing them off.