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Digest of domestic news for the week Jan 24- Jan 30, 2015

Washington/New Delhi: President Barack Obama has curtailed his India-visit, skipping a trip to Agra to see iconic Taj Mahal to be able to fly directly from New Delhi to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal for ending discrimination against the girl child and ensuring that they get equal opportunities to shine.


New Delhi: India and the US broke the 7-year-old logjam in operationalising their landmark civil nuclear deal besides deciding to jointly produce military hardware including advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama.

New Delhi: Indian cinema’s two greatest actors– Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan– were selected for the Padma Vibhushan while directors Jahnu Barua and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lyricist Prasoon Joshi are among others who will get Padma awards.


New Delhi: Barring two low-intensity blasts in Assam, Republic Day celebrations passes off peacefully across the country even as the states showcased the cultural diversity and the might of security forces.


New Delhi: A special radio programme featuring US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aired devoid of any hard issues like politics and foreign affairs but focussed on social issue and personal matters related to the two leaders.

New Delhi: President Barack Obama winds up his three-day trip here with a strong pitch for religious tolerance, cautioning that India will succeed so long as it was not “splintered along the lines of religious faith”.


New Delhi: S Jaishankar, India’s Ambassador to the US, is suddenly appointed as the Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh, who has in effect been sacked.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes under sharp attack from various parties which used the handle provided by US President Barack Obama’s comments on religious tolerance and questioned whether he will rein in “lumpen elements” in the Sangh Parivar for course correction.


Jammu: Pakistani troops heavily shelled border hamlets and 8 Border outposts (BoPs) including Arnia town along International Border (IB) in Jammu district resulting in injuries to three persons.

Chennai/Patna: The Modi government comes under attack from ally PMK over its willingness for a debate on whether the words “socialist and secular” should be in the Preamble to the Constitution after a demand by key ally Shiv Sena’s for its removal that was dubbed as “worrying”.
New Delhi: S Jaishankar takes charge as Foreign Secretary, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure was abruptly “curtailed” late last night.


New Delhi: Axed from the post of foreign secretary two days ago, a “deeply pained” Sujatha Singh hits back saying that stories were being “planted” in the media to tarnish her reputation after having served for 39 years.

Unnao (UP): A day after around 100 skeletons literally tumbled out of Uttar Pradesh police cupboard, a committee, including experts, begins probe into the sensational recovery amid the administration’s acceptance of a lapse.
Chennai/New Delhi: In a setback to Congress, senior leader Jayanthi Natarajan quits the party and mounted a scathing  attack on Rahul Gandhi accusing him of interference in Environment ministry during her stint even as Government indicated a review of green clearances of the UPA regime.

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