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Opposition parties pull up UPA Govt. over WikiLeaks disclosure
Cutting across party lines, the opposition parties took on the Congress Government at the Centre on Sunday, saying the cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has exposed malpractices and loopholes of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). ANI

'I do not need any kind of police security', says Anna
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday refused to be guarded by top grade police officials in Maharashtra even as he stressed on a stronger Lokpal Bill. ANI

Bihar CM Nitish favours bringing PM under Lokpal
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday favoured inclusion of the Prime Minister and the chief minister in the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill and Lokayukta Bill respectively. ANI

Uttarakhand farmers incur huge losses due to elephant rampage
Farmers in Haldwani, which is one of the of the major business centre of Uttarakhand especially for Kumaon Region, incurred huge losses as wild elephants from the adjoining forest went on a rampage and inflicted damage to their sugarcane and paddy crops. ANI

Third annual Hindu pilgrimage to Gangabal temple kicks off in J-K
Devotees from all over the country participated in a Hindu pilgrimage, which kicked off for the third consecutive year on Sunday, to offer prayers at the ancient Gangabal temple of Lord Shiva located at around 12,000 feet in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Tourists flock to Udaipur to catch a glimpse of overflowing lake
With the water overflowing from the gates of the Fateh Sagar Lake, tourists flocked to Rajasthan's Udaipur city in large numbers on Sunday to catch a glimpse of the panoramic view. ANI

Omar defends Afzal tweet, pulls up BJP
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday defended his remarks on the issue of execution of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Parliament. ANI

Sibal stresses on need for dialogue, cooperation on important issues
In an indirect reference to the recent political jam between the UPA Government and members of the civil society led by veteran social activist Anna Hazare over a strong Lokpal Bill, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday emphasised on the need for dialogue and cooperation on all important issues. ANI

B. Sriramulu quits Karnataka Assembly
Former Karnataka Health Minister B. Sriramulu, who is an accused in the illegal mining scam along with the mining barons Reddy brothers, G Janardhana and G Karunakara, quit the Karnataka Assembly on Sunday after being upset for not been given the ministry again. ANI

Buddhist monk renders his services in Himachal Hindu temple
Setting up an example of communal harmony, a Buddhist priest named Wangdup Tsering has been rendering his services in a Hindu temple of Lord Krishna for past 56 years in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur District. ANI

Scindia wants justice for slain RTI activist's family
Minister of State for Commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday said a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe must be done into Shehla Masood's murder case so that the perpetrator of the heinous crime comes to the fore and justice is delivered to the RTI activist's family. ANI

Cultural programme promotes harmony between northeastern states
Thousands of people from the northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland participated in the trans-border cultural programme that was organised to promote friendship and harmony between the two states. ANI

CPM opposes Govt.'s move to allow industrial houses to start pvt. Banks
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Sunday opposed the move of the Congress-led United progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to allow industrial houses to start private banks. ANI

PM's Dhaka visit will be high on substance, low on symbolism: Experts
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will be embarking on his first visit to eastern neighbor Bangladesh next week. Six pacts including Border, Teesta river water sharing and transit are expected to be signed during the high profile visit. ANI

Jute farmers in WB incur heavy losses due to competition from Bangladesh
Jute farmers in West Bengal are incurring heavy losses due to goods produced in the neighbouring Bangladesh. ANI

Painting competition held to promote eye donation in Bangalore
In a bid to spread awareness about eye donation, a painting competition was held in Bangalore, Karnataka, on Saturday. ANI

Women artists organizing mural painting exhibition in Kerala
To show reverence for Lord Ganesha, women artists have organized an exhibition of mural paintings in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, depicting various forms of the Hindu God. ANI

Empowerment of women will bring socio-economic change in India: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reckons that women empowerment at the grass root level would bring the desired social economic change in the country. ANI

Himachal Pradesh govt. urged to take steps to avert flood damage
Locals of Himachal Pradesh's Sangla village have urged the state government to take adequate steps to avert large scale damage that could be caused due to floods. ANI

Demand for lotus fruit rises in Jammu and Kashmir
Growers and sellers of lotus fruits or nelumbo nucifera in Jammu and Kashmir have said that they are pleased with the profits they earned due to the rise in demand of the fruit among locals. ANI

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