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Samajwadi Party slams Digvijay's remark, says its support is not for barter
Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday strongly condemned Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh's remark, saying that its support to the United Progress Alliance (UPA) is not for barter. ANI

Dinesh Trivedi conforms to Mamata's orders, resigns as railway minister
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Dinesh Trivedi, conforming to his party chief, Mamata Banerjee's orders resigned as railway minister on Sunday evening. ANI

Italy concerned about its abducted nationals by Maoists
Italy has expressed its concern over the abduction of its two compatriots, Boscusco Polo and Clandio Colangilo, by the Maoists in Odisha's Kandhmal District. ANI

No objection to Samajwadi Party joining government, says Digvijay Singh
Congress party General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said he had no objection if Samajwadi Party joined the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. ANI

Mamata to arrive at New Delhi, will meet Manmohan Singh
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be arriving at New Delhi at around 10 p. m. today to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. and other Congress leaders. ANI

Samajwadi Party may replace Trinamool Congress in UPA: Rita Bahuguna Joshi
Reacting on the media reports hinting towards replacement of Trinamool Congress (TMC) with Samajwadi Party in the Congress led-United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress Uttar Pradesh chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Sunday said the final decision on the issue would be taken by party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ANI

Railways should not be treated as personal property, says Dinesh Trivedi
Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Sunday said that railways should not be treated as personal property of anybody. ANI

Yasin Malik's wife says in petition Ijaz'z allegations damaged husband's reputation
The wife of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik submitted an application to the memo commission, insisting that the allegations made by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz that he had arranged a meeting between her husband and C. D. Sahay, a former Indian intelligence chief, had damaged Yasin's reputation. ANI

Rushdie's remarks irk BJP, says Indian politicians not eager for his approval
Commenting on controversial author Salman Rushdie's statements, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said that Indian politicians and political parties were not too eager for letter of approval by him. ANI

Maoists abduct two Italian nationals in Odisha, demand suspension of operations
Odisha police officials on Sunday informed that two Italian nationals have been abducted by Maoists from the state's Khandhmal district.ccording to state government sources, Italian nationals, Boscusco Polo, who ran an adventure tourism business in Odisha and Clandio Colangilo, an Italian tourist, were abducted by the Maoists on Saturday. ANI

America keen on new ISI chief's role to assess US-Pak ties
The United States is reportedly keen to know how ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha's successor Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam will affect the US-Pakistan relationship. ANI

Rawat wants a 'resolution' of Uttarakhand crisis
Harish Rawat, who was a contender for the post of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, has said that the Congress party needed to take a decision in-sync with the wishes of the people. ANI

Zardari gave go-ahead to Obama for Osama raid in Abbottabad: Ijaz
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man in the Memo Gate scandal, has claimed that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had given a go-ahead signal to US President Barack Obama for the May 2 raid in Abbottabad that killed former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, without consulting the Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Self-immolations reflect a desperate situation inside Tibet: Sangay
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has said that the rising bids of self-immolation reflected a desperate situation inside Tibet. ANI

Narcotic crops add to tension in the Valley
A visibly broken Farooq (name changed) with hesitation on his face, looks far older than his years. His is an untold story that reflects the quagmire that youth in the picturesque Kashmir Valley have been facing for years, while the adults turned a blind eye in shock and disbelief. Faqooq is a drug addict, one among thousands in need of urgent help in the Valley today. ANI

Mukherjee hopes for resolution of Trinamool crisis
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hope of a resolution to the political crisis plaguing the Congress party-led UPA government. ANI

Rushdie dubs Imran Khan 'better-looking' version of Gaddafi
Controversial Indian-origin British writer, Salman Rushdie, has compared Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan to deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. ANI

Rushdie slams 'coward' Indian politicians for failing to defend artists' freedom of expression
Controversial author Salman Rushdie has slammed the Indian government and some of the country's political leaders over their failure to defend his and other artists' freedom of expression. ANI

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