India, China to Sign Pacts Worth About $10 Billion Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit dominates front page headlines. On his talks with the Chinese President, the Pioneer writes "Xi, Modi talk trust, visas, trade deficit".The Times of India carries a picture of Prime Minister Modi pointing a finger at a Terracota soldier in the Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian, with the caption "Don't cross the border, okay?". Highlighting a sour note on the first day of Mr Modi's visit, the Hindustan Times states "Wrong India map aired on China TV".
The Supreme Court imposing a stay on the Delhi government circular that threatens critics with criminal defamation cases gets wide coverage. "SC foils AAP Govt's attempt to gag media" says the Pioneer.
With some laws passed by the Lok Sabha getting stuck in the Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks on the functioning of the Rajya Sabha are keenly tracked in the press. The Hindu quotes him as saying "Rajya Sabha obstructioninst, a test for democracy". The Indian Express reports him as asking the question "Can unelected Rajya Sabha question elected Lok Sabha?".
The question of freedom of speech in a case in the Supreme Court involving an allegedly obscene poem written on Mahatma Gandhi is widely noticed. "SC refuses to quash charges against editor for 'vulgar' poem on Gandhi" reports the Hindustan Times. The Asian Age quotes the apex court as saying "Artistic freedom not absolute".
The Times of India cites a World Economic forum report to state "India's ranks 100th on human capital index". The paper adds Finland topped the 124 nation list.