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India News on April 1, 2012

Vice President mourns demise of veteran Congressman NKP Salve
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Sunday mourned the demise of veteran Congressman Narendra Kumar Salve, better known as NKP Salve. ANI

Police baton charge locals attempting to trespass government land in Gaya
Police officials baton charged locals in Bihar's Gaya District on Sunday, who attempted to erect an idol on a government land without taking due permission from the concerned authorities. ANI

Baba Ramdev seeks limelight, threatens to sit on one day fast on June 3
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday said that he will hold a daylong fast on June 3 at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar area to raise awareness against corruption and black money hoarded within the country and abroad. ANI

Unregistered industry in Bengal holds great potential as growth agent, says Pranab
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that West Bengal's unorganised industry sector has grown faster than registered industry adding that the segment holds vast potential for further industrial development in the state. ANI

Tibetan exiles mourn recent self-immolation incidents
Tibetans living in-exile in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala region mourned over the recent incidents of self-immolation by fellow nationals in their homeland. ANI

Christians celebrate Palm Sunday in Kerala
Christians in Kerala hailed the Palm Sunday or Oshana Nhayarazhcha festival on Sunday to commemorate the beginning of holy week, ahead of Easter. ANI

Tripura Chief Minister Sarkar seeks core central planning team for regional development
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has suggested formation of a core team by the Planning Commission to monitor and assess the overall development projects in the region. ANI

Kashmir farmers to reap benefit with installation of automatic weather station
Farmers in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District have expressed happiness over the installation of Automatic Weather Station (AWS), which would help them in avoiding eventualities in the backdrop of unfavourable weather conditions. ANI

Kumar Viswas refutes Katju's claim over Lokpal
Team Anna member Kumar Viswas on Sunday downplayed the contention of Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Markandey Katju, who noted that the Lokpal body suggested by the civil society members could turn 'Frankenstein monster' and even double or triple corruption in the country. ANI

Devotees take holy dip in Ganges on occasion of Ram Navami
Thousands of devotees took a holy dip in the River Ganga on the occasion of Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Ram, across northern India on Sunday. ANI

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh sends legal notice to Arvind Kejriwal
Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh on Sunday sent a legal notice to civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to give an unconditional apology for naming him as one of the 14 Cabinet Ministers who were corrupt or had a criminal past. ANI

Diet experts warn Indians to stop increased consumption of junk food
Diet experts have said Indians are consuming junk foods more often than in the past, and have warned that this poses a major risk to their health. ANI

India observes 'Earth Hour' by switching off lights for an hour
People across India observed 'Earth Hour' by switching off electric lights and appliances at their homes and in offices for an hour late on Saturday. ANI

International conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India: Chhattisgarh CM
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh believes there is an international conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India, and adds that the motive is to destabilise and weaken the country economically. ANI

Talks with Maoists for release of kidnapped will continue: Orissa Home Secretary
Orissa's Home Secretary U N Behera has said the state government will need time to secure the release of two persons still held captive by the Maoists. ANI

Tatra truck row: CBI issues restraint order on Vectra chief Ravi Rishi
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday issued a restraint order on non-resident Indian (NRI) businessman Ravi Rishi from leaving the country, as it said that the latter would be needed for questioning next week in connection with a case related to the supply of Tatra trucks to the Indian army. ANI

Two EC officials, Indian envoy to observe Myanmar polls
The Indian Government has asked two experienced election commission officials and its envoy in Myanmar to observe the elections that are taking place in that country today (Sunday). ANI

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