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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 28- Mar 6, 2015


New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tables a copy of the Union Budget for 2015-16 in the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley laid on the table, a statement (in English and Hindi) of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Government, for the year 2015-16.

New Delhi: Describing the budget as “progressive” and “pragmatic”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it is “pro-poor” and “pro-growth”, providing opportunity to move to new heights while assuring foreign investors about predictable and fair tax system.

New Delhi: Former TERI chief R K Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges, has resigned from the prestigious Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, which has been accepted.


Jammu: PDP veteran Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir heading a coalition with BJP which, in a clear departure from its earlier stand, agreed to maintain status quo on Article 370 in the common agenda for governance.

Jammu/New Delhi: The PDP-BJP coalition government got off to a controversial start with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed saying that credit for smooth conduct of J-K assembly polls must be given to “people from across the border” only to be contradicted by BJP central leadership which says it was due to efforts of the Election Commission and the security forces.

New Delhi: Government discloses that it will offer a “window” to Indians holding black money in foreign bank accounts to come clean but categorically ruled out any amnesty
scheme for them.


Chennai: Veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya returns as the BCCI President after being unanimously elected at the Board’s Annual General Meeting but the N Srinivasan camp suffered a setback when rival faction’s Anurag Thakur edged out Sanjay Patel for the Secretary’s position here.

New Delhi/Kochi: The Centre cut short by seven months veteran Malayalam writer A Sethumadhavan’s term as National Book Trust chairman and appointed a former editor of RSS’ mouthpiece in his place.

New Delhi: The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will stay as Union Home Ministry has rejected an official Committee recommendation for repeal of the Act.

New Delhi: Railways launches a mobile phone App and also an online portal with a view to providing customers with “an effective forum to lodge complaints”.


Jammu: Major portfolios like Home, Finance and Education were allocated to PDP ministers by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who will himself hold the charge of Home Ministry.


New Delhi: The government launches a contest for taking suggestions from the public to develop a mobile application for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

New Delhi: Seeking to encourage public participation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, government cleared certain enabling provisions for a fund to facilitate channelling of money from individuals and companies for the programme.

New Delhi: Senior AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, who were on a collision course with party Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, were dropped from the Political Affairs Committee of the party, bringing out in the open internal power struggle.


New Delhi: Tihar authorities issues a legal notice to BBC and the producers of the controversial documentary on the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape saying that its makers violated the conditions of permission to shoot and they should stop its broadcast.

New Delhi: An upset government serves a legal notice on BBC over broadcast of controversial interview of Delhi gangrape convict and says YouTube had removed the video even as it instructed telecom operators to ensure that it is not available to their subscribers.

Kurukshetra/Ambala: A Jaguar aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashes in agricultural fields near Shahbad town with the pilot ejecting safely from the plane, which eyewitnesses claimed narrowly missed a school building as it fell to the ground.


New Delhi: Swine flu has claimed another 50 lives in the country taking the death toll to 1,289 while close to 24,000 people had contracted the contagious disease, according to the government.

New Delhi: The Centre sought a report from Nagaland on the lynching of a rape accused by a mob in Dimapur and put neighbouring Assam on high alert in the wake of the incident.

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