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Security stepped up for the Dalai Lama after threats to his life
Security has been beefed up at the residence and monastery of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama here, following recent confirmed reports of possible threat to his life. ANI

Triumphant Modi reaches out to Gujarat diaspora
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed non-resident Indians, including Gujaratis settled in United States (U.S.) and Canada, via video conferencing and offered a glimpse of the recent developments in the state. ANI

LeT module busted in Poonch, four arrested
Police in Poonch district have busted a militant module belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Sunday, arresting four operatives involved in providing logistical support to the group and recovered a cache of arms from their possession. ANI

Infants' death in Kashmir: Azad visits Srinagar hospital, announces measures for ailing hospital
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad visited the General Hospital here on Sunday to ascertain reasons for recent infant deaths in the state. ANI

Annual cycling camp in Kullu draws crowds
The annual eight-day mountain cycling camp, organized by 'Youth Hostels Association of India', commenced here, drawing scores of foreign and national tourists. ANI

Kar Sewa begins to create Operation Blue Star memorial
After a gap of over a quarter century, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) has laid the foundation stone for a memorial to be built for victims of Operation Blue Star, at the Golden Temple. ANI

CM Sadanand Gowda says probe into Karnataka officer's murder has intensified
Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said that the probe into the murder of Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) whistle-blowing officer S.P. Mahantesh has been intensified, and the accused would be nabbed soon. ANI

National coin exhibition a hit with Hyderabad participants
The third day of the annual three-day National Numismatic Exhibition 2012 held here, showcased over 700 artifacts, apart from coins and paper money, drawing appreciation from numismatists and public alike. ANI

Shimla residents take part in run to conserve environment
Satluj Jal Vidut Nigam Limited, on the occasion of completing 25 years of its existence organized a 5- km mini marathon here on Sunday, with a view to spread environmental awareness among the masses. ANI

Kirti Azad ends sit-down protest against IPL
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker and former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad, who had demanded the scrapping of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a series of controversies, has ended his sit-down fast here. ANI

Singur farmers await compensation from Mamata Govt.
Over a year since the regime change in West Bengal, farmers here are still awaiting compensation for land, acquired for a car plant of Tata Motors, which was later aborted. ANI

J-K government reaches out to Kashmiri Pandits, offers rehabilitation
The Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir, in its bid to solve the problem of accommodation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, has constructed over 200 flats in Sheikhpora village of Budgam district. ANI

Karnataka whistle-blowing officer succumbs to injuries in Bangalore hospital
Five days after he was allegedly attacked, a Karnataka Administrative Officer, said to be a whistle-blower in some controversial land allotments by societies, died at a private hospital here on Sunday. ANI

D. Raja not content with Mamata's one-year rule in WB
Asserting that the law and order situation in West Bengal is a matter of grave concern, Communist Party of India (CPI) lawmaker D. Raja on Sunday said Mamata Banerjee might have completed a year as chief minister in the state, but there is nothing spectacular to show as success during her tenure. ANI

AI pilots' strike enters 13th day, passengers worst hit
As the strike by Air India pilots entered its thirteenth day on Sunday, passengers of the national carrier were left stranded at the airports due to cancellation of flights. ANI

Mamata intolerant to even constructive criticism', alleges Punj
With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee failing to deliver the charisma and change expected by the people of the state after she completed a year in power, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Sunday said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief seems to have become intolerant to even constructive criticism. ANI

Arunachal CM asks EU team to persuade WB, ADB to increase fund flow for development projects
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has sought further support from the European Union (EU) to facilitate fund flow from the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which are already funding all other north east Indian states, but not Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Lalu for consensus on presidential candidate
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has said the President's post is a sensitive one, and added that the top Constitutional post should go to a candidate who is acceptable to all political parties. ANI

Lokpal Bill's passage through Rajya Sabha remains uncertain
With Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee stating that the Lokpal Bill is under the consideration of the Rajya Sabha, the uncertainty over the passage of an effective anti-graft bill continues to mount. ANI

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa writes to PM on Pennaiyar river dispute with Karnataka
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday accused the Karnataka Government of planning to build check dams across Pennaiyar River. ANI

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