Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's praise for BJP leader L K Advani's observations on corruption and criticism of the Akhilesh Yadav led UP government at a public function in Lucknow gets top billing on the front pages. "Mulayam appreciates Advani 'advice' on graft, says BJP leader never lies" writes the Indian Express. The Asian Age reports "Mulayam praises Advani, scolds son".
The controversy over the arrest of suspected Hizbul Mujahideen operative Sayyed Liaquat Shah by the Delhi Police is keenly tracked in the press. The Times of India reports that the Delhi Police has rejected the Jammu and Kashmir police's contention that Shah was planning to surrender and quotes the Delhi Police as saying "Militant didn't have valid papers at the time of arrest". The Hindustan Times writes "National Investigation Agency may probe terror catch."
A Jodhpur court framing revised charges against prominent Bollywood actors in a 14 year old poaching case is prominently covered in the press. "1998 black buck case returns to haunt Salman, Saif, Tabu" reports the Hindustan Times.
Most papers cover the CBI's concluding arguments in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots agaisnt Sajjan Kumar and five others. The Hindu quotes the CBI as saying "Evidence shows Sajjan instigated violence against Sikhs". The Indian Express reports "CBI wraps arguments: conspiracy to target Sikhs".
Reports of a secret China-Pakistan deal to build a third nuclear reactor in Pakistan's Punjab province is widely noticed. "China Pak ink secret deal on nuclear reactor' informs the Tribune.
The Asian Age and the Times of India report that Olympic boxers will now fight without head guards in a professional style scoring system starting this year.
And finally, in what is clearly a sign of the times, the Pioneer writes that single screen movie halls in Delhi facing extinction get a new lease of life as they are to get heritage status under the Master plan for Delhi, 2021.