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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 14 – Feb 20, 2015

Pune: Rolling out the red carpet for global investors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for the ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign and assured a predictable policy regime for business.

New Delhi: Capping a momentous election victory journey, Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as Delhi Chief Minister along with six other ministers, and, in a first, decided not to keep any portfolio with himself.

Srinagar: The US is behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reaching out to Pakistan yesterday with his decision to send Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad, according to Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign Affairs Advisor.

New Delhi: In his maiden foreign trip after assuming office, Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena arrived on a four-day visit seeking a new beginning in bilateral ties that took a hit during the rule of his predecessor.

New Delhi: To bridge the energy deficit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for making renewable sources like solar and wind power affordable, even as he asserted that this green energy push was not to impress the world.

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon during which they reviewed the developmental projects in the island nation and also the possible agenda for a likely visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi there.

New Delhi: Unaffected by the swirling political controversies and scams, the Trinamool Congress established its supremacy in West Bengal by retaining both Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj assembly seats with handsome margins while the ruling parties in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh won an assembly by-election each respectively.

New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement which is seen as an effort by New Delhi to counter growing Chinese influence in the island nation.

New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the recent church attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government will not allow any religious group to incite hatred and will strongly act against any religious violence.

Kolkata: The Prime Minister has no power to declassify secret files relating to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister’s Office has clarified in an RTI reply.

Bengaluru: Making a strong pitch to end India’s dependence on defence imports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises a conducive environment for manufacturers, including a discrimination-free tax system, and asks foreign firms not to be just “sellers” but “strategic partners”.

New Delhi: The European Union pitches for India’s engagement to resolve the Ukraine crisis, saying it can use its privileged relations with Russia to persuade the country to abide by international laws as well as the ceasefire agreement.

Surat: A Surat-based textile businessmen bid a whopping Rs 1.21 crore in an auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial pinstripe monogrammed bandhgala suit that he wore during US President Barack Obama’s visit to India last month.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet approves amendment to the Citizenship Act, paving the way for its introduction in the budget session of parliament begining next week.

Suratgarh (Raj): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a Soil Health Card scheme, under which the Centre plans to target over 14 crore farmers in the next three years to check the excess use of fertilisers.

New Delhi: On his maiden visit to India, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the two countries had “behind the scenes” security relationship, as he offered to share technology and expertise in Defence sector.


New Delhi: The Coast Guard orders a “board of inquiry” against its North West Region Chief of Staff DIG B K Loshali after finding his reply “unsatisfactory” to a showcause notice on his remarks that he had ordered blowing up of a Pakistani boat.

New Delhi: Swine flu deaths in the country continued unabated with 40 more people perishing as the toll reached 743 and the number of H1N1 cases inched towards the 12000 mark even as the government orders additional testing kits and Oseltamivir drugs to tackle the virus.

New Delhi: Five senior executives from top energy firms and two consultants were among seven more people arrested in the sensational corporate espionage scandal in which classified documents including an input for upcoming Finance Minister’s budget speech were allegedly leaked.

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