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Digest of domestic news for the week March 7 – March 13, 2015


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government releases dreaded Kashmiri separatist leader Masarat Alam who has dozens of cases including waging of war against him and also carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to his arrest.

New Delhi: Thirty more persons, including a noted theatre personality, die of swine flu in the country taking the toll over the 1,300 mark even as SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, suspected to be suffering from the disease, was hospitalised.

New Delhi: Swine flu deaths continue unabated as 51 more people die of the virus raising the toll to 1370 while the number of affected crossed the 25,000 mark.

New Delhi: On the International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounces crimes against women, saying “our heads hang in shame”, and announces that the government is setting up ‘One-Stop-Centres’ besides a helpline for those facing violence, abuse or harassment.

Jammu/Srinagar: Strains show up in the week-old PDP-BJP coalition government over the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam, with the saffron party slamming the “unilateral” decision and warning that such things would not be tolerated.

New Delhi: Arun Singh has been appointed as India’s ambassador to the US succeeding S Jaishankar, who had been named the Foreign Secretary in January.


New Delhi: An Indian student’s internship request is rejected by a professor in Germany citing “rape problem” in India, prompting a sharp reaction from the German envoy here who condemned it saying India is not a “country of rapists”.

New Delhi: The Centre will spare no efforts in aiding the development of West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assures Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as she met him to seek debt waiver and other financial support.


New Delhi: The simmering rift in AAP takes an ugly turn with four top leaders launching a blistering attack on Yogendra Yadav and father-son-duo of Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, accusing them of working for its defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls and trying to malign image of Arvind Kejriwal.
New Delhi: The swine flu toll in the country swells to 1,482 while the number of affected persons crosses 26,000-mark even as a minister in the Rajasthan government tested positive for the disease.

New Delhi: The contentious Land bill passes the Lok Sabha test after the government carries out nine amendments to it and persuades most of its allies to support, setting the stage for its consideration in Rajya Sabha where the numbers are loaded against the government.


New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh are summoned as accused in a coal scam case by a special court which observed that Singh was roped into the criminal conspiracy to “accommodate” M/s HINDALCO in Talabira-II coal block allocation in 2005.

New Delhi: Besieged by infighting, the AAP is hit by twin blows with a former party MLA accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to poach six Congress MLAs to form government last year following which its prominent Mumbai face Anjali Damania quit the party.

New Delhi: Fifty-five more people have died of swine flu, raising the toll across the country to 1537 as Manipur reported its first casualty due to the virus, which has affected over 27,000 people.

New Delhi: The CBI arrests a Mumbai-based chartered accountant and two government officials for allegedly selling confidential documents related to foreign investment policy to corporate groups after it carried out searches in offices of Finance and Commerce Ministries here and in Mumbai.

New Delhi: The government disputes the claim made in a US study that the swine flu virus may have acquired mutations and said that the strain mentioned in it has “no relevance” to the 2015 outbreak.

Allahabad/Lucknow: Functioning of courts in Uttar Pradesh comes to a standstill as lawyers go on flash strike to voice outrage over the killing of an advocate inside a court premises in Allahabad allegedly by a policeman.

New Delhi: The entire top Congress leadership including Sonia Gandhi takes to the streets to express solidarity with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned as accused in a coal scam case, with the party President calling it “outrageous”.


Delhi: An “outraged” India summons the Pakistan High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against a Pakistani court order to release LeT terrorist and Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and said freeing him will pose a threat which “cannot be ignored”.

New Delhi: With Opposition unrelenting in its attack on land bill, senior ministers will fan out across the length and breadth of the country during recess to counter the campaign to paint the government as “anti-poor” and “pro-corporate”.


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