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Digest of domestic news for week Jul 11- Jul 17 2015

Bareilly (UP): A key witness in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, is shot dead by unidentified assailants in Shahjahanpur district, the ninth attack against witnesses in the case.

Lucknow: An IG-rank officer files a complaint with the police against Mulayam Singh Yadav, alleging that the Samajwadi Party chief threatened him with dire consequences if he does not mend his ways.

Pune: Film personalities Rajkummar Rao, Amol Palekar and Sudhir Mishra come out in support of the demand for removal of controversial FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan, saying he does not have the credentials to head the premier institute.

New Delhi: The CBI constitutes a special team of 40 officers, under a Joint Director level officer, to probe the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

New Delhi: As the strike by FTII students entered the second month, the chorus against appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman grows louder with filmmakers Kundan Shah and Aziz Mirza saying he should step down.

Lucknow: An FIR is registered against senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur last night accusing him of rape, hours after he lodged a complaint against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening him.

Raipur: Four police officials, recruited by the state police as auxiliary personnel, are abducted by suspected Naxalites in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Lucknow/New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who is locked in a tussle with ruling Samajwadi Party(SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and took his fight to the Centre, is suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government.

Bhopal: CBI takes over probe in the Vyapam scam, the massive admission and recruitment scandal, which has rocked Madhya Pradesh and dented the credibility of the state’s BJP government.

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju formally launches the GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system, which would make airline operations more efficient and cut down costs as it reduces separation between aircraft, increase air safety and fuel efficiency.


Lucknow: A day after his suspension, a combative senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, who is locked in a tussle with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, says he would continue his fight even as the opposition slammed the action as an “act of revenge” by the ruling party.

New Delhi: India welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal with six global powers which will lead to lifting of sanctions against the Gulf country having world’s third-largest oil and gas reserves, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.
Mumbai: CBI carried out searches at the premises linked to social activist Teesta Setalvad for her firm Sabrang Communication and Publishing Pvt Limited (SCPPL) allegedly receiving around 2.9 lakh USD in foreign donations in violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
Chennai: 35 days after a Coast Guard aircraft on a surveillance sortie disappeared off the Chennai coast with three crew, the search operation has been “terminated” after recovery of human remains, parts of the plane and personal effects.

Jammu: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu, Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire twice by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor sector in which a woman was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for making India a ‘human resource capital’ of the world like China has become a ‘manufacturing factory’ as he launched a number of schemes here to train 40 crore people in various skills by 2022 as part of “war against poverty”.

Pune: Students of the FTII were served an ultimatum by the Institute authorities to call of their 34-day strike for revocation of the appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as its Chairman or face the risk of rustication.

Srinagar: A teenaged girl is killed and four people go missing today when a cloudburst struck near Sonamarg, a place enroute to the Amarnath shrine, as Army stepped in to help Jammu and Kashmir government to cope with the nature’s fury.

Srinagar: In the first of its kind chargesheet filed by the ED against terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir, Firdous Ahmad Shah, a member of Geelani’s Hurriyat Conference, is charged in connection with use of money sent from Italy allegedly for terror financing.

New Delhi: India rubbished Pakistan’s allegations that the “spy drone” it claimed to have downed belonged to Indian security forces, saying it appeared to be of Chinese design which is commercially available off the shelf.

Mumbai/Pune: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and his scriptwriter father joins the growing chorus for the removal of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman even as agitating students, who have been warned of rustication, say they will continue their 35-day-old protest.
New Delhi: Resolving to fight the scourge of terrorism and insurgent activities, India and Myanmar decide to broadbase their defence and security cooperation to ensure peace along the 1,640-km-long border as New Delhi expresses strong commitment to modernise the Myanmarese Armed Forces.

Bhopal: Widening its probe, CBI registers five more cases in the Vyapam scam including one of murder in the mysterious death of MBBS student Namrata Damor in 2012, taking to 10 the number of FIRs lodged by it and also filed a Preliminary Enquiry in the sudden demise of investigative journalist Akshay Singh.

New Delhi: India and Pakistan involve in ‘visa war’ with both sides accusing each other of not issuing assignment visas to their diplomats and officials, amid the ongoing tension between the two countries over ceasefire violations along their border in Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi/Pune: A Maharashtra-based senior IIS officer has been given additional charge as Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), which has been rocked by a students agitation over appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman.

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