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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 20 – Feb 26, 2016


Raipur: Three unidentified men allegedly hurl acid like chemical on tribal activist and Aam Adami Party (AAP) leader Soni Sori in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Dantewada district.

New Delhi: Staring at a serious water crisis, Delhi government moves the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Centre to intervene and ensure water supply to the national capital from Munak Canal in neighbouring Haryana which has been affected due to the Jat stir.

New Delhi: India conveys to Nepal that success of its new Constitution will depend on resolution of contentious issues through “consensus and dialogue” in a time-bound manner as both sides hold extensive talks with focus on repairing ties soured in the wake of a four-month-long agitation by the Indian-origin Madhesi community.


New Delhi: Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli says he is fully satisfied with the outcome of his talks with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and that all misunderstandings with India in the last few months have been removed.

Srinagar: Striking a tone different from optimistic ally BJP, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti says “only time can tell” if the two parties form government as she would move ahead only when convinced that “dreams” of her late father Mufti Sayeed for Jammu and Kashmir can be fulfilled.

Bargarh (Odisha): Slamming critical NGOs and black-marketeers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses them of conspiring to destabilise his government and “defame” him and asserts that he will carry on with his work without bowing to any machinations.


Chandigarh: Haryana government announces full compensation for damage caused to private properties as well as ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the 19 killed in the Jat agitation for reservation.

New Delhi: Pitching for a greater role for India in Asia Pacific, US Ambassador to New Delhi Richard Verma hopes navy vessels of the two countries “steaming together” will become a common and welcome sight in Indo-Pacific waters in “not too” distant future.

New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, named by India as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, has been under “protective custody” since January 14, says Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz.


New Delhi: Under attack for arresting JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi defends the action saying doing away with the provision of sedition would be “unjust” and for the interest of the nation it should not be diluted.

Alwar: Amidst the raging JNU row, a BJP MLA stokes a fresh controversy alleging that the premier university is a hub of sex and drugs where over 3,000 used condoms and 2,000 liquor bottles are daily found.

 New Delhi: As the budget session commences, President Pranab Mukherjee hits out at the frequent disruption and obstruction of Parliament and urges MPs to function in a spirit of cooperation, asserting that it reflects the supreme will of the people.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks IAS officers to keep in mind the welfare of the poorest of the poor people while taking decisions as they are in “service” and not “jobs”.


New Delhi: Vikram Singh Chauhan, the face of two brazen attacks on journalists and JNU students and teachers at the Patiala court complex here last week, is arrested in connection with the assaults.

Hisar (Har): Twenty eight people have been killed during the Jat quota agitation in Haryana, Director General of Police Yashapl Singhal says, while maintaining that the situation is fast returning to normalcy and no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere.

New Delhi: Government says there has not been any meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen (retd) Naseer Khan Janjua in Paris after the Pathankot attack in January.


New Delhi/London: In a sweetheart deal, flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya quits as Chairman of United Spirits after its new majority owner Diageo agrees to pay Rs 515 crore and absolve him of all liabilities over alleged financial lapses at the company founded by his family.

New Delhi: The government makes it clear that it has no plans to take the services of retired judges to run courtrooms despite mounting pendency of cases and a large number of vacancies in the judiciary.

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu desists from raising fares and freight rates in his second budget but promises to cut cost and exploit new sources of revenue beyond tariff as he announces three new superfast trains and completion of three freight corridors by 2019.


New Delhi: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram expresses serious concern over the “deep polarisation” that is prevalent in the country now and the way debate has come to be framed on communal and other lines.

New Delhi: Around 22 people present at the flashpoint JNU event, including some outsiders, have been identified after the joint interrogation of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya conducted at a south Delhi police station.

New Delhi: Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s mother launches a no holds barred attack on HRD Minister Smriti Irani, accusing her of resorting to “blatant lies” while talking in Parliament about her son’s suicide and that “life imprisonment” will not be enough for her and others “responsible” for his death.

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