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Narayanasamy asks jewellers not to panic over increase in excise duty
Terming the ongoing protests by the members of jewellers' associations to be unwarranted, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Friday asked the bullion traders not to panic over the increase is excise duty. ANI

Facebook selects Nasdaq over NYSE for listing Initial Public Offering shares
Facebook plans to list its shares on the tech-heavy Nasdaq stock market that can be regarded as a setback to the rival New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which had fought hard for the listing. ANI

Spring Lighting Fair Sets New Exhibitor Record
More than 950 exhibitors from around the world are taking part in the fourth edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition), which opened today and continues through 9 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) ACN Newswire

Tanaka Precious Metals Succeeds in Development of World's First Platinum Electrode Able to Produce Ozone Solution at 40 Times Existing Efficiency
Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (a company of Tanaka Precious Metals) today announced that Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K., which operates the Tanaka Precious Metals' manufacturing business, had successfully developed a platinum electrode able to produce ozone solution widely used in applications such as sterilization and deodorizing at 40 times the efficiency of existing technology ACN Newswire

InvestmentPitch : Attending Small-Cap Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 10, 1012
Vancouver, British Columbia, April 5, 2012 - will be attending the upcoming Small-Cap Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 10th. For more details, please watch this video.Where:  West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre  When:   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.Attendence is free. For a full schedule of the speakers, and to register, please visit www ACN Newswire

Prestigious 2012 GBF Student Leadership Awards presented to National University of Singapore, Indian School of Business and Georgia Institute of Technology MBA students
Students from the Indian School of Business (ISB), National University of Singapore and Georgia Institute of Technology and Constellation Brands were presented the prestigious Graduate Business Forum (GBF) Leadership Awards at the annual global Graduate Business Conference 2012 ACN Newswire

Minerals Technologies Installs First Fully Automated Scantrol® Laser Refractory Measuring System for Basic Oxygen Furnaces at EVRAZ NTMK in Russia
NEW YORK, April 5-Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) announced today that it recently engineered and installed its first Scantrol® laser refractory measuring system for basic oxygen steel-making furnaces (BOFs) at the Nizhniy Tagil Metallurgical Plant (NTMK) in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia ACN Newswire

Avino Silver & Gold Mines (TSXV:ASM) (NYSE AMEX:ASM) Intersects 142 Grams Per Tonne Silver over 28.8 Metres at Avino Mine in Mexico - Video Summary Posted on
Vancouver, British Columbia, April 5, 2012 - Vancouver based Avino Silver & Gold Mines (TSXV:ASM) (NYSE AMEX:ASM) announced results from the first hole of the 2012 drill program on the Elena - Tolosa zone in Mexico. The hole intersected 142 grams per tonne silver and 0.352 grams per tonne gold, along with 0.481% copper over 29 metres, starting at the 246 metre level.InvestmentPitch ACN Newswire

Red Hawk Casino Pays More Than $35,000 in Table Jackpots
Red Hawk Casino offers players Northern California's lowest side bet for a chance to win a table progressive. The $1 side bet is available on Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold' em. Players can also place an additional side bet on Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold 'em to qualify for a bad beat payout MarketWire

INVESTOR ALERT: Approximately 72 Hours Remain; Former Louisiana Attorney General and Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Remind Investors With Large Financial Interests of Important Deadline in Lawsuit Against Carbo Ceramics, Inc. - [CRR]
Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") and KSF partner, the former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors that they have only until April 9, 2012, to file lead plaintiff applications in a securities class action lawsuit against Ceramics, Inc MarketWire

Oak Valley Community Bank Partners With the United Way, Bank On Stanislaus
Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), formed a collaborative partnership with the United Way of Stanislaus County to meet the financial education needs of the community by rolling out Bank On Stanislaus County. MarketWire

One Direction Debuts at No. 1 in Top Events Rankings for March
The British-Irish boy band One Direction have taken the music world by storm in recent weeks and after announcing their first ever North American tour, jumped to the top of TicketNews' Top Events rankings, compiled from March 1-31. MarketWire

Novo Nordisk A/S : Victoza(R) label in the US updated to include data showing superior efficacy when compared to Januvia(R)
Novo Nordisk today announced that the USFood and Drug Administration (FDA) hasapproved to update the product label for Victoza® (liraglutide [rDNA]injection) to include data showing superior blood sugar control and weightreduction when compared to Januvia® (sitagliptin). MarketWire

