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Child falls in pit again, rescue operations on
Days after four year old Mahi died of falling in a 70-feet open borewell in Manesar, two and a half year old Sachin fell in about 15-feet deep pit in Palam Vihar, near Gurgaon, on Sunday night. ANI

Welfare of ex-armymen is Army's top priority: General Bikram Singh
Welfare of the ex-army personnel, war widows and their dependents would be the prime priority of Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, Chief of Indian Army said this while addressing a conclave of army veterans and widows, hosted by Ex-Servicemen's Forum here on Sunday. ANI

Congressmen clash among themselves in Ranchi
The Congress party meeting to review its Hatia bye-election debacle turned violent here on Sunday, as party workers clashed among each other. ANI

Farmers distressed in Jaipur as rains continue to play truant
The delay in monsoon is causing major worries to farmers here, as it is expected to affect crop production. ANI

Violence mars civic polls in Bhimnagar
The initial peaceful and cordial round of voting for the ongoing civic polls was disrupted by a sudden burst of violence here on Sunday. ANI

Air India pilots adamant about continuing indefinite hunger strike
As the indefinite hunger strike by the agitating Air India pilots entered its eighth day here on Sunday, the protesting pilots are determined to continue with their protest intact until their demands are met. ANI

Assam Police arrest five for assault on 'bigamist' woman MLA
Police in Assam's Karimganj area have arrested five persons in connection with an incident in which Congress MLA Rumi Nath and her second husband were allegedly thrashed and attacked. ANI

BJP pulls up Congress over new service tax regime
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for imposing new service tax regime. ANI

Delhi Govt. extends school summer vacations by a week
The Delhi Government on Sunday extended the summer vacation of city schools by one more week in view of the ongoing heat wave. ANI

Third Mughal Road Car Rally flagged off from Srinagar
The third edition of the annual Mughal Road Car Rally was flagged off by the state's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, from the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. ANI

Sharad Yadav criticizes Kalam for comments on Sonia in book
Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav on Sunday criticized former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for saying he was ready to appoint Sonia Gandhi as prime minister in 2004 despite intense lobbying against her. ANI

Pranab takes potshot at Sangma, says he doesn't believe in miracles
Taking his first jibe at rival P.A. Sangma, the UPA's presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said, that he did not believe in miracles. ANI

Lashkar gave first lessons in terrorism to Jundal in Nepal
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is reported to have given Sayed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, a prize catch in 26/11 terror case, his first lessons in terrorism in Nepal. ANI

Ahmedabad-Howrah Express derails near Sonakhan
A bogie of Ahmedabad-Howrah Express derailed near the Sonakhan station on Rourkela-Rajgangpur section of South-Eastern Railway on Sunday. ANI

Yeddyurappa camp sets July 5 deadline for leadership change in Karnataka(Lead:BSY)
A faction of Karnataka lawmakers led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday set a July 5 deadline for the BJP central leadership to make their nominee Jagadish Shettar the chief minister of the state in place of incumbent D.V. Sadananda Gowda. ANI

Fire breaks out at in Andhra State Assembly after Pranab meeting ends
A small short circuit caused a minor fire in the Jubilee Hall in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Sunday. ANI

CVC to probe flaws in Railways Tatkal scheme
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is considering launch a probe against some Railway officials involved in malpractices related to the Tatkal scheme. ANI

Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa loyalist Shettar releases list of 52 supporting MLAs
Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa loyalist Jagadish Shettar on Sunday released a list of 52 supporting MLAs (including himself). ANI

Frog weddings performed in central and western India to appease rain gods
In a ritual aimed at appeasing Lord Indra, the mythological rain god, residents in central and western India have been playing host to wedding feasts for frogs. ANI

Maoists threaten to blow up district court complex in Dhanbad
Maoists have threatened to blow up the district court complex in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, if the government does not stop "Operation Green Hunt", the anti-rebel drive immediately. ANI

Impressive parade near Hyderabad marks commissioning of IAF pilots
Over 200 cadets were commissioned as officers of Indian Air Force (IAF) at an impressive Passing Out Parade (PAP) held at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal near Hyderabad over the weekend. ANI

Rural electrification project launched to develop Maoist-hit Purulia
Purulia district administration has initiated a rural electrification project, titled the 'Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana' here and its surrounding villages. ANI

Srikakulam factory fire victims recovering in hospital
Injured victims of a factory fire in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, are receiving treatment for their injuries at the Rajiv Institute of Medical Sciences. ANI

Manmohan Singh proposes launch of integrated National Health Mission
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has indicated that his government plans to launch an integrated National Health Mission and also pep up the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). ANI

Illegal sand mining continues along Punjab's River Sutlej despite official curbs
Officials in Ludhiana have failed to curb illegal sand mining on the banks of the River Sutlej that flows through the region. ANI

Motocross madness hits New Delhi as riders perform breathtaking stunts
Riders put up daring motocross performances here, enthralling audiences with some spectacular and spine chilling stunts. ANI

Heavily indebted farmer commits suicide in Jalaun
A farmer has committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh's Jalaun District after being unable to clear his backbreaking debt. ANI

Kin, locals take out candlelight vigil for release of Pak-held Indian prisoner Sarabjit
Residents of Amritsar and relatives of Indian prisoner Sarabjit took out a candlelight vigilhere on Saturday night to urge the Pakistan Government to release him soon. ANI

Maharashtra Mantralaya fire: Forensic report rules out sabotage
A forensic report on Sunday ruled out sabotage as the cause behind the recent fire at the Mantralaya, the Maharashtra Government secretariat in Mumbai. ANI

5.8 magnitude earthquake jolts Nagaland
A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, jolted Nagaland on Sunday. ANI

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