YEAR-DOMESTIC 8

Mar 6: New Delhi/Ahmedabad: Delhi has been put on high
alert after Police received inputs that 10 suspected LeT and JeM terrorists believed to have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat may have sneaked into the national capital for an attack even as four elite NSG teams were rushed to the western state.
Mar 7:  Pune: In a replay of their high-voltage march to Shani Shingnapur temple, women activists head to the famous Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik in a bid to break the ban on entry of female devotees into its sanctum sanctorum but were stopped and detained by police at a village about 80 km away from the shrine.
Mar 7: New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee decides to pull out of a cultural extravaganza being organised by Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a controversy raged over the three-day event on the flood plains of river Yamuna that has raised environmental concerns.
Mar 9: New Delhi: With the National Green Tribunal clearing the decks for a three-day cultural extravaganza of Art of Living Foundation on the flood plains of Yamuna river, the Centre says such temporary programmes or structures “do not” require environment clearances.
Mar 12: New Delhi: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose cultural event on the floodplains of Yamuna is mired in controversy over violation of green norms, once again sounds defiant, saying he will not pay any fine or penalty.
Mar 13: New Delhi/Hyderabad: Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, who has been summoned by the ED to appear before it on March 18, rules out his return to India for now, saying the time is not “right”.
Mar 13: New Delhi: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says parties should not politicise events having a bearing on the country’s reputation and suggests that the media has been “harsh” in its criticism of the World Cultural Festival organised on the Yamuna flood plain.
Mar 15: New Delhi: Provocative slogans at the controversial February 9 event on JNU campus were raised by a group of outsiders, a high-level inquiry committee of the varsity has says, noting it was “unfortunate” that the students allowed that to happen.
Mar 16: New Delhi: Rejecting Rajya Sabha’s five amendments and opposition’s appeal not to make “haste”, the Lok Sabha passes the legislation that aims at better targeting of subsidies through the Aadhar unique identity number within hours of the Upper Housing returning it.
Mar 18: New Delhi: In a move that will hit common man, the government slashes interest rates on all small savings schemes, including PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) and senior citizen deposits, to make them more market aligned.
Mar 19: New Delhi: The raging row over nationalism is at the centre of BJP chief Amit Shah’s inaugural address at the party’s National Executive meeting as he asserts that it will not tolerate criticism against the country and that freedom of expression cannot be a plea for shouting anti-national slogans.
Mar 21: New Delhi: Delhi University lecturer S A R Gilani, who was arrested in a case of sedition last month, is released from Tihar jail.
Mar 21: New Delhi: Upbeat at over 13 lakh military veterans getting their new monetary entitlements under ‘One Rank-One Pension’ scheme, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar says most of the rest will get their new pension by Holi.
Mar 22: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks his Council of Ministers to reach out to people to create awareness among them about the schemes and initiatives launched by his government in the last two years through ‘Sampark and Samvaad’ (contact and communication).
Mar 22: New Delhi: India downplays Nepal signing a landmark transit treaty with China along with nine other agreements, asserting that no country can replicate the “special and privileged” relationship the Himalayan nation has with it.
Mar 23:  Bengaluru: India survives a mighty scare before pulling off an incredible 1-run victory over Bangladesh in a nerve-wracking low-scoring thriller to keep their semi- final hopes alive in the ICC World T20.
Mar 24: New Delhi: Two Indian nationals who were detained by authorities in China for violating visa regulations have been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says.
Mar 24: Srinagar: Decks are cleared for PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to take over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after she is unanimously elected as the legislature party leader and nominated as the party’s CM candidate.
Mar 25: New Delhi: Two hundred and forty two Indians including 28 Jet Airways crew members, who were stranded after the deadly terror strikes in Brussels on Tuesday, return home, much to the relief of anxious family members.
Mar 26:  New Delhi: The Centre justifies imposition of President’s
Rule in Uttarakhand, contending that there was “no better example” for invoking Article 356 as the Harish Rawat government was “unconstitutional” and “immoral” since March 18 when it “lost” majority in the Assembly.
Mar 27: Quepem (Goa): Amid concern in the defence establishment over poor serviceability of the country’s mainline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI, Russia says it has offered India comprehensive maintenance and after-sales support for equipment sold by it, including aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Mar 28: New Delhi: The government permits 100 per cent FDI in the market place format of e-commerce retailing with a view to attract more foreign investments.
Mar 28: Pathankot: A five-member Pakistani probe team, including an ISI official, visits the strategic IAF base that was for most part visually barricaded as scores of Congress and AAP workers hold protests outside carrying black flags and shouting slogans against their probe into the January two terror attack.
Mar 21: New Delhi: Delhi University lecturer S A R Gilani,
who was arrested in a case of sedition last month, is released from Tihar jail.
Mar 21: New Delhi: Upbeat at over 13 lakh military veterans getting their new monetary entitlements under ‘One Rank-One Pension’ scheme, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar says most of the rest will get their new pension by Holi.
Mar 22: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks his Council of Ministers to reach out to people to create awareness among them about the schemes and initiatives launched by his government in the last two years through ‘Sampark and Samvaad’ (contact and communication).
Mar 22: New Delhi: India downplays Nepal signing a landmark transit treaty with China along with nine other agreements, asserting that no country can replicate the “special and privileged” relationship the Himalayan nation has with it.
Mar 23:  Bengaluru: India survives a mighty scare before pulling off an incredible 1-run victory over Bangladesh in a nerve-wracking low-scoring thriller to keep their semi- final hopes alive in the ICC World T20.
Mar 24: New Delhi: Two Indian nationals who were detained by authorities in China for violating visa regulations have been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says.
Mar 24: Srinagar: Decks are cleared for PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to take over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after she is unanimously elected as the legislature party leader and nominated as the party’s CM candidate.
