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Digest of domestic news for the week Apr 4-Apri 10, 2015


Bengaluru: Backing the government, BJP decides to launch a counter-offensive against the opposition “disinformation campaign” on the controversial land bill and Prime Minister Narendra Modi singled out Congress accusing it of selling the nation to benefit the rich while saying his government was pro-poor.

New Delhi: Amid war-like conditions in Aden, the Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai evacuates 439 Indians, including a pregnant woman, from the port city of Yemen.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the judiciary should have an internal mechanism of “self-assessment” and be “perfect” and also remain cautious against giving “perception-driven” verdicts since perceptions are often driven by “five-star activists”.

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India H L Dattu seeks to downplay the “unfortunate” row surrounding his colleague Kurian Joseph’s objection to holding of Judges’ meet on Good Friday, saying the presence of only three top judges of the Supreme Court is mandatory for such events.


New Delhi: Kalvari, the first of the Indian Navy’s six Scorpene class stealth submarines, is “undocked” here, paving the way for sea trials and its eventual commissioning in September, 2016.

Srinagar: Militants carry out three apparently synchronised attacks killing three policemen and injuring two persons in the valley where Asia’s largest Tulip Garden was opened to public as a major event to woo tourists to Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the National Air Quality Index (AQI) for monitoring the quality of air in major urban centres across the country on a real-time basis and enhancing public awareness for taking mitigative action.


Chittoor/Chennai: 20 people are gunned down in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district in a police operation said to be against Red Sanders smugglers that came under severe attack from the government and political parties in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, which claimed 12 victims were labourers from their state.

New Delhi: Leading filmmakers in the country have requested the government to withdraw the stipulation for cinema halls to run a warning scroll whenever a smoking scene is shown on screen and said that video clips should instead be shot featuring film stars to maximise the impact of the anti- smoking message.

Mumbai: In a controversial move, the BJP- Shiv Sena Government in Maharashtra decide to make it mandatory for multiplexes across the State to screen Marathi films during the prime time slot between 6 and 9 pm.

New Delhi: India accepts Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer to send by a special plane 11 Indians who were evacuated by a Pakistani Navy ship from strife-torn Yemen to Karachi.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his 10-month-old government had restored India’s global credibility in terms of its politics, governance and economy, replacing the “policy paralysis” during the UPA regime with “dynamism”.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the proposal to allow railways and highways to issue tax-free bonds has been cleared, and the government is committed to pushing the land acquisition bill to promote growth and generate jobs.

Jammu: Facing flak from opposition parties and separatists, Jammu and Kashmir government makes a U-turn on the controversial plans for composite townships in the Valley for displaced Kashmiri pandits, saying they would be settled at their native places and “not as an isolated community”.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee makes a strident attack against the Modi government, accusing it of dividing people on religious lines, telling “lies” and gagging the voice of opponents which had resulted in a situation worst than Emergency.

New Delhi: India’s aviation safety ranking is upgraded to Category-1 by US aviation watchdog Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a move that could pave the way for domestic airlines to expand their services to that country.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the government’s decision to raise by 50 per cent the quantum of compensation to farmers affected by crop losses due to recent unseasonal rains.
New Delhi: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shia leader Prince Karim Aga Khan are among five eminent personalities who are conferred with country’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan by President Pranab Mukherjee.


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal justifies AAP’s decision to expel dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from top party posts, saying limits were “crossed” and “conspiracies” hatched.

New Delhi: In a sharp reaction to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi’s release order by a Pakistani court, India says this “eroded” the value of assurances repeatedly conveyed to it by Pakistan on cross- border terrorism.

New Delhi: The government blocks foreign fundings to Greenpeace India with immediate effect by suspending its license for six months and served a notice to the NGO asking why its registration should not be cancelled.


Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh describes the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in Pakistan as an “unfortunate and disappointing” development and said such decisions affect mutual relations between the two countries.

New Delhi: Intelligence Bureau kept relatives of Subhas Chandra Bose under close surveillance for two decades, most of which was during Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as Prime Minister, according to archival material, which set off a political controversy.

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