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Govt. always suppresses anti-corruption crusaders, says Ramdev
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday accused the Central overnment of trying to suppress anti-corruption movements in the country. ANI

Congress slams Anna Hazare over his planned anti-graft stir
Ahead of Anna Hazare's planned hunger strike to press for an anti-graft law, Congress Party leaders stepped up offensive against the veteran social activist on Monday for refusing to call off his campaign. ANI

'We need to think of change for this nation to progress', says Hazare
Asserting that the fight on the Jan Lokpal Bill will continue, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said there has to be a mass uprising to bring about a change. ANI

Kejriwal pulls up Govt. for curbing fundamental right to assemble and protest
With the Delhi Police denying permission to veteran social activist Anna Hazare to go ahead with plans for an indefinite fast here, RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal today criticized the government for curbing the fundamental right to assemble and protest peacefully. ANI

Team Anna dares Govt., to move court if stopped from protesting
Terming the decision of the Delhi Police as 'unconstitutional' and 'undemocratic', Supreme Court lawyer and member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Prashant Bhushan, on Monday said the civil society activists would move the court if they were stopped from protesting. ANI

Central health team visits dengue affected areas in Orissa
As death toll due to dengue fever rises to 10 in Orissa, a three member central team surveyed through Talcher district to assess the ground situation in the region. ANI

Justice Santosh Hegde says Central Government is getting nervous
Following social activist Anna Hazare's decision to sit on a silent protest at the Rajghat here, Justice Santosh Hegde on Monday said it is quite clear that the Central government is getting nervous, and added that the police cannot force Anna Hazare out of the venue. ANI

BSF personnel celebrate India's 65th I-Day at Wagah border
To mark India's 65th Independence Day, Border Security Force (BSF) officials took part in the celebrations at the Wagah border check post in Punjab. ANI

Anna Hazare sits on silent protest at Rajghat
Hours after the Delhi Police denied permission to the veteran social activist to go ahead with plans for an indefinite fast here, Anna Hazare made an unscheduled visit to the Rajghat to protest against the clampdown. ANI

BJP criticizes PM's remark on people's right to protest
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari today criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh after he asked the people of the country not to resort to hunger strikes in his speech on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day. ANI

'2010 will be remembered for scams', says Advani
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Monday said the year 2010 will be remembered in the nation's history as a year of scams. ANI

'Dialogue is the key to resolving all problems': Omar Abdullah
Reiterating his earlier stand, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said dialogue is the key issue to resolving all problems and urged the people to reject violence as a means of settling disputes. ANI

Separatists call for shutdown in Kashmir Valley on Independence Day
The streets wore a deserted look here on Monday with the separatists groups Hurriyat Conference and Jihad Council calling for a complete shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on the occasion of Independence Day. ANI

Clerics officiating prayers in Agra demand hike in wages
Clerics, who conduct prayers in historic Mughal mosques in Agra have called upon the administration to hike their pay from a paltry sum of Rs. 15. ANI

Law of the land is equal for all, says Ambika Soni
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday said that the law of the land was equal for all, but added that citizens of the country wanting to protest over some issue, had to abide by the demands of the law and order machinery. ANI

Kejriwal accuses Govt. of creating an 'emergency like situation'
With the war of words between the Centre and civil society activists intensifying over the Jan Lokpal Bill issue, RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption, on Monday accused the government of creating an 'emergency like situation'. ANI

Delhi Police refuse Hazare permission to fast
Delhi Police on Monday rejected permission for Anna Hazare to go ahead with plans for an indefinite fast here as his team refused to give an undertaking that the Gandhian would end it by Thursday and restrict the number of protestors to 5,000. ANI

Tharoor hits out at lawmakers for 'paralyzing' parliament proceedings
Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has blasted members of Parliament for obstructing the functioning of the house. ANI

