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India's apex audit body CAG completes 150 years tomorrow
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will on Tuesday release a commemorative postage stamp at the Vigyan Bhavan official convention centre here as India's audit institution, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, completes 150 years of its existence. ANI

Security tightened along border areas of Bihar, Jharkhand to curtail Maoist menace
In a bid to curtail the increasing Maoist menace in the region, security has been tightened along the border areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. ANI

Planning Commission to prepare IAPs for Naxal-affected areas: Joshi
Union Rural Development Minister CP Joshi on Monday informed the Lok Sabha that as per Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's budget speech for 2010-11, the Planning Commission is to prepare Integrated Action Plans (IAPs) for the focus districts affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) to address critical gaps in development. ANI

Maoists hit a wine seller in West Midnapore
Suspected Maoists beat an alleged wine-seller at Lalgarh village in West Bengal's West Midnapore District on Monday.t has been reported hat the suspected ultras first pour hooch on his head and then slammed him with sticks. ANI

India welcomes removal of Jammu and Kashmir from UN list of disputes
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Monday said India welcomes the removal of Jammu and Kashmir from the United Nations list of disputes. ANI

PM condoles death of noted economist Dr. Lakshmi Chand Jain
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of noted Gandhian and economist Dr. Lakshmi Chand Jain, who breathed his last on Sunday afternoon at the age of 85 after a courageous battle against cancer. ANI

Elephant calf found dead in West Midnapore
An elephant calf was found dead west Bengal's West Midnapore district over the weekend. ANI

Kapil Sibal given additional charge of Telecom Ministry
Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal was on Monday given the additional charge of the Telecom Ministry. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir out of United Nations list
The United Nations has removed Jammu and Kashmir from the UN list of unresolved disputes, which has come as a major setback to Pakistan. ANI

The Jammu and Kashmir situation: What after the Obama visit? (Part 1)
A question frequently asked in Jammu and Kashmir is where do we (India) go from here. An equally valid question in the Valley now is where do the separatists go from here. ANI

All parties meet to end impasse over 2G scam
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday called for a meeting of all major political parties in the Parliament tomorrow in the backdrop of deadlock in the Parliament on the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

More fast track courts to be set up for speedy disposal of cases: Moily
Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerappa Moily said more fast track courts would be set up to ensure that no case remains pending for more than one year. ANI

Chidambaram rejects calls for JPC on 2G spectrum scam
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday dismissed an opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam, terming it as 'meaningless'. ANI

Minister Sahai seeks German cooperation in food processing
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai has said that India is set to witness the next revolution in Food Processing Industry. ANI

Liechtenstein Prince on four-day visit of India
The acting head of state of Liechtenstein, Prince Prince Alois, will undertake that country's first ever official visit to India from today. ANI

Explosives seized from Maoist infested area in Midnapore
A team of joint forces along with the State police seized huge amount of explosives and land mines from West Bengal's West Midnapore, Jhargram area. ANI

Parliament adjourned till tomorrow over 2G scam
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Tuesday as the opposition continued to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Raja should be arrested, say Jayalalithaa
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief Jayalalithaa has demanded the arrest of A Raja, who resigned as Union Telecom Minister on Sunday over his role in the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

2G scam: Uproar in Parliament, both Houses adjourned till noon
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon as the opposition continued to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Supreme Court to hear 2G Spectrum case today
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition against A. Raja on his alleged involvement in the allocation of 2G Spectrum. ANI

Manmohan Singh to address Parliament on 2G spectrum issue
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to make a statement in Parliament on Monday on the alleged 2G spectrum scam. ANI

A. Raja resigns as Telecom Minister over 2G scam
Information Technology and Communications Minister A Raja resigned over his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

MakeMyTrip Limited Announces Strong Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Results
Financial Highlights: -- Gross bookings(1) for Air ticketing and Hotels and packages combined increased by $51.2 million to $156.0 million, representing growth of 48.8% year over year -- Revenue increased by 40.5% year over year to $23.8 million. Revenue less service cost(2) increased by $3.8 million to $12.9 million, representing a growth of 41 Business Wire India

