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Bhutan King to arrive in India on 9-day visit on Wednesday
The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, will arrive here on Wednesday on a nine-day State visit to India. ANI

Preference should be given to production of biofuels, says Gadkari
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that preference should be given to the production of biofuels as this would reduce country's expense for importing crude oil. ANI

Normalcy prevails in Kashmir valley, one injured in Baramulla
Srinagar, Oct. 19: Situation remained by and large normal and under control across the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, except for a stone pelting incident in which a person was injured during police action. ANI

TDP stages protest to meet Prime Minister in Hyderabad
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) staged a protest here on Tuesday, demanding a meeting with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was on a day visit to the city. ANI

Chidambaram appointed chairman of National Integration Council
The Government on Tuesday constituted the standing committee of the National Integration Council (NIC) with Home Minister P Chidambaram as its chairman and four Union Ministers and nine Chief Ministers as members. ANI

NIA files charge sheet against 16 persons in funds defalcation case
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed charge sheet against sixteen accused persons in the case of defalcation of funds, in a Special Court in Guwahati. ANI

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Salazar calls on S.M. Krishna in New Delhi
The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Reni Castro Salazar called on External Minister S M Krishna here on Tuesday. ANI

UNICEF brings MGML course for Chhattisgarh school children
The Chhattisgarh government along with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) introduced a Multi Grade-Multi Level (MGML) course for school students in the state. ANI

Indo-US intelligence sharing improved after 26/11: Roemer
Undeterred by a diplomatic row between India and US over the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) reported reluctance to share information on David C Headley, the Pakistani American accused of helping the Lashkar-e-Toiba with its plans to launch terror strikes on Mumbai in November 2008, US Ambassador to India, Timothy J Roemer, said sharing of information between the two countries on this issue has improved. ANI

A Delhi restaurant that offers joy of Assam
'Jakoi traditional Assamese restaurant', located in Delhi's Assam Bhavan, makes visitors feel being in the northeast while relishing a lip-smacking and rich Assamese cuisine. ANI

Curfew re-imposed in parts of Srinagar, later relaxed
The Jammu and Kashmir administration re-imposed curfew in Srinagar on Tuesday, after the arrest of the General Secretary of the Hurriyat Conference (G) Masrat Alam Bhat. ANI

Obama wearing a cap for Golden Temple visit is no issue: SGPC
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs, has said that it would have no objection to US President Barack Obama wearing a cap during his proposed visit to the Golden Temple here next month. ANI

Central assistance to Bihar not a special favour: Advani
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K.Advani on Tuesday said neither Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh nor UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should project central assistance for Bihar as a special favour. ANI

Jharkhand police set up medical camp in Palamu District
Jharkhand police set up a medical camp and distributed free medicines to villagers in the Maoist-affected Palamu district recently, as a confidence building measure. ANI

Roemer hints at Obama announcing US support for India's UNSC permanent membership
US Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, has hinted that President Barack Obama, who is to undertake a state visit of India in the first week of November, may announce Washington's backing for granting permanent membership for India in the United Nations Security Council. ANI

Rural Kashmir has given thumbs up to education
The last three months' turmoil in Kashmir took a heavy toll on everyday life of ordinary people. As is often the case in areas of conflict, the worst hit and the most vulnerable have been the children. ANI

People protest demolition of ancient temple in Andhra Pradesh district
Residents of Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur District burnt vehicles and staged protests over the demolition of an old temple by highway authorities. ANI

Communal clash erupts over a Gaya religious procession
Violence erupted in Bihar's Gaya District as members of two communities clashed following a dispute over a religious procession. ANI

German Foreign Minister visits Rajghat
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, to pay homage to the Father of the Nation on Tuesday. ANI

Ghulam Nabi Azad suggests moving farmers out of tobacco industry
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that while the livelihood of tobacco growing farmers cannot be endangered, we must work towards moving farmers and farm workers out of the tobacco industry. ANI

Interlocutors need to analyse reality of mass movement in Kashmir
The Kashmir Valley is witnessing an uneasy peace after almost three months of turmoil. The markets are opening despite protest calls by the separatists and the situation seems to be limping back to normal. Amidst all this, the eight-point package announced by the Centre post the visit of the All Party Delegation to the State has failed to generate much enthusiasm. Now, as part of the package, the Centre has declared a three member panel of interlocutors which has also been rejected by the fractured political leadership of the Valley. ANI

