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'Congress is not the agency for distributing honesty certificates,' says BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said that the Congress party has no right to comment on others' honesty or dishonesty when party itself is swimming in the pool of corruption. ANI

Tibetans go on hunger strike in Delhi to protest Chinese atrocities
Tibetans in exile went on a hunger strike in New Delhi on Friday to protest the atrocities of Chinese troops imposing a severe lockdown on Tibet's Kirti Monastery. ANI

Tiger injures three people in Uttarakhand
A tiger attacked two women and a girl child in Uttarakhand's Ramnagar district on Friday, an official said. ANI

Commemoration of 'National Panchayati Raj Divas' on Sunday
The Union Panchayati Raj Ministry is organizing the 'National Panchayati Raj Divas' on Sunday to mark the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992, that came into force with effect from April 24, 1993, which institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, intermediate and district levels Panchayats. ANI

We have complete confidence in Supreme Court over Godhra case: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that it has complete confidence in the Supreme Court in the matter of the 2002 Godhra riots case. ANI

Ladakh celebrates Earth Day by planting tree saplings
Authorities and local residents, including college students, in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region on Friday celebrated the Earth Day with a mass tree plantation drive. ANI

Congress criticizes Narendra Modi's supporters
The Congress party on Friday took a dig at social activists, actors and industrialists who supported Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, after a senior police officer filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, alleging complicity of the Chief Minister in the 2002 Godhra riots. ANI

Mahesh Bhatt says Indian middle-class has amplified corruption
Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Friday said that the Indian middle-class, which gave its massive support to the recent anti-corruption movement led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare, has also helped in amplifying corruption in society. ANI

Sanjoy takes on civil aviation authorities over Tawang chopper crash
Congress leader Takam Sanjoy on Friday took Civil Aviation authorities head on over airworthiness of its 'Pawan Hans' fleet. ANI

Godhra case: Ex-Gujarat police chief Sreekumar commends Bhatt's affidavit against Modi
Former Gujarat Director General of Police R B Sreekumar on Thursday commended fellow police officer Sanjiv Bhatt for implicating Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Godhra riots. ANI

Family of murdered Jalandhar hotelier demands justice
Family members of murdered Jalandhar hotelier Gur Kerat Singh on Friday demanding justice said the arrests must be made immediately in connection with the case. ANI

Hyderabad mother of two creates chemistry symbol world record
A Hyderabad mother of two, Meenakshi Agrawal, has written 118 symbols of a periodic table of chemistry in a world record time of 91.65 seconds. ANI

Three Maoists surrender in Jharkhand
Three Maoists surrendered here before Ranch Senior Superintendent of Police, Praveen Singh. ANI

Second phase of West Bengal polls on Saturday
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in West Bengal ahead of the second phase of the assembly polls beginning Saturday. ANI

Devotees pray for recovery of ailing Sathya Sai Baba
Scores of devotees assembled here on Friday to pray for the well-being of prominent religious leader Sathya Sai Baba amid reports that his health continues to be critical. ANI

Dikshit issues protect nature message on 'World Earth Day'
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has urged the school students and teachers to protect nature on the occasion of 'World Earth Day'. ANI

Manipur theatrical societies promote Northeast's theatre
In an endeavor to preserve the extremely rich theatre tradition of Manipur, which is gradually losing its popularity to Bollywood movies and television, the theatrical societies in the state have taken up the challenge to revive theatre. ANI

13 militants formally surrender before Manipur Chief Minister
In a significant development, thirteen cadres of the Dima Halam Daogah - Jewel (DHD-J) faction recently surrendered with arms and ammunition before Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh ANI

Militants now target state departments and officials in Manipur
After targeting employees in the banking and hospitality sectors, militants in Manipur are now targeted various state departments and officials. ANI

Samjhauta blast accused Aseemanand claims innocence
Asserting that he had done nothing wrong, Samjhauta Express train blast accused Swami Aseemanand, who has also been charged for plotting the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast, on Friday claimed his innocence. ANI

Top cop says Gujarat CM Modi involved in Godhra case
Senior IPS officer Sanjay Bhatt, who was posted in the Intelligence Department, has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 Godhra case. ANI

An assassination gone askew
When on the 8th of April 2011, an IED targeted and killed Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith (JAH) president and Islamic scholar Maulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah right at the threshold of the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque in Maisuma, Srinagar, where he was to deliver his Friday sermon; it was a slap on the face of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. ANI

Hegde to take a final call on quitting Lokpal panel tomorrow
Former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde on Friday said that he would take a decision on quitting the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill tomorrow. ANI

Missing Army chopper found in Sikkim
The Advance Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' of Army Aviation Corps that went missing in Sikkim on Thursday was found in pieces today. ANI

Advani targets PM ahead of West Bengal polls
With West Bengal gearing up for the second phase of assembly polls, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani has criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, again. ANI

Sathya Sai Baba still 'very critical', say doctors
The health condition of prominent religious leader Sathya Sai Baba continues to be very critical with doctors attending him stating that most of his organs are showing very poor response to the treatment. ANI

RSS leader urges China to stop atrocities on Tibetans
Calling on China to stop its atrocities on monks of Ngaba Kirti monastery, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has urged Beijing to normalise situation in the troubled areas of Tibet. ANI

Digvijay Singh takes a U-turn, says not challenging Hegde
After former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde contemplated quitting the panel on the Lokpal Bill, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has now reversed his comments, saying Karnataka has the best Lokayukta and that his aim was not to challenge anyone. ANI

Next-Generation Vacuum-Powered Cricket Outfield Drainage System
Cricket fans will recall the India-Aus ODI in Kochi last year that was cancelled because of a soggy outfield from the previous day’s rain. A few days later, the Goa fixture of the same teams was cancelled. Reason: Rain until the previous day Business Wire India

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