National news of week
Meerut: Members of two communities clashes over construction of a water kiosk near a mosque in Teergaran area here leaving two persons injured and sparking tension.
Varanasi: The campaign for one of the most keenly-watched Lok Sabha seats came to an end here on a note of bitter acrimony as the holy town turned into a key political battleground of roadshows, rallies and public meetings where rival leaders traded barbs.
New Delhi: Under attack over handling high-profile Varanasi constituency, the Election Commission today rejected any differences at the top as sought to be suggested by EC H S Brahma and dismissed the BJP charge that it was timid and weak in taking decisions.
New Delhi: A day after Narendra Modi’s meeting with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and its top brass, BJP President Rajnath Singh today met senior Sangh leaders and is learnt to have discussed the post-poll strategy ahead of counting of votes on May 16.
New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony has red-flagged a proposal of his own Ministry to continue doing business with the UK-based Rolls Royce, which is facing a CBI probe for allegedly paying bribes and engaging middlemen in contracts for supplying engines to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
New Delhi: Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has again sought an assurance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that its reccommendations would not be ignored if an inquiry is held into the controversial editing of Doordarshan’s Narendra Modi interview.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha elections 2014 witnessed the highest-ever turnout with more than 66 per cent of an estimated 814 million voters exercising their franchise.
New Delhi: India and scores of other countries, including Switzerland, have adopted a global declaration for automatic exchange of tax information, Finance Minister P Chidambaram says.
Varanasi: An FIR was today filed against Congress nominee Ajay Rai on the directive of the Election Commission for allegedly violating the election code of conduct by wearing the party poll symbol on his kurta while going to cast vote.
New Delhi: People who expose corruption in government or irregularities by public functionaries can now be free of any fear of victimisation.
New Delhi: CBI has begun its probe in the over Rs 10,000-crore Saradha chit fund case as its seven-member Special Investigating Team (SIT) started collecting documents pertaining to the cases from four states and other agencies.
New Delhi: A Joint Security Review (JSR) has been carried out following a complaint to External Affairs Ministry by Pakistan High Commission of receiving a letter threatening to harm Pakistani officials even as a probe into the matter was on.
New Delhi: Ahead of its possible government formation, a group of four top leaders, including Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, has emerged as BJP’s Core Group that is expected to take all key decisions.
New Delhi: The government today announced the appointment of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, a veteran infantry officer, as the next Army chief to succeed incumbent Gen Bikram Singh after his retirement on July 31.
Islamabad/New Delhi: The two Indian journalists posted to Pakistan have been virtually expelled by the Pakistan government without assigning any reasons. PTI’s Snehesh Alex Philip and Hindu’s Meena Menon received letters late last night from the Pakistan government informing them that their visas are not being extended although both have been in Islamabad only for about nine months.
Barmer (Raj): Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh has ruled out the possibility of returning to the party fold after the election results are out tomorrow, saying this would be a “betrayal” of the people.
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have denied violating the model code of conduct in his reply to Election Commission’s notice for his reported remarks that if BJP comes to power, 22,000 people will be killed in violence, saying he has quoted facts available in public domain.
New Delhi: The 23-year-old ban imposed on terror group LTTE has been extended by five years by the Government which said the outfit is a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity.
New Delhi: Narendra Modi rewrote history storming to power at the Centre with a “triple century”, giving NDA an unexpected 336 seats in the Lok Sabha and BJP an absolute majority on its own for the first time in an election that decimated Congress to its lowest ever tally of 44.
New Delhi: In an era of coalition politics, BJP has virtually done the impossible by wining a majority on its own, putting India under single party rule after 25 years.
New Delhi: Accepting responsibility for the party’s worst-ever defeat, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi conceded that the mandate in the Lok Sabha polls was “clearly against” the Congress and says there was “lot for us to think about”.