Nitish dumps Lalu, back with NDA
Ramnath Kovind taking oath as the 14th President of India is one of the top stories that is covered with photographs and reports by most of the dailies on their front pages this morning. The Tribune quoting the new President writes "Diversity key to success". "Prez stresses on equity" headlines The Pioneer adding "Kovind envisions society that conforms to dreams of Mahatma Gandhi, Deen Dayal".
Writing on the Madras High Court order Hindustan Times says "Vande Mataram a must in Tamil Nadu schools and offices, says High Court."
Referring to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar's clarification in Parliament the DNA notes "No 'sanitisiation' of NCERT books, assures Javadekar."
"No Rajya Sabha seat for Yechury, kerala Chief Minister says role as party head more crucial" is the lead headline in The Indian Express.
Writing on the Doklam standoff The Statesman quoting Army Vice Chief Lt. General Sarath Chand says "China bound to be a threat".
"Gujarat, Rajasthan reel under flood fury, 14 dead in 24 hours" informs the Hindustan Times.
As part of the Railways modernising drive The Financial Express writes that "On the anvil, 12 hours journeys from Delhi to Mumbai/Kolkata." The paper says that the railways will spend 18,000 crore rupees to upgrade the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes to increase train speeds from 110 kmph to 160 kmph.