Digest of domestic stories for week Aug 27 – Sep 2, 2016
New Delhi: Winning over the poor is at the heart of meeting of BJP chief ministers with the party forming a committee to finalise a “garib kalyan agenda” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking them to work in “mission mode” to make their states a model for execution of his government’s schemes, mostly aimed at benefiting the poor.
Srinagar: At least 25 people get injured in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir even as the death toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley reaches 68 amid curfew in many parts of the region.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley makes out a strong case for BRICS nations developing their own arbitration mechanism to cut reliance on redressal centres in developed nations to ensure arbitration awards are not “loaded against emerging economies”.
Melbourne/New Delhi: Embattled French defence firm DCNS has approached the Supreme Court in Australia seeking an injunction against ‘The Australian’ from further publishing the leaked documents of India’s Scorpene submarine project.
Jammu: Stating that the approach adopted by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claims that if the dispute is not resolved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi it will never be resolved.
New Delhi: With three more deaths reported the toll in Bihar rises to 156 as there is no let up in the flood situation in the state while in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh the Ganga continues to flow above the danger level.
New Delhi: Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry and his convoy are stuck in massive traffic near Satya Marg due to waterlogging caused by heavy rains while on his way to the hotel from the IGI airport.
Nagrota (Jammu): The central leadership will have to take “one or more steps” than Pakistan to “apply balm on the wounds” of Kashmiris, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says and hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will use his mandate to save the lives and future of children of Kashmir.
New Delhi: A committee, set up to find alternatives to pellet guns in the Kashmir Valley, suggests use of chilli-filled grenades and ‘stun lac shells’ to control mobs in addition to the debatable weapon being used now.
New Delhi: A three-member panel is set up by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to fix responsibilities, including criminal liability, in “omissions and commissions” while clearing 400 files relating to a large number of decisions without his approval.
New Delhi: India and the US agree to move forward on building six nuclear reactors and discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the field of atomic power and space.
New Delhi: Insisting that signing of the defence logistics sharing pact with the US is a “fundamental departure” from India’s policy of ‘strategic military neutrality’, Congress demands the contents of the agreement be placed in public domain as the Modi government has acted “unilaterally without national consensus”.
New Delhi: The Justice A P Shah Committee has opined that Reliance Industries should pay the government for the natural gas it has drawn from an adjacent block of ONGC in the KG basin of the Bay of Bengal in the past seven years.
New Delhi: Wrapping up the BJP’s key internal meetings to push his government’s and the organisation’s agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks its Rajya Sabha members to focus on bringing in the poor and deprived sections of society into the party’s fold.
New Delhi: In a sudden move, Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar is sacked by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after receiving an ‘objectionable’ CD in which he was purportedly shown in a compromising position with a woman.
New Delhi: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi meets US Secretary of State John Kerry and discusses key bilateral issues besides the situation in the Middle East.
New Delhi: The government says commercial surrogacy has become a USD 2 billion illegal industry and a means to exploit vulnerable women even as it vowed not to let women in India become “baby factories”.
New Delhi: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi conveys to India that he wants to take anti-terror cooperation between the two countries to a “whole new level” and pitches for “strong collective action” against radicalisation.
New Delhi: Condemning atrocities against dalits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses “self-appointed champions” of the community of giving political colour to the social problem to create tensions even as he asks politicians, including his own partymen, to shun irresponsible statements.
New Delhi: “Development” and building of “confidence” are the key to address the problem of Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says while hoping that the youth of the Valley won’t get “misled”.
New Delhi: Public transport services are disrupted and banking and insurance operations deranged as more than a million employees across the country strike work against “anti-labour” policies, bringing life to a standstill in parts of some states like Kerala.