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Digest of domestic news for week Dec 26, 2015 – Jan 1, 2016


Lucknow: Welcoming the surprise meeting between the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers in Lahore, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today hailed Narendra Modi as the “harbinger of innovative diplomacy” as he drew parallels between him and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Gandhidham (Guj): A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise Lahore visit, BJP veteran L K Advani today said Modi and other leaders in government should work to carry forward Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative for improving Indo-Pak ties and get rid of problem of terrorism.


New Delhi: Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad today rejected suggestions that he raised the DDCA issue in the Lok Sabha on the “instructions” of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and said he had only supported his party in its fight against corruption.

New Delhi: Continuing its attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the AAP today accused him of “running away” from probe and challenged him to face an inquiry by an independent agency into charges of corruption in Delhi’s cricket body, DDCA.

New Delhi: Rolling out GST, rationalising direct taxes and ensuring further ease of doing business will be at the top of his agenda in the New Year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today and also promised more money into physical and social infrastructure in 2016.

Srinagar: The moderate separatist group in Jammu and Kashmir today urged the top political brass of India and Pakistan to ensure that “rabble-rousers” in both countries are not allowed to vitiate the “atmosphere of peace” emerging after the recent thaw in Indo-Pak relations.


New Delhi: AAP today slammed BJP for giving a “clean chit” to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) irregularities case and asked how he could plead innocence when there was an ongoing CBI inquiry in the case.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India attaches high importance to its relations with Iran and expressed keenness to further strengthen ties with it, including in the areas of trade, investment, oil and gas, connectivity and port development.

Mumbai/New Delhi: Articles in a Congress mouthpiece questioning Jawaharlal Nehru’s Kashmir and China policy and calling Sonia Gandhi’s father a “fascist soldier” today left the party squirming in embarrassment, forcing its editor Sanjay Nirupam to apologize and sack its editorial content in-charge.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the working of the department handling litigation on behalf of the central government in the Supreme Court amid complaints that law officers often fail to get files relating to their cases on time.

Hajipur/Patna: An engineer was found murdered in Bihar Vaishali district today, the second such incident in four days after two engineers were shot dead in broad daylight in Darbhanga for apparently defying extortionists’ demand for protection money.

New Delhi: Underlining that financial inclusion is the government’s core focus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said banks have given loans worth Rs 50,000 crore to small entrepreneurs under the MUDRA Yojana.


New Delhi: Two senior civil service officers of the Home Department have been suspended by the AAP government for refusing to sign on a Cabinet decision file, following which around 200 DANICS-cadre officers have threatened to go on mass leave tomorrow in solidarity.

New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai today extended the last date for receiving comments on its paper on differential data pricing – a key aspect of the raging debate on net neutrality – by about a week to January 7.

New Delhi: Hitting back at Congress party’s Trinity remarks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Gods don’t vote in Parliament, and GST will happen as the strength of main opposition party is “shrinking” in the Rajya Sabha.


New Delhi: Over 250 senior bureaucrats of Delhi Government today went on a mass leave protesting suspension of two officials, an action declared void by the Centre as the AAP dispensation explored “all options” against them and accused the Lt Governor of instigating them at the behest of PMO.

New Delhi/Noida: The decision to abolish interviews for Class-III and IV government jobs will come into effect tomorrow, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today describing it as a “New Year Gift”  which will “free the youth from corruption”.

New Delhi: BJP today slapped a show-cause notice on its suspended MP Kirti Azad, asking him to explain within 10 days why he should not be expelled from the party for “indiscipline” and “anti-party” activities.

New Delhi: Food items in Parliament canteen will be much dearer from tomorrow, with the rates being hiked in varying degrees in view of controversies over the items being served there at subsidised rates.


New Delhi: The controversy-ridden censor board appears headed for far-reaching changes with the government today constituting a panel, headed by noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal, to suggest a paradigm in which artistic freedom is not stifled.

New Delhi: Pakistan-born singer Adnan Sami today got Indian citizenship, calling it a “new birth” and a “beautiful gift”, as he waded into the intolerance debate, saying there is no such trend in the country.

New Delhi: India and Pakistan today exchanged for the 25th consecutive year a list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral agreement that bars them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.

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