National news of the week
New Delhi: In the backdrop of a row over yoga guru Ramdev’s ‘honeymoon’ remark against Rahul Gandhi, the Election Commission came out with fresh guidelines against making “malicious” statements about the private life of individuals and said those who do this will not be allowed to hold programmes during polls if they violated the orders.
New Delhi/Amritsar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says he is saddened by the decision of his half-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli to join BJP which claimed it reflected people’s anger against the Congress.
Srinagar: Three militants holed up in a house were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir as the overnight encounter in which a Major and a soldier lost their lives ended this morning.
New Delhi: The Home Ministry has given its nod to a draft bill that envisages to check spot-fixing and illegal betting in sporting events, and mulls a maximum of five years’ imprisonment for such crimes.
New Delhi: The new Chief Justice of India, R M Lodha, says he did not agree with the idea of having fixed tenure for chief justices of high courts and the CJI and favoured continuing with the collegium system for appointment of judges in higher judiciary.
New Delhi: Piecing together the jigsaw of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, NIA has recorded statements of some of the witnesses in connection with the conspiracy hatched by David Headley and others to carry out the terror strikes in the country’s financial capital in 2008.
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval for the dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and a fresh proclamation for Central Rule in the state.
Kolkata/New Delhi: In the first such move involving Narendra Modi during the current poll campaign, the Election Commission today sought the CD and transcript of his speech in West Bengal in which he raised questions on the sale price of a painting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
New Delhi: In a fresh blow to Arvind Kejriwal in the midst of his electoral battle with Narendra Modi in Varanasi, AAP’s National Council member Maulana Maqsood Ali Kazmi today quit the party, levelling a series of allegations against the leadership.
Mandi/Palampur: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi landed in a controversy when he invoked invoked a Kargil martyr’s slogan to pitch for 300 seats for NDA, a statement that was disapproved by the soldier’s family and attacked by political rivals.
New Delhi: Breaking from tradition, President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first Head of the State to exercise his franchise through postal ballot when he will cast his vote early next week for South Kolkata Lok Sabha polls.
New Delhi: Former Chief of the Air Staff Norman Anil Kumar Browne has been appointed India’s next Ambassador to Norway.
Srinagar: A youth was killed and two persons were injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to chase away stone-pelting protesters here, after which curfew was imposed in parts of the city.
Ahmedabad/New Delhi: Stoking a huge controversy, Narendra Modi landed himself in a soup by displaying BJP symbol and making a speech in a polling booth in violation of electoral laws following which police filed an FIR against him.
New Delhi: 67-year-old Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to announce his relationship with a woman journalist and plans about marrying her after the social media went viral about it.
Chennai: Two blasts in quick succession in a passenger train killed a 24-year old woman techie and injured 14 others in the busy Chennai Central Railway station in a suspected terror attack.
New Delhi: A row erupted over reports that Doordarshan had “censored” Narendra Modi’s interview, with BJP alleging that it was due to government “pressure” even as the public broadcaster insisted that there was no interference by any authority or any “deliberate omission”.
New Delhi: The ongoing Lok Sabha elections are witnessing much more enthusiasm among the electorate with the voter turnout already surpassing the previous records in the 438 constituencies which went to polls so far.
Guwahati: At least 23 persons, including children and women, were killed and 14 seriously injured by heavily armed NDFB(S) militants in two communally-sensitive districts of Kokrajhar and Baksa of Assam.
New Delhi: Government re-ignited the ‘snoopgate’ issue allegedly involving Narendra Modi by asserting that a judicial Commission to probe it will be in place by May 16, evoking an angry reaction by BJP which warned of reviewing the “illegitimate” decision if it comes to power.
New Delhi: India has strongly objected to Switzerland’s denial of information about account details of certain Indians at HSBC’s Swiss bank branches, in whose cases “incriminating evidence of tax evasion” have been found here.