Floods turn India's Chennai into an island
Pictures of the Chennai airport and roads submerged under water, cars floating and people huddled in boats moving to safer places capture the horror of the rain battered city on the front pages of all the papers. In a grim warning the Pioneer reports "No let up in nature's fury for next 72 hours". Highlighting the sheer magnitude of the problem, the Times of India states "345 millimeters in a day smashes 114 year record". Hgihlighting the seriousness of the central government's response, the Hindustan Times notes "PM Modi takes stock of the situation". Meanwhile the Indian Express reports that the National Green Tribunal has sounded an alarm over the pollution levels in Delhi under the caption "Delhi may need stay-at-home warnings for kids and elderly".
The Supreme Court ruling that limits state governments' power to remit jail terms of convicts in cases of national importance without the Centre's approval is widely noticed in the press. In the backdrop of the Tamil Nadu government wanting to provide relief to the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case, The Hindustan Times quotes the apex court as saying "Release of Rajiv killers not for state to decide".
The civic poll results in Gujarat are keenly tracked in the press. Summing up the results, the Pioneer states "Congress gains in rural areas, urban Gujarat stays with BJP". The Times of India analyzes the results to observe "BJP hit by Patel stir".
As Justice T S Thakur takes over as the Chief Justice of India today. The Hindustan Times reports "Appointment of judges to be biggest challenge, says new CJI". The Times of India writes "New CJI focuses on clean collegium, faster disposal".
And Finally, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has expressed his joy at becoming the father of his new born child Max, in a very unique way."In Max joy of fatherhood, Mark donates 99% shares" reports the Pioneer. These shares are currently valued at a mind boggling 45 billion dollars.