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Digest of domestic news for week Jan 7- Jan 13, 2015

New Delhi: A record 67.14 per cent turnout is registered in the fiercely fought Delhi assembly polls where BJP and AAP are locked in a blockbuster fight, outcome of which may have ramifications on the national political scenario.

Patna: Rumblings within ruling JD(U) takes a new turn with an overwhelming majority of the party MLAs electing Nitish Kumar as their leader to replace rebel Jitan Ram Manjhi as Chief Minister who made an unsuccessful bid to recommend dissolution of the Assembly.

New Delhi: Downplaying the exit poll results that have projected a majority for AAP in Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP holds a review meeting and expresses confidence of forming a government.

New Delhi: Citing the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school, President Pranab Mukherjee says international community must assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims.

New Delhi: Exhorting Chief Ministers to bury differences to help India achieve high growth and create jobs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises more funds to states with greater powers on their utilisattion, even as he asked them to address issues delaying projects.

New Delhi: President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both the leaders hold wide-ranging discussions on enhancing bilateral relations in diverse areas as well as broadening cooperation in fighting terrorism among other issues.

New Delhi: With a fresh list of black money holders abroad making waves, Government says it will probe all the new cases and take the assistance of a whistle blower to get all the names of Indians with HSBC accounts in Switzerland and other places, even as the SIT decided to widen its probe.

New Delhi/Patna: With the Bihar stand-off continuing, former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar brings to battle to Delhi with 130 MLAs who support his claim to form a new government and whom he wants to present before President Pranab Mukherjee to show he enjoys majority support.

New Delhi: Halting the Modi juggernaut, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) scores a landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly election by snatching 67 of the 70 seats after steamrolling BJP leaving it with only three seats and decimating Congress which drew a blank.

New Delhi: BJP accuses Nitish Kumar of indulging in “horse trading” in his bid to become the chief minister of Bihar and claimed he has no faith in constitutional authorities or his own MLAs.

New Delhi: JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar takes the political battle in Bihar to President Pranab Mukherjee, parading about 130 MLAs supporting him, and later says Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi can be asked to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly but in a “minimal time.”

New Delhi: Amid political standoff in Bihar, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar meets President Pranab Mukherjee claiming support of 130 MLAs and urged him to advise the Governor to take an immediate decision claiming that any delay will pollute the atmosphere in the state and encourage “horse trading”.

New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is quizzed for nearly seven hours, spread over two rounds including for two hours late in the night by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Delhi Police in connection with the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar during which he faced tough questions mainly on IPL controversy.
New Delhi: Twenty-four people, including a Swiss woman, dies of swine flu in four states while several fresh cases of the contagious disease which has claimed nearly 450 lives this year were reported.
New Delhi: An open war breaks out in Congress over its whitewash in Delhi elections with Sheila Dikshit attacking party’s face in the polls Ajay Maken, forcing party President Sonia Gandhi to intervene to douse the fire by asking them not to squabble in public.

New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor submits to the SIT some computer data–which included emails and other information in digital form–pertaining to the communication he had with various individuals and authorities before and after the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda.
New Delhi: The censor board has issued a list of “objectionable” and “abusive” words which will be banned in films, while also asking film-makers to use ‘Mumbai’ and not Bombay.

New Delhi: In an ice-breaking move after a six-month hiatus in Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after which it was announced that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit Islamabad when he will “push bilateral agenda”.

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