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Swami Agnivesh joins POSCO land acquisition protest in Orissa
Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Saturday extended his support to villagers in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur district to protest the forceful acquisition of their lands for the 12 billion dollar POSCO steel project. ANI

Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust re-purchases Amethi cycle factory
The trust of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has re-purchased an old cycle manufacturing company in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, for 116 million rupees. ANI

Gopinath Munde arrives in New Delhi for BJP meet amid rumours of defection
Brushing aside rumours of him joining the Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde on Saturday reached New Delhi for a high-level party meet. ANI

India lodges protest against PNS Babur's risky manoeuvres
India on Saturday lodged a protest with the Pakistan government over Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) Babur's "risky manoeuvres" which jeopardised the safety of INS Godavari and its crew. ANI

Arunachal RTI activist gets clean cheat in pistol planting case
Arunachal Pradesh police has made a breakthrough in the June 6 frame-up case involving the discovery of a pistol and two bomb-like objects from the car of RTI activist and Sango Lomte Foundation (SLF) chairman Payi Gyadi with the arrest of three persons, giving Gyadi a clean cheat. ANI

Former militants being hired for civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir: Police
Business mafia in Jammu and Kashmir is hiring former militants to kill civilians in the state, the state police have said. ANI

Kumaraswamy slams Yeddyurappa for trying to tarnish his political image
Adding to the verbal battle between opposition and ruling parties of Karnataka, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) chief H. D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday criticized Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, claiming that he attempted to frame him. ANI

Arunachal rights group reacts strongly to alleged pistol planting by a minister
The Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) has reacted strongly over the alleged report of the involvement of senior Cabinet Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Rural Works Department Atum Welly in the reported criminal conspiracy hatched against Payi Gyadi, the Chairman of the Sango Lamte Foundation and an RTI activist. ANI

Sushilkumar Shinde to visit Sweden and Italy to promote cooperation in power sector
A delegation led by Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will embark on a five-day visit to Sweden and Italy on Monday. ANI

Commonwealth meet decides to strengthen voter participation
The first ever meeting of the working group of the recently created Commonwealth Network of National Election Management Bodies (CNNEMB) has concluded in New Delhi with a call to Commonwealth countries to bring voter education to the centre of election management. ANI

Baba Ramdev's supporters propose demonstration on foreign soil
After having been chased away from Ramlila Maidan by Delhi Police, now Baba Ramdev's supporters will stage demonstration against the Indian government on foreign soil. ANI

Air Canada to operate daily flights to India
Air Canada is planning to operate daily flights to India by the end of this year. ANI

Karat calls for enhanced unity among Left factions, denies merger reports
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that his party would work for closer co-ordination with Communist Party of India to strengthen the unity of the Left parties in the prevailing political circumstances. ANI

Indian Army Chief to visit Bangladesh
Chief of Army Staff, General VK Singh, will visit Bangladesh from June 19 to 23 to expand the defence ties between the two countries. ANI

Posco land acquisition halted due to heavy rains
Land acquisition by the Orissa government for Posco's mega steel project in Jagatsinghpur District could not be resumed for the second day on Saturday due to heavy rains. ANI

BJP leaders to meet over Munde issue
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will meet here today in an attempt to bring around sulking Maharashtra leader Gopinath Munde amid intense speculation whether he would remain in the party. ANI

Posco land takeover to resume today, protest intensifies
With the Orissa Government gearing to begin the land acquisition for Posco's mega steel project in Jagatsinghpur District, protests at the site intensified on Saturday with villagers refusing to move from the project site. ANI

Climate change deniers spreading misinformation: Environmental groups
Several environmental groups, including Climate Revolution, have criticised the Delhi-based Liberty Institute, the Institution of Engineers, Karnataka state Centre (IEI-KSC) and the Karnataka Environment Research Foundation (KERF) for claiming that passive smoking isn't harmful ANI

India to reach out to Aung San Suu Kyi during Krishna's Myanmar visit
As External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna undertakes a two-day bilateral visit to Myanmar from Monday, he is likely to touch base with Burmese democracy icon Aung san Suu Kyi. ANI

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