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President, PM greet nation ahead of Ram Navami
President Pratibha Devsingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh greeted the nation ahead of the festival of Ram Navami on Saturday. ANI

Massive fire engulfs slum colony in Noida, two killed
A massive fire broke out in a slum colony in Uttar Pradesh's Noida area on Saturday claiming two persons lives. ANI

75 Maoists surrender in Visakhapatnam
Over 75 militia members belonging to Korukonda Area Committee (KAC) of the Maoists voluntarily surrendered before police on Saturday in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam city. ANI

Orissa CM Patnaik denies communication gap with centre
Ruling out any rift with central government, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said his government was in communication with home ministry. ANI

Sibal calls for progressive reforms in academics
Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that adequate steps have been taken to usher reforms in academics under the provisions of Right to Education (RTE) Act. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir state authorities organize employment fair in Anantnag
Jammu and Kashmir's state authorities organised an employment fair for the Valley's youth in Anantnag District. ANI

CBI files chargesheet against Jagan Reddy in illegal assets case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Kadapa Member of Parliament and YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in connection with an illegal assets case on Saturday. ANI

RS polls money seizure a shocker for entire nation, says CEC Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Saturday said that the large amount of money seized in Jharkhand during the Rajya Sabha polls was a shocker for the entire nation. ANI

Bangalore court sentences woman cyanide killer to death
The First Additional Rural Court in Bangalore has sentenced woman serial killer Mallika also known as "Cyanide Mallika" to death for killing Nagaveni, 35, of Allalasandra in Yelahanka. ANI

DRDO chief says Tatra trucks have performed well for Indian Army
Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) chief V. K. Saraswat on Saturday defended the use of Tatra trucks in the Indian Army, saying the vehicles had performed rather well. ANI

Hostage crisis: Orissa on right track in talking to Maoists, says Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Orissa government is on the right track in talking to the Maoists to secure the safe release of an abducted Italian tourist and Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka. ANI

Security forces in Assam seize arms and ammunition
Security forces in Assam seized huge cache of ultra modern arms and ammunitions in Guwahati. ANI

Executives accused in 2G spectrum scam appear in Delhi court
Promoters of Essar Group Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and I.P. Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan of the Loop Group, who are accused in the 2G spectrum scam case, appeared before a Delhi court on Saturday. ANI

Chief Ministers meet may be extended to discuss NCTC: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday indicated that the annual chief ministers meeting on April 16 might be extended to discuss the modalities for setting up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

CBI asks army chief to give more details on letter to PM, bribery allegations
Apparently unconvinced by the information provided by the Chief of Army Staff, General V.K.Singh, about his letter to the Prime Minister, Dr ANI

Govt. has asked political parties to decide on Telangana issue: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Central Government was requesting four political parties to quickly make up their mind on the Telangana issue. ANI

India's neighbours express concern over SC order to link over 30 rivers
An Indian Supreme Court order directing the government to link over 30 rivers and divert waters to parched areas has sparked off concerns in neighbouring countries. ANI

U.S.-India Open Government Platform launched
The United States and India have launched the jointly developed Open Government Platform at a press event attended by senior officials from both countries at the Press Bureau of India. ANI

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa revokes party expulsion of close aide Sasikala
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J.Jayalalithaa on Saturday revoked the expulsion of close aide Sasikala, days after she apologised and disowned some members of her family for creating fissures with her "elder sister". ANI

Mumbai police registers case of rash driving after five injured in car-tree crash
Mumbai police has registered a case of rash driving and driving under the influence of alcohol after five people were injured in a crash late on Friday night. ANI

Patnaik approaches Maoist-backed tribal group to resolve Orissa MLA hostage crisis
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has invited the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) tribal group to act as a mediator in the abduction case of Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka. ANI

Karnataka Congress seeks a 'detailed discussion' on porngate episode
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar has sought detailed discussion on porngate episode, saying the issue has dented the image of the state assembly. ANI

5.2 earthquake hits Afghanistan, tremors felt in Kashmir
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan on Saturday morning, sending tremors as far as Kashmir. ANI

U.N. 'condemns' Maoists violence in India, calls for repeal of 'draconian' anti-militancy law
Strongly backing the Indian Government's stand on Maoist violence, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has condemned the violence perpetrated by the rebels in India. ANI

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