The question of the stability of the present political configuration at the Centre dominates the papers today. The Hindustan Times quotes Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as saying "Congress corrupt, but we wont quit". The Pioneer reports the Trinamool Congress as saying "Minority UPA must go now". Highlighting the BJP's response to talk of a likely third front, the Hindu writes "Third Front has no relevance ,says BJP".
A new Saudi labour policy that mandates that 5 to 25 percent staff of a private company with a minimum of 49 employees must be Saudis gets wide attention in the press. "Kerala worried as expats may lose jobs to Saudi labour law" reports the Indian Express. The Pioneer writes "UPA's inaction on Saudi law leaves Keralites fuming".
The killing of 10 Maoists by a Maoist splinter group Tritiya Prastuti Committee or TPC in Chattra district of Jharkhand early Thursday is keenly tracked by the papers. Highlighting the fact that the largely tribal TPC has been resisting the he gemony of the Yadavs in the Maoist ranks, the Hindustan Times labels the killings as "More of a caste war than class difference".
The Tribune, in a front page story, reports that the Supreme Court has upheld the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruling that any Will not signed by two witnesses and unregistered is 'only a piece of paper in the eyes of law, having no legal effect".
In a special front page story, the Times of India writes "43% of teaching slots in IIT's lying unfilled". And on the subject of education, the Pioneer reports that the HRD Ministry is proposing to introduce a student friendly national online test system for entrance tests to professional and academic courses.
A report in the Times of India cautions smokers. The paper writes that new research in the UK has shown that smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness as one in three smokers has been found to have mental disorders.
And finally, the Hindu has an interesting story on how a huge 100 kilogram rock used by a Spanish farmer for pressing ham has turned out to be an asteroid worth a whopping 5.3 million dollars.