Best of Express: Staff status for helps, delayed reports and a forgotten economy

ExpressA selection of five exclusive Indian Express stories you should read before you start your day.

GOVT WAKES UP: Stung by the arrest of Devyani Khobragade, the Ministry of External Affairs has now sent to the Ministry of Finance a proposal to give government employee status to cooks and domestics helps of Indian diplomats posted abroad. To bypass foreign labour laws, MEA seeks govt staff status for domestic help ; Subhomoy Bhattacharjee reports

STOCK-TAKING IN BJP: With the party falling short of majority in the Assembly elections, a BJP core committee meeting has accepted infighting was to blame for their poor show. Now a panel has been formed to identify rebels and take disciplinary action against them. Pragya Kaushika hears in on the discussions at the meeting; Infighting led to party's poor show in polls, admits BJP core panel in Delhi

EXPRESS RTI APPLICATION: Shyamlal Yadav finds out that annual reports of various national commissions and government departments are tabled in Parliament years after their publication and made public even later. In long wait for Parliament slot, SC, ST and minorities commission reports, in India

HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS? Pratap Bhanu Mehta says it occupied us for a while, when the current account deficit was a headline number, but now the economy has once again passed into background noise. A sleepwalking economy in Opinion

FIRST TEST: The rubber against South Africa in Johannesburg will be Dhoni's 50th as captain, taking him past Sourav Ganguly as the skipper who has led India in most matches in the longer format. But there will be a lot more on his mind, says Bharat Sundaresan in Finally, moment of truth in Sports

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