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Govt hikes diesel prices by Rs 5.62/litre and restricts supply of subsidised LPG to 6 cylinders per household in a year

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Saturday

New Delhi: With indications of terror groups making attempts to infiltrate into the country through sea route, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pitched for a comprehensive maritime policy to maintain vigil along the coastal line.

New Delhi: Voicing concern over deterioration of the communal situation in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the use of social media and other mode of communication to aggravate such tension is posing a new challenge.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did some plain speaking before the country's top police brass in telling that capacity of the police to tackle inter-community relations has weakened and grass root intelligence collection system had "languished in some places."

Sunday

Tirumala (AP): Against the backdrop of disruptions in the monsoon session of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherkjee said the possibility of early polls depended on the behaviour of political leaders and parties.

New Delhi: Vice President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of Verghese Kurien, the founder of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation.

Monday

(TN)/New Delhi: A fisherman was killed in firing on anti-nuclear protesters at a coastal village in Tuticorin district while they clashed with police near the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, torching local administrative offices.

New Delhi: Expressing concern over fiscal deficit, President Pranab Mukherjee said if subsidies are not contained below 2% of the GDP, it may pose a serious problem for the economy.

Tuesday

Kudankulam (TN): Anti-nuclear movement leader S P Udayakumar tonight gave up his plan to surrender to the police after making a dramatic appearance to do do so and was whisked away by his supporters.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court refused to frame guidelines across the board for reporting sub-judice matters but laid down a constitutional principle enabling aggrieved parties to seek postponement of publication of court proceedings.

Wednesday

New Delhi: Amid a raging row over coal block allocations, a Inter-Ministerial Group is set to recommend de-allocation of some coal blocks awarded to private firms out of 29 cases under review and other punitive action will be taken against several others.

New Delhi: Air India's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will start flying on domestic routes soon, with the airline hoping that the fuel-efficient aircraft will bring back its good old 'Maharaja' days by saving costs.

Mumbai: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, facing the charge of sedition among others, walked out of jail a day after the Bombay High Court ordered his release on bail and vowed to intensify his campaign for scrapping of the sedition law.

Thursday

New Delhi: Biting the bullet, the government hiked diesel prices by a steep Rs 5.62 per litre and restricted the supply of subsidised cooking gas to 6 cylinders per household in a year to fetch an additional Rs 20,300 crore.

Jammu: Top militant Mehrajuddin Wani, suspected to be involved in the 13-year-old Kandahar hijack case and having close links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been arrested in Kishtwar district by the Jammu and Kashmir police which said he was a "big catch".

Friday

New Delhi: The BCCI tonight terminated the contract of the debt-ridden Deccan Chargers, bringing an end to the suspense on the fate of the beleaguered franchise.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh justified the decisions on allowing in multi-brand retail and some other areas, saying these were aimed at pushing economic growth and generating employment in "difficult times".

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