Anna Hazare

19 at Mumbai's Azad Maidan refuse to end fast

19 at Mumbai's Azad Maidan refuse to end fastMumbai, Aug 25 : As social activist Anna Hazare's fast in New Delhi entered the 10th day, his supporters here fasting in solidarity are growing weaker by the day, India Against Corruption (IAC) said.

"I had been fasting since Aug 16 alongside Annaji. But by the seventh day, I had lost 12 kg and almost fainted," India Against Corruption (IAC) youth coordinator Naresh Thakur said. "I was later asked to end my fast and I had no option."

Anna's supporters fasting for 10 days in Orissa

Anna's supporters fasting for 10 days in OrissaBhubaneswar, Aug 25 :The hunger strike by 15 people in Orissa in support of social activist Anna Hazare's demand for a stronger anti-corruption bill entered the 10th day Thursday, India Against Corruption
(IAC) that is backing Hazare said.

Two activists - Bhabani Parija, 50, and Rajnarayan Jena, 30, have been fasting here, Nishikant Mohapatra, a local coordinator of IAC, told IANS.

Eight others are fasting in Kalahandi, four in Bolangir and one in Sambalpur, he said.

No major health complications have been reported so far, Mohapatra said.

Team Anna calls for protest at PM''s 7 RCR residence at 5 p.m today

Team Anna calls for protest at PM''s 7 RCR residence at 5 p.m todayNew Delhi, Aug 25  A day after talks between the government and Team Anna had collapsed, Team Anna on Thursday called for a protest outside the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh''s 7 RCR residence at 5 p. m today.

Talks between the government and Team Anna ended in a deadlock on Wednesday night with both sides failing to resolve key issues.

Hazare''s representatives - Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi - were visibly upset at the lack of progress during the meetings with government negotiators.

Anna says he is fine, thanks media for support

New Delhi, Aug 25: On the 10th day of his fast Thursday, civil society activist Anna Hazare said that he is doing fine and thanked the media people for supporting his movement against corruption.

"I am doing fine and there is nothing to worry about. I have lost 6.5 kg in the last 10 days but there is no difficulty," Hazare told the crowd at the Ramlila Maidan.

He looked weak but there was no flagging of his spirit as he shouted "Vande Mataram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai".

"I want to thank the media for their support. I am confident that the Jan Lokpal Bill will be passed and I won't die before it is passed," he said as the crowd cheered.

Lokpal row: Fourth round of talks Thursday

Lokpal row: Fourth round of talks ThursdayNew Delhi, Aug 25 : The government and civil society representatives are likely to resume their talks over the contentious Lokpal bill Thursday as social activist Anna Hazare's anti-graft hunger strike enters
10th day.

A day after their parleys ended in a logjam, the two sides will meet again around noon to thrash out a solution to the row that will also end Hazare's fast amid growing concerns over his health.

Lokpal row back to 'square one' as talks fail

Lokpal row back to 'square one' as talks failNew Delhi, Aug 25 : Talks between the government and Anna Hazare's team on a sweeping anti-corruption law ended in a deadlock Wednesday night, shattering hopes of an early resolution to spiralling political crisis triggered by the social activist''s indefinite fast

At the latest round of talks between the two sides, the civil society activists insisted that their version of the Lokpal bill should be passed expeditiously, but the government refused to bypass parliamentary procedures.

Deadlock continues, talks fail between government, Team Anna

Deadlock continues, talks fail between government, Team Anna New Delhi, Aug 25 : Breakthrough continues to elude to solve the snowballing political crisis triggered by social activist Anna Hazare's indefinite fast that continued for the ninth day Wednesday, as his side and the government hardended their stands over a sweeping anti-corruption law.

Talks between the government and Hazare's aides ended in a deadlock as key issues remain unresolved.

Government doesn't want strong Lokpal bill: Anna

Government doesn't want strong Lokpal bill: AnnaNew Delhi, Aug 24 : Stating that his health was fine, Anna Hazare alleged Wednesday that the government had no intention of fighting corruption.

Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan on day nine of his fast, Hazare, 74, said the government was corrupt and did not want to pass a strong Lokpal bill.

"Yesterday, three people from our side went to talk to the government, but even today they don't have the intention of ending corruption," Hazare said.

He added that his health was fine.

Shimla shops shut to support Anna

Shimla shops shut to support AnnaShimla, Aug 24 : More than 6,000 shopkeepers in the Himachal Pradesh capital Wednesday kept their shops closed to express solidarity with fasting social activist Anna Hazare.

"We have decided to keep the shops closed for one full day to support the cause of Anna," Shimla Beopar Mandal president Ramesh Sood told IANS.

He said shops dealing with daily necessary items like medicines and eatables would be exempted from the shutdown.

The move is not associated with any political front, he added.

Hazare''s health poor, but firm spirit keeping medical situation in control: Dr. Trehan

 Hazare''s health poor, but firm spirit keeping medical situation in control: Dr. Trehan New Delhi, Aug. 24 : Civil society activist Anna Hazare''s health is poor, but his spirit is keeping his medical situation under control, said Dr. Naresh Trehan, the head of Gurgaon''s Medicity Hospital and the leader of medical team monitoring his health on a round-the-clock basis.

