Restrictions imposed on the American Embassy and its staff by the Indian Foreign Ministry in the aftermath of the Khobragade issue are highlighted by the Press. "Tough talking Delhi denies diplomatic privileges to Ambassador Powel. India sets Taxmen loose on US Embassy", under that headline Mail Today writes that US Ambassador in India Nancy Powel cancelled her scheduled trip to Nepal after she was refused special privileges at the airport.
Narendra Modi getting a 'clean chit' in the Gulbarg Massacre case after a protest petition by Zakia Jafri, widow of slain leader Ehsan Jafri, in a Metropolitan Magistrate court in Ahmedabad, is also covered by the Press. Hindustan Times writes "Modi's march clears riot hurdle".
The Indian Express reports that three days after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav remarked that those in relief camps in Muzaffarnagar were not riot victims but people instigated by the BJP and Congress, a committee appointed by the Uttar Pradesh Govt has found that as many as 34 children have died in relief camps since September 7.
Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi's Chief Minster To-be Arvind Kejriwal has called upon 'honest' and 'dynamic' bureaucrats to contact him through SMS or e-mail for future assignments in the Delhi govt, writes the Hindu. "I don't have a magic wand to solve all the problems in one go, but if good, honest and dynamic people join us, nothing is impossible." That is what the paper quotes Mr. Kejriwal as saying at a Janta Darbar outside his residence yesterday.
Hindustan Times reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to address a press conference in early January; ahead of the all India Congress Committee session on Jan 17 that will see the clamor for formally naming Rahul Gandhi as the Party's Prime Ministerial candidate.