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Digest of domestic news for week March 12 – March 18, 2016


New Delhi: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose cultural event on the floodplains of Yamuna is mired in controversy over violation of green norms, once again sounds defiant, saying he will not pay any fine or penalty.

Nagaur (Raj): After asking the government to check “subversive” elements indulging in “anti-national” activities in universities like JNU, the RSS calls for value-based and nationalistic education in an atmosphere of equal opportunity.

Hajipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi trains his guns on Congress accusing it of “neglecting” Bihar’s development since independence and recalls Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s past association with NDA as he inaugurates a number of railway projects here.


New Delhi/Hyderabad: Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, who has been summoned by the ED to appear before it on March 18, rules out his return to India for now, saying the time is not “right”.

Allahabad: With nearly three crore cases pending in Indian courts, President Pranab Mukherjee says the judiciary is yet to fully meet people’s aspirations for “speedy and affordable” justice.

New Delhi: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says parties should not politicise events having a bearing on the country’s reputation and suggests that the media has been “harsh” in its criticism of the World Cultural Festival organised on the Yamuna flood plain.


Mumbai/New Delhi: Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion for infusing patriotism, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi says he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat, prompting Shiv Sena to tell him he should go to Pakistan.
 New Delhi: Retail inflation eases in February as food prices rise at a slower pace, while Wholesale Price Index stays in negative territory for the 16th month, raising expectations of interest rate cut by RBI next month.

New Delhi: Amid concerns over militant groups like ISIS attempting to radicalise its citizens, the Maldives says it is in talks with India for setting up a bilateral counter terrorism mechanism to combat the menace.


New Delhi: Provocative slogans at the controversial
February 9 event on JNU campus were raised by a group of outsiders, a high-level inquiry committee of the varsity has says, noting it was “unfortunate” that the students allowed that to happen.

New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, out on bail in a sedition case, leads a march of students and launches a blistering attack on HRD Minister Smriti Irani, demanding her resignation for “targeting” academic institutions.

Chandigarh: Weeks after their stir for quotas in jobs and education plunged Haryana into a welter of violence, Jat leaders threaten to resume their agitation if the state’s BJP government does not meet their demands by March 17.


New Delhi: Rejecting Rajya Sabha’s five amendments and opposition’s appeal not to make “haste”, the Lok Sabha passes the legislation that aims at better targeting of subsidies through the Aadhar unique identity number within hours of the Upper Housing returning it.

Mumbai: Amid high drama, AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan is suspended from Maha Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ after it adopts a unanimous resolution, escalating the row over chanting this slogan triggered by his party boss.

New Delhi: Cong Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his government’s foreign policy, saying he lacks a clear vision and believes that international diplomacy can be done as per his “whims and fancies”.


New Delhi: Signalling a tough line on the issue of chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ despite controversies, BJP chief Amit Shah says 99 pc people agree to hailing ‘Mother India’ with the slogan and the party would “convince” the rest.

New Delhi: Praising Islam for its message of peace and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says none of Allah’s 99 names stands for violence and asserted the fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion and the two should be delinked.

New Delhi: Asserting that there are terror groups that are instruments of state’s policy and design, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says terrorism uses diverse motivations and causes that cannot be justified.


New Delhi: Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya walk out of Tihar jail, over three weeks after their arrest on sedition charges in connection with a controversial event at the university where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
New Delhi: In fresh attack on the NDA government, JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar vows to wage a “direct fight” against “dictatorship” as he accused it of targeting universities across the country and sought support of all democratic forces saying it was about saving the country.

 New Delhi: In a move that will hit common man, the government slashes interest rates on all small savings schemes, including PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and senior citizen deposits, to make them more market aligned.

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