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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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2 percent of GDP for healthcare: Pranab
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:39pm
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said that the target of spending 2 percent of the GDP on healthcare would soon be achieved.
Curfew re-imposed in Meghalaya's riot-hit areas
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:38pm
Curfew was re-imposed Sunday in the riot-hit areas of Meghalaya's Resubelpara sub-division after fresh cases of arson in Assam's Goalpara district, an official said.
13 more die in UP, winter toll reaches 82
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:37pm
The cold wave in Uttar Pradesh claimed 13 more lives Sunday as the temperature dropped to new lows across large parts of the state. The death toll in the state has climbed to 82.
Gandhi family behind 'Hindu atankwad': Gadkari
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:36pm
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has described Swami Aseemanand's alleged disclosures in connection with the Mecca Masjid case as a conspiracy hatched by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Case filed over assault on killer Bihar teacher
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:36pm
A case has been filed against 1,000 unidentified people for beating up a woman teacher accused of murdering Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Raj Kishore Kesri in Bihar's Purnia town last week, police said Sunday.
Delhi Metro trains Bangalore Metro personnel
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:35pm
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has trained more than 150 personnel of the Bangalore Metro, which is to soon start its operations.
Women demand codification of Muslim Personal Law
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:34pm
Activists of the Muslim Mahila Andolan from different parts of Uttar Pradesh converged here Sunday to demand codification of the Muslim Personal Law, which they say is being "misinterpreted to the disadvantage of women".
Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries likely to meet in Thimphu next month
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:33pm
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Roa is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Bhutan's capital Thimphu on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Standing Committee meeting on February 6 and 7.
Centre should intervene in Bengal if state fails: Ramdev
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:32pm
Alleging that West Bengal's Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front government was resorting to violence to contain the "winds of political change", yoga guru Baba Ramdev Sunday said the centre should intervene to stop the bloodshed.
India's diaspora conclave concludes with honours, outreach
Monday - Jan 10, 2011, 01:31pm
India's annual convention to connect with its 27-million strong  diaspora in over 150 countries concluded Sunday with President Pratibha Patil honouring 14 individuals for their achievements and enhancing India's image globally.
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