Govt. under pressure from allies to amend Land Bill - The Hindu
The annual budget presented in Parliament yesterday predictably dominates print space with most papers describing it as a growth-oriented budget. The Economic Times calls it a "budget for growth, competitiveness". The Mail Today writes "Growth trumps dole". But the papers also say that not everyone is happy. Highlighting the disappointment over personal income tax slabs remaining unchanged, the Asian Age states "Middle class left high and dry". The Hindustan Times draws attention to the cut in plan expenditure as it writes "20% cut to affect education, health, womens development most".
The filing of an FIR against former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is prominently noticed in the press. "FIR against Diggy for giving jobs by misusing CM's office" reports the Times of India.
The papers report of an internal rift within the Aam Aadmi Party and the possibility that senior leader Yogendra Yadav may not find a place in a reconstituted Political Affairs Committee "Kejriwal-Yadav fissures push PAC to edge of a precipice" observes the Pioneer.
And there's trouble for Mukul Roy within the Trinamool Congress. The Asian Age reports "Mukul stripped of all TMC posts". The Times of India writes "Trinamool finally reduces Mukul to a nobody in party".
Most papers report that environmentalist R K Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has resigned from the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. "Pachauri quits PM's climate council" writes the Times of India.
A second Hindu temple being vandalised in the United States in less than a month and the gunning down of Boris Nemtsov, Russian Opposition leader and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin are widely reported on the international pages.
And finally, news of a very unique tourism project. The Asian Age reports that the UP government is planning to set up a 'bird circuit' comprising sanctuaries in Mainpuri, Kannauj, Rae Bareli and Nawabganj to promote tourism.