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Second birthday for UPA-II, but no one is partying
The mood is sombre as the ruling alliance has been battling one problem after the other in past 8 months
New Delhi, May 21
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is all set to celebrate the second anniversary of its second innings at the Centre on Sunday with the customary dinner at the Prime Minister’s residence and the release of the annual report card chronicling the government’s achievements.

Kanimozhi to move HC for bail
New Delhi, May 21
 Spending the first of many nights to come inside a prison cell of Tihar Jail, the smile was back on the face of DMK MP Kanimozhi today morning when she appeared before the CBI’s Special court hearing argument in the 2G Spectrum allocation scam.
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Mamata sets ball rolling to return Singur land 
But Land Acquisition Act doesn’t allow return of acquired land
Kolkata, May 21
In one of her first acts after assuming the office of the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee set in motion a process to return 400 acres of land at Singur to farmers. The Left Front government had acquired 1,000 acres of land for Tata Motors to set up an automobile plant, which was then opposed by Mamata on the plea that farmers were forced to give up their land for a pittance.

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Sky high: GSAT-8 put into orbit, ‘Astra’ boost for armoury
Communication satellite successfully launched; supersonic missile clears twin tests
Bangalore, May 21
Giving a boost to its communication and TV broadcast services, India today successfully launched its advanced GSAT-8 satellite on board Arianespace rocket from Kourou in French Guiana.

Over 40 killed in dust storms in UP
Lucknow, May 21
More than 40 people were today killed and several others injured as dust storms, accompanied by high velocity wind and rains, hit several districts of Uttar Pradesh. A stationary coach of a passenger train also got derailed at Shahjahanpur railway station after it was dragged on the track for several metres by high velocity winds.

Azad Encounter 
CBI books AP cops 
Hyderabad, May 21
In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh police, the CBI has registered a criminal case against the state police officials over the alleged fake encounter killing of top Maoist leader Azad alias Cherukuri Rajkumar and freelance journalist Hemchandra Pandey in July last year. The case was registered following directions from the Supreme Court that heard petitions from social activist Swami Agnivesh and Pandey’s wife Bineeta Pandey.

Punjab Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, at Dharamsala’s HPCA Stadium for a match between her team and Deccan Chargers on Saturday. The Monk and the Maiden: Punjab Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, at Dharamsala’s HPCA Stadium for a match between her team and Deccan Chargers on Saturday. The Tibetan leader gave scarves and his blessings to players of both teams ahead of the match. Photo: Kamaljeet



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16 killed in NATO fuel tanker blast in Pak
Landikotal (Pak), May 21
 At least 16 persons were killed in northwest Pakistan today after a bomb attack claimed by a militant group hit a truck carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan. It took place near the Torkham border crossing in the Khyber region, the main route for moving supplies to NATO and American forces in Afghanistan.
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Lightning kills 5, hailstorm adds to farmers’ woes
Lambi (Muktsar) May 21
 Untimely rains, hailstorm and squall, which lashed Bathinda, Muktsar and Abohar regions late evening today left a trail of destruction. As many as five persons died after lightning struck him.
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Yet another Haryanvi on top of the world
Neither age nor gender is a bar for scaling Mt EverestKathmandu, May 21
A day after Sushma and Vikas Kaushik from Haryana became the world’s youngest couple, and India’s first, to climb Mount Everest, yet another Indian woman, Flight Lieutenant Nivedita Chaudhary from the Indian Air Force, accompanied by a Haryanvi, reached the world’s highest peak on Saturday.
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