'Old Guy' Miroslav Klose hailed for World Cup record - The Hindu
The Indian hostage crises in Iraq continues to dominate the newspaper headlines today."ISIS may use 39 Indian hostage as human shields fears government," reports the Hindustan Times. According to The Asian Age the government has now roped in senior Sunni religious leaders across the country with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh having contacted them to help free Indians.
In a related story, the Pioneer reports that several hundred Indian Nationals may be stranded in the Najaf Province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employers refuse to return their passports according to the Amnesty International. The Hindustan Times also reports with an article "In Iraq, even employers hold Indians Hostage".
Back home the fate of three Chief Ministers in Congress ruled states has also been covered prominently. "Amid talk of change two congress CMs meet Sonia-Chavan fate hangs in balance, Hooda may stay; Gogoi most Vulnerable", reports the Indian Express. The Hindustan Times adds "Hooda safe, Gogoi and Chavan fate hangs in balance".
The defence by Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley of the hike in railway fares has also found mention in many newspapers. "Nothing unfair about hike : Jaitley - UPA lacked the courage to implement its own decision" reports the Hindu. The Times of India adds "Government says rail subsidy burden was too heavy, defends hike."
And Finally, Hindustan Times reports Amit and Sumit sons of a tea seller near Amritsar have passed the IIT -Joint Entrance Exam for the Second time this year and hoped to get admission into an IIT, if luck favours them. They had cracked the exam last year but could not secure admission due to poor financial condition of the family. This year however, as soon as the exam results were announced, people started approaching them and even offered to sponsor their education.