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Digest of domestic news for the week Jan 3 – Jan 9, 2015

Kolkata: An anonymous telephone call threatening that an Air India plane would be hijacked was made to the city office of the state-owned carrier this evening, police say.

Mumbai: Ease of doing research is as important as ease of doing business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says as he reached out to the scientific community promising to cut red tape and sought their cooperation in “transforming” the country.
Pune: Calling for an end to “lazy banking”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is against any political interference in functioning of banks but supports necessary “intervention” in the public interest.

New Delhi: As the government cracks down on websites purportedly carrying anti-India propaganda of terror groups such as ISIS, security agencies have found that many of these portals do not have contact details of their owners and have servers based outside the country.

New Delhi: A probe into the activities of Areeb Majeed, an alleged recruit of the dreaded terror group ISIS, has led National Investigation Agency (NIA) to send requests to the US among other countries for cyber evidence.
Mumbai: Aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to another, the Indian Science Congress was told in a controversial lecture that examined ancient aviation technology in the Vedas.

New Delhi: With questions raised over the credibility of the mid-sea operation that suggested a 26/11 like terror strike was averted, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar says all details relating to the sinking of the suspected Pakistani vessel would be released soon.

New Delhi: With budgetary exercise underway, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his ministerial colleagues to get “out of the box” ideas from the common man which could be incorporated in the financial outlay.

New Delhi: The Cabinet approves an ordinance for auction of iron ore and other minerals, yet again opting the emergency route that was adopted for coal, insurance and land acquisition reforms.

New Delhi: Pushing for time-bound effort to stop pollution of the Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says legal actions should be taken against polluting industrial units and suggested setting up of environment- friendly crematoria along the river in achieving the goal.

Jammu: Pakistan fired mortar shells and gunshots at over 60 villages and scores of forward posts in Kathua and Samba districts in Jammu and Kashmir in continuing ceasefire violations over which it has refused to take protest notes from the Indian side.

New Delhi: Delhi Police, which has registered a case of murder in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, will send her viscera samples to a laboratory either in Britain or the US to identify the poison including whether it could be radioactive isotopes that cannot be detected in Indian labs.

New Delhi: The two-day old strike by coal workers across India was called off with the government and the unions reaching an agreement after a marathon meeting.

Lahore/Gandhinagar: The Dosti bus service connecting Delhi and Lahore has been restricted to Wagah border by Pakistan for the first time since the bus link with India was launched in 1999.

New Delhi: The head of the AIIMS medical board based on whose report a murder case was registered into Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death, says the panel did not mention “homicide” in its findings and it found “poisoning” as the cause of her death.


Gandhinagar: Seeking deeper engagement of the Indian diaspora for the country’s growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says a whole lot of possibilities were awaiting them in India as it has “risen” with new strength.

New Delhi: Coal workers across the country have resumed work after a two-day strike and promised to make up for an estimated 1 million tonne production loss, as the government assured that state-run behemoth Coal India will not be privatised and employees’ interests would be paramount.

New Delhi: Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after political parties failed to muster the requisite number in the 87-member Assembly for staking claim to form the government.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for substantial improvement in the efficiency of schemes and mechanisms in the health sector as he expressed concern over the high rate of child and maternal mortality besides prevalence of diseases like encephalitis.

New Delhi: Swine flu claimed a third life in the national capital, but the Health department insisted there was nothing to panic and asked people to remain vigilant.

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