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Digest of domestic news for week Jan 30- Feb 6, 2016


New Delhi: A six-year-old student of a prominent private school in South Delhi is found dead in a water tank under the school’s amphitheatre triggering demands for cancellation of its licence even as Delhi government orders a magisterial probe into the case.

Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: Kerala Excise Minister K Babu, who had quit in the wake of vigilance court directing filing of FIR against him in the Bar bribery case, withdraws his resignation soon after he got the full backing of the ruling Congress-led UDF.

Kakinada/Vijayawada/Hyderabad: At least 15 policemen are injured when a stir by Kapu community members seeking reservation under Backward Class category turns violent as the agitators went on rampage, set four coaches of Ratnachal Express on fire at Tuni station and blocks the national highway-16 in East Godavari district

Amritsar: A controversy erupts over whether Canada’s Ontario province Premier Kathleen Wynne was presented a Siropa when she visited the Golden temple here, with SGPC authorities denying extending such an honour, while the Canadian High Commission releases a photograph of her with the traditional Sikh robe.

New Delhi: Delhi Ministers, AAP MLAs and hundreds of party workers hit the streets to clear the garbage dumps in several areas of the capital as the strike by over 60,000 sanitation workers of BJP-ruled municipal bodies demanding payment of their dues entered the fifth day.


Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrests former MP Samir Bhujbal, nephew of NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, in a money laundering case in Mumbai after the agency conducts multiple searches in connection with its probe against Bhujbals and others.

Mumbai: A college picnic to a coast of the Arabian Sea turns tragic for a group of students from Pune as 14 of them drowned off the popular Murud-Janjira beach in adjoining Raigad district.

New Delhi: India and Afghanistan ink a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats following Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi where they discussed ways to further deepen the strategic partnership, both in the bilateral and regional context.


Coimbatore: Ruling out scrapping reservation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a veiled attack on Congress saying a “campaign of lies” has been let loose on the issue of dalits under a “deliberate conspiracy” to disintegrate the country.

New Delhi/Karachi: Actor Anupam Kher is denied visa by the Pakistan government to attend the Karachi literary festival, prompting him to suggest that the decision may have been influenced by his stand on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits and his support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: A day after WHO declares emergency over the “explosive” spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Centre issues detailed guidelines for combating the disease, including a travel advisory that asks pregnant women to either defer or cancel their travel to the affected areas.


Bengaluru/New Delhi: A Tanzanian woman student is allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car here, prompting the authorities of the East African country to raise the matter with the Indian government.

New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Balram Jakhar, a former Lok Sabha Speaker and Agriculture Minister at the Centre, dies here after battling ailments for over the last six months.


New Delhi: In a significant move aimed at putting an end to the contentious nuclear liability issue and assuage suppliers’ concerns, India ratifies the convention of Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, marking an important step in addressing matters related to civil nuclear liabilities.
Jammu: The 10 Army personnel, including an officer, who were buried under a mass of snow after being hit by an avalanche at a high-altitude post on Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, have died.


Ahmedabad/New Delhi: A decision by Gujarat government to allot land five years back to a company  which allegedly has close business links with Anar Patel, daughter of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, kicks up a political storm with Congress using it to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari returns here after wrapping up a five-day tour of Brunei and Thailand during which he held talks with the top leadership of the two countries on the entire gamut of issues including connectivity, maritime security and terrorism.

New Delhi: A controversy erupts over Jet Airways suspending five cabin crew members after singer Sonu Nigam was allowed to use the public address system on a chartered flight to belt out Bollywood numbers with the action being slammed by him as “Real Intolerance”.

Dibrugarh: Seeking to create more jobs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for value-addition of natural resources and creation of ancillary units that will help reduce imports as well as generate employment.

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