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Reservation issue for minorities does not concern Muslims alone: Salman Khurshid
Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that reservation would be for all the minorities and not just for Muslims. ANI

Manmohan Singh greets nation on Holi
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has greeted the people on the joyous occasion of Holi. ANI

Congress questions BJP's political ideology on WikiLeaks disclosure
Reacting over the expose of classified US diplomatic cables by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks stating that the (BJP) leadership had told them that its criticism of the US in public was to score 'easy political points' against UPA and when in power, it would not harm the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Congress on Saturday questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party's political ideology. ANI

Metro services to remain suspended till 2 p.m. on Holi
Delhi Metro services will remain suspended till 2 p.m. tomorrow on all six lines in view of Holi celebrations. ANI

Aarushi case: SC stays all trial proceedings, relief for Talwars
In a temporary relief to Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Nupur Talwar, the Supreme Court on Saturday stayed all proceedings against the dentist couple in the trial court in connection with the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Election Commission disqualifies 17 candidates in Assam
The Election Commission has disqualified seventeen candidates from contesting the polls for three years for their failure to submit the expenditure of the last elections they had fought. ANI

Army tightens security around international border in Poonch
The Indian Army has tightened security around the international border in Jammu and Kashmir amid reports of infiltration attempts by the militants. ANI

Elders dominate Kerala Assembly polls
More and more elderly people are flocking the party offices to file their nomination papers as candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Kerala. ANI

Nominations begin for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls
Filing of nominations for the 14th Tamil Nadu Assembly began this morning. ANI

Body of Indian girl killed in Australia cremated
The body of 24-year-old Indian student Tosha Thakkar, who was allegedly raped and murdered in Australia, was cremated here on Saturday. ANI

Top NSCN (K) militant killed in Nagaland
J. Khonwang Thomas alias Chipu Menon, a "Brigadier" in the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang or NSCN (K), was killed in Nagaland's Mon District, according to Arunachal Pradesh Police. ANI

Actor Navin Nischol passes away
Actor Navin Nischol, who is best known for his television serial Dekh Bhai Dekh, died of a heart attack at his residence in suburban Mumbai today. ANI

Jat agitators clear rail tracks after Allahabad HC order
In the wake of Allahabad High Court's directives to clear the rail tracks and roads at the earliest, the Jats, who have been demanding 27 per cent reservation in Central jobs under the OBC category, withdrew their rail blockade at Kafurpur station today to allow the movement of trains. ANI

Aarushi case: Talwars challenge trial in SC
A day after the Allahabad High Court dismissed petitions filed by Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Nupur Talwar against a summon issued by a CBI court, the dentist couple on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of criminal proceedings against them in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Jat leaders to meet Chidambaram today
A delegation of 15-20 Jat leaders will meet Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here today to find a solution to their demand for jobs reservation. ANI

WB polls: Displeased Congress to take a final call after Holi
Expressing displeasure on Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's list of 228 candidates for the upcoming West Bengal polls, the Congress on Saturday said the party will take a final decision over the issue after Holi. ANI

Tamil Nadu polls: AIADMK finalises agreement with CPI (M)
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) today finalised the process of identification constituencies for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for the April 13 Assembly elections. ANI

Supermoon not to have devastating effects, say Indian scientists
Indian scientists have said the Supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which will be seen in the night today, would not have devastating effect. ANI

Jats threaten to cut off Delhi on March 21
The All India Jat Arakshan Samiti has announced that they would continue their agitation and take legal opinion on the High Court order which has directed State and Central governments to forcibly clear the railway tracks occupied by the community. ANI

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