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Security beefed up ahead of first phase of West Bengal assembly polls
Security has been beefed up in West Bengal ahead of the first phase of the state assembly polls. ANI

'Shanti Bhushan must step down form Lok Pal Bill joint drafting committee'
In the wake of the controversy surrounding, Shanti Bhushan, co-chairman of the Lok Pal Bill joint drafting committee, social activist Vineet Narain on Sunday demanded his resignation until proven innocent. ANI

'Rich tourist infrastructure necessary for J-K tourism sector's development'
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday called for construction of five-star hotels in the state, saying that it is necessary for the development of the tourism sector. ANI

Rahul Gandhi 'far away from being a good political leader': Ex-SC judge
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is not mature enough to take up responsible tasks concerning the nation, former Supreme Court judge Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer said on Sunday. ANI

82 percent voter turnout in second phase of panchayat polls in J-K
The second phase of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir passed on peacefully today with large number of people participating in electing 275 Sarpanches and 2,031 Panches in eight CD blocks. ANI

Pro-Telangana activists hurl eggs at Jaipal Reddy in Hyderabad
In a major embarrassment for Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Jaipal Reddy, pro-Telangana activists hurled eggs at him during a public meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday. ANI

80 percent West Bengal youth doesn't want to vote in assembly polls: Survey
A new survey has revealed that around 80 percent of youngsters in the age group of 18 to 25 years do not want to exercise their voting rights in the ensuing assembly polls in West Bengal. ANI

Second phase of panchayat polls held along Indo-Pak border in R.S. Pura
The second phase of panchayat polls was held amidst high security in the border area of R.S. Pura in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. ANI

Car rally showcases development work in Bihar
The Lion's Club organized a car rally in Patna on Sunday to showcase the development taking place in the region, and to generate funds for improving the lot of the underprivileged people. ANI

Clash at China's Tibetan monastery could turn 'explosive': Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that a stand-off between police and Tibetans at a monastery in China could turn "explosive". ANI

Hazare fast: Kejriwal dismisses allegations of massive spending
RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption and one of the members of the Lokpal Bill draft panel, on Sunday refuted Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's allegations of massive spending during the four-day event. ANI

Hazare defends Shanti Bhushan, says CD is bogus
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday rubbished allegations accusing former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan, who is the co-chairman of the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee, of being involved in a CD controversy, and backed his presence on the panel. ANI

Who speaks for the Adivasi's right to the forests?
Much is at stake for the Adivasis in Jharkhand. Inhabitants of a region heavily forested for hundreds of years and rich in mineral and ore deposits, they have lived in close contact with nature, turning to the forest for many of their needs. ANI

Dimapur journalists' workshop stresses on humanitarian issues
A one-day workshop for journalists was recently held here to make them more aware of their role in highlighting issues of humanitarian concern and challenges, while covering events in the conflict zones. ANI

Cypriot Foreign Minister in Delhi for three days
Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou arrived here on Sunday on a three-day state visit. ANI

Assam voters pitch for development
The voters, who exercised their franchise in the second phase of assembly polls in Assam called for development in the region and reduction of unemployment. ANI

New Delhi hosts theater festival to preserve Manipur's rich tradition
In an endeavor to preserve the extremely rich theater tradition of Manipur, which has not been able to achieve the kind of popularity it deserves at the national level, New Delhi hosted a theater festival, where troupes from the northeast performed 16 different plays. ANI

Ramesh announces Rs. 200 crore for tiger relocation programmes in MP
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has announced Rs. 200 crore for village relocation programmes in Madhya Pradesh for establishing buffer zones in tiger reserves across the country. ANI

'Temple rules must not be changed': Kerala devotees
Expressing displeasure over permission granted to women in Maharashtra to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Mahalakshmi temple, residents of Kerala's Kottayam town said such the practice is a violation of traditional customs. ANI

WB polls: Gautam Deb accuses Mamata of bribing candidates
West Bengal Housing Minister Gautam Deb has charged Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee of distributing huge amount of black money amongst the candidates ahead of the assembly polls in the state. ANI

Polling begins for second phase of panchayat polls in J-K
Despite the killing of a woman candidate in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam District and the mounting militant threats, polling is underway in five blocks of the Valley for the second phase of panchayat polls. ANI

Kyocera Mita Launches “Smart MFP’s in India
Kyocera Mita India Private Limited, a part of the 11 Billion Dollar Japanese Kyocera Group has launched a new range of Multifunction Printers in the Indian Market. Dubbed as “Smart MFP’s”, these machines make regular office document processing very simple Business Wire India

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