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National news of the week


Digest of domestic news for week March 29 – April 4, 2014

New Delhi: Senior leader Jaswant Singh was expelled from BJP after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent candidate against the party’s official nominee in Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha constituency on the last day of withdrawal of nominations.

Saharanpur (UP): Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood is sent to jail by a court for 14 days after he was arrested before dawn for his hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to “chop” Narendra Modi “into pieces”.

New Delhi: The BJP is forced to eat the humble pie for a second time in a week when controversial former JD(U) MP Sabir Ali asked the party to put his induction on hold following strong objections from within and the RSS.


New Delhi: In a scathing attack on the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, Sonia Gandhi accused it of shying away from Delhi as it thought that running a government is a “child’s play”.

Ranchi/New Delhi: The Election Commission cannot ban broadcast and publication of opinion polls, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath says days after the Law Ministry suggested the poll panel that it can restrict such polls using its powers under Article 32.

Amravati/Akola/Nanded (Maha): Narendra Modi mocks Rahul Gandhi for giving ticket to “tainted” former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and accused NCP chief Sharad Pawar of failing to stop farmers’ suicides in Maharashtra.


New Delhi: In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns in the midst of general elections in India in which Narendra Modi is perceived to be a front runner for the post of Prime Minister.

New Delhi: Describing the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as an “election of hope”, Narendra Modi has said he wants to rid the nation of bad governance, vote bank politics, dynastic rule, corruption and misuse of constitutional institutions which were “nourished” by Congress government.


Rewa (MP): With flight delays stalking his election campaign in UP and MP, Narendra Modi attacks the Centre alleging a “conspiracy” and demanded that Election Commission probe the matter.

New Delhi: Over 15,000 central government employees with disabilities may now have a reason to cheer. Government has issued an order saying such employees should get preference in transfers, postings and accommodation to suit their needs.


New Delhi: Pitching for a nuclear weapon free world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposes a global convention for ‘no-first-use’ of atomic arsenal to make the world a safer place.

New Delhi: In its first major action in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, the Enforcement Directorate attaches assets worth Rs 60 crore belonging to former Uttar Pradesh Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha and others under money laundering laws.

Sultanpur/Rae Bareli: In rare remarks, BJP’s Varun Gandhi praised estranged cousin Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leader quickly lapped up the praise leaving the BJP embarrassed after which he changed tack and said it should not be seen as an¬†endorsement of any political party or candidate.


New Delhi: In tune with its anti-graft plank, Aam Aadmi Party vows to bring an effective Jan Lokpal in manifesto released today that also promised to bring down the minimum age to contest polls from 25 to 21 besides carrying out reforms in electoral and justice delivery system.

Ghaziabad/Kurukshetra/Gurgaon: Narendra Modi targets Sonia Gandhi over her meeting with the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid and brought her son-in-law Robert Vadra in the line of fire on his controversial land deals.

New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao resigns from the Union Cabinet protesting bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, fuelling speculation that he may join BJP.


New Delhi: A New York Police Department officer has been arrested and charged here under Arms Act after three bullets were found in his luggage.

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal attacked by a 19-year-old youth during campaign in Dakshinpuri area of south Delhi, prompting the former Chief Minister to abruptly cancel his roadshow while blaming BJP for the assault.

New Delhi: In a boost to Congress, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari appeals to Muslims to support the party in the Lok Sabha polls to “strengthen secularism”, saying communalism is a “bigger threat” to the nation than corruption.

New Delhi: The 1992 Babri Mosque demolition was an “act of planned sabotage” and not a by frenzied mob of Hindu outfits, a news portal claims on the basis of a sting operation it had carried over a period of two years.

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