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Bengal government not tolerant towards such type of message, says Prof. Mahapatra
Jadhavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who was jailed for allegedly circulating a 'defamatory' cartoon featuring West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Saturday said the that state government was not tolerant towards such type of message. ANI

CPI (M) slams Mamata government over arrest of professor
Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) on Saturday slammed Mamata Banerjee led-West Bengal Government for the arrest of Jadhavpur University chemistry professor Ambikesh Mahapatra for circulating a cartoon allegedly satirizing Banerjee. ANI

Maoists growing opium in Jharkhand to meet operational expenses
Maoist insurgents in Jharkhand have resorted to cultivation of opium and smuggling it into the international market in order to meet their operational expenses. ANI

India and Pakistan keen to encourage greater trade through new checkpost
India and Pakistan on Saturday expressed desire to encourage greater trade through the new Integrated Check Post (ICP) built at Attari, Punjab. ANI

Chidambaram to inaugurate Home Ministers' Conference on Apr. 17
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will on Tuesday inaugurate the conference of State Home Ministers on effective implementation of SCs/STs Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. ANI

Pakistan Commerce Minister non-committal on Sarabjit's release
Pakistan on Saturday remained non-committal on the issue of release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, languishing in Pakistan prison for more than two decades. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate CMs Conference on internal security
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will open the Conference of Chief Ministers' on internal security here on Monday. ANI

Mamata cartoon row: BJP condemns assault on Jadavpur University professor
Stating that there always has to be space for dissent in a democratic set up, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the brutal assault on Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra over a cartoon that shows West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with Railway Minister Mukul Roy planning how to get rid of TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi. ANI

West Bengal tea traders welcome India-Pak agreement on tea export
Tea traders in West Bengal have welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Pakistan, under which about 50 million kilograms of tea would be exported to the neighbouring country in the next three years. ANI

Sushil Modi expresses relief over reconciliation on Mumbai anti-migrant rhetoric
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday expressed relief over reconciliation on anti-migrant rhetoric made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. ANI

Siddiqui slams Mayawati for playing with emotion of Dalits
Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui on Saturday criticized Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati for unnecessarily whipping up Dalit emotions. "Mayawati has been praying to God since we came to power that something should be done by us and she would get a chance to whip up passion amongst the poor Dalits. She wants add fuel to the fire. But we did not give her any such opportunity ANI

Haj pilgrims to get passport on priority basis
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued instructions to all Regional Passport Officers in the country to issue short validity passports to Haj pilgrims pending receipt of police verification report ANI

Krishna to visit United Arab Emirates
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from April 14 to 16. ANI

Rita Bahuguna takes potshots at Mayawati's warning to Samajwadi Govt.
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Saturday hit out Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati over her remarks that the law and order situation may worsen across India if the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) attempts to construct anything on parks and memorials built in honour of Dalit icons. ANI

Dalit statues row: 'Feelings of all classes should be respected', says Congress
Hours after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati warned the Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in Uttar Pradesh to stay away from the parks and statues constructed during her regime, Congress Party on Saturday said the feelings of all classes should be respected, and added that no one should play with the statues. ANI

Mayawati wants statues of Dalit icons, including hers, to stay
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday issued a stern warning to the Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in Uttar Pradesh, asking it to stay away from the parks and statues constructed during her regime. ANI

Akhilesh meets PM, seeks more central funds for UP
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Saturday, said that the latter has assured him that the Centre will assist all schemes of the state government. ANI

Earthquake in Gujarat, tremors jolt parts of Maharashtra
An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale shook Gujarat's Rann of Kutch region at around 9 a.m. on Saturday. ANI

Nation pays homage to B.R. Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary
The nation on Saturday pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary. ANI

UP CM Akhilesh to meet PM, ask for more central funds
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here on Saturday seeking more central assistance for development in the state. ANI

Nitish to arrive in Mumbai today for 'Bihar Divas' celebrations
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will arrive here on Saturday to participate in the 'Bihar Divas' celebrations. ANI

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