Konkona, Ranvir announce split
Unfolding events concerning the explosives blast in Jhabua district of MP are covered by this morning's papers. "Hunt on for explosives owner", headlines the Indian Express. The owner, Rajendra Kaswa, who allegedly stored the illegal explosives in his demolished three storied building, is reported 'missing', along with his family members. The Pioneer writes that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan yesterday went door to door, meeting families of the blast victims in Jhabua and has announced a reward 1 lakh rupees for information about Rajendra Kasawa.
'States set for alcohol revolution" is a front page news item In Hindustan Times. The paper writes - The center is set to give up its control on the manufacture of whisky and wine, a long-pending move that will finally allow states to hand out brewing license. This will give a boost to domestic brands, reducing prices and serve as an incentive for small breweries.
Several papers carry news of the Prime Minister's proposed meeting with the Facebook CEO, during his visit to the US later this month. The Asian Age writes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Facebook Headquarters in California at the invitation of the social media giant's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
The Economic Times writes, " With 14% rain deficit, this monsoon may end up among the worst 3 in 30 years." The extended dry patch in most of the country has revived fears of a weak harvest and food inflation.
"70 Indian sailors stuck in Yemen; government to rescue", is on the front page of the Statesman.
And finally, The Times of India writes, "A Unique Play festival to bridge the Gulf between India and Pakistan". Humsaya, a four day festival of plays by a Lahore based Ajoka Theatre, starting at Kamani auditorium today, aims to revive the cultural bridge between India and Pakistan.