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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 13- Feb 20, 2016


New Delhi : The raging JNU row turns into an ideological battle between the BJP and its Left opponents, with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi lending them support and comparing the Modi government with Hitler’s regime.

Mumbai: Promising stable and predictable tax regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says this was the best time to invest in India as the government carries reforms including setting up a company law tribunal and effective IPR regime.

New Delhi: Reacting strongly, India summons US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey its “displeasure and disappointment” over Obama administration’s decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.


Mumbai: A massive fire engulfs the stage at a cultural event held at Girgaum Chowpatty seafront here where a string of film celebrities and political leaders are present as part of the high-profile ‘Make in India’ investment meet but there were no casualties.

New Delhi: Carrying the burden of huge expectations, the Arvind Kejriwal government announces waiving pending water bills till November last as it completed one year in office, a period marked by repeated run-ins with the Lt Governor and the Centre.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh unleashes a political storm with a claim that an event at JNU to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had received “support” from LeT founder Hafiz Saeed amid an escalating showdown over the crisis at the varsity.


Jammu/New Delhi: Adopting a reconciliatory tone after weeks of tough-talk, PDP says it has not demanded any confidence-building measures (CBMs) from its ally BJP as a pre-condition for government formation which will take “some time”.

New Delhi: Violence breaks out in the Patiala House court complex when groups of lawyers thrash journalists and students and teachers of JNU while the political slugfest over the arrest of the university’s student leader snowballed with BJP chief Amit Shah targeting Rahul and Sonia Gandhi on the issue.

New Delhi: Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, currently Dean of Faculty of Legal Studies at South Asian University, is appointed Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, a position which saw much controversy during the term of his predecessor Dinesh Singh.

New Delhi: Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K Meena, who had been at the loggerheads with the Arvind Kejriwal government, is transferred along with 14 senior Delhi Police officials in a major reshuffle.

New Delhi: The BJP and its allies make gains in the Assembly bye-elections winning seven of the 12 seats in eight states when the party inflicted blows on ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and Congress in Karnataka.


New Delhi: Leading gun-maker BAE Systems announces selection of Mahindra as its India partner for the nearly USD 700 million deal for the supply of 145 M777 howitzers to the Indian army, the first new artillery guns after the Bofors scandal.

Bhubaneswar: Four absconding SIMI activists, who escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh in 2013 and were since then allegedly involved in a series of terror incidents in multiple states, are arrested from Rourkela.

Kolkata: A day after pro-Afzal Guru slogans are raised in Jadavpur University (JU), posters calling for ‘freedom’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland are found in the campus even as two rival groups of students bring out rallies in the varsity premises.


Chandigarh: Violence breaks out during Jat agitation for quota in Rohtak leaving at least 15 persons injured even as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar convenes an all-party meet tomorrow to find a way out of the impasse.

Lucknow: Wooing dalits ahead of the 2017 UP Assembly polls, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi says it wants to develop a young Dalit leadership in all states and attacked BSP supremo Mayawati for not “encouraging Dalit leadership” to keep a “firm grip on power”.

New Delhi: In an unprecedented show of solidarity, thousands of students along with scholars, academics and the intelligentsia hit the streets of the capital decrying the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar over charges of sedition and demanding his immediate release.

Surajkund (Har): The national flag is set to fly  atop a 207-ft tall flag mast on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities “prominently and proudly” to signify a “strong India”, a resolution adopted at a meeting of their Vice Chancellors with HRD Minister Smriti Irani.


New Delhi: India and Bhutan talks on key bilateral and regional issues including implementation of India-assisted development projects in hydro power and other sectors in the Buddhist nation.

Itanagar: Dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul is sworn in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after more than two months of political crisis, shortly after the Supreme Court paves the way for government-formation and President’s rule is lifted from the state.

Rohtak (Haryana): Army is called in nine districts of Haryana and curfew imposed in two districts along with shoot-at-sight orders after one person dies and 25 injured during the Jat stir for quota which turned violent with mobs resorting to widespread arson.

New Delhi: Scores of lawyers, including Vikram Singh Chauhan and others who beat up journalists and JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar in a Delhi court complex, take out a protest march here against those indulging in “anti-national” acts.

 New Delhi: Dropping controversial Delhi Police chief B S Bassi from the list of contenders, three former bureaucrats are chosen Commissioners in Central Information Commission by a selection panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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