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Digest for domestic stories for week Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2016


Saturday

New Delhi: Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts soared sharply by around Rs 27,200 crore in just 14 days after the announcement of ban on old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.

New Delhi: Former Army Chief Bikram Singh, under whom the new Pakistan Army Chief Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has served on a UN assignment, said India should be “careful” and watchful with regard to his approach.

Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for qualitative change in police through better training while underlining the importance of technology and human interface for the force to keep progressing.


Sunday
    
New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Congress and its ministers were “not vigilant enough” to keep a check on corruption, but maintained it would be “illogical” to blame his party for the menace simply because it was in power.

Patiala/Lucknow: Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo and five others escaped from Nabha jail in Punjab after armed men in police uniform tricked the sentries into opening the gates and bolted out with the inmates firing a hail of bullets.
    
Hyderabad: Home Minister Rajnath Singh told top police officers of the country not to arrest or harass anyone on basis of allegation of radicalisation unless solid proof is available.


Monday

 Mumbai: To encourage people to deposit valid currency notes in banks, RBI said bank customers would be able to withdraw deposits made in current legal tender notes beyond the current limits, a move aimed at increasing currency circulation in system.

Jammu: The Army said Pakistan had a “direct role” in the mutilation of a soldier’s body along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kupwara district on November 22.

New Delhi: Ahead of a visit by its Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz’s to India to attend Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar, Pakistan said it will “positively consider” if India, as a host, proposed a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the forum.


Tuesday

Jammu: Jammu region was rocked by two terror attacks in which 7 army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other securitymen, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounter.

Lucknow/Maharajganj/New Delhi: BJP and its rivals traded barbs over demonetisation with party chief Amit Shah claiming only opposition leaders whose “looted” money had turned into rubbish were opposing the action and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee likening the Prime Minister to “Hitler” who violated the rights of people.

New Delhi: Amidst din and without debate, Lok Sabha passed within minutes a major bill that provides a window to legalise black money post-demonetisation and a tax on that amount, triggering a controversy with the Opposition calling it a “black day” and accusing it of being “undemocratic and dictatorial”.


Wednesday
    
New Delhi: To promote the use of digital payment systems to encourage transparency, financial inclusion and prepare a roadmap in this regard, the Modi government has formed a committee headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s official Twitter account was hacked and some expletives-laden tweets were posted.

New Delhi: Aiming to attract more tourists and boost trade, government approved a new liberalised visa policy that include long-term multiple-entry comprehensive visa by merging tourist, business, medical and conference visas into one.


    
Thursday
    
New Delhi: Rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s charge, BJP said the Lok Sabha Speaker observed all parliamentary norms when the bill to amend the IT Act was passed in the House and asserted that business transactions in Parliament cannot be held hostage to a minority.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of creating a situation “worse than Emergency” by deploying army personnel at two toll plazas on a national highway without informing her government.
 
New Delhi: India downplayed reports of US President-elect Donald Trump lavishing praise on Nawaz Sharif during a telephonic conversation but said it will welcome US-Pakistan talks to resolve the issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.


Friday

New Delhi: Former Union minister P Chidambaram  rued the absence of a “unified command” at the Home Ministry level under the BJP-led NDA government, which he said was present during the UPA years to take stock of security situation.

New Delhi: CBI Director Anil Sinha retired from the post handing over the baton to his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana, as the government did not name any full-time chief.

  Kolkata/New Delhi: Presence of army personnel at toll plazas in West Bengal triggered a row with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remaining at the state secretariat overnight in protest, asking was it an “army coup”, drawing a a stinging condemnation from the Centre which said the remark showed her “political frustration”.


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