Aegis Welcomes Rep. Carter to Its Killeen Center
Aegis Limited, a global outsourcing services provider and part of the $17 billion Essar Group, announced today that it will be hosting a visit from Rep. John Carter (R-TX) at its center in Killeen, Texas on Monday April 9. MarketWire

Miami Tax Accountants at Speedy Tax Agency Offer Expedited Tax Services
Speedy Tax Agency is a Miami Tax Accounting agency that ensures a maximum refund with a quick and accurate delivery. MarketWire

Ed Young Leads Relief Efforts in Wake of Devastating Dallas Tornadoes
A recent series of tornadoes in the Dallas area has left many community members wondering how they can pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. A local church congregation is seeking to answer that question, however, through the implementation of community relief efforts MarketWire

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Editors and other readers are advised to disregard the news release with the headline, "Southern California Music Fans Flock to Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals," issued earlier today by The release was issued in error. MarketWire

Road Runner Sports Opens a New Running & Walking Store in Wilmette, Illinois
Get ready to party! Join Road Runner Sports -- the newest running and walking specialty store in Wilmette -- for a weekend of fun. Unbelievably, we'll be celebrating our 27th Road Runner Sports store opening nationwide and our second store opening in Illinois. The Grand Opening festivities kick-off Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at our new North Shore-area locale in the Edens Plaza MarketWire

'Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' Brings Smalltown, USA to Life
Author Kathie Truitt takes readers to her hometown of El Dorado Springs., Mo., in her humorous second novel, "The Hillbilly Debutante Café," MarketWire

Axios Mobile Assets Appoints Grant Thornton as Its Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Axios Mobile Assets Corporation (CNSX: AXA), a leading logistics enabler featuring next generation, bio-based pallet technology, today announced the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) as its independent registered public accounting firm effective February 15, 2012. MarketWire

Ground-Breaking Melanoma FISH Panel Now Offered by CBLPath
CBLPath announces today its implementation of a molecular assay using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to help in the diagnosis of melanoma. The least common but most aggressive form of skin cancer, melanoma is occurring at sharply increased rates, especially among young adults, as noted in a study released this week in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. MarketWire

SciClone Announces Board of Directors and Officer Changes
SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) today announced the resignation of Trevor M. Jones, Ph.D., C.B.E., from the Board of Directors. Prof. Jones made this decision based on the increasing demands of his other professional obligations, including his involvement in a new business venture and his service on several other boards of directors. Prof MarketWire

Visible Technologies Acquires Cymfony to Expand Global Product Offering
Visible Technologies® today agreed to acquire Cymfony, combining the two award winning social media analytics and insight solution providers. The acquisition will enable Visible® to capitalize on the momentum of an emerging market and scale quickly to meet evolving customer demands MarketWire

Cadence Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results Webcast
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) MarketWire

LANE PR Selected by Zupan's Markets to Launch New Store
LANE PR, an independently owned, national public relations agency, has been selected to work with Zupan's Markets and its in-house PR team to orchestrate public relations efforts for the April opening of its Lake Grove, Ore., grocery store. MarketWire

Sail Aboard Hemisphere -- the World's Largest Luxury Sailing Catamaran -- Featured Prize in Christie's Star-Studded "Bid to Save the Earth" Green Auction
With items such as spending the day with Bill Clinton, an afternoon of shopping with style icon Simon Doonan, and a 7-day charter on HEMISPHERE -- the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran, one of the world's most stylish fundraisers, the Christie's Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth, is on its way to raising another impressive sum MarketWire

PNY Showcases High Performance Gaming Products at PAX East
PNY Technologies®, Inc. ("PNY") will showcase the all new XLR8™ GeForce® GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5 graphics card, 2133MHz DDR3 desktop memory kit, Smart Active HDMI Cables, and a sneak peak at their brand new revamped line-up of XLR8 Solid State Drives at the PAX East 2012 exhibition. MarketWire

Woodward Schedules Second Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call
Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWD) today announced it expects to report its fiscal 2012 second quarter earnings at approximately 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 23, 2012. A news release will be issued at that time and an investor conference call will be held at 4:30 p.m. EDT. MarketWire

TruStone Financial to Host Grand Opening
TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union will be hosting a Grand Opening to celebrate the remodel of their newest branch location in Northeast Minneapolis. TruStone is a rapidly growing credit union, opening four branch locations in three years. The new branch is located at 301 Main Street NE in the Ukrainian Center. MarketWire

