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Digest of domestic news for week May 28- Jun 3, 2016


New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government celebrates its two years in office with a gala event, which had a smattering of Bollywood actors, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan where the Prime Minister vowed to root out corruption and make life easier for people “looted” for years.

Srinagar: In one of the biggest catches in recent months, a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Tariq Pandit, a close aide of the terror group’s poster boy Burhan Wani, is arrested after he surrendered to police in Pulwama.

New Delhi: The no detention policy in schools should be applicable till Class IV and exams be held from Class V onwards, a committee formed by the government to formulate a New Education Policy (NEP) has recommended while also suggesting foreign institutions be allowed to come to India to improve the quality of higher education.

New Delhi: Amid outrage over a string of attacks on Africans in the national capital, five people are arrested for their alleged involvement in the incidents, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh directing the police to take strict action against the attackers and step up patrolling in the areas inhabited by the community.

New Delhi: The claim by Dr A Q Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, that it has the capability to hit New Delhi in five minutes from Kahuta near Islamabad, is deplored by India’s strategic community which said that India has the capability to hit entire Pakistan but nuclear weapons were not weapons of war but only meant for deterrence.


New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and noted journalist M J Akbar figure in BJP’s second list of six candidates today for the Rajya Sabha biennial polls with the two being fielded from Andhra Pradesh, where ally TDP has assured its support, and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

New Delhi: A private jet carrying Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy aborts take off from Delhi airport at the last moment due to a glitch.

New Delhi: War is not a solution to problems between India and Pakistan and only “foolish” people would consider such an option, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit says, two days after Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan says his country has the capability to hit New Delhi in five minutes.


New Delhi: Ratcheting up efforts to contain the damage over attacks on African nationals, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announces a slew of steps including a country-wide sensitisation campaign even as she asserts that the killing of a Congolese youth was not a “racial crime”.

Raebareli/New Delhi:  The Congress and BJP engage in a political slugfest over charges that Robert Vadra may have bought a benami property in London with his mother-in-law and Congress President Sonia Gandhi attacking the government and dismissing the charges as “false”.

Pulgaon(Mah)/New Delhi: At least 16 defence personnel, including two Army officers, are killed in a massive fire that broke out at one of Asia’s biggest ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon that houses the largest stockpile of weapons in the country.


New Delhi: Licence of NGO run by noted lawyer Indira Jaising–‘Lawyers’ Collective’– is suspended by the Modi government for six months for alleged violation of FCRA by using the funds for rallies, dharna with political “hue and colour”, a charge denied by the association which termed it as an act of “vindictiveness”.

New Delhi: The probe into the financial dealings of arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari tales a new turn with the Enforcement Directorate serving him notice seeking bank accounts and details of his properties.


Ahmedabad: Over 14 years after the ghastly Gulberg massacre that killed 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, 24 people are convicted by a special court here which acquitted 36 others and dropped conspiracy charges against all the accused in one of the worst riots post-Godhra violence in Gujarat.

Mathura: A superintendent of police (SP), a constable and five protesters are killed and over 40 people injured in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district.

New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA government orders complete sealing of Assam’s border with Bangladesh by June next year, fulfilling an electoral pledge of BJP within a week of assuming power in Assam to check illegal immigration from the neighbouring country.

New Delhi: India lambasts Pakistan for “needlessly internationalising” the Kashmir issue, asserting it was not the main cause of tension between the two countries and that externally sponsored terrorism was the central issue.


New Delhi: The stage is for a contest in the June 11 Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana even as union ministers Piyush Goyal and Suresh Prabhu, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and all six nominees of AIADMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu are elected unopposed.

Mathura: The temple town of Mathura is on edge after massive violence claimed 24 lives, including an SP and SHO, as police clashed with about 3,000 members of a little-known sect whose leaders have fled while 368 people have been arrested.

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