Athlete dies, three others critical after suicide pact in Kerala
The conviction of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in a 12 year old hit-and-run case dominates front page headlines. "Guilty of hit and run, Salman gets 5 year jail term; High Court grants 2 day bail" reports the Tribune. The Indian Express quotes Firoz Shaikh, the son of the man who had died in the accident, as saying "I forgive him but he has ruined our lives".
The Parliamentary nod for two key bills is the other story that is prominently noticed on the front pages. On the Goods and Services Tax or GST bill , the Asian Age writes " Lok Sabha nod for GST Bill, fate uncertain in Rajya Sabha". Highlighting the passage of the Indo - Bangla Land Boundary Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Pioneer quotes External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as saying "Exchange of land but not of population and people can choose to live in India or Bangladesh".
Congress President Sonia Gandhi's attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets keen attention in the press. The Hindu highlights her remarks at a Congress Parliamentary Party meeting as it quotes her as saying "Modi failed to keep ache din promises". On her combative stance in the Lok Sabha the Tribune writes "Sonia slams govt. over delay in CIC, CVC apoointments".
Most papers take note of US Ambasador Richard Verma's comments on the recent steps taken by the government to regulate non-governmental organsiations. The Indian Express quotes him as saying "Steps against Ngos may have chilling effects".
All the papers report that the Delhi High Court has granted anticipatory bail to AAP MLA Jarnail Singh who stands accused of assaulting an MCD engineer during a demolition drive.
With the government forming eight working groups of secretaries from different departments with no formal involvement of ministers to get quick results on crucial projects, the Economic Times writes "PM Modi forms his own G8 for speedy rollout".
The Hindustan Times offers an interesting insight into the 723 point Sensex crash. The paper says that traders have blamed the crash on algorithmic trading platforms, or machines that use advanced mathematical models to buy or sell shares in a lightning quick manner based on pre-decided inputs.