The logjam in Parliament over the Government's decision to allow 51 percent FDI in multi brand retail, continues to make headlines. "House sees no work for 7th day running", is the headline in the Hindustan Times. The Indian Express reports that the UPA worked overtime to get its allies on board, to muster up numbers in case it came to voting in the House. The Hindu reports that the Confederation of All India Traders has called for a Bharat Vyapar bandh against FDI-today.
What shape the Lokpal Bill will ultimately take is extensively highlighted in the papers. "Entire bureaucracy to be under Lokpal Scanner", is the top headline in the Times of India. The Hindustan Times writes "Lokpal panel agrees on employees, split on PM".
"Pan India terror module busted; Six Indian Mujahideen men held", is the top headline in the Tribune, with the Delhi Police claiming to have smashed the terror module involved in nationwide blasts in Pune's Germany Bakery, the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and Delhi's Jama Masjid.
Economic Times writes "Slowdown hits hard, as growth slumps to 6.9 percent". "Economy slumps to two-year low", highlights the Mail Today, adding that growth had been 8.4 percent in the corresponding quarter last year. "FDI could help revive economy", writes the Hindustan Times with economists saying that this is the time to ease norms for foreign investors, to attract global capital.
The Hindustan Times reports that the Union Cabinet is expected to decide on India's stance at the UN climate conference in Durban, with Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan suggesting adoption of a 'Hard Line' approach.
MPs wanting a ‘status upgrade’ are also covered by the Press. The Hindustan Times writes that a report placed before the Lok Sabha by the Committee of Privileges, recommends that MPs be permitted to flash red beacons on their vehicles and that their official status be brought on par with Chief Justices of High Courts.
AND FINALLY, Times of India writes that India's fish eating population has something to cheer about. A new research conducted in America says that consuming baked or broiled fish reduces the risk to Alzheimers disease by almost 'five fold'.