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Direct contact with people essential for good governance: Akhilesh Yadav
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said the 'Janata Darbar' were essential in giving his administration an approachable face as well as furthering the cause of good governance. ANI

Decision over diesel price reforms evokes mixed reactions
Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu's statement on deregulating diesel prices and tough decisions on subsidies evoked mixed reactions from politicians and economic experts on Sunday. ANI

BJP urges Centre to consider legitimate rights of states
Claiming the 15-day deadline issued by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the central government as a 'legitimate right', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday urged the Congress party to consider her demand. ANI

World Earth Day observed in India
People across India observed World Earth Day on Sunday with an aim to save the blue planet from pollution. ANI

Abducted collector safe, claims police
The Chattisgarh Police on Sunday claimed that the abducted collector Alex Paul Menon was safe. ANI

BJP expresses concern over rise in Maoist abduction cases
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday expressed concern over the rising number of abduction by the Maoists, calling for concrete action to be taken against them. ANI

Team Anna expels Kazmi
Team Anna on Sunday expelled its member Mufti Shameem Kazmi from its core committee. ANI

BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad takes potshots at Mukherjee's 'coalition politics' remark
Hitting out at Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for his remark that coalition politics has slowed down reforms, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said there is a serious leadership and governance deficit, and also a lack of trust among UPA allies. ANI

Collector abduction: No compromise with Maoists, says Jitendra Singh
Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the Central Government would never compromise with the violent ways of the Maoists, but was ready to have talks with them and resolve conflicts amicably. ANI

Congress mum on Banerjee's 15-day ultimatum for W. Bengal debt relief
The Congress Party on Sunday refused to comment on the 15-day deadline issued by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to the Centre to announce debt relief for her state. ANI

Responsibility of centre and state governments to free Alex, says his father
The father of the abducted Chattisgarh collector Alex Paul Menon, A Varadhas, on Sunday said it was now the responsibility of the central and state governments to secure the release of his son from the Maoists. ANI

Joint Action Committee of 26 organisations call for shutdown in Jalpaiguri
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of 26 organisations have called for a shutdown in Terai and Dooars region of West Bengal on Sunday to protest the proposed inclusion of 359 areas from the region to the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA). ANI

Krishna briefed on Odia student killing by Nirupama Rao
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has reportedly spoken to Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, over the killing of K Sheshadri Rao, a young Odia student, at Boston. ANI

Collector's abduction: Agnivesh asks Maoists to come forward for talks
Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday condemned the abduction of the Collector of Chhattisgarh's Sukma District, Alex Paul Menon, and asked the Maoists to come forward for talks. ANI

Abducted Chhattisgarh Collector's wife appeals to Maoists for his release
Asha Menon, the wife of abducted District Collector Alex Paul Menon, has appealed to the Maoists to release her husband at the earliest on humanitarian grounds. ANI

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