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Ajmer blast case: CBI arrests 'mastermind' Swami Asimanand in Haridwar
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took into its custody Swami Asimanand, who is believed to be the mastermind of the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast, here on Friday. ANI

POSCO's proposal under review: Jairam Ramesh
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Friday said the proposal of South Korean steel major POSCO is under review from 'environment point of view'. ANI

Graft and greed on rise, putting Indian values in danger: Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday stressing on the need for an efficient government to augment managerial capacity to deliver better services to the public, said 'graft and greed', which are on the rise are putting in danger the principles on which independent India was founded. ANI

President Patil to visit UAE, Syria to boost trade ties
To further boost India's economic ties with the Gulf region and to promote trade, tourism and investment, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will be paying a state visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 21 to 25 and the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) from November 26 to 29. ANI

Supreme Court rejects CBI plea to transfer UP PF scam trial to Delhi
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea for transferring the trial of a case involving fraudulent withdrawal of provident fund of Ghaziabad court staff from Uttar Pradesh to a Delhi Court. ANI

Govt. aiming at double digit GDP growth in medium term: Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the government is aiming at a double digit Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the medium term, and added that there is already an upturn in investment and private consumption demand, revival of merchandise exports and buoyancy in capital flows, which can support this growth. ANI

India summons Iranian Envoy over Kashmir remarks of Ayatollah Khamenei
Upset over the comments made by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Kashmir, India on Friday summoned Iranian Charge de Affairs and issued a strong demarche. ANI

DDA to launch Housing Scheme-2010 from Nov.25
Delhi Development Authority will be launching the "DDA Housing Scheme, 2010" from 25th November to 24th December,2010. ANI

Armless Chinese pianist to take his skill on a world tour
An armless Chinese pianist is set to take his unusual skill on a world tour, showing off to the world his dexterity with his toes. ANI

Mukherjee urges Opposition to end 2G scam stalemate
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday appealed to all political parties to help end the deadlock over the 2G spectrum allocation scam, saying the matter could be looked into by the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament. ANI

Air Force Mi-17 crashes in Tawang, 12 killed
Twelve people were killed on Friday when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter crashed after an explosion on board near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. ANI

Tribals in India suffer due to social exclusion
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Friday said that tribal population of India is around 70 million and most of them suffer from geographical and social exclusion, high poverty rates and lack of access to appropriate administrative and judicial mechanisms. ANI

Law Minister Moily asks Attorney General to represent Manmohan Singh in apex court
Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said that the government authorised Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati to appear for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the Supreme Court over 2G spectrum case was to ensure that he was "properly represented". ANI

Yeddyurappa to meet BJP top brass over land scam issue tomorrow
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has been summoned by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership following the controversy surrounding the allocation of de-notified State-owned land to his family members is likely to meet the party's top brass here on Saturday. ANI

Soaring prices of yarn affects Gujarat's textile business
The textile business in Surat has witnessed a huge loss due to sudden rise in the price of yarn. ANI

Migratory birds flock to Kashmir with the onset of winters
With the onset of winters in Jammu and Kashmir, more than two hundred thousand migratory birds from Central Asia and China have migrated to the region, flocking various wetland reserves. ANI

2G scam: Rahul Gandhi says PM not in embarrassing position
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is not in an embarrassing position following the Supreme Court's observation on the 2G spectrum allotment case. ANI

Dalai Lama receives Mother Teresa award
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was conferred the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for his contribution towards humanity, promoting inter-religious discourses and the welfare of the Tibetan people. ANI

Tarun Gogoi urges Central Govt. to sign water-sharing treaty with China
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that he would request Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sign a water-sharing treaty with China ahead of the construction of the mega dams on Brahmaputra River. ANI

Shooter Rathore underscores importance of fitness at Delhi School Skating Championship
The importance of maintaining physical fitness was underscored at the two-day Inter-School Roller Skating Championship 2010, which was held here under the aegis of the Netaji Subhash Sports and Welfare Association. ANI

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

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik critical of forest officers
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has criticised the delay in processing files by the Divisional Forest Officers (DFO) for proposals under Forest Act. ANI

Maharashtra Cabinet expanded to 31 ministers
Maharashtra Cabinet was expanded here today with 29 more faces being sworn in to the two-tier council of ministers, including Congress party strongmen Narayan Rane and Patangrao Kadam. ANI

1200 Indian Sikh pilgrims to celebrate 541st Guru Nanak birth anniversary in Pak
About 1200 Indian Sikh pilgrims have left for Pakistan to attend the 541st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first spiritual leader of the Sikh Community, at Nankana Sahib in Sheikhupura District, even as the Pakistan Government denied visas to 250 Sikh pilgrims. ANI

Elaborate security in place for last phase of Bihar Assembly polls
Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure a free and fair poll during the sixth and last phase of Bihar Assembly elections on Saturday. ANI

