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Punjab and Uttarakhand set for assembly polls on Monday
Election officials in poll-bound Punjab state on Sunday initiated the final process of elections to 117 seats in the state tomorrow. ANI

Government has powers to grant minority reservation, says Khurshid
Defending the decision to provide minority (Muslim) reservation, Law Minister, Salman Khurshid on Sunday said that the Central Government had powers to grant quota to backwards castes of minority communities within the Hindu backward caste quota. ANI

Security beefed up along Indo-Nepal border ahead of assembly polls in UP
Security has been beefed up along 500-kilometer long Indo-Nepal border in a bid to avert movement of anti-social elements during assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

'Central Government schemes not for the poor', says Sushma Swaraj
Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sushma Swaraj, said availing loan in India is not easy for the poor people. ANI

Intentions of Congress Party clear and sincere, says Rahul Gandhi
Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi here on Saturday said that the intentions of his party were clear and sincere. ANI

'Touch the sky' through education, Dantewada Distrct Collector tells children in Maoist affected areas
Concerned about growing Maoist influence among villagers in Chhattisgarh, the state government is imparting quality education and coaching to children from rebel-infested Dantewada District, preparing them for competitive exams. ANI

Government asks AG branch to correct Gen Singh's DoB
In a letter written to the Adjutant General's (AG) branch of the Army, the Defence Ministry has asked the branch to correct their record and show the year of birth of Army chief General V K Singh as 1950 and not 1951, as claimed by him. ANI

Bihar Health Minister warns doctors against disruption of medical facilities
Bihar Health Minister, Ashwini Kumar Choubey at a function warned doctors of dire consequences if they disrupted medical facilities with their protest demanding a hike in their wages. ANI

Bukhari never supported Congress, says Jaiswal
Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said that senior Muslim cleric Syed Imam Bukhari never supported the Congress Party here today. ANI

Anna Hazare seeks medical aid in New Delhi
Veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader, Anna Hazare arrived here today from his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra, for medical check-up at the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon (Haryana). ANI

Congress slams Imam Bukhari for supporting Samajwadi Party
Congress general secretary, Digvijay Singh here slammed senior Muslim cleric Syed Imam Bukhari for showing support to the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the upcoming state polls in Uttar Pradesh. ANI

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