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Digest for domestic stories for week Oct 15 – 21, 2016


Saturday
    
Varanasi/Chandauli: Twenty-four people die and 50 get injured in a stampede on an overcrowded Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli when followers of a religious leader cross it to attend a congregation this afternoon.

New Delhi: Describing the Kigali agreement on phasing down climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbon as historic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the deal will provide a mechanism for countries like India to access and develop technologies that leave a low carbon footprint.

Benaulim (Goa): Seeking to allay India’s concern over Russia’s growing military ties with Pakistan, a top official and close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin says there are no talks for sale of military equipment to Pakistan and that the recently held army exercise was directed at countering terrorism and not aimed at India.


Sunday

Benaulim/Mobor: Hosting several world leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Pakistan as “mothership” of global terrorism and says the menace has become its “favourite child” against which decisive action should be taken as the time for condemning state-sponsored terrorism is “long gone”.

Mobor (Goa): Leaders of the BRICS-BIMSTEC countries are unanimous in condemning terrorism and support India’s calls for intensified joint efforts to combat the menace.

Mobor (Goa): A consensus on including UN-proscribed terror group JeM in the Goa Declaration of the BRICS Summit, which called for tackling terrorism, couldn’t be arrived at as other nations in the bloc are not affected by Pakistan-based terrorism, a top Indian diplomat says.


    
Monday
    
New Delhi: Congress charges the BJP-led government of promoting a “spectre of intolerance” in the country to stifle any voice that has a contrary opinion and says anyone who is “anti-government is dubbed as anti-national and anti-BJP as seditious”.
    
Benaulim (Goa): Seeking to scale up their economic engagement, India and Brazil finalise text of a bilateral investment deal and decide to expand overall ties even as the two countries seek united global action without “distinction” or “discrimination” to deal with terrorism.

New Delhi: Amid heightened Indo-Pak tension, Pakistan has decided not to send a representative to attend an international conference on voter education being organised by the Election Commission here.


Tuesday

New Delhi: Myanmar’s Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi says terrorism in any form is “unacceptable”, but to lay down a principle that all surgical strikes are right would be like being on a “slippery slope”.

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar says whether cross-LoC surgical strikes were undertaken by the army in the past only the military will know as no “message” about such assaults were conveyed.

Ayodhya: The Centre has announced setting up a Ramayana museum and also sanctioned Rs 151 crore, but the land for it has not yet been identified by the Union government nor allotted by the state dispensation.


Wednesday
    
Bhubaneshwar: The SUM Hospital here, where a devastating blaze on Monday claimed 21 lives, was running without fire safety clearance, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, even as the police issued a ‘Lookout Circular’ against two members of the trust that runs the facility.

Srinagar: A new video of Hizbul Mujahideen has surfaced on social media, showing a group of armed militants greeting and hugging each other, in a reminder of the campaign undertaken by its erstwhile commander Burhan Wani before he was killed in an encounter three months back India, Myanamar to expand security, economic ties.
    
New Delhi: Resolving to expand security ties, India and Myanmar decided to boost cooperation in a vast range of areas including guarding the 1,640-km-long border even as the two traditionally close neighbours asserted that the States which encourage, support or finance terrorism must be hold accountable.


    
Thursday
    
New Delhi: Controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma rejected allegations of purported defence leaks by BJP MP Varun Gandhi to him saying the emails and photographs being circulated are “fabricated” and questioned the motive of the releases.

New Delhi: Retrenched Indian workers of Saudia Arabia’s Saad group will start coming back to India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordered Delhi Police to set up a special team to trace a missing JNU student even as the agitating students decided to change their mode of protest after keeping the Vice Chancellor and some other top officials under siege for over 20 hours.


Friday
    
Jammu: Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire.

New Delhi: Congress accused the Narendra Modi government of “ignoring” poor and weak resulting in India slipping to 97th position on Global Hunger Index from 55th place during the UPA regime and witnessing suicides by 52 farmers daily.
     
New Delhi: Calling for institutional reforms to strengthen arbitration framework in India, President Pranab Mukherjee said courts need to devise a mechanism to handle such matters separately and avoid delays arising from judicial intervention.

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