Digest of domestic news for week Jan 2 – Jan 8, 2016
New Delhi: Veteran Communist Party of India leader A B Bardhan, who steered the party during the turbulent period of coalition politics at national level in 1990s, died here tonight after prolonged illness.
Pathankot (Punjab): Heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists today attempted to storm the Air Force base here, triggering a day-long gunbattle in which three securitymen and four infiltrators were killed, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stopover in Lahore.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight reviews the situation arising out of the terror attack at Pathankot air force base and is believed to have discussed with top officials its ramifications on ties with Pakistan.
New Delhi: Two Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were suspected to have sneaked into the national capital and were planning high-profile attacks, including taking hostages, following which security was today stepped up in the city, a day after the Pathankot Air Base strike by the same Pakistan-based outfit.
New Delhi: A Supreme Court-appointed panel today recommends legalising betting with strong safeguards and criminalising match and spot fixing in cricket to ensure transparency in the game.
New Delhi: Juveniles of 16 years of age and above can now be tried as adults if they commit heinous offences like rape and murder as President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to an Act in this regard.
New Delhi: Over 1,200 motorists were fined for flouting odd-even norms today — the first full-fledged working day after roll out of the scheme — leaving public transport packed to the capacity even as Delhi government claimed the vehicular restrictions passed the “litmus test”.
Imphal/Guwahati: At least nine persons were killed and over 100 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake epicentred in Manipur today struck the northeastern and eastern regions, damaging buildings and sparking panic that sent people scampering out of their homes.
Pathankot: Bringing the curtains down on Day 4, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said all six terrorists at the Pathankot air base have been killed but admitted to “some gaps” in security that led to the terror attack in which some “Pakistan-made material” have been used.
New Delhi: CBI has taken over investigations in the four-year old murder case of senior journalist J Dey in Mumbai, making it first of the 71 cases, referred to it by Maharashtra Government against gangster Chhota Rajan, to be probed by it.
New Delhi: In a bid to create jobs and promote entrepreneurship, the Cabinet today approved Rs 8,000-crore funds that will stand guarantee for loans to new ventures and also announced ‘Stand up India’ scheme for credit facilities to SC, ST and women entrepreneurs at lower rates.
New Delhi: In a far-reaching reform initiative, Delhi government today scraps management and all other quotas except for the Economically Weaker Sections in private schools for nursery admissions, putting 75 per cent of total seats in the open.
New Delhi: In a major step to curb vehicular pollution, India will leapfrog directly from Euro IV emission norms for petrol and diesel to Euro VI standards and the oil PSUs will invest Rs 28,750 crore for the transition.
New Delhi: Putting the ball squarely in Pakistan’s court, India today linked the Foreign Secretary-level talks to Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action in the Pathankot terror attack for which it has provided “actionable intelligence”.
Gurdaspur: Punjab’s border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot remained on high alert and security forces conducted extensive search operations for the second day today in the wake of suspicion that some terrorists had sneaked in to carry out an attack.
New Delhi/Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who crafted an impossible coalition with BJP in the Muslim-majority state, died today and just hours later his party PDP chose his daughter Mehbooba Mufti as his successor.
New Delhi/Chennai: The four-year-old ban on holding of controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu was lifted today in poll-bound Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, angering animal rights activists who said it is cruel and abusive and vowed to move the Supreme Court against it.
New Delhi: In a first, French soldiers will march down the Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops in the presence of President Francois Hollande who is the chief guest for this year’s celebrations.
New Delhi: The Centre has declared as “unconstitutional and illegal” setting up of a Commission of Inquiry into the DDCA affairs by Delhi Government, triggering a fresh round of confrontation with the AAP dispensation as a defiant Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted that the probe will go ahead.