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Digest of domestic news for week May 2- May 8, 2015

New Delhi: Firing yet another salvo at Narendra Modi government, Rahul Gandhi claims it had diluted provisions of Real Estate Regulatory Authority Bill making the legislation pro-builders from being pro-buyers.

Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today orders all the buses operated by his family-run company to go off the road in the wake of molestation and death of a Dalit teenage girl after being pushed out of one of its vehicles in Moga district.

Ahmedabad/Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed promises action against those responsible for waving Pakistani flags at yesterday’s rally addressed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani even as rightwing Hindu organisations held a protest demanding the separatist leader’s arrest.

Moga (Punjab): Ending a four-day protest that had embarassed the ruling Badal family, the father of the girl molested and pushed to death from a moving bus accepts the Punjab government’s offer of compensation and a job and also agreed for the post-mortem and cremation of the body.

New Delhi: Militant group Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claims responsibility for the murder of an American blogger Avijit Roy in Bangladesh as well as other “blasphemers” there and in Pakistan, according to SITE Intelligence Group in the US.
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today gave away trophies to the winners of 62nd National Film Awards including the best feature film to debut director Chaitanya Tamhane and best actress to Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut for her role in “Queen”.

New Delhi: As he prepares to undertake his first visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today logs into a popular social media platform of that country to reach out to its populace.

New Delhi: Quake-struck Nepal clarifies to India that its decision to ask foreign rescue personnel to leave was not directed at it but encompassed all other 33 countries present in the Himalayan nation which was now moving into next phase–rehabilitation.


New Delhi: More than three decades after the project was initiated, Army today inducts the indigenously-developed supersonic surface-to-air missile Akash, capable of targeting enemy helicopters, aircraft and UAVs from a range of 25 kms.

New Delhi: Amidst a raging controversy over reports of surveillance on family members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose during the Nehru era, Government says it has no plans to conduct any probe into such reports.

New Delhi: In another sign of its disenchantment with the media, the AAP government has decided to closely monitor all the news channels while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asks it to spare wives and children of party leaders from being dragged into controversies.

New Delhi: Cyber attacks are being launched from China and some other nations to penetrate computer networks of government organisations in India, Parliament was informed today.
New Delhi: Government approves amendment in the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2011 to keep issues of national security out of its purview.

New Delhi: Security agencies claimed to have foiled a terror plot to target policemen, and BJP and RSS leaders, with the arrest of four people hailing from Madhya Pradesh.

New Delhi: As Parliament passed a “landmark” bill to settle the 41-year-old border issue with Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked leaders of all Opposition parties for their support and said a “historic milestone” has been reached in India-Bangla ties.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India and China have “learnt from history” in dealing with their border dispute and asserted that bilateral ties have reached a stage where they can cooperate at a global stage while competing in commerce and trade.
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of criticism over minority issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts that his government “will not tolerate or accept” any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion and that there was no place for “imaginary apprehensions” on rights of minorities.

New Delhi/Alapuzha: The three young female athletes, who survived an attempted suicide bid after alleged harassment by seniors at the SAI Centre in Kerala, are stable now even as a medical board was constituted by the Sports Ministry to investigate the incident.

New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today declares Taj Mahal and all other monuments under it “safe” after conducting a detailed assessment in the wake of the devastating quake that wrecked Nepal and reverberated through several states in northern and eastern India.

Mumbai: Salman Khan will not have to go to jail pending disposal of his appeal against conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case after the Bombay High Court suspended his sentence and granted him bail, in a huge relief to one of the reigning superstars of Bollywood.

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