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Karunanidhi would continue to lead the party: DMK
The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) top brass, which met here for the second day today to decide the party's future strategy, announced that M. Karunanidhi would continue to lead the party and made no change to its alliance with the Congress. ANI

SC has ordered for a fair investigation into cash-for-votes scam: Khurshid
Commenting on Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's allegation of wrongly framing his former colleague Amar Singh in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said the Supreme Court has ordered for a fair investigation into the matter and soon the culprits would be punished. ANI

Congress supports decision to sack Vastanvi as Deoband University VC : Khurshid
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said the ruling Congress Party respects the decision of the committee, which sacked Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, as vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband University. ANI

'I will act if the Lokayukta asks me to do so', says Karnataka Governor
Reacting to the illegal mining issue, Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj on Sunday said that he will act only if the Lokayukta asks him to do so. ANI

GCPA activists observe indefinite hunger strike in Coochbehar over separate state row
Activists of the Greater Coochbehar Peoples Association (GCPA) began a fast unto death here on Sunday over the demand for a separate state. ANI

Govt. won't allow return of permit raj: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Sunday said a major challenge ahead is to put in place a legal and regulatory framework which is effective in protecting the environment, but without bringing back the hated license permit raj of the pre-1991 period. ANI

Chidambaram, Malik discuss matters of mutual interest, concern on SAARC sidelines
Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik discussed matters of mutual interest and concern during their meeting on the sidelines of the fourth South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) interior ministers' conference in Thimphu, Bhutan. ANI

Partnership with Bangladesh would help India broaden horizons in private sector: Sharma
Stating that the border haats will restore the traditional trade between the people living in difficult regions, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said India would look for opportunities to broaden their horizons in the private sector and a partnership with Bangladesh would set things right. ANI

BJP disappointed over sacking of Vastanvi as Deoband University VC
Expressing disappointment over the removal of Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, as vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband University, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said academics should be above religion and politics. ANI

Social sector schemes changing the face of Assam
The government of Assam has launched several schemes and projects for underprivileged people living in remote areas, including providing them with jobs and loans to start a business, or even to build their homes. ANI

Nagaland takes steps to curb militant-related extortion
The government in Nagaland is taking tough steps to curb militant led extortion that has badly affected the business community in the region. ANI

New, development the watchword in Tripura's Gamchacobra village
With militancy on the decline in the northeast, development and progress have become the new watchwords in states such as Tripura. ANI

Cash-for-votes scam: Mulayam backs Amar Singh, says questioning unfair
Days after Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh was questioned by the Delhi Police's Crime Branch for his alleged role in the sensational 2008 cash-for-votes scam, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday termed the questioning of his former party colleague to be unjust and a conspiracy. ANI

ULFA's decision to declare ceasefire lifts hopes for peace, prosperity in Assam
The decision of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) faction led by Arabinda Rajkhowa to declare a ceasefire and come forward for talks with the Central Government has raised hopes of long term peace and prosperity in Assam. ANI

India condemns senseless acts of violence in Norway
India has deeply condemned Friday's twin attacks in Norway in which more than 92 people were killed. ANI

20 years after, leaders and economists analyse India's tryst with economic reforms
Reacting to economic reforms introduced 20 years ago by the then Finance Minister, Manmohan Singh, political leaders continue to analyse and deliberate the impact caused by it. ANI

Vastanvi removed as Darul Uloom Deoband Vice Chancellor
Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi, who was criticized for praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in February this year, was removed as the vice chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband University on Sunday. ANI

Mumbai blasts: Death toll rises to 23
The death toll in the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts rose to 23 with the deaths of Ajay Verma and Surinder Singh Bisht at the JJ hospital. ANI

Lokpal Bill need of the hour: Shri Shri Ravi Shankar
Indian spiritual leader Shri Shri Ravi Shankar has said an effective Lokpal Bll is the need of the hour to resolve many of the existing anomalies of the Indian society. ANI

Digvijay Singh targets RSS, Bajrang Dal
Continuing to target pro-Hindu groups including the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has charged such outfits and their affiliates of spreading violence and anarchy in Madhya Pradesh. ANI

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