Digest of domestic news for week Oct 24 – Oct 30, 2015
Gurgaon: Shouting anti-Pakistan slogans, alleged Shiv Sena activists today disrupted a drama by some Pakistani actors in Gurgaon, days after they forced cancellation of ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s musical performance in Mumbai as part of their campaign against personalities from the neighbouring country.
New Delhi: Violence marred Muharram processions today leaving one person dead and at least 12 injured in Jharkhand and Bihar while stone-pelting over use of a route for procession in Gwalior led to curfew in the area even as the observance passed off peacefully elsewhere.
New Delhi: The induction of women as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force was cleared today by the government in a landmark move for the armed forces which have so far dithered over combat role for women.
New Delhi: Ending days of hostility and apprehension among students, government today asserted that non-NET programme would continue and that a review committee has been set up to have a holistic look into the issues of NET as well as non-NET fellowships.
New Delhi/ Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of doing away with the requirement of interviews for lesser non-gazetted central government jobs from January 1 today drew accusations of violation of the model code for elections and attempts at putting an end to the reservation policy.
Chandigarh: In a sudden move, Punjab police chief Sumedh Singh Saini was today shunted out by the state government which is under intense attack over handling of the situation arising out of desecretion of Sikh holy book even protests over the issue were on the decline.
New Delhi: Over a decade after inadvertently crossing into Pakistan, Geeta, a deaf and mute girl, today returned here to an emotional welcome but failed to recognise a family which she had initially identified from photographs even as India “whole-heartedly” thanked Pakistani government for allowing her homecoming.
New Delhi/Bali: Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted gangster, has been arrested in the tourist town of Bali, Indonesia on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decades.
Srinagar/New Delhi: A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale today rattled north India, leaving two Army personnel injured in Kashmir’s Sopore district, and causing widespread panic.
New Delhi: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg today began his trip to India with a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and described it as “even more stunning” than he had expected.
Sitamarhi/Bettiah: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack on the grand alliance, likening it to “3 idiots”, as he dared Nitish Kumar to seize convicted” RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s properties and questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s silence on sting videos of JD(U)and RJD MLAs accepting bribes.
Kozhikode/New Delhi: A row erupted today over Delhi police entering Kerala House on a complaint it serves “beef” with a miffed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy condemning the “raid” as “highly objectionable” even as buffalo meat was taken off the state-run guest house’s menu.
New Delhi: Eyeing to consolidate India’s presence in resource-rich Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held wide-ranging talks with 19 heads of governments from the continent with a major focus on combating scourge of terrorism and steadfastly working towards reform of the UN Security Council.
Pune/Mumbai/Delhi: Unable to force the government to scrap the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman, agitating students today unilaterally withdrew their 139-day-old strike but vowed to continue protests as ten eminent filmmakers returned their National Awards voicing solidarity with them and against growing intolerance in the country.
New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial climate change summit in Paris, India and Africa today urged developed nations to undertake “ambitious” mitigation measures to reduce carbon emissions and “honor” their commitment of providing financial resources and technology to developing countries.
Raxaul: BJP President Amit Shah today said if BJP loses in Bihar, Diwali will be celebrated in Pakistan, a statement his rivals called was an attempt to communalise the elections.
Srinagar: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Qasim, a Pakistani terrorist who was involved in several attacks on army and paramilitary forces over years, was gunned down today in Kashmir, marking a major success for the security forces and a severe setback for the outfit.
New Delhi: Unveiling the much-awaited draft civil aviation policy, the government today proposes tax incentives for airlines, maintenance and repair works of aircrafts besides mooting 2 per cent levy on all air tickets to fund regional connectivity scheme.
New Delhi: Ministries of External Affairs and Home are working together to bring back arrested underworld don Chhota Rajan from Indonesia “as early as possible”.
New Delhi: India has assured Somalia to assist it in security sector even as the two countries have decided to enhance cooperation in the maritime security and anti-piracy operations.