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Government doing its best to root out corruption: Prime Minister
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday assured to root out corruption from his administration, saying that the Congress party has always worked for a clean and honest government. ANI

BJP parliamentary delegation to visit Jammu and Kashmir
A six member delegation of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), led by its former President Rajnath Singh, will visit Jammu and Kashmir next week to assess the overall situation of the state. ANI

People across India celebrate Anna Hazare's successful crusade for Lok Pal Bill
Thousands of supporters across India of social activist Anna Hazare's crusade for the institution of Lok Pal Bill came out into streets on Saturday to hail his success. ANI

Left-ruled Kerala govt. does not view growth as an important factor: Rahul Gandhi
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led Left Democratic Front government in Kerala has eclipsed the factor of growth by not reckoning it as an important factor. ANI

Chandrababu Naidu takes out rally in Lok Pal Bill's support
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday took out a rally to hail the Lok Pal Bill in Hyderabad. ANI

Akali Dal leader urges PM to call special session of Parliament to discuss corruption
A senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Naresh Gujral, has appealed to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue of corruption, accountability and governance. ANI

Kashmir Valley shuts down after cleric's death
Separatist outfits imposed a shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday, a day after a blast claimed the life of Maulvi Showkat Shah, the chief of the Jamiat-Ahle-Hadis in Srinagar. ANI

Sikh committee organizes plantation drive in Amritsar
With awareness on environment gaining momentum, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), an apex body overseeing Sikh shrines, has initiated a plantation drive around the Golden Temple in Amritsar. ANI

Kashmir Valley residents despondent, confused after cleric's assassination
The assassination of Islamic cleric Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah on Thursday has left most parts of the Kashmir Valley tense, even as the state administration has taken steps to beef security up to prevent law and order from going out of control. ANI

Supporters express happiness as Government accepts demands of anti-corruption crusader
Hundreds of supporters of veteran social activist Anna Hazare welcomed the central government's assurance to issue a notification for setting up a committee to redraft the Ombudsman Bill. ANI

Maoists set fire to bridge construction machines in Jharkhand
A group of 20-25 Maoists set fire to heavy machinery used for bridge construction in Gumla district of Jharkhand. ANI

2,000 years old Xi'an tomb unearthed to study Western Han Dynasty
Chinese archaeologists have excavated a tomb built more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient capital of Xi'an to study the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 24). ANI

Environment not a cost or obligation but intrinsic to business and growth: Jairam Ramesh
In a panel discussion titled 'Environment Security: Beyond Copenhagen and Cancun',Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday highlighted that environmental security is important due to domestic concerns rather than growing international pressures of mitigating climate change. ANI

Mobile restaurant enthralls gourmets in Gujarat
A mobile restaurant called 'Hijackk' is attracting food lovers in Gujarat. ANI

In North East, there is no insurgency, but cottage industry extortions: Pillai
Union Home Secretary Gopal K.Pillai has said that by and large the north east of India is free of insurgency, but still a victim of what he called " cottage industry extortion". ANI

India, Pakistan taking step-by-step approach to deal with issues, including terrorism: Pillai
India and Pakistan are taking a step-by-step approach in dealing with all underlying issues, including cross-border terrorism, as the aim on both sides is to restore confidence and trust before making commitments, said Union Home Secretary Gopal K.Pillai. ANI

Left front concerned 'evil power' taking over government in West Bengal
The West Bengal Left front committee chairman Biman Bose has expressed concern that some 'evil power' is making efforts to come to power and destroy the peace and tranquility the state. ANI

Lok Pal bill should be stringent enough to curb corruption: Shahnawaz Hussain
Shahnawaz Hussain, senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, slammed ruling Congress party over Ombudsman bill and said that the bill should be stringent enough to curb corruption. ANI

Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran lauds Karunanidhi during poll campaign
Indian Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran claimed during the poll campaign here that Chief Minister of the state M Karunanidhi has worked for the people of Tamil Nadu during his rule. ANI

Government bends, Hazare ends fast
Social activist Anna Hazare has broken his fast after the government handed over a formal notification for the formation of a joint committee, comprising of government and civil society representatives to draft a Lokpal Bill. ANI

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