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Goat sales decline in Srinagar ahead of Eid-al Adha
Ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-al Adha, the goat sales have declined here due to the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley. ANI

Govt. formulates schemes for assistance to widows of CPF personnel
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Ajay Maken on Tuesday informed that the Central Government has formulated schemes for assistance to the widows of Central Police Force (CPF) personnel. ANI

Recruitment of Constable in CPMF is being done as per MHA scheme: Maken
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Ajay Maken informed on Tuesday that recruitment of constable in Central Para Military Forces is being conducted as per scheme issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in which 60 percent of vacancies are being allotted amongst all States/Union Territories on the basis of population ratio. ANI

Avtar Singh Makkar re-elected SGPC chief
The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex governing body of Sikh shrines across India on Tuesday re-elected Avtar Singh Makkar as its President. ANI

CWG scam: Darbari, Mahendroo sent to six-days CBI custody
A Delhi court on Tuesday sent sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) Director General T S Darbari and Deputy Director General Sanjay Mahendroo to six-days Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody after the investigating agency said it has recovered 'voluminous incriminating' documents from their houses and CWG office revealing graft. ANI

No need for JPC probe into 2G scam: Pranab Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday ruled out the opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam. ANI

Unseasonal rains damage commercial crops in Gujarat
Unseasonal rainfall has damaged the commercial crops, especially cotton and groundnuts, in Gujarat's Rajkot city. ANI

Former Telecom Minister Raja defends himself over 2G spectrum scam
Former Telecom Minister A. Raja on Tuesday defended himself against the charges laid down by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, which holds him responsible on many fronts for violating guidelines, indulging in favouritism and costing the government Rs. 1.76 lakh crores by mishandling the allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008. ANI

BJP wants Ratan Tata to name Minister demanding bribe (Re-issue)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata to name the Minister, who wanted his company to give a bribe to permit the setting up a domestic airline. ANI

150th Anniversary celebrations of Comptroller and Auditor General organization
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurated the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Comptroller and Auditor General institution here on Monday. ANI

BJP urges Ratan Tata to name Minister demanding bribe
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata to name the Minister, who had asked his company for a bribe when he was in the process of setting up a domestic airline. ANI

MoD creating environment for indigenisation of defence equipment: Antony
Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is making all efforts to create an environment for speedy indigenisation of defence systems and platforms. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Kenyan PM Raila Odinga
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is on a four-day visit to India, to discuss investment and economic cooperation with top political and business leaders, met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday. ANI

Sonia Gandhi meets East Delhi building collapse victims
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met survivors and relatives of those killed in the four-storey building that collapsed in East Delhi's Lakshminagar area last night. ANI

Govt. will punish guilty for East Delhi building collapse: Dikshit, Khanna
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who visited the site of the four-storey building that collapsed in East Delhi, said on Tuesday that strict action would be taken against those found guilty for the incident. ANI

CAG have to further enhance its capabilities, skills: PM Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the institution of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has to further enhance its capabilities and its skills and re-orient itself to deliver results that our nation expects of it in the years that lie ahead. ANI

President Patil greets people ahead of Id-ul-zuha
President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday greeted the people ahead of the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-zuha. ANI

River Ganga conservation campaign
Uttar Pradesh Police have organized a campaign from Haridwar to Varanasi to create awareness among people to save the River Ganga. ANI

Pakistan pavilion largest at India's International Trade Fair
The India International Trade Fair 2010 in New Delhi recorded the maximum presence from Pakistani traders, who set up the biggest pavilion at the fair. ANI

Vice President Ansari greets people ahead of Id-ul-zuha
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Tuesday greeted the people ahead of the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-zuha ANI

Armed Forces: A Pillar In Nation Building
The 21st century looks towards security, justice, economic development and a democratic polity as the pillars of nation building. Security comes first in the pecking order because the other three pillars function effectively only if the security of the nation is assured. ANI

US envoy says Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan
Echoing the recent comments made by President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador Timothy Roemer, urged India to restart dialogue process with Pakistan. ANI

CPI-M sponsors dalit protest in Shimla
Communist Party of India Marxist on Monday held a protest rally over discrimination being meted out to the dalit community in the state. ANI

