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Swami Agnivesh questions diversion of donated funds
Former close aide of veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, Swami Agnivesh, on Sunday questioned the use of donation funds by the public, claiming that the money deposited in the trust run by Arvind Kejriwal lacks the names of major team members from the trustee list. ANI

Students in Kerala design high-tech robotic cars
College students in Calicut, Kerala, displayed high-tech robotic cars designed by them at the annual techno management festival on Saturday. ANI

Coimbatore school students create largest candy mosaic for world record
School students in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday attempted a world record by making a candy mosaic with a message to create awareness about global warming. ANI

Longest polio-free period ever seen in India
Only one polio case has been detected so far this year in the country making it the longest polio-free period ever since eradication efforts were launched, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. ANI

Centre trying for 'early resolution' of Telangana issue: Azad
Union Health Minister and Congress in-charge for Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is trying to resolve the separate Telangana state issue in the most amicable way. ANI

Nepal Prime Minister concludes four-day India visit
Nepal Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai returned home on Sunday evening after wrapping up his four-day official visit to India. ANI

BJP criticizes Congress over mishandling of 2G scam case
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today slammed the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over its inability to properly prosecute those involved in the 2G scam. ANI

Indian army chopper safely lands back in Kargil
The Indian army helicopter, which was in the middle of a controversy after it breached Pakistan's airspace, has landed back in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district. ANI

Mukherjee wants discussion with PM before announcing Bengal package
Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said on Sunday that he would discuss with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before he announces a financial package for West Bengal. ANI

Darjeeling bridge death toll rises to 32
The death toll due to a bridge collapse has shot up to 32 as two more bodies were recovered in Darjeeling District of West Bengal on Sunday. ANI

Bhutan king, queen arrive in India on nine day visit
Bhutan's immensely popular King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrived here with his newlywed queen, Jetsun Pema, on a nine-day state visit to India on Sunday. ANI

Festive fever grips Muslim workers in Moradabad ahead of Diwali
Diwali, signifying the victory of good over evil is also a time when communal harmony is on show for all. ANI

Buddhist monks offer prayers for Sikkim earthquake victims
Hundreds of devotees and monks converged at the Nor Gumpa Monastery in Gangtok to pray for victims who had lost their lives in the September 18 earthquake. ANI

PM directs Mukherjee, Chidambaram to stay in Delhi during his foreign tours
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has directed either Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee or Home Minister P Chidambaram to remain in Delhi to oversee issues of national urgency during his absence from India in the first half of November,when he would be visiting France, Maldives and Indonesia. ANI

Police arrest Maoist in Orissa operation, seize weapon
Police in Orissa's Malkangiri District have arrested a Maoist and seized his weapon during an operation in a forest area. ANI

Mobile phones revolutionizing Mizoram
Technology is a great leveler as it helps bridge gaps between people, it is evident from the fact that expanding telecommunications network in the region has brought Mizoram closer to the rest of the nation. ANI

Contestants walk the ramp at Ms. Shillong 2011 beauty pageant
Fifteen beautiful contestants walked down the ramp exuding confidence and oomph during the recently held Ms. Shillong 2011 contest. ANI

Advani slams UPA Government for failure to combat Maoists
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.Advani has criticised the UPA Government for its failure to combat the Maoists. ANI

Mao Nagas celebrate 50 years in Delhi
Hundreds of Mao Nagas from different walks of life gathered at the Shankar Auditorium of Delhi University to mark 50 years of their living in Delhi. ANI

Northeast to act as bridge between India, S.E. Asia
The central government is promoting the northeast as a trading hub and a bridge to Southeast Asia. ANI

Two killed, 25 injured in Jammu bus accident
Two passengers were killed and 25 injured as a bus skidded off a national highway and fell into a gorge in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Advani says will take Jan Chetna Yatra through Bangalore
Rubbishing reports of cancellation of his Bangalore rath yatra, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said he will take his Jan Chetna Yatra to the city. ANI

Adulterated sweets, oil seized from Varanasi, Gorakhpur shops
Authorities in Varanasi and Gorakhpur have raided shops and seized adulterated sweets and oil ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. ANI

Students oppose Manipur blockade
A student rally organized under the banner of Sadar Hills Private Schools Association, Kangpokpi has urged the blockaders to reach an amicable solution with the government to end the stalemate. ANI

Karunanidhi to stay in Delhi till Kanimozhi's bail verdict announcement
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M.Karunanidhi is likely to stay on the national capital till a verdict on the bail plea of his daughter and DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi is announced. ANI

Mamata Banerjee to visit Darjeeling bridge collapse site
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit the site of a bridge collapse in Bijonbari area of West Bengal's Darjeeling district on Sunday, a day after 30 people lost their lives in the incident. Several others were also injured in the mishap. ANI

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