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Mehbooba Mufti visits victim of security forces firing in Baramulla
Kashmir's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited family members of 22-year-old Ashiq Hussain Rather, who was shot by security forces in Baramulla District on Saturday. hile speaking to reporters after meeting the family of Rather, Mufti said: "A child was killed yesterday, the police baton charged people and tear gas was fired on them. Obviously people are angry ANI

Congress spokesman non committal on Salman Khurshid minority reservation remark, says follow law of the land
Congress on Sunday distanced itself from the ongoing Salman Khurshid row and asked its members to follow the law of the land and respect constitutional bodies. ANI

Teenage girl from Bhopal pens down 'Ramacharita Manas' in mirror writing
Kanishka Singh, a young student from Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal city has successfully penned down the holy Hindu scripture, 'Ramacharita Manas' in reverse writing. ANI

Sushma Swaraj wants Manmohan Singh to dismiss Salman Khurshid
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Sunday asked the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to dismiss Salman Khurshid after the Election Commission complained to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil against the Law Minister for his repeated efforts to woo Muslims with job quotas during the campaign for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh assembly polls ANI

Khurshid has already cleared his stand on Muslim reservation row, claims Anand Sharma
With the Election Commission writing to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil against Salman Khurshid's minority-quota remarks, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday said the Law Minister has explained his position in the past, and added that the Congress Party has always respected the constitutional mandate. ANI

Azam Khan pulls up Congress over Muslim reservation row
Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Sunday accused the ruling Congress Party of trying to achieve cheap publicity by giving false hopes to the Muslim community in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

Jayant Chaudhary slams Mayawati for ignoring plight of Dalits
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for ignoring the plight of the Dalits and the farming community. ANI

Zoo authorities in Nainital introduce pram facility for tourists visiting with children
Nainital zoo authorities in Uttarakhand have introduced pram facility for tourists visiting with children, since the zoo is situated at high-altitude making it difficult for parents to carry children in arms. ANI

Annual heritage pony race held Assam
The annual heritage pony race was recently Assam's Jorhat District, which is also one of the oldest sporting events that witnesses record footfalls every year. ANI

Sushmita Sen attends Tiger festival in Nagpur to promote wildlife tourism
A two-day tiger festival kicked off in Nagpur, which is also known as the Tiger capital of India, in a bid to promote wildlife tourism and spread a message of saving tigers. ANI

CPI-M welcomes Election Commission's complaint against Salman Khurshid
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Prakash Karat on Sunday hailed the Election Commission's decision to slap notice on Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid for violating the model code of conduct by promoting minority reservation issue during the elections. ANI

Congress backs Salman Khurshid over standoff with Election Commission
With the Election Commission writing a letter to President Pratibha Patil seeking immediate and decisive action against Salman Khurshid for his remarks on job quotas for minorities, the ruling Congress Party on Sunday came out in full defence of the Union Law Minister, and said that he had done nothing wrong. ANI

BJP demands strict action against Salman Khurshid over EC's complaint
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday hit out at Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid after the Election Commission complained to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil against him for his repeated efforts to woo Muslims with job quotas during the campaign for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Samajwadi Party blames Salman Khurshid for 'disrespecting' Election Commission
The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday hit out at Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid for 'disrespecting and challenging' the Election Commission on the issue of minority reservation. ANI

Authorities in Surat impart training to tribal women to cut, polish diamonds
In a bid to overcome the shortage of craftsmen, the diamond associations in Gujarat's Surat city are imparting training to the tribal women to cut and polish gems, thereby increasing their chances of earning a livelihood. ANI

Mamata Banerjee meets Gorkha leaders to take stock of development work
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders here on Saturday to take stock of the development work in northern areas of the state. ANI

UP polls: Shatrughan Sinha accuses opponents of practising divisive politics
Veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha has accused his political opponents of practising divisive politics in their campaign during Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. ANI

Five militants arrested in Manipur
Manipur Police has arrested five militants belonging to the CorCom group, a conglomerate of seven different militant outfits.he militants were arrested here on Saturday. ANI

President Patil sends Election Commission's letter to PM for 'appropriate action'
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has forwarded the complaint registered by the Election Commission against Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for 'appropriate action'. ANI

Chhattisgarh CM promises support to separate Telangana state
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has promised support to a separate state of Telangana if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in the 2014 general elections. ANI

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