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National News for the week


National news for the week – March 8- March 14, 2014



Visakhapatnam: In yet another accident involving the Navy, one civilian worker was killed and two were injured in an accident at the under-construction nuclear submarine at the shipbuilding centre of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) here.

New Delhi: The row over withdrawal of cashless facility for Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries has escalated with the association of private hospitals demanding that government immediately clear the pending amount of over Rs 200 crore due to them.

New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav’s face was smeared with ink during an event at Jantar Mantar here by a 28-year-old man who was later roughed up by AAP supporters.


Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi: Congress in Kerala opens formal dialogues with RSP a day after it quit LDF, even as CPI asked major Left partner CPI(M) to show “accommodation” to ensure that there is no break in the alliance.

Mumbai: In a political move aimed at queering the pitch for its arch rival Shiv Sena, MNS declares its support for Narendra Modi in his prime ministerial bid while fielding its candidates for Lok Sabha polls mainly from those constituencies which are contested by Sena, virtually sparing BJP.


Purnea: The war of words between Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar escalates with BJP leader saying the Bihar Chief Minister’s “ambition” to become Prime Minister drove him to split from BJP and accused him of possessing Himalayan arrogance.

Chennai: Closing the doors for Congress barring a last-minute u-turn, the DMK announces candidates for the 35 seats it would contest in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, denying ticket to party supremo’s son M K Alagiri while renominating 2G scam accused A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran.


Mumbai: In a bid to placate him, Narendra Modi speaks to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is cut up over BJP’s recent overtures to his estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, and is understood to have assured him that the 25-year-old Sena-BJP alliance is intact.

Raipur: Maoists ambush a security patrol killing 16 people including 11 of the CRPF in a daring daytime attack in the worst-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, a gory reminder of the 2010 Dantewada massacre in which 76 CRPF personnel were gunned down in the same area.


New Delhi: The formal process for the longest nine-phased general elections to 16th Lok Sabha is set in motion with the President issuing notification for polling in six constituencies of Bihar on April 10.

New Delhi: Favouring self-regulation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh say some aberrations had crept into the “fiercely independent” journalism and the media should itself find ways to remove them.

New Delhi: The much-hyped joint rally of Mamata Banerjee and Anna Hazare here turns out to be a disappointing affair with the anti-corruption crusader giving it a miss, triggering a blame game.


New Delhi: Former Home Secretary R K Singh and RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav, who join BJP, figure in the third list of 97 Lok Sabha poll candidates released by the party.

New Delhi: CBI carries out searches at 15 locations, including the residence of National Spot Exchange Limited promoter Jignesh Shah for alleged cheating in the investments of public sector undertaking PEC causing a loss of Rs 120 crore to the exchquer, and questioned him.

New Delhi: Joining global efforts to locate the Malaysian plane, India deploys four warships along with six aircraft including the latest special surveillance P-8I plane and three helicopters under the ‘Operation Searchlight’.

New Delhi: India welcomes a US court dismissing visa fraud charges against senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and strip-search had triggered a bitter diplomatic row between the two countries, and said it hoped to see further progress in the matter.


Nagpur: Unfazed by the attack over his comments against the media, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal hits back alleging it was in fact the media which “threatened us day in day out”.

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s national ambitions suffered a setback with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare ruling out support to her in the Lok Sabha elections, making a U-turn on the issue.


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