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Digest for domestic stories for week Dec 3 – Dec 9, 2016


    

Saturday

Amritsar: Pakistan Premier’s foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz along with foreign ministers of four countries called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who told them that it was important to end terrorism and violence for fostering stability in Afghanistan and the region.

New Delhi: Terming the registering of the Constitution amendment bill in Nepal’s Parliament as an “important step”, India said it will continue to extend all support to the country for its peace and stability and hoped that ongoing efforts would be concluded successfully.

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the Centre to “not tamper” with the idea and autonomy of Nalanda University, days after its chancellor George Yeo quit his post alleging the varsity’s autonomy was being affected as he was not kept in the loop about leadership change at the institution.


    
Sunday

Amritsar: Pakistan claimed that its Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz was not allowed to visit the Golden Temple and speak to Pakistani media persons at the hotel where he was staying, even as India said it was done due to security considerations.

Amritsar: Russia’s special envoy on Afghanistan said all parties involved in the war-torn country’s reconstruction must work together and that the Heart of Asia was not the platform for India and Pakistan to score brownie points.

New Delhi: Hitting back at the Congress, which claimed demonetisation is the “biggest scam of India”, BJP said that the main opposition party sees a scam everywhere after running a “government of scams and scandals” and alleged that the “historic” move has shaken its foundation as the party “runs on black money and corruption.


Monday

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who pioneered pro-poor programmes and remained a pole for three decades, died here leaving a big void in the state politcs.

New Delhi: Over 60 Rajya Sabha members moved a petition seeking impeachment proceedings against a judge of the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana High Court alleging atrocities against a Dalit judicial officer.

New Delhi: Closer cooperation between India and Vietnam in all sectors will contribute to the stability, security and prosperity of the entire region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he received Defence Minister of that country General Ngo Xuan Lich here.


Tuesday
    
Mumbai: In a bid to speed up small value online transactions, the RBI relaxed norms for additional factor of authentication (AFA) for payments up to Rs 2,000.

Srinagar: Separatist leaders, who have been spearheading the five-month-long unrest in Kashmir, in a surprise move invited tourists and pilgrims to visit the Valley to enjoy the traditional hospitality of its people while promising them safety.
    
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said his party needed to blend development with Hindutva and a “promising fight against corruption” for electoral victory even as he deprecated the way demonetisation exercise was being implemented.


    
Wednesday

Kolkata: The West Bengal assembly passed a ruling TMC-piloted resolution against demonetisation, but failed to enlist the support of the Congress and Left Front which are with it at the national level in opposing the exercise undertaken by the Modi government.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered all assistance to Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake, killing nearly 100 people and causing widespread destruction.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ is not just bringing lakhs of listeners to the All India Radio, but also getting much needed mega bucks for the public broadcaster.


Thursday

New Delhi: Congress termed the steps announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to promote cashless transactions as a “desperate attempt to mislead and confuse” the country.
    
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rejected Aam Aadmi party’s (AAP) charges of giving contract for printing of new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes to a blacklisted company, saying his ministry has no dealing with the British company named in the “false” social media campaign.
    
New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and outgoing US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter finalised the “major defence partner” status to India which will fast-track cooperation and sharing of high-end American defence technology.


Friday
    
New Delhi: Amid the row over appointment of CBI Director, Congress accused the Modi government of “perfecting the art of appointing favourites” by superceding deserving candidates to statutory positions.

New Delhi: In a significant development, India and influential East Asian nation Vietnam signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that it will further strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
    
New Delhi: With its lawmaker Bhagwant Mann suspended for the remainder of the Winter Session, AAP claimed the move appeared to be pre-planned with MPs belonging to BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress coming together to award the stringent punishment.


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