The Jammu and Kashmir Situation-What after the Obama visit (Part II)
As the disillusionment with the separatists grows and the Valley hunkers down for the winter, it is necessary that the lessons of the past five months are understood and policies designed that would factor in the developments. ANI

2G scam: CAG report to be tabled in Parliament today
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2G spectrum allocation is expected to be tabled in Parliament today ANI

Toll in Delhi building collapse rises to 64, rescue work still on
The toll in the East Delhi house collapse mounted to 64 this morning even as scores of rescue workers were working to pull out people still trapped inside the debris of the structure. ANI

Wipro Infocrossing to open State-of-the-art Data Center in Cleveland County, NC
Infocrossing, a Wipro Company (NYSE: WIT) and a leading provider of IT infrastructure management services, announced today the company has purchased an existing structure in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and will convert the building to a new, state of the art data center to support its growing IT infrastructure business Business Wire India

Silvan to Unveil their New Logo
Silvan Innovation Labs, A leading IP (Internet Protocol) Video Security and Home Automation Product Company, today unveiled their new logo at a press conference while announcing their investment and strategic growth plans. With the corporate office in Bangalore, Silvan aims to set up offices in New Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai in the coming months. The concept of the new logo is infinity Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan to Honor Industry’s Top Achievers at 2010 India Excellence in Chemicals, Materials, and Food Awards
The Indian Chemicals, Materials, and Food (CMF) Industry is witnessing rapid growth with companies demonstrating best practices in a variety of regional and global markets. To recognize superior planning and execution of product launches, strategic alliances, distribution strategies, technological innovations, customer service, etc Business Wire India

Snap Deal Introduces Corporate Gift Vouchers for the Best Experiences for your Employees, Customers and Partners, India's largest discount deals site introduces the best gifting voucher options for the corporate world. Available in all categories like restaurants, spas, gyms, movies, apparel & accessories, travel etc, these are the best options that corporates can avail for any of their Employee Rewards & Recognition Programs, Customer acquisitions and Channel Partner incentive events Business Wire India

Jabra in Exclusive Pact with Redington to Expand in India
An exclusive alliance in mobile-accessory segment is set to take the niche industry by storm. Jabra, the global leader in hands free solutions, has appointed Redington as their exclusive distributor for Jabra mobile communication devices in India. Redington is the largest end-to-end supply chain management of IT and non-IT products across India, Singapore, Middle East and Africa Business Wire India

Cisco Appoints New Marketing Head for India & SAARC Region
Cisco India today announced the appointment of Nand Kishore Badami as senior vice president of marketing for the India and SAARC region. Kishore is an IT industry veteran with over 27 years of experience, and has worked in various organizations both in India and abroad Business Wire India

Max New York Life Insurance Announces Winners of 3,292 Igenius Scholarships Worth Rs 2 crore
Max New York Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, announced the first igenius Scholarship awards. After a tie in the senior category, Siddharth Yadav from Bulandsheher and Nityashree Ramakrishna from Bangalore shared the prize money of Rs. 20 lakhs with Rs. 10 lakh each. Shruti Bhardwaj from Delhi won the highest prize of Rs 20 lakh in the junior category Business Wire India

MAAC to present ‘The Seventh Annual 24FPS Awards 2010’
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – leader in 3D Animation and VFX training has announced to host the 7th - 24 FPS Awards 2010FPS Awards 2010, India’s most coveted biggest animation awards on 19th November 2010 to be held at SRPF grounds in Goregaon, Mumbai Business Wire India

Cedar Management Consulting Expands Global Footprint, to Commence Japan Operations
Cedar Management Consulting (Cedar), the global management consulting firm today announced that it has strengthened its Asia pacific presence by commencing its operations in Japan under the leadership of Mr. Tomoyasu Ozeki Business Wire India

SMERA Launches Grading of Maritime Training Institutes
SME Rating Agency of India Limited (SMERA) is a joint initiative of Small Industries Development Bank of India; Dun & Bradstreet Information services India Pvt Ltd and leading public and private sector banks. SMERA offers enterprise rating services for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Green Ratings, and Rating of Microfinance Institutions Business Wire India

Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Appoints Chirag Jain as Chief Operating Officer
Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company Limited – a joint venture between two of India’s largest public sector banks, Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, and HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited, announced the appointment of Mr Chirag Jain as the Chief Operating Officer Business Wire India

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