We bring to you five best stories of the Indian Express you must read before starting your day.
1. SPLIT WIDE OPEN: In an interview to P Vaidyanathan Iyer, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram tells that opinion was divided within the Congress on whether it should offer outside support to the AAP and that the decision to support the AAP without any conditions was taken by the party’s local unit in Delhi. Read More in ‘Congress was split on backing AAP… it was an unnecessary decision’
2. MINORITY REPORT CARD: Ever since the split of the ruling JD(U) with the BJP, an alliance of 17 years, Bihar has seen 87 major and minor communal clashes between June and December 2013, over three times the 24 incidents during the corresponding period of 2012. Without naming the BJP directly, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been frequently warning of “attempts to vitiate the atmosphere”. Santosh Singh presents a report card of Nitish Kumar government in After the NDA split in Bihar, the minority report card
3. MATCH-FIXING: The Malaysian betting syndicate, involved in the global football match-fixing scandal currently under investigation, had tried to influence I-League games. Towards the end of last season — in March-April 2013 — Mumbai FC officials were offered “life-changing sums” to lose matches they were expected to win. Mihir Vasavda gives details on how Malaysian betting syndicate tried to fix I-League matches
4. PLANNING TAX SAVING: The EPFO has increased its interest rate for 2013-14 to 8.75%. This, in effect, means contributions to the EPF earn the highest interest compared to other tax-saving instruments like the PPF. A report by Surabhi on Tax savings on an EPF high
5. Pratab Bhanu Mehta writes in Three opposition leaders on how Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi, who posit themselves as agents of change, stand outside of the system they are challenging. All three of them are more comfortable with schemes and projects than with policy.