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Congress slams BJP, Modi over arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt
The Congress party on Saturday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, and blamed them for victimizing whistleblowers. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir bikers take out peace rally to Wagah border
In a bid to spread the message of peace across the nation, a group of bikers in Jammu and Kashmir took out a peace rally to Punjab on Saturday. ANI

Centre is in the process of consultations over Telangana issue: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that the Central government would hold more consultations to address the Telangana issue. ANI

Centre to set up National Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken today announced the decision to set up the National Institute of Sports Science and Medicine (NISSM). ANI

Cash for vote scam: We are whistleblowers, not beneficiaries, says Sudheendra Kulkarni
Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former aide of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani and an allegedly accused in the 2008 cash for vote scam, on Saturday appeared before a Delhi court pleading for bail. ANI

Azad introduces various projects on senior citizens day
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today introduced various projects to mark the occasion of International Day of Older Persons in New Delhi. ANI

Kolkata jail inmates perform play to convey message of peace in Maoist affected areas
In an effort to convey the message of peace in the Maoist affected areas of West Bengal, 18 inmates, including, four women, from Kolkata's Presidency Correctional Home and Alipur Correctional Home staged a play of noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore named 'Bisarjan'. ANI

New Senior Citizens Policy draft under consideration: Wasnik
Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik has said the Central Government is actively considering the recommendations of a committee set up to formulate a draft New National Policy on Senior Citizens. ANI

UPA-II Government is in suicidal mode: Jaitley
Criticizing the Central Government over the truce between two top Cabinet Ministers on the controversial 2G note issue, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday said it was a complete farce, and predicted that the UPA Government is in suicidal mode. ANI

Delhi health department holds special camps for senior citizens
The Health Department of the Delhi Government today organised Special Health Camps in 24 of its hospitals to celebrate International Day of older persons. ANI

Chief Minister Dikshit opens 'Mahila Chaupal' in Delhi village
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated a Mahila Chaupal at Neb Sarai village, which falls under the Mehrauli Block. ANI

Maoists halt bridge construction work in Jharkhand village
The delay in the construction of bridges over rivers connecting some villages in the Maoist-hit region of Jharkhand has increased the villagers' distress, particularly during floods in monsoon. ANI

Senior citizens organise rally to celebrate international day of older persons
In an endeavor to show that despite their age, elders were capable of performing the most difficult tasks, senior citizens held a rally to create awareness on International Day of Older Persons here today. ANI

Hue and cry over Modi's absence at national executive unnecessary: Kiron Kher
Dismissing all speculation surrounding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's absence from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meet, actress and party national executive member Kirron Kher on Saturday said due to some important work in the state, Modi could not attend the meet and people are unnecessarily making a hue and cry over the matter. ANI

Manmohan Singh keen on India developing shipping faster
Emphasising that India's growing economy offers excellent opportunities for maritime sector, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said there is an urgent need to develop shipping in tune with the global economic environment. ANI

2G case: Kanimozhi's bail plea deferred to Oct. 17
A special Central Bureau (CBI) court on Saturday deferred hearing on the bail application of DMK MP Kanimozhi till October 17 in connection with the 2G spectrum scam ANI

NYPD's 'short skirts could get women raped' warning sparks outrage
Women in the American city of Brooklyn have been left outraged after being told by some New York Police Department officials not to wear short skirts as it could get them raped. ANI

Arunachal CM denies role in minister's abduction
The political sparring in Arunachal Pradesh, which is a strategic state bordering China, does not seem to be ending, with Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin rubbishing allegations made by his PHED and Social Welfare Minister, Chowna Mein, that he was behind the latter's abduction. ANI

Sanjeev Bhatt's wife writes to Gujarat Police claiming threat to husband's life
A day after Sanjeev Bhatt was arrested, the suspended Gujarat IPS officers wife on Saturday wrote a letter to Gujarat's Director General of Police (DGP) Chitranjan Singh and Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Sudhir Sinha, saying there is a threat to her husband's life. ANI

BJP supports arrest of Sanjeev Bhatt
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain has supported the arrest of suspended senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who has accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of misusing the state machinery during the post-Godhra riots. ANI

Security forces fire only in self-defence, says BSF chief
Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava has said that the paramilitary outfit guarding the country's borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh only fires in self-defence while tackling infiltration and smugglers. ANI

Ahluwalia should explain new poverty line cap or resign, says Aruna Roy
Noted social activist and member of National Advisory Council (NAC) Aruna Roy has demanded the resignation of Deputy Planning Commission chief Montek Singh Ahluwalia if he fails to give an explanation on the new poverty line cap. ANI

Keep people's sentiment in mind while legislating Lokpal Bill: Bardhan
Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary AB Bardhan has said the Central Government must respect the opinion of the people regarding the Lokpal Bill legislation, if it claims to be democratic. ANI

Border ties between India, China good: Preneet Kaur
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has said that there exists a border mechanism that ensures healthy relations between India and China. ANI

Pawar advises Pranab, Chidambaram to publicise facts on 2G note issue
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has advised both Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to place all facts related to the 2G Spectrum allocation before the public in the interest of good governance. ANI

Suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt sent to judicial custody
Suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who was recently locked in a public confrontation with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Godhra riots, was on Saturday sent to judicial custody after a Gujarat court rejected the application for his police remand. ANI

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