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Digest of domestic stories for week Aug 20- Aug 26, 2016


New Delhi: Ending months of speculation, Urjit Patel, a Deputy Governor at the RBI, is named as the next chief of India’s central bank to succeed outspoken Raghuram Rajan, whose tenure was marked with tough measures to control inflation and headline-making statements.
New Delhi: India is not engaged in any proxy war in Afghanistan and has been sincerely carrying out reconstruction work there, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says even as he slammed Pakistan for “encouraging” radicalism and not containing terror groups operating from its soil.

New Delhi: Russia is a “time-tested” and “reliable friend”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says and expresses shared commitment with President Vladimir Putin to expand, strengthen and deepen the bilateral engagement across all domains.


Jammu/New Delhi/Bengaluru: Congress comes came under fire from top ministers in the Modi government for “sympathising with supporters of terrorists”, a day after Karnataka Home Minister gave a “clean chit” to Amnesty International over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
Agra/Lucknow: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is in the midst of a controversy over his comment on Hindu population, with Congress and BSP criticising him for the remarks.

New Delhi: Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), blamed for last month’s failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, has “infiltrated” India, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

New Delhi: The Centre rushes 10 NDRF teams to flood-hit areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in order to launch massive relief and rescue operations to help those marooned in these states.

Guwahati: A BJP leader’s son has been kidnapped from Assam’s Tinsukia district with the Paresh Barua-led ULFA-Independent releasing an ISIS-style video that purportedly shows him surrounded by armed and masked militants and appealing to Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal to secure hisearly release.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the 1.25 billion people will “always” stand with the neighbouring country in ensuring peace and prosperity as he jointly inaugurates through video conferencing the restored Stor Palace in Kabul with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Akashvani Maitree, a radio channel launched earlier in the day, will serve as one more bridge of friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh.

New Delhi: Indian carriers operating from Ahmedabad to Gulf can now avoid flying over Pakistan airspace and take a new route over Arabian sea, even as regulator DGCA says the ‘straightening’ of the path has been done to save fuel and not because of any “political issue”.

Bengaluru: Actress-turned-politician Ramya is facing a sedition charge filed against her by a lawyer in Karnataka for praising people in Pakistan, kicking up a controversy with questions being raised over invoking a colonial-era law to curb free speech.


New Delhi: A bill proposing a complete ban on commercial surrogacy and allowing only legally wedded Indian couples to opt for children through it was approved by the government to check unethical practices.

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate summons Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Finance Minister P Chidamabram, in connection with its money laundering probe in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah stresses on the need for initiating a political dialogue with stakeholders in the state saying it is “very important” even as he demanded an immediate ban on use of pellet guns against protesters.

New Delhi/Melbourne: More than 22,000 pages of top secret data on the capabilities of six highly advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with a French company have been leaked, ringing alarm bells in the security establishment.


Mumbai: An Air India flight carrying over 300 people from here to Newark is diverted to Kazakhstan after detection of fumes in the cargo hold that triggered a fire alarm.

Barabanki/New Delhi: Rejecting the judicial commission’s report on Rohith Vemula’s suicide as “fake and fictitious”, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman P L Punia says the deceased Hyderabad Univeristy research scholar was a Dalit.

Srinagar: Pellet guns, which has caused large-scale injuries in the 47-day unrest in Kashmir, are likely to be replaced soon with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying an alternative to this crowd control device for security forces will be given in the coming few days.


New Delhi: The ‘whistleblower’ behind the Scorpene document leak will hand over the disk containing thousands of pages of data detailing the Indian submarine’s stealth and warfare capabilities, to the Australian government, according to an Australian newspaper.

New Delhi: India asks Pakistan not to remain in a “denial” mode regarding its support to cross-border terrorism as the war of words between the two countries intensified.

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