'We need a second Green Revolution in agriculture': Manmohan Singh
Asserting that there is a need for a second Green Revolution in agriculture, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said the problem of rising food prices can only be dealt by increasing agricultural production and productivity. ANI

Govt. to appoint an education commission to make recommendations, says PM
Expressing satisfaction with achievements in the area of education, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said the government has decided to appoint an education commission to make recommendations for improvements at all levels of education. ANI

People in Kashmir participate in environment awareness run
People in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, took part in an environment awareness-related run on Sunday. ANI

'We have to provide the common man with access to improved health services': PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that the government aims to provide the common man with access to improved health services. ANI

People across India support Hazare's fight against corruption
People across the country are coming out in open support of the movement launched by social activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Sculptor Patnaik creates sand replica of fight against corruption
Condemning the government for its stance on dealing with the menace of corruption, renowned sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand replica of social activist 'Anna Hazare' here on Sunday. ANI

Candle light vigil held on India-Pakistan border to promote camaraderie
A candle light vigil was observed at the Wagah border in Amritsar, Punjab on Sunday. ANI

Tourist influx boosts tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh
The arrival of thousands of tourists in Shimla has provided an impetus to the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh. ANI

Ramesh warns of zero tolerance for graft in rural development schemes
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that graft in rural development schemes and policies would not be tolerated at any cost. ANI

Digvijay Singh urges Hazare to follow Constitution
Senior Congress party leader Digvijay Singh has urged veteran social activist Anna Hazare to follow the tenets of the very Constitution that grants him the right to protest. ANI

Government, Hazare square off on anti corruption crusade
Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday described Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day as disappointing. ANI

Flood like situation distresses Jharkhand residents
The swelling of rivers has left the residents of Jamshedpur distressed. ANI

Maharashtra CM Chavan heckled by families of Pune shot victims
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was heckled on Sunday by the families of victims who had died in police firing on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on August 9. ANI

Indian Navy foils piracy attack, rescues Iranian vessel
The Indian Navy on Monday foiled a piracy attack after rescuing an Iranian merchant vessel MV Nafis-1, approximately 170 nautical miles west of Mumbai. ANI

Full text: PM's speech on 65th Independence Day
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of the 65th Independence of the country. Following is the full text of his speech: ANI

India celebrates 65th Independence Day amid tight security
India on Monday observed its 65th Independence Day and accompanying celebrations amid tight security. ANI

PM calls for greater vigilance against terrorism
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that the citizens and security forces of the country needed to remain vigilant and avoid laxity and slip-ups in combating and countering the menace of terrorism. ANI

PM promises forward looking law on land acquisition
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday promised the enactment of a "forward looking and balanced" law on land acquisition soon to prevent tensions and controversies over the procurement of land. ANI

Taming inflation is government's top priority: PM
Delivering a 40-minute speech from the ramparts of the historic 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said his government sees the taming of inflation as one of its top priorities, and blamed global factors like high commodity and oil rates for the price rise. ANI

Huge cache of arms and ammunition seized in Kashmir Valley
Security forces in the Tral region near Srinagar seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout on Sunday, a day before the country celebrated its 64th Independence Day. ANI

Police arrest seven Maoists in Jharkhand
Acting on a tip off, Jharkhand Police have arrested seven Maoists and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in a daring raid conducted near the state capital Ranchi on Sunday. ANI

Two killed, several injured in Katra landslide
At least two persons succumb and several are injured due to a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains in the Katra region of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Hunger strikes will not end the problem of corruption: PM
Delivering a 45-minute-long speech from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day celebration on Monday, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said that his government remains committed to introducing a strong Lokpal to end corruption in high places, and asserted that hunger strikes will not help address the problem. ANI

PM's Independence Day speech focuses on corruption, foreign policy given a miss
Unlike in the past, foreign policy issues found no mention in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 40-minute speech on India's 65th Independence Day delivered from the ramparts of the historic 17th century Red Fort here on Monday. ANI

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