With the government putting in abeyance the decision to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail, the way is paved for resumption of normalcy in parliament. "FDI put on hold as government stoops to conquer" - is the headline in the Tribune. The Hindustan Times writes 'Political rage may have held up FDI in multi brand retail, but a key proposal linked to 100% FDI in single brand retail, seems to have scraped through - with hardly any opposition.
"House logjam Over, government may walk extra mile for Team Anna" writes the Times of India, covering the other major news story on the Lokpal Bill. The paper writes - A parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal Bill finalized and adopted its report on Wednesday, with three congress members submitting notes of dissent- demanding inclusion of the lower bureaucracy and the Central Vigilance Commission under the Lokpal.
Differing claims on Pakistan President Zardari's health add to confusion report the papers with the Indian Express writing "Zardari in Dubai, Exit rumors swirl". The Times of India says "Reports of a military coup swirled across Pakistan on Wednesday as the president flew out to Dubai, amid a series of crises that put him at loggerheads with the powerful military.
The Asian Age informs us that the defence ministry has given its consent for bringing the armed forces, security and intelligence agencies within the ambit of the whistle blowers bill - currently under consideration of the government.
The Indian Express speaks of an indigenously developed stent named Avatar, capable of dissolving itself after removing blockages in the heart, which is set to revolutionize treatment of heart surgeries by bringing down costs drastically.
And finally, the Times of India gives a photograph and writes that the extent of illegal wildlife trade in Delhi and the brazenness with which it is being carried out became clear when a large monitor lizard (an endangered species) was rescued from the bustling INA market, while negotiations were on to sell it.