Parliament starts on peaceful note

Parliament starts on peaceful noteNew Delhi, Aug 24 : A day after parliament was stalled over the issue of Anna Hazare's fast and corruption, both houses started their proceedings on a peaceful note Wednesday.

A debate on corruption has been scheduled in both houses, as demanded by the opposition.

In the Lok Sabha, the debate will be initiated by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi. In the Rajya Sabha, it would be Ram Jethmalani, according to the list of business for both houses.

An all-party meeting on Hazare's fast and the Lokpal bill is also scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.(IANS)

Anna's fast enters ninth day, health deteriorates

Anna's fast enters ninth day, health deterioratesNew Delhi, Aug 24 : The health of activist Anna Hazare who has been fasting for a stronger anti-corruption bill here continued to deteriorate as his protest entered its ninth day Wednesday.

According to a health bulletin issued by the doctors treating Hazare, his blood pressure has shot up to 140/80 and pulse has increased to 82 per minute.

Hazare's weight fell by 200 gm while the sugar level reached 106.

Ketone particles (created by the body during starvation) also have been increasing.

Chidambaram briefs PM ahead of all party meeting

Chidambaram briefs PM ahead of all party meetingNew Delhi, Aug 24 : Home Minister P. Chidambaram submitted a report on the situation over Anna Hazare's fast for a strong Lokpal bill to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday, ahead of an all party meeting on the issue scheduled for the afternoon.

Sources said the report on the current situation was given to the prime minister in the morning. However, they declined to divulge the contents of the report.

Hazare refuses to be put on drip again

 Hazare refuses to be put on drip again New Delhi, Aug 24:  Social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast entered its ninth day on Wednesday, refused to be put on a intravenous drip despite doctors advising him to do so once again this morning.

Manish Sisodia, a close associate of Hazare said: “Anna has refused to take the IV drip after doctors advised him to take it following a check up this morning."

According to a health bulletin issued by the doctors treating Hazare, his blood pressure has shot up to 140/80 and pulse has increased to 82 per minute.

Varun Gandhi at Ramlila Maidan to support Hazare

Varun Gandhi at Ramlila Maidan to support HazareNew Delhi, Aug 24 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi Wednesday reached the Ramlila ground here to support Anna Hazare's fast for a stronger anti-corruption law.

The first BJP MP to reach the Ramlila ground, Gandhi went to sit with supporters at the site. Hazare's fast entered its ninth day Wednesday.

Gandhi stated he was in favour of the Jan Lokpal bill, which demands the inclusion of the prime minister, the higher judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside parliament within the ambit of the Lokpal (ombudsman).

Anna supporters baton-charged in Surat

Anna supporters baton-charged in SuratGandhinagar, Aug 24  : Activists taking out a rally here in support of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption crusade were baton-charged by the police late Tuesday night.

While the police claimed that the rally was illegal and was being taken out without any permission, activists claimed that it was deliberate resort to action by the cops without any provocation and on a peaceful lot of agitators.

The activists were reportedly taking out a rally when they were confronted by the policemen of the Umra police station. It led to an altercation and the police resorted to lathi charge.

Three sticking points with government: Team Anna

Three sticking points with government: Team AnnaNew Delhi, Aug 24  : There were three sticking points with the government including inclusion of lower bureaucracy in ambit of Lokpal, Team Hazare said Tuesday as they insisted on passage of anti-corruption legislation in the ongoing monsoon session of parliament.

Hazare claims he is fine and ready for open talks

Hazare claims he is fine and ready for open talksNew Delhi, Aug 23 : Despite being on fast for eight days, social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he is fine and would continue his fast for a week or more.

Addressing the gathering at Ramlila ground, Hazare said: "I have been fasting for eight days but I am fine. There is no cause for concern. The doctors attending to me won''t let me die. I''ve lost 5.5 kilos."

"I am ready for dialogue but it should be political one and direct with the government mediators," he added.

Pro-Hazare protesters picket Manmohan Singh's Chandigarh house

Pro-Hazare protesters picket Manmohan Singh's Chandigarh houseChandigarh, Aug 23 : Pro-Anna Hazare agitators Tuesday held a protest outside the private residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the upscale Sector 11 here.

The protesters openly defied prohibitory orders enforced Monday by the additional district magistrate outside the house.

Nearly 25-30 protesters, including women, carried the national flag and posters and banners and staged a sit-in outside the house.

Orissa town observes shutdown to support Anna

Orissa town observes shutdown to support AnnaBhubaneswar, Aug 23 : Normal life was hit in Orissa's Balangir town as schools and colleges were closed and shops downed shutters due to a shutdown called by residents Tuesday to support Anna Hazare in his crusade against corruption.

All the private establishments were closed in the Balangir district headquarters town, about 325 km from here, with people spontaneously supporting the 24-hour strike, a district police officer told IANS.

Commuters also faced difficulties as private buses and commercial vehicles went off the roads, he said.



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