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Digest of domestic news for week April 25- May 1, 2015


New Delhi/Kathmandu: Another batch of around 100 Indians, who were stranded in earthquake-hit Nepal, were flown back here tonight in an Indian Air Force plane from Kathmandu.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee tonight spoke to his Nepalese counterpart Ram Baran Yadav and expressed deep shock over the damage caused by the powerful earthquake which shook the neighbouring country.

New Delhi: For the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today travelled by Metro from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka where he was going for a function.


Lucknow: Fresh tremors today jolted parts of panic-stricken Uttar Pradesh where the toll mounted to 14, prompting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to announce closure of all schools for next two days as a precautionary measure.

New Delhi: Scaling up relief and rescue efforts in quake-hit Nepal that was named ‘Operation Maitri’, India today deployed two dozen military aircraft and choppers and was also undertaking a “big evacuation” through the road route.

New Delhi: Government today announced Rs 6 lakh compensation for kin of those killed in the country due to the earthquake as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of rescue and relief operations at home and in Nepal and directed that they be speeded up through close coordination among agencies.


New Delhi: India today launches a national disaster helpline 1078 as it intensified relief and rescue operations in earthquake-hit Nepal by deploying more aircraft and military helicopters which have brought back over 5,400 people from the Himalayan nation.

New Delhi: In yet another crackdown on NGOs receiving foreign funds, government has cancelled licences of nearly 9,000 such entities for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

New Delhi: A fresh tremor of magnitude 5.1 jolted parts of West Bengal this evening triggering panic even as the death toll in India from Saturday’s powerful earthquake in Nepal rose to 72.


New Delhi: India today offers assistance to war-ravaged Afghanistan in diverse sectors including defence as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held extensive talks during which both leaders stressed the need for concrete action to dismantle terror networks.

Kolkata: Ruling Trinamool Congress today inflicted a crushing defeat on BJP and the Left scoring a a landslide victory in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation(KMC), clinching 114 of the 144 wards and also winning 69 of the 91 civic bodies in districts across West Bengal.

Sirhind(Punjab): Rahul Gandhi today took his fight against the contentious land acquisition bill to Punjab as he travelled by train to the grain bowl of the NDA-ruled state and met farmers to see their condition “with my own eyes”.


New Delhi: Asserting that terrorism was a threat to all its neighbours, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pitches for a coherent regional strategy to deal with the menace but indicated that his government may engage with Taliban under the constitutional framework.

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, who has seized on the farmers’ issue to attack the Government, today targets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, taking a dig at him for his frequent foreign travels and asking him to talk to farmers in India.

New Delhi: Intensifying its confrontation with the Delhi government on the alleged suicide of a farmer, Delhi Police has accused it of trying to delay the post mortem of the deceased and blamed AAP workers of instigating him to take the extreme step.


New Delhi: Amid increasing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Rim, the government today asserted that the strategic region was “critical” for India’s economic growth and it will ensure that “our littorals” are not used in a manner which is detrimental to national interests.

New Delhi: India says it will never “provoke” a conflict at the border with Pakistan but will not back off if there is any attack, asserting a befitting reply will be given.


Moga/New Delhi: The family of the teenaged girl, who got killed after being molested and thrown off a moving bus belonging to Punjab’s ruling Badal family, has refused to cremate her pending compensation and cancellation of the transport firm’s permit even as the incident triggered protests by opposition parties.

Banda (UP): Seeking to reassure farmers, government today says it will buy even the inferior quality wheat at support price and also give compensation to those whose crop has been affected upto to two hectres.

Moga(Pb): The father of Dalit teenage girl, who was killed after being pushed out of a moving bus two days ago, declined Punjab government’s compensation and job offer and sought an FIR against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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