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Thursday, May 19, 2011, Chandigarh, India
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Will go to every corner of UP to oust Maya: Rahul
Pledges to fight for farmers’ cause at party’s Varanasi convention

Varanasi/New Delhi, May 18
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi addresses the party convention in Varanasi on Wednesday. Virtually serving an ultimatum on the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today declared that he would go to “every nook and corner” of the state to fight and show the door to Mayawati and her men.
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi addresses the party convention in Varanasi on Wednesday. — PTI

Punjab turns a blind eye to illegal mining
Chandigarh, May 18
Illegal sand mining is being done in the Budh Ki Rau, near Khizrabad village of Mohali. The inability of the Punjab Government to auction its 300 sand and gravel quarries in the beds of various rivers and rivulets across the state

Illegal sand mining is being done in the Budh Ki Rau, near Khizrabad village of Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Yeddyurappa is my friend: Bhardwaj
Karnataka CM shares dais with Governor but guns for his head

Bangalore, May 18
After triggering a major controversy by recommending President’s Rule in Karnataka, Governor H R Bhardwaj today said the BJP government in the state enjoyed a massive majority. However, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa still gunned for his removal.

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PC owns up most-wanted list gaffe
New Delhi, May 18
Home Minister P Chidambaram today sought to put an end to the controversy over the inclusion of Wazhul Kamran Khan’s name in the list of 50 most-wanted terrorists given to Pakistan, describing it as a genuine oversight. Talking to reporters here, he said, “There was a mistake. We are not trying to blame anyone. We take responsibility for it.” He said the red-corner alert should have been cancelled and Wazhul Khan’s name deleted from the list.

JPC goes after NDA; to question Soli Sorabjee
New Delhi, May 18
The Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the implications of subsequent telecom policies on the 2G Spectrum scam today questioned the losses suffered due to a shift in policy made by the BJP-led NDA government in 1999. Meeting under the chairmanship of Congress leader P.C. Chacko here, the 30-member JPC decided to summon the-then Attorney General Soli Sorabjee on whose advice the Cabinet approved the National Telecom Policy (NTP) 1999.

IMF chief under pressure to quit
New York/Paris May 18
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced growing pressure to quit as head of the IMF on Wednesday after his arrest and detention in a New York jail on attempted rape charges. The arrest, while dashing his prospects for the French presidency, has also raised a broader question over the future of the world economic body.



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“Fear is foolishness and courage is the characteristic of Dravidians. I am a true Dravidian, possessing courage, the real characteristic of the Dravidian race”. This is how the newly anointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa identified herself at a public meeting three years ago at Theni, a southern district bordering Western Ghats when she was out of power. The occasion was the birth anniversary of CN Annadurai, whose “Arya Maayai” (Myth of Aryans), lashes out at Brahmins and appeals to Tamil youths to liberate the state from their domination.

After 3 yrs of lull, it’s houseful at Dal
Kashmir Valley is back on the tourists’ radar, thanks to peace

Srinagar, May 18
Houseboats queue up at the Dal Lake in Srinagar. After suffering huge losses for three consecutive years, houseboat owners in Srinagar city are these days reaping the benefit of prevailing peace in the Valley.

Houseboats queue up at the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Photo: Amin War




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