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Digest of domestic news for week March 5 – March 11, 2016


Mathura: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani escapes with minor injuries after her car hits a vehicle from her cavalcade on Yamuna Expressway.

Jaipur: Pakistan says dialogue is not a favour by one country to another but a necessity to normalise relations, remarks made in the backdrop of delay in FS-level talks with India which has made it clear that action on Pathankot terror strike takes the priority.

Gurgaon: An expert panel will be set up shortly to devise a strategy for consolidation of public sector banks as India needs stronger lenders rather than a “numerically large number” of them, FM Arun Jaitley says.


Kolkata: People like Yogi Aditynath and Sadhvi Prachi who “speak nonsense” should be “thrown out” of BJP and “put behind bars”, actor Anupam Kher says.

Lucknow: The one-man judicial commission of inquiry that went into the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots concludes intelligence failure and laxity on the part of police leads to the violence that left 62 people dead but is silent on the role of the Akhilesh Yadav government in the conflagration.

New Delhi/Ahmedabad: Delhi has been put on high alert after Police received inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists believed to have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat may have sneaked into the national capital for an attack even as four elite NSG teams were rushed to the western state.


Gurgaon: Asking states to ‘reform or perish’, FM Arun Jaitley says states must compete with each another to attract investments.

Pune: In a replay of their high-voltage march to Shani Shingnapur temple, women activists head to the famous Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik in a bid to break the ban on entry of female devotees into its sanctum sanctorum but were stopped and detained by police at a village about 80 km away from the shrine.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee decides to pull out of a cultural extravaganza being organised by Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a controversy raged over the three-day event on the flood plains of river Yamuna that has raised environmental concerns.


New Delhi: As the group of PSU banks moves SC to restrain Vijay Mallya from traveling abroad, FM Arun Jaitley throws his weight behind the lenders, saying each penny lent must be recovered.

New Delhi: Minds of women should be empowered and conditions must be created for them to freely exercise choices at home and in the workplace, President Pranab Mukherjee says on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

New Delhi: In the face of all round attack, Arun Jaitley completely rolls back the controversial proposal to tax the employees’ provident fund (EPF) at the time of withdrawal.


New Delhi: Dismissing Opposition charge that Railway Budget has nothing for poor, Suresh Prabhu says centre of his budget is common man and he is working on a 3-pronged strategy to improve the financial health of the public transporter.

New Delhi: JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar finds himself in a spot over remarks made by him at a student’s gathering on women’s day with the BJP’s youth wing filing a police complaint over his alleged defiance of bail conditions by making “anti-national” statements.

New Delhi: With the National Green Tribunal clearing the decks for a three-day cultural extravaganza of Art of Living Foundation on the flood plains of Yamuna river, the Centre says such temporary programmes or structures “do not” require environment clearances.


New Delhi: JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charge, was allegedly attacked on campus today by a youth believed to be an outsider.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes the passage of the Real Estate Bill in the Rajya Sabha with Congress’ support saying it is a “great news” for aspiring home buyers.

 New Delhi: In further boost to bilateral ties, India will soon start supply of 100 MW power to Bangladesh besides finalising a project to supply high speed diesel from Assam’s Numaligarh to that country for a period of 20 years.

New Delhi: The controversial event on the floodplains of Yamuna opens today with PM Narendra Modi heaping praise on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar saying he had “introduced” India to the world but made no reference to the raging row over environmental concerns surrounding it.

New Delhi: As the global environment becomes extremely difficult and challenging, India will need to keep the reform momentum going while putting resources in areas where it lacks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says.

New Delhi: It is time for the conventional media to “stand up and strike back”, Union FM Arun Jaitley says, noting there was space for it to serve objective rather than “agenda-setting news” by television channels.

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