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Dr. Binayak Sen urges Maoists to release Collector Menon unconditionally
Human Rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen on Saturday reiterated his call for unconditional release of Chhattisgarh's abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

IAF targets 42 aircraft squadrons in next five-year plan
The Indian Air Force has expressed to achieve the target of 42 aircraft squadron over the next five-year plan as against the current inventory of 34. ANI

Wife of former Maoist urges rebels to join mainstream
Rekha Manjhi, wife of former top Maoist leader Varun Manjhi has urged the rebels to join the mainstream and derive benefits of central government's rehabilitation schemes. ANI

Soccer training camp at Jorhat
A weeklong Advanced Soccer Coaching Camp, aimed at promoting football talent of the northeast, is underway at Jorhat. ANI

Bogibeel Project to bridge Brahmaputra
The 4.940 km long Bogibeel rail cum road project over the Brahmaputra will enhance the connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Baba Ramdev wants Government to confer Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev criticised the Congress party on Saturday for not conferring Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna and instead nominating him to the Rajya Sabha. ANI

Maoist threat a major concern for Assam
Even though many militant outfits in Assam have come forward for negotiations, the region faces renewed threat from the Maoists. ANI

Sonia Gandhi visits Karnataka, aims to woo Lingayat community
Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi arrived in the Karnataka to woo voters from the Lingayat community and attend the birthday celebrations of the highly respected Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami at the 'Siddaganga Mutt' in Tumkur District. ANI

Japanese Foreign Minister to pay three-day visit to India
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba will be on a three-day visit to India beginning on Sunday. ANI

Bangaru Laxman sentenced; Congress asks BJP for introspection
Hours after former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was sentenced on Saturday to four years in jail for taking a bribe of Rs. one lakh in a fictitious arms deal case 11 years ago, the ruling Congress Party on Saturday hit out at the main opposition, saying it is high time for them to rethink about their organization. ANI

Prime Minister dedicates Bhatinda refinery to nation
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday dedicated the Guru Govind Singh Refinery at Bhatinda to the nation. ANI

Bangaru Laxman sentenced to four years in fake arms deal case (Update)
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman was on Saturday sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined Rs. one lakh in connection with the fictitious arms deal case. ANI

Top woman Maoist leader surrenders in Orissa
Disillusioned by the Maoist ideology, a top woman rebel commander Nirmala, involved in various incidents of violence, surrendered before the police in Orissa's Malkangiri District. ANI

Quraishi in tune with Anna's remark on voters' integrity
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi on Saturday said veteran social activist Anna Hazare is quite right as far as the use of money power and liquor in the elections is concerned, and emphasized that the federal authority responsible for administering all the electoral processes in India is taking a lot of steps to stop the use of these two inducements. ANI

Arunachal Governor conferred with Mahatma Gandhi Seva Award
Former Army chief and Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.J. Singh has been conferred with the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Award (MGSA) in recognition of his yeoman service to the people of the state. ANI

Clinton visit to India to focus on non-proliferation
The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will focus her India visit early next month on the issue of non-proliferation, reported the Press Trust of India on Saturday. ANI

Grenade attackers arrested in Manipur
Manipur police on late Thursday night has arrested three militants of banned People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK- Progressive). They were accused of throwing a grenade at the residence of a local doctor. ANI

Anna's remark on voters' integrity disputed by BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday termed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's remark that voters were not informed enough and could be influenced by money and alcohol to be his personal opinion, and emphasized that it believes people of the country vote with full honesty and integrity. ANI

Congress takes potshots at Anna's 'vote influenced by money, alcohol' remark
Congress Party on Saturday termed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's remark that voters were not informed enough and could be influenced by money and alcohol to be a contradictory statement, saying there is a need to fight against corruption right from the bottom. ANI

Rahul Gandhi visits drought-hit Satara, assures all assistance
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visited the drought-hit regions in Mumbai's Satara District on Saturday, and assured the locals that the government would come up with a proper solution to help them get rid of all their problems. ANI

Fake arms deal case: Delhi Court to pronounce sentence on Laxman
A Delhi Court will on Saturday pronounce quantum of sentence for former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Bangaru Laxman in connection with a fake bribery case in 2000. ANI

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Third round of talks today
The fate of abducted Sukma District Collector is undecided even a week after his kidnapping, and interlocutors of the Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoists are meeting for the third time today to find a way out. ANI’s first ever ‘Warehouse Sale’ launched its first ever ‘Warehouse Sale’ at its Gurgaon campus today. This first ever brick and mortar event for the members only, allowed you to shop everything related to fashion, luxury and, lifestyle from 11am-8pm. You can shop for your favorite brands at up to 95% off, and this one time, fashionandyou Business Wire India

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