Best of Express: Bhatkal's writings, Snowden's classroom and UPA's railway reform

ExpressA compilation of the Express specials you must read before starting your day.

1. TERROR TALES: At the end of several hours of interrogation each day, top Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal returns to his cell and starts writing his "memoirs" in Urdu. He has also penned a few poems, all based on his life.

Prawesh Lama reports in Yasin pens 'memoirs': path he chose, betrayal by 'close friend'

2. SCHOOLING SNOWDENS: Being marketed to overseas students under the 'education tourism' banner, quite on the lines of medical tourism, India's IT offshoring business is being pegged at upwards of Rs 1,000 crore, according to industry valuations. Mihir Mishra and Anil Sasi check out this booming business.

Not just Snowden, many foreigners line up for IT crash courses in India

3. DRUG DAMAGE: 32 arrests in 9 months, including award-winning sportsmen, decorated policemen and politicians; seizures of raw materials and prepared drugs for clients abroad, together worth Rs 1,000 crore. In the multi-crore international smuggling racket of synthetic drugs, Punjab has emerged a new hub, says Chitleen K Sethi

Punjab, smugglers' emerging source for synthetic drugs

4. AAP'S CHALLENGE: Ashutosh Varshney argues that given the prospect of the Aam Aadmi Party's national rise, we need to pay special attention to the ideology of the party...what may be called the politics of citizenship.

Politics as unusual in Opinion

5. REFORM TRACK: According to a new proposal being finalised by the ministry of commerce and industry , 100 per cent FDI will be allowed in fixed line projects of railways such as freight corridors and high speed rail networks. In case of joint ventures, FDI of up to 74 per cent will be permitted in the sector.

In last reform push, govt proposes FDI in railways, reports Surabhi in Business

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