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Public aquarium set for Indian debut
The National Capital Region (NCR) is all set to get a one of its kind public aquarium at Greater Noida ANI

NCTC need of the hour, says Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday extended his support to the creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), calling the proposed anti- terror body "need of the hour" and "an important milestone in the history of modern India." ANI

Chidambaram says Government will consider location of NCTC in IB or elsewhere
Advocating the need for setting up an anti-terror hub, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Centre is willing to examine every suggestion made by state governments on the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Tripura opposes NCTC
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, on Saturday opposed the setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on grounds that it encroached on the state governments' authority. ANI

Chidambaram willing to examine every suggestion on NCTC
Advocating the need for setting up an anti-terror hub, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Centre is willing to examine every suggestion made by state governments on the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). ANI

Vice President Ansari urges lawyers to introspect on expediting dispensation of justice
Asserting that the role of lawyers in the initial years of India's independence was critical in emphasizing the Rule of Law in the governance of the country, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday urged the legal profession to introspect on expediting the dispensation of justice. ANI

Karunanidhi pitches for Pranab as next President
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi on Saturday pitched for Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the next president. ANI

No hidden deal with Maoists, cases to be reviewed, says interlocutor
Chhattisgarh's mediator for Maoists, Nirmala Buch said on Saturday that there was no hidden deal between the two sides while securing the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. ANI

Sand sculpture to depict global warming
Renowned sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik on Saturday created a 7- feet structure on Puri beach of Odisha, depicting climate change to draw tourists' attention towards global warming. ANI

IIT JEE answer sheets go public today
For the first time in the history of JEE, the answer scripts will be made public on the official website of IIT today. ANI

Deadlock over formation of NCTC continues
The deadlock over formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) continued on Saturday with chief ministers of several states strongly opposing the provisions in the counter-terror body, contending that it will upset the federal structure and encroach on the powers of the states. ANI

Mamata Banerjee finds NCTC unacceptable
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said setting up of institutions such as National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) with the proposed powers of arrest and seizure upsets the federal structure of the country. ANI

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa demands sub-committee of CMs on NCTC
Rejecting the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in its present form, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday demanded that a sub-committee of chief ministers be set up to go into the proposed counter-terror body. ANI

Two militants killed in J and K
Two militants were killed in the wee hours of Saturday by security forces in Pattan area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. ANI

NCTC should be Centre, States joint effort to curb terrorism: PM
Asserting that terrorism is today one of the most potent threats to India's national security, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the NCTC should be a "vehicle of our combined efforts to reach the shared goal of curbing terrorism and eradicating militancy". ANI

Maoist interlocutor Sharma defends Chhattisgarh tribals
Maoist appointed mediator B.D. Sharma has stressed the need to review cases against Chhattisgarh tribals by a state committee even as he maintained that they have been ripped off their basic rights. ANI

Cyber terrorism is bigger threat: Chidambaram on NCTC
Highlighting a new dimension to terrorist threats, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said that cyber terrorism has become a bigger threat to India's security ANI

Federal structure of country being weakened in garb of NCTC: Dhumal
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today strongly opposed the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the country. ANI

Counter-terrorism is a shared responsibility: Chidambaram
Asserting that counter-terrorism is a shared responsibility, nion Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the centre and state governments have to work together to make the country more safe, more secure with each others help. ANI

NCTC is not State versus Centre issue: Manmohan Singh
Defending the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that the establishment of the NCTC is not a State versus Centre issue. ANI

Personal guard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi surrenders
In a major cause of worry for the left ultras, a close confidante and personal guard of top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, Prashant Majhi alias Sushant, surrendered before police in Paralakhemundi in Orissa. ANI

Crucial NCTC meet begins
The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) meet will be a litmus test for the UPA Government at the Centre, as some non-Congress chief ministers continue to oppose the provisions in the counter-terror body, contending that it will upset the federal structure and encroach on the powers of the states. ANI

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