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Digest of domestic news for week April 23- April 30, 2016


Amritsar: Punjab’s dreaded separatist outfit Khalistan Liberation Force militant Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a convict in 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, is released on 21-day parole after nearly 23 years behind the bars.

New Delhi: Women belonging to SCs/STs who are victims of rape and gang rape will now get relief of up to Rs 5 lakh and Rs 8.25 lakh, a separate provision introduced for the first time, and those suffering other atrocities of grievous nature will get relief on conclusion of trial even if it does not end in conviction.


Kolkata/New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC spokesman Derek O’Brien, who are in a spot over use of a morphed picture of Home Minister Rajnath Singh by the party, saw cases registered against them in Kolkata and New Delhi.

Aligarh (UP)” Two persons are killed in a gun battle between rival groups on the campus of Aligarh Muslim University, forcing authorities to deploy Rapid Action Force and order a “major clean-up” operation in AMU hostels.

New Delhi: India revokes the passport of Vijay Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines has been accused of defaulting bank loans of over Rs 9,400 crore, in a step closer to initiating his deportation.

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India T S Thakur becomes emotional in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lamenting government’s “inaction” in raising the number of judges from 21,000 to 40,000 to handle mounting cases, saying, “you cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary”.


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj admitted to the country’s premier All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

New Delhi: The JNU slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated three others for varying durations over their alleged role in the controversial February 9 event for which they were charged with sedition, an action which had sparked outrage and triggered protests.

New Delhi: Nearly four-decade-old National Museum of Natural History, housing thousands of rare specimens of flora and fauna including a 160-million-year old fossil bone of the Indian Sauropod Dinosaur, at the heart of the capital is ravaged in a massive blaze.

New Delhi: India and Pakistan indulge in some plain speaking on bilateral issues with the neighbouring country being firmly asked not to be in denial over the impact of terrorism on bilateral ties while Pakistan harped on Kashmir terming it as the core issue. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry met for nearly 90 minutes.


New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal is re-elected as the National Convenor of AAP even as the party effected a major overhaul of its top brass by inducting five new faces including a woman in its Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the highest decision making body.

New Delhi: A book which has been part of Delhi University’s history curriculum and refers to Bhagat Singh a “revolutionary terrorist”, today became a centre of controversy with freedom fighter’s kin objecting to it and prompting HRD ministry to ask DU to reconsider the same.

New Delhi: Executing its plan, the BJP sought to drag Sonia Gandhi into the controversial Rs 3,600 VVIP Augusta Westland chopper deal with its newly-nominated MP Subramanian Swamy taking her name that caused a huge ruckus in Rajya Sabha as Congress members stormed the well of the House and paralysed it for an hour.


New Delhi: An agreement to utilise India’s line of credit of USD 1 billion to Mongolia for developing railways and infrastructure projects is signed between the two countries even as they held extensive talks covering entire gamut of ties including in defence and security.

New Delhi: Hailing the successful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1G, Prime Minister Narendra Modi names the new system as ‘NAVIC’ (boatman) as he dedicated it to the people of the country and said SAARC countries can also tak advantage of its services.

New Delhi: After cancelling Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa’s visa, India has denied visas to another Chinese dissident Lu Jinguh and activist Ra Wong who were coming to attend a conference in Dharamshala on democracy and China.

New Delhi: Pakistan is at a “loss” to understand whether the Narendra Modi government has any Pakistan policy at all, former foreign secretary of the country Salman Bashir says noting that a lot of work was done during the UPA regime which needs to be revived.

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission directs the Delhi University and the Gujarat University to search and provide information on degrees earned by Prime Ministe Narendra Modi to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had criticised the functioning of transparency panel.
New Delhi: Following controversy over a book, part of DU’s history curriculum, which refers to Bhagat Singh as a “revolutionary terrorist”, the university decides to stop the sale and distribution of its Hindi translation.

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