National news of the week
New Delhi: BJP moves the Election Commission seeking directions from it to stop the government from making key appointments including those of the Army Chief and the Lokpal when the poll process is on.
Kakoijan (Assam): Narendra Modi fires a fresh salvo at Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, saying the country cannot be run by “remote control” and the mother-son duo will have to pay a “price” for running the UPA government from behind the scene.
Ranchi/New Delhi: An FIR is filed against Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh by Jharkand police over his inflammatory remark that those opposing Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan for which he was also pulled up by the party leadership.
New Delhi: Moving to address the liability issue that has held up deals with various countries, the government has decided to form a Nuclear Insurance Pool which will have a number of stakeholders to meet the requirement of huge financial cover in case of a mishap.
New Delhi/Bhavnagar: VHP President Pravin Togadia’s statement that Muslims should be stopped from buying property in Hindu-majority areas sets off a political storm with BJP’s rivals and an ally condemning it even as the Election Commission sought a recording of his speech.
New Delhi/Kolkata: In fresh revelations in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has unearthed that ‘benami’ land and a liquor bar, worth over Rs 60 crore, at prime locations of Kolkata were purchased by laundering investors’ funds.
New Delhi: Admitting “some anti-incumbency” against UPA government which has committed one or two mistakes , Rahul Gandhi promised a “radical government” headed by him if Congress comes to power after 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
New Delhi: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi was at the centre of a controversy over her remarks that Muslims should become “communal” for their own good when they vote this time and not be “too secular”.
Varanasi: AAP leader Somnath Bharti is attacked this evening allegedly by BJP workers near Assi ghat while he was returning from a TV show that featured him.
New Delhi: The US approaches India for arrest of Congress Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao who has been indicted by a US Federal Jury on charges of receiving bribes of USD 18.5 million from an American firm which was allowed mining of Titanium minerals in Andhra Pradesh.
Varanasi: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal enters the fray from high-profile Varanasi Lok Sabha seat and accused Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi of spending huge sums of money during the ongoing election, which, he said, is a fight for all those who dream of a corruption-free India.
Dumka (Jharkhand): Eight persons – six polling officials and two policemen – are killed and seven others injured when suspected Maoists blew up their vehicle in the district, a senior police officer said here.
Varanasi: Riding a saffron surge on the streets, Narendra Modi files his nomination for Lok Sabha election from this temple town invoking “Maa Ganga” seeking to galvanise support in the Hindi heartland in his bid to steer BJP to power.
Srinagar: A Major and an army jawan are killed in a six-hour gun-battle with three militants holed up in a house in Shopian district of south Kashmir, an army spokesman said.
New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam does not mind being the first Lokpal or taking up any other post-retirement job if the decision is taken unanimously and without controversy.