National news of the week
Digest of domestic news for week Apr 12- Apr 18, 2014
Raipur: Seven members of a polling team and five CRPF personnel were among 14 killed as Naxals struck twice in a break of less than an hour, blowing up a bus and an ambulance in Bijapur and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh.
New Delhi: The fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in seven constituencies spread across four states witnessed an impressive turnout with East Tripura registering a high of 81.8 per cent voting.
New Delhi: The book by former media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh continued to make waves with Finance Minister P Chidambaram rejecting suggestions that it was Congress President Sonia Gandhi who was running UPA-II.
Chikkaballapur (KTK): Narendra Modi took a jibe at JDS chief H D Deve Gowda for his remark that he will “quit” Karnataka if BJP forms the government, saying the former PM was welcome in Gujarat where he will serve him more than his son.
New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office will take the nod of Gujarat Government and Chief Minister Narendra Modi for releasing the correspondence exchanged with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the post-Godhra riots in 2002.
New Delhi: In the strongest-ever attack on BJP in the current campaign, Congress President Sonia Gandhi appealed to people to defeat “divisive and autocratic” forces which will “destroy” the Indian ethos.
New Delhi: Days after admitting that quitting as Delhi Chief Minister was a mistake, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal says the decision to resign was a “collective” one and was taken only after consulation with the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
Srinagar: A 20-hour-long gunbattle between two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and security forces in the outskirts of Srinagar ended with the killing of both the ultras and injury to two policemen.
Ahmedabad: Sidestepping the question of apologising for the 2002 Gujarat riots, Narendra Modi says the Congress should first account for their “sins” before asking him to tender an apology.
Amethi/Sultanpur: In sharp escalation of their war of words, Priyanka Gandhi fired yet another salvo at Varun Gandhi saying the Lok Sabha elections is “an ideological war” and that his actions amounted to “betrayal” of the family.
New Delhi: Anand Gandhi’s powerful debut ‘Ship of Theseus’ was declared the best feature film while biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was named the best popular film at the 61st National Film Awards here.
Raseta (Rae Bareli): Priyanka Gandhi kick-started the poll campaign in her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli projecting the next Lok Sabha polls as a battle between two ideologies and making a veiled attack on Narendra Modi, saying only one man takes all decisions in BJP.
Guwahati: Over 50 passengers were injured, 19 of them seriously, when the engine and 10 coaches of the Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express derailed at Teghiria in central Assam in the wee hours.
New Delhi: In a major relief to Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah, the Election Commission lifted its ban on his participation in Lok Sabha poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb the public tranquility and law and order.
New Delhi: Moderate to high turnout marked the polling in the fifth and biggest round of Lok Sabha elections covering 121 seats across 12 states amidst Maoist violence in Jharkhand where rebels injured four CRPF jawans, blew up a railway track and exploded bombs.
New Delhi: Admiral Robin Dowan took over as the Chief of Naval Staff, a post that was lying vacant for nearly two months, and declared his intent to focus on preventing mishaps that have plagued the force and making it combat ready to meet all the challenges.
New Delhi: The Election Commission issued a show cause notice to ruling Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly threatening school teachers appointed on contract by Uttar Pradesh government to either vote for his party in Lok Sabha polls or risk losing permanent status.
Etawah (UP): Taking on SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in his home district for his controversial remarks on rape and handling of Muzaffarnagar riots, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi alleged the “netaji” miserably failed to take a tough stand against rapists and to help riot victims.
New Delhi: Economic data shows unprecedented development in the last decade which would have been impossible if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been “weak”, his Communications Adviser Pankaj Pachauri says countering the damaging claims made by a former Media Adviser.