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Rahul Gandhi welcomes Chiranjeevi to Congress
Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief and famed Telugu actor Chiranjeevi on Saturday became a Congress party member, two months after his party announced its unconditional merger with the Congress party. ANI

Himachal Pradesh government releases booklet to promote rural tourism
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has released the first volume of a booklet titled 'Har Gaon Ki Kahani' with an aim to provide impetus to rural tourism in the state. ANI

Samajwadi Party supports Anna Hazare's campaign: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today lauded veteran social activist Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption.ddressing the mediapersons in Lucknow, Mulayam said: "We are constantly struggling against corruption, inflation and now I am happy that Anna Hazare has taken up the corruption issue and has stirred the consciousness of the people across the nation." ANI

'Young people are the real heroes of India,' says Anna Hazare
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare today said that the young people are the real heroes of the country. ANI

Lack of maritime coordination led to 26/11 Mumbai attacks, says Navy Chief
The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks took place because the concerned maritime security wings like the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and allied agencies operated in isolation, according to Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma. ANI

Election Commission directs Punjab CEO to investigate 'allegations' ahead of general elections
The Election Commission has directed Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kusumjit Sidhu to submit a factual report with regard to certain allegations about Punjab DGP received by the Commission during the review meeting it held with political parties, district election officers and senior state government officials regarding preparation for state general elections. ANI

Subodhkant inaugurates conference of state tourism ministers in Kerala
Union Tourism Minister Subodhkant Sahai today inaugurated the second Southern Regional Conference of Tourism Ministers at Kollam, Kerala. ANI

Lokpal Bill: Stakeholders appeal for a meeting minds for resolution
Saturday, the fifth day of the indefinite fast commenced by well known social activist and anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare saw a cross-section of society, including stakeholders, politicians, parliamentarians, ministers, activists and others giving their views on the issue of corruption, and what would be the most effective way to tackle the menace. ANI

Lokpal Bill: Anna's nephew to push for amicable solution
A nephew of civil rights activist Anna Hazare and the head of the monitoring committee for the UPA's flagship programs in Maharashtra, Vinayak S Deshmukh, is trying to bring the stalemate between the government and Hazare to an amicable solution. ANI

Second generation of economic reforms number one priority: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said the number one priority of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is to push the "second generation" of the economic reforms process forward. ANI

China's primary school sex education book angers parents over p*rn like content
China's first sex education textbook for primary school students, which is set to be launched in Beijing, has sparked controversy among parents over its direct description of sexual intercourse. ANI

India remembers Rajiv Gandhi on 67th birth anniversary
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh led the nation in paying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi today at Vir Bhumi on his 67th Birth Anniversary. ANI

Five militants killed as Indian Army foils infiltration bid in J-K
Five militants were killed when the Indian Army foiled a major infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Gurez sector on Saturday. ANI

Maoists kill 11 policemen in Chhattisgarh
At least 11 policemen were killed in an ambush laid by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Friday. ANI

Election Commission issues guidelines to deal with paid news, political ads
The Election Commission (EC) has issued a set of guidelines to effectively monitor "paid news" and "political advertisements" during election campaigns. ANI

Govt. committed to enactment of strong and effective Lokpal Bill: Manmohan Singh (re-issue)
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is committed to the enactment of a strong and effective anti-corruption Lokpal Bill. ANI

Lokpal Bill: Anna continues fast at Ramlila, awaits government call
Anna Hazare's fast over a demand for a strong Lokpal Bill continued at the Ramlila Maidan on Saturday with his Team saying they were ready to talk to the government, but adding that no such channel of communication has been opened as yet. ANI

'Govt trying to divert attention', says civil society leaders
Representatives of civil society on Saturday said that the government's move to invite public opinion over the Lokpal Bill by the Parliamentary Standing Committee was 'a waste of time' and a diversionary tactic to take away attention from the real issue. ANI

Planning Commission to discuss growth targets for 12th five-year plan
The Planning Commission will meet here on Saturday to discuss the growth targets for the 12th Five-Year plan. ANI

Jena to attend 58th World Statistics Congress in Dublin
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena will leave tonight for Dublin, Ireland, to attend the 58th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute from August 21 to 26. ANI

Lawmaker-actress Jayaprada's cavalcade gets stuck in flood-hit Moradabad
Lawmaker and actress Jayaprada's car cavalcade remained stuck for hours in flood-hit Moradabad on Friday. ANI

