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New Delhi: It would have remained - and forgotten -- as another localised peasant-police clash had not the lanky Charu Mazumdar called it the start of a long awaited agrarian revolution, and promptly received the blessings of Mao, his ideological god. Thanks to China's decision to call the May 1967 incident in Naxalbari village in West Bengal a 'spring thunder' and a 'prairie fire', a brutal and violent Maoist movement soon engulfed India.

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Kochi: Things, at the moment, appear bleak for fast bowler S. Sreesanth, one of the most colourful personalities in Kerala, who shot into prominence by becoming only the second person from the state to represent India in cricket.

Ever since the news of the arrest of Sreesanth and two other fellow Rajasthan Royals players over spot-fixing broke, it came as a shock to the cricket-loving fraternity in the state and not to mention his family.

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Bangalore: Quality of governance and better leadership has led to southern states surging ahead of their northern counterparts, widening the gap in terms of per capita income and poverty between the south and north, says a study.

Per capita incomes in the south (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala) have risen fast and poverty has declined in recent years and the reason is quality of governance, better leadership and political stability, according to study conducted by the Public Affairs Centre.

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In Kerala where politics revolves around various allies of the rival fronts, three of four factions of the Kerala Congress have been in the news for some time now. There is the possibility of a fifth faction coming into existence ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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New Delhi: Italy is not the first country to have taken advantage of the Indian government's "decency" in refusing to return its accused men for trial, and the plea to allow the two marines to fly back to Rome to vote could have been a ploy being hatched for some time, say two former envoys to that country.

Italy has refused to send back its marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, to India to face trial for killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast last year, mistaking them to be pirates.

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In response to the sudden u-turn by the Italian government by refusal to return of the naval guards, charged with killing of two Indian fishermen last year, India's Ministry of External Affairs summoned the Italian Ambassador, Daniele Mancini, to convey India's position in the "strongest of terms", which is diplomatic parlance for a stiff lecture.

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Kolkata: Subhasini Mistry toiled for years as a manual labourer, a housemaid and a vegetable-seller. At 70, she can look back with satisfaction at a two-storeyed, whitewashed building, the realisation of her dream to build a hospital for the poor - all because she couldn't afford proper medical treatment for her husband and became a widow at 23.

Her younger son Ajoy is a doctor at the hospital which has 12 doctors and over 25 beds and runs on donations.

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Lucknow: Is the crucial Muslim vote bank of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) drifting away? Even while party leaders say there is nothing that could "alienate the minorities", community leaders have begun to openly speak of their "early disenchantment" with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

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Mumbai: So in spite of some scathing pre-Oscar reviews criticising it for turning a real political episode into a populist drama, actor-turned-director Ben Afflect's "Argo" won the golden statuette for the best picture.

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who regretted his statement linking the BJP and the RSS with terrorism just two days ago, is again in the eye of a political storm over the alleged intelligence failure behind the Hyderabad blasts that killed 16 people and injured 117.

The blasts issue rocked parliament Friday as the opposition parties attacked the government after Shinde said there were prior intelligence reports about the blasts.

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