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BJP focuses on corruption at National Executive meeting in Guwahati
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s National Executive meeting commenced in Guwahati on Saturday. ANI

President awards Standard to 31 SQN, Colours to 9 BRD of Air Force
The President and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Pratibha Patil, on Saturday awarded the prestigious Presidential Standard to 31 Squadron Air Force and Colours to 9 Base Repair Depot (BRD) Air Force, during a grand ceremonial parade held at the Lohegaon Air Force Station in Pune. ANI

Coast Guard organizes anti-pollution walkathon in Chennai
The Coast Guard on Saturday organized a walkathon at the Marina Beach in Chennai to spread awareness about increasing pollution in the environment. ANI

India's recovery from global economic slowdown rapid: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday remarked that the country's recovery from global economic slowdown had been rapid. ANI

'Every Pravasi Bharatiya is an Indian ambassador of goodwill'
The Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Jatin Prasada, reckons that every 'Pravasi Bharatiya' is an Indian ambassador of goodwill in whichever country he is. ANI

Implement PESA more effectively, says Joshi
Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Dr. C.P. Joshi has urged State Governments and Union Territory Administrations to implement the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) in more effective manner to reach out to the tribal and rural population across the country. ANI

Sheila Dikshit steers clear of 'Akshardham Temple' environment clearance issue
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has steered clear of Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh's remarks on the Akshardham Temple not getting environment clearance. ANI

Prithviraj Chavan announces judicial probe into Adarsh scam
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday announced a judicial probe into the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam. ANI

Kamal Nath calls for joint efforts to develop sustainable transport system
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath has appealed to all the stakeholders to join hands with the government in its effort to make the roads safer and develop sustainable transport system across the country. ANI

India as UNSC member will promote what is good for world at large
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that India, as a temporary member of United Nations Security Council, would seek to promote what is good for the country and for the world at large. ANI

Gogoi says talks with ULFA leaders will start soon
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said that talks with leaders of the rebel outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) would start soon. ANI

New 'traffic jam-busting service' making life easier for harried Chinese drivers
With traffic jams becoming a major problem in China, drivers who get stuck in traffic can now get on their mobile phones and call for a substitute to take their cars to their destinations, while the frustrated drivers are whisked away on the back of a motorcycle. ANI

Foreign Minister Krishna visits Afghanistan
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will begin his two-day visit to Afghanistan from Saturday. ANI

Madurai court issues non-bailable warrant against AIADMK leader Panneerselvam
A Madurai court has issued non-bailable warrants against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 19 other All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders in a case filed against them for allegedly damaging public property during an assembly by-election in 2008. ANI

Rupam Pathak's husband backs sexual abuse claim against BJP MLA
The husband of Rupam Pathak, the woman who stabbed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bihar's Purnea district Raj Kishore Kesri to death on Tuesday, has backed her allegation that the politician had raped her on different occasions over the last three years. ANI

Indian exports grow 36.4 per cent in December 2010, highest in 33 months
India's exports have registered a growth of 36.4 per cent during December 2010, the highest in last 33 months, at 22.5 billion dollars due to diversification of the overseas markets such as Latin America and price competitiveness. ANI

Pranab to head GoM for tackling corruption and improving transparency
In wake of growing number of scams, the UPA Government has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to suggest measures, including legislative and administrative to tackle corruption and improve transparency. ANI

India's economy to grow between 9-10 per cent from 2011: Manmohan Singh
Inaugurating the 9th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in today, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that India's growth is expected to be 9-10 per cent from next year and economic recovery was progressing well despite fluctuations in global scenario. ANI

Onion prices decline following raids on godowns in UP
Retail prices of onions have fallen to Rs 5 -10 per kg in major metros across the country following raids by income tax officials in godowns of onion traders in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Dense fog hits normal life, disrupts air-rail services in Delhi
Most of the people in national capital woke up this morning to witness dense fog and chilly weather, with reports claiming that the prevailing conditions have disrupted air and rail services. ANI

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