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Air India pilots call off agitation
Air India pilots today called off their agitation. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) made this announcement. ANI

Vice President calls upon people to give greater attention to Urdu language
At a book release function here today, Vice President Hamid Ansari called upon people to give greater attention to the beautiful language of Urdu. ANI

Police seize huge cache of liquor in poll-bound Punjab
Police seized huge cache of liquor and arrested people involved in such nefarious activities on Saturday from various districts of Punjab, ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled to take place at the end of the month. ANI

Police questions Baba Ramdev assaulter
A few hours after a man named Kamran Siddiqui, splashed black ink on yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Delhi Police began questioning the attacker after detaining him. ANI

Baba Ramdev ink row: assaulter's brother protests beating of his sibling
The brother of Kamran Siddiqui, who threw black ink at yoga guru Baba Ramdev protested outside the police station in New Delhi on Saturday in wake of the assault on his brother after he threw ink on Baba Ramdev. ANI

'Ink attack' on Baba Ramdev sparks socio-political outcry
Leaders cut across the social and political spectrum unequivocally to condemn the black 'ink attack' on yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday, and called for strict action against the perpetrator. ANI

Congress, BJP condemn black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev
The ruling Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday condemned the black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev at New Delhi's Mavlankar Hall, but also used the opportunity to score points over each other on issues of black money and corruption. ANI

Anna Hazare condemns black ink attack on Baba Ramdev
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday condemned the attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev. ANI

Indian Army: Poised to safeguard the nation and uphold democratic norms
In India, the month of January witnesses two things in ample measure - the biting cold and a spirit of nationalism. National fervor is whipped up by the Republic Day celebrations with parades and revelries generating tremendous enthusiasm. ANI

Authorities launch plantation drive in Solan
Authorities in Himachal Pradesh's Solan District launched a plantation drive in a bid to educate residents about steps that need to be taken to protect the environment. ANI

Pune politician adorns gold worth millions
Samrat Moze, a prospective candidate for civic body elections in Pune sported valuables worth millions to attract voters. He adorned himself with heavy gold chains, thick quintessential bracelets and fat rings. ANI

Devotees observe Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip River Ganga
Thousands of Hindu devotees in took a holy dip in the River Ganges on Saturday to mark the start of the Makar Sankranti festival. ANI

Abducted villager escapes from Maoists captivity in Narayanpur, Chattisgarh
A daring villager abducted by Maoists escaped the clutches of his captors in the Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District on Friday. ANI

Lifeline of the livelihood improvement project needs to be extended
Poverty is a favourite among the main agendas picked up by the political parties during elections, a standard feature of any campaign. Once again we have state elections lined up in five states where promises of policies to eradicate poverty are blaring out loud. ANI

Black ink thrown on yoga guru Ramdev
A man was arrested on Saturday for throwing black ink on yoga guru Baba Ramdev during a press conference. ANI

President, VP, PM greet nation on Makara Sankranti and Pongal
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh has greeted the nation on the joyous occasion of the festivals of Makara Sankranti and Pongal. ANI

Sriprakash Jaiswal justifies Khurshid's statement on reservation quota
Justifying Salman Khurshid's statement promising minority reservation of 4.5 percent included within the existing 27 percent OBCs, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said that declaring the reservation on the basis of new census is not illegal and as such the Law Minister has not violated the moral code of conduct by proclaiming it. ANI

Maneka Gandhi slams Digvijay Singh for terming Batla house encounter as fake
Commenting over Digvijay Singh's statements over the 2008 Batla house encounter, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi has said that it is 'disgraceful' of the Congress leader to call it a fake encounter. ANI

Will Congress emerge as a kingmaker in Uttar Pradesh?
A political battle is in full swing in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, but this electoral fight is not so much between various political outfits as within the rank and file of the parties. ANI

Congress is "demon king Ravana" for Sharad Yadav
As the political scenario heats up before the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) President Sharad Yadav has mockingly compared the Congress party with ten headed Hindu demon king Ravana. ANI

15th round of India-China special representatives talks on Jan. 16-17
The 15th round of India-China special representatives talks will take place in New Delhi on January 16-17. ANI

Sibal slams Mayawati Govt. over soaring crime rate
Launching a massive attack on the Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh Government, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has highlighted the soaring crime rate in the state. ANI

Tribes of Andaman live in inhuman conditions: Kishore Chandra Deo
Asserting that the tribes of Andaman Islands live in inhuman conditions, Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo has said there is need to be brought to them mainstream. ANI

Ananth Kumar confident of BJP win in UP
Stating that Congress is poised to lose in the Uttar Pradesh elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar has said that he expects his party to emerge as the clear winner in the upcoming state assembly elections. ANI

BMW is the Official Car of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2012
BMW is the official car of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2012 scheduled on Sunday, 15 January 2012 from 0540 hrs onwards. Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW Group India said, “Perfectly combining sporty performance with the highly efficient use of energy, every BMW incorporates the great spirit of the marathon Business Wire India

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