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National news of the week

Digest of domestic news for the week Dec 13- Dec 19, 2014

New Delhi: India and China supported the idea of  a trilateral dialogue involving them and the US to deal with major global challenges and ensure better mutual ties.

New Delhi: Parliamentarians led by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan paid homage to martyrs on the 13th anniversary of the attack on Parliament.

New Delhi: A Sri Lankan national wanted in India for allegedly plotting terror strikes at American and Israeli consulates in the country has been deported by Malaysia to the island nation notwithstanding India’s plea for his extradition to unravel key aspects of the conspiracy.

Ranchi: The penultimate phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls in 15 constituencies passed off peacefully with 61.65 per cent of over 43 lakh electorate casting their ballots amidst elaborate security arrangements.
New Delhi: Calling the “devastating” drug addiction menace as a “national pain”, a concerned Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the money spent by youth on drugs could be funding terrorism.

New Delhi: The Union HRD Ministry was at the centre of a controversy over a circular by Navodya Vidyalaya Samiti(NVS) asking all its schools to observe December 25– X’mas day–as ‘Good Governance Day’ that led to an uproar in Parliament.

New Delhi: Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who is alleged to have been operating a pro-ISIS twitter account, has been dubbed by his interrogators as an extremely radicalised youth who believes that beheading of the “enemy” and making abducted women sex slaves was nothing wrong.

Visakhapatnam/New Delhi: India’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant was flagged off for sea trials from Visakhapatnam harbour by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Billawar (JK): Sharpening his attack on the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described dynastic politics as a “termite” that eats away the foundations of democracy.

New Delhi: Members of the minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be given five years visa instead of one-year as part of government’s effort to address their grievances and according citizenship in future.

New Delhi: Amid the controversy surrounding the observance of ‘Good Governance Day’, HRD Ministry has communicated to vice chancellors of all Central universities to complete all programmes related to the event before the Christmas break.

New Delhi: Indian and American experts held detailed discussions on a range of implementation issues, including administrative, liability, technical and licensing matters to advance the operationalisation of Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation that has been in limbo for past 9 years.
New Delhi/Srinagar: Schools across the country observed a two-minute silence in a show of solidarity with Pakistan following an appeal from Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the dastardly terror attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Patna/New Delhi: Educational institutions in Patna were asked by police to install CCTV cameras as states worked on fresh security guidelines for them after the massacre in a Peshawar school that prompted the Centre to mull a new advisory.


New Delhi: Pakistan continues to sponsor terror groups and hostile propaganda against India, and necessary steps would be taken to safeguard the country’s interests, the government told the Rajya Sabha.

Chandigarh: After a sample of geese from Sukhna lake here tested positive for bird flu, authorities culled 90-odd geese and cordoned off the lake, restricting public movement in the region and sounding an alert in Punjab and Haryana.

Sriharikota (AP): India successfully launched its heaviest rocket yet and tested an unmanned crew module in a step towards its manned space mission in twin achievements that gave a big push to its space prowess.

New Delhi: India has conveyed to Pakistan its “strong concern” on grant of bail to key Mumbai attack handler Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, saying the release will make a mockery of Pakistan’s commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions.

Bhubaneswar: India today tested a 1,000 kg indigenously-developed glide bomb, which successfully hit a target 100 kms away, in the Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast, making the country self-reliant in guided precision bombs.

New Delhi: India says it attached highest importance to bilateral relations with Bangladesh and that there is a “wish” and “will” to strengthen this.

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