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India News on February 6, 2011

Praja Rajyam Party merges with Congress
Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief and famed Telugu actor Chiranjeevi on Sunday announced his party's unconditional merger with the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress party here after ameeting at Gandhi's official 10, Janpath residence. ANI

2G scam: Karunanidhi sends legal notice to Swamy, it will land in dust bin, says Swamy
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Janata Party are at war, at least verbally, over the 2G scam. ANI

India considering Cairn India-Vedanta merger proposal in a positive frame of mind
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on Sunday said that it is considering the proposal of merger of Cairn India and London-listed Vedanta in a positive frame of mind. ANI

Prime Minister to inaugurate Vallarpadam container terminal on February 11
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate a Rs.3,250 crore International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam in Kerala on February 11. ANI

Minor girl in Uttar Pradesh attacked for resisting rape
A 16-year-old girl has been left severely injured after she was attacked by four men for resisting a rape attempt in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur district on Sunday. ANI

Another menacing pirate mother vessel neutralized by Indian Navy and Coast Guard
In a well coordinated and jointly conducted operation, the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard intercepted Prantalay-11, a pirate mother vessel which was being used by Somali pirates since April last year, for piracy at various locations in the Indian Ocean. ANI

Himachal Pradesh launches monkey sterilization drive to curb its population
The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a monkey sterilization drive in Shimla to curb the increasing population of the primate in the city. ANI

MDMK leader goes on hunger strike protesting against fishermen killings
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) General Secretary, Vaiko, went on a hunger strike on Sunday to protest against the recent killings of local fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. ANI

Tiger found dead near Jim Corbett National Park
A tiger was found dead in the western Terrai forest divisions bordering the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand on Sunday. ANI

Image of independent judiciary necessary for Pakistan, says Pakistan's Chief Justice
Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the image of independent judiciary is necessary for Pakistan to guarantee a democratic system. ANI

Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam Party to merge with Congress
Telegu cine star and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief Chiranjeevi on Sunday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and announced that he will merge his party with the Congress to strengthen the relationship between the two parties in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh lures tourists
Scores of tourists thronged Himachal Pradesh's high altitude regions on Sunday to witness the fresh snowfall. ANI

Maoists set truck on fire in West Bengal
Suspected Maoists and Peoples' Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) workers on Sunday set a truck carrying sponge iron on fire in West Bengal's West Midnapore district. ANI

Justice often remains a theoretical concept for poorer section of society: Pratibha Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Sunday said that justice is often inaccessible to poorer section of the society due to high fees of courts and lawyers. ANI

Army to conduct its own probe in Kashmir youth killing: Army Chief
Army Chief General V.K. Singh today said that the Army would make an enquiry 'on its own' into the killing of a youth in Kashmir, who was allegedly killed in an army ambush after which a murder case was lodged against the army unit. ANI

Uttarakhand Police maintain strict vigil over Tibetan refugees post Karmapa Lama controversy
Post the money laundering case featuring Tibetan leader Karmapa Lama, the police authorities in Uttarakhand's Dehradun city are maintaining strict vigil on the credentials of the Tibetans-in-exile in the region. ANI

US sensitive about detained Indian students: Roemer
US Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, on Sunday said that United States of America is sensitive about the plight of detained Indian students and their problems, and intends to take steps to prevent their exploitation. ANI

Legal order must constantly adapt itself to change: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Sunday said developing countries needed a legal system that is conducive to rapid economic development and one that had a built-in mechanism to promote equitable distribution of gains from development. ANI

Chiranjeevi to meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi
Telegu cine star and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief Chiranjeevi will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today amid speculation that he will merge his party with the Congress and hold discussions on strengthening the relationship between the two parties in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Mukherjee to convene all-party meet on Feb. 8 to break Parliament deadlock
In an endeavor to ensure that the 'Budget Session' of Parliament functions smoothly, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has convened a meeting of leaders of all political parties on February 8 to resolve the deadlock in the Parliament on the issue of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Bottle of French rare vintage fetches a record 77,412 dollars at auction
A bottle of yellow wine, Vin jaune, from 1774 has fetched 77,412 U.S. dollars in eastern France, setting a record price. ANI

Beggars, sex workers and eunuchs get place in Census 2011 as other category
In the ongoing first phase of census count in Agartala, beggars, sex workers and eunuchs have got a place in the Indian Census 2011 as the other category. ANI

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar urges people to lead healthy lives in Delhi
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared his vision of a healthy life and a stable mind at a healthcare conference held at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday. ANI

CRPF deploys women battalion in Siliguri to stop GJM protest
Authorities deployed a battalion of women Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in West Bengal's Siliguri town to stop a protest rally held by activists of the regional Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists. ANI

Protesting women block Mayawati's convoy in Aligarh
Scores of grieving women blocked a convoy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday accusing a state minister of alleged murder and harassment. ANI

Stray leopard spreads chaos in Thane
The sighting of a leopard spread panic among Thane District residents on Saturday. ANI

Veteran industrialist calls on PM to tackle corruption, other major issues
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Sitaram Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of Jindal Aluminium Ltd., has appealed to him to end what he termed the "miserable quality of governance" that prevails in the country. ANI

Burdwan residents protest against police atrocities
Scores of locals staged a protest here on Saturday against the torching of an office of the regional Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, allegedly perpetrated by the security personnel. ANI

Korku dialect is more than a linguistic identity for many
"Aye Korku Modin Dhyan Bati Jiv Taso Korku odi Saeeva." This, in Korku dialect means Korku will die out for want of immediate attention. Korku is a dialect spoken down the generations in Khargon, Khadwa, Betul, Hoshangabad districts in Madhya Pradesh. ANI

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