Express 5: A chopper deal grounded and all SP flights headed for Saifai

ExpressFive exclusive Indian Express stories you should read before you start your day.

A selection of five exclusive Indian Express stories you must read before beginning your day:

1. SP'S FAVOURITE: With a population of 7,141, Saifai village has become a favoured destination for top state government officials too in the last 21 months. After taking over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister in March 2012, Akhilesh Yadav has made 46 trips in the state government's aircraft to Saifai, his ancestral village in Etawah district. Ramendra Singh gives the details in Saifai top destination for SP govt: CM made 46 trips, Shivpal 51

2. CHOPPER DEAL SCRAPPED: India had frozen the deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland in February following a series of reports in The Indian Express that exposed claims that kickbacks worth 51 million euros were generated in the deal to supply 12 state-of-the-art helicopters to the IAF to fly VVIPs. Manu Pubby looks at how Bribe charge spells doom for AgustaWestland

3. VICTIM OF ATROCITIES Initially, the gangrape victim in Kolkata was believed to have set herself on fire. Police have, however, since revealed that she gave a dying declaration accusing two men of having set her on fire. From the time a teenager was gangraped on successive days until her death on Tuesday, Madhuparna Das gives the details of the events that highlight how the alleged rapists continued to torment her family in Bengal teen gangraped twice, hounded and finally set on fire

4. Ila Patnaik explains how de-listing of fruit and vegetables from the list of commodities under the agricultural produce marketing committee (APMC) acts in Congress-ruled states will bring in competition. CONSTRICTED BY LAW in Opinion

5. ESTIMATING THE SIZE To block illegal mining, the MB Shah Inquiry Commission has recommended that export of iron ore from the state should be banned as it cuts the incentive to mine the ores.

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