IDFC Foundation Makes its Second Investment of Equity of Rs.2.25 crore in Pipal Tree Ventures Pvt. Ltd
IDFC Foundation has made an investment of Rs. 2.25 crore in Pipal Tree Venture Pvt. Ltd. (PTVPL), a for-profit company engaged in providing vocational training for skills required in the construction industry to unemployed youth from rural areas Business Wire India

Ramco Systems Awarded ‘Innovation in IT Applications’ at the 3rd India Power Awards 2010, New Delhi
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); a leading software company focused on consulting, product and managed services, today secured the prestigious award for ‘Innovation in IT Applications’ at the 3rd India Power Awards held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Mr Business Wire India

In the UK, Steria Awarded Contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to Deliver ICT Services
Steria today announced it has been selected as preferred bidder for a contract worth approximately €70 million (£60million) by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), part of the UK Ministry of Defence. Following a competitive bid process, with six invitations to tender and four responses, Steria has been selected to deliver ICT services to Dstl over an eight-year period Business Wire India

IILM - IBM Foundational Management Programme Felicitation Ceremony
IILM Institute for Higher Education organised its first felicitation ceremony for the IILM - IBM FMP Batch 1A at its Gurgaon campus on November 12, 2010. Mr. D.P. Singh - Director HR was the chief guest. Other guests included Mr. Ajay Bhatia, Vice President - HR and Mr. Raj Nehru, General Manager - Learning and other IBM managers. The convocation procession was led by Ms Business Wire India

Vriti Named 5th Fastest Growing Technology Company in India
Vriti Infocom Private Limited was today named a winner of the prestigious Deloitte Fast 50 India and Deloitte Fast 500 Asia Pacific awards, marking it out as one of the fastest growing technology companies in India. The company was placed fifth out of fifty companies short-listed across India Business Wire India

IIT Roorkee Confers Honorary Doctorate to Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Founder HCL, Chairman HCL Infosystems
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, one of India’s most prestigious technology institutes, awarded the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science (D. Sc Business Wire India

Deloitte, IBM, L&T Infotech, Adobe…Shortlisted for the Leadership Awards at the Asia's Largest Software Testing Conference (STC 2010)
QAI (, the world’s leading workforce development and consulting firm addressing Operational Excellence in IT, BPO and knowledge intensive service organizations, announced Software Testing Leadership Awards 2010 at the 10th Annual Software Testing Conference (STC) 2010, to be held in Bangalore on November 22-23, 2010 at The Chancery Pavilion Business Wire India

Kronos® Launches Contest to Challenge Indian Technical Talent
Kronos® Incorporated today announced the launch of a contest open to talented and experienced Indian engineers to solve a practical puzzle in the domain of workforce management solutions. The objective of the contest for Kronos to identify and reward the best technical talent in India Business Wire India

Governmental Strategies that Augment Infrastructure Development and Demand from Diverse End-user Sectors Fuel Growth in the Indian Pumps Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Although the global financial crisis had moderately impacted the Indian pumps market, growth factors such as a better economy, increasing middle class, rapid urbanization, and expanding infrastructure needs are expected to coerce demand over the coming years. Government initiatives in infrastructure development are likely to encourage growth in the key end-user sectors Business Wire India

ApnaCircle Adds Innovative Address Book, the leading Indian Business and Career networking site has introduced a new Address Book with enhanced contact management capability. With the new and innovative Address Book, the users now can access there contacts’ contact details Business Wire India

SBI Deploys UNIKEN’s Secure TruBank (VPSI) H2H Solution for Cash Management
State Bank of India, the country’s largest public sector bank, is implementing Uniken’s TruBank (VPSI) Host-to-Host secure and automated file transfer solution for securing their cash management application. “TruBank (VPSI) H2H is powered by Uniken’s cutting-edge REL-ID (relative identity) mutual authentication and encryption protocol (RMAP) Business Wire India

Diya Systems (GlowTouch Technologies) Honored with STPI IT Export Awards for the Year 2009-10
GlowTouch Technologies (Diya Systems), a U.S based IT/ITES Company has been conferred with the most prestigious STPI Best Performer – Mangalore Region for operating from Tier –II/III Region for the FY 2009-10. The Award was presented by Mr. Hari Kumar Jha, Managing Director, Keonics to Dr. V. Ravichandran, Chief Executive Officer and Mrs. Indira Ravichandran, Managing Director of the Company Business Wire India

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