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Minority reservation row: BJP accuses Congress of playing communal based politics
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here today accused the Congress Party of indulging in communal based politics to gain votes in poll bound Uttar Pradesh. ANI

BSF helicopter crashes in Raipur, Chattisgarh
A Border Security Force (BSF) helicopter on Sunday crashed at the Mana Airport in Chhattisgarh's Raipur District. ANI

Attack on Baba Ramdev a 'dirty trick' of BJP, says Digvijay Singh
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has termed that the black ink attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev was a 'dirty trick' of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ANI

Congress slams Rajnath Singh for having links with Ramdev's assaulter
Congress Party on Sunday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Rajnath Singh for having links with yoga guru Baba Ramdev's assailant, after his photograph with Singh appeared in the media. ANI

Mayawati criticizes Election Commission for draping her party symbol
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday said the Election Commission's order to cover statues of the Bahujan Samaj Party's poll symbol 'elephant' and those of her own was 'one-sided' and biased. ANI

Akhilesh slams Congress for common man's misery
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday slammed the Congress Party for wrong policy making for which the common man has been paying the price. ANI

Possibility of usage of drugs in poll-bound Punjab
With assembly elections round the corner, there is a possibility of the usage of drugs in poll-bound Punjab. ccording to a senior official from the Narcotics Department, huge quantity of 'Dodachura of opium' is coming from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to Punjab through the bordering districts. ANI

Lakhs take holy dip at Parasuram Kund on Makar Sankranti
Over 1,20,000 devotees from all over the country including Nepal took a holy dip at the Parsuram Kund on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. ANI

Rajnath Singh denies links to Ramdev's attacker
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Sunday denied links to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's alleged attacker Kamran Siddiqui. ANI

Foreign tourists take part in Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu
Foreign tourists on Sunday took part in the celebrations of Pongal, a traditional harvest festival, in the state of Tamil Nadu. ANI

WB Govt. offers ex-gratia to families affected by Maoist violence
West Bengal Government on Sunday offered ex-gratia compensation to all families affected by Maoist violence in the state. ANI

UP polls: SP candidate decides to go for low-profile wedding
Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from Ayodhya, Pawan Pandey, who has trimmed down his wedding expenses due to strict model code of conduct declared by the Election Commission (EC) in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday expressed his unhappiness of being forced to limit his fairytale wedding. ANI

Army Day being celebrated today
Army Day is being celebrated across the country on Sunday. ANI

Major fire devastates over 150 shops in Burnpur, West Bengal
A major fire broke out in a market area here on Sunday damaging over 150 open stalls and small shops resulting in the loss of property worth millions of rupees. ANI

UP traders demand easing of election code of conduct
Uttar Pradesh traders shut down their shops on Saturday to agitate against the undue strictures implemented by the police after an Election Commission directive asked the authorities to take strong action against those having unaccounted money. ANI

The Blind too have their rights, Can't You See!
On 4th January, hundreds of people gathered at the Press Enclave in Srinagar to protest for their rights. Nothing unusual for a city that holds a history of protests except that carrying placards in their hands, but this time, the group was of visually challenged people driven by an impetus to make the state government "watch" their plight. ANI

Devotees take holy dip in Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sankranti
On the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti', marking the beginning of the harvesting season and transition of the Sun into the Zodiac sign of the Capricorn, scores of devotees on Sunday took a holy dip in River Ganga. ANI

Indian Army organises weapons exhibition in Jalandhar
In a bid to inspire and educate young minds, the Indian Army organised an exhibition displaying its major weapons and communication technologies to residents in Jalandhar on Saturday. ANI

Pre-election raid in UP busts tortoise smuggling racket
Police officials in Uttar Pradesh, given the stringent guidelines with from Election Commission in the wake of assembly elections to be held in five states, unexpectedly came upon a tortoise smuggling racket on Saturday. ANI

Batla House row: Rajnath Singh seeks explanation from Sonia Gandhi
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh has slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for differing views on the 2008 Batla House encounter, and urged Congress President Sonia Gandhi to issue an official explanation. ANI

Advani describes AIADMK as a 'natural ally'
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani has described Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) as a 'natural ally' of his political outfit. ANI

Election Commission is an autonomous body, says Khurshid
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid has said that the Election Commission is an entirely independent and autonomous body. ANI

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