The new foreign secretary S. Jaishankar taking over, the Preamble row, and the run-up to Delhi Polls picking up momentum are major stories on front pages today.
On the appointment of the new foreign secretary, the Times of India reports " Government had told Sujatha of her impending exit, months ago", while the Hindustan Times states, "Sujatha hints at dominant PMO in a farewell email the day after."
Venkaiah steps in "Secularism in our blood, will stay in Preamble" quotes the Indian Express. The Hindu says, "differences surface, RSS silent."The Mail Today writes " Preamble Row now hits Rajya Sabha Calendar" as the key words 'secular' and 'socialist' go missing from it as well.
The Times of India leads with BJP Chief, Amit Shah's statement, " choice of Bedi as CM-pick was strategic." The Delhi special of the Asian Age quotes Kejriwal as saying "Will rein in 'extortion' by schools".
"Jammu and Kashmir set for full-term PDP chief Minister" states the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express informs, " Patriarch Mufti, CM, deputy from BJP in J &K deal".
In an exclusive the Hindu reports former Union Environment Minister, Jayanthi Natarajan disclosing that she honored Rahul Gandhi's requests on environmental clearances to reject big ticket projects.
"Prime Minister to meet Chief Ministers again, Union Budget likely to open purse-strings for states" is the lead in the Indian Express.
The Economic Times reports" CBDT tells its men to lay off Voda-like cases" as the government moves quickly to clear tax cloud.
"Government puts appointments of Supreme Court, High Court Judges on hold " is another story in the Economic Times, awaiting the outcome of two PILS on the validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014.
The Hindu reports, 'Malaysia on Thursday formally declared the passengers and crew of missing flight MH 370 to be presumed dead'.
India to host world T20 next year, informs the Times of India.
And finally, the Pioneer reports of an HRD Ministry proposal to hold a common entrance examination for all 42 central universities, also allowing students to apply for multiple universities, from the next academic session.