Need for collective scientific efforts to combat climate change: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday, called for collective scientific efforts to combat global challenges, including climate change. ANI

PMO responsible for CWG mess: Gadkari
Alleging that the recently held XIXth Commonwealth Games was a victim of rampant bungling, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday squarely blamed the Prime Minister's Office for the same. ANI

President Patil awards 'Colours' to five armoured corps regiments
For the first time in the history of the Indian Army, 'Colours' were awarded to five-T 90 regiments of 31 Armoured Division at a parade held at Babina in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi District on Tuesday. ANI

CWG scam: Income tax raids on BJP leader's house
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and industrialist Sudhanshu Mittal and his nephew Vinay Mittal's residences were raided on Tuesday by Income Tax (IT) officials in connection with the ongoing Commonwealth Games probe. ANI

'Awaaz Do' digital campaign urges Indians to speak for 8 million out-of-school kids
The "Awaaz Do" online campaign was launched today to mobilize Indian society to speak up for the more than eight million children currently out of school in the country. ANI

Pawar to inaugurate agriculture ministers' conference in Jaipur
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar will inaugurate a two-day conference of agriculture, animal husbandry and food-civil supplies ministers of eleven states in Jaipur today. ANI

Advani to address three public meetings in Bihar
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani will address three public meetings in constituencies that go to polls in Bihar on October 24. ANI

Nitin Gadkari slams central govt. over CWG graft charges
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari slammed the Central Government over alleged graft charges in the recently-concluded XIX Commonwealth Games. ANI

Pillai says no information on arrest of top UNLF militant in Bangladesh
Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai denied any knowledge of the reported arrest of United National Liberation Front (UNLF) chairman RK Sanayaima in Bangladesh. ANI

Nitish Kumar vows to continue development, if re-elected
Wooing voters ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has pledged to continue the development work in the state once re-elected to the chair. ANI

PM to lay foundation stone of Tata research institute in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stone of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) here today. ANI

Infiniti Retail Ltd Launches ‘CROMA APPS’, a Software Application Powered by Intel
Infiniti Retail Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd, is all set to revolutionize the retailing experience with the launch of ‘CROMA APPS’, a software application store powered by Intel® AppUpSM center. This association of Intel and Croma in India marks a strategic step in bringing enhanced software solutions to its customers that will help them make the most of their computers. The ‘Cr Business Wire India

Steria's third quarter 2010 Revenue
• Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2010 amounted to €402.8 million, a growth of 8.0%. • At constant perimeter and currency, organic growth for the quarter was 5.2%. • The currency impact over the quarter made a €10.0 million positive contribution to revenue growth. • Within the framework of the review of the Group's contracts with the UK government, the two parties have r Business Wire India

Polaris Quarterly profit up 42%; Intellect Revenue Grows 45%
Polaris Software Lab Limited (POLS.BO), a leading Financial Technology company, today announced the second quarter results for FY 2010-11. Key Performance metrics For the quarter ended 30 Sep 2010, Revenue grew by 15% to Rs. 388.34 crores from Rs. 338.31 crores. Profit after Tax (PAT) grew by 37% to Rs. 48.15 crores from Rs. 35.20 crores compared to the same quarter last year. Business Wire India

Free-to-Play Game Industry Executives Discuss Shifting Business Models at PlaySpan Monetization Forum
Game industry executives discussed and debated the next direction for online games monetization at a forum hosted by PlaySpan™, the global leader in monetization solutions for digital goods, social networks, online games and video. The second annual Monetization 2.0 Forum last week at GDC Online in Austin, Texas, brought together key industry leaders for keynotes, panel discussions and p Business Wire India

Pitney Bowes Business Insight Launches Leading Location Intelligence Solution, MapInfo Professional v10.5, in its Annual User Conference, Insights India
Pitney Bowes Business Insight, the software division of US-based Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), a global technology company recognized as leader in innovation, has launched MapInfo Professional v10.5, the latest version from among the myriad applications for business and mapping analysis that helps organizations make informed decisions through its world-class location-based d Business Wire India

TL Jones Supplies Emergency Elevator Telephones to Ferrari World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi
Global elevator safety, display and communications specialist TL Jones, a Halma company, has supplied its Memcom emergency telephone systems to all the elevators at the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi. The Memcom emergency telephone system allows easy, hands-free connection with up to four pre-programmed telephone numbers in the event of an elevator-trapping emergency. EN81-complia Business Wire India

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