On the issue of FDI, which has been covered extensively by newspapers, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to address the nation today to explain the reasons that forced his government to take these steps. The Pioneer headlines it as, 'No roll back on Didi's Friday ultimatum'. The Hindu says, 'unfazed government moves ahead on FDI'. The Indian Express writes 'Government notifies FDI decisions'.
The Bandh against the Government's new economic measure drew a mixed response, with life being disrupted in a majority of opposition ruled states, with Delhi & Mumbai largely going about doing normal business. The Times of India covers it under the headline "Bandh makes new bed fellows".
The Hindustan Times reports, with Mamata Banerjee sets to withdraw support to the government, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar saw no threat to the stability of the UPA coalition and dismissed demands for a special session of Parliament on the issue of FDI in retail.
The Pioneer reports, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualify Rehman Malik along with 11 other lawmakers for violating the Constitution by holding dual nationality, saying the Interior Minister cannot be considered 'sagacious' and 'righteous' as he submitted a 'false declaration' in 2008'
The Supreme Court on Thursday initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against The Indian Express and The Pioneer for distorting court proceedings, reports the Indian Express.
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Thursday announced the revised scheme of entrance examination for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other Centrally funded technical institution reports, The Indian Express.