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The terror attack in Afghanistan, the still-awaited decision on Nawaz Sharif attending Modi's swearing in, and the run-up to the new government -formation are covered by prominently newspapers today.
"Terror Bells Ring Before Sharif Entry" headlines the Mail Today. The Pioneer writes, "ITBP foils attack on Indian mission in Herat". The Hindustan Times says "Terror strikes Afghanistan mission, Modi goes into PM mode", adding, while caretaker PM Manmohan Singh was reportedly indisposed, Modi spoke to Afghan President Karzai and the Indian ambassador in Kabul.
The Hindustan Times paper highlights "Sharif VS Sharif : Pak army chief keeps PM waiting on India visit" adding Army chief General Raheel Sharif wants clear roadmap for talks, not cosmetic handshake meeting. The Pioneer questions, "Sharif willing but awaits Army nod for India visit ?".
The Indian Express reports, for the first time ever for any incoming government, secretaries of key departments will make detailed presentations to new PM Modi on the roadmap and agenda ahead.
The same paper also reports "AAP disquiet spreads: Shazia may quit, workers disrupt meet". The Hindu writes "Shazia angry, might leave AAP".
The Mail Today carries a story "Raag Priyanka in Congress as Ra Ga fails". The Indian Express also reports, a week after Congress's catastrophic defeat, Priyanka Vadra is said to have plunged quietly into her brother's recovery efforts for their party.
The Economic Times headlines "India Rising Now Playing Uninterrupted on D-Street" adding SBI's stock rose to a 3 year high after fourth quarter earnings, exceeded expectations and an improvement in its bad loan ratio. The Financial Express says "State Bank Q4 net falls but asset quality rises".
The Hindu forecasts "Some relief for taxpayers likely" in the full budget 2014-15 to be presented in Parliament in early July.