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National news of week


Digest of domestic news for the week Sep 13- Sep 19, 2014


New Delhi: A high-level ministerial team from Jammu and Kashmir called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to declare the flash floods in the state as “national calamity” and announce a “liberal and pragmatic” financial and special rehabilitation package to restore normalcy at the earliest.

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India R M Lodha asserted that independence of judiciary is “non-negotiable” and it has the inherent strength to foil any attempt to interfere with that.

New Delhi: Pakistan today made a strong pitch for normalisation of ties with India after last month’s “political setback” and says in diplomacy one should keep or leave the “door ajar” so that whatever was possible could be achieved.


New Delhi: CBI arrested the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Odisha-based Kamyab Television and owner of Odhisa Bhaskar newspaper for allegedly siphoning off money from Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a case registered by the agency while probing the multi-crore Saradha scam.

Srinagar: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says all assistance will be provided to the state health authorities to tackle any possible epidemic in the aftermath of the devastating floods.

New Delhi: With the arrest of another Sri Lankan national for alleged spying for Pakistan’s ISI, central security agencies have stepped up surveillance of vital installations including defence and foreign consulates in southern parts of the country.


New Delhi: Unfazed by the party’s gag order, defiant senior Congress leaders Manish Tewari and senior leader Rashid Alvi say they would continue to express their viewpoints even while maintaining that it’s time to fight communalism and “not fight and humiliate” each other.

New Delhi: India hit out at Pakistan for its remarks that Hafiz Saeed had no case against him and he was free to roam, saying the designated terrorist was the “evil” mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks and it devolves on Pakistan to bring the chief of terror outfit JuD to book and deliver justice.


New Delhi: The BJP was dealt a severe blow in its strongholds in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat when it lost 13 of the 23 seats held by it there while the Congress put up a surprise showing in two of these states in the Assembly by-elections.

Srinagar: It will be a long, long haul for the people of Kashmir to resume their normal life but a semblance of normalcy is beginning to emerge with waters receding in various places and being pumped out from several other colonies.

Leh/New Delhi: The stand-off in Demchok area of Ladakh continued for the 10th day with Chinese nomads now reported to have erected tents with the help of Chinese Army inside Indian territory to protest against an ongoing irrigation canal work.


Leh/New Delhi: Chinese army reportedly made a fresh incursion in Chumar area and refused to return even as a flag-meeting between the two sides is believed to have made no headway in breaking the deadlock.

Ahmedabad: India and China signed three-Gujarat specific pacts shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping commenced his three-day visit to the country from the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Board Special Aircraft: President Pranab Mukherjee says India’s pact with Vietnam for possible oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea was “just a commercial action” and the country has never commented about issues of “sovereignty” over those waters.


Leh/New Delhi: After heightened tension in Chumar area in Northeast Ladakh for four days, Chinese troops began withdrawing from the Indian territory, official sources say.

New Delhi: India and China inked 12 pacts in a range of areas including railways and outer space as Beijing pledged investments of USD 20 billion over five years in a bid to boost economic ties and address India’s concerns over trade deficit.


New Delhi: As they aim to reset ties, India and China have resolved to pursue finding an early solution to the thorny boundary issue as a “strategic objective”, noting that an early settlement of the dispute will advance their basic interests.

Srinagar: The death toll due to the floods in Jammu and Kashmir has climbed to 280 even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed hope that the toll would not be as high as feared earlier.

New Delhi: Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and lauded his focus on sanitation and the ambitious scheme to bring the poor people under the banking system through the Jan Dhan Yojana.


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