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Digest of domestic news for week Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2015


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with 41 top African leaders, who attended the India-Africa summit, with most of them asking for assistance in security and capacity building even as he sought Sudanese President Omer Hassan Ahmed Elbashir’s help in securing release of three nationals from Libya.

New Delhi: Invoking Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s work for national integration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says “unity, peace and harmony” was the first condition if India has to move forward and attain new heights of development.

New Delhi: Government is working on a novel initiative under which every state will choose one state each year to promote its culture and language. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ scheme will soon be launched which will bridge the cultural gap in the country and enhance interaction between people living in different states.


New Delhi: Had the guilty been punished after the 1984 riots, communal incidents like those in Gujarat and Dadri would not have happened, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today says as he handed over compensation of Rs five lakh each to 1,332 families affected by the anti-Sikh riots.

New Delhi: Vehemently rejecting the charge that Congress and Leftists were behind their protest against “growing intolerance”, writers and artistes today alleges that ruling BJP was unable to “control its mobs”, with one of them even comparing RSS to Islamic militant group ISIS.

New Delhi: Echoing Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy’s concerns over ‘growing intolerance’, another business leader Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and economist Lord Meghnad Desai today say Prime Minister Narendra Modi must act quickly to correct India’s image to prevent any threat to foreign investments.


New Delhi: Norway today supports India’s bid for securing membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Nuclear Suppliers Group besides the UN Security Council even as the two countries held wide-ranging talks to boost ties in diverse sectors including in defence, security, energy and trade.
New Delhi: The number of dengue cases in the national capital has inched closer to the 15,000-mark with over 7,200 of them being reported in October only, according to a municipal report released today.

Lucknow: Ruling Samajwadi Party today suffered a jolt in pockets of Uttar Pradesh with many relatives of ministers and senior leaders losing in the zila panchayat elections while BJP-supported candidates won only in 8 of the 48 seats in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi constituency.


New Delhi: Taking to the streets, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today marches to Rashtrapati Bhavan with top party leaders against the climate of intolerance and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “endorsing” incidents of hate by his “silence”.
Mumbai: Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman, who faces allegations of not acting on spot-fixing complaints during the 2013 IPL, has resigned after being virtually shown the door by the new BCCI regime as part of its clean-up operation.


New Delhi: Delhi Police had violated law in entering Kerala House to “investigate” whether beef was served in its canteen and used “abusive language” against the staff, according to an AAP government-instituted probe into the police action over a week ago that had sparked a political row.

New Delhi: Government today issues a notice to German car major Volkswagen after testing agency ARAI found “significant variations” in on-road emission levels in the auto maker’s diesel models of Jetta, Octavia, Audi A4 and Audi A6 in India.

New Delhi: Reviewing grievances related to the Jan Dhan Yojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today directs launching of awareness campaigns, especially through mobile phones, to educate people about the benefits available to them through these accounts.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launches a scheme to channelise gold worth over Rs 52 lakh crore lying with households into the banking system and floated paper bonds to curb its imports that have made India the largest buyer of gold in the world.
New Delhi: India today initiates the process of joining a treaty for transfer of sentenced prisoners with the Council of Europe.

Mumbai: Another 24 filmmakers including Kundan Shah of “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” fame and Saeed Mirza and writer Arundhati Roy today returns their National Awards over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today says economic reforms have to be inclusive and broad-based, aimed at improving the lives of people and not focused on just grabbing the headlines.

New Delhi: Underworld don Chhota Rajan was brought here early today from the Indonesian tourist city of Bali by a joint team headed by CBI officials to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai.

New Delhi: At a time when dengue cases in the city are on decline, the death of a 28-year-old man has reignited concerns among health officials.

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