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National News for the week – Feb 15- Feb 21, 2014
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New Delhi: Expressing concern over reports of new leprosy cases in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee exhorts doctors and social workers to intensify their efforts to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with the disease and erase the social stigma attached to it.

New Delhi: Delhi is set to come under a spell of President’s Rule and the Assembly will be kept under suspended animation with the Union Cabinet giving its nod to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s recommendation, rejecting demands of AAP for dissolution and fresh polls.


Sirsa (Har): A 45-year-old man allegedly hurls a shoe at Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a public meeting in Dabwali town, some 45-km from here, but it fell short of the target.

Mumbai: Senior IPS officer Rakesh Maria, who was heading the Maharashtra ATS, takes charge as Mumbai Police Commissioner and stressed on adopting zero tolerance towards street crimes while describing urban terrorism and organized crime as challenges before the force.

Banihal: Thirteen people are killed and 34 injured, some of them seriously, when a mini-bus in which they were travelling plunges into a gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir.


New Delhi: Opposition parties trash the interim budget as a “farewell budget” of the UPA government which has “lost” on all counts and hit out at it for slashing spending on social and infrastructure sectors.

New Delhi: Taking his fight against division of Andhra Pradesh to the capital, YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy stages a protest and courted arrest, while accusing the Congress of engineering the pepper spray episode in Parliament.

New Delhi: Wooing the middle class ahead of elections, Finance Minister P Chidambaram slashes excise duty on cars and two-wheelers, capital goods and a variety of consumer items like TV and refrigerators to boost demand and manufacturing while accepting the long-standing demand of ‘one-rank-one- pension’ for ex-servicemen.


New Delhi: In an unprecedented and curious development, Lok Sabha TV went blank for the entire 90 minutes when the controversial Telangana Bill was being passed in the House, evoking sharp reactions from opposition parties which termed it as subversion of democratic norms.

New Delhi: Amidst din, chaos and an unprecedented black out of televison coverage, the bill to carve out Telangana, the 29th state, by splitting Andhra Pradesh is passed by the Lok Sabha with Congress and BJP coming together on the issue.


New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is under fire from an incensed Congress over the decision for early release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers which it dubbed as “guided solely by political considerations” and fraught with dangerous consequences.

New Delhi: India and Bahrain decide to expand their cooperation in key areas, including trade and business, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Gulf nation hold wide-ranging talks.


New Delhi: Creation of Telangana as India’s 29th state is approved by Parliament with Rajya Sabha clearing the contentious bill to split Andhra Pradesh after Congress and BJP came together amid unprecedented bedlam.

New Delhi: The Election Commission convenes a high-level meeting of chief secretaries, police chiefs and chief electoral officers of all states to review security and other arrangements for coming Lok Sabha polls amid indications that they may spread over seven phases.

New Delhi: Highlighting that Bahrain is India’s extended neighbourhood, President Pranab Mukherjee said there was vast potential for bilateral cooperation based on inherent strengths and complementarities of the two countries.


New Delhi: Odisha’s Tourism and Culture Minister Maheshwar Mohanty injured when two unidentified men opened fire at him near his house here, police said.

New Delhi: India comes down hard on Pakistan for allowing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, blamed for the 2001 Parliament attack, to “spew venom” against it, saying it was a matter of concern how a globally banned terrorist could address anti-India rallies.

Agra: A love story that cut across barriers of nationality and class had a gruesome end when an autorickshaw driver stabbed to his death his American wife–just five months after their marriage–and then set himself on fire.

Patna/New Delhi: A fresh controversy erupts over the movement of two Army units near Delhi in 2012 with the then DGMO Lt Gen A K Choudhary that there may have been “distrust” between the Army and government on the issue then but rubbished talk of a coup threat.


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