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Bihar CM wants equity stake in Bhutan's power units
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that he will urge the Centre to make Bihar a partner in the hydel power projects being executed in Bhutan and also seek due permission to take equity stake in these ventures to meet the power needs of the state. ANI

Andhra Pradesh bye-polls: 70 percent turnout in Kadapa, Pulivendula
Over seventy per percent votes were cast in the bye-polls to Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly Constituencies. ANI

Prime Minister's Office suggests CBI, ED probe into CWG contract
The Prime Minister's Office taking serious note of the Shunglu panel findings has suggested to the Sports Ministry a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into alleged irregularities in the contracts executed by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. ANI

Untimely rains damage jute crops in West Bengal
Untimely rains have damaged the entire jute crop in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. ANI

'Sanmilito Jatiyo Abhiborton' prepares charter of demands for ULFA
The United Liberation Front of Asom's (ULFA) charter of demands have been formally handed over to the outfit's leaders by 'Sanmilito Jatiyo Abhiborton' (SJA), a civil rights group in Guwahati. ANI

Hazarika asks Baruah not to disrupt ULFA peace talks
Pro-talk United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Mrinal Hazarika on Sunday lashed out at the outfit's elusive commander-in-chief, Paresh Baruah, and asked him not to disturb the peace talks. ANI

Kanimozhi has to be subjected to interrogation in controlled environment, suggests Swamy
Janata Party President and telecom scam petitioner Subramanian Swamy has suggested on Sunday that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Kanimozhi's who was involved in the 2G scam, should be subjected to interrogation in a controlled environment. ANI

Campaigning ends for final phase of West Bengal assembly polls
Campaigning for the sixth and final phase of assembly polls in West Bengal has come to an end this evening. ANI

Land row: UP Congress charges BSP Govt. of corruption
With the farmers' agitation over land acquisition heating up in the state, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee on Sunday criticized Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government for corruption in the land acquisition issue. ANI

China begins restoring 15,000-year-old Buddhist grottoes
In an attempt to protect the 1,5000-year-old Yungang Buddhist Grottoes in northern Shanxi Province from withering, Chinese archaeologists and engineers have started restoration work. ANI

Khadi business hit due to government apathy in Uttar Pradesh
Due to negligence of the state and Central Government's apathy, the business of 'Khadi', a traditional homespun, has hit Gosai Ganj village in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad city. ANI

No significance of Mother's Day, say women labourers
Women stonecutters in Matigara block near West Bengal's Siliguri District on Sunday said an occasion like Mother's Day do not hold any significance in their lives, as they are unable to provide basic requirements of their children.They said the occasion holds no meaning for them, as they toil all day long and have never heard about it. ANI

UP land battle turns political as Opposition parties slam Mayawati
With the farmers' agitation over land acquisition heating up in Uttar Pradesh, the Opposition parties have heavily criticized Chief Minister Mayawati's silence over the matter. ANI

Need for critical analysis of Tagore's works, says Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that there is a need for a critical analysis of the works of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to understand the relevance of his ideologies. ANI

West Bengal tea workers demand hike in wages
Workers in tea estates in West Bengal's Siliguri District have demanded a hike in their wages, as they are lamenting over their pathetic lives. ANI

More helicopter services to ferry pilgrims soon: Uttarakhand CM Nishank
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who flagged off the new air service for the four Dhams-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines in the hill state, has said that more such services by private operators would be initiated soon. ANI

Four injured as UP farmers' stir spreads to Agra
The farmers' agitation over land acquisition spread from Greater Noida to Agra this morning, where at least four police personnel got injured during a clash with the protestors demanding higher compensation for their land acquired for Yamuna Expressway. ANI

SC to hear Ram Janambhoomi-Babri-Masjid case tomorrow
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear arguments in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri-Masjid title case in which a bunch of petitions have been filed by various Muslim and Hindu outfits, who have challenged the Allahabad High Court verdict. ANI

China successfully completes first flight of its unmanned helicopter
China has successfully completed the first flight of its unmanned helicopterat Weifang City of Shandong Province. ANI

20 percent polling in first two hours of voting in AP by-elections
Around 20 percent votes were cast in the first two hours of the polling, which began amidst tight security this morning for the by-election to Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies in Andhra Pradesh. ANI

Month long exhibition showcasing Tibet's history to keep its culture alive
A month-long exhibition has been organised in Dharamsala town of Himachal Pradesh to showcase the glimpses of the history of Tibet. ANI

Exclusive art exhibition held to commemorate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary
Bangladesh planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (retired) A. K. Khandker inaugurated an art exhibition on the works of famous literary genius, artist, thinker and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at the National Gallery of Modern Art. ANI

Death toll in Greater Noida farmers' agitation rises to four
The death toll in farmers' agitation in Greater Noida has risen to four, with another farmer succumbing to his injuries on Sunday. The violence has now spread to Agra with reports of clash with police coming from different parts of west Uttar Pradesh. ANI

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