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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 21-Feb 27, 2015


Kolkata: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen rules out reconsidering his decision not to seek a second term as Chancellor of Nalanda University since that would require a change in the position of the government on the academic independence of Nalanda University.

New Delhi: Swine flu claims 31 more lives raising the number of dead to 774 and people affected by it inching closer to 13,000 even as the Government asks state drug controllers to ensure that chemist shops display prominently availability of medicines for its treatment.

New Delhi: A key accused in the corporate espionage case claims that it was a Rs 10,000 crore scam that he was trying to uncover as police said documents seized from corporate executives related to “national security” that can attract Official Secrets Act provision.

Mumbai: In yet another naval accident, the periscope of submarine INS Sindhughosh is damaged when a fishing vessel hit it while a naval exercise was being held off the Mumbai coast.

Patna: JD-U leader Nitish Kumar returns as the Chief Minister of Bihar, nine months after he resigned, ending days of political drama following a bitter power struggle with Jitan Ram Manjhi who held the reins in between.

Kolkata/New Delhi: Businessman and film producer Shibaji Panja, who was part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s delegation that visited Bangladesh, is today arrested at the airport in Kolkata in connection with a fraud case.

New Delhi: Eight months after his abduction in Afghanistan, Indian Christian priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar is released safely and arrangements are being made to reunite him with his family at the earliest.

New Delhi: Facing opposition pressure in Rajya Sabha, Government indicates that it was open to look into concerns of farmers over the land acquisition ordinance, amidst expectations that provisions in the bill to replace it could be amended to accommodate critics.

New Delhi: The censor board is understood to have put on hold its list of 28 “objectionable” and “abusive” words it said would be banned after the move created a controversy and met with stiff opposition.

New Delhi: Anna Hazare, who shook the UPA government three years ago with his anti-corruption crusade, was back in the national capital on a two-day dharna in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will join to protest against Modi government’s land ordinance, accusing it of being pro-corporate.

New Delhi: Delhi Police busts another module allegedly involved in leaking confidential documents from Coal and Power ministries with the arrest of an energy consultant and detention of at least six more in the corporate espionage case.


Gaya (Bihar): Two CRPF jawans are killed and 10 injured, five of them critically, when Maoists blow up a mini-bus carrying them in Gaya district.

New Delhi: Opposition from within grows over the land acquisition law with key ally Shiv Sena opposing the Bill in its present form while government indicated that there could be amendments to accommodate concerns of farmers. http://eprahaar.in/livecricketscore

New Delhi: French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian holds talks here with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar to salvage the multi-billion Rafale contract.


New Delhi: Government gives signals of making changes in the controversial Land Bill to accommodate farmers’ interest as yet another NDA constituent LJP joined others in expressing reservations over the provisions of the legislation.

New Delhi: AAP government announces a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households that would cost the exchequer around Rs 1,670 crore annual

New Delhi: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu prescribes market borrowings, public-private partnerships and monetising assets to garner Rs 8.5 lakh crore worth resources over the next five years, even as he ruled out “privatisation”.

New Delhi: With yet another ally Apna Dal expressing reservations over the new land bill, government says it was open to considering suggestions in farmers interest but accused Congress and other parties of attempting to project industry and infrastructure in bad light.

New Delhi: The corporate espionage trail deepens with the Delhi Police arresting two officials of Environment  Ministry and UPSC even as investigators said that no official documents have been stolen from these two organisations.

New Delhi: The Railway Budget hikes freight rates on cement, coal, foodgrain and pulses, urea, kerosene and LPG by up to 10 per cent to mop up an additional Rs 4,000 crore a year but spared passengers from any raise in fares while ruling out privatisation.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government would not deviate from the path of unearthing black money stashed abroad and “no one would be spared” in this regard.

New Delhi: Prime Minister breaks his silence in Parliament to denounce communalism and to assert his government stood for prospering of all religions while he offered to make changes if necessary in the land bill in farmers’ interest.

New Delhi/Mumbai: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is at the centre of a controversy over reports that he and his family spent two nights on a luxury yacht owned by Essar group in the waters of French Riviera in July, 2013 on which a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court.

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