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National news of week


Digest of national news for week May 17- May 23, 2014



Varanasi: Riding high on BJP’s resounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi today took a dig at the drubbing of his rivals saying a coalition may be put together to form an opposition.

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama calls up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon after he demitted office and said he was one of the few public leaders whom he “admired” and that he would “miss” working with him on “day-to-day basis.”

Patna: Drubbed in the Lok Sabha elections and facing dissidence, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigns, but did not seek dissolution of the Assembly, injecting a dramatic turn in state politics.


New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party rules out the possibility of it forming government in Delhi again, even as Congress said it would prefer fresh polls to supporting AAP.

New Delhi: India will soon approach Malaysian authorities seeking details about the arrest of a Sri Lankan national in that country in connection with an alleged conspiracy to carry out terror strikes on the US and Israel consulates in southern part of this country.


New Delhi: Setting the terms for revival of the composite dialogue process with the Modi government, Pakistan made it clear that India should not shy away from dealing with “contentious” issues like Jammu and Kashmir and not lay down any pre-conditions for talks.

New Delhi: Shattered by the party’s worst debacle in the elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi offer to resign accepting responsibility but the party unanimously rejected it.


New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal asks Lt Governor Najeeb Jung not to dissolve the Delhi Assembly anytime soon, saying it will hold public meetings across the city to know whether the party should form the government again.

Chennai: Continuing with her shake-ups in the government and the party ranks post-Lok Sabha elections, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sacks Labour Minister K P Munusamy from the cabinet and from the party’s two key posts.

New Delhi: Marking the arrival of a new era in Indian politics, Narendra Modi is appointed Prime Minister, who said the elections have kindled a “new hope and aspiration” among the common man for whom he dedicated his government.


New Delhi: A moderate earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook Delhi, National Capital Region, Chennai and several parts of eastern and northern India but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage to properties.

New Delhi: AAP gives up efforts to form a government in the city with its chief Arvind Kejriwal admitting that chances of returning to power were “negligible” in the current situation and apologized for quitting as Delhi Chief Minister within 49 days.

New Delhi: Under sharp attack, the Prime Minister’s Office says the twitter account @PMOIndia has been “secured” by the microblogging company and will be handed over to the new dispensation which will take over next week.


New Delhi: After its severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress dissolves all 14 district and 140 block committees besides other wings in the national capital as part of efforts to revamp the party ahead of next assembly elections.

New Delhi: Angry over the Congress poll debacle, some party leaders voice criticism of ‘Team Rahul’ suggesting they did not understand ground realities and called for “ruthless introspection”.


New Delhi/Chennai: Narendra Modi’s invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing-in as Prime Minister drew more criticism from Tamil parties with BJP allies MDMK and PMK and also DMK urging him to reconsider it.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee strongly condemned the terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat and says such attacks will not deter India from assisting Afghanistan in its effort to reconstruct and develop the nation.


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