UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful ‘for seven years’
With the campaign din subsiding just before the crucial day of polling in the national capital, Hindustan Times writes "Delhi calms down before big vote", and - "Countdown for D-day begins", headlines the Statesman.
The Asian Age reports - In a landmark ruling on decriminalizing politics and ensuring probity in public life, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that suppressing information in the nomination form by a candidate - on pending criminal or corruption cases - may be ground to set aside his or her election to Panchayats, State legislatures or Parliament.
On his second visit to India, Asian Development Bank President TAKEHIKO NAKAO has commended India for opening up, saying the Indian Government is 'delivering' on the promise to turn red-tape into a red carpet for investors, listing - faster environment clearances for projects, increased foreign investment limits in many sectors and Land Acquisition Law amendments as major achievements, reports The Economic Times.
Papers carry pictures of Christians protesting against the recent attacks on churches, outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi on Thursday. The Hindu reports that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government would not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of caste or religion and directed the Delhi Police to ensure security of Churches and other places of worship.
The Times of India writes that the JD(u) government in Bihar plunged into a crisis on Thursday after Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi opposed party Chief Sharad Yadav's bid to replace him with Nitish Kumar at the helm. The paper also reports that Sitaram Yechury is likely to take over as the fifth general Secratary of the CPM in April - from Prakash Karat, who demits office at the end of 3 terms.
And finally, the Times of India writes that a Buddhist academic has said that a 200 year old mummified monk - discovered in Mangolia seated in the meditative 'lotus position' may not be dead, but in a very deep spritual state called 'Tukdam' and that Forensic examinations are being carried out on him.