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One dead, actress hurt during Greater Noida mall opening
One person died on Saturday after falling from a height while taking part in an adventure sport in a mall that was being inaugurated in the Greater Noida area of Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Maoist leader Panda's rivals ask Orissa Govt. to release five more Maoists (Second Update-Orissa-Maoists)
Within hours of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announcing the names of six Maoists to be released by his government, the rebels who have abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka, released a fresh audio tape on Saturday demanding the release of five more Naxals from jail. ANI

Mukherjee says slowdown may hurt banks' asset quality
A slowdown in India's gross domestic product could impact banks' asset quality, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday. ANI

Hailstorm damages property and crops in West Bengal, 35 hurt
At least 35 people were injured and public property worth millions was damaged when an unexpected hailstorm hit the regions of Malda and Dinajpur in West Bengal on Friday. ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik names six Maoists to be freed in exchange for Italian hostage (Update-Orissa-Maoists)
The Orissa Government on Saturday announced the names of the jailed Maoists to be freed in exchange for the kidnapped Italian hostage. ANI

Deshmukh says will comment on land scam report after it is tabled in Maharashtra assembly
Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Saturday reiterated that he would wait for the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on the land scam in Maharashtra to be tabled in the Maharashtra State Assembly before commenting on his indictment. ANI

Congress releases manifesto ahead of Delhi municipal corporation polls
The Congress Party released its manifesto on Saturday in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other ministers ahead of the April 15 municipal corporation polls. ANI

Records indicating Fai's anti-national activities available: J-K police chief
The Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Kuldeep Khoda, said on Saturday that the state police possesses past records that indicate the anti-national activities of naturalised U.S. citizen from Pakistan Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai. ANI

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti slams Abdullah government over misgovernance, scams
Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday flayed the Omar Abdullah-led Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday, charging it with misgovernance and involvement in various corruption-related scams. ANI

Lalu Yadav says Pranab Mukherjee has assured that jewellers interest would be protected
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president and former Bihar chief minister Lalu adav on Saturday told media here that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has assured him hat the interests of jewellers vis-a-viz the levelling of increased excise duty would be protected. ANI

Jharkhand devotees walk on fire to appease Lord Shiva
Hundreds of devotees in Jharkhand's Hesal village walked n fire on Saturday to appease Lord Shiva and pray for the well being of their families. ANI

Congress rules out closure of CBI office in Rajasthan
New Delhi, Apr.7 Congress party on Saturday ruled out the possibility of closing entral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in Rajasthan, inspite of the high court in that state aying the day before that the CBI had lost its credibility as its officials were working on the hims and fancy of politicians. ANI

Zardari's India visit will be fruitful, hopes Farooq Abdullah
Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on aturday hoped that meeting between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pakistan resident Asif Ali Zardari in New Delhi will thaw the estranged relationship between two ations. ANI

Samajwadi leader Azam Khan lashes out at Imam Bukhari for seeking election ticket for kin
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Saturday lashed out at the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid and Muslim community leader Syed Imam Bukhari for seeking a Rajya Sabha ticket for his relatives in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Congress, BJP ask PM to raise Saeed Hafiz issue with Zardari
The Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ask for strict action against Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks plotter Hafiz Saeed when he meets Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday. ANI

Orissa CM strongly refutes Maoist leader's claims
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday strongly refuted the claims of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda made by him in an audio tape, arguing that the Maoists had asked for the release of six Naxals, out of which the government was facilitating the release of five. ANI

"Sanjeevani 108"-lifeline of Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh brings to life the "gory" elements any state would fear - violence, struggle and bloodshed. For over three decades Chhattisgarh and its people have been fighting with all this and have not lost - neither the battle nor the courage to keep combating. ANI

Omar Abdullah does not have "many expectations" on Zardari's India visit
Before Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari's arrival in India on a day-long visit on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said one should not have many expectations on his visit. ANI

Forest officials rescue a python in Gujarat's Narmada District
Forest officials have rescued a python, which was entangled on a tree, in Gujarat's Narmada District. ANI

Andhra Pradesh liquor scam: Protests erupt after probe team chief transferred
Protests erupted in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday after the officer heading the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) probe team into the liquor scam in the state was transferred. ANI

Integrated check post in Punjab imposes restrictions on traders
The proposed Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Attari, Punjab, might not prove beneficial to traders, as Pakistan has notified its negative list for the country, which allows the import of only 137 items through the Wagah-Attari route, instead of the 2,000 odd items mentioned earlier. ANI

Violence erupts in Delhi after a girl dies in road accident
A girl died in an accident after a tractor hit a motorbike from behind in Aman Vihar area of New Delhi on Saturday. ANI

One killed in Firozabad building collapse
One worker was killed after a cold storage plant collapsed in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district on Saturday morning. ANI

Congress reiterates India's desire to maintain good relation with Pakistan
Welcoming Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's day- long visit to India tomorrow, Congress party on Saturday said India always wanted to maintain positive and good relations with Pakistan. ANI

Kashmir observes shutdown to protest prison term for separatist leader Fai
The state of Jammu and Kashmir observed a shutdown on Saturday in protest against a U.S. judge giving an American of Kashmiri origin, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, a two-year prison sentence after he admitted secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan and its spy service while lobbying in the United States. ANI

Welcome Mr. President
Benazir Bhutto made five pilgrimages to the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the last being in 2005. She wanted to visit one more time in 2007, but this did not materialise. Instead, she went home to Pakistan to a tumultuous welcome, but ultimately to become yet another Bhutto martyr. ANI

Proposed 'Supra-State' irks Arunachal Government
Reacting strongly to any alleged move by the Centre to offer "maximum autonomy with administrative and financial control" to Nagas, including those living outside Nagaland, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has rejected any proposal to make its districts part of the 'Greater Nagalim'. ANI

Wanted dead or alive - Well, not quite
Once again, Pakistan's most treasured jehadi jewel, Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Jamat ut Dawa, listed by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, and the ideological patron of the rabidly anti-Indian terrorist organisation, Lashkar e Tayyaba (LeT), is in the limelight. This follows the U.S ANI

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Farooq welcomes Zardari's visit to India
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Moderate) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has asked leaders of India and Pakistan to use Sunday's visit of President Asif Ali Zardari as an opportunity to cement bilateral ties. ANI

Advani urges India to press Pakistan to act on extremist militant havens
Before Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari's arrival in India on a day-long visit on Sunday, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani has urged the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II Government to ask Pakistan to act on extremist militant havens if it wants to boost bilateral ties. ANI

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