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Digest of domestic news for week Jan 9 – Jan 15, 2016


Srinagar/New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir is placed under Governor’s rule with the process of new government formation following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed taking some time.
Pathankot: Accompanied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Pathankot air base and voices satisfaction over the counter offensive mounted by the security forces to eliminate the perpetrators.

New Delhi: Government is considering giving Aadhaar cards to Non-Resident Indians and a decision on it will be taken soon, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says while inviting the diaspora community to actively participate in India’s growth story.

New Delhi: Amid the intolerance debate in the country, Vice President Hamid Ansari says there is “intolerance of criticism and questioning” resulting from irrational faiths and beliefs which are based on unscientific prejudices.

Mumbai: Against the backdrop of ‘intolerance’ debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says said rashtra dharma’ is above all religions and that India’s contribution to the world is not communalism but spiritualism, regarding which he invoked former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Vishakhapatnam: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the government would continue with the reforms, which it failed to pursue in the recent months, with “single-minded focus” to increase investment and growth.

New Delhi: With his thrust on “transformative change”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets up eight groups of Secretaries for focussed attention on areas like ‘Good governance’, inclusive growth, employment generation, education and health, Swachch Bharat and energy efficiency.

 Srinagar: As suspense mounts over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah rules out the party’s unilateral support to PDP from outside in any new dispensation with Congress backing.

New Delhi: Delhi government-appointee DDCA probe panel chief Chetan Sanghi has informed the Centre that he was under “pressure” from various “stakeholders” for naming some individuals, including a “certain VIP”, in his report on the affairs of the cricket body.


Srinagar/Jammu: Ending suspense of days, PDP and BJP says their coalition will continue on the basis of understanding reached last year but gave no timeframe for formation of the new government in Jammu and Kashmir, which is set to be headed by Mehbooba Mufti.

Raipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks people to respect each other’s traditions and views, saying its absence can obstruct development.


Kaithal/Fatehabad (Har): Comedian Kiku Sharda, is arrested by Haryana police on a complaint  alleging he hurt religious sentiments by mocking Dera Sacha  Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

New Delhi: Syria said it received “positive response” from India to its requests on intelligence sharing and economic aid especially in terms of food grains and medicines as worn-torn country battles terrorism on one side and sanctions imposed by the West on the other.

New Delhi: India says it has received no confirmation of detention of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar despite widespread reports of his having been apprehended in connection with the Pathankot attack of which he is suspected to be the mastermind.


New Delhi: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan and director Gautam Ghosh have been included in the Shyam Benegal committee set up by the government to holistically look into the functioning of controversy ridden Censor Board making it a six-member body.

New Delhi: Lamenting the special attention to royal families and rulers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it was a “deliberate conspiracy” to keep the country in shackles of slavery and highlighted how even people considered “small” can change history.

New Delhi: In well-coordinated moves, India and Pakistan have ensured that the Pathankot terror attack does not derail their engagement by mutually agreeing to a short deferment of Foreign Secretary-level talks and India giving the go-ahead to the visit of a Pakistan SIT.


New Delhi: On the eve of the launch of ‘Start-Up’ campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee says India has “woken up” too late on it and owned up responsibility for the delay.

New Delhi: The sensational case of the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, reaches a new stage with the US-based FBI endorsing the AIIMS report of poisoning as the cause and also saying that a “dangerous chemical” was present in her body that may have killed her.

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