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Newspaper review: Aviva shareholder 'revolt' analysed

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

The vote by Aviva shareholders to reject a report setting out pay rises for executives gets wide coverage.

The Guardian describes the vote and similar revolts at other company meetings as "Thunderous Thursday".

It was the day investors hit back, according to the Independent, and for the Financial Times a shareholders' spring offensive.

The Daily Mail says shareholders have risen up against fat cat pay deals, while the Times reports investors have called time on "boardroom excess".

Helping hand

The Sun reports that the sharp fall in hospital-acquired superbugs was directly connected to a campaign for better hand hygiene in hospitals.

It says it urged health bosses to launch a hand cleaning drive seven years ago.

The sale of a controlling stake of Weetabix to a Chinese firm highlights the shifting western tastes of the middle classes, says the Guardian.

But the Mail tells us the Chinese are more likely to eat savoury rice dishes or deep-fried dough for breakfast.

Iconic image

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond tells the Daily Telegraph the banks were not solely to blame for the financial crisis as there were "two consenting adults in all these transactions".

Meanwhile, the sale of a version of Edvard Munch's The Scream for £74m - the most expensive artwork sold at auction - attracts varied coverage.

The Sun prints a cut-out-and-hang copy "for free", telling us its "hellish and unsettling depiction of pent-up trauma captures the frustrations millions of us often feel".

The Times has a Scream-inspired cartoon showing Heathrow passengers with agonised faces holding their hands up to their ears.

Washout

Finally, the heavy rain of recent weeks has led to the cancellation of this year's British Asparagus Festival.

The Telegraph reports that rain, flooding and cool temperatures have left crops almost completely dormant.

And the Times says supplies of British asparagus are so short that supermarkets are having to sell imports from as far afield as Peru.

Prices have risen from £6 a kilo to more than £10, the newspaper adds.

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