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Anna Hazare ends one day token fast, tells UPA govt. to bring Lokpal or get thrown out of power
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare ended his one-day token fast on Sunday evening threatening UPA-II Government to either bring the Jan Lokpal bill or get thrown out of power. ANI

Kejriwal releases list of 14 ministers to face investigations if Lokpal bill is passed
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's close aide Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday released a list of 14 ministers who would face investigation under charges of corruption if a strong ombudsman bill was passed by the Indian parliament. ANI

BJD hails Maoists' move to release one Italian hostage
Senior leader and lawmaker from Biju Janata Dal (BJD), B. Mahtab welcomed the Maoists' move to release one of the abducted Italians in Orissa on Sunday. ANI

Released Italian hostage Colangelo speaks to media, says had a negative experience
Released Italian hostage Claudio Colangelo on Sunday spoke to mediapersons after the Maoists released him earlier in the day. ANI

Jayalalithaa writes to Andhra CM, seeks release of Krishna waters
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has reportedly written to her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Kiran Kumar Reddy, seeking the release of four thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water from Kandaleru reservoir due for the months of January-April. ANI

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa allocates Rs25 crore for Lankan camps
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced an allocation of Rs.25.62 crore for improving basic amenities in Lankan Tamil refugee camps. ANI

Karnataka BJP leadership crisis to be resolved by April 15: Minister
Karnataka's Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas has said the central and state leaderships of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would try to resolve the leadership crisis in the state before April 15. ANI

Could there be a coal scam-taking place in Arunachal also?
When the alleged coal scandal rocked the nation a couple of days ago, forcing the Congress-led UPA Government to go on the defensive and give a clarification, a similar scam appears to have taken root in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Gun used to kill RTI activist Masood recovered, claims CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday claimed that it had recovered the country-made gun used to murder Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood in her car outside her residence last year. ANI

Maoist mediators express happiness over release of one Italian tourist
Mediators nominated by Maoists for negotiation with the Orissa Government on Sunday expressed happiness over the release of one of the Italian tourists earlier in the day. ANI

Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district uses GPS to monitor rural welfare schemes
Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh has become the first village in the region to us Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to monitor development work done under central rural welfare schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). ANI

Men dress as women to fulfill vows in Kerala temple
Thousands of men, young and old alike, gathered at KottanKullangara Devi Temple near Chavara in Kerala's Kollam District to fulfill their vows dressed up as women, as an offering to the Goddess Bhagavathy, the temple deity. ANI

BJP questions UPA-II Government's intention on Lokpal Bill
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday questioned the UPA-II Government's intention over the Lokpal Bill even as veteran social activist Anna Hazare was observing a day-long fast here. ANI

Maoists release one Italian hostage, media reports
News channels are reporting that the Maoists have released one of the two Italians who were kidnapped eleven days ago in Orissa's Koraput District. ANI

Uttarakhand CM Bahuguna to face acid test on Monday ahead of crucial trust vote
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna will face a crucial test on Monday ahead of a trust vote in the state assembly when the election of Speaker will take place. ANI

Woman commits suicide at Delhi's Malviya Nagar Metro station
Delhi Metro services were disrupted for some time on Sunday after a young woman committed suicide by jumping before a running train at the Malviya Nagar Metro station in south Delhi. ANI

Wife of abducted BJD MLA appeals to Maoists to release her husband
The wife of abducted Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, has appealed to the Maoists to release her husband unharmed. ANI

Four killed, 16 injured in Uttarakhand bridge collapse
At least four labourers were killed and 16 others were injured after an under contruction bridge over the Alaknanda River collapsed in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal District on Sunday morning. ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik presides over emergency meeting on Maoist hostage crisis
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday was presiding over an emergency meeting on the ongoing hostage crises in the state. ANI

Whistleblowers' relatives crying out for justice: Anna Hazare
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said that releatives of whistleblowers who had died while performing their duties, were crying out for justice, and declared the UPA-II regime as an entity that has been both deaf and dumb to their plea. ANI

Patiala jail chief returns death warrant of Beant Singh assassin to Chandigarh sessions court
The superintendent of police in charge of the jail in Patiala, Punjab, has returned the death warrant of Balwant Singh Rajoana, one of the assassins of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, to an additional session court in Chandigarh, citing legal weaknesses. ANI

Government should listen to the people's voice: Anna Hazare
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday described the UPA-II Government as being insensitive in listening to the voice of the country's citizens, and also accused the latter of not providing the required support to whistleblowers fighting against corruption and for the nation. ANI

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