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Digest of domestic news for week Dec 12 – Dec 18, 2015


Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe attended the spectacular sunset Ganga Aarti at the fabled Dashashwamedh Ghat here today, marking a new chapter in traditional cultural ties between the two countries.

New Delhi: As both countries “in principle” agreed for cooperation in civil nuclear energy, Japan today cautions India that it will be “quite natural” for it to review its cooperation if New Delhi goes for a nuclear test.

New Delhi: A USD 12-billion deal for India’s first ever bullet train network, an MoU on civil nuclear energy cooperation and sharing defence technology were among key agreements India and Japan today seals to take forward their special strategic and global partnership to a new height.


New Delhi: With less than two days to go for the release of the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape case, the victim’s parents today fear that he might be a “threat to society” and demanded that his mental condition be assessed before setting him free.

Kolkata: Underlining the pluralistic nature of India, President Pranab Mukherjee today says that the social fabric of our country would remain strong if every individual can live without “fear and prejudice”.

Mumbai: Ailing legendary actor Dilip Kumar, known as the “tragedy king of Bollywood”, was today presented the Padma Vibhushan by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the thespian’s residence in suburban Bandra for his contribution to the Hindi cinema spanning over six decade.


New Delhi: A case of death due to negligence has been lodged by police probing loss of life of a toddler in a West Delhi slum cluster demolished by railways even as political slugfest over it intensified today with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserting that no such razing will be allowed without rehabilitation.


Kochi: An impressive array of warships, including nuclear capable submarines, and about 8000 men and officers of Indian Navy presented an exquisite display of operational capabilities in an exercise reviewed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi off the Kochi coast in Kerala today.


New Delhi: The CBI seized files containing “cabinet decisions” during its day-long raid, the Delhi government alleges today with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claiming that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised, drawing a rebuttal by the agency and the Centre.

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Two suspected operatives of al Qaeda have been arrested in the national capital and Odisha and Delhi Police today claims to have busted a module of the terror group’s Indian sub-continent wing operating out of the country.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares with US President Barack Obama the concerns of Indian IT industry and professionals on the proposed legislation in the US Congress relating to popular H 1B and L1 visas.


New Delhi: India today says the date and venue for next month’s meeting between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries are yet to be finalised and asserted that all bilateral issues are to be addressed mutually between the two countries.

Itanagar: In a bizarre turn of events, Opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs today got together in a local hotel to “vote out” Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and to “elect” a rebel Congress MLA in his place but the Gauhati High Court intervened to keep in “abeyance” decisions taken at the rebel “session”.

New Delhi: India and five other South Asian nations have endorsed a joint declaration to not only limit overall private funding to political parties but also to clamp down on existing “loopholes” governing political finance in their respective jurisdictions.


New Delhi: An all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today fails to bring a consensus on the passage of the GST bill, but members of the Upper House decided to pass six other pending bills in the remaining period of three days of the Winter Session.

Kolkata: Mother Teresa, the Nobel Laureate who spent 45 years serving the poor and sick on the streets of Kolkata, will be made a Saint of Roman Catholic Church after Pope Francis recognises a second medical miracle of the late nun to clear the decks for her elevation.

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