All major news dailies have highlighted the Prime Minister's speech in the Parliament yesterday. "Angry PM hits back, blames opposition as economy slumps." headlines the Hindustan Times while The Times of India adds "Amid slugfest with BJP, PM hints at fuel subsidy cut, gold import curbs".
The slowing down of the GDP growth to 4.4 percent in the first quarter of this fiscal has been prominently noticed by many newspapers. "Doctor sends Indian economy to ICU" remarks the Mail Today while the Economic Times headlines "After food and land, India now needs a bill to improve economic growth" and adds that the Central bank RBI plans to request shrines such as Triupati and Shirdi to sell their gold pile.
Many stories have come out on the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, the Indian Mujahideen operations head for the country. "Bhatkal plays name game in court, sleuths claim he admits guilt" reports the Hindustan Times. The Pioneer adds "Yasin spills beans on IM-ISI ties" while the Times of India reports "Bhatkal admits to all but Bodhgaya blast".
The Hindu reports in a front page story about the impending US attack on Syria, for using poison gas against its citizens with the headline "Kerry leads the charge against Assad as NATO allies keep off". The Asian Age adds "UK opts out of Syria war, but France still backs US".
The Times of India reports that according to a survey carried out by the National Sample Survey Organization in 2009-2010, released this month more people are opting for higher education in India, but even more are dropping out, in the backdrop of highest rate of increase in decades.
And finally, the Hindustan Times reports that 110 year old Haji Ghulam Rasool Dar of Kashmir has had a successful surgery for stomach cancer at a Delhi hospital and is raring to go home, through sheer will power.