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Saturday

Jaipur/New Delhi: Noted author kicked up a storm with his comments that people from OBC, SC and ST communities were the "most corrupt", remarks that came under all round attack.

New Delhi: Amid unfurling of the tricolour and colourful parades, Republic Day was celebrated across the country peacefully with a boycott call by Naxal and northeastern militant outfits failing to evoke response.

Palakkad (Ker): Veteran south Indian playback singer S Janaki rejected the Padma Bhushan award, saying it has come too late in her 55-year-long career.

Sunday

New Delhi: Agitated over Nitin Gadkari's veiled warning to Income Tax officials probing allegations of dubious funding of Purti group, their apex body has demanded an unconditional apology from the former BJP president, saying his threat was aimed at hampering fair probe.

New Delhi/Hyderabad: A decision on the statehood demand was deferred with the Centre and Congress saying there was need for "further consultations", which will take a "little more time" even as pro-Telangana activists intensified their agitation.

Monday

New Delhi: The sixth accused in the case of December 16 gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student here was declared by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as a "minor", which could enable him to walk free by June 4 this year when he attains the age of 18 years.

New Delhi/Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, whose government is battling a political crisis after 13 MLAs announced to quit their assembly membership, met party chief Rajnath Singh, who expressed confidence that the state government will complete its tenure.

Tuesday

Mumbai: As India and Pakistan spar over the issue of security for Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood superstar says it was sad that an article written by him took an "unwarranted twist" and he was forced to reiterate his patriotism.

Mumbai: Home, auto and corporate loans will be cheaper with banks cutting interest rates following RBI's decision to lower key interest rate by 0.25% and injecting Rs 18,000 crore into the system.

Wednesday

New Delhi: Five of the six Congress MPs from Telangana tonight resigned from the party to press for the creation of a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says that the government will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of J S Verma Committee to amend the law to deal effectively with cases of sexual assault against women.

Thursday

New Delhi: The government amended the controversial Lok Pal Bill, delinking it from the setting up of Lokayuktas in the states and transferring powers of sanction of prosecution against public servant to the ombudsman.

New Delhi: Notwithstanding reduction in tensions along the LoC, Defence Ministry has emphasised that relations with Pakistan should not be normalised in a haste.

Chennai/Mumbai: Clutching on to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's statement, actor Kamal Haasan virtually ruled out moving the Supreme Court for now, saying he was thankful to Jayalalithaa's offer to break the impasse over 'Vishwaroopam'.

Friday

New Delhi: Rape that leads to death of the victim or leaving her in a vegetative state can now attract death penalty under an ordinance cleared by the Union Cabinet in a bid to fast-track stringent amendments to the criminal laws to check crime against women.

New Delhi: BJP decided to boycott all public programmes of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and not respond to any communication from him to the party top brass in his capacity as Leader of the House in Lok Sabha to protest against his Hindu terror remarks till he tenders an apology.

New Delhi: Burdened with increased diesel cost and a large number of pending projects, railways have sought Rs 38,000 crores as general budgetary support from the Finance Ministry for fiscal 2013-14.

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