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Digest of domestic news for week Feb 6- Feb 12, 2016


Lucknow/New Delhi: Government rubbishes as “false and baseless” the allegation of senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan, who plumbed new depths to claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Lahore at the residence of his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his Christmas Day visit.

Nowshera (LoC): Terror outfit ISIS does not have “very large footprint” in Jammu and Kashmir but care needs to be taken to ensure it does not make inroads, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda says and advocates an “Intelligence Operation” to prevent spreading of its ideology.

New Delhi: Eminent cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, who chronicled contemporary Indian politics with wit and humour, dies here after battling brain cancer for over two years.


Visakhapatnam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags the threat of sea-borne terror and piracy as two key challenges to maritime security even as he pitches for respecting freedom of navigation against the backdrop of South China sea dispute.

New Delhi: The 39 Indians taken hostage by ISIS more than one-and-a-half-years ago from Mosul in Iraq are alive, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tells their families, based on her recent meetings with Arab and Palestinian leaders who indicate to this effect.

Paradip (Odisha): Sharply criticising project delays of the past that lead to huge cost overruns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says a new work culture of conceiving and completing projects before time is needed to boost economic growth.

New Delhi: Reaching out to farmers, the government says it has decided to mark 60 per cent of expenditure under MGNREGA for agriculture and allied activities.

New Delhi: The Centre demands an independent probe into the attack on journalists in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, calling it condemnable.

New Delhi: Notwithstanding allegations of sexual harassment by a former colleague, TERI Chief R K Pachauri is appointed Executive Vice Chairman of the green body after new Director General Ajay Mathur takes over the charge from him.


Mumbai: Terror outfits LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen are given “financial” and “military” support by the ISI, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley says as he makes fresh revelations including about an aborted plan to target Indian defence scientists and famous Siddhivinayak temple here.

New Delhi: “Distressing” pollution levels in cities have “breached” people’s right to lead a healthy, happy and productive life, says President Pranab Mukherjee.


New Delhi: Ways to combat Islamic State threat and containing radicalism besides situation in war-ravaged Syria figures prominently when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calls on Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee yet again asks Governors to act within the framework of the Constitution and that “they must not only be fair but also be seen to be fair”.

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of a row over actions of Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Governors should work as catalytic agents in the states, speeding up and improving processes “without themselves becoming a part of them”.


New Delhi: Delhi Police registers a case of sedition in connection with an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and RSS’s student front ABVP.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses joy over historic detection of gravitational waves and lauded the role of Indian scientists in the project.

New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook pulls the plug on its controversy-ridden ‘Free Basics’ programme in India, days after telecom regulator Trai barred operators from charging discriminatory rates for Internet access based on content.

New Delhi: Siachen braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad dies due to multiple organ failure, after waging a grim battle for life for nine days.

Mumbai : Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley tells a special court that college girl Ishrat Jahan – who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat – was an operative of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

New Delhi: Former DU lecturer SAR Geelani has been booked for sedition in connection with an event here, in which a group shouted slogans hailing Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru with police today saying an “early arrest” is expected in the case.

New Delhi: JNU students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested in a sedition case over an event at the varsity’s campus against hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, sparking massive outrage among students and criticism from non-BJP parties which dubbed it as an “emergency-like” situation.

New Delhi:  Facing flak, TERI’s executive vice chairman R K Pachauri proceeds on leave from two other bodies — TERI and its governing council, which also appointed former Competition Commission chief Ashok Chawla as the new chairman in an apparent damage control measure.

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