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India News on August 13, 2011

Cargo ship M.V. Sinin captured by Somali pirates in February released
M.V. Sinin, a 52,000 tonne Malta flagged and owned bulk carrier, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in February, was released today. ANI

'Rusty Spotted Cat', the new addition in Jim Corbett National Park
The 'Rusty Spotted Cat' (Felis rubiginosa) is a new addition to the list of cat species in the Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park in India. ANI

Security stepped up across India ahead of Independence Day celebrations
Security forces have been put on high alert in Imphal, Manipur, and Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the 64th Independence Day celebrations. ANI

Police arrest three Maoists with 7.6 million rupees cash in Orissa
The Anti-Naxalite Squad of Orissa Police has arrested three Maoists, including two women, and seized arms and cash amounting to 7.6 million rupees. ANI

India-Australia CEO's forum to meet by year end: Anand Sharma
Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma has invited his Australian counterpart Dr. Craig Emerson to India with a business delegation by the year end. ANI

Centre launches Rs. 300 crore scheme on 'vegetable initiative for urban clusters'
The Centre has launched a new scheme on 'vegetable initiative for urban clusters'during 2011-12 with an outlay of Rs.300 crore under the aegis of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. ANI

Vice President greets people on Independence Day
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has greeted the people of the country on the occasion of Independence Day. ANI

Civil society activists in Bangalore launch cleanliness drive for Lokpal Bill
To create mass awareness on the need for enactment of Jan Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill, social activists launched a cleanliness drive in Bangalore. ANI

Doctors advise Hazare to rest before beginning Aug.16 hunger strike
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who is due to begin an indefinite hunger strike from August 16, was advised by doctors at the Medanta Medcity hospital in Gurgaon to rest on Saturday. ANI

Flood situation worsens in Uttar Pradesh
Floods continued to affect several villages in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state on Friday (August 12). ANI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrates Rakshabandhan
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrated Rakshabandhan the festival that marks the bond between brothers and sisters, with school students and specially-abled children here on Saturday. ANI

Border security personnel celebrate Rakshabandhan with local girls
Security men guarding India's borders were reminded of their families and their homes as local girls tied Rakhis (sacred thread) on their wrists on Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival celebrated to mark the bond between siblings. ANI

People's Court gaining popularity among Kashmir Valley residents
The Lok Adalat or the people's court is gaining popularity among locals in Tangmarg town of Baramulla district in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state with its quick redressal of their grievances. ANI

Cloudburst kills five in Tehri
Five persons were killed and another was injured, when a house was flattened due to cloudburst that hit Tehri district in Uttarakhand on Saturday. ANI

Gujarat Government slams Chidabaram for intemperate remarks
The Gujarat government has taken serious exception to the statement made by Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram in which he is reported to have instigated police officers posted in the state to revolt against the provincial authorities. ANI

One killed, nine hurt in Assam insurgent attack
Insurgents attacked civilians on Saturday in the Bokakhat district of Assam. ANI

Maoist surrenders in Chhattisgarh district
Distressed by Maoist atrocities, an ultra surrendered before the police here on Saturday. ANI

Patna's Muslims prefer sipping Kashmiri tea after Ramadan fasting ends
Muslim devotees fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in Patna, Bihar, state prefer to break their fast by drinking special Kashmiri tea or 'Shir tea'. ANI

Dharmapuri farmers shift to sunflower cultivation for more profits
Farmers in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district have shifted to sunflower cultivation in the quest of earning more profits from the seasonal crop. ANI

Traditional pottery declining in Rajasthan
Ttraditional potters in Rajasthan are finding it difficult to earn their living, owing to an inflow of terra cotta pottery from other states at a much cheaper price. ANI

Coimbatore devotees decorate temple with vegetables ahead of Independence Day
To commemorate the 64th Indian Independence Day, residents of Coimbatore have decorated a temple with 30 varieties of vegetables and prayed for peace and harmony in the country. ANI

Politicians celebrate Rakshabandhan with kids in Delhi
Senior leader of India's main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) L.K.Advani and the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit celebrated Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival that marks the bond between siblings, on Sunday with children here. ANI

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