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Over 85 percent turnout in second phase of West Bengal assembly polls
Brisk polling was recorded on Saturday in the second phase of elections in 50 constituencies spread over three districts of West Bengal, with a voter turnout of 85.32 per cent. ANI

Santosh Hegde to continue in Lokpal Bill panel
Former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde will continue to be part of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill, Kiran Bedi said on Saturday. ANI

Prime Minister calls for change in West Bengal amidst polls
Campaigning in West Bengal amidst the six phase provincial polls spread over three weeks, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday called for a change in government. ANI

Dikshit honours Sharmila Tagore for contribution to Delhi's society
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday presented awards to veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore and various other women philanthropists in New Delhi for their contribution to society. ANI

Mumbai airport runways re-open after being shut for five hours
Flights in and out of Mumbai were drastically rescheduled today after both runways at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport remained closed for five hours from 11.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. ANI

Anna, Hegde meet begins, Hegde to take final call on quitting Lokpal panel
Former Supreme Court Judge N. Santosh Hegde's meeting with social activist Anna Hazare to take a final decision on whether to step down from the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill has begun in New Delhi. ANI

Committee of inquiry set up into Tawang chopper crash
The Central Government on Saturday appointed a committee of inquiry headed by Air Marshal (Retd.) P.P. Rajkumar to inquire into the circumstances of accident of a Pawan Hans helicopter in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district. ANI

India, Bhutan, China join hands to save 'black-necked cranes'
Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the conservation of 'black-necked cranes' will not only save the endangered species, but also boost regional cooperation and forge strong bonds between India and its neighbours. ANI

President Patil to visit Mauritius tomorrow
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will pay an official visit to Mauritius from April 24 to 28. ANI

53 percent polling in West Bengal till 2 p.m.
Fifty three per cent polling was recorded till 2 p.m in 50 constituencies spread over three districts of West Bengal today ANI

Indian youth's death in Australia 'tragic': Deputy Oz envoy
The Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India, Lachlan Strahan, on Saturday said that the killing of another Indian youth in Australia is a "tragic incident". ANI

W. Bengal polls: 36 per cent votes cast in first four hours (Poll-Update)
Thirty six per cent polling was recorded in the first four hours of voting in 50 constituencies in three districts of West Bengal on Saturday. ANI

Mumbai airport runways to remain closed for five hours today
Flights in and out of Mumbai have been drastically rescheduled for today because both runways at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will remain closed for five hours from 11.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. ANI

12 killed in two road mishaps near Jaipur
At least twelve people were killed and 18 others injured in two separate road accidents near Jaipur today. ANI

W. Bengal polls: 16 per cent votes cast in first two hours
Sixteen percent polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in 50 constituencies in three districts of West Bengal on Saturday. ANI

Mirwaiz Farooq hints own men killed J-K cleric
Expressing concern over the recent killing of Jamiat-i-Ahl-e-Hadith chief Maulana Showkat Shah, Moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq indicated that people within "their own ranks" were responsible for the killing. ANI

Stop discrimination against northeastern region, say students
Citing inaction of the central government on the investigation into the helicopter crash in Tawang, members of the North East Students Organisation (NESO) urged government to stop discrimination against the region. ANI

Polling underway for second phase of West Bengal elections
Polling for the second phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal for 50 constituencies is going on today. ANI

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