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National news of week


Digest of domestic news for the week Aug 16- Aug 22, 2014


New Delhi: CBI arrested a senior functionary of an Odisha-based chit fund company in connection with a multi-crore ponzi scam after finding him holed up inside a well at the back of his residence in Bhubaneswar.

New Delhi: India has facilitated evacuation of 126 Nepalese nationals from Sirte area of strife-torn Libya.


Lucknow: Twenty-eight persons have died so far in Uttar Pradesh in floods which have hit the state with several rivers flowing above the danger mark and posing a threat to more than 1,000 villages in the affected districts.

Dehradun: India said it was prepared to deal with any threat from across the border but pitched for diplomatic efforts to curb incidents of incursion if any.

Lucknow: A UP government panel accuses a BJP MP of inciting Saharanpur riots, besides blaming laxity by local officials, sparking a war of words among parties with BJP dismissing the report as “politically motivated” and an attempt by ruling Samajwadi Party to hide its “failures”.


Jammu/Kashmir: Pakistani troops violate the ceasefire in Arnia and R S Pura sub-sectors in Jammu region and in Kupwara district in Kashmir opening unprovoked firing at Indian forward posts that left a villager injured, BSF and Army.

New Delhi: Angered by Pakistan’s consultations with Kashmiri separatists, India calls off next week’s talks between Foreign Secretaries, telling it bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.

Amritsar: Terming as “deliberate” the repeated ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and International Border, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley says Pakistan and “powers within” it clearly do not want ties with India to be normal.


Hyderabad: A massive household survey across Telangana to get details of an estimated four crore population in just one day was completed with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao calling the unprecedented door-to-door drill a “big success” and an “eye-opener” for its critics.

Mumbai: Producers of some recently released Bollywood movies that feature top stars allegedly paid money to Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar, arrested in a bribery case, after he apparently threatened to stall their clearance over item songs, the CBI said.


New Delhi: A defiant Pakistan makes it clear that it will continue talking to Kashmiri separatists, saying that the “bottomline” for Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir issue was to engage all stakeholders, evoking a sharp reaction from India which accused it of adopting an approach different to the one laid down by Simla Agreement.

New Delhi: All the 154 people on board an IndiGo flight from Mumbai are evacuated using emergency slides during which 28 passenger suffered injuries after the pilot of the Airbus plane was alerted about a dense smoke emanating from its landing gear when it landed here.

Imphal: A teary-eyed rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, walks free from a make-shift prison here vowing to continue her fight for repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers)ACT.


New Delhi: ” Government bars the release of controversial Punjabi film ‘Kaum De Heere’ on former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassination citing apprehensions of law and order problems in parts of the country.

Pune: World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away here following illness. He was 96.

New Delhi: A high turnout today marks the bye-elections to 18 assembly seats in four states in the first major test of strength for BJP since Lok Sabha polls and an acid test for the new alliance of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar in Bihar.

Ranchi/Nagpur: The politics of heckling in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues with Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren becoming the third victim, while Maharashtra CM Prithiviraj Chavan refuses to share the dais with Modi.


New Delhi: Noting that India is dependent on imports in several sectors including defence and health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks the IITs to take up the challenge of developing products in these critical fields.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is at the centre of a row over his “small rape incident” remark with attack being mounted on him from various quarters even as he said he had not referred to any particular case and that he had no intention of trivialising any crime.

New Delhi: Making it clear the August 25 Foreign Secretary-level meet with Pakistan was not a resumption of dialogue process, India says the decision to cancel it was taken after that country took a “series of actions” which were not “conducive” to proceed ahead.

Bangalore: Jnanpith award winner U R Ananthamurthy, who strode Kannada literary world like a colossus with his pathbreaking works, died of multiple health complications at a private hospital here.

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