The successful launch of the Mars mission has found coverage on the front pages of major newspapers this morning. Under the headline, "Mars, here we come", Hindustan Times writes that if the mission is successful, India will be the fourth country in the world and the first Asian country to reach Mars. The paper adds that at a cost of 450 crore rupees, India's Mars enterprise saw a reduced satellite assembly cost to a tenth of Nasa's.
152 Bangladeshi soldiers have been sentenced to death by a special court in one of the world's biggest-ever mass criminal trials for their role in the 2009 mutiny and massacre of 74 people, including top army officers, notes The Asian Age on its front page.
Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin has lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal following reports that Kejriwal had sought the support of Barelvi cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan who had issued a fatwa to behead Nasrin for criticizing Islamic practices, reports The Times of India.
Mail Today writes that a detailed forensic analysis by the National Investigation Agency has nailed the Pakistan Government's imprint on fake Indian currency notes pumped into the country, adding that the paper used to print the counterfeit rupee notes is an excellent match with the legal tender of Pakistan.
Around one-third of the global workforce employed in top IT companies is based in India - a sign of the fact that our country is virtually turning into the global IT headquarters, reports The Times of India.
The Indian Express reports that Diwali pollution continues to envelop Delhi in a thick layer of smog even two days after the festival.
And finally, US scientists claim to have developed a new cutting-edge software that predicts where burglaries are most likely to occur, anticipates crime patterns, especially the hot spots of crime, which can allow law enforcement agencies to engage in targeted prevention activities that could disrupt the cause of crime before it happens, writes The Times of India.