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Bedrock of parliamentary system is people's faith in cherished democracy: Meira Kumar
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Sunday said that the unflinching faith of the people of India in the cherished values of democracy formed the bedrock of India's parliamentary system of governance. ANI

60 years is a good time to assess working of India's Parliament: Ansari
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Sunday said that sixty years was a good time to assess the working of Parliament in two critical areas of its functioning-ensuring accountability and oversight of the executive, and deliberation and law making. ANI

Challenge is to never lose sight of establishing a vibrant, healthy democracy: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Sunday urged the country's lawmakers to never lose sight of the fact that they were duty bound to continuously meet the challenge of establishing a vibrant and healthy democracy for the generations that were to come. ANI

India not a perfect democracy, but a functioning democracy: PM
Describing India as a "functioning democracy" and not a "perfect democracy", the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Sunday said: "Our democracy has passed through many testing times." ANI

Manipur village demands end to fake encounters
A youth social organization club in Tamukhong, Manipur, has condemned the trend of fake encounters conducted by security personnel, and demanded prompt action against the guilty. ANI

Aarushi murdercase: Ghaziabad Sessions Court to pass orders on Monday
A Sessions Court in Ghaziabad is likely to give its order on the plea of dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar on Monday for providing them all Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) documents pertaining to the twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. ANI

Karnataka CM Gowda arrives in Delhi for meeting with central BJP leadership
Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda landed in Delhi on Sunday to hold a crisis meeting with the central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa appeared to be staging a revolt. ANI

Oratory, peeves, resolution to uphold dignity dominate 60th anniversary of first Parliament session
The 60th anniversary of the first session of Parliament ended as scheduled at around 4:30 p.m.. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha held special sittings today. ANI

Karnataka BJP in crisis again as upset Yeddyurappa praises Sonia Gandhi
The Karnataka unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plunged into a crisis once again on Sunday, with former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa publicly stating that he had the unconditional support of at least nine state cabinet ministers and a majority of BJP MLAs. ANI

Bajrang Dal activists protest in Jammu over reduced duration of Amarnath Yatra
Bajrang Dal activists staged a protest here on Sunday over the duration of the annual Amarnath Yatra. ANI

Tolerance, understanding can solve issues coming up in Parliament: Advani
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.Advani on Sinday said that tolerance and understanding for each others' views and debates in Parliament can solve issues. ANI

Khadi sales swell in Gujarat
The sale of handspun cotton has received a boost in Rajkot, Gujarat, with the factories producing khadi getting adequate support from the Narendra Modi- led state government. ANI

Ensure 100 sittings of Parliament per year through Constitutional Amendment: Yechury
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Sunday called on members of the august legislative body to unanimously pass a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that Parliament had 100 mandatory sittings a year. ANI

Lawmakers hail 60 years of parliament
Cutting across party lines, leaders of various parties, reflected on the completion of 60 years of the parliament on Sunday by terming it a 'momentous landmark' in the history of the world's biggest democracy. ANI

Sushma Swaraj calls for greater representation of women in Parliament
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Sunday called for greater representation of women in Parliament. ANI

History of parliament is the history of 'national movement': Gurudas Dasgupta
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Sunday said the history of parliament is the history of the national movement. ANI

Never forget MPs are the face of democracy: Lalu
Paying tribute to Parliament on completing 60 years of its existance, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that we must never forget that Members of Parliament (MPs) are the face of democracy. ANI

Four militants arrested in Assam
Assam police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel arrested four militants belonging to the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in a joint security operation here. ANI

Most Indians prefer second-hand property: Study
Most Indians prefer buying a second-hand, ready-to-move property over new launches, a real estate study has revealed. ANI

MP pulled up for demanding stoppage of Rajya Sabha telecast
A Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament was admonished on Sunday for demanding that the telecast of the Upper House be stopped in favour of the Lok Sabha. ANI

Sonia, Rahul have private 'Mother's Day' lunch at Ashoka Hotel(Amended)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had lunch with her son Rahul Gandhi at the Ashoka Hotel here on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of 'Mother's Day.' ANI

Sonia, Rahul have private lunch on 'Mother's Day'
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had lunch with his son Rahul Gandhi at the Ashok Hotel here on Sunday afternoon on the occasion of 'Mother's Day.' ANI

'We still continue to face the curse of terrorism, insurgency', says Jaitley
As parliament celebrated 60 years with a special session, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that India still continues to face the curse of terrorism and insurgency. ANI

Lok Sabha has acted as a shock absorber: Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, May 13 Describing the Lok Sabha as a "great shock absorber", Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the house has been able to resolve many problems. ANI

Parliament members to skip lunch on historic 60th anniversary
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar announced on Sunday that the Lower House would skip lunch on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first session of Parliament, as it was a historic occasion. ANI

Hazare invites Army chief to join Team Anna
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has invited Army Chief General V. K. Singh to join his campaign against corruption after his retirement. ANI

Only suriviving member of provisional Parliament absent
When the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha met on Sunday to mark the 60 anniversary of the first session of Parliament, T.M. Kaliannan, surviving member of the provisional Parliament, will not be present. ANI

Integrity of parliament cannot be compromised: Sonia Gandhi
Asserting that India's parliament could take immense pride in the laws that it passed in the past 60 years, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said the integrity of parliament must be protected at all times and cannot be compromised. ANI

Parliament a legislative, deliberative body that maintains spirit of national bonding: PM
Asserting that parliament is not only a legislative but a deliberative body, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday said the resilience of the Indian democracy is the proudest achievement of the Indian state. ANI

Air India's striking pilots accuse management of misleading minister
Representatives of the striking pilots of the debt-laden Air India have accused the airline management of misleading Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh over their ongoing deadlock. ANI

Parliament to celebrate 60th founding anniversary today
Parliament will hold a special sitting today to mark the 60th anniversary of its first session. ANI

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