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India News on March 20, 2011

Palin calls for stronger Indo- US ties
United States lawmaker Sarah Palin has stressed the importance of Indo- American ties, in a speech she gave on her visit to India, saying they are based on the shared values of freedom and free-market capitalism. ANI

Vaiko quits AIADMK alliance over seat sharing disagreement
: The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) today decided against contesting assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. ANI

'Holi' fever grips devotees across India
Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated across the country on Sunday and on Saturday with the usual gaiety, fevour and tradition associated with it. ANI

16 dead in Tripura refugee camp fire
At least 16 people, mostly children, were killed and many more got severe burn injuries in a fire incident that broke out in a refugee camp in Tripura. ANI

Security forces seize arms from Maoist hideout in Midnapore
Security forces have raided a Maoist hideout in West Bengal's Midnapore District and seized arms and ammunition. ANI

Jairam Ramesh distances himself from Jaitapur nuke project
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has claimed that the impact assessment for the controversial Jaitapur nuclear power project in western India has been done by another government agency and not by his ministry. ANI

Police seize brown sugar worth millions in Poonch
Poonch District police have seized over two kilograms of brown sugar worth over 10 million rupees from a group of four men. ANI

Moily terms BJP opportunistic on WikiLeaks expose
Law Minister Veerappa Moily has described the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as opportunist after it demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh quit over the WikiLeaks 'cash for votes' expose. ANI

Karunanidhi pledges to resolve fishermen killing issue with Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has pledged to find a solution to the alleged killing of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy. ANI

Protesting Jats clear railway tracks after Allahabad HC order
Jats protesting against the government over a demand for jobs reservation, have cleared the railway tracks near Kafoorpur in Uttar Pradesh's J P Nagar District following an order from the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. ANI

In India, Palin still nurtures White House ambitions
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has refused to turn down speculations she would be contesting in the 2012 presidential elections, during her visit to India. ANI

Hundreds throng to watch Supermoon phenomenon in India
Hundreds of sky gazers across India thronged planetariums, seashore and open fields on Saturday to have a glimpse of the Supermoon or Perigee, a natural phenomenon in which the moon comes very close to the earth and appears bigger and brighter than normal. ANI

Congress hoping for 'breakthrough' in Bengal poll talks with Trinamool
The Congress party has said that it is still keen on having a seat-sharing alliance with the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, and hopes an agreement will be reached to unseat the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist-led government in the state. ANI

BJP leaders celebrate Holi with people of different religions
Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated the festival of colours - Holi - on Saturday with people of different religions using flowers and herbal colours. ANI

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