Attorney General Vahanvati to represent PM in 2G spectrum case
Attorney General G. E Vahanvati will now represent Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the 2G Spectrum allotment case before the Supreme Court. ANI

Nation pays homage to Indira Gandhi on her 93rd birth anniversary
Nation paid homage to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 93rd birth anniversary today. ANI

Child labour, still a common practice in large parts of rural India
In a small pastoral vand (hamlet) in Kutch, Gujarat, 10 year old Ramu wakes up at five in the morning. His mother serves him a hasty breakfast of bajra rotis after which he is packed off to the pasturelands surrounding their small hamlet to graze the family's buffaloes ANI

National Integration Week commences
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to different Ministries under Government of India for organising programmes and events befitting the Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week), which will be observed all over the country from Friday with the pledge of national integration. ANI

Environment Ministry to give away 'Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards'
The Ministry of Environment and Forests will give away 'Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards' 2010 on Friday to recognize the pioneering and innovative contribution made by individuals and institutions in the field of afforestation and wasteland development. ANI

Maharashtra Cabinet to be expanded today
The council of ministers in the new Maharashtra Government is all set to take oath today. ANI

IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Jury to Meet to Select Awardees
As a curtain raiser to the Awards Ceremony in December, the much-awaited Jury Meet for IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2010 will take place on November 24, 2010 at ET NOW studio, Noida. Chaired by Mr Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems introduces Kids Educational Computer
HCL Infosystems India’s premier hardware, services and ICT system Integration Company today announced its entry into the kids educational computing market, aiming to reach out to the children of age-group between 3 to 12 years with special education content designed for learning through fun for kids Business Wire India

HCL Infosystems Expands Jaipur Facility; Strengthens its SI Capabilities
HCL Infosystems, India’s premier hardware, services and ICT system Integration Company today announced the expansion of its existing Software Development Centre in Jaipur. The centre was established with the objective of designing and developing software capabilities for the company’s System Integration (SI) projects Business Wire India

Wipro Capitalizes on Cloud Capability to Boost Janalakshmi’s Microfinance ‘Liability Products’ Business
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced that the implementation of a CRM solution, for Janalakshmi Financial Services, a leading national microfinance company, has been further extended to support Janalakshmi’s new ‘Retail Liability’ business. This implementation uses a leading public cloud CRM application Business Wire India

Voluntary Certification Scheme for AYUSH a Big Hit with Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers
The first five Ayurvedic drug manufacturers have received the coveted Ayush Mark certificates. This was announced by the Quality Council of India, the joint owners of the Ayush Certification Scheme with the Department of AYUSH. The certificates have been awarded to M/s. Unijules Life Sciences Ltd, Nagpur; M/s. DXN Herbal Manufacturing (India ) Pvt. Ltd, Pudicherry; M/s Business Wire India

Manipal Education to Set up Manipal International University (MIU)
 Government of Malaysia invites Manipal Education to set up university in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  In the august presence of the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and India, Y B Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia awarded the formal charter to Dr Business Wire India

Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, the World’s Largest High Technology Domestic Sewing Machine Company, Signs 20 Year Cooperation Agreement with Usha
Usha International Limited (USHA), the largest Indian sewing machine company, with a market share of over 50% in the organized sector, has cemented its ties with Janome Sewing Machine Co Ltd. (JANOME) of Japan to bring the JOY of personal creativity to the region Business Wire India

Citibank And Visa Launch The World’s First Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid Card
Citibank and Visa today announced the launch of the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum Card, the world’s first Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid card, bringing together the benefits of both Citibank’s best-in-class Travel Prepaid cards platform and Visa Platinum cards, for the first time Business Wire India

Bangalore Gets a New Address – Gobangalore.Com
Accessing information about the Silicon Valley of India just got simpler with GoBangalore™ is a Bangalore city portal providing news, stories, latest happenings, events and entertainment with a Social networking and Social welfare touch. It is aimed at becoming a one stop portal for all Bangalore related information Business Wire India Widens Scope- Bank NPA disposal Made Easy
India's one and only internet portal exclusively listing auction properties of the banks and financial institutions, has made great progress in serving both the banks and public. The vision to provide a wider base of prospective buyers for their assets under sale has been well appreciated by the bankers across the country Business Wire India

IT Next Identifies the Future IT Leaders of India
IT NEXT magazine announces the successful completion of India’s first talent hunt for future CIOs. Titled the NEXT 100, the five-month long program selected 100 outstanding IT Managers, from a pool of 72,000, who have the skills and qualities to make it to the top technology job in an enterprise. “The future will be increasingly driven by strong IT systems and technologies Business Wire India

Bio-Chem Fluidics’ 150L-Series Chemically Inert Solenoid Isolation Valves Maintain High Flow Rates
Bio-Chem Fluidics has expanded its line of Bio-Chem Valve™ solenoid-operated isolation valves to include the high-flow, chemically inert 150L-Series. The new valves are unique in that they provide a chemically inert fluid path through a large orifice, for a higher flow rate than other chemically inert valves Business Wire India

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