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Digest of domestic news for the week Jan 17- Jan 23, 2014

New Delhi: The Censor Board was rocked by more resignations today with 12 members quitting so far in protest against alleged government interference, a charge rejected by I&B minister Arun Jaitley who said it maintains an “arm’s length distance” in film certification matters.

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida held strategic dialogue during which they discussed key issues of trade and security as the visiting leader termed India as “the most promising destination” for investment.

New Delhi: India and Sri Lankan agree to “re-engage” on repatriation of refugees from India as both countries held “substantive” talks on a raft of crucial matters including political reconciliation process and the sticky fishermen issue.

Pune: Eminent cartoonist R K Laxman is in a critical condition in a hospital here, where he was admitted yesterday. Laxman, 94, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital for urinary infection.

New Delhi: Brushing aside dissent within, BJP names new-entrant Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the February seven Delhi Assembly elections and declared 62 of the 70 candidates.

New Delhi: Shashi Tharoor was intensely questioned for about four hours by a special team of Delhi Police on the circumstances leading to the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar a year back and her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over her links with the Congress MP.

New Delhi: Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani was appointed chairperson of the Censor Board, days after Leela Samson resigned as its chief alleging interference by the government in its matters.

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal dares BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for a public debate ahead of the February 7 Delhi Assembly polls but the former IPS officer snubbed him dubbing it as “drama” and said she will confront him in the floor of the House.

New Delhi: Tiger population in the country has risen to 2,226 in 2014, a 30 per cent increase since the last count in 2010, the latest census count.

New Delhi: Over 920 candidates are in the fray for the February 7 big-ticket Delhi Assembly elections which include BJP’s chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Ajay Maken, who filed their nominations.

New Delhi: India and Russia decide to “fast track” the ongoing joint military projects including the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft deal as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar invited Russian companies to exploit the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Panipat (Har): Making an emotional appeal for saving the girl child, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced the practice of female foeticide for which he blamed the “mental illness” in the society and attacked doctors for the same.

Jaipur: Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri wins the USD 50,000 DSC Prize for Literature, one of South Asia’s top literary awards for her book “The Lowland.”

New Delhi: Work for your goals and dreams tirelessly, without stopping or bending. This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to children today as he presented National Bravery Awards to 24 of them here.

New Delhi: Journalist Nalini Singh tells a special team of Delhi Police probing Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death that former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife had spoken to her about taking the blame for her husband in the IPL controversy.

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