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National news of the week


Digest of domestic news for week Oct 25- Oct 31, 2014


New Delhi: Government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) every year, as a mark of tribute to the efforts of the country’s first Home Minister to unite India.

New Delhi: Reaching out to the media with which he has had a lukewarm relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some good words for the press, promising to find a way to interact with it directly.

New Delhi: Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand will be held in five phases between November 25 and December 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 23, the Election Commission announced.


Panchkula: Manohar Lal Khattar, mentored by RSS and known for his organisational skills and clean image, took oath as Haryana Chief Minister, leading the first BJP government in the state since it was created 48 years ago.


New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for making optimum use of modern technology in tackling corruption.

New Delhi: “Polio virus doesn’t need any visa to cross border,” UNICEF warned polio-free India as the number of cases of the paralysing disease reached an alarming high in Pakistan.
New Delhi: Winter session of Parliament will start from November 24 and conclude on December 23 during which a heavy legislative agenda is on the cards.


New Delhi: In a first, Delhi Police used drones fitted with cameras to patrol the skies of the violence-hit Trilokpuri area in East Delhi, where situation improved with no fresh incident of violence and greater relaxation in prohibitory orders.

New Delhi: With fresh inputs on the Burdwan blast indicating pan-India existence of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordered immediate neutralisation of the terror modules of the banned group.


New Delhi/Berlin: India failed to attend an OECD meeting in Berlin where a multilateral agreement requiring a commitment to follow international standards of confidentiality for information received relating to black money was signed.

New Delhi: The Income Tax department is likely to initiate prosecution against close to 300 people whose names have been submitted to the Supreme Court in connection with the probe into alleged blackmoney accounts in HSBC Bank in Geneva.

New Delhi: Rapped by the Supreme Court, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung will kick off consultations with BJP, AAP and Congress in the next couple of days in fresh efforts to install an elected government in the capital or dissolving the assembly to pave way for elections early next year.


New Delhi: Government has decided to give Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of 3,325 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots triggered after assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

New Delhi: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon paid tributes to over a million Indian soldiers who fought World War I and laid a wreath at the war memorial at India Gate here.
New Delhi/Berne: Amid a debate on disclosure of names of suspected black money holders, Switzerland says information exchanged under Swiss-India tax treaty cannot be disclosed “in principle” to a court or any other body outside the proceedings of a ‘specific and relevant’ case.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the event commemorating the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Shakti Sthal memorial where President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and top leaders of the Congress paid floral tributes to her.

New Delhi: Plates, cups, saucers and some other items used by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were handed over by their custodian to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described the first Home Minister as the true “architect of Modern India”.

Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Chief Minister of the first BJP government in Maharashtra at a grand ceremony where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance, raising the possibility of a rapprochement between the saffron parties.


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