The Centre moving the Supreme Court to allow it to return the 67 acre undisputed land around the disputed Ram JanamBhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya to its original owners is prominently displayed in most of the newspapers today.
“Government to Supreme Court: Return Ayodhya land, except disputed area, to owners” headlines the Times of India. The Hindustan Times says ‘Plea comes amid growing pressure on government to act on the Ram Temple issue’. The Statesman writes “Move comes even as apex court is set to hear 14 appeals against 2010 Allahabad High Court order”.
The papers also prominently carry reports on the passing away of George Fernandes. The Asian Age says “George Fernandes, Emergency Hero, dies”. The Financial Express writes “Remembering George Fernandes: the minister who threw Coca-Cola out, stalled HPCL privatization”.
“North East allies put BJP on notice” is a top headline in the Hindu. The paper adds ‘JD(U) joins meet that resolves to stay united against Centre over Citizenship Bill’.
The Tribune and the Pioneer highlight the Supreme Court’s observation on the shortlisting of candidates for appointment as information commissioners in the Central Information Commission, “Why only bureaucrats as Information Commissioners? asks Supreme Court” writes the Tribune.
The Asian Age reports that Pakistan, in a first, has appointed a Hindu woman judge as a Civil and Judicial magistrate. “Suman Bodani is Pakistan’s 1st woman judge” headlines the paper.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second edition of “Pareeksha pe Charcha” program also gets wide coverage. “Nothing wrong about raising aspirations, Prime Minster tells students” headlines the Times of India. “Don’t treat your ward’s report card as your visiting card, says PM to parents” headlines the Statesman.