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Digest of domestic news for week July 30- Aug 5, 2016


New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari voices concern over the reduced duration of Parliament sessions and slammed frequent disruptions of proceedings, saying it was akin to holding the House to “ransom” for an interest of a group or an individual.

New Delhi: In a humanitarian crisis, over 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia face severe food shortage due to financial hardship after losing their jobs and the government has ordered its mission in the Gulf nation to provide food to them besides other assistance.


New Delhi: AAP’s Narela MLA Sharad Chauhan is arrested in connection with the suicide of a woman worker of the party, which accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “vendetta politics” and questioned if “he is fit to run the country”.

Bulandshahr: Uttar Pradesh Police claims to have held three of the accused involved in the brutal gangrape of a woman and her teenage daughter by bandits on gunpoint on Friday night after dragging the family out of a car near here, even as the Samajwadi Party government comes under intense flak over the incident.

New Delhi: The Centre is working closely with states to help the flood-hit people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ as he pitches for technological solutions to the daily life problems and informs about the government plans to earmark Rs 10 crore for innovation.


Ahmedabad/New Delhi: In a surprise move ahead of Assembly polls, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who is in the midst of several challenges, decides to step down, saying it was time for new leadership to take over as she is soon going to turn 75.

Chennai/New Delhi: AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa, who reportedly slapped DMK MP Trichy Siva at Delhi airport on Saturday, is expelled from the party by its supremo Jayalalithaa on a day when she claimed she was slapped by a “leader” and faced threat to her life in Tamil Nadu.


New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had to cut short her visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi after she was taken ill, returns here and is taken to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital.

New Delhi: With thousands of Indians reeling under severe financial crisis in Saudi Arabia after losing their jobs, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh leaves for the Gulf nation to assess the situation and finalise modalities to bring back those who want to return to India.

New Delhi: In the biggest tax reform since Independence, the national sales tax or GST Bill is approved by the Rajya Sabha to replace a raft of different state and local taxes with a single unified value added tax system to turn the country into world’s biggest single market.

New Delhi: The government sanctions induction of additional BrahMos supersonic missiles, with steep dive capability and 290 km range, to be deployed in the Eastern sector to ramp up its capabilities along the border with China.


New Delhi: Bollywood film ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui, held guilty for raping a US researcher, is sent to seven years in jail by a Delhi court which says he took advantage of the situation when she was alone in his house.
New Delhi: Delhi continues to remain a union territory under the Constitution with the Lieutenant Governor (LG) as its administrative head, Delhi High Court rules, dealing a body blow to the Arvind Kejriwal government, which has been on warpath with the Centre over powers.

Srinagar: Three persons are killed and over 150 injured in fresh clashes which rocks Kashmir at several places after Friday prayers, raising the death toll during the current unrest to 53.
New Delhi: India is “successful” in putting across its views on terrorism and drug trafficking at the SAARC ministerial meet in Islamabad yesterday which was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the External Affairs Ministry.
Kokrajhar (Assam): Terror strikes Assam when a group of heavily armed militants dressed in army fatigues and suspected of belonging to a Bodo separatist outfit opens indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades at a crowded weekly market killing 14 people.

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