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National news of the week

Digest of domestic news for the week Dec 20- Dec 26, 2014
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed highest voter turnout in over two decades as estimated 66 per cent electorate voted in 20 constituencies of Jammu’s border region in the last leg of assembly election in the state amid threat of firing from across the border.

New Delhi: A disciplinary as well as an administrative action of “compulsory wait” has been taken against diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who had hit the headlines last year after she was arrested in the US in a visa fraud case, even as the foreign service officer remained defiant that she has not done anything wrong.

New Delhi: A central team has initiated a “micro plan”, which includes house-to-house survey, to prevent Avian Influenza from spreading to humans in Chandigarh after several wild birds died due to the disease at Sukhna Lake.

New Delhi: Opposition parties staged protests in the Parliament complex, cornering the government over blackmoney and reconversion issues.

New Delhi: Four personnel of the Armed forces have been nabbed for spying for Pakistan in recent years, with one of the accused being dismissed from service, Rajya Sabha was informed.

Srinagar/Ranchi: Jammu and Kashmir returned a highly-fractured verdict in which the PDP emerged the single largest party throwing up different possibilities in government formation while the BJP stormed to power with an ally in Jharkhand giving it the first stable government.

New Delhi: Ahead of Delhi Assembly polls, government set up a committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for reinvestigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a charismatic practitioner of consensual politics who found acceptability across the political spectrum, was picked for the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna, an award that was also bestowed on late freedom fighter and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya.

Guwahati: Violence spread in Assam as the toll in the massacre of tribals by Bodo militants rose to 65 including 21 women and 18 children, sparking a retaliation in which Bodo homes were torched and a police station attacked leaving three more tribals dead allegedly in police firing.


New Delhi: On ‘Good Governance Day’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says efforts are being made for “re-engineering” of government processes as part of the promise to provide an “open and accountable administration”.

Varanasi: Making a strong pitch for producing good teachers in large numbers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a mission in this regard amid his assertion that the whole world is looking at India with great expectations “but we are not ready”.

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced the practice of female foeticide prevailing in the country, saying “there is no bigger sin” than this and sought the help of people in the field of art and culture in “shaking” the society so stop the menace.

New Delhi: The two ordinances to pave the way for a fresh dose of foreign investment in the insurance sector and to move ahead with the allocation of cancelled coal mines received Presidential approval.

Ranchi: The BJP broke from tradition and chose Raghuvar Das, the first non-tribal, to be the new chief minister of Jharkhand in 14 years since it was carved out of Bihar.

Jammu/Srinagar: Amid continuing suspense over government formation, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra invited for discussions PDP and BJP, the first and second largest parties in the elections, which threw up a highly-fractured verdict with no clear winner.

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