Mar 25: New Delhi: Two hundred and forty two Indians including 28 Jet Airways crew members, who were stranded after the deadly terror strikes in Brussels on Tuesday, return home, much to the relief of anxious family members.
Mar 26:  New Delhi: The Centre justifies imposition of President’s
Rule in Uttarakhand, contending that there was “no better example” for invoking Article 356 as the Harish Rawat government was “unconstitutional” and “immoral” since March 18 when it “lost” majority in the Assembly.
Mar 27: Quepem (Goa): Amid concern in the defence establishment over poor serviceability of the country’s mainline fighter aircraft Su30 MKI, Russia says it has offered India comprehensive maintenance and after-sales support for equipment sold by it, including aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Mar 28: New Delhi: The government permits 100 per cent FDI in the market place format of e-commerce retailing with a view to attract more foreign investments.
Mar 28: Pathankot: A five-member Pakistani probe team, including an ISI official, visits the strategic IAF base that was for most part visually barricaded as scores of Congress and AAP workers hold protests outside carrying black flags and shouting slogans against their probe into the January two terror attack.
Mar 29: Chandigarh: A Bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions has been unanimously passed by the Haryana Assembly, ahead of the April 3 deadline set by the community which launched a violent quota agitation last month.
Mar 30: Raipur: Seven CRPF men die in a deadly landmine blast carried out by Naxals that also left a massive four-feet deep crater on the road in the worst Maoist violence-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
Mar 31: Kolkata: At least 21 people are killed and 88 injured and some others feared trapped as a portion of an under-construction flyover collapses on a congested road intersection here, crushing people and vehicles as the state government orders a high-level probe into the incident.
Apr 1: Kolkata: A day after the collapse of a flyover portion in the city, police detain 10 officials of the construction company IVRCL for questioning while two state government engineers were suspended even as the toll rose to 24 with the recovery of three more bodies from the debris.
Apr 3: New Delhi: The music launch of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali-starrer “Ghar Wapsi” face fresh hurdles, with the right wing ‘Hindu Sena’ threatening to disrupt the event, following which a police complaint has been filed.
Apr 4: New Delhi: The monitoring and investigation into the cases of 500 Indians being named in the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ will be conducted under the stringent provisions of the new law to combat the menace of black money generated by Indians in foreign shores.
Apr 6: New Delhi: Kamla Advani, wife of veteran BJP leader L K Advani, who remained out of politics but was often seen with him in public during his long political journey, dies here following cardiac arrest.
Apr 6: Jammu: Separatist-turned-politician Sajjad Gani Lone resigns from the newly formed PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, just a day after he is sworn-in.
Apr 7: New Delhi: Countering the Pakistan High Commissioner’s assertion that the visit by Pakistani JIT was not on reciprocity, India says before the team’s visit here, both sides had agreed that it would be on the basis of reciprocity.
Apr 8: Chandigarh/New Delhi: NIA secures non-bailable arrest warrants against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masoo Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and two others for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror strike on the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.
Apr 9: New Delhi: A shoe is hurled at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a press conference by a man who claims to be from a breakaway group of AAP, triggering angry reaction from AAP which sought to link BJP to the incident.
Apr 10: Kollam: In one of the worst tragedies to hit Kerala, at least 106 people die and 383 get injured in a devastating fire that engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex during an unauthorised display of fireworks.
Apr 10: Jammu: After a lull of nearly seven months, the ceasefire on the Line of Control has been violated with Pakistan army resorting to mortar shelling and firing in Poonch sector, a  development that comes amid a fresh chill in relations between the two countries.
Apr 10: New Delhi/Surat: A powerful earthquake clocking 6.8 on the Richter scale, epicentred in Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan, jolts several parts of north India, including the Delhi NCR region, forcing people out of their homes and creating panic.
Apr 12: Srinagar: Two youth, including a budding cricketer, die in Handwara, about 85 kms from Srinagar, when Army opens fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob which was protesting against alleged molestation of a girl by some of its personnel.
Apr 13: Srinagar/New Delhi: Tension prevails in Kashmir as one more youth dies in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces amid curfew-like restrictions imposed in view of the disquiet following the death of three civilians in firing by Army.
Apr 13: New Delhi: An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hits Myanmar, tremors of which shake the northeast, several parts of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and even Delhi and NCR.
Apr 15: Srinagar: Kashmir remains volatile as one more youth was killed in army firing and 47 others, including over 40 security personnel, were injured in clashes that rocked many parts of the valley, spreading beyond Kupwara, the epicentre of the four-day unrest.
Apr 15: New Delhi: Beleaguered industrialist Vijay Mallya, whose Kingfisher Airlines has defaulted on loans of over Rs 9,400 crores and who has taken refuge in Britain, suffers a major blow when his diplomatic passport is suspended by government which has threatened to revoke it.
Apr 16: Srinagar: Several parts of Kashmir are rocked by clashes, leaving two youth injured, even as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sought to douse the flames by visiting and assuring justice to families of those killed since Tuesday in firing by security forces amid her assertion that such incidents are “unacceptable”.
Apr 17: Mehsana: Curfew is clamped in Mehsana town in Gujarat and mobile internet service banned as a massive rally of the Patel community demanding reservation and immediate release of their jailed leaders turned violent with two buildings being set ablaze and some police vehicles damaged.
Apr 18: New Delhi: The 108-carat unique Kohinoor diamond estimated to cost over USD 200 million was neither stolen nor “forcibly” taken by British rulers but given to East India Company by erstwhile rulers of Punjab 167 years back, Government tells Supreme Court which wanted legal remedies to be kept open to get it back.
Apr 19: Attari (Amritsar): The heart and stomach of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who dies under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail, are missing when his body arrived here and handed over to Indian authorities.

(PTI)