National News for the week
Mumbai: A group of NCP activists barge into the Aam Aadmi Party office in suburban Andheri, tore and burnt posters of Arvind Kejriwal and also burnt his effigy.
New Delhi: After huge cash interceptions and seizure of Rs 215 crore of unaccounted money during previous Assembly polls, the Election Commission has put in place an expenditure monitoring mechanism for curbing misuse of money power during general elections.
Thiruvananthapuram: Five weeks after his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor today said he was “not happy” with the pace of the probe by the Delhi Police.
Patna/New Delhi: High drama unfolded in the RJD with 13 of the 22 party MLAs in Bihar announcing they have quit the party in a jolt to Lalu Prasad but six of them later claim they are not part of the breakaway faction.
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force scrambled a Su-30MKI after its radars detected a slow moving unidentified flying object coming towards India from the International Border with Pakistan and in the process, it came close to two civilian flights operating in that area.
New Delhi: Pushing their defence engagement, India and China agree on a slew of measures, including holding of joint Army exercise this year and strengthening maritime security cooperation while maintaining peace and tranquility on the dispute border.
New Delhi: India and Canada hold talks on a range of bilateral and international issues and decide to expand ties in diverse sectors including health, audio-visual co-production and skill development.
New Delhi: In a major initiative for tribals, the government is proposing to raise the workdays under its ambitious rural employment guarantee programme MNREGA by 50 per cent to 150 days a year for them in forest areas.
New Delhi: Keeping the issue of prime ministerial candidate on the back-burner, 11 Left and secular parties come together claiming to be the alternative and vow to defeat both Congress and BJP.
Chennai: Indicative of J Jayalalithaa’s national ambitions, AIADMK promised to raise Income Tax exemption limit to Rs five lakh and take away powers of oil marketing companies to determine prices of petrol and diesel if it is elected to be part of the next government.
New Delhi: India and Russia hold wide-ranging talks on nuclear, space, energy and economic cooperation and agreed to finalise the long-pending deal for the third and fourth reactors of Kudankulam power plant soon.
New Delhi: Reflecting growing congruence in bilateral ties, India and Saudi Arabia ink a defence cooperation pact to take their strategic partnership further in areas of security.
New Delhi: India and Dubai decide to increase bilateral air traffic rights by 11,000 seats per week after a marathon 11-hour meeting here.
New Delhi: A spate of accidents involving the Naval warships claim the job of Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi who quit taking moral responsibility and his resignation was promptly accepted by Defence Minister A K Antony.
New Delhi: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), headed by Ram Vilas Paswan which left NDA in 2002 over the 2002 Gujarat riots, gives clear indications of tying up with BJP in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.
New Delhi: BJP and LJP stitch a pre-poll alliance with the Ram Vilas Paswan-led party returning to the NDA fold, 12 years after it quit over Gujarat riots, and it will fight seven out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar under a seat-sharing deal.
New Delhi: Eminent jurist Fali Nariman refuses to be part of the Lokpal search panel, voicing fears that the best will be overlooked by the multi-layered procedure, a process which was defended by Government as transparent.
New Delhi: India and Israel sign three agreements to strengthen the efforts in the war against terror and beef up bilateral security relations.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha poll candidates can spend more for their campaign following the union cabinet’s nod to a proposal of the Election Commission to raise the expenditure limits for parliamentary elections to a maximum of Rs 70 lakh for bigger states and Rs 54 lakh for smaller states.
New Delhi: The Cabinet gives mandate to the 7th Pay Commission for revising salaries of over 50 lakh central government employees and remuneration of 30 lakh pensioners.
New Delhi: The Centre raises dearness allowance to 100 per cent, from 90 per cent, benefiting its 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
New Delhi: A week after Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, the Centre decides to impose President’s Rule in the state while announcing a few sops for the Seemandhra region which has been opposing creation of Telangana state.