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India News on March 17, 2012

Modi's cover story in Times magazine draws flak from critics
Times magazine's cover story on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has drawn flak from his critics, who have described it as an public relation exercise. ANI

UPA has failed as a coalition government, says BJ
After the recent emergence of differences in opinion on the Railway Budget proposal of hiking the passenger fares between Congress and Trinmool Congress (TMC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the Congress led-UPA government has turned out to be a failure in running a coalition government. ANI

Jewellers across India go on strike against increased excise duty on gold
Jewellers in several parts of India on Saturday went on a three-day strike against the increased excise duty on gold announced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Union budget for 2012-13. ANI

TMC MP Suman comes out in support of Trivedi, tells Mamata to give space to government
Trinamool Congress (TMC) member of parliament Kabir Suman on Saturday spoke in favour of embattled Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, saying West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinmool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee should give the Indian government the space it needs and deserves. ANI

Supreme Court to decide over nuclear civil liability: Narayanasamy
A day after the Supreme Court admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the Government's Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy, on Saturday said the apex court was seized of the matter, and it would now be deciding on it as it has been already passed by government. ANI

Renowned woman footballer rolls beedi for survival
Renowned national woman footballer Jhilli Munda, who has represented India at international and national events in several tournaments, is bearing the brunt of acute poverty and she is forced to roll beedis. ANI

PM, Sonia, Mamata to take final call on Trivedi: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Saturday said a final decision on retention or removal of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi would be taken by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee. ANI

Power shortage in Patna, RJD legislators protest
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislators on Saturday staged a mass demonstration here today against the state government over shortage of power supply, demanding for replacement of damaged transformers. ANI

Trivedi ready to quit as Railway Minister, but wants Mamata's written letter
Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who is in the eye of a storm of his own party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), ever since he presented the Railway Budget for 2012-13, on Saturday said that he did not want to be seen as running away from his job, and added that he was ready to step down from his post provided Mamata Banerjee wrote to him asking for his resignation. ANI

Left asks PM to resolve ongoing row over Trivedi's resignation
With Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi asking Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to convey the party's decision in writing over a decision to down from his post, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday described it as an unprecedented mess in the history of parliamentary democracy. ANI

Mamata firm on booting Trivedi out of Railway Ministry
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday appeared to be firm about her decision to replace Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi with Mukul Roy, saying the government now has to take a final call on the issue. ANI

Stalemate over Gorkhaland continues to persist
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in West Bengal has rued at the impasse over the inclusion of their areas in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Bill. ANI

Smuggled Chinese garlic adversely affecting business in Surat
Traders in Surat city have urged the government to take adequate steps to prevent the smuggling of Chinese garlic in Gujarat, as it is affecting their business adversely. ANI

Tourists witness fresh snowfall, enjoy sledge rides in Gulmarg
Prolonged snowfall has added to the beauty of picturesque locales in the Kashmir Valley, as scores of tourists have been lured from across the country and abroad one reveling in sledge rides at ske resorts in Gulmarg. ANI

Jaya Bachchan files nomination for Rajya Sabha
Actor-turned politician Jaya Bachchan filed her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha in presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here on Saturday. ANI

'Dirty tricks are being used against me', says Congress MP Rawat
With Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna meeting all dissident MLAs to find an amicable solution to the political standoff in the Congress party in the state, disillusioned party lawmaker Harish Rawat, described himself on Saturday as a bargainer pitching for development of the state, and added that some forces are using dirty tricks against him. ANI

Uttarakhand crisis: Bahuguna confident of finding acceptable solution
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Saturday expressed confidence about finding a respectable and acceptable solution to the ongoing political crisis in the state, and said the cabinet will tentatively be expanded on March 21. ANI

JKDF calls for shutdown in Jammu on Rajouri issue
The Jammu Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) called for a shutdown here again on Saturday to highlight the plight of the minority Hindu community following an unfortunate incident in Rajouri. ANI

Medha Patkar terms DMIC project 'unconstitutional'
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee might have informed the Lok Sabha on Friday that the 90 billion dollar Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is making significant progress, but veteran social activist Medha Patkar termed the project as 'unconstitutional', as she felt it would affect the future of inhabitants of areas in six states through which the project will pass. ANI

Mayawati now loses security cover
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo has faced yet another blow after her party's disastrous performance in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, as the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state has withdrawn around 400 security branch personnel and security cars including escort and pilots from her security cover. ANI

7Seas Entertainment Bags 2 FICCI-BAF 2012 Awards
7Seas Entertainment Limited a Hyderabad-based, intellectual property (IP)-based independent game development company (BSE--7Seas scrip code 590116),has bagged two prestigious FICCI-BAF (Best of Animation Frames)-2012 awards- for its ‘Killer Instinct’ online game under the ‘Best Online Game’ category and ’Alexia The Great’ under the ‘Best Mobile Game’ category. The awards were received by Mr Business Wire India

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