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The BRICS Summit at Brazil which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first multilateral engagement - is highlighted by the Press. Hindustan Times writes "China gets BRICS Bank, India to be its first head". An Indian Express headline reads, "Modi ups China stake: If we solve our border dispute, its a model for the world".
The Times of India reports that Chinas' Xi Jinping has stolen a march over everyone else, prominently the US, by inviting India, for the first time, to the 'Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation' (APEC) meeting in China, in November. China has also asked India to deepen its involvement in the 'Shanghai Cooperation Organisation'.
Mail Today reports that the NDA government has made it clear that the option of implementing a Uniform Civil Code is open, with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that there is need for wide - consultations with stake holders - on the issue of a common law, irrespective of religion.
"ISIS clams up, blow to efforts for release of 39 Indian workers" - is a Hindustan Times top headline. Iraq's Sunni militants who have been holding 39 Indians hostage for more than a month, have slammed the doors shut on all negotiations - in a big blow to efforts for securing their release.
Business Standard writes that the FIRs in the Coal Blocks Allocation Scam are far from over. The CBI is going to register 14 more cases in the Coal Scam, this month.
And finally, Times of India offers some good news and some bad. The bad news first : the last week it was onions, now its tomatoes that are making Delhiites see red, at Rs. 60 a kg. And the good news is that Met officials expect steady rain for the rest of July.