Pakistan sets free 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi, India protests 'insult to victims'
Satyam 'founder chairman' B Ramalinga Raju and nine others being handed out seven years in jail for their role in one of the biggest corporate frauds, is a prominent news item this morning. The Statesman writes that the scam saw the erosion of 14,000 crore rupees of shareholder's money.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi choosing France as the first European country to visit is reported by Hindustan Times. The papers says, his visit has been widely noticed in the Paris Press, with Le Figaro publishing an interview in which Mr. Modi said his goal was to completely 'eliminate' poverty in a generation.
The Times of India writes that Global ratings agency Moody's on Thursday raised India's outlook to 'positive' from 'stable', citing recent governmental steps to enhance the country's economic and financial strength.
"Farmers group challenges Land Ordinance in Supreme Court" - headlines the Hindu . A petition challenging the re-promulgation of the Land Acquisition Ordinance was filed on behalf of the Farmers Associations by former Additional Solicitor General, Indira Jaisingh.
Mail Today reports of the Supreme Court clearing the decks for the execution of Yakub Razak Memon, the sole death row convict and fugitive Dawood Ibrahim's co-conspirator in the 1993 Mumbai blast case, by dismissing his review plea.
Hindustan Times reports that China plans to build a 540 KM high-speed rail link between Tibet and Nepal, passing through a tunnel under Mount Everest to boost bilateral trade and tourism. The project is being considered at the request of Nepal and could be completed by 2020.
And finally Times of India informs us that the UNESCO Director General has said that Yoga, a unique living tradition of India, may soon be declared an 'intangible cultural heritage of India' and will come up for 'inion' in front of the Inter-governmental Committee for 2016.