Accurence Announces Strategic Alliance With First Choice Repair
Accurence, Inc., the software solution provider that invented the onsite inspection and automated scoping software category for property insurance claims adjusters and roofing contractors, announced a long-term strategic alliance with First Choice Repair during their annual conference in St. Augustine, FL. MarketWire

Networking Opportunities Abound at ITEX National Expo & Conference
As the industry makes plans to gather in less than two weeks at the ITEX National Expo & Conference in Las Vegas, attendees will find new technology to make networking even easier MarketWire

Southern California Music Fans Flock to Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals
Though they're both situated on the fringe of the Inland Empire's urban area, the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals draw fans from very different geographic regions, according to data from the TicketNetwork Exchange*. Coachella will be held for two weekends this year, from April 13-15 and 20-22, while Stagecoach will be held from April 27-29. MarketWire

Ingram Micro Human Resources Professional Receives Top Honor From Peers
Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) is proud to announce that Christie Joseph, senior human resources manager at Ingram Micro Buffalo, has been recognized as Human Resources (HR) Professional of the Year by the Buffalo Niagara HR Association (BNHRA). Joseph was honored along with several of her peers during the association's annual awards event on March 22, 2012. MarketWire

NAPWA's "Healthy Living Summit," Largest National Conference by and for People Living With HIV, to Convene in Dallas April 10 - 13
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) today announced that it will host the first annual National Healthy Living Summit (known for 10 previous conferences as "Staying Alive"), April 10 - 13 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The conference serves to empower those living with HIV to become better advocates, not only for their own health but also for that of the entire community. MarketWire

United Community Banks, Inc. Announces Annual Shareholders' Meeting
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) announced that it will host its annual shareholders' meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at The Ridges Resort in Young Harris, Georgia. MarketWire

The Alpine Group, Inc. Posts 2011 Results
The Alpine Group, Inc. ("Alpine") (PINKSHEETS: APNI) today posted its annual financial statements for the year-ended December 31, 2011 to its Website ( MarketWire

Boston Therapeutics Launches SUGARDOWN(R) Publicity Campaign
Boston Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB: BTHE), a developer of diabetes therapeutics, announced today that it has launched a publicity campaign to increase consumer awareness of its OTC dietary supplement product SUGARDOWN®. The Company will employ wire services and other online and offline communication channels. MarketWire

MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon, 4/6
Obamacare and the Supreme Court, a better night's sleep, solar power, credit repair, generic drugs, email encryption, this week on MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon. MoneyTV is the internationally syndicated television program all about money and what makes it happen, (http://www.moneytv MarketWire

New Astros Marketing Head to Share Strategy at AMA Houston April Networking Luncheon
The Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the area's leading marketing organization, announces its April Networking Luncheon, "Root! Root! Root! for the Astros," held at the Junior League of Houston on Wednesday, April 11. MarketWire

PENSRUS Pens Ultimate Waterman Engraved Pen
This month, PENSRUS is celebrating one of its most popular lines of top quality pens -- The Waterman brand of personalized pens. The Waterman brand's remarkable history can be defined by their quest to combine innovation, design, and excellence MarketWire

Progress Energy Sticks With Levy Nuclear Plant, Despite Low Gas Prices and Rising Construction Costs, an Industrial Info News Alert
Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Progress Energy Florida (St. Petersburg, Florida), a unit of Progress Energy Incorporated (NYSE:PGN) Raleigh, North Carolina), remains committed to constructing the two-unit Levy County Nuclear Power Station, despite historically low natural gas prices and spiraling costs for new-build nuclear construction. MarketWire

PriceSmart Announces March Sales
PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) ( today announced that for the month of March 2012, net warehouse club sales increased 23.9% to $172.4 million, from $139.2 million in March a year earlier. For the seven months ended March 31, 2012, net warehouse club sales increased 23.2% to $1,178.5 million from $956.8 million for the seven months ended March 31, 2011 MarketWire

TAB Bank Expands Its Presence in the New York Tri-State Area
TAB Bank is pleased to announce that it has expanded its presence in the New York tri-state area and the entire Northeast region with the addition of Ken Murphy (917-940-1460, to the business development team as Vice President and Business Development Officer MarketWire

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