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Digest of domestic news for week Oct 17 – Oct 23, 2015


New Delhi: Government is unlikely to rush seeking a review of the Supreme Court verdict which overturned its law on appointment of judges to higher judiciary but would put forth its views on ways to improve the collegium system when the apex court takes up the matter next month.

New Delhi: Two children, including a two-and-half-year-old were brutally raped in the capital, a week after the grisly sexual assult on a minor, triggering outrage and a political slugfest between rival parties, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing the police of being a complete failure in providing security to women.

New Delhi: Amid tensions in the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today ruled out any threat to his government, asserting that Shiv Sena will not walk out and his dispensation will complete full five years term.


Srinagar: A truck conductor, injured in a petrol bomb attack in Udhampur nine days back, succumbed to his injuries today, triggering protests in some parts of Kashmir even as nine people were arrested for the assault and five of them slapped with the tough Public Safety Act.

New Delhi/Varanasi: Urdu poet Munawwar Rana today joined over 30 authors who have returned Sahitya Akademi award while Hindi writer Kashinath said he was handing over the honour in protest against “irresponsible” comments by various ministers on writers who have been agitating against “rising intolerance”.

Mumbai: Taking the first step towards laying out a fresh roadmap for the controversy-marred Indian Premier League, the BCCI today decided to float tenders for two new teams to replace the suspended franchises of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, which will return to the cash-rich league in 2018.


New Delhi: Paving the way for Maggi noodles’ return, Karnataka and Gujarat have lifted ban on manufacturing and sale of Nestle India’s popular instant food brand.

Srinagar: Noted Kashmir writer and poet Margoob Banhali today joined the growing list of litterateurs to return the Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against the “increasing attacks on minorities” in the country.

Mumbai: The much-anticipated talks between BCCI President Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan will not take place today after Shiv Sena activists stormed the Indian Cricket Board headquarters protesting against bilateral series between the two countries.


Kirnahar (WB): President Pranab Mukherjee has yet again come out with an appeal for practicing tolerance and to accept differences while respecting dissent, in remarks that come in the midst of growing intolerance in the country.

Faridabad (Har): Two children of a Dalit family were today burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping.

New Delhi: A key dialogue began here today between agitating students of FTII and Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in a bid to end the four-month strike at the Pune institute over the demand for the removal of actor Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.


Chandigarh: Punjab remained tense today with Sikh activists continuing protests against incidents of sacrilege and killing of two youth in police firing last week while central para military forces held flag marches.

New Delhi: Noted lyricist and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi has spoken out against the spree of awards being returned by writers, saying he was saddened by politics over literary honours.

New Delhi: Eminent novelist Vikram Seth has said he was keenly awaiting the outcome of Sahitya Akademi’s upcoming emergency meeting to decide whether or not to give up award conferred on him by the literary body.


Srinagar: Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were today gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir, police said.

Srinagar: Parts of Kashmir today saw clashes between stone-pelting mobs and police as strict restrictions were imposed in view of Muharram and the fourth day ceremony of the trucker Zahid who died in Udhampur attack.

Ghaziabad/New Delhi: Union Minister V K Singh today kicked up a huge political row when he tried to shield the government from blame in the Faridabad Dalit burning incident, saying the “government cannot be held responsible if somebody stones a dog”.


New Delhi: Raising the pitch for UN Security Council reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked 54 African nations to join India in demanding an overhaul of the global body to make it more “democratic, inclusive and representative” of the current world.

Bengaluru: Amid continuing countrywide protests by writers over “rising intolerance”, a young Dalit activist and writer was allegedly attacked by unidentified men whom he suspects to be right wing activists, for his alleged “anti-Hindu” writings in central Karnataka and warned that his fingers will be chopped off if he does not stop it.

New Delhi: In an unprecedented escalation of tension, the Delhi Cabinet today passed resolutions against Lt Governor Najeeb Jung asking him to explain the “compelling circumstances” behind relieving the VAT commissioner and appointed a GoM to protect bureaucrats from “political victimisation” and alleged threats.

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