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Digest of domestic news for week May 30 to June 5, 2015

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi makes a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of being in an “amazing hurry” to “grab” land from poor farmers by deciding to repromulgate the Land ordinance for the third time.

Barabanki: A case is lodged against Nestle India in a local court here over safety standards of its Maggi product, while actors Amitabh Bachhan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta have also been separately dragged to the court for promoting the ‘two-minute’ noodles brand.

New Delhi: Government decides to re-promulgate the controversial land Ordinance, saying it is necessary for maintaining continuity and providing a framework to compensate people whose land is acquired.

New Delhi/Chennai: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes sends a notice to IIT Madras over the controversial ban of a students group whose members are mainly Dalits even as DMK Chief M Karunanidhi seeks Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “direct intervention” for revocation of the order.

New Delhi: Vowing to address the “vexed” issue of ‘one-rank, one pension’ (OROP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks the ex-servicemen to give him some time as he targeted the previous governments, saying they had only “played” with the sentiments of the armed forces for 40 years without doing anything on the matter.

New Delhi/Udaipur: Bowing to public pressure, government reverses its stand on the brutal torture of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia by Pakistani troops and announces that it could explore the option of moving the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan.

Srinagar: Militants once again target a telecom facility in Kashmir as a grenade is lobbed at a mobile phone tower in a downtown area of Srinagar, injuring one person and leading to disruption in communication services in the valley.

New Delhi: A Bihar court orders that an FIR be registered against Maggi brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta and arrest the cinestars, if required, even as Nestle India faced trouble in more states over safety of the popular instant food.

Chennai/New Delhi: The national scheduled castes panel issues notices to Union HRD Secretary and IIT-Madras Director asking them to appear before it on June 8 amid a political row over de-recognition of a students’ body comprising mostly dalits.

New Delhi: A fresh confrontation erupts between the Delhi government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over drafting of five Bihar policemen into Anti-Corruption Branch as he rejects the appointments, an action which was backed by the Centre but severely criticised by the AAP.

New Delhi: India and the US sign a new strategically important 10-year defence framework pact envisaging joint development and manufacture of defence equipment and technology including jet engines, aircraft carrier design and construction.

New Delhi: Over 1,000 army and navy canteens have been asked to set aside existing stocks of the popular snack Maggi noodles until further orders.

New Delhi: Nestle India decides to take Maggi off the shelves after a controversy erupted over its contents, prompting several states to ban the ‘two-minute’ noodles.

Imphal: In the worst such attack in two decades, insurgents ambush a military convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district killing at least 18 army personnel and injuring 11 others.

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Legislature Secretariat has kicked up a controversy with a circular directing women staffers not to “unnecessarily” loiter around and employees not to speak loudly on mobile phones, evoking sharp criticism over the “sexist diktat”.

New Delhi: After Delhi, three more states — Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand — ban the sale of Maggi noodles, as the popular instant snack came under mounting scrutiny over food safety concerns.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that over 10 crore people have enrolled in three social security schemes recently launched by the government and expressed happiness on the number of enrollments.

Varanasi: Toeing a line different from his party-led government on ambitious ‘Namami Gange’ programme senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi says Ganga can’t be cleaned even in next 50 years they way the project to clean the river was being carried out.

New Delhi: Marking the World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plants a sapling at the lawns of his Race Course Road residence and exhorted people to work for protecting the environment for the sake of future generations.

New Delhi: Southwest Monsoon hit Kerala marks the start of the rainy season, four days after its normal onset date.

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