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Maoist shutdown in Jharkhand hits normal life
The two-day shutdown declared by Maoists, in support of the demands made by them in Chhattisgarh to release abducted District Collector Alex Paul Menon, hit normal life in Jharkhand on Sunday. ANI

Thackeray mocks Team Anna
In a stinging attack on anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his team, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today went on record lambasting Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, calling them controversial. ANI

Foreign visits itinerary not made by President's office: President Patil
Dismissing the criticism surrounding the large number of visits to foreign countries, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, on board a special aircraft to Seychelles said the itinerary for her foreign visits was not made by the President's office but by the central government. ANI

Congress mocks Bal Thackeray's remark on Sachin's RS nomination
Congress leader and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Sunday took a dig at Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray over his statements on Tendulkar, saying other political parties could not digest the fact that Tendulkar had been nominated by the Congress-led central government. ANI

Nomination of Sachin to Rajya Sabha, Congess' dirtiest play: Bal Thackeray
Doubting the intentions behind the proposal to nominate Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha member, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said this was the Congress' 'dirtiest play'. ANI

Uttarakhand Governor credits Sonia for appointment
Newly appointed Governor of Uttarakhand and senior Congressman, Aziz Qureshi, today said that his appointment was a result of the blessings of the Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi. He was addressing media persons here. ANI

Congress refuses to comment on allegations against PM advisor
The Congress Party on Sunday refused to comment on reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advisor T.K.A. Nair was involved in caught in a land row in Bangalore. ANI

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PM aide Nair rubbishes allegations of being involved in Bangalore land scam
One of the closest advisors of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, T.K.A. Nair, on Sunday rubbished allegations that some of his relatives and a friend had been allotted land in a south Bangalore cooperative society at throwaway prices. ANI

Man kills teen daughter in Indore for having affair with boy of another caste
A man reportedly killed his 19-year-old daughter in Indore for having an affair with a boy from another caste. ANI

Socio-economic development intensifies in Northeast
The decline of militancy in the northeast has meant that the socio- economic growth of the rural areas has gained momentum, with several government schemes being implemented in the region.esidents of Dinemara Village weave clothes and sell them in markets. Earlier, they faced a militancy threat. However all such fears have subsided now ANI

18 killed in Gorakhpur bus accident
At least 18 people were killed on Sunday, when two buses rammed into each other on a busy road in Gorakhpur. ANI

President Patil leaves on nine-day state visit to Seychelles, South Africa
The President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, today left on a nine-day state visit to Seychelles and South Africa. ANI

Maoist negotiators airdash to Raipur to meet state government representatives
Maoist interlocutors B.D.Sharma and Professor Hargopal reportedly airdashed to Chhattisgarh capital Raipur to meet with state government representatives and brief them about their talks with the rebels to secure the release of kidnapped Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

Massive fire engulfs residential building in Varanasi
A massive fire broke out in a residential building in the wee hours of Sunday in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. No casualties reported. ANI

Kashmiris heave sigh of relief as Gurez-Bandipora road reopens after four months
Residents of Srinagar heaved a sigh of relief after the Gurez-Bandipora was reopened on Saturday after a gap of four months. ANI

Political, business fraternity hail Tendulkar's nomination as Rajya Sabha MP
Hailing the proposal to nominate cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, people from the political and business fraternity said this step would surely bring some positive change in the country. ANI

Talibanisation in Pakistan is a serious security threat to India: IAF chief
The Talibanisation of certain elements in Pakistan is a serious concern for Indian security as far as threats posed by its neighbours is concerned, said Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne. ANI

Pune exotic birds and fish expo attracts visitors
A five-day-long expo on rare birds and fish is attracting thousands of visitors here. ANI

Crops damaged by Siliguri hailstorm
Farmers in West Bengal's Siliguri District have reportedly incurred heavy crop-related losses in wake of a sudden hailstorm on Saturday. ANI

NHS trying to save money by sending patient files to India for processing
Britain's National Health Services (NHS) is being accused of sending patient to India for processing to save money. ANI

Presidential poll: Antony meets Karunanidhi (Update)
Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday met Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election. ANI

This Jharkhand farmer spent 14 years digging a 'pond'
Need is the mother of all inventions, says the old proverb. Today's transformed world has evolved new experiences that modify the old adages too: Denial is the new mother of all inventions. And sixty five-year old Shayamal Chaudhary of Jharkhand proved it right by single-handedly digging a pond in his village with fourteen years of dedicated effort. ANI

Mediators say Sukma Collector is safe
Mediators holding the first round of talks with the Maoist abductors of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon on Sunday said he was safe and in good health. ANI

RSS mouthpiece targets past governments on Bofors cover-up
The mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak (RSS) - Organiser-on Sunday attacked past governments, including the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for covering up the Bofors scam. ANI

Presidential polls: 'One must wait', says Abdul Kalam
Evading posers on who will be the next presidential candidate, former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam has said patience needs to be exercised on the matter. ANI

Government not to review its decision on surplus coal: Salman Khurshid
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has said that the Group of Ministers (GoM) have agreed to abide by the decision not to review the granting of permission to Reliance Power to use surplus coal from the Sasan UMPP mines for the development of other projects after taking legal opinion from Attorney General, G.E.Vahanvati. ANI

Race to Raisina Hill: A.K Antony to meet Karunanidhi
In a bid to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election, Defence Minister AK Antony will meet Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi here today. ANI

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