Congress, BJP lock horns over Ishrat Jahan affidavits - The Economic Times
Union Budget 2016-17 with its push for the Agriculture and Rural sectors, is given prime importance in Papers this morning. The Statesman writes, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will seek to tap various sources, including black money, to bring Nineteen Thousand, Six hundred and Ten crore rupees to the government's kitty as Revenue Gains - without making any changes in the existing tax slabs. The Asian Age headline reads "Big Boost for Bharat's Growth" and, "In a U-turn, NREGA gets maximum funds".
On the issue of black money - Hindustan Times writes - Arun Jaitley unlatched a four month window on Monday for domestic black money holders to come 'clean' by paying 45 percent of their undisclosed assets, in a one time opportunity to declare concealed incomes.
'JAI KISAN BUDGET',is the headline of The Pioneer, adding 'coffers open for villages, relief to small tax payers.
The Pioneer writes that an amount of two thousand one hundred and fifty crore rupees has been allocated this fiscal for cleaning up the Ganga under the head of National Ganga Plan.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley offered an olive branch in the budget to Vodafone, to end India's most high profile tax dispute, offering to waive Interest and Penality if the company pays the original tax demand, reports The Economic Times. The British Telecom giant was, however, non-committal in its response.
The Asian Age reports - Prime Minister Narendra Modi may go to Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in November, as was announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special assistant on foreign affairs.
The Indian Express informs us that on Monday Pakistan executed former police commando Mumtaz Qadri for brutally assassinating former liberal Punjab Governor Salman Taseer - who had sought reforms in Pakistan's controversial Blasphemy laws.
And finally, the Times of India writes - "Vaccination for Cervical Cancer: Delhi does it First". Delhi is going to be the first state in the country to introduce the preventive HPV vaccine for Cervical Cancer, with girls studying in class VI to be vaccinated this year. The HPV vaccine is approved for use in over 100 countries.