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National news for the week


National news for the week - March 15- March 21, 2014


New Delhi: Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, BJP announced tonight, putting to rest all speculation and hoping to boost the party’s prospects in the electorally crucial state.

New Delhi: Reacting strongly to the second indictment against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US, India says it was an ‘unnecessary’ step and any measure consequent to the decision will ‘unfortunately’ impact upon efforts on both sides to build India-US strategic partnership.

New Delhi: The President today issued notification for second and third phases of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 9 and 10 in which 93 constituencies spread across 18 states, including Delhi, will go to polls.


New Delhi: News Broadcasters Association (NBA) today expressed shock over AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘unsubstantiated’ charges against electronic media and warned if the leader and his associates do not exercise caution the Members of the body will be forced to reconsider coverage of the activities of the party.

New Delhi: The theory that the missing Malaysian aircraft could have been hijacked for a 9/11-type attack on India was today debunked by the IAF and strategic experts say it would not have escaped detection had it entered the Indian air space.

New Delhi: An upbeat Rahul Gandhi rejected the view that the Congress party was an ‘underdog’ or that it faced an ‘uphill’ task in the Lok Sabha polls, affirming that there would be a Congress-led UPA III.


New Delhi: A chief minister has to take responsibility if riots take place in a state under his watch, NCP chief Sharad Pawar says against the backdrop of the 2002 Gujarat communal violence.


New Delhi: The government under late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the then army leadership’s ‘Forward Policy’ has been blamed for India’s humiliating defeat in the 1962 war against China in a top secret report accessed by an Australian journalist.

New Delhi: Environment Ministry today issued a draft notification on Western Ghats declaring an area of 56,825 sq km of the hills as ecologically sensitive.

New Delhi: In a setback to India, an Italian court has barred it from encashing bank guarantees worth over Rs 2,360 crore of Agusta Westland as part of the penalties imposed after scrapping the scam-tainted Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal.


New Delhi: Rumblings in BJP came to the fore as the party decided to field L K Advani from Gandhinagar for Lok Sabha polls, angering the patriarch who wanted to shift to Bhopal in a reflection of his tensions with Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: Gearing up for Lok Sabha polls, the Railways has kept 75 companies of RPF ready for deployment in various parts of the country during the election time.


New Delhi: Khushwant Singh, one of the finest authors who elevated English writing in India with his classic works on Partition and history of Sikhs, literature and displayed an impeccable sense of wit and humour, died here today at the age of 99.

New Delhi: In twists and turns marking top-level rumblings in BJP, L K Advani today decided to contest from Gandhinagar in Gujarat after the party had given in to his pressure and allowed him the choice of the constituency in the Lok Sabha elections.


New Delhi: Former union minister Ajay Maken, Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, ex-army chief V K Singh, actor Shatrughan Sinha and former journalist Ashutosh are among key Congress, BJP and AAP leaders who entered the Lok Sabha poll battle arena today across eight states.

New Delhi: India deployed two of its frontline surveillance aircraft in Kuala Lumpur to take part in the international search for the missing Malaysian airliner in the South Indian Ocean region.

New Delhi: Sending out a strong message to party office bearers, the Aam Aadmi Party today sacked two leaders from Uttar Pradesh for allegedly demanding money in exchange of party tickets.


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