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Three injured in grenade blast in Tinsukia
At least three persons were injured when suspected militants hurled a hand grenade in a busy market place here on Monday. ANI

Uttarakhand locals threaten to boycott upcoming polls
Locals in Uttarakhand's Amritpur town on Monday threatened to boycott the upcoming legislative elections complaining about the delay in construction of a bridge connecting the area to the city. ANI

Gyanadesikan Pillai urges people not to politicise Mullaperiyar Dam row
Tamil Nadu Congress chief Gyanadesikan Pillai on Monday urged the leaders of various political outfits and the general public not to politicise the ongoing row over the Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

Dissent in Uttarakhand Congress over nomination of candidates for upcoming polls
Supporters of local leaders of the Congress Party staged a protest here on Monday against the nomination of candidates for the ensuing elections to the state assembly. ANI

Quarishi lauds election management in India
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. S.Y. Quarishi, on Monday underlined that election management in India has become an example for the world and several countries now wish to learn skills from ECI. ANI

Chinese envoy promises proper handling of diplomat row with India (Update)
Charge d'Affaires of Chinese Embassy in India, Zhang Yue, on Monday promised proper handling of the diplomat row after New Delhi complained that one of its diplomats posted at the Indian consulate in Shanghai was ill-treated. ANI

Supreme Court to hear bail pleas of Chandolia, Behura
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the bail petitions of former Telecom Minister A Raja's former Private Secretary RK Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, who have been accused in the 2G spectrum scam case. ANI

Yeddyurappa becomes active in Karnataka
Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa called a meeting with his party legislators here on Monday to discuss the development in the state as well as formulate strategies to tackle other significant political issues. ANI

Haji Yaqoob Qureshi joins RLD ahead of UP polls
In what could be seen as a big blow to the other political parties in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, an influential Muslim leader of the state, joined Chaudhary Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) on Monday. ANI

Anna's health has shown signs of improvement, says Pathare
Anna Hazare's aide Suresh Pathare on Monday said the veteran social activist's health has shown signs of improvement. athare said that the medicines prescribed to Hazare have yielded positive results. ANI

India summons Chinese envoy over ill treatment meted out to Indian diplomat
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday summoned the Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi to lodge its protest over the ill treatment meted out to an Indian diplomat posted at the Indian consulate in Shanghai. ANI

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate "99th Indian Science Congress"
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will on Tuesday inaugurate the "99th Indian Science Congress" to be held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University in Bhubaneswar. ANI

Team Anna postpones its meeting indefinitely
Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal on Monday declared that the core committee would decide upon the future course of action after the veteran social activist recovered from his ailment. ANI

Family of Indian student killed in Canada suspects race relations as motive
Family of 27-year-old Indian student, Alok Gupta, who was shot dead on Christmas Day in Canadian city of Surrey in Vancouver said on Monday he suspected what he referred to as 'foul play'. ANI

Manmohan Singh wants Indian media to fight malaise of 'paid news'
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said that the Indian media must fight the malaise of 'paid news' and advocates media freedom. ANI

Leh is lacking in Bandwidth, needs better connectivity
Imagine a day, when you wake up to find that all your mobile phones, internet connectivity, landlines, fax lines - have stopped working. Panic? This would be akin to a comma placed in your lifeline as we have become so addicted to our tech-stuff that all our daily chores will be seriously affected in their absence. ANI

Anna Hazare advised month's rest
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who was admitted to Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Pune for chest congestion and viral fever, has been advised complete rest for one month. ANI

Nine children killed in Ambala bus mishap
Atleast nine children on their way to school were killed and 20 others injured when the bus carrying them collided head-on with a truck amid heavy fog on Saha-Shahabad road near Ambala this morning. ANI

2G scam: Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on Chandolia, Behura's bail
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the bail petitions of A Raja's former Private Secretary R K Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, accused in the 2G spectrum case, and issued notice to CBI on their pleas. ANI

Three Maoists killed in Bihar
Atlaest three Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bihar's Rohtas District on Monday. ANI

Lalu makes pun of anti-graft activists
Talking a dig at supporters of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, who showed black flags to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Punjab, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has mockingly said since they have shown the black flags, all the bad luck of the Prime Minister has gone away. ANI

Congress leaders defect to BJP in poll bound Uttarakhand
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in power in Uttarakhand, was the beneficiary of defections from the Congress party, which is in the opposition in the state assembly. ANI

BJP defeated Lokpal Bill in Parliament: Beni Prasad Verma
Blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the non-passage of the anti-graft Lokpal Bill in the Parliament, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma has said people of India wouldn't forget and forgive BJP for blocking the passage of the bill. ANI

Assam CM says factionalism affecting peace talks with militant groups
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that factionalism was affecting the peace process with the various militant groups. ANI

Kejriwal denies links to black flag protest against PM, justifies it as people's fury against corruption
Denying links to incident of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh shown black flags in Punjab, RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in veteran social activist Anna Hazare"s crusade against corruption, has dubbed it a non-violent way to vent out people's anger against corruption. ANI

Mullaperiyar row: Expert panel to submit report today
A technical team constituted by a Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee will on Monday submit its report on the safety of the disputed century-old Mullaperiyar Dam. ANI

SITA Systems to Reduce check-in Queues in Kathmandu
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has signed a seven-year agreement with SITA, the air transport IT specialist, to tackle check-in queues at the country’s main gateway, Tribhuvan International Airport and to support its efforts to attract more tourists to the country Business Wire India

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