Pakistan arrests head of JeM militant group over Pathankot air base attack | Reuters
Newspapers present a mixed bag today.
On the investigations into the Pathankot airbase attack, the Hindustan Times says "Pakistan given locations called by Jaish millitants", "but Islamabad seeks harder evidence". Asian Age reports, Chinese aid sought to get UN ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief, Maulana Masood Azhar.
"Supreme Court's stay on Jallikattu stirs protest; Jaya for Ordinance" reports the Pioneer on its front page.
Hindustan Times reports "Retail inflation at 15-month high over rising food prices". The Hindu Business Line leads with "Double whammy : factory output shrinks, inflation inches up" while adding, "China steps up efforts to stabilise Yuan".
Most papers report the death of 45 whales on the Tamil Nadu coast. Hindustan Times terms it as "Tragedy in Tuticorin", detailing them as pilot whales that are led or piloted by a leader. "Pilot misleads whales into deathtrap in Tamil Nadu" is how the Pioneer puts it, reporting, a high tide confused the leader to mislead the whales to the beach.
Indian Express quotes an IIT study, saying "Tandoors, burning of solid waste adding to dirty Delhi air".
Times of India reveals, Delhi achieved the remarkable feat in 2015 of recording the lowest number of fatal accidents in 26 years, but the reasons may not be entirely flattering, posing the question "Jams behind the drop?"
The paper also quotes Census 2011 data, stating "Muslims have largest share of young, but also die early".
And finally, the Hindu reports, a naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy products may be used to kill cancer cells and deadly anti-biotic resistant bacteria, according to researchers at the University of Michigan in the US.