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Enforcement Directorate must come up with proof: Hasan Ali's counsel
The counsel for Hasan Ali Khan, alleged money launder, on Saturday said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) should come up with solid proof before the Mumbai sessions court instead of making mere allegations. ANI

81 percent turnout in fifth phase of West Bengal polls
Eighty-one percent polling was recorded in the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 38 constituencies on Saturday. ANI

India attaches great importance to its bilateral ties with Bangladesh: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that good relations with neighbours, especially with Bangladesh, is a foreign policy priority for India. ANI

Prime Minister releases set of postage stamps on Rabindranath Tagore
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday released a set of two commemorative postage stamps commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. ANI

PAC chief lashes out at critics; defends report on 2-G scam
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday said that Congress party leaders were trying to sabotage the panel's 2G draft report as it has accused several ministers including Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

Bangladesh delegation visits Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi
A 19 member delegation from Bangladesh led by Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A.K. Khandker today paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. ANI

Centre sets up Tagore award for international brotherhood
The Central government has decided to institute a prestigious international award in the name of Rabindranath Tagore to recognize distinguished contributions towards the promotion of international brotherhood and fraternity, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said on Saturday. ANI

Congress issues advisory to its chief ministers to reduce chopper use
In the wake of the tragic demise of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu last week in a chopper crash, the Congress party has reportedly issued an advisory to all of its chief ministers to cut down on the use of choppers for their travels across the states. ANI

Binayak Sen criticises judiciary, government on social issues
Nearly a month after the Supreme Court granted him bail, Maoist sympathiser and medical practitioner Binayak Sen on Saturday criticised the country's lower judiciary for allegedly twisting the legal framework to convict him on sedition charges. ANI

Entertainment tax disappoints boat operators in Nainital
Boat operators in Nainital District have expressed disappointment over a state government decision to levy 20 percent entertainment tax on paddle boats. ANI

To bet the heat, tourists throng river rafting spots in Kullu
To bet the searing summer heat, hundreds of tourists and adventure lovers are indulging in white water rafting in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district. ANI

Ornamental fish exhibition attracts visitors to Tiruchirapalli
An ongoing ornamenta; fish exhibition has attracted scores of visitors in Tiruchirapalli city of Tamil Nadu over the past two days. ANI

Air India passengers continue to face problems after end of pilot strike
Passengers across India continued to face problems on Saturday despite Air India (AI) pilots calling off their ten-day strike. ANI

Change of guard ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Hundreds of people thronged to see the 'changing of the guard' at Raisina Hills and inside the Iron Gate of Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Saturday. ANI

Manipur's agriculture fair promotes newer farming methods
A three day agriculture fair was recently held here to spread awareness among the farmers about the need to learn newer methods of farming. ANI

Dimapur rehabilitation centre offers limb transplantation
To boost the medical facility in north east region, the Dimapur District Rehabilitation centre (DDRC) provides artificial limb transplantation to disabled people. ANI

Assamese school girl wins US space symposium award
Northeast, which has over the years produced many talents, has added another feather to its cap through, Anubhuti Gohain Boruah, who has been recently awarded the 'Humans in Space Symposium' Youth Art Competition Award organised by NASA-Johnson Space Centre, USA. ANI

Indoor snow park lures tourists to Ahmedabad
Tourists are flocking to Ahmedabad to join its residents at an artificial indoor snow park. ANI

Myanmarese students learn in English in Moreh
With the opening of formal border trade between India and Myanmar through Moreh and Tamu, a number of Myanmarese students are flocking to Moreh in Manipur to learn English. ANI

Guwahati promotes puppetry through festival
To promote and encourage puppet culture, the sixth edition of the national puppet festival was recently held here. ANI

Students protest firing at Imphal school
Students and teachers have protested against firing on school premises by unidentified gunmen earlier this week. ANI

20 Garo ultras surrender in Meghalaya
Twenty Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres, along with its chief training instructor, Ningrang Sangma, recently laid down their arms before the Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh. ANI

Manipur militants target stone crushers
After targeting employees in the banking and hospitality sectors, militants in Manipur are now targeting stone crushers who work as a daily labourers in the state. ANI

International award to be instituted in Tagore's name: Manmohan Singh
Launching the year-long celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today announced the institution of a prestigious international award in the name of the Nobel Laureate. ANI

Need to evolve an education system appropriate for Ladakh
A Ladakhi's perception about the region would naturally be different from how it is perceived by the outside world and I believe these two need to converge to 'demystify' the region, its people, its culture and way of life. ANI

NOIDA farmers hold government employees hostage over land dispute
Farmers in Greater NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, have taken three government employees hostage and have seized a bus after local authorities refused to hear their pleas over land compensation. ANI

Hurriyat chief Geelani leads prayers for Osama
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday led funeral prayers here for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Change of guards at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Hundreds of people thronged to see the 'Change of Guard Ceremony' at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today. ANI

Kanimozhi part of bigger 2G conspiracy: CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is looking into the 2G scam, on Saturday opposed the bail plea of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi, saying she was aware of all irregularities. ANI

Striking Air India pilots get back to work
Air India pilots have resumed work, a day after calling off their ten-day old strike, which resulted in an estimated loss of over Rs 150 crore. ANI

Swami Aseemanand's bail plea rejected
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Saturday rejected the bail plea of Swami Aseemanand, a key accused in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast. ANI

2G scam: Kanimozhi's bail hearing today
A special CBI court will on Saturday resume hearing the bail plea of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum allocation case. ANI

Polling underway for fifth phase of West Bengal elections
Polling for the fifth phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal for 38 constituencies is going on today. ANI

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