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Digest of domestic news for week May 9 – May 15, 2015


Kolkata: After providing bank accounts to 15 crore unbanked people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launches three social security schemes, including an insurance cover for less than Re 1 per day, and said that the poor “need empowerment, not aid”.

Raipur: A hostage situation is continuing since last night in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh where around 250 villagers were seized by Maoist rebels on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to neighbouring Dantewada.

Dantewada: Making the first prime minesterial visit in three decades to this Maoist hotbed, Narendra Modi today asks the ultras to shed the gun and put an end to mindless deaths in favour of peace.

Burnpur (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a vigorous pitch for the Centre and states to work together as ‘Team India’ to take the country forward, a view endorsed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Chennai: Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in the DA case that could see her return as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister led Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other political leaders today to extend their greetings to the AIADMK supremo.

New Delhi: A stringent law imposing a steep 120 per cent of tax and penalty on undisclosed foreign assets and income besides a jail term of up to 10 years to deal with black money stashed abroad was passed by the Lok Sabha today.

New Delhi/Lucknow: Caught in a controversy over its statement that it had no idea where Dawood Ibrahim is, government today asserts that the Mumbai blast mastermind is in Pakistan and that it will not “rest” till he is brought back to the country.

New Delhi: Delhi Police have registered an FIR against Arindam Chaudhuri, founder of Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), on the basis of a complaint by the University Grants Commission of “misleading, cheating and fooling” its students as its courses were not recognised by any recognised authority.

Amethi/Delhi: Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over cancellation of a mega food park project in his constituency has provoked a counter assault from the Centre, with Union Minister Smriti Irani accusing the Congress vice president of caring more for a business house than the farmers of Amethi.

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi: Parents of the three SAI trainees, who survived an attempted suicide bid after alleged harassment by seniors, demands a CBI probe into the incident even as the Centre vowed to take necessary action to prevent recurrence of such episodes.

New Delhi: After enacting a law to bring back black money stashed abroad, the government today moves on the domestic front by introducing in the Lok Sabha a bill providing for confiscation of property and jail for benami transactions in a bid to unearth unaccounted wealth.

New Delhi: In major changes to the child labour law, the Cabinet today approved allowing employment of children below 14 years in ‘non-hazardous’ family enterprises, entertainment industry and sporting events after school hours, while relaxing the penal action against the parents.

Chandigarh: The Haryana government forms a commission to probe grant of license(s) to some entities, including Robert Vadra’s company, for developing commercial colonies in Sector 83 of Gurgaon.

New Delhi: All the 39 Indians held hostage in Iraq by ISIS militants for nearly a year are “alive”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the families of the victims today.

New Delhi: In a bitter face-off, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today appoints senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary of the city government notwithstanding strong reservations by the Kejriwal dispensation which termed the decision as “unconstitutional”.

Adilabad (Telangana): Rahul Gandhi targets Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, whom he dubbed as “Mini-Modi”, accusing them of going back on their poll promises to farmers, as he held a padyatra here to reach out to agrarian community.

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