Manmohan Singh to make statement as govt. invites public suggestions on Lokpal Bill
Television channels are reporting that the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is expected to make a statement in short while from now, reflecting the government's response to civil rights activist Anna Hazare's demand to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30, failing which, he will continue his fast "till my last breath". ANI

Indo-Pak parliamentarians review bilateral relations, call for liberal visa regime
A multi-party parliamentary delegation from Pakistan interacted with their Indian counterparts during the second round of the Indo-Pak Parliamentarians' Dialogue, where both sides reviewed the relations between the two neighbours and stressed on the need for a liberal visa regime. ANI

Foreigners join Hazare's nation-wide anti graft protest
Support for anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare is spreading throughout the country, with foreigners too participating in demonstrations in support. ANI

State governments concerned about goods and services tax regime: Sushil Modi
The central government has to address the concerns of state government on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, said Bihar's Finance Minister Sushil Modi. ANI

Thousands support Hazare with candle light protests, torch rallies
Thousands of people across India held peaceful candle-light vigils and torch rallies onFriday to support veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare after he walked out of New Delhi's Tihar Jail to carry his fast in public for the enactment of a strong Jan Lokpal Bill. ANI

Mumbai traders demand review of Lokpal Bill
The Traders Association of Mumbai has called for a review of the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, and said that completely supports the Jan Lokpal Bill of anti corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. ANI

Hazare should not have been arrested: Sandeep Dikshit
Contradicting the Congress party"s viewpoint, one of its members and a lawmaker- Sandeep Dikshit - said on Friday that the police crackdown on anti graft crusader Anna Hazare was not needed. ANI

No cracks of disunity in Hazare team: Prashant Bhushan
Noted lawyer and civil rights activist Prashan Bhushan has rubbished rumors of there being differences or feelings of disunity between members of the Hazare team who are leading the nation-wide anti-graft protest against the government. ANI

Government version of Lokpal Bill unacceptable: Karat
The government's version of the Lokpal Bill is unacceptable, said Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) chief Prakash Karat. ANI

West Bengal to be renamed as Pashchim Banga
A committee comprising West Bengal's Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee and other opposition party leaders has unanimously proposed that the state of West Bengal be renamed as "Paschim Banga". ANI

Bollywood actress opens Delhi exhibition on "art on mugs" for animal rights
Lending support to the animal rights group-"People for Animals (PFA), Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor inaugurated a fundraiser exhibition of art on mugs here. ANI

Left Front students protest against Mamata government in W. Bengal
Hundreds of students belonging to the Left Front marched towards the state assembly on Friday to lampoon the West Bengal government headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for misusing its political clout to destabilize their unions. ANI

Baba Ramdev leads a mammoth rally to bring back stashed away black money
Yoga guru, Baba Ramdev led a mammoth rally here on Friday to bring back black money stashed away offshore.undreds of protestors were seen marching on roadside and shouting patriotic slogans. ANI

Hundreds throng Ramlila Ground to support Hazare
Hundreds of people continue to throng Delhi's Ramlila ground, a prominent protest site, to extend their support to veteran social activist Anna Hazare for his anti-graft campaign. ANI

CRPF chief lauds Kashmiris for providing information to security forces
The Inspector General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Operations, B N Ramesh has praised Kashmiris for providing information to security forces about militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Govt. urges Hazare to hold talks over Lokpal Bill
The central government has cleared its stand over the implementation of the Lokpal Bill and urged social activist Anna Hazare to come forward to discuss contents of his Jan Lokpal Bill to resolve the contentious issue. ANI

Geelani warns govt. to release political prisoners before Eid
The chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has asked the government to release the valley's political prisoners before Eid or face consequences. ANI

Ullas Trust Conducts 14th Annual ‘Can Do’ Workshop for 3000 Students in Chennai
Ullas Trust, a Polaris Social Initiative, conducted its 14th Annual Workshop & awarded Young Achievers scholarships to 3000 students across 170 schools in Chennai. The “Can Do It” workshop was conducted by Arun Jain, Chairman & CEO, Polaris in the presence of dignitaries such as Mr. Sanjay Arora, IPS, Addl Commissioner of Police, Mr. R Anandkumar, IAS, Chennai Corporation & Mr Business Wire India

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